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                                 U.S. Government Auction Sales:

                                    THE MONEY MAKER OF THE 90’S

                                        For You An Insider’s Handbook

     Table of Contents

    4.) THE U.S. GOVERNMENT 17
    6.) CUSTOMS 26

   12.) SUMMARY: You're In Business Now! 39


        Most people are completely unaware of the bargains that can be found in      the  most unlikely of places: the government! We're used to reading about the Pentagon paying $59.00 for a wrench, about the national debt rising higher and higher, so it's excusable to not think of government and "sales" in the same sentence.
    Yet nearly every level of government from city and town on up through county, state and federal, has possession of excess property that must be disposed of. If this can be accomplished and money raised at the same time, why not? We want government to be fiscally responsible, right?
    The most common method of parting with this overage of property is through auction sales. These affairs offer a unique opportunity to the right person–– purchases at bargain basement prices which you can turn around and sell at a profit! The money to be made staggers the imagination.
    From property seized by police officers or customs officials to repossessions by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are thousands of items of all types available at rock–bottom prices. Whether you're merely buying for yourself or seeing this as a line of business that could make you a substantial profit, the key is to identify and locate these auctions.
    You name it! Houses, cars, jewelry, yachts, government farm equipment, computers, firewood–– it's there for the bidding… and the buying! And, eventually–– the selling for profit!
    You don't need much experience for this. You are familiar with what many of these items cost today on the open market. If you buy it far enough below market value, you can still sell the property yourself at a discount and make a handsome profit.
    If you yourself have always wanted to own a luxury yacht, here's your chance. You'll never find your dream purchase at a lower price.
    You could even start a second–hand store or set up shop at a flea market or swap shop to peddle your merchandise after you've acquired it. Many of these places are havens for shoppers. You've simply gone them one better by obtaining the good(s) at an even lower price than they'll pay–– and they’ll be pleased with their "bargain".
    The purpose of our booklet is to point you in the right direction to find out about the various auctions that are held by virtually all branches of government. The listings in this book are as up to date as possible. Contacting these places listed should give you the information you need to begin your auction attendance.
There are open–bidding auctions, where you shout out the dollar value you're willing to pay following a minimum bid requirement called by the auctioneer. There are also sealed–bid auctions where you submit the price you're willing to pay. You get only one shot at that type of bidding.
    Be careful with the open bid auctions. You can become so focused on a particular piece of property that you end up in a "bidding war" that ends up with your paying more than you should and cutting well into your eventual profit. Be disciplined! Set a dollar limit ahead of time so that you can let certain items go if the bidding goes too high. This is a business now, so common money sense is important. You must now think in terms of expenses vs. revenue.
    If you have a certain hobby or interest, property in this area may be your natural market. If you specialize, it can help you concentrate on only those items in the large auction areas where there are hundreds of people bidding for thousands of goods. Your focus will be in your area and you'll soon be an expert on costs, prices and resale’s of this commodity.
    Auctions can be hyped up–– to the point of temptation to overbid. Don't do it! Remember your goal, your budget and your knowledge of what things cost and you'll do very well. Through the contacts listed in this booklet, you will find yourself on a regular mailing list of government auctions. Often, with the notice, you'll receive a catalogue of the items to be sold and approximately what time they'll be auctioned. This will allow you to budget your time wisely at these affairs and not get lost in the shuffle.

    Good luck!

                           STATE GOVERNMENT AUCTIONS

    These are the state contacts and a brief description of auctions held at this level of government.


    Alabama Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 210487
    Montgomery, AL 36121
    (334) 277–5866

    Alabama auctions offer a variety of goods usually three times a year. Items: office equipment, cars, farm machinery, trucks, boats, tractors and more. There is a mailing list you can be placed on.


    Surplus Property Management Office
    2400 Viking Drive
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    (907) 465-2250

    It's best to call the Juneau office (907) 465–2172 to be placed on their mailing list. There are weekly auctions of smaller items like furniture and office equipment and spring and fall auctions for larger items like cars.


    Office of Surplus Property
    1537 W. Jackson Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 542–5701

    Auctions held four times per year. Items: computers, cars, furniture and thousands of other pieces. Mailing list is available.


    State Marketing & Redistribution Office
    6620 Young Rd.
    Little Rock, AR 72209
    (501) 565–8645

    Mailing list available. Both regular and sealed bid auctions are held. Weekly events.


    Office of Fleet Administration
    1416 10th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 657–2318

    Open bid auctions once a month of surplus vehicles on Saturdays at Sacramento or Los Angeles. Mailing list.


    Department of Correctional Industries
    State Surplus Agency
    4200 Garfield Street
    Denver, CO 80216
    (303) 321–2200

    Several auctions per year. Mailing list is available. Non–profit organizations have first choice.


    60 State St. Rear
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
    (203) 566–7018 (or 7190)

    Eight to ten auctions per year. Vehicles usually auctioned on the second Saturday of the month. Registration fee.


    Division of Purchasing Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 299
    Delaware City, DE 19706
    (302) 834–4550

    In May and September, there are public auctions of vehicles, office furniture and other surplus property. Mailing list is available.


    Department of Public Works
    5001 Shepard Parkway
    Washington, DC 20032
     (202) 939–8060

    Vehicle auctions held the first and third Tuesday of the month. No mailing list.  Registration fee.


