The Thomas County Sheriff's Department held a tax sale on Tuesday for properties with back taxes owed from 2009.
Folks say they are drawn to the event because it's a good opportunity to get some great deals on property when times are tough.
For Tom Collins, the tax auction was a new experience.
Says Collins, "I'm hoping to find something in the country that I'd be interested in and that I could afford. I don't know, but I'm here to find out and hopefully pick up something."
The sheriff's office says by the end of the day it had sold 16 of the 20 properties, three of the four vehicles, and one scooter that had deliquent taxes owed.
They say owners of the unsold items will have the opportunity to pay off their back taxes before they are auctioned again at the next sale.