California hosts garage sale to raise funds

August 26, 2009

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is pulling out all the stops with the state’s “garage sale” of unclaimed or unneeded merchandise. The idea came to him via a “tweet,” he’s using his Hollywood cache to juice bidding and it’s all in the name of belt tightening.

The LA Times has the story:

In his latest effort to balance the budget, the governor is cleaning out the state’s storage sheds and holding a garage sale on Craigslist and EBay.

Need a 2001 Ford Focus wagon with 110,059 miles and Schwarzenegger’s autograph on the visor? Someone did, offering the high bid of $1,625.01 for the old state car as of Tuesday afternoon. The governor got the idea to sign the visors from one of nearly 1 million people who follow him on Twitter, and he jumped on it.

“I look forward to selling these signed cars and making some $ for California,” the governor tweeted last week as he autographed the visors….

The state began selling unneeded or unclaimed items online last week and is holding a two-day auction of 6,000 more on Friday and Saturday at a Sacramento warehouse.

If you want to take a look at the stuff on offer, check it out here.

(HT: WSJ’s Real Time Economics)


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Good for him! This is a creative way in a down economy of picking things up. It would be wiser still if he banged some heads together on both sides of the aisle in the legislature and got them to stop dubbing tax breaks for movie and television production “corporate welfare”. California keeps sending production everywhere else in the process. New Mexico is aggresively lapping it up. Deep, serious corporate tax cuts and incentives would really kick start California.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

hmmmm… makes you wonder if they had moved quicker and dug deeper in the scrap pile whether they could have come up with some junk that would qualify for Cash for Clunkers. Arnie might have gotten some Fed money after all.

Posted by ARJTurgot | Report as abusive

I found some funny California t-shirts, mugs etc on this subject at ue

I applaud Governor Schwarzenegger for this idea. I think more of our governments should be thinking outside of the box like this instead of just going the easy route of raising taxes. Here in my home state of Florida I know they just recently raised the tax on cigarettes in hopes of raising some extra money, as a smoker I can assure you that I would’ve been much happier if they had just decided to sell some of the extra stuff lying around instead.

Big up to Governor Schwarzenegger!

Check out my blog on The Great California Garage Sale at…. eat-california-garage-sale/

I’am going to hold off bidding on anything untill they put some their states parks and land up for sale .

Posted by Eric Siverson | Report as abusive