U ReUse program hosts its first public auction

by Amy Horst

For people who have ever wanted to own a Roman sink tub, their wish might soon come true.

This week, the University’s ReUse Program Warehouse will hold its first public auction, which will include about 100 items, including a piano, a safe, a radial arm saw and a Roman sink tub, from a University medical building.

The warehouse receives unwanted items from around the University and sells them to University students, staff, faculty and others in the community for a reduced price. The items usually stay there for about three months before they are sent to a landfill or recycling center, said Pete O’Keefe, the ReUse Program coordinator.

“It’s just a fun way for the public and University staff and students to see the old items that have come in over the years or the old items that have been hiding in basement storage rooms,” O’Keefe said.

To bid on an item, participants will be given a piece of paper on which they will write the name of the item they want and their bid. Minimum bids will be $25. At the end of the auction, items will be sold to the person who bid the most for them.

The auction will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.