All gone… Walmart auction sends items home with bidders

RAYMONDVILLE — Going, going, gone.

Four months after low prices helped sell off its merchandise, Walmart was hawking its store’s equipment, furnishings and fixtures to the highest bidder.

Buyers came from Mexico and across the Rio Grande Valley to bid on everything from empty shelves, more than 200 sections of pallet racking to entire departments left behind after the world largest retailer closed its Raymondville store in January.

“This is the first time I’ve seen an auction like this,” said Arminda Mares, who came from Mission to help buy equipment for her daughter’s new restaurant.

In the middle of the crowd of about 250 stood auctioneer Judd Grafe, who said his auction targeted a wide range of retailers.

“I think it’s well-organized,” said Arminda Garza, who was buying equipment for her new pizzeria in Mission.

Sinks, tables and refrigerators were on her shopping list.

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