— With the state facing a record-breaking drought, local stores are bidding on surplus items from the surplus auction that kicked off Thursday.
The sale starts at 8 a.m.
ET Thursday at the Milwaukee-based Wisconsins Warehouse on East Market Street.
It is open to anyone with a valid Wisconsin address.
There are several items to consider.
A large water pump from the 1980s was auctioned off to pay for the $1.4 million renovation of the warehouse.
Another item was a $5,000 rifle that belonged to a family member.
An $8,000 bicycle that belonged in the family for 40 years is up for grabs as well.
And there is a $1 million car that belongs to a veteran who died in Iraq.
“We want to make sure we get this money back,” said Joe McQuinn, a former state treasurer.
“I would do it again.”
The Wisconsin State Treasurer’s Office said it expects to make at least $6 million from the sale.