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