ATTLEBORO, MA- If you ever wanted to get your hands on some peculiar items once used to plow snow, or even spray trees for bugs, click on the city of Attleboro's website for a full listing of items you normally wouldn't find at your neighbor's yard sale.
"They're of little or no value and we're just selling them off just to see if people are interested in them," said city purchasing assistant, Carol Brown.
Many of the items can also be viewed in–person like school busses.
While most of these items will likely be resold for parts, in the past, people have gotten creative.
Brown said, "We've had somebody buy a fire engine last year for their handicapped child who wanted to play on the fire truck and they bought it and used it."
Here's how the closed envelop bidding works: Go online and select an item. Fill out the bidding surplus form and send it to the city purchasing office. On October 16th, at 11am, envelops will be opened; whoever bids the highest price will get the item.
The highest bidder for each item will have 30–days to pay. Last year, the sale brought in over $9,000.
"The money goes into the general fund for the city and instead of just throwing them away, we try to make a little money off them," said Brown.