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Surplus warehouse sells items found on campus
H. Drew Blackburn
Senior Staff Writer
Tucked away in an area three miles away from campus on 925 Precision Drive, the UNT surplus warehouse offers cheap finds.
Inventory supervisor Dennis Standifer said that the warehouse has been conducting public sales for seven years. The warehouse is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and sales are only conducted on Tuesdays for students.
All sales go back to the general funds for the university, Standifer said.
The warehouse collects computers, furniture, old jerseys from athletic departments and various items found around campus.
“Newer computers that are still in good condition can be reused,” Standifer said. “People buy the jerseys for games or around campus to show spirit. We gather everything on campus people get rid of.”
Special education senior Alex Rigdon and pre-RTVF senior John Hollingsworth said the warehouse resembles a neatly organized junkyard but is like a golden mine.
Rigdon became aware of the surplus warehouse through Hollingsworth.
“I found about the surplus through some other friends of mine, kind of the way Alex did,” he said. “I was hearing it around campus and stuff.”
Rigdon visited the surplus warehouse for the first time Tuesday.
“It’s pretty good. I’m paying a dollar for some of these things so it’s a good deal,” Rigdon said. “You’ve got couches here for $10, TVs for $50. It’s a good thing they got going on over here.”
Hollingsworth said the first time he visited the warehouse was to help a friend pick up a couch. Hollingsworth said that he’s only purchased one thing from the warehouse so far, an old cigarette ash tray collector from campus.
“Some of the things you may have to restore to use,” Hollingsworth said. “But you never know what you can find in here.”
The accepted forms of payment at the surplus warehouse are a money order, cash or a personal check with a valid driver’s license.