Think you left your guitar on the train? Act fast or someone else might be strumming it soon.
NYC Transit officials yesterday began tweeting about the hundreds of video games, bicycles, musical instruments and other stuff abandoned on city trains and buses that they’re putting up for sale. Hot items include a Kindle and Bose headphones.
“All those iPods, cameras, jewelry and more is waiting for your BEST OFFER!” transit officials tweeted on their NYCTSubwayScoop Twitter account. “Subway Bling II: Bracelets for sale, big & small. Some for him? Most for her.”
Transit has conducted the sales since 2004, once holding public actions when the stuff hit critical mass, said agency spokesman Paul Fleuranges. This is the first year it is using Twitter to get out the word. The agency makes about $25,000 a year in sales, Fleuranges said.
It’s accepting bids through phone, mail or fax, and on June 4, the highest offers will be selected.
“For our Ol’Skool Tweeps: CD players, old and new for sale,” wrote transit.
The agency “makes every attempt” to contact the owner of the lost item if there is identifying information, and puts the goods up for sale some time between three months to a year after they have been left unclaimed, Fleuranges said.
To check out the goods, go to www.mta.info/nyct/materiel/cursales.htm.
What’s for sale
Some of the more unusual items up for bidding include:
- 14 walkie talkies
- Popcorn maker
- Chinese computer dictionary
- Four-quart slow cooker