U.S. GOVERNMENT AUCTION SALES:
OF THE 90'S
Table of Contents Page
Overview of Government Auctions 4
State Government Auctions 7
State Unclaimed Property 24
The U.S. Government 25
Housing and Urban Development 26
Department of Defense 38
Postal Service 40
Internal Revenue Service 48
Other Information 49
Resolution Trust Corporation 51
Summary: You're in Business Now! 52
OVERVIEW OF GOVERNMENT AUCTIONS
Most people are completely unaware of the bargains that can be found in the most unlikely of places: the government! We're used to reading about the Pentagon paying $59.00 for a wrench, about the national debt rising higher and higher, so it's excusable to not think of government and "sales" in the same sentence.
Yet nearly every level of government from city and town on up through county, state and federal, has possession of excess property that must be disposed. If this can be accomplished and money raised at the same time, why not? We want government to be fiscally responsible, right?
The most common methods of parting with this overage of property is through auction sales. These affairs offer a unique opportunity to the right person purchases at bargain basement prices that you can turn around and sell at a profit! The money to be made staggers the imagination.
Whether it's property seized by police officers or customs officials to repossessions by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are thousands of items of all types available at rockbottom prices. Whether you're merely buying for yourself or seeing this as a line of business that could make you a substantial profit, the key is to identify and locate these auctions.
You name it! Houses, cars, jewelry, yachts, farm Gov't equipment, computers, firewood, it's there for the bidding and the buying! And, eventually the selling for profit!
You don't need much experience for this. You are familiar with what many of these items cost today on the open market. If you buy it far enough below market value, you can still sell the property yourself at a discount and make a handsome profit.
If you yourself have always wanted to own a luxury yacht, here's your chance. You'll never find your dream purchase at a lower price.
You could even start a secondhand store or set up shop at a flea market or swap shop to peddle your merchandise after you've acquired it. Many of these places are havens for shoppers. You've simply gone them one better by obtaining the good(s) at an even lower price than they'll pay and be pleased with their "bargain".
The purpose of our booklet is to point you in the right direction to find out about the various auctions that are held by virtually all branches of government. The listings in this book are as up to date as possible. Contacting these places listed should give you the information you need to begin your auction attendance.
There are openbidding auctions where you shout out the dollar value you're willing to pay following a minimum bid
called by the auctioneer. There are also sealed bid auctions where you submit the price you're willing to pay. You only get one shot at that type of bidding.
Be careful with the open bid auctions. You can become so focused on a particular piece of property that you end up in a "bidding war" for it that ends up with you paying more than you should and cutting well into your eventual profit. Be disciplined! Set a dollar limit ahead of time so that you can let certain items go if the bidding goes too high. This is a business now, so common money sense is important. You must now think in terms of expenses vs. revenue.
If you have a certain hobby or interest, property in this area may be your natural market. If you specialize, it can help you concentrate on only those items in the large auctions areas where there are hundreds of people bidding for thousands of goods. Your focus will be in your area and you'll soon be an expert on costs, prices and resales of this commodity.
Auctions can be hyped up to the point of temptation to overbid. Don't do it! Remember your goal, your budget and your knowledge of what things cost and you'll do fine. Through the contacts listed in this booklet, you will find
yourself on a regular mailing list of government auctions. Often, with the notice, you'll receive a catalogue of the items to be sold and approximately what time they'll be auctioned. This will aloww you to budget your time wisely at these affairs and not get lost in the shuffle.
STATE GOVERNMENT AUCTIONS
These are the state contacts and a brief description of auctions held at this level of government.
ALABAMA: Alabama Surplus Property
P.O. Box 210487
Montgomery, AL. 36121
Alabama auctions aff a variety of goods usually three times a year. Items: office equipment, cars, farm machinery, trucks, boats, tractors and more. There is a mailing list you can be placed on.
ALASKA: Surplus Property Management Office
2400 Viking Drive
Anchorage, AK. 99501
It's best to call the Juneau office (907) 4652172 to be placed on their mailing list. There are weekly auctions of smaller items like furniture and office equipment and spring and fall auctions for larger items like cars.
ARIZONA: Office of Surplus Property
1537 W. Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ. 85007
Auctions four times per year. Items: computers, cars, furniture and thousands of other pieces. Mailing list is available.
ARKANSAS: State Marketing & Redistribution Office
6620 Young Rd.
Little Rock, AR. 72209
Mailing list available. Both regular and sealed bid auctions are held. Weekly events.
