Tahlequah Daily Press

January 14, 2013

Bundles of bargains

Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Despite Saturday’s colder, rainy weather, bargain hunters packed into the surplus warehouse at Northeastern State University looking for good deals during the school’s semi-annual auction.

“This is a good opportunity for people to buy something for a reasonable price that they will use,” said auctioneer Joe Hopping.

Hopping said NSU’s auction always features a variety of  items, such as computers, electronics, office furniture, dormitory furniture and vehicles. He believes it’s a great way for people to put the surplus to good  use.

“A lot of people like the dorm furniture,” said Hopping. “It’s always popular.”

Kim Coffman, NSU interim purchasing agent, was in charge of putting together the surplus auction.

“We’ve been doing this for years,” said Coffman. “And we try to have one twice a year.”

Coffman s agrees with Hopping that furniture is what most people are looking for.

“People can get furniture for really reasonable prices,” she said. “Shoppers can get anything here, from restaurant equipment to electronics. We have computers that are in good condition because [the university] switches them out regularly. You just never know what you might find at one of these.”

Steve Meints has been to a few NSU auctions and attends others, too.

“I’ve bought numerous items that are unique,” he said.

Meints was checking out the electronics, but wasn’t looking for any particular item. He enjoys auctions because of “the flow of things, and to watch the people.”

This auction was the first NSU event Ken Utecht attended, but he goes to auctions regularly. He, too, was seeking bargains and unique items.

“That’s why you go to an auction,” said Utecht. “For the unusual items.”

Linda Frisby and her husband were looking for a dresser, and thought NSU might be able to help out.

“You never know what you might find at an auction,” Frisby said. “I’m always searching for something different.”

Glenn Fritts was at the Saturday sale to just look around to see what was available. He likes auctions and has gone to quite a few, including Northeastern’s. He was with his father, who was in search of a hot water heater.

Fritts’ father, Bob, said there were quite a few hot water heaters available, and some were still in their original boxes.

“I have my eye on one that I’ll bid on,” he said.


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