Former governor’s furniture to be sold at surplus warehouse

New Mexico

She’s out of the governor’s mansion and now so is her furniture. The furniture Susana Martinez chose for the mansion is now up for sale. 

Tucked away in a Santa Fe warehouse, “This is what we consider our showroom,” says Chris Barela. “We’re not sure where in the residence it was, but it is like a little wet bar.”

On display these days, all the furniture from the presidential suite in the governor’s mansion from Susana Martinez’s eight years in office. 

“When the new administration came in, this property was not property that they wanted to keep,” Barela says. The warehouse is run by the state’s General Services Department’s Surplus Property Bureau.

Bureau Chief Chris Barela says they typically hold office furniture, outdated electronics and random knick-knacks from government agencies. Barela says they’ve never received anything on this scale from the governor’s mansion. 

“Honestly in the past, we’ve had a few items come through, but this is probably the largest collection that we’ve received in from an administration,” Barela says. 

City and state agencies get first dibs on these items, but in three months the public could get their hands on something from the former administration.

Barela says they typically sell their items for half price or less, and he says other agencies are already showing interest. “There will definitely be some items left over,” Barela says. “The nicer stuff does not stick around.” 

Some nonprofits are also allowed to buy the items before the general public. No date has been set for the public sale of the old furniture from the governor’s mansion. 

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