The outdated floppy disks, scratched up desks and broken appliances already were paid for once with tax dollars.
Now residents can pay for them again at auction.
This time, they can take them home.
For months or years the dented chairs, old computers and broken washing machines sit in storage, until school districts and local governments sell them at auction to people who will tear them up for parts or bring them home.
Every year or few years, schools and governments put together a list of the old furniture, office equipment and electronics that are taking up space in storage buildings and plan an auction.