OSUsed Surplus Sales: 'We're really saving the school a lot of money'

OSUsed Surplus Sales: 'We're really saving the school a lot of money'

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- From office supplies to household furniture, the “OSUsed” surplus sale has just about everything for sale inside their warehouse located off the Oregon State campus. 

Rae Delay, the operations manager for recycling and surplus at Oregon State said departments, students and government agencies get rid of items they will give them to OSU's surplus.

"Everybody that walks through finds something you need, even if it's a dollar stapler or they may need a new monitor for their computer or something… we have regulars that come in every week," said Delay.

The university has a few closed and public sales a month where just about everything is up for grabs. They also scrap some of the unwanted goods for money.

“Last year we actually sold $780,000 worth of surplus and we gave $520,000 back to the departments and agencies,” said Delay. “Surplus is a self-sustaining organization … it has to cover its own wages, its own expenditures. So everything else goes back to the agencies or departments that give us these items."

The department holds its "OSUsed" surplus sales every Wednesday. Delay said on the first Saturday of every month they hold a large sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help save the university money.

"(By) keeping our tax dollars within OSU and also not paying to dispose of it in the landfill. We're really saving the school a lot of money,” said Delay.

On average more than 400 people pack the warehouse for the Saturday sale, picking up televisions for as little as $20-dollars, or even a working motorcycle for $800. For more information visit the Oregon State website.