The Government of Canada runs one of the biggest junk shops in the country, and they're selling off some seriously random and cheap stuff in Ontario.
They sell trucks and speedboats as well as cardboard boxes, dental equipment, and stuff they call "repair shop equipment."
GCSurplus is the official Government of Canada website where you can register and bid on the perfect holiday gifts for those hard-to-shop-for friends.
Some of the items are surplus, meaning the government just had too much stuff on their hands, and others were seized by bodies like the RCMP or OPP if they suspect the items were used in a crime or purchased with illegally gotten funds.
You can search by keywords or use their category menu items ("chemicals and chemical products"; "livestock") to find what you're looking for. Some of the items offer shipping and some you'll have to haul away yourself.
We took a look through Ontario's listings and found some truly bizarre things.
A Commercial Deep Fryer
Minimum bid: $3,000
Details: You'd have to get this one down from North Bay yourself, but it's got – count 'em – three grease wells so you can make your favourite CNE gag foods that you didn't get to try this year.
A 21-Year-Old Forklift
Minimum bid: $7,900.98
Details: The brakes don't work anymore, so you could get them fixed or make this a decorative piece of heavy machinery.
A Butter Roller
Minimum bid: $20
Details: No, we’re not sure what a butter roller is either. The good news is that it’ll only cost you $20 to find out.
A Cheese Set
Minimum bid: $44
Details: This classy set was seized by the authorities, giving you a story to liven up your next Zoom wine & cheese.
180 Colgate Charcoal Toothbrushes
Minimum bid: $75.03
Details: The average lifespan for a toothbrush is three to four months, which means these 60 sets of three toothbrushes could last you 60 years. That's 60 years of being able to tell people you buy your toothbrushes from the Government of Canada.
A Pizza Oven
Minimum bid: $5,000
Details: That’s right, it turns out the Government of Canada has a surplus of pizza ovens. That’s a nice problem to have.
A Nutcracker Butler
Minimum bid: $220
Details: If you know the collector of the creepiest Christmas decorations ever, this $200 nutcracker doll would make an unsettling addition to their collection.
Used Toner Cartridges
Minimum bid: $5.50
Details: No, we’re not sure why you’d want to purchase an entire box of used toner cartridges either, but they’re cheap.
185 Cardboard Boxes
Minimum bid: $34
Details: Perfect for when you, your friend and your friend’s friend are all moving on the same day.
Minimum bid: $6,500
Details: If people don't think your new butter roller and demented nutcracker doll are cool enough, just wait until you show them this.