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State throws garage sale to cut waste

August 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The state government is throwing a garage sale in an effort to cut waste by getting rid of property that the state no longer needs. Thousands of items jam-packed in a warehouse near the Capitol are now up for grabs at bargain prices during the state garage sale happening this Friday and Saturday.

"The governor has made it clear. He wants to cut waste. He wants to cut abuse in state operations. Part of cutting waste is getting rid of property that state government no longer needs," said Eric Lamoureuax from the California Department of General Service.

Items that are going up for sale range from your usual office supplies to the not-so-usual, including eight fortune teller machines that the DMV has had for decades, old dusty pianos from state parks, and dental chairs from prisons.

Most of these items have already been sold after being listed on Craigslist.

There's also recovered stolen property for sale.

"The California Highway Patrol provides to us a lot of really unique items," said Lamoureuax. "Watches, jewelry, bracelets. If somebody still wants a film camera, this one's for $10. We've got them everywhere."

The state is also including up to 600 vehicles from its fleet. Earlier this summer, Gov. Schwarzenegger ordered a 15 percent reduction. To increase some of the vehicles' value, the governor announced through Twitter that he's following someone's advice.

"All of a sudden you come with great ideas. Why not sign the cars since you're a celebrity Governor, sign the cars and sell them for more money," Schwarzenegger said during a video message posted on Twitter.

The governor signed the sun visors inside 15 of the vehicles earlier this week. The autographed vehicles are available only by auction on eBay. Already, fans are driving up the prices.

The online listings are aimed at attracting shoppers outside of the Capitol area. All together, the state hopes to make $1.5 million to help ease the budget crunch.

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