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Sentiment, re-sell value part of surplus auction
County schools get nearly $26,000 from sales
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Jewel Armour, director of operations for Hall County schools, left rear, takes bids on a bus during Wednesday’s surplus auction. The school district auctioned 24 buses. - photo by RON BRIDGEMAN

Buses were the big attraction for the Hall County Schools auction Wednesday. That’s what most of the more than 50 people came to see — and some came to bid.

The buses produced nearly all of the $25,929 generated by the auction.

But the auction included a variety of other items — cosmetology chairs, kid-size chairs, desks, serving tables, ovens, desks, metal cabinets, and one tripod pipe threader.

Jewel Armour, Hall County Schools director of operations, and Superintendent  Will Schofield knew their audience.

They started with the smaller items so they could hold the potential bidders. The auction list was nearly evenly divided between vehicles and furniture and appliances.

Four pickup trucks were included among the vehicles. One pickup went for $1,700; one bus sold for $2,000.

Most were in the $600 to $1,000 range.

Gus Simpson bought most of the buses, bidding as long as it took to get some of them. Four or five others also bid on buses — some getting one or two; one buying three buses.

Simpson bought 18 of the 24 buses for a total of $16,200.

Most of the buses were sold for parts. Simpson said after the auction his family has had inquiries about motors.

The non-vehicle items sold for as little as $10. Chairs were sold in lots. The school district had 204 students desks that were sold in lots of four.

Shirley Corbin of Gainesville bought several pallets. She said she would re-sell most of the chairs she bought — a combination of adult and children’s chairs.

“It’s a pastime. You never know what you’re gonna buy and what you’re gonna sell,” she said while loading chairs in a pickup bed.

Paula Puckett, another chair buyer, was a bit more sentimental. She is a former teacher — Wauka Mountain MI Academy. She said she believed some of the children’s chairs she bought might have been in her classroom.

She taught art in kindergarten through fifth-grade, she said, through her 30-year career.

She said she would like to re-finish some of the chairs and “give them as gift items.”

She noted the chairs were made by Georgia Chairs, which just announced it is closing its business. The chairs, she said, are “good, solid hardwood chairs.”

The auction was largely informal. Armour and Schofield served as auctioneer and assistant.

“Did they charge the battery in this,” Armour wanted to know about the first bus. “There’s no battery in it,” came the answer.

“That’s why it won’t crank,” Armour declared.

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