Marquette’s annual police bike auction rolled into town today. The department’s inventory was made up of items that had been lost, stolen or unclaimed for more than a year.
Starting at noon, deal seekers showed up to bid at the silent auction. Organizers say that in the past, items have gone for as little as $1 and up to more than $100, depending on the bike. More than 70 bikes were available this year, and there was even a wide variety of everything from wheelchairs to baby seats. With more than a hundred deals to steal, bidders had a hard time keeping count of their items.
“I’m thinking, one; oh, and an iPod,” Marquette resident and deal seeker Rima Randall said. “One, two, three; four I think, no five, five, five. Some good bikes, sunglasses, a tent, some rings, wheel chair and some tools.”
“I came out here to pick out a couple of bikes so that we could do some bicycling this summer,” Los Angeles resident and boxer Mikaela Mayer said. “I just go by the color. That is how I pick my things out, so I saw a purple and a pink one.”
You could bid on as many items as you wanted, but if you have the winning bid, you have to buy it. Many bidding strategies implemented a pinpoint budget.
“My top dollar amount, then divide that down so that I don’t spend over that particular amount,” continued Randall.
“My coach came in here wanting to bid $25 on each bike, so we just stuck to that,” Mayer said.
“For me, I don’t want to spend more than $30, so that is where I am going to draw the line,” Shawn Byrwa said.
“I don’t know,” Zac Shankland said. “It depends on the bike, probably $40 if I really wanted it and hope no one else needs that size.”
Notifications of winning bids will be sent out starting tomorrow, with pickup scheduled for next Wednesday.