Buying Items at Auctions

Auctions can be a great way to get incredible deals on surplus property, equipment, and collectables. You need to have the time to inspect the items before buying at the auction sale.


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We are retired and are living on a fixed income. Being frugal has become a way of living. We shop the specials at the supermarkets and I have a vegetable garden. Our clothes often come from thrift stores or yard sales. I like to decorate and make my home nice and I never feel deprived.

We attend country auctions where we often find curtains, bed linens, tablecloths, wall decorations, pictures, throw rugs, candles, etc. in box lots for a very low bid. The auction items I don't use for my home, I often sell over EBay. We often sell on week-ends at our local flea market to make extra money.

It is wonderful to keep money for ourselves instead of giving it to the supermarket chains and department stores. Now we are saving for a vacation. As you can see, thriftiness has its own reward.

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The federal government's website (formerly has a lot of interesting government information. For example, surplus property auctions for state and federal agencies, including colleges, are listed at They list links to each state, where they're selling everything from Palm Pilots to sofas, all used and sold "as-is", many shown in photos.


Many states also have on-line auctions. All the necessary info is on each website. If you're searching for a bargain, this is a good place to look.

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July 22, 2004

Watch your local paper for estate auctions. Furniture, appliances and many other items can often be purchased well below the cost of the same item new.


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