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Storage Units for Spring Cleaning

I never thought of this before, but it makes perfectly good sense to me! Use a self storage unit for spring cleaning! Every few years, a house needs to be thoroughly cleaned, painted and waxed from top to bottom. Pushing the furniture around a room while laying new tile or leaning a bed against a wall while floors are being sanded can cause all sorts of anxiety. So, why not just get it all out of the way and let …

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Choosing a Storage Unit

The community I live in has over 20 storage unit facilities available. But, which one do I choose? Logic says the one closest to my home. But…that may not actually be my best choice. Finding a storage unit and its facility is not just a snap decision. I want one that is trustworthy, clean and has a front office that is available. Even though you rarely have interactions with the front office or the main company during your rental period, …

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Your “Junk” Is Someone Else’s Treasure! How To Sell The Contents Of Your Storage Unit

          You have been planning for years to get rid of the stuff in your storage unit and finally the time is right. A sudden spurt of energy, a change in your life or even a strong curiosity about what is hidden in the back of that unit can all be opportunities to start fresh. So, you pop open the lock, throw open the door and suddenly, you are met with that “old attic” smell. But, …

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Storage Auctions: Finding the Diamond in the Rough

If you’ve been in the buy-sell storage auction business for any significant length of time, you probably know that not every unit you come across contains valuables. Sure, some of them may contain high-dollar items like vintage furniture, jewelry, collectable dolls, sports memorabilia, etc, but others contain nothing more than empty boxes. Rather than bidding on each and every unit you come across, you should use your best judgement to determine whether or not it’s valuable. So, how do you …

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How Much Money Can I Earn from Storage Auctions?

This is a question many newcomers ask, and for good reason: reality TV shows like Auction Hunters and Storage Wars have sparked a newfound interest in this business. And with this popularity comes an influx of new men and women who are interested in participating in storage auctions. But if you’re looking to turn this into a full-time business, you’ll need to determine whether or not it pays enough. After all, you can’t expect to pay your bills unless you …

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Storage Auctions: Knowing How Much to Bid

Many people are drawn to the allure of storage auctions from watching TV shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. These popular reality shows have placed the industry in the limelight for the entire world to see. As such, there’s been an influx in the number of people participating in storage auctions. But many newcomers to the industry wrongfully assume that each and every storage unit is valuable, at which point they’ll raise their bids in an effort to win …

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How Auctioneers are Paid

The auctioneer plays an important role in the storage auction process. He or she is responsible for orchestrating the auction, allowing participants to place maximum bids and designating the highest bidder as the winner. While it may seem like a simple enough process, there’s a lot of work involved in orchestrating storage auctions. As such, you might be wondering how much auctioneers are paid. Before we start, it’s important to note that an auctioneer’s payment may vary between the different …

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Tax Write-Offs for Storage Auction Hunters

With 2015 drawing to a close, many storage auction hunters are getting their financial documents in order for the upcoming tax season. While no one enjoys paying Uncle Sam, it’s part of the territory that comes with running your own business. The good news is that you can often deduct certain business-related expenses, meaning you don’t have to pay tax on that income. So, what are some of the expenses that you can write off as a storage auction hunter? …

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Knowing When to Pass on a Storage Auction Unit

Congratulations on your decision to enter the fun and exciting world of storage auctions! When it’s done correctly, you can turn a sizable profit from buying abandoned storage units and reselling the contents. In order to succeed in this highly competitive industry, though, you need to know when to pass on a unit and when to bid. Unfortunately, many beginners make the all-too-common mistake of bidding on every self-storage unit that they come across. Why is this a problem? Well, …

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Storage Auction Tips for the Fall and Winter Seasons

The fall season officially began on September 23, which means the temperatures will continue to drop as we approach the even colder winter months. If you plan on attending a storage auction (or several) during this time, there are a few things you should know. You’ll Be Outside I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you’ll be spending the majority of your time outdoors when attending storage auctions. During the spring and summer, …

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Storage Auctions: Separating the Facts from the Fiction

Storage auctions have become an increasingly popular venture in recent years, and for good reason: practically anyone can get started in this business with a very minimal investment. And when it’s done right, storage auctions can yield HUGE returns, making it a profitable business. However, there’s a great deal of confusion surrounding this industry, which is something that we’re going to discuss more of in today’s blog post. You Can’t Tell What’s Inside a Storage Unit Most self-storage facilities have …

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How Do Storage Auctions Work?

