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10 Ideas For Cool Holiday Gifts You Can Find In Online Auctions

The holidays are around the corner, and while there are plenty of online stores where you can buy mass-produced items to give as gifts, why not give your friends and loved ones creative, original, and cool holiday gifts instead? Here are 10 ideas for gifts that are fairly easy to make or put together, plus… Read more »

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Buy In Bulk Auctions: 5 Tips For Getting the Best Deals

Participating in online bulk auctions is a great way to get good deals on items to buy and resell. You could buy a big bulk of items in one lot, keep a few items you want for yourself, and then sell the rest of it through sites like eBay, OfferUp, Mercari, etc. Here are five… Read more »

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Our Biggest and Most Exciting Online Vehicle Auction This Year

If you’re a car collector or like big boy/girl toys, you’ll need to temper your excitement for our next online vehicle auction. Everything from classic hot rods to several Cadillacs, dune buggies, a motor home, boat, and more take center stage in the Dean Alt Estate Auction. Dean Alt left behind a legacy that serves… Read more »

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Home Decor Ideas: Shabby Chic and Paris Flea Market Style

When browsing through our online auctions you will always come across vintage items and collectibles that may inspire you to redecorate your home, or perhaps you may be inspired to put on your creative crafty hat and give an old item new life through upcycling or repurposing. This month we’re pretty excited about our latest… Read more »

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Buying a Car at Auction: Pros and Cons

Buying a car at auction could be one of the smartest purchases you make. Sure, it’s nice to have a brand new car, but why not get a good deal and pocket or invest some of that money you save? Cars can go to auction for a number of reasons including: being impounded by the… Read more »

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Online Coin Auctions For Beginning Collectors – Tips and Advice

Coin collecting can be a fun and rewarding experience….if you know what you’re doing. We recently just finished an auction with 1000 lots of collector coins, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share a few tips and advice if you’re new to the numismatic world and interested in buying coins through… Read more »

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7 Reasons Why You Should Shop or Sell In Online Auctions

Online auctions have been around for some time, but not everyone participates in them. Have you thought about buying items at auction, but still on the fence about it? Here are 7 compelling reasons why you should try online auctions: Save money Sometimes you can find brand new items at wholesale prices such as the… Read more »

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Two Ultimate Classic Cars Up For Auction

Ahh, classic cars. Whether you collect them for investment purposes or simply just love the cars, they stir up nostalgic feelings and memories of the “good ole days”. It’s only once in awhile that we auction off a classic car, and in our warehouse estate auction for August we have two classic cars up for… Read more »

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Winning an Online Auction: How to Get Your Items on Removal Day

If you’re new to buying items in our online auctions, it’s good to know the different options available to get those items to you. We recently added a couple new ways that you may not know about if you’re a returning customer, so in this post we’ll give you all the details you need to… Read more »

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We’re Awarded Excellence in Estate Liquidation, Plus Our Estate Sale Website Gets a Makeover

It’s been a wonderful award year for us here at Cal Auctions. First it was the award for Excellence in Estate Sale Marketing from EstateSale.com, and now we’ve been given an award for Excellence in Estate Liquidation from Mega Estate Sales. For those who don’t know, Mega Estate Sales is a site that helps people… Read more »

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Top Items to Buy at Online Auctions

Bidding and buying in online auctions has become a fun past-time for some people. In our experience of doing online auctions, we’ve had many customers who have been able to score deals because of their patience and tenacity. Here are some of the top items they were able to buy and resell to make a… Read more »

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What to Expect in Government Auctions

There are many opportunities to score great deals in government auctions. Government agencies such as police departments, military installations, post offices, and even colleges or public schools have surplus or items that are auctioned off on a regular basis. These agencies want to purchase new items and get rid of inventory, they have lost and… Read more »

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Best Way to Liquidate an Estate?

