Schools earn $50K in auction

Warren district sells surplus equipment

Staff photo / Raymond L. Smith J. Paul Basinger of Basinger Auction Service places a planer on the rear of a truck owned by Bill Simpson of McDonald, Pa., following a surplus equipment auction by the Warren City School District. The online auction conducted earlier this week brought the district more than $50,000, and Thursday was one of two item pickup days.

WARREN — When William Sandrock Jr. saw the image of the large dual disc sander on the Basinger Auction Service website, he said he knew he had to make a bid for it.

The large Oliver sander would be ideal for his company, Stratton Creek Woodworks, which makes high-end wood products, including cabinetry, he said.

The sander had 35 bids. Sandrock, of Kinsman, was able to buy it for $1,875.

“They don’t make these anymore,” Sandrock said. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime find.”

It was one of more than 100 items auctioned by the Warren City School District earlier this week. Pickup day was Thursday, and another pickup day is set Monday.

Pat McMenamim, also of Kinsman, purchased a post hole digger for $350 and a jig saw for $190.

“I often buy equipment through public auctions,” McMenamim said. “I’m getting these for my personal use. I tend to keep my eye on upcoming auctions because I’ve been able to get some things that cannot be found in stores.”

McMenamim described the hole digger in particular as being in very good shape.

J. Paul Basinger, owner of Basinger Auctions, said the company sold 114 items for $53,134.84 in little more than an hour.

“We sold everything from athletic equipment, saws, cement mixers, cameras, drill presses, lathes, trucks, tractors, snow blowers, saws, a truck and other items,” Basinger said.

The materials sold were surplus inventory owned by the district, according to John Lacy, Warren City Schools business manager.

“Most was older equipment that no longer was in use,” Lacy said. “Bidders often found the equipment attractive because, in spite of being older, they were well maintained. They simply were not being used.”

Lacy emphasized the $53,000-plus was gross earnings, not net earnings.

“The profit will be placed in the school’s general fund account to be spent as needed,” Lacy said.

This was the district’s second public auction with Basinger Auction Service in two years. Lacy said he is not aware of a public auction being held for the Warren City Schools in the prior 10 years.

Rich Basinger described the company doing only online auctions for the last seven years.

“People can bid from wherever they are,” Rich Basinger said.

Bill Simpson, co-owner of P & K Woodcrafts of McDonald, Pa., purchased a planer without seeing it.

“My wife and I own a wood crafts business,” Simpson said. “We make wood items used during a variety of holidays, including Christmas and Halloween.”


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