January 28, 2023

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Bargain hunters get to preview the auction at the former Waterworks Walmart

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

“I came to see what they left here,” said Ron Czarnicki, a Bloomfield resident. “I’d like to have some decent shelves.”

Czarnecki is no beginner when it comes to exploring auction sites.

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

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

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

KDKA’s Megan Schiller went inside and found empty aisles, shelves, and plenty of Nebby Pittsburghers. I asked Mark Brisky why he stopped on Monday.

“One, just for Saturday and the second, just to explore an empty mall area and I just wanted to see what’s out there,” Schaller resident Brisky said.

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

“They have some pallet players that were kind of neat in there, and they have black shelves that stack up really well for basement storage,” Brisky said.

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Brisky wouldn’t bid on anything but found the experience “fun”.

The auction starts at 9 am on Tuesday and people can see all the items and place their bids Online.

If your bid is selected, full payment will be due at noon the day following the auction by credit card. No items sold at auction may be removed until they have been paid in full, according to the auction company’s website.