Here you can discover where the parts came from before they became a Lee Bot. Most of these parts had a very grim outlook on life. All the parts are sourced from a variety of places but below you can learn about the four primary places where parts are found. See some of the fun treasures that have been found while traveling for events as well. Get more in-depth information about individual parts in the Bot By Part section.
Habitat Restores are reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public. A LOT of parts come from these stores. Most of the fuses, antique plugs, electrical boxes, and conduit all come from here.
The Salvation Army, Goodwill, The DAV, and local charity shops are the primary secondhand shops where parts are found. These stores sell secondhand clothes and other household goods, typically to raise funds for a charitable institution.
Antique stores and malls, big and small, are where all the old vintage items are found. A lot of antique malls are a gold mine for old tins, photography equipment, and model train transformers. While there are a lot of possible parts here, the prices can be a little on the high side.
Since the start, people have been donating their old electronics. Old computers, VCRs, DVD players, and radios are the most popular items that get donated. What doesn’t get used for parts is properly taken to the e-waste center in Davenport, IA and recycled.
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