Last month King County’s Surplus Program opened a Pop Up Shop led by Fleet Administration Intern, Kyle Wallinder. The Pop Up Shop offered smaller items such as office supplies and was created to eliminate the inconvenience of traveling to and from the surplus warehouse at 707 S Orcas Street. Located across from the Administration building on the second floor of the 420 4th Ave building, the shop was geared toward King County employees in the Seattle core. On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and Thursday, August 24, 2017, the shop was open between 10 a.m. to noon. The shop was stocked with office supplies and equipment available for King County employees to use for work or to improve their workspaces. All items were free of charge.
Between the two days the shop was open, it welcomed 184 employee visitors. Ninety-three of those employees claimed items, resulting in 202 items being redistributed within the County. By pricing items from Keeney’s Office Supply catalog, it was calculated that the County saved over $4,750 by redistributing supplies as opposed to buying new. Ultimately the shop was highly successful in reducing the amount of surplus material going unused and emphasized our mission to make the landfill a last resort in the disposal of surplus county property.