College Place school surplus sale has buyers trotting | Education


COLLEGE PLACE — At least 40 people lined up Thursday, Aug. 18, well before the 8 a.m. starting bell, in an area of ​​the College Place Public Schools campus not usually accessible to the public.

No one was deterred by nearby roadwork on South College Avenue or the day’s already soaring temperature. They stood with their arms folded and an air of intent as they listened to district employee Dan See give instructions on how things would work.

Everyone was here for the same reason – bargains and lots of them, during the annual district surplus sale.

Good deals indeed. Chromebook computers and iPads were priced at $1, and large metal media carts that could hold dozens of electronics were tagged at $5.

Shelves, tables, chairs and metal shelving were almost too cheap to believe, while a lone church pew sporting cobwebs almost immediately received a pink “sold” sign.

See watched the first buyers enter the storage building with a smile on her face.

The annual sale puts no longer needed items and outdated technology into the hands of people who can use them, he said.

“It’s not about making money, it’s about making these things usable for others.”

Despite being a district employee, Tara Crain learned about the sale on social media, she said. “I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to see what it’s all about.”

In her arms, on her first of several trips to the checkout run by CPPS employee Pam Deccio, Crain displayed the load of small computers she was buying for her grandchildren.

“I have about seven here. At $1 each, you can’t go wrong.

Alex Saenz had the same target in sight. As he opened his wallet and counted the bills in Deccio, the young man said the monitor he was buying would go to his grandparents, while the Chromebooks and iPads would be given out to friends who needed them.

Anything left over would be resold, Saenz said, noting that he and his grandfather lined up at 7:20 a.m.

“This is my first surplus sale. You really have to look, but there is good.

No one needed to tell Rob and Chris Branscom that.

The couple, who live just around the corner, had been waiting for the event all year, they said.

Their reward for waiting made a small mountain of boxes and more in the parking lot as the Branscoms prepared to load their loot.

That mini trampoline was for their goats, Chris Branscom said with a laugh, and the large floor pad was for the dogs, but with a strong possibility of it being chewed up.

“Those are loose blankets,” she said, waving her hand over a box at the top of the pile, her head nodding toward her husband. “He’s always looking for moving blankets even though we don’t need them.”

Their total expenses were $14 and included an outdoor awning for $2 and a large metal cabinet on wheels for $5.

Liberty Christian School principal John Tuttle and teacher Jordan Breithhaupt were busy stuffing the bed of Tuttle’s 1968 Dodge pickup truck.

Enrollment at the private school has risen to about 145 students, Tuttle said, and the tables and desk the men were loading will go into the new classrooms made possible by the earlier purchase of four portable buildings from the Walla Walla public schools.

“We get it while he’s here,” Tuttle said of his findings, noting that the heavy tables he strapped down were solidly constructed.

The finds will undoubtedly be in place for next year’s bargain hunters.

While the six-hour sale brought in just $636, Superintendent James Fry said he was a fan of the oversales, calling them great for the community and the district. The transactions are kind of closing a circle, Fry said.

“Taxpayers fund much of what we do in our schools, and once we’ve exhausted the usefulness of these items, we can sell them to the community at bargain prices.”

It makes room for new items that meet the educational demands of today’s children, while people can use things with lots of life, he said.


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