Must see! California's garage sale on eBay and Craigslist!

California, desperate for money, has decided to sell off a number of its more mundane assets in a garage sale, with items already available on eBay and Craigslist.

There's something that looks like a wedding ring. A wedding ring, I tell you.

I don't for a moment believe it belongs to Gov. Arnold Schwarzernegger's fair wife. However, it's the governor who is inviting you to "bring the family" and take items such as this ring off his hands. Because California needs to find cash wherever it can.

Please, go to Craigslist or eBay and take the ThinkPad ($200) and the the Dell laptop ($200). Or even these 10 office chairs ($5 each). The LG Flip Phone ($9) and the Blackberrys ($25) have already gone. But there's plenty more.

Who knows what role some of these delightful items played in California's history? Were they used to send furtive e-mails? Might some have been used for exciting late-night trysts?

Roll up, roll up, for this is no ordinary garage sale. This is the Great California Garage Sale.

If you don't trust buying anything on Craigslist or eBay, even if it purports to come from the governor's own bosom, you can go to Sacramento on Friday and Saturday and peruse available items to your pocket's content.

If any of you wondered just how bad California's situation is, please consider that the state is happy to accept "cash, cashier's check, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover."

Except, that is, for cars. In an interesting homage to car dealers everywhere, the state will not be accepting cash for vehicle purchases. However the state would like to reassure you that it will start the cars and prove they are in running condition.

In case any of you would like to augment your computer collection, may I tell you that the computers will not be sold with an operating system. No, not even Vista.

The governor has promised to autograph some of the items. Although I am not sure where he might autograph a BlackBerry.

However, this is all clearly being done with something of a sense of gallows humor. The Jimmy Kimmel take that I have embedded here is actually featured on the state's own Great Garage Sale site.

 

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