    Department of Management Services
    813A Lake Bradford Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32304
     (904) 488–2700

    This address is a "retail" store with items available for sale. Motor Vehicle Bureau (904) 488–5178 holds vehicle auctions once a month at various locations throughout the state.


    Department of Administrative Services
    Purchasing Division, Surplus Property
    1050 Murphy Avenue, S.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30310
     (404) 756–4800

    Several auctions per year, held on the third Wednesday of the month chosen. Mailing list. Items: vehicles, shop equipment, typewriters, computers, copiers and more.

    No state surplus auctions.

    Division of Purchasing
     (208) 327–7465

    Idaho's state agencies hold their own auctions. You must contact the specific state agency directly. Auctions advertised in newspaper.


    Central Management Services
    Division of Property Control
    3550 Great Northern Ave.
    Springfield, IL 62707
     (217) 785-6903

    Auctions held at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield two or three times per year on Saturdays. Mailing list available for $20/year. Items:  desks, chairs, calculators, cameras, refrigerators and more.


    State Surplus Property Section
     229 W. New York Street
     Indianapolis, IN 46202
      (317) 232–1365

    Auctions held as needed each year. No mailing list, but contact this office in May for a schedule.


    Department of Natural Resources
    Wallace State Office Bldg.
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    (515) 281–5121

    Auction is second Saturday of May for items such as boats, fishing rods, tackle boxes and hunting equipment. The Vehicle Dispatchers Garage holds vehicle auctions three to four times per year. Call (515) 281–5121.


    State Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 19226
    Topeka, KS 66619–0226
    (913) 296–2334

    Many items left over for sale following offering to state agencies. Contact office for information on events.


    Office of Surplus Property
    514 Barrett Avenue
    Frankfurt, KY 40601
    (502) 564–4836

    Saturday auctions every two to three months as needed. Items: vehicles, desks, chairs, couches, beds, lawnmowers, etc. Mailing list is available.


    Division of Administration
    Louisiana Property Assistance Agency
    P.O. Box 94095
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804–9095
    (504) 342–6849

    Auctions held on the second Saturday of each month at 1502 N. 17th St. Items:  medical and office equipment, boats, bicycles, televisions, vehicles and more.


    Office of Surplus Property
    Station 95
    Augusta, ME 04333
    (207) 287-3521

    Public auctions five to six times per year. Primarily vehicles. No mailing list.


    Department for Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 122
    8037 Brock Bridge Rd.
    Jesup, MD 20794

    No public auctions. Address above is a "retail" store for surplus property.


    State Purchasing Agency
    Department of Procurement & General Services
    Surplus Property
    One Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 727–7500

    Public auctions six times per year, usually on Saturdays. Vehicles primarily. No mailing list.


    Department of Management & Budget
    State Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 30026
    Lansing, MI 48913
    (517) 335–8444

    Mailing list. Several auctions per year. Items: office furniture, household goods, machinery, livestock, vehicles and more.


    Surplus Operations Office
    5420 Highway 8
    New Brighton, MN 55112
    (612) 296–4086

    About 15 auctions per year held around the state. Items include vehicles, boats and snowmobiles along with jewelry, furniture, computers, stereos and more.     Mailing list.


    Bureau of Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 5778
    Jackson, MS 39288
    (601) 939–2050

    Two to three auctions per year of machinery and vehicles. Mailing list.


    Surplus Property Office
    Materials Management Section
    P.O. Drawer 1310
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    (573) 751–3415

    Regular auctions held throughout the year. Items: clothing, office equipment and vehicles. Mailing list.


    Property and Supply Bureau
    930 Lyndale Avenue
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444–4514

    One auction a year for vehicles. Mailing list. Other property auctioned the second Friday of each month.


    Office of Administrative Services
    Material Division, Surplus Property
    P.O. Box 94901
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 479–4890

    Auctions held three to four times per year. Items: office furniture, computers, couches and more. Separate vehicle auctions held. Mailing list.


    State Purchasing Division
    Kinkead Bldg. 400 Capitol Complex
    Carson City, NV 89710
    (702) 687–4070

    Second Saturday in August at 2250 Barnett Way, Reno, Nevada, 89512. Separate sealed bid auction mailing list is available, too. You must bid at least once over two to three auctions or you'll be dropped from the list.


    Office of Surplus Property
    78 Regional Drive  Building 3
    Concord, NH 03301
    (603) 271–2126

    Two auctions per year of vehicles and other property. Mailing list.


    Purchase and Property Distribution Center
     Trenton, NJ 08625
     (609) 530–3300

    State vehicle auctions as needed. Mailing list.


    Highway & Transportation Department
    P.O. Box 1149
    Santa Fe, NM 87504

    Last Saturday in September. Vehicles and office equipment. Mailing list.


    Office of General Service
    Bureau of Surplus Property
    Bldg. #18, Harriman State Office Bldg. Campus
    Albany, NY 12226
     (518) 457–6335

    Frequent auctions around the state. Sold by category. Mailing list.


     State Surplus Property
     P.O. Box 33900
     Raleigh, NC 27636
      (919) 733–3889

    Sealed bid auctions. Mailing list. Warehouse available to inspect items.


    Surplus Property Office
    P.O. Box 7293
    Bismarck, ND 58507
     (701) 328-2680

    Annual auction each September. Items:  vehicles, office furniture and equipment. Auction is advertised two days in advance.


