At the end of every con – there are things left over. Some were purchased by the Con, others brought in, used and then donated.
The bid book sits up in Logistics with a page for each time (or group of items). Items that have a number of bids go to auction. Some of them are quite interesting –
1) 23 large rubbermaid like storage bins – five of which are hole free. The holes in the bottom are important when said bins are used to hold ice and drinks. By far easier to drain than dump over when you are a 30 gallon plus container of melted ice.
2) four label printers – used to print the clear labels for the badges
3) five refrigerators – normal, household size to be picked up at the storage locker in a couple of days
4) industrial size roll of saran wrap
5) paper cutter
6) white boards
7) 24″ TV with embedded DvD player
8) 41″ flat screen TV
9) 20 reams of paper
10) five easels…
anyway you get the idea.
In the past I have never bothered with the firesale. Not being local, there is little small enough that would be worth the hassle of trying to take it home. But here I have a daughter who just might need something. That was when I discovered all the interesting things on the above list.
Now, there was no way I was going to bid on a fridge. She has one, it works. The price ($50 for a $500 fridge) was a good deal but she doesn’t need a second (no place to put it).
Computer paper? Always can use computer paper. Easel? Why not – $5.
And, as it turns out, the TV was brought in by the lovely folks who ran the Teen Lounge. All the way from Omaha where it had become excess due to a larger TV entering the premiss. It had been demonstrably working for the last five days. Being more than glad to donate a few bucks to the cause – it is now on top of a table in #304. Turns out it is too big to stick into the bookcase, but cartoons look amazing.
(and apparently so are friends with cars…..)