Call it a gift for the man (or woman) who has everything. Call it another example of big boys and their big toys.

There is a company in Illinois called Municibid, which bills itself as, "the go-to online government auction platform." Minicibid is in the business of taking equipment of all shapes and sizes from towns, police departments and other government agencies and allow Illinois residents to place their best bid.

Here are a couple of examples:

The City of Rock Falls is auctioning off a 1979 Ford L900/Pierce Fire Engine.

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The Village of Elwood is auctioning a 1996 Ford Model CF-8000 Street Sweeper.

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And, the Village of Peotone is looking for a best bid on, among other things, a variety of vintage beer signs.

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And, not only are you getting that piece of heavy equipment you've always wanted, but the proceeds from these on-line auctions goes right back to the government entity putting their surplus stuff up for bid. And, that money goes to pay for the things that makes governments run - road maintenance, setting up local events for residents, community programs and public safety initiatives.

You can see the details on these and the other items on the Municibid Illinois auction by clicking here.

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