    State and Federal Surplus Property
    4200 Surface Road
    Columbus, OH 43228
     (614) 466–5052

    Public auctions and sealed bid sales several times per year. Mailing list. Items:  vehicles, office machines, furniture and more.


    Central Purchasing Department
    Central Services, B–4, State Capitol
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
     (405) 521–3046

    Several auctions throughout the year. $10 gets you on a mailing list.


    Department of General Services
    Surplus Property
    1655 Salem Industrial Dr., N.E. Salem, OR 97310
     (503) 378–4714

    Public auctions held every Friday of items such as vehicles, desks, computers, snow plows, horse trailers and more.


    General Services Department
    Bureau of Vehicle Management
    2221 Forster Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17105
     (717) 783–3132

    Vehicle auctions at least ten times per year. Mailing list. Bureau of Supplies (717–787–4083) also auctions numerous items. Mailing list available.


    Department of Administration
    Division of Purchase
    1 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908

    Rare public auctions, advertised in local papers. Sealed bids to a list of buyers of vehicles and office equipment. Call to see if you can get on the list.


    Surplus Property Office
    Division of General Services
    1441 Boston Avenue
    West Columbia, SC 29170
     (803) 822–5490

    Warehouse is at above address. Auctions held periodically. No mailing list. Public Transportation Office (803–737–1488) keeps a mailing list for its vehicle auctions held every five to six weeks.


    Bureau of Administration
    State Property Management
    701 East Sioux Avenue
    Pierre, SD 57501
     (807) 822-5490

    Two auctions per year, spring and fall. Vehicles. Mailing list.


    Department of General Services Property Utilization
    6500 Centennial Blvd.
    Nashville, TN 37243
     (615) 741–1711

    Periodic auctions of vehicles and assorted machinery. Mailing list.


    State Purchasing & General Services Commission
    P.O. Box 13047    Capitol Station
    Austin, TX 78711
     (512) 463–3445

    Every two months, auction of vehicles, office furniture, machines and highway equipment is held. Mailing list.


    State Surplus Office
    522 South 700 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
     (801) 533–5885

    Auctions of vehicles, office furniture and heavy equipment are held four or five times per year. Mailing list.


    Central Surplus Property Agency
     RD #2 Box 520
     Montpelier, VT 05602
     (802) 828–3394

    Warehouse at Central Garage on Barre Montpelier Street. Items: office furniture and machines. Public auctions for vehicles in May and September. Mailing list.


    State Surplus Property
     P.O. Box 1199
     Richmond, VA 23231
     (804) 780-5794

    Regular auctions for all types of items including office equipment, computers, tractors, bulldozers and more. Mailing list. Cars auctioned twice a year.


    Office of Commodity Redistribution
    2805 C. St. SW  Bldg. 5, Door 49
    Auburn, WA 98001
     (206) 597-3703

    Central warehouse open noon to 2:30 PM on Fridays. Cash only.


    State Agency Surplus Property
    2700 Charles Avenue
    Dunbar, WV 25064
    (304) 766–2626

    Auctions every month. Items: chairs, desks, telephones, computers and more. Mailing list.


    Department of Transportation
     P.O. Box 7396
     Madison, WI 53707
     (608) 266–3965

    Warehouse at Hill Farm Bldg., 4802 Sheboygan Avenue. Department of Administration (608–266–8024) holds public auctions every month for vehicles. Mailing list.


    State Motor Pool
    723 West 19th St.
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    (307) 777–7247

    Periodic vehicle auctions. Mailing list.

                              STATE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

    There are billions of dollars in this country in unclaimed money sitting in state property offices money from uncashed stock dividends, forgotten bank accounts, insurance proceeds, utility deposits, safe deposit boxes and similar uncollected items.
    People move, die, lose track of various accounts; it all adds up to huge dollars. After a stipulated period of time that this money goes unclaimed, the state is notified and then tries to track down the rightful owners of the money.
How does this affect you? Obviously, if you think you may be the beneficiary of some of that unclaimed money, you can contact your state's department of revenue to find out more. The other possibility is the opportunity to help track down the missing individuals. State resources being slim these days, you may be able to earn a finder's fee by locating the person.
    Finder's fees can range fairly high depending on the amount you make someone aware that they're entitled to receive. Some states have formal rules on the fee you could be paid. There is a concern on the states' part about overcharging the beneficiary, so keep the fees reasonable. It is a way to earn some money through your ability to track people down and tell them about their unclaimed cash.
    Contact your state's department of revenue for a lead on this information and about any fee restriction or regulation that may exist.

                                   THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

    The federal government is a regular discount house of values –– if you know where to look. From real estate to cameras to animals to books to vehicles, there are "Blue Light" specials everywhere on Capitol Hill.
    There's a catch, of course. The government doesn't advertise their sales. The listings that follow, however, are your contact points for information. This will help you identify and make your purchases.
    This is an ongoing enterprise. Government tentacles reach everywhere and there is a constant flow of materials coming in from many sources, from drug raids to IRS seizures. The Post Office has millions of dollars in unclaimed parcels which are sold. Repossessed homes as a result of government foreclosures can bring you the bargain house of your lifetime.
    Here are the listings, beginning with the Housing and Urban Development Department.

