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Surplus Retail Store's Grand Re-opening event generates record sales


People viewing an item at the Surplus Grand Re-opening event.

Hundreds of people attended Washington State Surplus Retail Store’s Grand Re-opening last Saturday (June 15), and they didn’t leave empty handed.

The store reported a record of more than $22,000 in daily sales for June 15. That’s four times the amount of a typical Saturday.

“We’re thrilled,” said Program Manager Mimi Limmeroth. “We appreciate all of the customers who stopped by for the celebration, and invite anyone who didn’t make it to come by soon and see what the buzz is all about.”

The celebration followed a one-day closure to prepare for the event, which showcased recent store improvements. For example, workers transformed a previous storage area into an expanded showroom. The event also touted the larger variety and higher quality items now available for the public. 

Shoppers talking to a DES worker at the Surplus grand reopening.

Stop by for more deals! 

Washington State Surplus recycles, reuses and sells materials on behalf of government. Its inventory is always changing (so shop often!).

It’s a treasure trove for bargain hunters, where you’ll find everything from vehicles and tools to electronics and furniture.

The store is at 7511 New Market St., Tumwater. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. Customers also can shop Washington State Surplus anytime via online auctions.

Read more about the program on its webpage. Keep up to date on its latest promotions by following the Washington State Surplus Facebook page.

A child gets a bag of popcorn handed to her at the Surplus Grand Re-opening event.