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Confiscated hidden treasures uncovered: Michigan's surplus store

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It's one of Michigan's hidden treasures -- the state surplus store.

It's called MiStore. The store is home to second-hand goods left behind at the airport, confiscated by police, or hand-me-down items from state agencies. All those items end up in the Lansing store.  Now the state surplus store is changing its hours to allow more people to take advantage of the good deals.

They're moving from weekdays to a once-a-month, Saturday-only sale.

"You can find any number of things. We've had iPods, GPS units still in the box. We get a lot of knives and sunglasses," said Director of Surplus Services, Kristie Thompson. 

Some of our other great finds included digital cameras, jewelry, and designer jeans. But the most popular items at the store are cars.  

"I'm here for a great buy. I'm here for possibly a third car. I do a lot of traveling and would like to have a third car to rotate in and out," said MiStore shopper, Matt Tinder.

The cars are purchased auction-style on the Michigan Surplus website. For example, TV5 found a Ford Escape going for $5,000 with one day left to bid. The cars come from law enforcement or government fleet or vehicles taken from criminals. 

The store's new hours will make it easy for everyone to take advantage of the second-hand deals. Starting Nov. 19, the store will be open every third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Items are constantly coming in, so you never know what you'll find.

The MiStore is located at 3201 W. St. Joseph Street in Lansing. For more information on the bidding process for larger items visit

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