Bear with me:
In my town, constables - the law enforcement arm of the Justice Courts - are
responsible for evicting apartment dwellers and foreclosed residents. These
eviction processes include removal of personal items from the property.
The constable offices, again in my town, have a contract with a local
storage company. This company shows up at the property with a few men and a
truck. These guys remove the personal property and store it in the storage
company's warehouse. After a period of time (45 days here), the unclaimed
property is disposed of.
Some goes in the trash (personal papers and the like). Some properties are
sold directly to dealers. The remainder are auctioned off. In my local case
The variety of stuff is legion; just imagine every possible thing people
own. There's furniture, of course, but also:
* TVs of all sizes and shape
* lamps, art work, clocks, ad infinitum
But you will also find tools. Everything from giant Snap-On tool chests full
of hand tools to a significant amount of drills, planers, weed-eaters,
pressure washers, and so on. Everything from shovels to drill presses.
So, then, my recommendation for those interested is to:
* Discover who's responsible for evictions in your jurisdiction,
Find out what they do with the stuff that's hauled off,
* Contact the hauler and inquire how you might participate in the disposal
of these items.
You might find a diamond in the rough - or YMMV.
(The owner of the storage facility showed me two HUGE CNC machines which he
claimed were worth over $1 million each. The original owners are suing him
for their return, but the law is clear and the storage owner expects a court
declaration of his ownership in a couple of months.)
Best of luck in your quest...