When the Leavenworth City Commission purchased a vacant downtown building this summer, the city inherited dozens of old vending machines.

When the Leavenworth City Commission purchased a vacant downtown building this summer, the city inherited dozens of old vending machines.

The machines, which were in the basement of 301 Delaware St., are now being sold by the city through an online auction service.

“We’re not looking to make a lot money or anything on it,” said Mike McDonald, public works director for the city of Leavenworth.

But McDonald said it would be a shame to dispose of the machines without giving collectors an opportunity to bid on them.

There are 34 vending machines. Nineteen of them were designed for hot or cold beverages. Fifteen are snack or cigarette vending machines.

McDonald believes most of the vending machines are from the 1970s and early 1980s. He said there may be some machines from the 1960s.

The machines are being sold together rather than separately.

“I would not say that they work,” McDonald said. “They are being sold for parts.”

The City Commission voted in August to purchase the building at 301 Delaware St. for $52,500.

The roof of the building had previously caved in, and city officials plan to demolish the structure. They hope the land can be used for future redevelopment.

McDonald believes the vending machines had been left behind by a business that once operated out of the downtown building.

Twenty soda canisters and a cigarette tax stamp machine also were found in the building. These items also have been put up for sale.

The vending machines and other equipment have been moved from the site and are being stored at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Some of the machines still had soda and snacks in them, according to Chuck Staples, water pollution control supervisor.

The vending machines, soda canisters and cigarette tax stamp machine are being sold through the Purple Wave Auction service, www.purplewave.com

The deadline for submitting bids is Oct. 23.

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