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State surplus store open Saturday, sells confiscated items

Posted: 7:31 AM, Dec 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-10 07:52:36-05

If you're looking for a great deal ahead of the holidays, you are in luck.

The Michigan Surplus Store is open 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

It's located at West St. Joseph Street, just east of South Waverly Road in Lansing.

From power tools to computers and even Nerf guns, shoppers can find just about anything at the store. But it's open just for one day.

There's a surprising story behind the items for sale.

Organizers say they get a lot of their items after they are confiscated by numerous state agencies and airports.

Even though these might not be brand-new products, Ron Turner with the Michigan Surplus Store says people will line up at the door two hours before they even open.

People are trying to get their hands on tools, smartphones, iPads and computers.

It's Black Friday on steroids, as Turner describes the sales.

"We have people trying to climb under that overhead door back behind me to get in before it gets all the way open, so yeah, it's kind of nuts," Turner said.

Turner says it takes months to fill up the warehouse with the previously confiscated items, and they try to make about $20,000 to $30,000 per sale.

"It helps support the program, helps pay for staff and supplies and things like that for the program," Turner said.

If you miss this sale, the surplus store also holds a sale in July.