You can buy almost anything on eBay: from clothes and dishes, to an Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin, and a chicken nugget shaped like Mother Teresa.
It's even possible to buy entire an town on the online auction site.
Wauconda, a small hamlet in Okanogan County, Washington, just sold for $360,000, after Daphne Fletcher put the property on the auction block. Wauconda, which boasts a gas station, eatery, store, house, and even its very own ZIP code, has seen its population dwindle from just over 300 in 1900. Currently, Fletcher estimates some 100 families live within 10 miles of the town.
The eBay listing for Wauconda read:
Why buy a house when you can OWN YOUR OWN TOWN! Own the Post Office, OWN YOUR OWN ZIP CODE ... Single owner is tired and ready to retire ... VERY LOW RESERVE PRICE OF $359,000 ... Please bid only if you will honor it. ... "
Fletcher, who purchased the four-acre property for $180,810 in 2007, is turning it over to its new owners, Maddie and Neal Love, when the deal closes some six weeks from now. She reportedly received some 112 bids on the property via eBay, but many of the original bidders backed down.
The Seattle Times, which featured a profile of the seller and buyers, notes the Loves are "enthusiastic riders of Harley-Davidsons," who had been charmed by Wauconda during a ride through the town in previous years.
"You can look up and see the Milky Way. It's God's country," Maddie Love told the Seattle Times
Switched notes Wauconda is hardly the first town to be sold on eBay:
In 2003, the 82-acre California town of Bridgeville (population: 25) sold for $1.78 million; the 13-acre, one-person town of Albert, Texas sold in 2007 to a bidder from Italy for $3.8 million. And there are others -- mostly tiny, unincorporated townships.
Read more about the sale on the Seattle Times.