Although they’ve technically been around for decades now, storage auctions have just recently entered mainstream popularity due largely in part to TV shows like Storage Hunters. These shows have presented the industry in front of millions of Americans, showing them what it’s like to participate in the rewarding business of buying and selling abandoned storage units at auction. But many people are still confused regarding how exactly storage auctions work. Self-storage facilities generally operate by renting or leasing out individual …

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Tips on Hauling and Transporting Storage Auction Goods

Congratulations on winning your first storage auction! It’s an undeniably fun and rewarding feeling that marks the beginning of your new venture. But after the auctioneer has named you the winner, you’ll need to begin cleaning it out. So in today’s blog post we’re going to reveal some helpful tips on how to transport goods acquired through storage auction. Don’t Leave Anything Behind! Newcomers to the buy-sell storage auction business often assume that it’s OK to pick and choose what …

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Storage Auction Bidding Strategies That Work

Bidding is an integral component of running a successful buy-sell storage auction business. If you randomly toss out bids without any sense of direction or strategy, you’ll probably send up on the losing side of this business. But if you bid with a clear focus and plan of attack, you’ll come away with valuable self-storage units that you can easily turn for a profit. Bid on What You Can See One of the easiest and most effective strategies is to …

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Be Careful of What You Store in a Self-Storage Unit

Self-storage facilities have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with nearly 1 in 10 US families currently renting one. Of course, there’s a good reason for this trend: self-storage opens up a whole new world of storage possibilities. When you run out of storage space in your home, you can always use a facility instead. This means you can keep your home clutter-free while still hanging on to your belongings. If you’re thinking about using a self-storage unit, …

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Can You Keep Firearms in Storage Auctions?

This is a question many newcomers to the industry ask. Whether it’s a rifle, shotgun or pistol, firearms hold their value well when compared to other items. A typical 9mm handgun may fetch several hundred bucks, making it a great find for people in the buy-sell storage auction business. But are you legally allowed to keep firearms found in storage auctions? Firearm laws vary from state to state, so what’s kosher in one state may not be in another. However, …

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Did You Know? Facts About Self-Storage and Auctions

Think you know everything there is to know about self-storage units and storage auctions? Think again. While you may have a general understanding of this ever-growing industry, there are some facts that you may surprise you, which is what we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post. Self-Storage is Primarily US-Based You can find a few self-storage facilities scattered throughout other countries, but an overwhelming majority are located here in the United States. According to some estimates, there are approximately …

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Things To Consider When Bidding on Storage Units

Thinking about starting a buy-sell storage auction business? Doing so can be a fun and financially rewarding venture, but you need to have a general understanding of how the bidding system works. Far too many people are drawn to the allure of making quick money, but they ultimately fail to succeed because they don’t understanding the bidding process. In today’s blog post, we’re going to reveal some of the things you should consider when bidding on storage units. What’s Your …

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Storage Auctions: Bidding Your Way To Success

Bidding is a key component in running a successful buy-sell storage auction business. If you bid too high, you’ll end up paying more for a unit than what it’s really worth, which can cut into your profits or eliminate them altogether. On the other hand, bidding too low may prevent you from winning a storage unit, at which point one of your competitors will scoop it up. So, how do you know what to bid at a storage auction? First …

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Tip: Polish Up Your Goods Before Reselling Them

The secret to running  successful buy-sell storage auction business is to fetch as much money for your goods as possible. This should come as little-to-no surprise to seasoned storage auction hunters, most of whom are well aware of the importance of pricing. You want to obtain abandoned self-storage units for the lowest price possible, while turning around and selling its contents for the highest possible price. So, how can you fetch top dollar for your goods? Rather than trying to …

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Top Tips To Maximize Your Storage Auction Profits

