Auctioneer Harold Mather looks at old fire hydrants that will be sold for scrap metal Saturday during the Oak Harbor Citywide Auction. Viewing of the large inventory opens at 8 a.m., selling will start at 10 a.m. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Auctioneer Harold Mather looks at old fire hydrants that will be sold for scrap metal Saturday during the Oak Harbor Citywide Auction. Viewing of the large inventory opens at 8 a.m., selling will start at 10 a.m. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

City auction set for Saturday

Only one place in Oak Harbor will be selling a 1978 6600 tractor, high jump uprights and mats, a typewriter and an industrial mixer on Saturday. The Oak Harbor Citywide Auction will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at 1400 NE 16th Ave.

The large sale will include surplus items from the city, Island County, Oak Harbor Public Schools, Town of Coupeville, City of Mukilteo, ICOM and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.

“We join forces so we can save on the costs and give more back to the community,” said Sandra Place, the city’s budgeting and purchasing specialist.

Viewing of the wide array of cars, tools, furniture and more starts at 8 a.m.

There are no minimums on any items, and the sale goes until everything is gone, Place said. Someone might go home with a great deal on Wildcat golf bags, a 1999 Chevy short bus or old fire hydrants. Those who might be nostalgic for the old City Beach could purchase some of its fixtures, such as basketball hoops, large barbecues, picnic tables and pedal boats.

“It’s just going to be a really fun day,” Place said.

Part of the fun, she said, is watching the auctioneer Harold Mather at work. Mather has been hired by the city for the sale on multiple occasions and he’s been in the auction business for around 30 years.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s always an interested crowd.”

More than 20 sedans, pickups and SUVs, ranging from a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, to a 1976 Chevy Scottsdale 4×4, will be available. Buyers in the market for lumber, an eye wash station, rubber speed humps and a speed radar display are also in luck.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything in this sale,” Mather said.

A full auction list and brochure can be found at www.oakharbor.org

Auctioneer Harold Mather stands next to one of the tractors that will be available for purchase Saturday at the Oak Harbor Citywide Auction. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Auctioneer Harold Mather stands next to one of the tractors that will be available for purchase Saturday at the Oak Harbor Citywide Auction. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

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