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The History of Storage Unit Auctions

I’ve had many ask why I get so into these auctions, and it’s simply because nothing else provides the real-time adrenaline I get from auctioning on the contents of a storage unit! I find it incredibly rewarding to win an auction only to find that what’s contained within the unit is worth far more than what I paid. I can almost always turn a profit, and a nice one at that. In addition, it’s just incredibly fun! A natural born …

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Estate Sale Success

A Weekend Schedule of Sales Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Junk Stores are a weekend ritual for me. I figure out my Itinerary for a Saturday Journey by putting into my agenda the address, time and special sale items as advertised for each type of sale. I load up on my quarters and one-dollar bills and drive the planned route. Some of the sales are loaded with shopper’s spending money like they have been lost in a gold …

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Fabric Found

Fabric Found   I have been a life long seamstress. My mother is an incredible designer/seamstress who dressed her 3 daughters in clothing with so much style, that we would have to “Model” our outfits everywhere we went.   My Aunt took sewing to an Exquisite Art Form creating clothing with amazing detail and perfection. My Grandmother made quilts and blankets and pillows and pajamas that were done with so much love, that I have kept them all of these …

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Swip Swap – A Facebook Adventure Part 2

Swip Swap: A Facebook Adventure Part 2 Hometown Love At the moment, I belong to 30 different Swip Swap Groups …  all based in my little town!! Most of the Swip Swap sites I belong to are developed by folks who live in MY town and they are just for folks who live in MY town. When you post an item for sale, you will probably sell it to someone you know or a neighbor or friends from the grocery …

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Swip Swap – A Facebook Adventure in Sales

Swip Swap   Everyone likes a little extra cash!!! Whether you are cleaning out the Storage Unit that you just won at auction, The garage Or the basement, There is a NEW WAY to sell your STUFF!!!!   Shutterstock/John T Takai It’s TOO Hot/Cold for a Garage Sale I whine!! Garage Sales in Florida are like garage sales in the northern tier of the country.  They are seasonal!  No one has a garage sale in Michigan in February!!! Not only …

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Repurpose Old Doors

  After spending months regaling my friend Pete with stories about Storage Unit Auctions and writing a Blog for Storage Unit Auction List, He FINALLY attended an auction!! And he bid!!! And he won!!! Pete bid on 3 different units and got so caught up with the excitement that he spent top dollar to win!! He got each of the units for $10, $12 and $50!!! Pete was thrilled! For $72, Pete purchased 400 square feet of well…Stuff!!!   “I …

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Let’s Get Organized! More Organizational / Upcycle Ideas for the Overcrowded Home

Recap: I am having new floors put in and while it has left my home in a total state of disaster, it has also given me the perfect opportunity to organize, upcycle, and get rid of things I haven’t seen in 7 years!!! Organization is Hard Work!!! I have always considered myself a very organized person! I remember my mother in law coming over one day and peering into my kitchen rag drawer.  She burst out laughing!! When I asked what was so funny, …

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Upcycle Ideas for the Overcrowded Home Part II

Shelving  When you tear apart your home, as I have had to do for the new flooring to be installed, you tend to look at everything in a new light.  That new light is called UPCYCLING or “reusing the old as something new”.  It has a very positive feel doesn’t it! Since I am an artist, I tend to find “use” for just about everything there is from old fabric, paper, buttons, and yarn.  These things can become very disorganized …

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12 DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Father’s Day to All the Dad’s out there! Both of my Parents are Artists. To say I grew up artistically inclined is like saying I breathe to live!! Both of my Parents are also Naturalists and we spent a good deal of our childhood living in tents on camping trips, exploring back woods parts of the world! We knew the names of trees, the calls of birds and the difference between an agate and a petosky stone before we were …

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Storage Unit Auctions: The Not-So Desirable Finds

So, the other day, Chelsea, who works here at StorageUnitAuctionList.com and is an amazing and creative writer, researcher and finder of Far Out Facts, came to me with this piece she had worked on and asked me what I thought. “Whoa!” I hollered. “Everyone needs to read this!!!!! OMG!!!! Amazing!” So, with that being said…Chelsea and her fascinating work, takes over the blog today! Very very Interesting!!! What do YOU think? What really lies behind the doors of storage units…? …

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Antique Furniture: Refurbish into Fabulous!

As Summer begins and the school year finishes, vacations are being planned. For those of us lucky enough to live in Florida beach towns, Summer means hot, steamy weather and the arrival of millions of tourists. We learn pretty quickly each year to plan trips to the grocery store, movie theaters and restaurants to coincide with lighter traffic times. Personally, I crank up my air conditioner and Netflix and stay home most weekends!!! When I do finally wander out of …

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Memorial Weekend Sales: How to Prepare!

