Saturday morning at the semi-annual state surplus auction. Before the auction began, Anna Voglino lingered near a piece of equipment she wasn’t planning to buy but she knew very well: a 2011 international truck.
“I plowed, laid, laid stone, hauled material, you name it, we did it,” she said, looking tenderly at the big car. “I want it to go to someone who will take care of it. Like I tried to do it and use it for what it was made for.”
The truck is bright orange with big tires. Voglino drove it for two winters. Work for the state as a highway supervisor Like many retired state vehicles, many were at White Farm in Concord looking for a new home.
Twice a year, crowds gather at the defunct dairy farm to browse trucks, cars, lawnmowers. First aid kits from decades past, and much more. Farm too. Host an online auctionand sells confiscated goods from TSA directly to the public at their retail outlets.
Surplus product executive Amy Farnum says the law requires many government agencies to hand over obsolete equipment to projects, and the proverb about waste and treasure usually holds true.
“When it finally got here. There is always someone who sees the vision of it. whether disassembly whether it’s scraping into metal,” she said.
This year, inventory is smaller, Farnum said, as supply chain issues make it harder for governments to replace old equipment. But the excitement among hopeful buyers persisted. and any waiting can be satisfied with a grilled chicken or steak recommendation from the nearby pop-up JR’s Grille.
“It’s not like anything else. It has a carnival-like atmosphere. but at the same time People are looking for their goods,” said Jane Jones, who has been keeping an eye on the green tandem kayak for her daughter, who received a winning bid of $300.
For Dean Weeks, the auction was an opportunity to get a car for his son who was on his way to college.
“Right now, cars are relatively inexpensive. So we hope to find something affordable at auction,” he said. His winning bid was $7,750 for a 2016 Ford Fusion, an earlier life leader in the department’s service. labor
New Hampshire has been organizing surplus auctions for decades, and William Clark, known by auctioneers as Billy, has been involved in surplus auctions for decades. Has been participating in the auction since 1957. On Saturday he was the No. 1 bidder.
Clark watched the scene most of the morning. But when the white Jeep Patriot 4×4 comes up, he takes action. He said his jeep broke down the day before. Even though the bidder called out his name but he lost the car
“I have to give up,” he said after another bidder raised his hand. He said he would have to fix his jeep instead.
About an hour after the sale began.
It only takes 1 minute to bid. The orange truck also has a new home, and bidder 371 bought it for $4,500.