Liquidating an estate can be relatively easy or it can be highly challenging. It all depends on what route you decide to take and what you have a tolerance for. Here are several options to consider: Have a yard sale If you have the time on the weekend (or several weekends because not everything sells… Read more »

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What To Look For When Shopping For Collectibles

As an auction house that specializes in estate sales, we come across many unique items and tons of collectibles. If you’re new to buying pieces as a collector or you’re buying to sell and make a profit, perhaps these tips will help in your decision making and buying process. Special markings Many collectible pieces will… Read more »

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Our Top 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re a first time seller or buyer on our site…Welcome! We have pages on our website dedicated to buyerand seller information, but in this post we’re going to cover some of the most frequently asked questions we get. How do I bid on items? In this short video tutorial you’ll learn how to register… Read more »

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We’re an Award Winner! Excellence in Estate Sale Marketing From EstateSale.com

Huge thanks to EstateSale.com for awarding us the Excellence in Estate Sale Marketing. Out of 6,400+ estate sale companies listed on the site, we were in the top 50 most viewed companies on the site. If you’re not familiar with EstateSale.com, they are a directory that lists estate sales, auctions, and business liquidations all across… Read more »

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6 Biggest Myths About Online Auctions

If you’re new to online auctions as a buyer or seller, they may seem intimidating to participate in. You may have preconceived notions on how online auctions work, so in this post we’ll dispel any of the myths that are floating around… 1) My items will not sell for fair market value Many people who… Read more »

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How Nonprofits Can Benefit From Online Auction Fundraising

Nonprofit organizations are constantly challenged to raise money to help carry out their mission and vision. This income is much needed for their survival. What’s nice is that many organizations are waking up to the idea of raising money via online auctions. Save Money by Hosting An Online Auction The cost of planning an event… Read more »

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The Best Places to Find Antiques

Whether you collect antiques as an investment or you just enjoy buying antiques to decorate your home, finding the best places to buy these treasures – and buy them at cheap prices – can sometimes be difficult. In this post we’re going to share where you can go treasure hunting… Antiquing Towns If you live… Read more »

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2017 Trends in Art, Antiques, Collectibles and Auctions

2016 was a busy year for the auction industry. Picasso’s “Femme Assise” sold for $63.7 million, a rare blue diamond sells for $57.5 million, and a 1957 Ferrari sells for $35.7 million (most expensive car ever). As we look ahead to 2017 we can only guess that it will be an even better year for… Read more »

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Insider Tips For Buying at Online Industrial Auctions

Did you just start a business? On a tight budget? One way to save money on equipment and supplies for your business is to buy at industrial or commercial auctions. At our auctions you can find everything from heavy machinery, restaurant supplies, industrial tools and equipment, business furniture, lab equipment, and all types of business… Read more »

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2016 In Review

Can you believe that 2016 is just about over? The time has gone by so fast, and it feels even faster when you’re as busy as we have been. If you haven’t been keeping up with our blog posts and updates or you’re a new customer, this post will give you all the highlights of… Read more »

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Shopping Online Estate Sales: Our List of Things to Buy and Sell For Profit

Many of our estate sale buyers are people on the hunt for unusual or vintage items to add to their personal collections. We also have buyers who are store owners or online shop owners looking for items that can be bought at a low price and flipped for a profit. Buying low and selling high… Read more »

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For Sellers: Tips For a Successful Self-Supervised Auction

Although we offer full-service auction services for clients, did you know that we also offer the option to host an auction event on your own? We call these Self-Supervised Auctions in which the seller maintains control of the production, sale, and removal of all items. What are the benefits of a self-supervised auction? You gain… Read more »

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4 Reasons Why You Didn’t Win an Online Auction Item

Bidding and winning items in online auctions can be alot of fun and addicting at times. There’s always that opportunity to score a great deal on an item. However, just like anything in life, you win some…and then you lose some. It is frustrating to lose on an auction item that you had your heart… Read more »

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New Venue For the Father Joe’s Specialty Auction

In our last blog post we talked about a new warehouse addition. Well, another change we’re experiencing now is a new venue for the Father Joe’s Villages/St. Vincent de Paul Villages Specialty Auction that is held every 6 weeks. If you’re a new customer or blog reader, you can read more about this Specialty Auction… Read more »

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We’re Expanding! Learn From Our Growing Pains