So, It’s that Time Again – Memorial Weekend!! The time that the Summer Season Begins.. Memorial Day 2014 is the first Warm Weather Holiday of the year. And it kicks off some of my favorite things: Garage Sales Flea Markets Estate Sales Picnics Cookouts Beaches And My Favorite Flip Flops Memorial Weekend is a great time to get out there and find some treasures!! Auctions, garage or yard sales, and even retail stores always offer great bargains over the holiday weekend! …

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Resale – Theatre Treasure Hunt, Part III

(Recap from Chapter One and Two!!! I had the mumps in third grade; was destined to read a Nancy Drew book a day while I recovered; was convinced I WAS Nancy Drew; Grew up and got a job as a researcher and BECAME Nancy Drew; Job was to investigate what happened to old theatres and when found any that were still standing, made contact with owner of old theatre and sent my “Guy in the Field” out to the old …

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Boxes

I am addicted to boxes. There I said it! Now it is OUT there! (sigh)  I must find a 12-step program!!!   I have no idea why I have a fascination with boxes!   Perhaps it is because I move…A LOT! 55 times so far as a matter of fact!  So, boxes always seem to be piled up ready to be unpacked or packed up…Again!!!   Or, maybe it is that I like a square design!!   Or, I like the …

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Macaroni: King Cat

Did you know that cats, cat stories, cat cartoons, cat pictures, cat videos, and cat sayings are the top things that people look up on the internet? Macaroni is my only male cat! (Yes, I have 3 other cats — all female.) He’s yellow, and he had a sister named Cheese. But poor Cheese got into a fight with a copperhead snake. Now I have just Macaroni. Macaroni is a very intelligent cat.  At least that is what my neighbors …

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Painted Chairs

Finding furniture at ridiculously low prices at garage sales and auctions is like finding the surprises at an Easter Egg Hunt!!!!  They inspire such a creative Burst!!! I have never been one of those “All Furniture must Match” kind of people, so when I find a chair or a couch or an old table, well, I MUST make it my own!!!   No Fear I say!!!   And the words No Fear has become very big in the world of decorating!  Art has come off …

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Natural Born Organizer

I am a natural born organizer!!! Lucky for me, because I am also a natural born collector of things!!!   If I DIDN’T organize all the things that I collect, I would appear on the Dr. Phil Show as someone with deep seated problems or I would go on one of the many Hoarder shows and simply let their people tell my people which plastic box my stuff goes in and then they could all pile it on top of …

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Nirvana

  I must admit it…I found my Nirvana!! Nirvana is described as Perfect Peace and Happiness! And I FOUND IT!!! At the St. Augustine Florida Flea Market!!!!   Before someone calls in the Doctors and Psychiatrists, let it be known, that I have a Junk Habit!!!! I Love the stuff!!  I Love collecting it. I Love selling it!  I Love looking it over! I Love making decisions about what I can do with the Junk, what I can make with the Junk, …

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Happy Friday!

It’s Friday and I just wanted to remind everyone —Inspiration is EVERYWHERE!!!! It’s in the Earth, Sun, Moon (full moon tonight!!!!) and…in all that you see!!! Junk isn’t junk!!! It’s JunQue!! Art is in the eye of the Beholder! One Man’s junk is another Man’s Treasure!!!   That being said, I would like to give credit to this weeks’ Major Inspiration…Mary from Garden Whimsies!!! Mary became a Facebook Friend when I came across some pictures of her fantastic garden!       And …

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Home Décor Vignettes

So, I wrote about how to put your “finds” and treasures together and sell them. Now, I’m going to show you how to arrange them in your home so that they become a part of your Décor!!!   Although I am not a certified Interior Decorator, I have loved decorating, rearranging and setting up rooms since I was a young teenager.  I had to share a bedroom with my two sisters and there was a six-year age difference between oldest (me) and …

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The Three Dollars in My Pocket

When I was young, my Grandmother gave each of us (her grandchildren) $3 tucked in a sweet, store-bought card for our Birthdays.  We were to go “Hog Wild” and blow every dime!!! When we were very little, this was a monumental sum and we would plan for days our shopping spree!!! But as we rounded out the ages of 10 then 12 and 15, we came to realize that $3 would barely get us out the door!  But, Granny always gave us …

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Priced to Sell

I am an extremely Positive Person and I like to think of water glasses half full and that the Sun ALWAYS comes out, BUT… the garage sale season here in North Florida is off to a terribly slow start!!!! Fifteen sales were listed in the Pennysaver for my little town and I planned and mapped out 8 of them.  I got started on Saturday at my usual 11 am time and as I started to work my “route”, sale after sale had been canceled! I …

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Grammy’s!

