Storage Auction Selling Strategies

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Location For Your Retail Business

One of the most critical steps in launching a retail business is choosing a location. The wrong location will negate all of your hard work by discouraging customers, but the right location will help you move product more easily and in less time. Whether your store sells apparel, jewelry, groceries, sporting goods, pet supplies, convenience items, or any other consumer product, you need to carefully choose the best possible location. Keep reading to learn 5 important tips on how to …

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Selling Items in the Classifieds

Oh My!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I MUST tell you how EASY it is to post your items in the Classified Section of storagunitauctionlist.com !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   For years, I have posted things for sale on Ebay, Craigslist, Facebook swipswap, Etsy etc., etc.  I usually greeted the task with procrastination and fear.  I am not a computer Whiz Kid, so lots of instructions on how to upload an item always baffled then frustrated me!!!  I really, really wanted to use these new classifieds!  So, finally, I threw myself into the …

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3 Summer Networking Tips

Networking Barbeque and/or Pool Party! What’s better on a hot day than jumping into the pool for a dip or enjoying a hot dog fresh off the grill? Almost nothing. As you build your storage auction resale business network, it will be important for you to get to know the other buyers and sellers at storage auctions that you regularly attend. People like to sell to and from people that they like. You can use these contacts to build a …

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Keeping Up With Storage Unit Auction List!

Testimonial Survey Contest We love hearing what you have to say! And just to show you that we’re serious about this claim, we’re launching a new contest that is only open to our current subscribers! Fill out the short survey to let us know what you love about Storage Unit Auction List and what new features you’d like to see added to the site. We’ll be choosing five winners based on their testimonials. The contest is open until June 10th. …

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DIY Advertising Online For Your Business!

As an entrepreneur, marketing yourself is a contributing factor to your success, and can actually make or break your business. From commercials to radio, television, and print advertisements have long been marketing staples to get the word out. To create quality marketing campaigns, many people have hired advertising firms for help to develop their brand and message, and to target that message to the demographic that they are helping to sell to. However, it is now easier than ever to …

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Sell Designer Clothing Won at Auction: 5 Sites You May Not Have Heard Of!

Storage units and clothing go together like peanut butter and jelly, like bacon and eggs, like two peas in a pod. You get the point. And clearly, the knowledge that somebody’s hungry. Have you ever won a unit that didn’t contain at least one box of clothes? Probably not. Clothing is commonly stored in storage lockers. Whether the original owner was seasonally storing clothing, or if they just ran out of room in their dresser for their entire collection, lockers are regularly …

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5 Strategies For Disposing Electronics Won At Auction

Finding outdated household, business and consumer electronics is an everyday occurrence  in the day in the life of a storage unit buyer. This is especially true in today’s market, where new devices are constantly being produced.  Here are 5 strategies for unloading these items. Sell Depending on the age of the items you find, you may be able to successfully sell them. While they may seem dated to you, somebody may be hunting to purchase one. Let’s use the iPhone …

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The Complete Guide to Refurbishing Found Furntire: Part 4

We’ve come to the end of the line. You now know where to go to get inspiration for your projects, the basic  tools you’ll need to get started, and some of the most popular methods for creating something fresh and turning old junk into distinctive treasure. Here are our last four tips for turning your uninspired auction buys into one of a kind products that will help you to maximize your profit! Distressing Distressing furniture is my favorite restoration method. It …

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The Complete Guide To Refurbishing Found Furniture: Part 3

Put A Bird On It! When I think of DIY and refurbishing, I am always reminded of the popular Portlandia sketch, Put A Bird On It! I’ve watched it dozens of times and somehow it still always makes me laugh. Refurbishing can be as simple as Putting. A. Bird. On.  It. But it can also include a thorough process of staining, painting, and more. Either way, you’ll reap the benefits of your elbow grease investment when you are able to …

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How to Sell Your Haunted Items on eBay

Did you read our article last week about finding haunted items in your storage unit? Well, if you’re starting to think that one of your storage auction scores truly is possessed, there’s only one thing you can do with it: Sell it on eBay! Here’s a comprehensive guide to finding and selling the best haunted items on eBay. (note: the following suggestions are to be taken as seriously as you would take a haunted rubber ducky.) Finding the Haunted Item …

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The Common Junk and How to Get Rid of it

While we must always remain hopeful that we’ll someday find that proverbial pot of gold at a storage unit auction, we must also come to terms with the fact that there will be a lot of common, everyday junk in the storage units that we buy. This junk, however, will most likely be the bulk of what you sell, so it’s best to get used to it and learn how to profit off of it. Here are few of the …

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Don’t Base Your Bid On…

When it comes down to it, making money off of storage auctions is a huge gamble. You never really know what you’ll find in a storage unit until you’ve won it and you’re picking through it. So does that mean you have to blindly throw your money down on a unit and hope for the best? Of course not! Here at Storage Unit Auction List, we’re all about giving you the best advice on being an educated buyer, so when you take …

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The Gentleman & Gentlewoman’s Guide to Proper Craigslist Etiquette: for the Seller

  For some storage auction hunters, Craigslist is an essential facet to their selling strategy. With good reason; Craigslist is completely free and it’s by far one of the easiest ways to reach out and connect with potential buyers and sellers in your area. However, since it’s so easily accessible, and you don’t need to worry about a seller’s rating or positive feedback…people seem to immediately forget about etiquette. Yes, there is a certain etiquette involved in all aspects of …

