Calif. holds surplus auction this weekend

June 24, 2009 5:40:52 PM PDT
People looking for a bargain might want to head to Sacramento this weekend, where the state will be selling off surplus items at an auction.

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There will be an amazing array of items up for sale. There are a few such events held each year, and those in know can find some great deals for themselves or turn around and flip the items on eBay.

Inside a state of California surplus property warehouse there are rows and rows of items bought and used by state agencies.

When those items are no longer wanted, they go on auction.

"We are not going to solve the state's budget crisis with this auction; we do this to extend the taxpayer dollar, take an item that still has a useful life, get it back out there, get it to somebody at a government agency or an average Joe off the street," state general service spokesperson Eric Lamoureux said.

There are good prices too.

Want a computer? They have a few.

How about keyboards? There are hundreds of keyboards.

There are pianos deemed surplus by the parks department.

And 20 cubicles. Some small businessperson is going to get a deal.

Medical equipment, bicycles, an electric generator are all up for auction.

The state sure has a lot of stuff, and this Saturday, part of it is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.

"You come here, you pay $100 and get a bidders paddle; you can participate in the auction, if you don't buy anything you get your $100 back, if you buy something the $100 goes towards that," Lamoureux said.

It can be a pretty wild scene. There are opportunities for individuals and business owners.

"There's opportunities for business owners, there are opportunities for individuals, there are a lot of unique items to see," Lamoureux said.

Among the more unique items are a couple accordions, DVD players and darts.

Some of the items being sold were seized by the California Highway Patrol.

LINK: List of items being sold at auction this weekend (PDF)

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