Many (all?) Radio Shack stores are having going-out-of-business sales right now. The ones around us are pretty picked over, but there are very good deals on what is left. In particular, I picked up a bunch of electro-luminescent (EL) wires, ribbons, and controllers at a very steep discount. These are great for simulating neon and making illuminated signs and are normally pretty expensive. They don't seem to be selling well at the sale, so you may be able to nab some at your local store.
Just a heads-up.