The business of buying and selling the contents of abandoned self-storage units can be incredibly lucrative and self-rewarding. But like most businesses, there’s no guarantee of success, which is why it’s important for newcomers to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of this trade. Following the tips listed below will help you maximize your profits while increasing your chances of establishing a successful, long-lasting business. Diversify Your Business Don’t place all of your eggs in a single basket. To …

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Maryland Considers New Storage Auction Law

The Maryland House of Delegates is considering a new bill that would change the current requirements for the state’s the storage auctions. Maryland House Bill 786’s primary objective is to remove the requirement that self-storage facilities must advertise their auctions in the newspaper. Like many other states, Maryland currently requires all storage units to advertise their auctions in a a general circulated newspaper within the same area in which the auction will take, within 3 days of the auction. Failure …

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How To Clean Out a Storage Unit, Fast

One of the requirements of bidding on self-storage auctions is that you must clean it out within 24-48 hours (varies depending on the facility). Failure to clean out the unit could result in your name being blacklisted, preventing you from participating in future auctions. So whether the unit contains valuable items or not, you must invest some of your time and energy into cleaning it. The good news is that you don’t have to spend all day hauling off trash …

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Don’t Get Blacklisted at Storage Auctions

When a self-storage facility blacklists you from participating in future auctions, it can spell disaster for your business. Granted, you’ll still be able to participate in auctions hosted by other facilities, but these facilities may be farther away, have more competition, and yield less valuable items. The bottom line is that you should take certain precautions to ensure you remain in good standing with all self-storage facilities that you do business with. What Is Blacklisting? Blacklisting is another term for …

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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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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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The In-Laws are Coming! The In-Laws are Coming!

Maybe it is a little late for those of you above the Mason-Dixon Line, but today’s post is about some of the less-than-often considered benefits of rotating your storage locker contents. Those of you out there that have and, more importantly, maintain a storage unit for your own personal items or inventory from your resell business know that it, too, is an investment. To that end, if you are going to keep up with your rental payments, then you likely …

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Trivia [kindasorta] Tuesday [not really]

This week, for Trivia Tuesday, we at Storage Unit Auction List have decided to spoon feed you the answers. We know you have a lot going on out there, so we’ll just jump right in here: What is Storage Unit Auction List doing for you? To say that we are not going anywhere would be an understatement. We are opening up a new Auctioneer Partnership program to throw a bone to the other side of the bidding floor. Here’s some …

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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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Sex Appeal of Self-Storage

Okay, so now that I’ve got your attention: yeah, there is a sexy side to the world of self storage. It might not be all glitz and glamor on the auction floor. It might often look a little less like the Vegas strip, and a little more like the average queue at the buffet in Epcot Center. But, from an investment point of view, this is a recession-proof asset class that will only grow with vigor. I’ll be the first …

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Money Saving Bid Strategies

Are you just jumping in to the storage unit auction hunting business? Are you looking at your Storage Unit Auction List listing page and trying to determine which auctions you should attend and when you’ll be able to buy units for the lowest amount possible? The bad news is that there is no one specific science to attending storage auctions. The good news is that we have a few tips and bidding strategies that will help you become a successful …

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Happy Labor Day From Storage Unit Auction List!

If ever there was a holiday to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and long hours that you put into your business, it is Labor Day. No matter what season, professional storage unit auction hunters will brave the elements to attend auctions, fight for the units they’re passionate about, and put in the footwork to empty and sell the unit contents, only to do it all over again! Storage auctions are no get rich quick scheme. To have long term success …

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Ebay Radio Welcomes Storage Unit Auction List!

Listen up and catch StorageUnitAuctionList.com COO, “Paul Hedgecock” on this week’s ebay radio show! If your new to storage auctions, Paul will discuss, “Profiting from storage unit auctions” and answer some insightful storage auction questions from the hosts of the show. Click here to access the recorded segment and learn more about storage auction hunting! : http://www.voicemarketingradio.com/vmr/content/ebay-radio-show-519-segment-5   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 …

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Super Summer Savings Weekend!!!