                             HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

    Auctions of foreclosed properties are a regular occurrence. The properties may be houses, apartments or condominiums in various states of repair. They may need fixing up–– in some cases, considerable work–– but you can find that out and decide what the value is to you. The HUD Home Line is 1–800–767–4483.

    The offices:

    REGION 1:

    Room 375
    Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building
    10 Causeway St.
    Boston, MA 02222
    (617) 565–5234

    Field Offices:

    Bangor Office                          Burlington Office
    Casco Northern Bank Bldg.       Room B–2B, Federal Bldg.
    First Floor                                 11 Elmwood Ave.
    23 Main Street                            P.O. Box 879
    Bangor, ME 04401–6394            Burlington, VT 05402–0879
    (207) 945–0467                         (802) 951–6290

    Hartford Office                       Manchester Office
    330 Main Street                         Norris Cotton Building
    First Floor                                 275 Chestnut Street
    Hartford, CT 06106–1860           Manchester, NH 03101–2487
    (203) 240–4522                          (603) 666–7681

    Providence Office
    330 John O. Pastore Fed. Bldg.
    U.S. Post Office – Kennedy Plaza
    Providence, RI 02903–1785
    (401) 528–5351

    REGION 2:
    New York

    26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY
    (212) 264–8053

    Field Offices:

    Albany Office                                 Buffalo Office
    Fed. Bldg.                                       Leo W. O'Brien Fed. Bldg.
    North Pearl & Clinton Ave.            5th Floor, Lafayette Court
    Albany, NY 12207–2395                 465 Main Street
    (518) 464-4200                                Buffalo, NY 14203–1780
                                                           (716) 846–5755

    Camden Office                               Newark Office
    The Parkade Building                      60 Park Place
    519 Federal Street                            Military Park Bldg.
    Camden, NJ 08103–9998                 Newark, NJ 07102–5504
    (609) 757–5081                               (201) 662-7900

    REGION 3:

    Liberty Square Bldg.
    105 S. 7th St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19016–3392
    (215) 656-0500

    Field Offices:

    Charleston Office                                  Baltimore Office
    Third Floor, Equitable Bldg.                  405 Capitol Street
    10 North Calvert St.                               Suite 708
    Charleston, WV 25301–1795                  Baltimore, MD 21202
    (304) 347–7036                                       (410) 962–2520

    Pittsburgh Office                                    Richmond Office
    412 Old Post Office                                1st Floor, Federal Bldg.
    Courthouse                                             400 North 8th Street
    7th Avenue & Grant St.                           P.O. Box 10170
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219–1939                     Richmond, VA 23240–0170
    (412) 644–6388                                        (804) 278-4507

    Washington, DC Office                           Wilmington Office
    820 First Street, NE                                  824 Market St.
    Washington, DC 20002–4205                   Suite 850
     (202) 275-9200                                        Wilmington, DE 19801–3016
                                                                     (302) 573–6300

    REGION 4:

    Richard B. Russell Federal Bldg.,
    75 Spring St.
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 331–4739

    Field Offices:

    Birmingham Office                                Caribbean Office
    Beacon Ridge Tower, #300                    New San Juan Office Bldg.
    600 Beacon Parkway West                     159 Carlos Chardon Avenue
    Birmingham, AL 35209–3144                 San Juan, PR 00918–1804
    (205) 290–7617                                      (787) 766–6121

    Columbia Office                                     Coral Gables Office
    Strom Thurmond Fed. Bldg.                   Gables 1 Tower
    1835–45 Assembly St.                             1320 South Dixie Highway
    Columbia, SC 29201–2480                      Coral Gables, FL 33146
    (803) 765–5592                                        (305) 662–4500

    Greensboro Office                                  Jackson Office
    415 N. Edgeworth St.                              Dr. A.H. McCoy Fed. Bldg.
    Greensboro, NC 27401–2107                  100 W. Capitol, Suite 910
    (910) 547-4000                                       Jackson, MS 39269–1096
                                                                   (601) 965–4738

    Jacksonville Office                                 Knoxville Office
    325 West Adams Street                           John J. Duncan Fed. Bldg.
    Jacksonville, FL 32202–4303                  710 Locust St. , 3rd Floor
    (904) 232–2626                                       Knoxville, TN 37902–2526
                                                                  (423) 545-4384

    Louisville Office                                     Memphis Office
    601 W. Broadway                                    One Memphis Place
    P.O. Box 1044                                         200 Jefferson Ave. , #1200
    Louisville, KY 40201–1044                      Memphis, TN 38103–2335
    (502) 582–5251                                        (901) 544–3367

    Nashville Office                                       Orlando Office
    251 Cumberland Bend Dr.                        3751 Maguire Blvd.
    #200                                                          #270
    Nashville, TN 37228–1803                        Orlando, FL 32803–3032
    (615) 736–5213                                         (407) 648–6441

    Tampa Office
    Timberlake Federal Bldg. Annex #700
    501 E. Polk St.
    Tampa, FL 33602–3945
    (813) 228–2501

    REGION 5:

    547 W. Jackson Blvd.
    7th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60661
    (312) 353–5680

    Field Offices:

