A look inside the California surplus property auction
The state of California is having a spring garage sale and you are invited.
Each quarter of the year, the state holds an auction in a surplus warehouse at 1700 National Drive in North Natomas. The next auction of surplus state property is Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
A pre-auction preview occurs from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The public can also preview items from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
The range of items is varied and sometimes odd. Items for auction include an X-ray machine, pool sticks and helicopter parts.
There are other items that are more mundane, including hand carts, printers, laptops and furniture.
Some of the items come from the federal Transportation Management Security Administration, confiscated from air travelers or left behind at checkpoints by passengers. Those items include shoes, knives, baseball bats, cork screws, snow globes, watches and shoes.
The state pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the sale of surplus property.