Did anybody else watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday night? There was a great deal of showmanship, interesting performances, and as always, several choked-up award recipients. One of the big winners this year was French pop duo, Daft Punk who picked up 4 awards. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also won 4 awards this year, including Best New Artist. There was a plethora of collaborative performances, such Stevie Wonder with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and Daft Punk performing the duo’s hit single …

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Michael Jordan Memorabilia at Auction: Authenticity Under Dispute

Famed basketball legend, Michael Jordan is once again in the media spotlight. Although, this time it’s not for shooting hoops, switching to a different professional sport (hint: baseball), or even gambling. This time, it’s about storage unit auctions! Several pieces of “Air Jordan” history are being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions, with the final day to bid being February 7th, 2014. The auction company purchased several documents from a consigner; Jordan’s diploma from UNC Chapel Hill, recruiting letters, and his …

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Auctioned Art: Picasso’s Not So Priceless Piece

There are few things as satisfying as winning a valuable storage locker, and turning a profit on it. But it’s not always about making a buck. Auctions can be very exciting  for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes it’s the fierce competition between bidders; the breakneck cadence of the auctioneer’s voice; the thrill of winning an item;  the resounding thwack of the auctioneer’s gavel as it declares a victor. Those reasons, and more are what keep us coming back time, and time …

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Storage Units are Like a Box of Chocolates…

Sometimes you get a little more than you bargained for. In my research, I stumbled across some amazing footage of a locker sold, sight-unseen, to an entrepreneurial spirit with limited experience in the field. I was fortunate enough to track down the owner and interview him on his experience. “I was hoping for some priceless antiques. Maybe some gold. You know, just like on that show on that channel. To be honest, after cutting the padlock and not seeing any …

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don’t THROW it BACK THURSDAY

Here’s another thought on how to get the most bang for your hard-earned buck from your storage unit. You did your research, you snagged the bin you wanted at the auction. Trust your budget, your instinct, and your bidding savvy. Now it’s time to squeeze absolutely every possible dollar out of that investment. Sure, with all the time in the world, you can off-load even more items at your resell business; but, who has all the time in the world?! …

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‘Tis (Almost) the Season

Who says you have to wait for the end of December to do right by your community? Certainly not Amazing Spaces Storage Center in Houston, TX. They joined forces with Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) back in 2004 just a few years after the TSSA started to “Make a Difference” in their community. Every year since its inception, members have been asked to join in the holiday spirit and donate a dollar each to the fundraising efforts. All of the …

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Totally Tubular Throwback Thursday

In late January of the New Year, the Self Storage Association is holding their 28th Annual Ski Workshop at the Canyons Resort in Park City, UT. Y’all still have a month for early registration discounts on what sounds like one of the cooler events that has anything remotely to do with the self-storage industry. It’ll be a helluva great networking opportunity as well as offering up some quality yoga and centering/meditation opportunities. The ratio of time on the slopes to …

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Unexpected Scares of Self-Storage

Okay, so it was a few months ago at this point, and here at storageunitauctionlist.com, we would like to consider ourselves on the cusp of all things self-storage related. It may have taken a few weeks to find it, but I caught Woodhaven Production’s Self Storage. Never having been a huge horror film enthusiast—though I try every other month and see if my tastes have (d)evolved at all—, I was able to justify a screening at my place as research. Can’t …

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Is a Hippopotamus Really a Hippopotamus, or a Really Cool Opotamus?

That’s right, everybody, it’s Trivia Tuesday. Get those synapses firing and press your luck for the chance to win one of our highly coveted Storage Unit Auction List coffee mugs. The temp outside is just going to keep dropping wherever you are out there, so let us know what you think the answer is and get yourself the proper coffee-and/or-hot-chocolate-carrying device. Hold the phone—there’s more to today’s riddle than the query above. First, some suspenseful buildup. The rapid expansion of …

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…Vintage Suitcase Chair

So you’ve sifted through all of the vinyl, the nicely finished dining room sets, and the passable mattresses, it’s time to load up everything else in your locker and haul it over to the dump, right? I mean all this stuff is junk, isn’t it? The clearly identifiable collectibles are going gently into the back seat; but, I thought the rest of this has no real resale value. Confused yet? Okay, folks, I’m gonna make it up to you. Let’s …

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Storage Unit Auction Hunters, Come on Down!

It’s Throwback Thursday, once again, and I was thinking about the evolution of day time game shows. I know for me, I may have exaggerated just how under the weather I was back in elementary school simply to catch The Price is Right around 11am. Even at 11 years old, I was always testing out new techniques to raise the mercury in that thermometer a few extra degrees or get my hands nice and clammy. Thanks, Ferris Bueller. Nowadays, scoping …

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CSSA Hosts Gingerbread Showdown!