Monthly Storage Unit Auction List Subscribers take an additional 11% OFF when you upgrade to an annual subscription. Offer valid July 26 through August 2, 2013 Use coupon code: ezauction http://www.storageunitauctionlist.com To take advantage of these savings, contact a member of our dedicated customer support staff at 800-353-8417. 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 10,000 auctions …

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How Donating Can Help Your Bottom Line

For years, I have gone through the motions of cleaning out my closet every two times a year or so. It’s always an undertaking that I dread, but always feel better about after the fact. Whether I was tossing Christmas gifts from well-intentioned but off the mark relatives that I didn’t have the heart to return, items that no longer fit, things I had forgotten I owned, or simply items that were no longer my style, I painstakingly maul over …

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Restoring Barbie To Her Former Glory Part 2 (A How To Guide To Barbie Doll Restoration)

We discussed how to properly comb and shampoo Barbie’s hair to restore her locks to their previous glory. In this section, we’ll discuss how to properly remove Barbie’s limbs to replace pieces if necessary, how to wash Barbie’s clothes, and how to properly wash her up without causing any damage. Don’t Lose Your Head! (But Barbie May Have To…) If Barbie is missing limbs, it may be necessary to use some of your other dolls to find suitable limb replacements. …

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Restoring Barbie To Her Former Glory Part 1 (A How To Guide To Barbie Doll Restoration)

What little girl doesn’t simultaneously love and cherish her Barbie dolls while at the same time abusing them? Barbie is one of the most beloved childhood icons of all time, but boy does she get put through the wringer. Whether it’s intentionally, i.e. when your big brother chops off all of Barbie’s hair just to watch your cry; or unintentionally, through sheer wear and tear, i.e. you play with your dolls so much that they get dirty, their hair becomes …

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Show Us Your Stuff Contest Is Still Accepting Submissions!

Just a quick reminder that we are still accepting submissions for our Show Us Your Stuff competition through this Friday-April, 5th. We have many great submissions already, but we don’t want anybody to miss the deadline! Just in case you need a reminder about the details… CONTEST OVERVIEW: Here’s the deal, we want to see anything and everything that you currently own that you’ve purchased at a storage auction. This contest is all about quantity! Is your garage overflowing? Great! Have …

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Anouncing New Contest: Show Us Your Stuff

We asked you what you wanted to see more of here on the blog, and the answer was more contests! Here at Storage Unit Auction List, we live to please. We love hearing from you and getting your feedback, and we agree that it has been far to long since the last contest! Which is why we’re excited to announce a new contest! The theme of the contest: Show Us Your Stuff! In our last contest, we asked you to …

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Decoding Auctioneer Chants: It’s All in the Filler!

Can you imagine attending an auction without an auctioneer? Aside from being rather chaotic, it also wouldn’t be nearly as much fun or remotely exciting. Aside from an auctioneers primary function of organizing bids, they serve as the face of the auction in a way and create a unique and memorable bidding experience. With their chanting and ability to generate enthusiasm on each unit, they make the proceedings entertaining. As a wet behind the ears auction attendee, it can be …

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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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Self Storage Laws You Need To Know About!

Today, self storage is a thriving business in the United States and all over the world. Since the 1970’s storage facilities have continued to multiply in number and expand in size. Somewhere along the way, facilities started to realize that they needed a plan of attack when tenants couldn’t, or refused, to pay up on their current or overdue rental fees. And so storage auctions were born out of a necessity for facility owners to recoup the loss of income …

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Guest Blog: A Look At Ohio’s New Storage Lien Laws

On December 20, Ohio’s governor John Kasich signed an amended bill into law allowing self-storage operators to advertise lien sales in other commercial outlets. Operators are no longer limited to using local newspapers as advertising channels for self-storage auctions, which saves them considerable amounts of time and money. For Ohio in particular, auction notices formerly had to be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of “general circulation in the county where the facility was located.” …

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Death and Taxes

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” (Of course this quote originates from a politician!) In 2013 this still remains true. Taxes are a necessary evil if your storage auction hobby has turned into a full time business. Seller’s Permits and Resale Certificates are integral to your business for tax purposes. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Some states use one term over the other, and some states …

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Storage Wars and the City

New Year, New Storage Wars After the hubbub of the holidays, I started the New Year right on Tuesday, catching the premiere of Storage Wars: New York. The show has all the trademarks we’ve come to love from the parent show, but has its own distinct New York personality. The first two episodes titled, ‘Beg, Borough or Steal’ and ‘Lady Luck Comes to Harlem’ aired back to back. The Cast   For starters, can we talk about the cast? A&E …

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New Year’s Resolutions To Make Your Business a Success!

