February 23, 2014 |
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
February 23, 2013 |
Over the last year, everything that sails, flies, drives, and trots has been auctioned - from horses and five-ton military trucks to a 747 jumbo jet, Navy cruiser, Army tugboat, and Coast Guard cutter. The sales have included ammunition cans, vacuums, backpacks, bomber jackets, bulldozers, cameras, and medical, audio, video, camping, and exercise equipment. Ever wonder what happens to surplus items retired by the U.S. Defense Department? They are purchased by businesses and individuals who give them a second career in the civilian world.
February 12, 2013 |
The gravel lot tucked into a remote area of Gloucester County once housed a fleet of 100 yellow school buses that would rumble back and forth on weekdays. But when Hurricane Sandy hit in the fall - soon after the bus company moved out - the empty lot in Glassboro was assigned a new purpose: More than 300 vehicles that were damaged by raging rivers of saltwater were hauled to the five-acre property, Glassboro officials said. In New Jersey, lots like these have been tapped to temporarily hold an estimated 72,000 devastated cars, trucks, boats, and jet skis while they are processed for resale or salvaged parts.
March 9, 2012 |
YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington state opened a public auction online Thursday of its state-run liquor stores, beginning the privatizing of a booze industry the state has tightly controlled since the end of Prohibition. Within hours, more than 30 bidders had entered. Nearly a dozen offered to buy rights to all the stores, though most bid on individual store locations. The minimum bid: $1,000. Venturing into store ownership isn't without its risks, given the upheaval in the state's liquor industry.
August 12, 2011 |
Two online auctions ending this weekend will offer stay-at-home bidding on a variety of collectibles, including coins - and toy banks to put them in. The coins, plus some currency, will be offered by the Auction House Inc., formerly Audubon's Auctioneers, at a sale where online bidding has already begun at www.Auctionzip.com . Live bidding will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the gallery at 100 W. Merchant St. in Audubon, N.J. The 70...
January 23, 2010 |
The sale of a government fire truck in Montgomery County used to be a process teeming with paperwork. The required mailings, bid applications, and newspaper advertising cost money, and often resulted in selling government property on the cheap. The Pottstown-based municibid.com has changed that. Township merchandise is now a click away from a vast online audience, resulting in more bids and more money. And the selling process has been streamlined. It's post, bid, and pick up. "I can absolutely say that it has broadened what we are able to sell," F. Thomas Snyder, chief procurement officer for Montgomery County, said of municibid.
February 1, 2008 |
Challenged to make art out of underwear, Paul Palcko had to ponder. "The hardest part was figuring out how to work on it, because, essentially, it's sculpture," said the editorial illustrator, 32, who chose oil paint and stuffed the corset with a blanket. The result, gorgeously rendered in blue, red and gold leaf, with an angel's face gazing skyward, is called "Support" - and aptly named as part of the unique collaboration of area artists, lingerie designers, the burlesque troupe Bawdy Girls, and avant-gardistes who will gather tonight in Northern Liberties to begin a monthlong online auction of 18 fanciful "corsets for a cure," with proceeds going to Philadelphia's Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation.
January 30, 2008 |
Mary Jo Pletz was really, really good at eBay. But now the former stay-at-home mother and gonzo Internet retailer fears a maximum $10 million fine for selling 10,000 toys, antiques, videos, sports memorabilia, books, tools and infant clothes on eBay without an auctioneer's license. An official from the Department of State knocked on Pletz's white-brick ranch here north of Allentown in late December 2006 and said her Internet business, D&J Virtual Consignment, was being investigated for violating state laws.
May 25, 2007 |
The dirty, tarnished bracelet sold for 50 cents, but it cleaned up to reveal a sterling silver and 18-karat gold piece of jewelry worth several hundred dollars. It's one of Jenn Callum's best finds, and an example of why - even in the age of the online auction - many treasure hunters still seek out traditional garage sales. Call it a yard sale, a tag sale, a rummage sale, or a boot sale, but don't call it a relic that has been rendered obsolete. In fact, the Internet is increasingly complementing garage sales, making it easier to connect buyers and sellers who once relied solely on newspaper advertisements and roadside signs.