Secondhand sales mean millions for Oregon

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 11:41 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Just like people cleaning out the attic and basement for garage and eBay sales, Oregon's state government turns unwanted items into cash. But most people don't make millions of dollars that way.

The state's Property Distribution Center in Salem nets $7 million to $9 million in a two-year budget period from selling unwanted public belongings.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/VtO4qB ) it's typically office furniture. But the center sells a wide variety of things from various branches of government — such as an orange 1977 Sno Cat once used by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Some valuable or unique items go on eBay, such as furniture from the governor's residence known as Mahonia Hall.

More commonplace items are sold at a "general store" at the center.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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