Week by week Cal Auctions continues to grow, and we’re excited to be expanding into a second warehouse! This huge warehouse is in the same complex that our current warehouse is (just across the parking lot), which will give us more room for the estate side. We’ve been working hard to make our next estate… Read more »

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5 Things You May Not Know About Cal Auctions

Are you a fairly new customer and want to learn more about our processes? Do you want information about us not mentioned on our FAQ page? Or do you just think we’re a pretty cool company and want to get to know us better? This post is dedicated to you. Here is some of our… Read more »

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Why You Can Get the Best Deals on Cars Through Online Auctions

Let us preface this post by saying that we don’t want to take anything away from live car auctions. Sure, you can often find deals there if you know what you’re doing. But hear us out as we explain why you can probably get better deals if you go the online auction route. You get… Read more »

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5 Items You Don’t Want to Miss in the Latest Father Joe’s/St. Vincent de Paul Specialty Auction

Every single day Father Joe’s Villages/St. Vincent de Paul Villages receive thousands of donations, and it’s been a privilege helping this non-profit auction off all the specialty items. If you’re a first-time visitor or buyer to our site, we help this San Diego-based organization every month with their Specialty Auction so that they can continue… Read more »

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Are You Satisfied With Our Service?

Customer service plays an important role in all businesses. Take a look at all the great businesses that exist today such as Zappos, Apple, and Nordstrom. What they all have in common is exceptional service. If you ever stepped into Zappos headquarters, you will notice a very fun and colorful work environment. The company cultivates… Read more »

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Don’t Make These Rookie Mistakes When Bidding on Online Auction Items

In our business we meet all types of people. Most of them are familiar with online auctions because of eBay. However, there are still many people who don’t know very much about the process. This past weekend during preview day for the Antiques at the Village Auction we met quite a few people who weren’t… Read more »

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6 Things That Were Made Before the Internet

Before the Internet was invented we had much more time on our hands compared to what we have now. Kids actually played in the park with each other instead of chasing virtual creatures in the park, people went to the movies, joined their company’s softball league, and we all communicated by actually talking to each… Read more »

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What’s It Like to Work at Cal Auctions?

Hi! It’s Maria, the resident blogger here at Cal Auctions. I also manage the Facebook and Twitter pages, plus I help with writing product descriptions for the online auction catalogs. In other words, I stay busy just about every day working with the company. I thought I’d shake things up a bit on the blog… Read more »

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Creative Ideas For Repurposing and Upcycling Vintage Items

If you’re on a budget or like unique items, upcycling vintage items purchased at estate sales or thrift stores is something you can do to save money and have one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. In a previous post we talked about the rise of vintage, but now we’re going to offer some ideas for DIY… Read more »

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#TBT: The Weirdest, Coolest, and Most Interesting Vintage Items In the Latest Father Joe’s Villages Specialty Auction

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday (#TBT) that occurs on many of the social media outlets, it’s only fitting for us to share the weirdest, coolest, and most interesting vintage items that are up for auction in the latest Father Joe’s Villages (a.k.a. St. Vincent de Paul Villages) Specialty Online Auction. For those who don’t… Read more »

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Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Industrial Equipment and Tools

There are a few ways that you could go about selling industrial equipment and tools: through a broker, sell it yourself, or use an auction company that specializes in selling these types of items. Regardless of what method you use, there are a few do’s and don’ts to consider in order to have a successful… Read more »

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Time For Spring Cleaning: Top Collectibles to Sell Now

Spring is in full swing and as you go through your spring cleaning rituals, perhaps it dawned on you that you have become quite the collector with alot of “stuff”. This is a great time to take inventory of your collectibles and think about selling some items to make a little money for a spring… Read more »

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Estate Downsizing via an Online Estate Sale Auction

Many people are considering downsizing their estates, and it’s not just retired individuals. Maybe you woke up one day and realized that you just have too much “stuff”, you need to sell off assets because of a job loss, or you maybe just decided to go on that world tour you’ve always dreamed about. Holding… Read more »

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5 Surefire Ways to Ensure a Successful Online Auction

