City to auction everything from garbage trucks to bikes

Scouring the market for a used sanitation truck? Maybe an older Crown Victoria?

Saturday is your best chance to find both in Rock Hill. At the city's annual auction, bargain hunters can find old service vehicles and police cars along with radios, shoes, jewelry and just about anything else.

The purpose of the 10 a.m. event is to unload surplus equipment, so all items will be available until sold. Proceeds go to the city's general fund.

"We've got a lot more vehicles and equipment than we've ever had," said Marty Burr, the city's performance manager. "Fifteen years ago, everything was pretty worn out. We were only getting a small crowd and a pretty small amount of money."

Now, because the quality of equipment has improved, this year's auction is expected to attract bidders from as far as Costa Rica. In recent years, about 1,000 people have attended. The event raised $413,000 in 2006.

Up for auction this year: lawn mowers, tractors, grass and weed trimmers, office furniture, computers, printers, monitors, copy machines, hand tools, bicycles, stereos and small appliances.

Cars, vans and trucks will be sold. Payment in full must be made in cash, certified bank check or by Master Card or Visa.