    Cincinnati Office                                     Cleveland Office
    Federal Office Bldg. Rm 9002                  One Playhouse Square #420
    550 Main Street                                        1375 Euclid Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45202–3253                      Cleveland, OH 44114–1670
    (513) 684–2884                                         (216) 522–4065

    Columbus Office                                      Detroit Office
    200 North High St.                                    Patrick V. McNamara Fed Bl
    Columbus, OH 43215–2499                      477 Michigan Avenue
    (614) 469–7345                                        Detroit, MI 48226–2592
                                                                    (313) 226–6280

    Flint Office                                               Grand Rapids Office
    605 N. Saginaw St.                                    2922 Fuller Avenue, NE
    #200                                                          Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Flint, MI 48502–2043                               (616) 456–2137
    (810) 766–5108

    Indianapolis Office                                   Milwaukee Office
    151 N. Delaware St.                                  Henry S. Reuss Fed. Plaza
    Indianapolis, IN 46204–2526                    310 W. Wisconsin Av. , #1320
    (317) 226–6303                                        Milwaukee, WI 53203–2289
                                                                    (414) 297–3214

    Minneapolis–St.Paul Office                      Springfield Office
    220 Second Street South                           509 W. Capitol St. , #206
    Minneapolis, MN 55401–2195                   Springfield, IL 62704
    (612) 370–3000                                         (800) 206-2739

    REGION 6:
    Fort Worth

    1600 Throckmorton
    P.O. Box 2905,
    Ft. Worth, TX 76113
    (817) 885–5401

    Field Offices:

    Albuquerque Office                                   Dallas Office
    625 Truman St., NE                                   525 Griffin St. , Room 860
    Albuquerque, NM 87110–6472                  Dallas, TX 75202–5007
    (505) 262–6463                                          (972) 313-2274

    Houston Office                                          Little Rock Office
    Norfolk Tower,                                          Lafayette Bldg
    Suite 200                                                    Suite 200
    2211 Norfolk                                              523 Louisiana St.
    Houston, TX 77098–4096                           Little Rock, AR 72201
    (713) 834-3274                                           (501) 324-5931

    Lubbock Office                                          New Orleans Office Bldg.
    1205 Texas Ave.                                         Fisk Federal Bldg.
    Lubbock, TX 79401–4093                          1661 Canal St. #3100
    (806) 743–7265                                           New Orleans, LA 70112
                                                                      (504) 589–7246

    Oklahoma City Office                                 San Antonio Office
    Murrah Federal Bldg.                                  Washington Square
    200 NW 5th Street                                       800 Dolorosa
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102–3202                 San Antonio, TX 78207
    (405) 231–4345                                            (210) 472-6800

    Shreveport Office                                        Tulsa Office
    Joe D. Waggoner Bldg.                                Boston Place Suite 110
    500 Fannin St.                                             1516 S. Boston St.
    Shreveport, LA 71101–3077                        Tulsa, OK 74119
    (918) 581-7434                                             (918) 581–7451

    REGION 7:
    Kansas City

    Gateway Tower II, Rm. 200
    400 State Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66101–2406
    (913) 551-5462

    Field Offices:

    Des Moines Office                                         Omaha Office
    Room 259, Fed. Bldg.                                     Braiker/Brandeis Bldg.
    210 Walnut St.                                                210 South 16th St.
    Des Moines, IA 50309–2155                           Omaha, NE 68102–1622
    (515) 284–4215                                               (402) 492-3100

    St. Louis Office
    Robert A Young Federal Building, 3rd Fl.
    1222 Spruce St.
    St. Louis, MO 63103–2836
    (314) 539–6560

    REGION  8:

    Executive Tower Bldg.
    1405 Curtis
    Denver, CO. 80202
    (303) 672-5248

    Field Offices:

    Casper Office                                                   Fargo Office
    4225 Federal Off. Bldg.                                    Federal Building
    100 East B. Street                                             653 2nd Avenue N.
    P.O. Box 580                                                    P.O. Box 2483
    Casper, WY 82602–1918                                  Fargo, N.D 58108–2483
    (307) 261–5252                                                (701) 239–5136

    Helena Office                                                   Salt Lake City Office
    Federal Office Building                                    324 S. State Street
    301 South Park, Rm. 340                                  Suite 220
    Drawer 10095                                                   Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Helena, MT 59626–0095                                   (801) 524–5241
    (406) 441-1298

    Sioux Falls Office
    300 N. Dakota Ave. Suite 116
    "300 Bldg."  Sioux Falls, SD 57102–4223
    (Property handled by Denver office)

    REGION 9:
    San Francisco

    Phillip Burton Federal Bldg. and
    U.S. Courthouse
    450 Golden Gate
    P.O. Box 36003
    San Francisco, CA  94102
    (415) 436-6532

    Field Offices:

    Fresno Office                                                Honolulu Office
    1630 Shaw Ave.                                            Prince Jonah Fed. Bldg.
    #138                                                              P.O. Box 50007
    Fresno, CA 93710–8193                                Honolulu, HI 96850–4991
    (209) 487–5033                                             (808) 522-8175

    Las Vegas Office                                           Los Angeles Office
    1500 E. Tropicana, #205                                1615 West Olympic Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-6516                            Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (702) 388-6500                                              (213) 251–7122

