Want to find that same desk you used to rest your head on in algebra class? Now is your chance as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begins online auctions of surplus material.

Bidders, the auction is open! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened its online surplus-property auction nearly a week early and extended the bidding time by nearly one week. Shoppers can go to the CMS Web site to view refrigerators, bookcases, desks and chairs, with bids starting as low as $5.
“We got a lot of response as soon as we announced plans to hold the online auction,” said Kenneth Wilson, director of storage and distribution for CMS. “We decided to open the auction early and close it later. We hope that will bring in a wider audience and ensure our first online auction is a success.”
CMS is selling surplus property through GovDeals, which provides online auction services to 2,100 government clients across the United States, including 29 school districts in North Carolina.
CMS houses surplus property at its warehouse. If items aren’t recycled within the district, property is sold to the public. The district currently holds surplus property auctions twice a year to make space for new items in the warehouse. Selling items online could reduce warehousing costs, because goods may be sold as soon as they are available, instead of storing them for months until live auctions.
According to GovDeals, clients report online auctions bring 20 percent to 40 percent more revenue compared to live auctions. GovDeals also charges less to run online auctions; seven and a half percent commission compared to the 25 percent commission live auction companies charge.
The first online auction is open now and will close on Dec. 29. Those interested may click here to see the CMS items, or go to the CMS Web site (www.cms.k12.nc.us) and click on “CMS online auctions” under the Bulletin Board section. Bidders can register free on the site.