TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Leftover University of Arizona items are now easier for the public to get their hands on.
For the first time, customers can buy items individually from the off-campus surplus warehouse, which is now open to the public. It is packed with file cabinets, tables, chairs, tools, bookcases, and bicycles collected from academic departments, lost-and-found, and other items seized by university police.
Some are new like athletic gear, while some are gently used, but the storefront has the cream of the crop and inventory changes daily, with two truckloads a day, and university departments dropping off items as well.
Materials manager, Jerry Shinn, said the 'storefront' sectioned off inside the warehouse has been open to the public for about one month. So far, bicycles are a big seller.
He sees an average of 20-50 customers a day, but would like more people to come in and check out their selection of supplies. He said the money the storefront makes goes back to the university.
"We, the surplus warehouse doesn't receive any money from the state. The money we make as a whole goes back to keep us up and running," according to Shinn.
The Surplus Property Office is responsible for getting rid of or reusing all leftover university property, according to a state law that requires all universities in Arizona to sell all surplus items to the public. They still do that through public auctions held once a month. Selected items are packaged and sold in bulk.
"The advantage of having this store front for students and the public is that they're able to buy these items at a discounted price in a more convenient way," said Shinn. "They don't have to buy in bulk and they don't have to wait until the once a month option. They can shop five days a week on the spot."
The store is located at 3740 E. 34th Street, and operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call (520) 621-1754.