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 plenty for auction at the former Walmart in the Waterworks Mall.

“Came to see what they left here, maybe wish I had some decent shelving,” Bloomfield resident Ron Czarnecki said.

Czarnecki is no novice when it comes to scouting auction sites.

“No, I go to tons of auctions,” Czarnecki said. “I have a few storage units and it’s easy when you can load them up and stack them and get them in and out.”

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

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

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller walked inside to find empty aisles, shelves and lots of Pittsburghers. She asked Mark Briski why he stopped on Monday.

“One, just for neb and two, just for exploring an empty mall and just wanted to see what’s here,” Shaler resident Briski said.

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

“They have pallet movers that were pretty neat there, they have black shelves that can be stacked for storage in the basement,” Briski said.

Briski won’t make any offers but found the experience “fun”.

The auction starts at 9am on Tuesday and people can view all items and place their bids online.

If your bid is selected, full payment is due by noon the day after the auction by credit card. No auctioned item can be removed until it has been fully paid for, according to the auction company’s website.

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