What is the best place for a hobbiest to buy small amounts of electronic parts?
I am looking for an online source where I can place orders for a handful of parts at a time, which does not require $50 or more orders, or charge huge shipping fees. I am also looking mostly for parts for antique tube equipment. My typical order would likely be $20 or less of caps, resistors, and maybe some solder or a tool, and so on....
From what I've seen, Mouser, Digi-Key and Allied seem to be the biggies... But I have to admit that they have so much in their websites that I almost feel overwhelmed. And I hear they have large minimums and shipping, but I never got that far on their websites.... (I have to go to a public WIFI to use those sites, since I only have dialup at home).
I know ebay is an option too, but ordering each item separately can be a pain too.
I have been out of this hobby for around 40 years and am getting back in, but only working on old tube stuff. I remember this stuff like it was yesterday, but back then, I lived in a city, and there were many "brick" electronics stores nearby. Now, I live in a rural area, and aside from the very limited parts at a Radio Shack, (25 miles away) there are no longer any "brick" stores. Not to mention that much of not most places seem to cater to solid state devices now. [Times have changed a lot].
What (if any) online stores will fit my needs? Maybe its none of these huge stores, but something smaller...