CALIFORNIA: Office of Fleet Administration
1416 10th Street
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Open bid auctions once a month on Saturdays at Sacramento or Los Angeles of surplus vehicles. Mailing list.
COLORADO: Department of Correctional Industries
State Surplus Agency
4200 Garfield Street
Denver, CO. 80216
Several auctions per year. Mailing list is available. Nonprofit organizations have first choice.
CONNECTICUT: 60 State St. Rear
Wethersfield, CT. 06109
(203) 5667018 (or 7190)
Eight to ten auctions per year. Vehicles usually auctioned on the second Saturday of the month. Registration fee.
DELAWARE: Division of Purchasing Surplus Property
P.O. Box 299
Delaware City, DE. 19706
In May and September, there are public auctions of vehicles, office furniture and other surplus property. Mailing list is available.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Department of Public Works
5001 Shepard Parkway
Washington, D.C. 20032
Vehicle auctions held the first and third Tuesday of the month. No mailing list. Registration fee.
FLORIDA Department of Management Services
813A Lake Bradford Road
Tallahassee, FL. 32304
This address is a "retail" store with items available for sale. Motor Vehicle Bureau (904) 4885178 holds vehicle
auctions once a month at various locations throughout the state.
GEORGIA: Department of Administrative Services
Purchasing Division, Surplus Property
1050 Murphy Avenue, S.W.
Atlanta, Ga. 30310
Several auctions per year, held on the third Wednesday of the month chosen. Mailing list. Items: vehicles, shop equipment, typewriters, computers, copiers and more.
HAWAII No state surplus auctions.
IDAHO Division of Purchasing
Idaho's state agencies hold their own auctions. You must contact the specific state agency directly. Auctions advertised in newspaper.
ILLINOIS: Central Management Services
Division of Property Control
3550 Great Northern Ave.
Springfield, IL. 62707
Auctions held at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield two or three times per year on Saturdays. Mailing list available for $20/year. Items: desks, chairs, calculators, cameras, refrigerators and more.
INDIANA: State Surplus Property Section
229 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN. 46202
Auctions held as needed each year. No mailing list, but contact this office in May for a schedule.
IOWA: Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA. 50319
Auction is second Saturday of May for items such as boats, fishing rods, tackle boxes and hunting equipment. The Vehicle Dispatchers Garage holds vehicle auctions three to four times per year. Call (515) 2815121.
KANSAS: State Surplus Property
P.O. Box 19226
Topeka, KS. 666190226
Many items left over for sale following offering to state agencies. Contact office for information on events.
KENTUCKY: Office of Surplus Property
514 Barrett Avenue
Frankfurt, KY. 40601
Saturday auctions every two to three months as needed. Items: vehicles, desks, chairs, couches, beds, lawnmowers, etc. Mailing list is available.
LOUISIANA: Division of Administration
Louisiana Property Assistance Agency
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA. 708049095
Auctions held on the second Saturday of each month at 1502 N. 17th St. Items: medical and office equipment, boats, bicycles, televisions, vehicles and more.
MAINE: Office of Surplus Property
Augusta, ME. 04333
Public auctions five to six times per year. Primarily vehicles. No mailing list.
MARYLAND: Department for Surplus Property
P.O. Box 122
8037 Brock Bridge Rd.
Jesup, MD. 20794
No public auctions. Address above is a "retail" store for surplus property.
MASSACHUSETTS: State Purchasing Agency
Department of Procurement & General Services
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA. 02108
Public auctions six times per year, usually on Saturdays. Vehicles primarily. No mailing list.
MICHIGAN: Department of Management & Budget
State Surplus Property
P.O. Box 30026
Lansing, MI. 48913
Mailing list. Several auctions per year. Items: office furniture, household goods, machinery, livestock, vehicles and more.
MINNESOTA: Surplus Operations Office
5420 Highway 8
New Brighton, MN. 55112
About 15 auctions per year held around the state. Items Gov't Auctions include vehicles, boats and snowmobiles along with jewelry, furniture, computers, stereos and more. Mailing list.
MISSISSIPPI: Bureau of Surplus Property
P.O. Box 5778
Jackson, MS. 39288
Two to three auctions per year of machinery and vehicles. Mailing list.
MISSOURI: Surplus Property Office
Materials Management Section
P.O. Drawer 1310
Jefferson City, MO. 65102
Regular auctions held throughout the year. Items: clothing, office equipment and vehicles. Mailing list.
MONTANA: Property and Supply Bureau
930 Lyndale Avenue
Helena, MT. 59620
One auction a year for vehicles. Mailing list. Other property auctioned the second Friday of each month.