Making New Year’s Resolutions is a time-honored tradition dating back to ancient cultures. Every year we vow to lose weight, volunteer more, improve our careers, get out of debt, or to learn something new. Barring that pesky Mayan prophecy about December 21st, this year why not make some resolutions specifically for your storage auction buying business? Here are three resolutions that we hope will help to make your business more organized and profitable in 2013: 1. Subscribe to StorageUnitAuctionList.com 2. …

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Sell Your Holiday Decorations!

Sorting Your Decorations Tis the season to divest yourself of all the holiday décor you’ve amassed over the year with each storage locker you’ve purchased! Christmas decorations are one of the most commonly found items in storage lockers, and the best time to sell these items is the months leading up to Christmas when these items are in high demand. While selling these items can be time consuming, the payoff can be worth the extra effort. Before selling your décor, …

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Turning Auction Finds into Christmas Presents

Stuck in A Christmas Shopping Rut? Shopping for your loved one during the holidays can be difficult. The thought of the dreaded holiday mall traffic is enough to cause nightmares. Not to mention the stress of finding the perfect gift for everybody in your life. What do you get for the friend that has everything? And does your dad really need another tie? Storage units can be a great place to find gently used or even brand new goods that …

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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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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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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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Fees, Fees, and More Fees!

So you’ve decided that your limit at today’s storage auction is to spend $400 on a locker. Okay, sounds reasonable. Naturally, you go to the bank and withdraw $400 from your savings account. Stop right there! You’re going to need more than just $400! I know, you’re probably confused because you just said your limit was $400…so what’s the deal? Well, did you take into consideration any of the fees you’ll have to pay at the auction? If you want …

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Guest Blog: Organizing Your Winnings

  Winning a storage auction is awesome, especially when there are a lot of valuable items inside, but the subsequent organization process that follows can be trying at times. Personally, I recommend creating three piles – one for items I intend to sell immediately, another for things I intend to keep in my home, and a third for the items I will place in storage for the time being. Although it’s somewhat ironic that some of the treasures that you’ve …

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Sealed Bid Storage Auctions are Now Listed at Storage Unit Auction List!

As you might know by now, the staff here at Storage Unit Auction List is intent on being the best. Thus, we’re constantly changing our game plan by updating our website and adding new and exciting things into the fray. Why do we do it? Is it because we’re thrill seekers and we love living on the edge? Is it because we live for delivering exciting news stories all day every day? Is it because we need an excuse to …

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The ABC’s of Storage Auctions: Part 1

No, these aren’t your Grandma’s ABCs. We’ve compiled a list from A-Z of helpful terms and tips that will help you become a more informed (if not better) storage hunter. Who knows, maybe you can even share the list with your aspiring little storage hunting tots. Auctioneer – The man or woman responsible for running the storage auction, popularly known for the “auctioneer’s chant”. Some facility owners will hold the auctions themselves in order to cut the cost of hiring a licensed auctioneer.   …

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“Self Storage” Movie Set to Chill and Thrill in 2013

It looks like the movie industry is taking note of the rising popularity of self storage: Producer Chad Verdi and director Tom DeNucci are working on a new horror movie simply entitled “Self Storage”, expected to be released by February of 2013. No, I’m not joking. I couldn’t make this up even if I tried. And believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a horror movie has used self storage to its advantage. The crew wrapped up filming at …

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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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Storage Unit Auction List’s New and Improved Account Area!

