Canada Games sur­plus items at auc­tion in bid to raise $150,000

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS - DY­LAN ROBERT­SON dy­lan.robert­son@freep­ress.mb.ca

TTAWA — Are you in need of 125 rolls of duct tape? How about a pal­let of roof­ing ma­te­rial? With the fan­fare of the 2017 Canada Games wind­ing down, or­ga­niz­ers are clear­ing out a cu­ri­ous sur­plus of near-Olympic pro­por­tions.

A quick search on the web­site GovDeals.com re­veals bids for ev­ery­thing from cof­fee ma­chines to crutches, all in in­dus­trial-size quan­ti­ties.

“You just look at some of this stuff and it’s amaz­ing what you ac­cu­mu­late,” Games pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Hnatiuk said in an in­ter­view. “You kind of look back and you go, ‘Geez, I didn’t re­al­ize we’ve got 275 um­brel­las.’”

Hnatiuk is quick to stress that Games or­ga­niz­ers have do­nated a lot and tried rent­ing what­ever they could. They’ve sent beds to the Main Street Project and toi­letries to char­i­ties, while $800,000 worth of sports equip­ment is go­ing to Man­i­toba youth, through a pro­gram led by Man­i­toba Liquor and Lot­ter­ies.

The med­i­cal vol­un­teers helped find groups to do­nate or sell equip­ment to, but Hnatiuk says not every­one finds 1,500 py­lons use­ful — one ex­am­ple of

OFive things on of­fer

Fold­ing ta­bles, set of 196: The high­est-bid­ding item as of Wed­nes­day evening, at $1,422, these six-foot fold­ing ta­bles would look fan­tas­tic in any church hall.

Clip­boards: It’s al­most back to school, so who couldn’t use ap­prox­i­mately 200 le­gal-sized clip­boards? These are still sit­ting in their Grand & Toy the many things that emerge from an event span­ning more than 40 venues and a $28 mil­lion op­er­at­ing bud­get.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has strict rules on how it can buy and off-load ma­te­rial it’s bought or seized — prompt­ing a reg­u­lar buyer’s ga­lore of ev­ery­thing from mil­i­tary-grade snow pants to farm equip­ment. Hnatiuk says the Games chose to com­mis­sion a third party to get rid of the stuff.

That’s why you can now buy 2,400 feet of white stan­chions, if you ever need 730 me­tres of poles and chains for crowd con­trol.

All six pal­lets of roof­ing ma­te­ri­als, cur­rently on bid for $102, are sit­ting in a ware­house.

As with most sur­plus sell-offs, the buyer is re­spon­si­ble for pick­ing up the items within 10 days, and bring­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment to do so. That means mostly busi­nesses place sur­plus bids, but there are small in­ter­net com­mu­ni­ties of ded­i­cated ama­teur sur­plus col­lec­tors.

Hnatiuk says the Games hope to save $150,000 through sur­plus sales, after the cost of list­ing the items. box. The cur­rent $62 bid­ding price is a steal, with the store list­ing new ones at $4.33 a piece.

Ar­mor Deck pal­let: An en­tire pal­let of Ar­mor Deck, which is ap­par­ently a roof­ing ma­te­rial, can be yours for just $6.

As­sorted fans: Still can’t stand the heat? Get through these last bits of sum­mer with 15 as­sorted fans. Some are white, some are black. Some are al­ready as­sem­bled. Some stand at 18” while oth­ers are 16” pedestal fans. Who knows, maybe they helped your favourite ath­lete cool off. Yours for $134.

Rain pon­chos: Win­nipeg had an aw­fully sunny sum­mer, and Hnatiuk says that left Games or­ga­niz­ers with a set of 2,000 dis­pos­able rain pon­chos. The pop­u­lar items are no longer avail­able to bid­ders.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

PHO­TOS BY JUSTIN SAMANSKI-LANGILLE / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Hugh Camp­bell — be­side the Canada Sum­mer Games caul­dron — shows off the sur­plus items ware­house. Some items are be­ing sold, oth­ers will go to Al­berta for the next Games.

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