NEBRASKA: Office of Administrative Services
Material Division, Surplus Property
P.O. Box 94901
Lincoln, NE. 68509
Auctions three to four times per year. Items: office furniture, computers, couches and more. Separate vehicle auctions held. Mailing list.
NEVADA: State Purchasing Division
Kinkead Bldg. 400 Capitol Complex
Carson City, NV. 89710
Second Saturday in August at 2250 Barnett Way, Reno, Nevada, 89512. Separate sealed bid auction mailing list is available, too. You must bid at least once over two to three auctions or you'll be dropped from the list.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Office of Surplus Property
78 Regional Drive Building 3
Concord, NH 03301
Two auctions per year of vehicles and other property. Mailing list.
NEW JERSEY: Purchase and Property Distribution Center
Trenton, N.J. 08625
State vehicle auctions as needed. Mailing list.
NEW MEXICO: Highway & Transportation Department
P.O. Box 1149
Santa Fe, N.M. 87504
Last Saturday in September. Vehicles and office equipment. Mailing list.
NEW YORK Office of General Service
Bureau of Surplus Property
Bldg. #18, Harriman State Office Bldg. Campus
Albany, N.Y. 12226
Frequent auctions around the state. Sold by category. Mailing list.
NORTH CAROLINA: State Surplus Property
P.O. Box 33900
Raleigh, N.C. 27636
Sealed bid auctions. Mailing list. Warehouse available to inspect items.
NORTH DAKOTA: Surplus Property Office
P.O. Box 7293
Bismarck, N.D. 58507
Annual auction each September. Items: Vaehicles, office furniture and equipment. Auction is advertised two days in advance.
OHIO: State and Federal Surplus Property
4200 Surface Road
Columbus, OH. 43228
Public auctions and sealed bid sales several times per year. Mailing list. Items: vehicles, office machines and furniture and more.
OKLAHOMA: Central Purchasing Department
Central Services, B4, State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK. 73105
Several auctions throughout the year. $10 gets you on a mailing list.
OREGON: Department of General Services
ADVANCE \l8 1655 Salem Industrial Dr., N.E. Salem, OR. 97310
Public auctions held every Friday of items such as vehicles, desks, computers, snow plows, horse trailers and more.
PENNSYLVANIA: General Services Department
Bureau of Vehicle Management
2221 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA. 17105
Vehicle auctions at least ten times per year. Mailing list. Bureau of Supplies (7177874083) also auctions numerous items. Mailing list available.
RHODE ISLAND: Department of Administration
Division of Purchase
1 Capitol Hill
Providence, R.I. 02908
Rare public auctions, advertised in local papers. Sealed bids to a list of buyers of vehicles and office equipments. Call to see if you can get on the list.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Surplus Property Office
Division of General Services
1441 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, S.C. 29170
Warehouse is at above address. Auctions held periodically. No mailing list. Public Transportation Office (8037371488) keeps a mailing list for its vehicle auctions held every five to six weeks.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Bureau of Administration
State Property Management
701 East Sioux Avenue
Pierre, S.D. 57501
Two auctions per year, spring and fall. Vehicles. Mailing list.
TENNESSEE: Department of General Services Property
6500 Centennial Blvd.
Nashville, TN. 37243
Periodic auctions of vehicles and assorted machinery. Mailing list.
TEXAS: State Purchasing & General Services Commission
P.O. Box 13047 Capitol Station
Austin, TX. 78711
Every two months, auctions of vehicles, office furniture and machines and highway equipment is held. Mailing list.
UTAH: State Surplus Office
522 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, UT. 84104
Auctions of vehicles, office furniture and heavy equipment are held four of five times per year. Mailing list.
VERMONT: Central Surplus Property Agency
RD #2 Box 520
Montpelier, VT. 05602
Warehouse at Central Garage on Barre Montpelier Street. Items: office furniture and machines. Public auctions for vehicles in May and September. Mailing list.
VIRGINIA: State Surplus Property
P.O. Box 1199
Richmond, VA. 23231
Regular auctions for all types of items including office equipment, computers, tractors, bulldozers and more. Mailing list. Cars auctioned twice a year.
WASHINGTON: Office of Commodity Redistribution
2805 C. St. SW Bldg. 5, Door 49
Auburn, WA. 98001
Central warehouse open noon to 2:30 PM on Fridays. Cash only.
WEST VIRGINIA: State Agency Surplus Property
2700 Charles Avenue
Dunbar, W.V. 25064
Auctions every month. Items: chairs, desks, telephones, computers and more. Mailing list.