    Phoenix Office                                              Reno Office
    2 Arizona Ctr., #1600                                    1050 Bible Way
    400 North 5th St.                                           P.O. Box 4700
    P.O. Box 13468                                             Reno, NV 89505–4700
    Phoenix, AZ 85004–2361                             (702) 784–5356
    (602) 379–4434

    Sacramento Office                                          San Diego Office
    777 12th Street                                                Room 5–3–S, Fed. Off. Bld.
    #200                                                                880 Front Street
    Sacramento, CA. 95814–1997                          San Diego, CA. 92188–0100
    (916) 498-5220                                                (619) 557–5310

    Santa Ana Office                                            Tucson Office
    Box 12850                                                      100 N. Stone Ave.
    34 Civic Center Plaza                                      #410
    Santa Ana, CA 92712–2850                             Tucson, AZ 85701–1467
    (714) 957-7374                                                (520) 670–5223

    REGION 10:

    Arcade Plaza Bldg.
    1321 Second Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 553–1700

    Field Offices:

    Anchorage Office                                            Boise Office
    Federal Building                                              Federal Building
    U.S. Courthouse                                              U.S. Courthouse
    222 West 8th Avenue, #64                               550 W. Fort St.
    Anchorage, AK 99513–7537                            P.O. Box 042
    (907) 271–4170                                               Boise, ID 83724–0420
                                                                           (503) 326–2671

    Portland Office                                                Spokane Office
    520 SW Sixth St.                                        Farm Credit Bank Bldg., 8th Floor
    Portland, OR 97204–1596                                East W. 601 1st Ave.
    (503) 326–2671                                                Spokane, WA 99204–0317
                                                                           (509) 353–2510


    The U.S. Customs offices seize millions in merchandise each year. E.G.& G. Dynatrend is under contract to auction forfeited and confiscated merchandise. Their address is: 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 705, Arlington, VA 22201. Their phone numbers are (703) 418–3000.
    The U.S. Customs Public Auction Line is specifically the 703–273–7373 number. You can be placed on a mailing list for either $25 for regional information or $50 for national news. There are five different areas covered.
There are auctions held every nine weeks in the following cities:

    ? Los Angeles, California
    ? Nogales, Texas
    ? Miami, Florida
    ? Edinburgh, Texas
    ? Houston, Texas
    ? Chula Vista, California
    ? Jersey City, New Jersey
    ? El Paso, Texas

        Other cities hold auctions more infrequently.

                                    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

    Periodically, there are portions of a contractor's inventory that remain following completion of a job. The government paid for it, so they own it. They consider it surplus and it's sold by a Defense branch –– the Department of Defense Logistics Agency.

    You can write to these addresses for more information about these sales:

    Boston                                                     New York
    Commander                                             Commander
    Defense Contract Admin. Serv.                Defense Contract Admin Serv.
    Boston Region                                          New York Region
    495 Summer Street                                   201 Varick Street
    Boston, MA 02210–2184                          New York, NY 10014–4811

    Philadelphia                                            Atlanta
    Defense Contract Admin. Serv.               Defense Contract. Admin. Serv.
    Philadelphia Region                                Atlanta Region
    2800 South 20th Street                             805 Walker Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19101–7478                  Marietta, GA 30060–2789

    Cleveland                                                Chicago
    Commander                                            Commander
    Defense Contract Admin. Serv.               Defense Contract Admin. Serv.
    Cleveland Region                                    Chicago Region
    Federal Office Building                           O'Hare Int'l Airport
    1240 E. Ninth Street                                 P.O. Box 66475
    Cleveland, OH 44199–2036                     Chicago, IL 60666–0475

    St. Louis                                                 Dallas
    Commander                                            Commander
    Defense Contract. Admin. Serv.              Defense Contract. Admin. Serv.
    St. Louis Region                                      Dallas Region
    1136 Washington Avenue                        1200 Main Street
    St. Louis, MO 63101–1194                      Dallas, TX 75202–4399

    Los Angeles
    Defense Contract Admin. Services
    Los Angeles Region
    11099 South La Cienega Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90045–6197

                                                    POSTAL SERVICE

    A number of items often turn up at the post office which are undeliverable and unclaimed. This merchandise can range from household and leisure items to books.
    The merchandise auctions are held in only 5 cities, the largest in New York and San Francisco. If you live close to one of these auction areas listed, by all means go and check it out. Otherwise, it may not be worth a lengthy trip.


    U.S. Postal Service, Undeliverable Mails Branch
    Dead Parcels Branch
    730 Great SW Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30336
    (404) 344–1625

    New York:

    U.S. Postal Service
    380 West 33rd Street,
    New York, NY 10199
    (212) 967-8585


    U.S. Postal Service
    2970 Market Street,
    Room 531–A
    Philadelphia, PA 19104–9886
    (215) 895–8000

    San Francisco:

    U.S. Postal Service
    390 Main Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105–9502
    (415) 543–1826

    St. Paul:

    U.S. Postal Service
    443 Fillmore Street,
    St. Paul, MN 55107
    (612) 293–3082

    Postal vehicles are also sold by the Post Office. They must be purchased with cash, bank check or money order.

