, Derry, New Hampshire


October 12, 2011

Derry auctions off surplus items

DERRY — The town is about to put a lot of extra and unwanted items on the auction block and there will definitely be something for everyone.

From a pair of gloves to a leather wallet, from an unclaimed bicycle to tools and a lawn mower, this sale has it all.

On Oct. 15, a long list of items — collected or left over from town departments — will go on the auction block at the Derry Police Department on Municipal Drive. The auction begins at 9 a.m.

The annual event makes all of the town's surplus items available to the public, with proceeds going to the town.

Police collect bicycles, jewelry, electronics and outdated vehicles to sell at their annual auction.

Last year's event put several unwanted vehicles and public works trucks on the auction block.

"It's any unwanted property," Officer Joyce Chadwell said.

That property can be things left behind in cars or unclaimed at the police department.

Other items, like recovered GPS systems or radar detectors, are often too difficult to return to owners when serial numbers are unknown, police officials said.

Chadwell said every year there is an abundance of unclaimed bicycles that go up for bid.

This year's surplus auction features more than 30 bicycles Derry police collected or found in the past year that remain unclaimed. Bikes not sold on auction day generally are donated to charity.

Other town departments offer their own collections of unwanted items to put up for auction every year, including old electronics, office furniture and other extra equipment.

The list of auction items also includes televisions, radios, shredders, printers, tools, camcorders, vehicles including an old animal control van, and even a jukebox and mini-pretzel warmer.

Alan Cote, superintendent of operations for the highway department, will serve as auctioneer.

The surplus auction could net several thousand dollars for the town.

The entire property list is now available at

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