Arizmendi said he’s posted 200 items in that time, listing everything from school buses to shop equipment, band uniforms, and even five empty sewing machine cases that sold to a buyer from Texas.
“The auction has such a big audience. We have people not only from Colorado, but there are people from six other states that have purchased our items,” Arizmendi said.
He added that a variety of items sold were things the district didn’t expect to have buyers for.
“Most recently, somebody down in Denver just purchased some of our old kitchen equipment for a lot more than we thought the value of it was,” he said.
While earning his district money through the online auction, Arizmendi also was able to put a large portion of the items back into use.
“We’re a school in a budget reduction this year,” Arizmendi pointed out. “By doing the auction, it brought the awareness that we have these things—and surprisingly, a lot of these schools are taking these items and putting them back into use.”
The district was able to put more than 1,600 items back in use in its schools, at an estimate savings of $26,000.
The service Arizmendi used is called Public Surplus, based in Provo, Utah.
Arizmendi posts his items on the website for four days only. Payments are set up as a direct deposit to his district.
“I feel every district could use this as a way to generate money while saving their district the expense of having to dispose of any surplus. It has been very profitable for us, and we will continue to utilize this method of liquidating our surplus,” he said.