From the Salvation Army (SA)
Everybody is familiar with the SA Thrift Stores, but the SA gets stuff that
never shows up there: Automobiles, large appliances, furniture, computers,
tools, TV sets, etc. I discovered what they do with that stuff - at least in
They auction it.
Here, the auction takes place every day from 10:00 'til noon. And amazing
bargains are uniformly available. Here's a couple from last Monday:
* 11 king-sized mattresses $915 (*
I* don't consider that a particular
bargain, but a used mattress store would)
A container 4x4x7 filled with shoes(!) for $150.
* Several containers 4x6x4 filled with toys and stuffed animals, each
selling for ~$30
Here's what I bought:
* A Kenmore dishwasher, original retail $1,245.00 for $40.
Two containers, each filled with lamps (38 total), some table, some floor,
and 11 lined shades, for a total of $60. Included were 19 working light
bulbs. Of these lamps, three were not salvageable. One of the lamps I sold
for $20 on the loading dock!
I'm told, but I haven't checked, that UPS and FedEx have similar auctions
for, um, undeliverable freight.
So, if you're in the market for bargains, inquire of your local SA branch as
to where their auction might be. You'll probably be amazed.