By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Eastern New Mexico University held its surplus auction Saturday in the parking lot of Greyhound Arena. An array of miscellaneous items were being auctioned off because of age, items being replaced, or simply because the university had no use for them.
“Since we’ve got all this surplus property, we go ahead and sell it to the public,” said Lee Quick, the inventory control supervisor for ENMU.
Items available included vehicles, bicycles, athletic equipment, shop equipment, office furniture, dormitory furniture, appliances and electronics. All items were sold as-is to the highest bidder. Vehicles were sold for the highest bid, while everything else sold for the highest bid plus a 5 percent state sales tax.
Some of the more interesting items included a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan that was formerly an ENMU police cruiser, a tire repair machine, an aged Hamilton Upright Grand piano, a scientific freezer, a portable sandblaster and softball gear.
People of all ages came to check out the auction, with some just browsing and others looking for specific items.
Roberta Wilson of Portales came looking for items to make her own personal greeting cards. “I want to find something I can use that is cheap.”
Alnise Freeman, a student at ENMU, came looking for a vehicle.
“I heard they had cars up here, so I came to check them out because I need one,” said Freeman. “I like the Chevy Malibu they have.”
Portales resident Jarrad Doerr was checking out the action.
“I like the action, people outbidding each other, going at it, it’s fun stuff,” Doerr said.
In order to bid for items, potential customers registered at a booth, giving information and receiving a number. Afterwards, a cart rolled by with an announcer doing auction bids over a microphone, with interested buyers simply calling out or raising their number in the air.
The ENMU police cruiser ended up going for $1850, according to auctioneer Kendall Terry. There was also two Chevy Malibus that went for $850 and $650, respectively. According to Terry, ENMU raked in about $35,000 overall. Quick says the proceeds will go to the ENMU general fund.