If you’re not a subscriber to our website yet, boy oh boy, now is the best time ever to sign up. First we introduced our $1.99 week long trial subscription….and now, we’re happy to share with you the amazing, new, easy to use account area for subscribers! What’s not to love?! Not only does the new account area look a lot nicer, there’s some cool new features as well as great improvements on features you’ve grown to know and love. Let me give you …

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How to Find the Best Local Storage Auctions

If you’re new to the storage auction business, it’s a very good idea to stay local when searching for auctions. But how exactly do you find the best local storage auctions? With a little help from StorageUnitAuctionList.com, as well as some pro tips that will put you ahead of the game, you’ll be bidding at local auctions in no time! Storage Unit Auction List is Your Friend! First and foremost, the easiest way to start tracking down local auctions is …

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How Far Should You Travel for a Storage Auction?

Imagine it: The thrill of the open road, the wind in your hair, the prospect of hitting the jackpot in the big city—no, you’re not going to Vegas—but to a newbie, the idea of traveling across state to a storage auction can seem just as appealing. While road trips are always fun, is it really in your best interest to travel 4 hours to the closest city, just for a storage auction? Especially if you’re new to the business and …

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$1.99 Week Long Trial from StorageUnitAuctionList.com

In case you haven’t heard the news already, everyone’s favorite storage auction website is offering an incredible deal… We are now proud to present the $1.99 week long trial! With this offer, we’re hoping to convert the non-believers into…well, believers. For only two bucks (about 29 cents per day!), you get to use all of the features of our website for an entire week. This is just enough time to get you hooked. Trust me, after your trial ends, you’re going …

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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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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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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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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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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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Cautious Generosity: Returning Select Keepsakes to Previous Owners

Here at storageunitauctionlist.com, we do have a heart.  Sure, there are a million reasons why people’s storage lockers get left behind: some justifiable, some just lazy. A lot of the time, however, the tenant simply does not care enough to come back and reclaim their belongings.  Or similarly, they did care, but have moved on in life and need the money they would have paid in delinquent rent for more immediate life expenses. A karmic rule that is thrown around …

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Treasure Hunter or Pack Rat?

There is a fine line between treasure hunter and packrat.  And what trade is out there that grinds at this line more so than ours?  Probably not many.  “Compulsive hoarding” is defined as “a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that would seemingly qualify as useless or without value.” Such a transformation can take place unbeknownst to the avid storage auction goer, so we are here …

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David Hester’s Hunter Heroism? Let the Debate Begin!

I will never grow tired of the phenomenon of television making overnight celebrities out of people.  If any of the Storage Wars stars have caused anything of a stir on the interweb, then it’s the notoriously loved/hated David Hester.  There is seemingly no reason that an owner of a consignment shop and storage auction junkie should be on par with professional athletes or film makers, but, it is what it is.   However, the most interesting thing about Hester’s stardom …

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Meet Barry Bailiff: Mover, Shaker, and Storage Unit Taker

Barry Bailiff is not the kind of guy to keep people locked behind bars, as his name might imply. Instead, he focuses his energies on what’s behind lockers. He has maintained a subscription to StorageUnitAuctionList.com despite leaving his family in a wintery world of work in Wisconsin for a transfer to the beautiful summers of Beaufort, South Carolina, and has been enjoying a revelation of storage hunting success in his new home that he might never have thought possible. I …

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It’s Called “Self” Storage for a Reason: A Response to an Auction Basher

Well, we know there are naysayers out there who love to tear down the storage auction profession based on out-of-touch judgments.  Here’s a quick news story of that caliber I ran across recently that I will gladly take a moment to rebut without remorse. The Scathing Article The article reads as follows: “With respect to your article “Trash or treasure? Think quick, bidders,’’ March 25, might I add the following comment? As a humanitarian, I was repulsed to know there’s …

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The Magic Eye for the New Guy

The scrutiny of a good storage unit analyst is like a Magic Eye book.  Those without the magic tend to see a 2-d unit and often spend their turn trying to take in everything at once.  Yet, nothing really pops out of the picture.  Those that have been through the wire in this business can spend a fraction of the time as a newbie in their once-over and effortlessly separate the shiny, hidden picture, maintain it while blinking.  In other …