WISCONSIN: Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 7396
Madison, WI. 53707
Warehouse at Hill Farm Bldg., 4802 Sheboygan Avenue. Department of Admnistration (6082668024) holds public auctions every month for vehicles. Mailing list.
WYOMING: State Motor Pool
723 West 19th St.
Cheyenne, WY. 82002
Periodic vehicle auctions. Mailing list.
STATE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
There are billions of dollars in this country in unclaimed money sitting in state property offices. Money from uncashed stock dividends, forgotten bank accounts, insurance proceeds, utility deposits, safe deposit boxes and similar uncollected items.
People move, die, lose track of various accounts; it all adds up to huge dollars. After a stipulated period of time that this money goes unclaimed, the state is notified and then tries to track down the rightful owners of the money.
How does this affect you? Obviously, if you think you may be the beneficiary of some of that uncliamed money, you can contact your state's department of revenue to find out more. The other possibility is the opportunity to help track down the missing individuals. State resources being slim these days, you may be able to earn a finder's fee by locating the person.
Finder's fees can range fairly high depending on the amount you make someone aware that they're entitled to receive. Some states have formal rules on the fee you could be paid. There is a concern on the states' part about overcharging the beneficiary, so keep the fees reasonable.
It is a way to earn some money through your ability to track down people to tell them about their unclaimed cash.
Contact your state's department of revenue for a lead on this information and about any fee restriction or regulation that may exist.
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
The federal government is a regular discount house of values if you know where to look. From real estate to cameras to animals to books to vehicles, there's "Blue Light" specials everywhere on Capitol Hill.
There's a catch, of course. The government doesn't advertise their sales. The listings that follow, however, are your contact points for information. This will help you identify and make your purchases.
This is an ongoing enterprise. Government tentacles reach everywhere and there is a constant flow of materials coming in be it from drug raids or IRS seizures. The Post Office has millions of dollars in unclaimed parcels that are sold. Repossessed homes as a result of government foreclosures can bring you the bargain house of your lifetime.
Here are the listings, beginning with the Housing and Urban Development Department.
HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Auctions of foreclosed properties are a regular occurrence. The properties may be houses, apartments or condominiums in various stages of attractiveness. They may need fixing up in some cases, considerable work but you can find that out and decide what the value is to you. The HUD Home Line is 18007674483.
Region 1 Boston ADVANCE \l8 ADVANCE \l8 Room 375, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway St.
Boston, MA. 02222 (617) 5655234
Bangor Office Burlington Office
Casco Northern Bank Bldg. Room B2B, Federal Bldg.
First Floor 11 Elmwood Ave.
23 Main Street P.O. Box 879
Bangor, ME. 044016394 Burlington, VT. 054020879
(207) 9450467 (802) 9516290
Hartford Office Manchester Office
330 Main Street Norris Cotton Building
First Floor 275 Chestnut Strett
Hartford, CT. 061061860 Manchester, NH. 031012487
(203) 2404523 (603) 6667458
Providence Office 330 John O. Pastore Fed. Bldg.
U.S. Post Office Kennedy Plaza
Providence, R.I. 029031785
REGION 2 New York 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY.
102780068, (212) 2648053
Albany Buffalo Leo W. O'Brien Fed. Bldg.
Fed. Bldg. 5th Floor, Lafayette Court
North Pearl & Clinton Ave. 465 Main Street
Albany, N.Y. 122072395 Buffalo, N.Y. 142031780
(518) 4723567 (716) 8465755
The Parkade Building 60 Park Place
519 Federal Street Military Park Bldg.
Camden, N.J. 081039998 Newark, N.J. 071025504
(609) 7575081 (201) 8771686
REGION 3 Philadelphia Liberty Square Bldg., 105 S. 7th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 190163392
Third Floor, Equitable Bldg. 405 Capitol Street
10 North Calvert St. Suite 708 Baltimore, MD. 21202
Charleston, WV. 253011795 (410) 9622520
412 Old Post Office 1st Floor, Federal Bldg.
Courthouse 400 North 8th Street
7th Avenue & Grant St. P.O. Box 10170
Pittsburgh, PA. 152191939 Richmond, VA. 232400170
(412) 6446388 (804) 7712575
Washington, D.C. Wilmington
820 First Street, NE 824 Market St. Suite 850
Washington, D.C. 200024205 Wilmington, DE. 198013016
(202) 2758185 (302) 5736300
Atlanta Richard B. Russell Federal Bldg.,
75 Spring St., Atlanta, GA. 30303
Beacon Ridge Tower, #300 New San Juan Office Bldg.
