Monday, June 27, 2011


By John Jude Palencar

GovDeals is an online auction site and a great resource for artists. The sellers are typically cities, townships, colleges and other public institutions. Many of the items offered are in surprisingly good shape Currently there are around thirty States and dozens of cities that have thousands items up for auction. The list of sellers is ever changing so you have to check the listings often. The scope and variety of items is staggering. Need a "Crown Vic" for the next “Blues Brothers” movie - they got it. Need a dentist examination chair for your next horror illustration - place your bid. All items are sold “as is” with no warranty. In most cases you will have to arrange to pick up the item at your own expense. I think this is a small inconvenience when you can purchase a very usable piece of studio furniture in great shape for pennies on the dollar. After you register you are good to go. The nice feature is that a few sellers may be a short drive from your home. Here are just a few items that have been up for auction and some that are still active. GovDeals lists the contact person and phone number, should you have any questions about the auction etc. Explore the site, have fun.... You might be the winning bidder on the amphibious vehicle and could use it to bring your items home. GovDeals site: HERE


  1. If I advertise my website on the hull of an amphibious utility vehicle is it a tax deduction?...only one way to find out.

  2. Yeah...I am a big fan of the Government Surplus store here in Ottawa as well as lots of companies have basements full of out of style and out of a use "stuff", most of it all for the asking or a few dollars donated to a charity. And all I have ever had to do was ask and haul and carry it out myself. When I was a student at University...i almost completely furnished my apartment with government surplus discards...but I did purchase my own bed. Even got twelve great couches for the several lounges at school...fine arts of course!...So great in fact that all twelve were slowly stolen out and probably into someones long as someone got some good use. However with the bedbug scare and reality...I do not and will not buy any upholstered furniture...and spray down all "found" purchases. Lucky so far...but all it takes is one time...yuck...eewwww!!...
    The thing is that some of this stuff weighs a ton as it is is all lab quality and solid wood...nice..but I sure would not want to move often...

  3. Is that a Herkimer Battle Jitney!!!

  4. Do you know of any other online sites that operate similar, as well, as organized and as easy to use, as



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