County auction set Sept. 22 |

County auction set Sept. 22

by Christy Chalmers

The stories Douglas County’s second-hand goods could tell might be worth more than the items are.

Take the three-wheeled Westinghouse chariot, originally intended for use by the Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education program. After languishing for three years in the vehicle maintenance shop, it’s going on the auction block.

Or the color copier that was confiscated in 1992 from someone who was using it to make counterfeit bills.

“It’s old enough that Xerox won’t support it any more,” noted county storekeeper Warren Ryan, maneuvering the nimble chariot among the pallets of discarded items that will be sold to the highest bidders Saturday morning.

The chariot and copier are among the approximately 1,000 items contributed to the annual surplus property auction. This year’s inventory includes 40 cars and trucks, small, heavy equipment like a street sweeper and a roller, assorted refrigerators, ovens, ranges and other appliances, lots of desks and file cabinets, assorted tools and several pallets’ worth of computer equipment.

The property was culled from county and school district facilities, and buyers beware: the items are in varying degrees of repair, with no warranty.

“What you see is what you get,” said Jim Braswell, the county’s operational services director. “As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Those treasures include some odd items. Five large incubators, formerly used to house baby birds at the China Spring Youth Camp, are up for sale. So is a doll house and a toy kitchen range; an electric scoreboard; several pairs of cross-country skis, a badminton set, a box of batting helmets and several walkers and wheelchairs.

Niche buyers can choose from three fuel pumps, a pair of wall unit breathing apparatuses, four signal controller cabinets, playground equipment and a siren.

The merchandise is displayed at the county yard and will be available for viewing Saturday at 8 a.m. Ryan said the vehicles will be started at 9 a.m. and bidding will begin at 10 a.m.

Two auctioneers will work separately, with the vehicles to be sold by one and the computer equipment the focus of the other. Furniture, hardware and other items will follow.


What: Douglas County surplus property auction

When: Saturday, Sept. 25. Previewing starts at 8 a.m., auctions at 10 a.m.

Where: 1112 Airport Road, Minden.