Storage Auction Stories

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 Junking 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; what I …

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The Three Dollars in My Pocket

When I was young, my Grandmother gave each of us $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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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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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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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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A Newbies Perspective: Attending My First Storage Auction

Over the weekend, I decided it was time fore me to get in on the auction action. I wanted to get a first hand experience of exactly what happens at each auction. My research started a few days before the auction. I started by using the Storage Unit Auction List state by state database, and was able to quickly find an auction in our company’s home city of Asheville, NC. On the day of the auction, I got up much …

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How to be a Compassionate Storage Hunter

Many auction hunters face criticism from do-gooders who assume that the storage auction industry is built on a pile of misfortune, cheats and lies. While nobody will deny that it’s sad when people fall on hard times and lose their belongings, the media sometimes likes to paint very ugly (and inaccurate) pictures of what storage auctions really are. The fact of the matter is that this industry is not as heartless as many seem to think…and in fact, it can …

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An Interview with John: an Educated Buyer

Here at Storage Unit Auction List, we love talking to our subscribers. Any time we can chat with you and hear about your experiences in the industry, using our services, or anything else storage auction related…we pretty much jump on the opportunity. Trust me, we’re all ears. So when one of my coworkers here in the office passed on John’s contact information to me, I was very excited to have the chance to talk to him. In the 3 years …

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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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Storage Pioneers: A Brief History of Bekins Moving & Storage Co.

The year is 1891. 121 years ago, to be precise.  America’s economy is alive and well. Finally, families have the money to buy luxury items–new furniture,  maybe some toys for the kids, pretty new dresses for mom, and Civil War books for dad. With all of this new-found money and opportunity, people are beginning to move all over the country–some are moving to the cities in hopes of making it big, some are moving to the country to get away from the rat race.  Doesn’t sound …

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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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Meet James “Griff” Griffith: Storage Warrior, Desert Prowler, California Swap Meet King

StorageUnitAuctionList.com provides storage auction attending information to thousands of subscribers in every state in the country.  However, sheer numbers don’t tell the whole story.  Of those thousands, there are elite veteran storage hunters who subscribe to us on a yearly basis.  I’ve been scouring the country for  full-time practitioners who know this business inside and out, who can tell us what it’s like out there for an authentic storage flipper.  I knew that if I kept digging, I would find …

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Storage Auctions Secrets: Mystery Units and the Fifty Dollar Rule

Sadly, many neophytes to self-storage auction hunting will go bidding berserk their first week of auctions and retire early.  So anxious to get the ball rolling on their inventory boosting, they get swept up in a throng of experienced bidders and “win” a unit for twice as much as it is worth.   Doing so could easily  exhaust a beginner’s auction start up capital and compel them to write the whole thing off, simply because they thought it was so …

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The Republican Storage Hunter-in-Chief Race (Part 2 of 2)

The Republican Primaries were grueling and all knotted up for a while, but there can only be one Storage Hunter in Chief emerging from the pack.  Yesterdays blog wove a story of some of the less effective bidding personas who dropped their hat in the ring.  Now, let’s look at those who won America over with well orchestrated bidding campaigns.   ::The Ron Paul (Auction Prophet):: For “The Ron Paul” bidder, the definition of winning is no longer about the …

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The Republican Storage Hunter-in-Chief Race (Part 1 of 2)

One great thing about getting involved in storage auctions on a regular basis is becoming a notable figure in the bidding crowd.  When you become part of the “in-circle,” the main advantage is you can form a network of cooperation with your colleagues and meet at least some folks in the middle about lockers you desire and ones they desire. “Reaching across the aisle,” as they say. Maybe modern politicians could benefit from such an ideal.  While the Republican Party …

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Second Hand Social Acceptance, Storage Hunting Renaissance

  Depending on what demographic or neighborhood a person grew up in, there may exist a peculiar taboo in their bloodstream against accepting or buying things second hand.  When I think back to how I was unwittingly caught up in a dire need to have mail order catalogue clothes as a preteen, I just feel bad for my parents, who were buying the same  for the three other trend setters I lived with. Luckily for storage auction sellers and the …

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