Beginning at 8:30 Monday morning (Aug 4), the Downtown Development Authority's ShrevePark Parking Services will be selling old parking meters in Suite 205 of the Louisiana Tower.  

These are meters that date back to the 1980s and are no longer in use. Complete meters will sell for $45 each, housings are $10 each, mechanical guts are $10 each - cash or credit card only. The DDA says you can buy as many as you want but, be advised, they do not come with opening keys, for obvious reasons.

So, what could you do with your very own parking meter?  Well, you could turn it into a piece of art or, maybe, a conversation piece.  You could mount it on a pole along the street in front of your house and charge people to park there.  (Of course, since you don't get a key, you'd never be able to retrieve the money deposited!)  You could beat it to death with a stick as a way to take out your frustration.  Maybe you could take the mechanical guts of a meter and turn it into a two-hour timer.  Really, the sky's the limit.

If you think you might have a use for one of these meters, they'll be sold on a first come, first served basis with no returns or refunds.  If you buy one, it's yours to do with what you please.