It’s beginning to look and feel like Christmas around many parts of the country. The frost has started to show up on the mountain tops here in Western North Carolina, and in some states, the first snow has already occurred.Even in places where the weather in warmer, such as California, the Self Storage industry wants in on the fun and festivities of the holiday season. This story from Inside Self Storage proves that everybody, even those in warmer clients are …

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Time for Trivia Tuesday

Last week we held our first ever Trivia Tuesday, and it was such a success that we decided to keep it going! This week, our bit of trivia comes straight from the Self Storage Association. The Self Storage Association (SSA) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization formed in 1975 under Section 501-c-6 of the Internal Revenue Code.  For more than 38 years the Association has served as the official trade organization and voice of the U.S. and international self storage industry.  …

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Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween and it’s Thursday and you know what that means? #ThrowbackThursday Halloween Edition! This week, we just want to see your best (or worst) Halloween costumes from years past. This photo was taken with me and my friends when I worked in retail many years ago. We all wanted to win the best costume award and decided our best bet was a group costume. In a moment of brilliance, we all decided to go as characters from the Wizard …

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Storage Unit Auction List Presents Trivia Tuesdays!

I remember being mesmerized by game shows as a child. And who can blame me really? Game shows are designed to be as eye catching as possible as you scan through the channels. The neon lights, and loud buzzers, the rotating and constantly evolving sets, the intricate puzzles, beautiful assistants, fancy prizes and the affable game show hosts. Family Feud and Celebrity Squares were among my favorites. But the top dog of game shows was and always will be The …

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Help Us Launch Throwback Thursday

What is Throwback Thursday? If you’re active on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, then you should be familiar with the concept of Throwback Thursday. Each Thursday, you log into your favorite social sites and post pictures, videos, or stories harkening back to days gone by. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, as long as it happened in the past, but I have to say that I’ve seen some pretty amazing pictures from the 80s-big …

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A SUAL Birthday

Storage Unit Auction List would like to send a very special birthday message to our content writer, Teresa Tribolet. She is taking the day off to sleep in late, eat cupcakes in her pajamas and spend time with the special people in her life. While she’s gone, be sure to catch up on any of the blogs that you may have missed. She’ll be back tomorrow with fresh new content and the second portion of her latest blog, so be …

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Storage Auction Entertains The Masses

Early forms of self storage date back thousands of years to the ancient Chinese, who used to store their items in underground vaults. Self storage as we know it today started in the western parts of the country in the mid 20th century. The business model really started to pick up steam in the 1960s and 1970s and soon, self storage facilities were all over the landscape. For decades, dedicated buyers have been waking up early to attend auctions and …

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Turning Would Be Donations Into Spooktacular Halloween Costumes

Who doesn’t love Halloween? This time of year, most of us are gearing up for Halloween. If we haven’t already decided what to be, we’re busy surfing Pinterest for clever ideas. Some of us have spent months working on our outfit ideas and painstakingly sewing them by hand. Often, the winning costume at any Halloween Party event are those that are the most unique and inventive. As a storage auction hunter, you’re in luck, this time of year is your …

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Dog’s Best Day Ever

Find out why this pup is so excited about storage auctions! Send us your favorite pictures of your pets and we’ll pick someone to start in our next video short! Let’s see how many likes we can get! Pass it on! Dog’s Best Day Ever! from maddison lake on Vimeo. StorageUnitActionList.com, a member of the Self Storage Association, provides our customers with a comprehensive auction list in multiple auction formats for all 50 states and over 51,000 facilities. Subscribers can review over …

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Winner of The Name The Royal Baby Contest!

The royal baby has officially been given a name! Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge have released the name of their new bundle of joy! The baby’s name is…..George Alexander Louis! That’s a mighty large name for such a small fella. Now that the little guy has a name, he can officially register for his first storage auction. That’s pretty exciting! That also means that its time for us to announce the winner of our competition! Thanks to everyone …

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Name The Royal Baby and Win!

Royal Baby Fever! The entire world has been swept up in what can only be described as royal baby fever! From the actual birth of the third-in-line heir to the throne, his gender & birth weight, to what the proud parents wore and said as they exited the historic St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Duchess, formerly Kate Middleton wore a frock not dissimilar to the late Princess Diana, Prince William’s Mother. Prince William bucked royal tradition by being casual, …

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Take A Break With Storage Unit Auction List!

Treat Your Self It’s Friday and everyone deserves to take a break on Friday mornings, right? Whether you’re standing in front of the water cooler, still in your pajamas, or heading to your next storage auction! That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite videos, and news stories of the week that will make you smile. So treat yourself, and take a few minutes to read, belly laugh, and then share the wealth! Want to Work for Sparefoot? Check …

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In Honor of National Zombie Day…

We stumbled across one heck of an entertaining infographic, dare we say, it may be one of our all time favorite infographics on the net pertaining to self storage and storage auctions. Not only does it pertain to “self storage”, but it combines one love with another and throw zombies into the mix! Infographic Source StorageUnitActionList.com, a member of the Self Storage Association, provides our customers with a comprehensive auction list in multiple auction formats for all 50 states and over …

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