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The Government Is Auctioning Off Items For Cheap In Quebec Just In Time For The Holidays

A lot of them need some serious TLC.
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The Government Is Auctioning Off Items For Cheap In Quebec Just In Time For The Holidays

Searching for an out-of-the-box holiday gift for someone in your life? Look no further than GC Surplus, the site where the Government of Canada auctions off seized and surplus items in its possession to the general public.

As you can imagine, it gets wacky. But there are some gems to be found.

Listed below are 15 items, ranging from cars to holiday decorations, currently up for auction in Quebec.

Note that prices listed are minimum bids as of the time of writing.

These items will also disappear from the site once the bidding period has ended.

To place a bid, you first have to register on the site.

Good luck!

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Mobile Service Desk

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $30

Details: For your restaurant or (post-COVID) party needs. The shelf folds!

2014 Ford Taurus

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $3,700

Details: One of the many (many, many, many, many, many) cars up on GC Surplus. This particular vehicle appears to be in decent shape (unlike others on the site), though GC Surplus makes clear that there hasn't been a mechanical inspection.

It also comes to you from the Department of National Defence, so that's interesting.

Slicer

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $235

Details: For a nice ham sandwich — though it's unclear if this thing is safe to handle food. GC Surplus notes that it's rusty, dented, and scratched.

Scraps Of Clothes

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $358

Details: This lot of scrap textile and leather might just suit your craft needs.

240 Bubble Wrap Rolls

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $42

Details: To wrap a lot of presents or host a popping bonanza — your choice.

Cute Little Utility Vehicle

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $6,800

Details: It's been knocked around (GC Surplus says it has rust and dents) and the engine needs a boost to start. But with some care, it could be someone's ideal utility vehicle.

Lots Of Wood

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $105

Details: Fir, to be exact. This 110-foot-long by 4.5-feet-high lot (called a cord) is also "very accessible." It's apparently just sitting by the road.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $6,100

Details: Yes, a Corvette. Though you can't drive it in Canada because it "doesn't meet Transport Canada's standards." It's for exportation only.

Outdoor Fireplace

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $160

Details: For cozy nights outside. It also appears to have a grill.

5 Pairs Of Boots

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $163.15

Details: They're used and they look it. But maybe they'll be good work boots?

Camera Lenses

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $520

Details: The lenses "have been declared usable and functional" so they could be good for the photographer in your life.

50 Rolls Of Stickers

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $6.50

Details: The possibilities are endless. Each roll has 500 stickers.

Santa & Other Holiday Decorations

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $18.50

Details: There's also a snowman hat and decorative stuffed stockings. This confiscated Santa statue is looking for a new mantlepiece home.

An ATV

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $4,300

Details: This one's got a lot of issues ("starts with a boost," "the acceleration is delayed," "handbrake cable doesn't work"), but maybe someone will be able to fix it up.

A 54-Seat Bus

GC Surplus

Minimum bid: $30,000

Details: Last but certainly not least is this bad boy. He requires some TLC, but GC Canada says his body is in "good general condition." And there's a toilet in the back!

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