600 Beacon Parkway West 159 Carlos Chardon Avenue
Birmingham, AL. 352093144 San Juan, PR. 009181804
(201) 2907617 (809) 7666121
Columbia Coral Gables
Strom Thurmond Fed. Bldg. Gables 1 Tower
183545 Assembly St. 1320 South Dixie Highway
Columbia, S.C. 292012480 Coral Gables, FL. 33146
(803) 7655592 (305) 6624500
415 N. Edgeworth St. Dr. A.H. McCoy Fed. Bldg.
Greensboro, N.C. 274012107 Suite 910, 100 W. Capitol
(919) 3335363 Jackson, MS. 392691096
325 West Adams Street John J. Duncan Fed. Bldg.
Jacksonville, FL. 322024303 710 Locust St. 3rd Floor
(904) 7912626 Knoxville, TN. 379022526
601 W. Broadway One Memphis Place
P.O. Box 1044 200 Jefferson Ave. #1200
Louisville, KY. 402011044 Memphis, TN. 381032335
(502) 5826255 (901) 5443367
251 Cumberland Bend Dr. #200 3751 Maguire Blvd. #270
Nashville, TN. 372281803 Orlando, FL. 328033032
(615) 7365213 (407) 6486441
Timberlake Federal Bldg. Annex #700
501 E. Polk St. Tampa, Fl. 336023945
Chicago 547 W. Jackson Blvd., 7th Floor,
Chicago, IL. 60661
Federal Office Bldg. Rm 9002 One Playhouse Square #420
550 Main Street 1375 Euclid Avenue
Cincinnati, OH. 452023253 Cleveland, OH. 441141670
(513) 6842884 (216) 5224065
200 North High St. Patrick V. McNamara Fed Bl
Columbus, OH. 432152499 477 Michigan Avenue
(614) 4697345 Detroit, MI. 482262592
Flint Grand Rapids
605 N. Saginaw St. #200 2922 Fuller Avenue, NE
Flint, MI. 485022043 Grand Rapids, MI. 49505
(313) 7665109 (616) 4562137
151 N. Delaware St. Henry S. Reuss Fed. Plaza
Indianapolis, IN. 462042526 310 W. Wisconsin Av. #1320
(317) 2267043 Milwaukee, WI. 532032289
220 Second Street South 509 W. Capitol St. #206
Minneapolis, MN. 554012195 Springfield, IL. 62704
(612) 3703000 (217) 4924085
Fort Worth 1600 Throckmorton, P.O. Box 2905,
Ft. Worth, TX. 76113 (817) 8855505
625 Truman St., NE 525 Griffin St. Room 860
Albuquerque, N.M. 871106472 Dallas, TX. 752025007
(505) 2626472 (214) 7678359
Houston Little Rock
Norfolk Tower, Suite 200 Lafayette Bldg., Suite 200
2211 Norfolk 523 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX. 770984096 Little Rock, AR. 72201
(713) 6533274 (501) 3785931
Lubbock New Orleans Federal Office Bldg.
Fisk Federal Bldg.
1205 Texas Ave. 1661 Canal St. #3100
Lubbock, TX. 794014093 New Orleans, LA. 70112
(806) 7437276 (504) 5897246
Oklahoma City San Antonio
Murrah Federal Bldg. Washington Square
200 NW 5th Street 800 Dolorosa
Oklahoma City, OK. 731023202 San Antonio, TX. 78207
(405) 2315464 (512) 2296758
Joe D. Waggoner Bldg. Boston Place, Suite 110
500 Fannin St. 1516 S. Boston St.
Shreveport, LA. 711013077 Tulsa, OK. 74119
(318) 2265402 (918) 5817451
Kansas City ADVANCE \l8 ADVANCE \l8 ADVANCE \l8 Gateway Tower II, Rm. 200, 400 State Ave. Kansas City, KS. 661012406
Des Moines Omaha
Room 259, Fed. Bldg. Braiker/Brandeis Bldg.
210 Walnut St. 210 South 16th St.
Des Moines, IA. 503092155 Omaha, NE. 681021622
(515) 2844215 (402) 2213879
Robert A Young Federal Building, 3rd Fl.