Photo Credit: Alejandro Pinto For the past couple decades online auctions have been a great way to liquidate assets and sell items that otherwise would not sell for much in the regular brick and mortar retail world. Whether you have decided to hold an online auction on your own or choose us to help you,… Read more »

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Shopping Online Estate Sales: 5 Collectibles to Invest In Now

Collecting is alot of fun, isn’t it? Some people collect things for the simple pleasure of owning items they like, while others collect for the investment value. Some do both – collect things they like at the same time thinking about what those items will be worth in the future. Why put your money in… Read more »

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5 Tips For Successful Liquidation of Business Assets

Closing your business and getting rid of equipment and inventory can seem a little overwhelming. There are a few ways to go about selling off everything, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. Whatever you do, we understand that you want to maximize your return and recoup as much… Read more »

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The Difference Between Vintage, Antique, and Retro

As an auction house that serves both sellers wanting to liquidate their personal estates and buyers who are looking for deals at online estate sales, we want to do our best to help educate people on the different terms that we use in our item descriptions. Definitions of these terms are relatively universal, however, with… Read more »

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Your Guide to Scoring Good Deals Through Online Auctions

Online auctions have been around for a long time, but maybe you’ve been hesitant about becoming a buyer until now. You can find just about anything now in online auctions – from clothing to cars, real estate, and industrial equipment. The best thing about it is that there are many opportunities to score deals on… Read more »

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New Year, New Changes at Cal Auctions

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. –Sydney J. Harris It’s a New Year and we hope yours has started off on the right track! Just like most businesses, we’ve been thinking about how… Read more »

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Trends in Online Auctions

Just like most industries, the online auction industry is constantly changing. As a regular buyer or seller in online auctions, it’s important to be aware of trends in order to maximize transactions. Of course, online auctions are nothing new. eBay has been a major player in the game for a long time, but the online… Read more »

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It’s Our Four Year Anniversary!

They say that time flies by when you’re having fun, and we’ve certainly been having fun. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been four years since Cal Auctions was launched. We started in a small warehouse in the suburbs of San Diego, and now we’ve grown into a large facility in the heart of… Read more »

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How Do Online Estate Sale Auctions Work?

Online estate sale auctions are becoming more popular as people are looking for quicker and easier ways to liquidate their estates. If you’re new to this concept, hopefully this post will help clear things up for you. Of course you could do it all yourself, but hiring an online estate sale provider or auction house… Read more »

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Tips For Bidding at Online Government Surplus Auctions

Looking for bargains on used electronic equipment, computers, industrial equipment, or office furniture? Every few months we host online government surplus auctions such as the upcoming San Diego Community College Warehouse. If you’re a novice to online auctions or government auctions in general, here are a few tips to help you get started: Familiarize yourself… Read more »

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Rancho Mirage Country Club: Could Be Our Biggest Auction This Year

Nestled in the heart of Coachella Valley and just a stone’s throw away from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage Country Club was part of a rich history of golf. The country club opened up in the early 80’s, catering to those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. People traveled from… Read more »

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Businesses, What Do You Do With Surplus Inventory and Equipment?

You walk through the warehouse and realize there’s excess inventory and supplies that have been hidden away for years. Maybe these are products that aren’t selling or you forgot about them, or perhaps you received a large order from a customer, but they ended up canceling the order. Now you’re stuck with 500 units because… Read more »

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Mid-Century Design: Inspiration and Ideas That Will Make You Want to Redesign the Whole House

Scandinavian Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Jeffers Design Group When it comes to interior design, what is old is new again, and mid-century design has certainly made a fierce comeback. Flip through the latest issue of any home decor magazine and you’re likely to come across articles and spreads featuring mid-century… Read more »

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Tips For Online Auction Buyers For a Smooth Removal Day

You’ve won those items that you’ve been bidding on and it’s time to pick them up. Here at Cal Auctions removal day can be hectic at times, especially if it’s a big auction, so we’re going to share some tips in order to make the process a little smoother for you. Bring your receipt. This… Read more »

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California Surplus Auctions Online: How to Get the Best Deals

