By Beth David, Editor
The town of Fairhaven auctioned of a variety of items declared surplus or found property on Saturday, 9/17, raising $3491 for the town.
Selectboard chairperson Charles Murphy played auctioneer, trying to get as much as he could for everything from file cabinets to a food thermometer.
Items included old office equipment, including phones and printers, chairs, shelving units and a large shredder.
Approximately 17 bicycles, two carpets, and three vehicles were also on the list.
Bob Parker bought several bicycles of different sizes. He said he has three daughters and they have children, too.
“I know one was looking for one,” said Mr. Parker. “Three are pretty good. The others are good for parts. They can put something together.”
A 1994 Ford 350 pickup truck went for $1225. The bidding started at $500, and Karl Fleurent was a little surprised he had to go so high to get it. He said his quads will fit in the back.
A 2000 Ford Taurus Sedan driven by former Selectboard Executive Secretary Jeff Osuch went for $1,000, which was the starting bid.
Mr. Murphy kept stressing that Mr. Osuch’s took good care of the car.
“He took a lot of pride in that,” said Mr. Murphy.
Despite Mr. Murphy’s efforts, Stephanie Nolan was the only bidder. She said she will use the card for going back and forth to work.
She said she went by a few days early to check it out and was hoping to get it.
“I was surprised,” said Ms. Nolan. “There was a lot of murmuring about that car.”
A 2006 Ford Crown Victoria former police cruiser did not meet expectations. The opening bid was $2,000, but it ended up going for $800. Mike Murphy of Murphy’s Auto Salvage walked away with that prize. He said he did not plan on junking it, though. He planned on fixing it up.
Mr. Murphy the auctioneer said they did well on the bicycles, selling most of them individually,
instead of as a group. One of the mountain bikes sold for $80.
A handful of items did not sell at all, including an old metal filing cabinet.
After there were no takers for the inkjet printers, Mr. Murphy bought those for his own office.
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