Sold! More than 1,000 bargain hunters attend Pittsburgh International Airport auction
More than 1,000 people attended an auction at Pittsburgh International Airport for the chance to bid on lost, abandoned and used airport items.
It was the largest turnout for the annual event in recent years, airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said.
Chris Boring, owner of Boring's Auto Salvage in Aliquippa, bought a 1985 GMC bucket truck for $4,300 and a 1997 Plymouth Voyager van.
“It's a good deal, I'm happy with it,” Boring said.
He planned to use the bucket truck for his demolition and towing company, and to sell the van for parts, he said.
All nine vehicles sold, Kerlik said.
Others came to the auction just to observe.
Rhiannon Storie of Waynesburg traveled an hour to the airport with her two sons just to watch — and see if anything caught her eye.
She attends many auctions by Joe J. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service.
Comfort was on the minds of Joanne Shetterly and James Rumbaugh of Carnegie who brought lawn chairs to the auction so they could sit while the big-ticket items sold.
They were there for the jewelry, watches and sunglasses left behind by airport passengers.
“It's a good event because it goes to charity, so I don't mind paying a little extra,” Shetterly said.
Shetterly was disappointed there weren't coats available, like there were last year, but when she heard they had been donated to local charities, she was supportive.
Before the auction, the Allegheny County Airport Authority donated several boxes of items left longer than 30 days.
Clothing was donated to Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, prescription eyeglasses went to the Lions Club and medical supplies were donated to Global Links.
Revenue from airport equipment auctioned off goes to the airport's budget, Kerlik said. Proceeds from items not owned by the airport go to the airport's charitable foundation, which provides grants to support military personnel using the airport, art and cultural displays, and scholarships.
The airport likely won't know the total in sales the auction brought in for several days, Kerlik said.