By Lillian Bowe
Hannah Cabeldue was eyeing two bicycles at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena parking lot, but she had to wait.
Sitting next to the bikes on chairs that were also being auctioned off, Cabeldue waited in the humid weather for the auctioneer to make his way over to the bikes.
The bikes were once ridden by the ENMU police and were green and gray.
“I like to ride bikes and these are in pretty good condition. Some of my friends who are in BMX came by and looked at them. They told us what they are worth and how much we should bid,” Cabeldue said.
Many Portales residents, like Cabeldue, came out to the surplus auction to see what goods they could get and others were out just to see how the auction went.
The auction has a multitude of items such as a boat, air soft guns, golf carts, landscaping rocks and even a kitchen sink.
Surprisingly high bids were on some yellow art deco chairs that were made in the 1960s. Some of the bids went up to $100 for the collectable chairs.
Auctioneer Kendall Terry rode on a cart as he moved down the many lines of items and the crowd of bidders followed.
Ginger Gerider, who home-schools her children, found the auction to be very helpful. Gerider with her friend Samantha Bentley, who works in home health care, walked around the parking lot looking at many items.
“We have lived here all our lives, but this is our first time coming to the auction. I got a chalkboard and double door lockers. This will help my house feel more like a school,” Gerider said.
Bentley said the auction had items for everyone including stools that could be refurbished.
Behind the scenes, ENMU students helped make the auction work as part of their work study.
Blanie Priestley, a incoming environmental science major, said they have been working the past week moving all the items to the parking lot.
“It is a lot of work, but I need work study to get through school,” Priestley said.
The students also helped load items purchased at the auction.