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Sydney Airport auctions bizarre lost property items including Kmart air fryer

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A Kmart air fryer and sun lounger are just two of the strange items left behind at Sydney airport now being auctioned off for charity.

More than 3000 unclaimed items were put up for auction on Sunday, with Australians given a week to place their bids online.

Seven people have bidded on the air fryer – listed as “appears unused” – and it is currently at $50 with 4 days left to go. You can pick up the same product for $59 new at Kmart.

There is also a white Kmart sun lounger up for grabs, which has had five bids and is sitting at $35. A striped version of the chair sells new at Kmart for the same price.

Both items are listed in the auction as being Anko branded, which is Kmart’s in-house brand.

All items started at $5 and the money raised this year will be donated to Bayside Women’s Shelter, which is a shelter in south eastern Sydney supporting women and children escaping homelessness and domestic violence.

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert said the charity auction was back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

“There is a treasure trove of goods to pick from including laptops, cameras, bags, perfume, and it wouldn’t be a post-pandemic auction without an air fryer,” he said.

“We even got some rather unique sales like a hedge trimmer, circular saw, and sun lounge, although we’re still scratching our heads wondering how that ended up at the airport.

“For music lovers there is a classical violin or for those who just like to listen there are more than a dozen Bluetooth speakers as well a record player and 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road on vinyl.”

The Makita circular saw without a blade has had eight bids and is at $75, and the Ryobi hedge trimmer has had 10 bids and is sitting at $100.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Vinyl Edition) has drawn the interest of eight bidders, who have it sitting at $130.

If you are after a laptop, there is more than 120 of those up for auction, as well as 60 headphones, 20 phones and tablets, and 16 cameras.

Sydney airport said it has a dedicated team to reunite lost property with travellers but what remains unclaimed gets donated to local charities or put in the lost property auction.

The items in the auction have been sitting at the airport for at least three months.

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