1222 Spruce St., St. Louis, MO. 631032836
Denver Executive Tower Bldg., 1405 Curtis
Denver, CO. 80202 (303) 8446518
4225 Federal Off. Bldg. Federal Building
100 East B. Street 653 2nd Avenue N.
P.O. Box 580 P.O. Box 2483
Casper, WY. 826021918 Fargo, N.D. 581082483
(307) 2615252 (701) 2395666
Helena Salt Lake City
Federal Office Building 324 S. State Street
301 South Park, Rm. 340 Suite 220
Drawer 10095 Salt Lake City, UT. 84111
Helena, MT. 596260095 (801) 5245216
300 N. Dakota Ave. Suite 116
"300 Bldg." Sioux Falls, SD 571024223
(Property handled by Denver office)
San Francisco Phillip Burton Federal Bldg. and
U.S. Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate
P.O. Box 36003, San Francisco, CA 94102
1630 Shaw Ave. #138 Prince Jonah Fed. Bldg.
Fresno, CA. 937108193 P.O. Box 50007
(209) 4875033 Honolulu, HI. 968504991
Las Vegas Los Angeles
1500 E. Tropicana #205 1615 West Olympic Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV. 891196516 Los Angeles, CA. 90015
(702) 3886500 (213) 2517136
2 Arizona Ctr. #1600 1050 Bible Way
400 North 5th St. P.O. Box 4700
P.O. Box 13468 Reno, NV. 895054700
Phoenix, AZ. 850042361 (702) 7845356
Sacramento San Diego
777 12th Street #200 Room 53S, Fed. Off. Bld.
Sacramento, CA. 958141997 880 Front Street
(916) 5511351 San Diego, CA. 921880100
Santa Ana Tucson
Box 12850 100 N. Stone Ave. #410
34 Civic Center Plaza Tucson, AZ. 857011467
Santa Ana, CA. 927122850 (602) 6705223
Seattle Arcade Plaza Bldg., 1321 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA. 98101 (206) 5531700
Federal Building U.S. Federal Building U.S.
222 West 8th Avenue #64 550 W. Fort St.
Anchorage, AK. 995137537 P.O. Box 042
(907) 2714170 Boise, ID. 837240420
520 SW Sixth St. Farm Credit Bank Bldg.
Portland, OR. 972041596 8th Fl. East W. 601 1st Av
(503) 3262671 Spokane, WA. 992040317
This concludes the Housing & Urban Development listings.
The U.S. Customs offices seize millions in merchandise each year. E.G.& G. Dynatrend is under contract to auction forfeited and confiscated merchandise. Their address is: 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 705, Arlington, VA. 22201. Their phone numbers are (703) 3517880 and 7887.
The U.S. Customs Public Auction Line is specifically the 7033517887 number. You can be placed on a mailing list for either $25 for regional information or $50 for national news. There are five different areas covered.
There are auctions held every nine weeks in the following cities:
Los Angeles, California
Chula Vista, California
Jersey City, New Jersey
El Paso, Texas
Other cities hold auctions more infrequently.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Periodically, there are portions of a contractor's inventory that remains following completion of a job. The government paid for it, so they own it. They consider it surplus and it's sold by a Defense branch the Department of Defense Logistics Agency.
You can write to these addresses for more information about these sales:
Boston New York
Defense Contract Admin. Serv. Defense Contract Admin Ser
Boston Region New York Region
495 Summer Street 201 Varick Street
Boston, MA. 022102184 New York, N.Y. 100144811
Defense Contr. Admin. Serv. Defense Contr. Admin. Ser.
Philadelphia Region Atlanta Region
2800 South 20th Street 805 Walker Street
Philadelphia, PA. 191017478 Marietta, GA. 300602789
Defense Contr. Admin. Serv. Defense Contr. Admin. Ser.
Cleveland Region Chicago Region
Federal Office Building O'Hare Int'l Airport
1240 E. Ninth Street P.O. Box 66475
Cleveland, OH. 441992036 Chicago, IL. 606660475
St. Louis Dallas
Defense Contr. Admin. Serv. Defense Contr. Admin. Ser.
St. Louis Region Dallas Region
1136 Washington Avenue 1200 Main Street
St. Louis, MO. 631011194 Dallas, TX. 752024399
Commander, Defense Contract Admin. Services
Los Angeles Region, 11099 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 900456197
A number of items often turn up at the post office that are undeliverable and unclaimed. These goods can range from merchandise to household and leisure items to books.
The merchandise auctions are only held in 5 cities, the largest in New York and San Francisco. If you live close to one of these auction areas listed, by all means go and check it out. Otherwise, it may not be worth a lengthy trip.
