Bargain hunters get preview of auction at former Waterworks Walmart

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – From basketball hoops and office chairs, to microwaves and walk-in freezers — there’s a lot up for auction inside the former Walmart at the Waterworks Mall.

“I came to see what they have left here, I’d like to possibly get some decent shelving,” said Ron Czarnecki, Bloomfield resident.

Czarnecki isn’t a newbie when it comes to scouting out auction sites.

“No, I go to tons of auctions,” said Czarnecki. “I have some storage units and it makes it easy when you can load them up and stack them and pull them in and out.”

He hopes to solve his storage problems and find some hidden gems inside the recently closed Walmart.

“You can poke through there and you see stuff that wasn’t listed, or you can see what kind of shape it’s in and sometimes you find something that really surprises you and if you’re in the right place at the right time, you can get things really cheap,” said Czarnecki.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller went inside and found empty aisles, shelves and a lot of nebby Pittsburghers. She asked Mark Briski why he stopped by Monday.

“One, just to neb and two, just to explore an empty mall area and just wanted to see what is here,” said Briski, Shaler resident.

Briski tells KDKA-TV his wife saw the news article about the auction and he wanted to check it out.

“They have some pallet movers that were kind of neat back there, they have black shelves that can be stacked good for basement storage,” said Briski.

Briski won’t be bidding on anything but found the experience “fun.”

The auction kicks off at 9 am on Tuesday and people can see all the items and place their bids online.

If your bid is selected, complete payment is due by noon the day after the auction by credit card. No auctioned items may be removed until fully paid, according to the auction company’s website.


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