In these squeezed items, auction of surplus vehicles draws attention

  • New Hampshire State and Federal Surplus Manager Jason Wright marks a windshield on one of the trucks up for auction on Oct. 20, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • Lee Highway Department employees Peter Hoyt (left) and Warren Hatch inspect lawn mowers ahead of the 2020 auction. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • A road grater from the city of Laconia is unloaded onto the grounds of state-owned White Farm Facility on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for the upcoming state auction. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 5/19/2022 4:19:44 PM

With global problems making it hard to find vehicles to buy, the state’s twice-annual sale of used trucks, ATVs, boats and construction equipment is expected to be a bigger hit than ever.

“The supply chain isn’t there – no used cars. … Nobody has any product, so it’s going to be probably the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” said James St. Jean, whose company has been running the state auction in Concord for four decades.

St. Jean said that last fall’s auction, the first one held in person at the White Farm since the pandemic moved them online in May 2020, drew “over 800 registered bidders, a couple hundred more than years ago.”

The sale, held every spring and fall, unloads hundreds of surplus items from the state and municipal governments. Items range from office supplies, including filing cabinets galore,  to research equipment to kayaks and canoes to pallet jacks to multi-ton road graders. Many cars and pickup trucks are also available.

Total sales usually run from one-quarter to three-quarters of a million dollars.

“We do have a lot of items this time – some (Department of Transportation) dump trucks, a bunch of loaders, a bunch of Bobcats,” said Amy Farnum, administrator of White Farm, the state-owned facility on Route 13 in Concord where items are stored and sold.

Smaller items are sold indoors at the White Farm store all year.

The big draw in the auction are the outdoor vehicles and equipment. Interested buyers can look them over from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and register for Saturday’s sale. The auction starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; record heat is expected with temperatures around 95 degrees.

The sale catalog can be perused online at James St. Jean Auctioneers (

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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