Atlanta: U.S. Postal Service, Undeliverable Mails
Branch, Dead Parcels Branch, 730 Great SW
Parkway, Atlanta, GA. 30336, (404) 3441625
New York: U.S. Postal Service, 380 West 33rd Street,
New York, N.Y. 10199, (212) 3303800
Philadelphia: U.S. Postal Service, 2970 Market Street,
Room 531A, Philadelphia, PA. 191049886
San Francisco: U.S. Postal Service, 390 Main Street, San
Francisco, CA. 941059502, (415) 5431826
St. Paul: U.S. Postal Service, 443 Fillmore Street,
St. Paul, MN. 55107, (612) 2933082
Postal vehicles are also sold by the Post Office. They must be purchased by cash, bank check or money order.
U.S. Postal Service Postal Service Supply Off.
708 E. South Blvd. Vehicle Maintenance
Montgomery, AL. 36119 8221 Petersburg
(205) 2447500 Anchorage, AK. 995073132
U.S. Postal Service General Mail Facil. Fleet
Vehicle Maintenance Facility 4700 E. McCain Blvd.
4949 E. Van Buren N. Little Rock, AR. 72231
Phoenix, AZ. 85026 (501) 9456710
Fleet Maintenance Div. U.S. Postal Service
1300 Evans Avenue 915 S. Logan
San Francisco, CA. 94105 Denver, CO. 80209
(415) 5505212 (303) 2976730
U.S. Post Office U.S. Post Office
Vehicle Maintenance Service Vehicle Maintenance
85 Weston St. 147 Quigley Blvd.
Hartford, CT. 06101 Wilmington, DE. 19850
(203) 5246240 (302) 3232237
U.S. Post Office U.S. Post Office
2800 S. Adams Vehicle Maintenance Facil.
Tallahassee, FL. 323019998 3900 Crown Rd.
(904) 8787268 Atlanta, GA. 303049721
U.S. Postmaster U.S. Post Office Garage
Manager, Fleet Maintenance 770 S. 13th
89 Sand Island Rd. Boise, ID. 83707
Honolulu, HI. 96819 (208) 3834225
Main Post Office Garage U.S. Post Office Garage
2105 E. Cook 615 S. Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL. 62703 Indianapolis, IN. 46225
(217) 7887241 (317) 4646081
U.S. Post Office U.S. Post Office Garage
1165 Second Avenue 424 S. Kansas Avenue
Des Moines, IA. 503189121 Topeka, KS. 66603
(515) 2837720 (913) 2959167
U.S. Postal Service Main Post Office Garage
1420 Gardiner Lane Vehicle Maintenance Dept.
P.O. Box 3111 750 Florida Blvd.
Louisville, KY. 402329111 Baton Rouge, LA. 70021
(502) 4541891 (504) 3810388
Main Post Office U.S. Postal Service
171 Kennebec Street 6 Waelchi Avenue
Portland, ME. 04101 Baltimore, MD. 21227
(207) 8718467 (301) 6258931
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office
135 A Street 4800 Collins Rd.
Boston, MA. 02210 Lansing, MI. 48924
(617) 6545771 (517) 3378736
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office
314 Eva Street 350 E. Silas Brown St.
St. Paul, MN. 55107 Jackson, MS. 393015201
(612) 3493082 (601) 9685784
U.S. Postal Service No auctions held. See
Vehicle Maintenance Facility San Francisco and Salt
3535 Katherine Rd. Lake City
Quincy, IL. 623019998
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office
Maintenance, 700 R St. 2000 Vassar Street
Lincoln, NE. 68501 Reno, NV. 895109997
(402) 4731630 (702) 7880626 Gov't
New Hampshire New Jersey
U.S. Post Office Main Post Office
Vehicle Maintenance Facility Vehicle Mainten. Facility
955 Goffs Falls Rd. 680 State Hwy. 130
Manchester, N.H. 031007221 Trenton, N.J. 08650
(603) 6444022 (609) 5813089
New Mexico New York
U.S. Post Office U.S. Postal Garage
1135 Broadway, N.E. 201 11th Avenue
Albuquerque, NM 87101 New York, N.Y. 101999721
(505) 8483887 (212) 3304904
North Carolina North Dakota
U.S. Postal Office U.S. Post Office
310 Newborne Avenue 220 E. Rosser Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27611 Bismarck, N.D. 58501
(919) 8313702 (701) 2216517
U.S. Postal Service Main Post Office
850 Twin River Drive Vehicle Services
Columbus, OH. 43216 320 S.W. 5th Street
(614) 4694255 Oklahoma City, OK. 73125
U.S. Post Office Philadelphia Post Office
Vehicle Maintenance Facility Garage
918 NW Park Avenue 30th and Chestnut
Portland, OR. 97208 Philadelphia, PA. 19104
(503) 2942444 (215) 8959297
Rhode Island South Carolina U.S. Postal Service
Service U.S. Post Office
Vehicle Maintenance 1601 Asembly St.
