The Advocate – WBRZ News 2 reported on Henderson Auctions selling Katrina Cottages from Mississippi but they did not find it worth reporting on the cottages that were moved to a site to be rented out even though a source said they tested positive for molds and formaldehyde.
And now it seems they forgot about that earlier auction, Katrina, FEMA Trailers, formldehyde, litigation, and the CDC!
Buyers seek FEMA bargains – 400 trailers, park homes auctioned
By STEVEN WARD
Advocate staff writer
Published: Dec 6, 2009
Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig
Ken Buhler shouts as a prospective buyer signals a bid Saturday at a public auction of about 400 former FEMA trailers Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
GONZALES — Marilyn Winding hoped to snag a former FEMA trailer Saturday to park on family land in Greensburg as a weekend and holiday home away from home.
Winding said she wanted a bargain for possibly $2,000.
“Just have to wait it out,” Winding, a Baton Rouge convenience store manager, said while sitting on a trailer bumper and taking a break during Saturday’s trailer public auction at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
While Winding was sitting, hundreds of other bargain hunters were watching, bidding on, or checking out the merchandise at the auction.
Saturday’s auction, put on by the Livingston-based Henderson Auctions, featured about 400 former Federal Emergency Management Agency travel trailers and park homes, said Janet Henderson Cagley of Henderson Auctions.
Henderson Auctions bought the former FEMA buildings from the U.S. General Services Administration.
Manuel Broussard, a FEMA spokesman, said the General Services Administration is a federal disposal agent and regularly auctions off all sorts of property owned by the federal government.
Saturday’s auction started at 10 a.m. By 4:30 p.m. every item had been sold, Cagley said.
There were 500 bidders registered for the auction, including 82 Internet bidders, she said.
One of the Internet bidders is from the United Kingdom and four were from Canada, she said.
Saturday’s auctioneer was 72-year-old Marvin Henderson, who started his family business in 1957.
Henderson, sitting in an enclosed white camper shell perched in the back of a long white pickup, spit out incoming bids into a microphone as fast as any seasoned auctioneer.
“I’ve seen dad go for 14 to 15 hours straight,” Cagley said of Henderson, her father.
The auction started off with bidders trying to buy different brand travel trailers or campers. Many bidders said they were there to buy one travel trailer for personal use.
Retired Baton Rouge firefighter Rickey Griffin visited the auction to find one good travel trailer for recreational use.
“I’ll pay $2,500 for one of these if it’s in good shape,” Griffin said.
Richard Crain of Angie said he was at the auction to try to buy two park homes, the bigger mobile homes that once were used in FEMA trailer parks.
“If I can get a couple for $2,000 each, I would buy two for my family campground,” Crain said.
During the travel trailer portion of the auction, some of the campers sold anywhere from $2,500 to $5,500.
Griffin said some brand new travel trailers could go for $6,500 to $12,000 retail.
Cagley said the trailers at Saturday’s auction offered no warranties and were sold as is.
She also said payments were due Saturday. Only cash, cashier checks and personal checks with bank letters of reference were accepted for payment.
Several times during the auction, Marvin Henderson told bidders to check out the trailers before they bought one because all sales were final.
One buyer bid on and was able to get a travel trailer for $3,700.
The inside of that trailer — a 2006 Gulfstream Cavalier — had a hole in the bedroom floor and parts of the wall were coming off.
Henderson Auctions has held similar auctions recently in Selma, Ala., Wiggins, Miss., and DeRidder, Cagley said.
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