Variety is the spice offered up at the first government surplus auction of 2011 coming up Saturday, June 4. Held at the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warehouse, 10 Acadia St., Dartmouth, the auction features washers and dryers, metal-working equipment, kerosene heaters, metal lockers, assorted filing cabinets, office furniture, pickup trucks, lawn tractors, and recreational vehicles, plus a boat with a trailer. A partial list of items and photos is posted at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/hottopics/auction.asp a few days before the auction. The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Payment must be made by cash, debit or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards will not be accepted. The items can be viewed on auction day between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. A canteen will be on site with proceeds going to the United Way. Money earned through the auction is used to help pay down the provincial debt.