Providence RI 02904 Columbia, SC 292019122
(401) 276-6800 (803) 7334692
South Dakota Tennessee
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office Garage
Vehicle Maintenance Facility 707 Chestnut Street
500 E. Boulevard Nashville, TN. 372299721
Rapid City, SD 577015709
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office
10410 Perrin Beitel Vehicle Maintenance Dept.
San Antonio, TX. 78284 1760 W. 2100 S.
(512) 6578528 ADVANCE \l8 ADVANCE \l8 ADVANCE \l8 Salt Lake City, UT. 84199
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Post Office Garage
Vehicle Maintenance Facility 1001 School Street
1800 Page Blvd. Richmond, VA. 23232
Springfield, MA. 011529721 (804) 7756155
Washington, D.C. Washington (state)
U.S. Postal Service U.S. Postal Service
Fleet Operations 3825 S. Warren
980 V. St. NE Tacoma, WA. 98409
Washington, D.C. 200189601
West Virginia Wisconsin
U.S. Post Office U.S Postal Service
Vehicle Maintenance Facility Vehicle Maintenance
602 Donnelly St. Madison, WI. 53703
Charleston, WV. 253019721 (608) 2461300
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Naturally, the Internal Revenue Service has been known to seize a few items themselves. They generally auction these goods off to raise money for back taxes and penalties owed by the person whose property has been confiscated. You can get on their mailing list by calling their HOT LINE:
Other hotline numbers:
San Francisco (415) 5565021
Seattle (206) 5530703
Los Angeles (213) 8945777
Sacramento (916) 9785520
New York City (718) 7804020
The IRS may prove to be your ally yet!
The other phone numbers of importance may belong to the Federal Supply Service Bureau who can give you more information about General Services Administration Auctions. Those listings:
National Capitol Region
National Surplus & Sales Center
Federal Supply Service Bureau
6808 Loisdale Rd.
Springfield, VA. 22150
Hotline: (703) 5577796
Region One Region Two
Federal Service Supply Bureau Federal Serv. Supply Bur.
10 Causeway St. 4#2FBP1 26 Federal Plaza #2FBB2
Boston, MA. 02222 New York, N.Y. 10278
Hotline: (617) 5657326 Hotline: (800) 488SALE
Region Three Region Four
Federal Service Supply Bur. Federal Service Supp. Bur.
Personal Property Sales Section General Services Admin.
841 Chestnut St. #540 404 West Beach St. #4FBB Philadelphia, PA. 19107 Atlanta, GA. 30365
(215) 5977253 (404) 3315177
Region Five Region Six
General Services Admin. Excess Property Sales
Federal Supply Serv. Bureau
A Federal Supply Bureau
Sales Service, Mail Staff 345 #6FPP
230 S. Dearborn St. 440 College Blvd.
Chicago, IL. 60604 Overland Park, KS. 66211
(312) 3530246 (913) 2362500
Region Seven Region Eight
General Services Admin. General Services Admin.
819 Taylor Street Federal Supply Serv. Bur.
Fort Worth, TX. 76102 Building 41
(817) 3342352 Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO. 80226
Region Nine Region Ten
525 Market St. 29th Floor General Services Admin.
San Francisco, CA. 94105 Excess Personal Property
(415) 7745240 400 15th Street SW
Auburn, WA. 98001
RESOLUTION TRUST CORPORATION
In the 1980s, there were a vast number of savings & loans failures and the U.S. Government contracted with the Resolution Trust Corporation to dispose of personal property and assets accumulated during the last few years.
There is a wide inventory that is constantly changing. The key contacts:
The Affordable Housing Disposition Program
Resolution Trust Corporation
National Assets Specific Inquiry
Program: (800) 4310600
Regional Assets Sales Hotline
For real estate: (800) 7823006.
You're in business now!
These are a wide assortment of contact listings for you to begin your new career in the buying and selling business. People are going to buy goods from you or someone else. Ehy not take advantage of the outstanding savings you can achieve by using the government to do your acquisitions for you.
You always thought the government only took taxes from you. Here's a chance to get some back! Of course, it will probably increase your taxes as your income goes up, but that's a good problem to have, right?