Bicycles, desks, chairs and computers are up for grabs today at the City of Tifton’s public auction, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrison-Walker Complex, 800 Armour Road.

Bicycles of all makes and models, 65 of them, and used vehicles — outcast patrol cars, abandoned and confiscated cars and trucks, city-used vehicles from various departments — are the most popular.

“It’s the taxpayers’ merchandise and we give the public the first opportunity to buy it,” said Elizabeth Temple, the city’s inventory supervisor.

The inventory also includes a few pieces of jewelry, tools, cameras, typewriters, shredders, telephones, printers, portable radios, pagers, televisions, walkie talkies, chain saws, air compressors, an electric wheelchair and lawnmowers, to name a few of the items.

Temple said some interested people visited the complex Friday to peruse the merchandise that will be sold today. The auction is conducted by a private auctioneer and today’s participants receive a list of the items up for bid and a paper plate with a number to wave as they bid on items of interest.

Temple said the auction is a good way to get some great buys, especially at Christmas.

“I’ve bid on and bought some of the bikes myself,” she said.

John Connor, warehouse attendant, was busy organizing the move of the merchandise from the warehouse to the covered pavilion outside.

“We had about 100 people here at the last one,” he said. “It depends on the weather.”

Items that didn’t originally belong to the city, such as the bikes and jewelry, are held for at least 30 days, Temple said.

“It gives people the opportunity to claim the merchandise,” she said.

Temple said the proceeds of the sale are deposited back into the coffers of the particular city department that declared them surplus.



To contact city editor Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.

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