John K Jordan
>>>I must live in the wrong end of town!
John L is a creative and resourceful wizard!
In which end of what town do live? A huge variety of materials, metals in particular, and available from a variety of sources around here, my favorite is a recycling company that sorts and sells to the public as well as industry: https://www.noblemetalsonline.com/
I've bought things like brass, aluminum, plastics, steel, and even titanium. The have a big stock of miscellaneous fasteners too, all at scrap prices.