Going to an electronic parts store is very similar to entering a museum – except for shelves filled with microprocessors, printed circuit boards, electric motors and other components stacked on rafters.
Opposite the cash register sits a working lamp tester, where customers bring vacuum tubes obtained from old TVs, amplifiers and radios to check if they work. Behind you will find Cold War-era oscilloscopes ripped from decommissioned Navy ships. A World War II telephone rings near the entrance at the back of the store. (And no, they’re not for sale).