Old computers and fridges. Vehicles. Chairs and office supplies. Even Christmas ornaments stacked up in boxes. Adding machines and fax machines... oh my!
Ed Hladek, 62, of Merced, was perusing the cameras in one of the rooms in the lot behind the city purchasing office on O Street. He was looking for "just about anything," including laptops because he’s a technician at the Merced Toyota dealership. Hladek said he can use the laptops in cars to check the vehicles’ computers.
"I’m keeping my eye on the motorcycles," he added. Two Merced Police Department motorcycles stood out in the sun for sale.
The city’s “ultimate yard sale” has been going on since 1998, but this year is the largest they’ve ever had, according to Pam Whala, purchasing supervisor.
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This year, there are 638 lots of goods, or lots where items have been grouped together, such as chairs, for purchase, she said.
There used to be two city yard sales a year, but in the last couple of years, there hasn’t been that much stuff to sell, Whala said.
"This year because of the budget the city has closed down a couple of buildings. Some of the extra stuff is in this sale," she said.
City departments — Public Works, police and fire and others — donated whatever surplus they had, and the money goes back to the department that donated the items. Last year’s sales totaled just under $30,000.
To bid on items, people come to the office, give their names and addresses and receive a packet. “There are minimum bids on each item and I tell people don’t bid more than you’re willing to pay on the item,” Whala said, explaining that it’s not a live auction.
The property can be inspected at the city purchasing office, 2525 O Street, and is on view from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 22.
Winning bidders will be notified after that deadline.
Reporter Ameera Butt can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.