Capt. Jermaine Athill, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, takes a look at the paintings he purchased Friday at the property sale sponsored by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The two-date event raised an estimated $25,000 for programs benefiting Soldiers and families.

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Active-duty service members and their family members lined up an hour early at the Pavilion on Friday afternoon for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's first two-day sale of used equipment and furnishings.

The event raised an estimated $25,000 that will support FMWR programs benefiting Soldiers and families.

"It went very well," said Bill Hicks, financial management officer for FMWR. "We're happy with this amount."

FMWR may hold another property sale sometime next year.

Active-duty service members and their families shopped Friday and purchased the majority of the merchandise. The sale was open Saturday to the public.

Items included ellipticals, treadmills, steppers, child care furniture, boats, campers, Apple computers, housewares, artwork and commercial-grade restaurant equipment.

The condition of the equipment and furnishings varied from slightly used to nonoperational due to missing parts.

Items were priced below market value.

Some items were sold through a silent auction. At press time, the silent auction sale of two boats and two RV trailers was still being finalized.

The fitness equipment, Apple computers, kayaks and canoes sold out quickly, Hicks said.

By the time the sale opened to the general public on Saturday, only about 5 percent of the merchandise remained.

Capt. Jermaine Athill, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, said he came to see if there were "any good steals."

Athill, who likes to collect art, purchased two paintings for $2 and two comforters for $10. He said the merchandise was "pretty good."

Lisa Washburn, wife of Air Force Staff Sgt. Ben Washburn, purchased eight children's chairs and a wooden shelf for $15.

"I think it was really good," said Washburn, who lives in Patriot Ridge.

She said it was smart to offer reduced-priced merchandise to service members and their families.

"I'm really excited that I found really good things at this price," she said.

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