If you’re a new business owner looking for office equipment, a company vehicle, or if you’re someone who just enjoys scouring the web for bargains on computers and other necessities, online surplus auctions are excellent sources to keep in mind. Here are a few tips to help you get the best deals on items at… Read more »

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The Rise of Vintage: Why It’s a Good Time to Be an Upcycler or Collector

People have been collecting vintage items for a long time, but with the popularity of shows like “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars”, there has been more awareness of the value of vintage items and collectibles. In particular, the vintage trend in interior design has really taken off in the last five years. Just spend a… Read more »

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Preparing For an Estate Sale: Behind the Scenes at Cal Auctions

It’s been a busy summer for us here at Cal Auctions. Besides moving into a bigger warehouse in San Diego, we just ended a successful St. Vincent de Paul Villages Specialty Auction, we’ve been preparing for a big preview day for the vintage Triumph motorcycles auction, we’ve also been getting a catalog ready for another… Read more »

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Our Top 10 Tips For Shopping Online Estate Sales

Nowadays, the best thing about shopping estate sales is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. More and more people are opting to sell their treasures online, which means it’s easier to find a great deal on those special or unique items you need or collect. If you’re new to… Read more »

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Classic/Vintage Triumph Motorcycles and Parts Auction: A Heaven For Motorcycle Enthusiasts

Triumph motorcycles comes with a rich legacy of rebellion. For others, it’s just the allure of adventure and freedom that inspires them to buy one. Looking to channel the rebellious energy of Marlon Brando, James Dean, Clint Eastwood – or if you’re a little younger – Colin Farrell? Our latest vintage Triumph motorcycle auction gives… Read more »

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$25,000 John Fery Painting Discovered in Pile of Donated Items

This is an auction you don’t want to miss. We always say this about every St. Vincent de Paul Specialty Auction, but this time we mean it. We’re especially excited about this current auction because: 1) A classic ‘66 Volkswagen bug will be won by the highest bidder regardless of price, and 2) A John… Read more »

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7 Need-to-Know Tips When Downsizing a San Diego Business

Downsizing can be a challenge for any San Diego business owner, but if you follow these tips, hopefully the transition will be less stressful… 1. Prepare yourself mentally. Downsizing a business isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be an emotional time for you and your employees. Take advantage of resources like SCORE San… Read more »

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Photo Contest: What Does California Living Mean to You?

Ok, so we’re a little late to the party, but Cal Auctions is finally on Instagram and to celebrate we’re hosting a photo contest! Enter your photo for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. What does California living mean to you?

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5 Benefits of Doing an Online Estate Sale Instead of a Traditional Estate Sale

Maybe you’ve been contemplating downsizing and moving into a smaller home, or a loved one has passed away and it’s time to let go and liquidate assets. The traditional way of selling everything quickly is hosting an estate sale. You could also try selling items on Craigslist or through a consignment shop, but whatever you’re… Read more »

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Auctions in San Diego to Benefit St. Vincent de Paul Village

      For the past couple years we’ve been helping St. Vincent de Paul Village (SVDP) with their specialty auctions in San Diego, which has been a rewarding partnership. For those of you who don’t know, St. Vincent de Paul Village is a non-profit organization here in San Diego that is associated with Father… Read more »

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Giveaway: PlayMG Mobile Android Game System Device

As a thank you for reading our blog or following us on Facebook and Twitter, we’re giving away this cool PlayMG Mobile Android Game System Device (MSRP $199.99). If you have kids who are constantly asking for your smartphone so they can play games, or maybe you’re still a kid at heart who loves gaming,… Read more »

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Upcoming Government Surplus Auction in San Diego: SDCCD Warehouse

The San Diego Community College District’s warehouse is full again, so this is your opportunity to bid on items in this government surplus auction in San Diego including tons of audio/visual equipment, office furniture, computers, laptops, radio station equipment, metal file cabinets, and more. The SDCCD consists of three colleges including San Diego City College,… Read more »

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Auction Blog

New Website – Cal Auctions We are extremely excited about our new and improved website.  Now you can do things like search all of our auctions for the items you are looking for.  With the new tile layout on the home page you can find  the stuff you want and the price you set.  Thanks… Read more »

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