According to Mayor Kasim Reed's office, which finished counting up the receipts on Friday, the event made more than $100,000. As my dear colleague Scott Henry learned last week, more than half of that was made in the massive sale's first two days.
Now before you write your councilmember and ask for more speed bumps, a set of neighborhood jet skis, or a statue of Franklin Garrett, keep in mind that not all that cash goes into the city's bank account. According to its contract, theWayne Evans Auction Company, the Columbus, Ga.-based firm that conducted the week-long extravaganza and Thursday's auction, gets 50 percent of all sales.
Still, that's approximately $50,000 the city didn't have to begin with — and could easily just have tossed into a landfill.
Our suggestion on what to do with the loot: Hire a city jester to delight the populace. Buy a giant tarp and hold a citywide slip n' slide party to close out what's been a muggy summer. Free all of Zoo Atlanta's venomous rattlesnakes, who, after years in captivity, just want to enjoy idyllic Grant Park. Or just save it for a rainy day.
Funny and interesting. Thanks.
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Ben Palmer is a funny dude. I'm saving up to buy his book someday.
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you're soooo edgy jr.
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