Pennsylvania auctioning off knives, scissors, hand tools, frying pans …

    Pennsylvania’s online auction of items confiscated at airports ends Monday morning.

    It’s no Sotheby’s, but commonwealth officials hope you’ll be interested in all that stuff the Transportation Security Administration agents confiscate at security checkpoints.


    Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services, says airports up and down the mid-Atlantic fork over the spoils to states with surplus property programs.

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    “We have sunglasses, corkscrews, the metal knives, Swiss army knives. Scissors, belts, hand tools. Just a lot of items,” he said. “Frying pans, kitchen items.”

    Pennsylvania created a surplus property program in 2004.

    Since then, state’s made more than $700,000 from sales of other people’s stuff.

    Bid on items one at a time, or try buying in bulk. Thompson says there tend to be a lot of knives and scissors.

    To bid on items before tomorrow morning, visit this site and search “PA state surplus.”

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