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Surprising Items At State Auction

Snow globes, tires, and an anesthesia system are among the items up for sale at a quarterly auction in Sacramento on Saturday.

An enormous warehouse in an industrial area of Sacramento is packed with rows and rows of electronics equipment, desks, slide projectors, and other items.

These are items that are surplused," says Jackie Cummings of the Department of General Services. "They come from state agencies. They are also items that were confiscated by CHP and also TSA."

"It looks great. Yeah, there’s some opportunities here," says Jerry Moran, a retired fire chief, who is browsing the shelves.

Moran has made auction-shopping his hobby. Its paid off in the past.

"I found a machine that they use for testing certain type of electrical equipment," Moran says. "I put it on eBay and I sold it for $12,500, and I only paid $1,400."

The Department held its first auction in June 2006. It will likely earn more than $500,000 from this year's four auctions.

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