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Welcome to the All New Storage Unit Auction List 2.0

Anything look different to you, subscribers and readers? No, it’s not my new haircut, but thanks for noticing. Is it that now you can access the blog by individual topic? Well, that’s part of it. You’re getting warmer. Welcome to Storageunitauctionlist 2.0 (“SUAL.com 2.0”) the most refined, attractive, user-friendly and revolutionary storage auction hunting website out there, bar none. We have worked tirelessly to break boundaries and bring you a new incarnation of storageunitauctionlist.com that is visually stimulating, infinitely more searchable, and …

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2 Uplifting Storage Units Chocked with German Gear

If you read yesterday’s blog, you would have read a deconstruction of a “Storage Wars: Texas” episode, where seemingly out of place items were magically discovered in all three hunter’s newly acquired units.  Hopefully, you learned a few things in the process of reading my intentionally caustic episode review, and maybe even gotten a few laughs. Yet, I can’t help but have the wool plucked from my eyes after reading so many up to date, interesting treasure stories today.  Stories …

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Remember the Alamo: Tuning into the Texas Storage Wars

Although we may never know for sure to what extent storage unit auction shows are authentic or rigged, we at Storageunitauctionlist.com know that they are a fun interpretation of the world we know best.  If you have been too busy with your own personal storage unit flipping efforts and the tube has been stationary for a while, today we’re going to review an episode of  “Storage Wars: Texas” and scan it over for signs of good practice, bad practice, as …

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4 Venues for Maximum Value

Let’s face it. The units you win at storage auctions are not going to resemble ancient tombs excavated by Dr. Jones, with rows and hallways riddled with ancient artifacts, piles of cast-off gold coins to stroll across while looking for the real treasure. Depending on what you happen to discover in your legal lootings, you need to develop a consistent strategy in how you market most,  if not all, of the things you find. Let’s look at a typical formula for unloading …

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9 Strategies for Private Unit Investigation (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back, storage warriors.  Yesterday’s blog was the first five items on a list about honing your methods during your precious preliminary moments of viewing a unit up for auction.  In the spirit of the NCAA Tournament, let’s “march” on to the Final Four. 4. Does the Rubbermaid Meet the Road? If the owner’s carriage is visible, of what class is it?  Rubbermaid containers are built for durability and protection against the elements.  Boxes from the liquor store usually suggest …

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Stowing it for Some Other Life: A History of Self-Storage

“Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sang Julie Andrews in the chipper film classic, “The Sound of Music.” Let’s take a note out of her staff and apply this approach to the self-storage world: How did America go from a blank, big sky country to the self-storage empire that is has become, boasting a staggering 2.35 Billion square feet of storage space and giving birth to nearly eighty percent of the world’s storage unit …

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Glassware, Pottery, and More: Keep Your Eye Out at the Auction!

Anyone who regularly attends storage auctions knows that there’s no shortage of stuff of very little value in storage units. You may be the highest bidder on a unit and only end up being able to sell and make a profit off of one or two things in the whole unit. If you’re new to the storage auction world, it can be difficult to just eyeball a unit and guess how much money you’re going to make off of its …

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Tips on Making it in The Storage Auction Business

Approaching storage auctions as a business can be an exciting endeavor. It can also be one filled with reluctant doubt. Some go in expecting to make a full-time income without any experience. Of course, going in to anything without experience and expecting immediate success is a great way to set yourself up for failure. The fact that you can make a full-time income from attending storage unit auctions is true, but there are ways you can set yourself up for …

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What will I find at a Storage Auction?

sarah palinStorage auctions are notoriously unpredictable, so you will never truly know what you will find–until you buy it! You can potentially find anything that anyone has ever owned and thought to store. This covers pretty much any consumer or industrial goods and equipment.

There are two different types of units you will come across: those leased by companies and those leased by individuals. Company storage units generally will only consist of relevant equipment and/or merchandise. A unit leased by an individual, however, can contain anything from a new car to just an old mattress.

Before purchasing a unit you must first weigh what you can see in the unit preview against its profit potential to come up with a reasonable bid. Sounds easy enough, right? Right?

