Shh, don't tell anyone about this little secret...many local Ventura County public agencies auction off stuff they don't need on a website called www.PublicSurplus.com!
Public Surplus is an auction website that was designed specifically for public agencies, enabling agencies to manage their surplus inventory, while maintaining compliance with State regulations and policies. The system's specific features allow for the reallocation or auctioning of surplus items without actual, or the appearance of: waste, favoritism or collusion.
I happened to come across the site through the County of Ventura website but it took a little digging to find. But a quick search of the site indicated that a number of other Ventura County agencies are signed up to auction items off on the site, including:
- Cal State University Channel Islands
- City of Oxnard
- City of San Buenaventura (Ventura)
- City of Thousand Oaks
- Conejo Valley Unified School District
- Ventura County Office of Education
- Ventura Regional Sanitation District
As well as other nearby agencies and organizations including
- Cal State University Northridge
- Castaic Lake Water District
- City of Lompoc
- City of Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Barbara
- County of Santa Barbara
A handful of the above were running auctions when I last looked, with items including office equipment, desks, chairs, tables, bicycles, exercise equipment as well as a couple high mileage Ford Explorers.
Looks like some bargains are to be had, but you have to look periodically to uncover a bargain or two! So check it out, register and happy bargain hunting to you!