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If at First You Don’t Succeed at a Swap Meet…

Something similar has probably happened to everyone. You just scored a great unit at one of your local storage auctions. Maybe you found five boxes filled to the brim with CDs, or a ton of tools, or maybe some collectible Hot Wheels cars. You’re probably thinking that these things are going to sell like crazy at your next swap meet, right? Well, what happens if you don’t sell a single one of these items? Does this mean they’re worthless and …

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Customer Profile: LadyLocks58

Today I had a nice chat with one of our subscribers, a woman named Fran Kass—also known as Ladylocks58. I discovered Fran after she left us a great comment on Storage Unit Auction List’s Facebook. With a name as cool as LadyLocks58, I knew I had to find out more about her. I’m glad I did! Fran is part blogger, part storage hunter, and all kinds of awesome. She’s bold, quick witted, and has a great sense of humor—three things …

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Guest Blog: 6 Things to Watch Out for During a Storage Auction

I’m very excited to introduce John Donegan, the content writer for our friends at www.sparefoot.com. John will be joining us once a month with his unique insights, and I’ll be doing the same over at Spare Foot–so make sure you head over there too for more great blog posts! But right now, I’m gonna kick back, relax, and let John do the writing! Despite all the stories you’ve heard of people striking it rich at storage auctions, unfortunately there are …

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Why Now is a Better Time Than Ever to Become a Storage Hunter

There are plenty of good reasons to get started in the storage auction business. The allure of finding priceless treasures, the prospect of making a living off of something you love doing, being able to learn new things and become an expert—sure, those are all awesome and valid reasons. But what would you say if I told you I have actual statistical data that proves this industry is booming, right this very instant? The Cold Hard Facts According to the …

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Interview with an Auctioneer: Daryl Bagwell

I had the opportunity to chat with a real live, 100% genuine auctioneer who lives and plays at The Bagwell & Associates Auction Company in Fletcher, North Carolina–just 20 minutes shy of the Storage Unit Auction List headquarters in Asheville. Meet Daryl Bagwell—everything you’d expect from an auctioneer—friendly, talkative, and a great sense of humor. Mr. Bagwell was kind enough to give me a behind the scenes look of what it’s really like to be an auctioneer. The Beginning of …

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The Storage Buyer’s Guide to Using Etsy.com: Part 2

And now for Part 2, the thrilling conclusion of your guide to selling on Etsy! As I promised last time, I’m going to go over what items are your best bet to sell to hopeful vintage hunters. Let’s jump right into it! Strategize: Know Your Audience! Now, before you decide to use Etsy to sell your super rare mint condition 1859 Indian head coin for $7,000…..you might want to rethink that. Etsy is targeting a very specific demographic. Most people …

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The Storage Buyer’s Guide to Using Etsy.com: Part 1

No, I’m not suggesting you should give up the storage auction biz and become a full time arts-n-crafter on Etsy. Believe it or not, everyone’s favorite craft website can be used to the storage buyer’s advantage, too! Put away the glitter glue and knitting needles for now though–you might already have a unit filled with things you can sell on Etsy. An Introduction: Etsy? Huh, What’s That? Etsy.com has boomed in popularity since it first launched in 2005 as a …

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Guide to Tripling Your Storage Auction Investment: Part Three

We’ve reached it.  The final installment in the storage auction resale trilogy.  We’re going to talk about the final blows you are going to make to the inventory you won a three weeks ago inside two types of units: a cheaper, promising unit, and a monstrously packed, sure-shot unit.  By the end of this process, you will only have a few pieces remaining, selling themselves on Craig’s List and eBay. As you go forward, realize that this is a blueprint …

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Guide to Tripling Your Storage Unit Investment: Part One

In the storage auction buying business, it is difficult to calculate a monthly income to exactitude.  This is the primary reason why people shy away from doing it full time until they can compose a multifaceted resale plan, usually based on a few months of trial and error.  As you first embark in your treasure trove hunting, or are getting in over your head a little bit already, you should really focus on making “tripling your locker investment” a good …

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Braving Bad Weather Storage Auctions

Did a little rain keep Captain Ahab from pursuing Moby Dick miles off shore?  What about Columbus, De Gama, and Ponce De Leon?  Because no one else was willing to do it, sailing and overcoming miles of mysterious ocean eventually made them all quite famous (not to mention wealthy).  Want a modern day example?  How career defining was Adam Vinatieri’s 2001 AFC Division Game winning overtime field goal boot in a foot of snow?  Could anybody have done that? Only …

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E-Bay Revisited: Policies and Fees for Storage Hunters to Consider

Because of the holy host of random goods that will turn up in your storage unit winning escapades, it is very important to have a firm grasp on what is even possible for you to post on EBay.  Also, to understand how much fees play a role in your projected sales with this world-dominating web market. There are three categories of red-flag items in the eyes of EBay: Prohibited Items, Restricted Items, and Potentially Infringing Items.   Restricted Items are really …

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Getting a Head Start with EBay, Storage Unit Auction List Style

Although E-Bay has been around since 1994 and has slowly risen to be as much of a household name as Pop-Tarts, resellers should never underestimate just what an amazing resource for independent sales the site has become.  E-Bay has its own system of building report with customers that is paramount for brand new E-Bay users to get a grasp on.  It is never what you are selling, but how you are selling it which guarantees profits over time for the …

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