    Alabama                                                     Alaska

    U.S. Postal Service                                      Postal Service Supply Off.
    708 E. South Blvd.                                      Vehicle Maintenance
    Montgomery, AL 36119                               8221 Petersburg
    (205) 521-0201                                            Anchorage, AK 99507–3132
                                                                        (907) 349–8900

    Arizona                                                         Arkansas

    U.S. Postal Service                                       General Mail Facil. Fleet
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                        4700 E. McCain Blvd.
    4949 E. Van Buren                                       N. Little Rock, AR 72231
    Phoenix, AZ 85026                                       (501) 945–6710
    (602) 225–5400

    California                                                      Colorado

    Fleet Maintenance Div.                                  U.S. Postal Service
    1300 Evans Avenue                                       915 S. Logan
    San Francisco, CA 94105                               Denver, CO 80209
    (415) 550–5212                                              (303) 297–6730

    Connecticut                                                    Delaware

    U.S. Post Office                                              U.S. Post Office
    Vehicle Maintenance                                       Service  Vehicle Maintenance
    85 Weston St.                                                 147 Quigley Blvd.
    Hartford, CT 06101                                         Wilmington, DE 19850
    (860) 524–6240                                               (302) 323–2237

    Florida                                                             Georgia

    U.S. Post Office                                               U.S. Post Office
    2800 S. Adams                                                 Vehicle Maintenance Facil.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301–9998                             3900 Crown Rd.
    (904) 942-4241                                                 Atlanta, GA 30304–9721

    Hawaii                                                              Idaho

    U.S. Postmaster                                                U.S. Post Office Garage
    Manager, Fleet Maintenance                              770 S. 13th
    89 Sand Island Rd.                                            Boise, ID 83707
    Honolulu, HI 96819                                          (208) 383–4225
    (808) 423-3990

    Illinois                                                               Indiana

    Main Post Office Garage                                   U.S. Post Office Garage
    2105 E. Cook                                                    615 S. Capitol Avenue
    Springfield, IL 62703                                        Indianapolis, IN 46225
    (217) 788–7241                                                 (317) 464–6081

    Iowa                                                                  Kansas

    U.S. Post Office                                                 U.S. Post Office Garage
    1165 Second Avenue                                          424 S. Kansas Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50318–9121                               Topeka, KS 66603
    (515) 283–7720                                                  (913) 295–9167

    Kentucky                                                             Louisiana

    U.S. Postal Service                                              Main Post Office Garage
    1420 Gardiner Lane                                             Vehicle Maintenance Dept.
    P.O. Box 3111                                                     750 Florida Blvd.
    Louisville, KY 40232–9111                                  Baton Rouge, LA 70021
    (502) 454–1891                                                    (504) 381–0388

    Maine                                                                 Maryland

    Main Post Office                                                 U.S. Postal Service
    171 Kennebec Street                                            6 Waelchi Avenue
    Portland, ME 04101                                             Baltimore, MD 21227
    (207) 871–8467                                                    (410) 347-4314

    Massachusetts                                                      Michigan

    U.S. Postal Service                                               U.S. Post Office
    135 A Street                                                          4800 Collins Rd.
    Boston, MA 02210                                                Lansing, MI 48924
    (617) 654–5771                                                     (517) 337–8736

    Minnesota                                                             Mississippi

    U.S. Postal Service                                               U.S. Post Office
    314 Eva Street                                                      350 E. Silas Brown St.
    St. Paul, MN 55107                                              Jackson, MS 39301–5201
    (612) 349–3500                                                    (601) 351-7030

    Missouri                                                               Montana

    U.S. Postal Service                                               No auctions held. See
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                San Francisco and Salt
    3535 Katherine Rd.                                               Lake City.
    Quincy, IL 62301–9998
    (217) 224–4950

    Nebraska                                                              Nevada

    U.S. Postal Service                                               U.S. Post Office
    Maintenance, 700 R St.                                         2000 Vassar Street
    Lincoln, NE 68501                                                Reno, NV 89510–9997
    (402) 473–1630                                                     (702) 788–0626 Gov't

    New Hampshire                                                    New Jersey

    U.S. Post Office                                                    Main Post Office
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                Vehicle Mainten. Facility
    955 Goffs Falls Rd.                                               680 State Hwy. 130
    Manchester, NH 03100–7221                                 Trenton, NJ 08650
    (603) 644–4022                                                     (609) 581–3089

    New Mexico                                                          New York

    U.S. Post Office                                                    U.S. Postal Garage
    1135 Broadway, N.E.                                            201 11th Avenue
    Albuquerque, NM 87101                                       New York, NY 10199–9721
    (505) 245-9400                                                      (212) 330–4904

    North Carolina                                                     North Dakota

    U.S. Postal Office                                                 U.S. Post Office
    310 Newborne Avenue                                         220 E. Rosser Ave.
    Raleigh, NC 27611                                                Bismarck, ND 58501
    (704) 393-4444                                                      (701) 221–6501

    Ohio                                                                     Oklahoma

    U.S. Postal Service                                                Main Post Office
    850 Twin River Drive                                            Vehicle Services
    Columbus, OH 43216                                             320 S.W. 5th Street
    (614) 469–4521                                                      Oklahoma City, OK 73125
                                                                                  (405) 278–6150

    Oregon                                                                   Pennsylvania

    U.S. Post Office                                                     Philadelphia Post Office
    Vehicle Maintenance                                              Facility  Garage
    918 NW Park Avenue                                            30th and Chestnut
    Portland, OR 97208                                               Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (503) 275-5909                                                      (215) 895–8000

