When I think of a police auction, I think of old Ford Crown Victoria cruisers and maybe some used office equipment, but not earrings, pans, tools and Christmas decorations. My assumptions were proven wrong at a recent auction I attended that had artifacts from throughout the house: coolers, frames, fishing gear and flashlights among dozens of other items.

I wondered what the back story was that caused someone’s possessions to anonymously end up at a public auction, and I wondered who determined what was valuable enough to seek a second life. There were many things in “unknown condition” as the auctioneer pointed out and several items that I thought more worthy of the trash can than a bid. But most of the items sold to someone, even if only for two bits.

In this area of Marie Kondo and tidying up, think twice before you relegate unwanted possessions to the landfill. Leverage the many free social media sites to find a new home for your castaways. If this auction is any indication, there is a market for everything if the price is right.

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