SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The City of Sioux Falls hosts its annual Surplus Auction at the Street Department, off north Cliff Avenue.
Place your bid if you've always wanted a fiberglass elephant for a lawn ornament. This trunk's no piece of junk.
"We encourage people to come out and bid high on the elephant," Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.
The elephant is one of more than 5-thousand items up for auction Everything from vehicles, to air compressors to even a surplus snowmaking gun from Great Bear. Everything, including the kitchen sink.
"At this point in time, the public use of this is done, so it's surplused and it's ready to have its second life, if you will," Cotter said.
Three rows are filled just with items seized in law enforcement investigations, including tools and tires.
"At the end of the year, when they close-out cases and they feel like they can take those out of storage they bring them here and tomorrow they'll be up for auction," Cotters said.
I don't want to toot my own horn, but I think I've found a real bargain here at the auction. It's a surplus musical instrument from Brandon Valley!
"Now you want 85, now 95, 95, sell it to you, Perry, 85-bucks. He's playing it, ow," Terry Brick of T. Brick Auctions said.
Cover your auction-ears! The city hopes to raise up to $200,000 once all the items are sold to the highest bidders. That money goes into the city's general fund to eventually buy new stuff.
The auction starts Saturday morning at 9 at 1000 East Chambers Street,. The gates open at 8 a.m. so you can check out the items ahead of the auction.