    Rhode Island                                           South Carolina U.S. Postal Service

    Service                                                                  U.S. Post Office
    Vehicle Maintenance                                             1601 Asembly St.
    Providence RI 02904                                             Columbia, SC 29201–9122
    (401) 276–6800                                                      (803) 733–4692

    South Dakota                                                         Tennessee

    U.S. Postal Service                                                 U.S. Post Office Garage
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                  707 Chestnut Street
    500 E. Boulevard                                                    Nashville, TN 37229–9721
    Rapid City, SD 57701–5709
    (605) 394–8600

    Texas                                                                       Utah

    U.S. Postal Service                                                   U.S. Post Office
    10410 Perrin Beitel                                                   Vehicle Maintenance Dept.
    San Antonio, TX 78284                                            1760 W. 2100 S.
    (210) 650-1630                                                         Salt Lake City, UT 84199
                                                                                    (801) 974–2350

    Vermont                                                                   Virginia

    U.S. Postal Service                                                   U.S. Post Office Garage
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                    1001 School Street
    1800 Page Blvd.                                                        Richmond, VA 23232
    Springfield, MA 01152–9721                                   (804) 775–6155
    (413) 785–6387

    Washington, D.C.                                                     Washington (state)

    U.S. Postal Service                                                   U.S. Postal Service
    Fleet Operations                                                       3825 S. Warren
    980 V. St. NE                                                           Tacoma, WA 98409
    Washington, DC 20018–9601
    (202) 832–0158

    West Virginia                                                           Wisconsin

    U.S. Post Office                                                        U.S Postal Service
    Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                     Vehicle Maintenance
    602 Donnelly St.                                                        Madison, WI 53703
    Charleston, WV 25301–9721                                     (608) 246–1300
    (304) 357–4152

                                INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

    Naturally, the Internal Revenue Service has been known to seize a few items themselves. They generally auction these goods off to raise money for back taxes and penalties owed by the person whose property has been confiscated. You can get on their mailing list by calling their HOT LINE:
    (800) 829–1040

    Other hot–line numbers:
    ? San Francisco  (510) 839-1040
    ? Seattle (206) 442-1040
    ? Los Angeles (800) 829 1040
    ? Sacramento (800) 829-1040
    ? New York City (800) 829–1040

                                The IRS may prove to be your ally yet!

                                        OTHER INFORMATION

    The other phone numbers of importance may belong to the Federal Supply Service Bureau which can give you more information about General Services Administration Auctions. Those listings:

    National Capitol Region
    National Surplus & Sales Center
    Federal Service Supply Bureau
    6808 Loisdale Rd.
    Springfield, VA 22150
    Hot–line: (703) 557–7796

    Region One                                                        Region Two

    Federal Service Supply Bureau                          Federal Service Supply Bureau
    10 Causeway St. 4#2FBP–1                               26 Federal Plaza #2FBB–2
    Boston, MA 02222                                             New York, NY 10278
    Hotline: (617) 565–7326                                     Hotline: (800) 488–SALE

    Region Three                                                     Region Four

    Federal Service Supply Bureau                    Federal Service Supply Bureau
    Personal Property Sales Section                         General Services Admin.
    841 Chestnut St. #540                                        404 West #4FFB
    Atlanta, GA 30365                                              Phildelphia
    (215) 656-3400                                                   19107
                                                                             (404) 331–5177

    Region Five                                                       Region Six

    General Services Admin.                                   Excess Property Sales
    Federal Service Supply Bureau                         GSA Federal Supply Bureau
    Sales Service,                                                    Mail Staff 34–5  #6FP–P
    230 S. Dearborn St.                                           440 College Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604                                             Overland Park, KS 66211
    (312) 353–0246                                                 (916) 926-7201

    Region Seven                                                    Region Eight

    General Services Admin.                                   General Services Admin.
    819 Taylor Street                                                Federal Service Supply Bureau
    Fort Worth, TX 76102                                        Building 41
    (817) 978-2321                                                  Denver Federal Center
                                                                               Denver, CO 80226
                                                                              (303) 236–7705

    Region Nine                                                        Region Ten

    525 Market St. 29th Floor                                   General Services Admin.
    San Francisco, CA 94105                                    Excess Personal Property
    (415) 522-3001                                                    400 15th Street SW
                                                                                Auburn, WA 98001
                                                                               (206) 931–7763

                                RESOLUTION TRUST CORPORATION

    In the 1980s, there were a vast number of savings & loans failures and the U.S. Government contracted with the Resolution Trust Corporation to dispose of personal property and assets accumulated during the last few years.
There is a wide inventory that is constantly changing. The key contacts:

    The Affordable Housing Disposition Program

    Resolution Trust Corporation
    National Assets Specific Inquiry Program:
     (800) 431–0600

     Regional Assets Sales Hotline
     (800) 348–1484

     For real estate: (800) 782–3006.

                        SUMMARY: You're In Business Now!

    This is a wide assortment of contact listings for you to begin your new career in the buying and selling business. People are going to buy goods from you or from someone else. Why not take advantage of the outstanding savings you can accumulate by having the government locate your acquisitions for you?
You always thought the government only took taxes from you. Here's a chance to get some back! Of course, it will probably increase your taxes as your income goes up, but that's a good problem to have, right?

                                                   Good Luck!