Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 21, 2013

Bidders flock to obsolete equipment auction

By TRAVIS MORSE travis.morse@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON – Ron and Amy Moore of Raleigh made some interesting finds at Thursday's obsolete equipment auction at Rend Lake College.

Among other items, the couple bought some vintage pieces of scientific equipment, including an oscilloscope and an anemometer. An oscilloscope is a kind of electronic test instrument and an anemometer is used for measuring wind speed.

Ron said he planned to re-sell the oscilloscope on eBay, but that he would likely “play with” the anemometer.

The auction, he said, is a great way for the college to get rid of unwanted equipment by offering it for sale to the public.

“It's an easy way to get it cleaned out,” Ron said. “They're not hauling it off. It's not going to the landfill. Somebody may actually want the item.”

About 50 bidders were on hand Thursday for the annual auction, which took place on the 4-H grounds of the RLC campus.

Randall Shively, director of the RLC Physical Plant, said the auction has been a college tradition for well over 20 years.

The sale typically generates between $5,000 and $10,000 of revenue for the college. While this is not a large amount, the auction serves a vital purpose apart from raising money, Shively said.

“We have limited space here on the campus for storage,” Shively said. “By having this sale, it frees up a lot of space that we really need.”

Bidder Tom Eubanks of Ewing said having an auction is a welcome alternative to throwing all the equipment away.

“Somebody will find a good use for it,” Eubanks said.

A wide range of items were offered up for sale Thursday, including computers, Cisco phones, servers, printers, scanners, televisions, laboratory equipment, furniture, and more.

Some of the more unique items included a 1975 grain truck, day care equipment, old light fixtures, and weight-lifting equipment.

Auctioneering services were provided by Bob Little and Jimmy Johnson Auction.

For more information on the auction, contact the RLC Physical Plant at 437-5321, ext. 1255.