Video report: Kingsport to sell surplus equipment Saturday

Matthew Lane • Feb 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

David Austin, facility maintenance manager for Kingsport, looks over some of the items to be sold Saturday. Photo by Erica Yoon.


KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport is having a sale on Saturday with the hopes of getting rid of some surplus items, some of which have been sitting in storage for three to four years.

Dave Austin, facility maintenance manager for the city, said the tag sale will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quebecor building on the corner of Clinchfield and Press streets.


Items for sale include 30 television sets, 80 computers, exercise equipment (stationary bicycles, stair steppers, NordicTrack machine), speakers, shop equipment, lawn mowers, used musical instruments, file cabinets, office furniture, two pianos, old records, and assorted odds and ends.

Austin said the items are surplus equipment that mostly came from the school system, but some did come from within the city and MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

“All of the TVs and computers are up and running, and you can see them working,” Austin said.

Items will be sold as in and must be hauled away when purchased. The city will accept cash or check only, and according to city policy, city employees and their spouses cannot purchase items at the sale.

Nothing in the sale is valued more than $800. If anything were, Austin said the city would have to auction the item off.

The last time Kingsport held a similar sale was in 2003. Austin said some of the items in the sale have been in storage for three to four yeas.

“It’s easier to do a sale. If we do an auction we’d have to pay an auctioneer 30 percent. This way all of the money goes into the general fund,” Austin said. “We usually sell around $3,000 worth of stuff during a typical sale day, and we’re hoping to have this open one day a month from now on so we don’t have to store the stuff so long.”

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