BEN's Attic

Welcome to BEN's Attic – University of Pennsylvania’s Surplus Property Exchange Site

Purchasing Services welcomes you to BEN's Attic, the online exchange for surplus Penn property with an easy and sustainable way to find a new use for items that are no longer needed (equipment, furniture and supplies) by your department. The creation of this site is in response to the customer requests and in support of the University's Climate Action Plan and continued sustainable practices.



Dr. Gary Cohen, Professor of Microbiology at Penn Dental, is in search of an orbital shaker for his lab. We would like to post the request for any lab that may have one that is not being used. Please contact Laura Sprague if you can help with this request. . Thank you.

Maureen Victoria is looking for metal pipet cans about 16" long to hold glass serological pipets.  If your lab no longer uses glass serological pipets, She'd be happy to take your cans (& pipets). Please reach out to Maureen at . Thank you.

Rhonda Gillette is looking for a vertical file cabinet that holds hanging folders and a horizontal file cabinet that holds hanging folders. If you have one or both of these items and you are no longer using them, please reach out to Rhonda at Thank you


If you can't find what you're looking for in Ben's Attic, send an email to  with a description and a maximum price you would be willing to pay. Your request will be posted here, and you never know, someone may have just what you need.

Purchasing Services has enabled a new feature in BEN’s ATTIC that tracks savings realized by repurposing these items. There is an added data field titled “Market Value,” which captures market value of the item being sold or repurposed. This value is intended to represent estimated savings and will only be used for internal reporting purposes.  When posting items in Ben’s Attic,  please provide your best estimate. 


Quick Tips

  • This site is for departmental use only. No personal purchases are allowed.
  • Usage of Ben’s Attic to list items for sale and /or purchase items is open to all Penn faculty and staff with a PennKey. Note: you will be prompted to enter the name of your Business Administrator when posting items for sale or making purchases.
  • First time users will automatically be registered as a “Browser” within the system. If you have previously been registered as a “Group Administrator” you will automatically become a “Buyer/Seller” in the new release of Ben’s Attic. If you are currently a “Browser” you must register as a “Buyer/Seller” in order to suggest a listing or make a purchase.
  • Please follow all policies defining the use of this application.
  • Potential buyers should call and make an appointment with the seller before going to view an item
  • Buyers and sellers are encouraged to work together to facilitate transportation of purchased items.
  • Sellers who have an immediate need to have an item(s) removed from their area by a certain date should put that information into the item description. Ben’s Attic will do whatever it can to communicate that information to the buyer population.

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