Catching a flight can be hectic. Race to the airport. Check-in for your flight. Get through security. Wait at the gate. No wonder people leave stuff behind.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, you’ll get the chance to purchase those forgotten items — or possibly even buy back something you abandoned — as part of the annual auction at Pittsburgh International Airport. 

The airport auction will contain close to 8,000 lost items ranging from computers, cameras and tablets to bracelets, rings and necklaces — and even 11 cars. 

“There’s a wide variety of items sold at the auction that tailor to different people’s interests, such as vehicles, electronics, tools, jewelry and maintenance equipment,” says Elise Gomez, manager of customer experience for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, in a statement. “Many people like to come out to see what has been left behind by travelers.”

The airport holds lost items for 30 days before putting them on the auction block.

Auction proceeds benefit the ACAA Charitable Foundation, which helps aid workforce development efforts, aviation scholarships and the Art in the Airport program.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m, and the bidding begins at 10 a.m.at the Heavy Equipment Building on Cargo Road. Licensed auctioneer Joe R. Pyle will return to host the proceedings.

Food trucks from The Kabob Mob and Divine Swine will be on hand in case all that bidding works up an appetite.

Jason Phox

Jason Phox is a journalist in the Pittsburgh area working towards sharing important information with the people of the Steel City. I enjoy writing, photography, and mostly comic books.