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5 Reasons You Should Join StorageUnitAuctionList.com

There’s at least one-billion-and-two good reasons you should subscribe to StorageUnitAuctionList.com, but we’re going to be nice and narrow it down the 5 of the best reasons–because we’re nice like that! 1. We List ALL Auctions, Big or Small. We employ an entire call center to reach little-known facilities all across the country as well as several full time employees that manage the site daily, constantly posting new auction information in real time so our subscribers get the most up-to-date auction …

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Alternative Auctions

Did you know that you can bid on storage units in your area, online, from the comfort of your own home? Our friends over at SealedOnlineBids.com have developed a revolutionary new system for online storage auctions. They post pictures of the unit’s contents online and bidders are given about two weeks to duke it out. Once the auction is over and the unit is awarded to the highest bidder, that bidder has about 24-48 hours to clean out the unit. …

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Are you Free & Clear?

Every state has outlined their own laws for storage auctions. Some of these laws are outdated and have yet to catch up with the popularity and demand of today’s storage auctions. With the popularity of the reality shows, it’s very easy to get confused by what’s legal, and what’s not. One such law that causes much confusion is the The ‘Free & Clear Clause’. This refers to whether or not a bidder must take over debts owed on property purchased …

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The Digital Age and The Legislature

In recent months, we’ve seen a few states pass legislation to amend the legal requirements placed on facilities in regards to publishing public notices for storage auctions in local newspapers. Tennessee and Florida have both lifted the obligation to advertise auctions in newspapers, instead allowing facility owners to post their auction schedules online. Facilities are still required to notify the unit’s previous tenant either by email or hand delivery to alert them that unless payment is received, the contents of …

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Attendance Fees?

Recently we’ve caught word that a few facilities, particularly facilities that have seen a considerable spike in storage auction attendance, have implemented attendance fees in hopes that it might cut down the crowds. ABC Mini Storage, for example, began charging $5 for every two heads in attendance at storage auctions as of April of this year. There are exceptions to the fee for some, like those who have attended auctions in the recent past (many people seem to think this …

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Storage Auction “Caravans”

No, it’s not this kind of caravan. Although that would be pretty cool! As you may have noticed, there are some storage auctions listed on Storage Unit Auction List–the ones listed in blue–that are very closely grouped in both time and vicinity to one another. This is no coincidence. Many of the larger storage auctions will begin at a time like 10:00 AM. Once the bidding is complete the auctioneer and bidders all go to the next auction that (usually …

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Strange Findings at Storage Auctions

Sometimes you’re going to find strange things in storage units that you’re not going to know what to do with. More often, you’ll also find very sensitive or personal documents that belonged to the last tenant. What do you do with all of this stuff? Many units you win at storage auctions will contain family photos and other memories that seem to be lost forever once the auction has ended. Some storage facilities offer a place to drop off pictures, …

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Essential Equipment for Storage Auctions

There are several tools that will prove to be very useful at your next storage auction. Definitely the most important tool to bring is a good flashlight. Many people keep their most valuable possessions in the back of the storage units, and since most of the units do not have lighting inside of them, you should have a flashlight that is reliable and bright enough to illuminate the back of the unit. Get a rechargable flashlight or bring extra batteries–there’s …

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What are Buyer’s Premiums?

A buyer’s premium is a fee added to the total cost of an item or unit auctioned. It is generally around 10%, and is added to the final bid price at the end of the auction. This normally covers the auctioneer’s expenses such as cataloging and inventory of items auctioned. Lucky for you, buyer’s premiums are not normally utilized at storage auctions. Most professional storage auction bidders will refuse to participate in a bin auction that has a buyer’s premium, …

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Bin Auctions Versus Piece Auctions

Bin auctions, are the bread and butter for professional storage bin buyers. The word “bin” refers to the actual storage unit itself, including everything inside of it. Bin auctions are generally more common than piece-by-piece auctions. The bin auctions are the type seen on A&Es show Storage Wars—you know the deal: the doors go up, you take a peek inside, and the winner gets all. There is an element of mystery when you buy a unit, because you’re not allowed …

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