A few weeks ago I wrote about the city of Lewiston's plans to hold an auction to get rid of the piles and piles of old equipment and other things filling up city warehouses and buildings.
I promised an update on how it went. The items that I was most interested in were being sold in large lots (bicycles, etc.) so I was not able to get them, but the auction was a HUGE success.
At one point, the city estimates there were about 500 people milling about looking at items. When all was said and done the city netted a whopping $83,102! They were able to get rid of almost everything, with the exception of a few broken office machines from the 80s. Nope, Mainers don't throw anything out since you never know what might come in handy later.
They were even able to sell 18,000 yards of reclaimed asphalt they had stored in 3 giant piles. With the success of this event, the city is considering making this a regular event every 2 years or so, but since it took them about 30 years to collect the items auctioned off, they plan on inviting other towns to participate.
So if your city needs some cash (and whose doesn't) tell them to consider auctioning off all of that junk they have been stashing away for years.