Clipped From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Spree Ihrpo lar anri n*t,TM tTM~,TM /r * purchasing in It secretary chosen Now she supervises three clerks as well as the printer and assistant printer in the county's print shop. Paper towels, voter registration blanks, distilled water, surplus commodities, pest control, uniform rental, shop towels, paint, office machinery How does she know what brand to buy? "I have to rely on the salesmen, the engineers, and my associates," she says. "No purchasing agent can possibly know everything about every product. That's why I have all these pamphlets and brochures," she added, waving an arm at a filing cabinet. Amateur Auctioneer One of the tasks Sunny enjoyed most in her post was last month's auction of household articles left at the Robstown Labor Camp. "They wanted to hire an auctioneer, but I'd been helping Jack Ponton (city purchasing agent) with his car auctions and I convinced them I could do the job. "I sold mattresses for a dol- lar and picture frames (I called them antiques) for $3.50. I ran a buffet bid from $2 to $55. And when was all over and I was ready to haul the leftovers a junk yard, a man asked what I'd take for the and I got $8.50 for it." Pet Project Sunny's pet project at the moment is a campaign for central mail room for the county offices. "Right now have mail machines in departments," she said, "and I think this is false economy." Sunny carries her "purchasing power" into her private life, and finds she carefully compares sizes and ingredients when she goes on a grocery shopping expedition. The widowed mother of two children, she r e m trying to teach her son daughter good buying sense when they were small. "My daughter never would learn," she recalls. "But son would walk 10 blocks save two cents on an model. I guess it runs in family."