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How to Be Safe on Craigslist

We have all heard the scary stories about sales gone wrong on Craigslist. And, it is a good rule of thumb to be very careful when buying or selling with strangers. But, the convenience and price of doing commerce on this platform make some of the problems not very important. Since the world is an interesting place and sometimes your safety is tested, this blog post is about keeping your eyes and ears open when buying or selling everywhere. To …

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Getting Your Garage Organized

When I live in a place that does not have a garage, I complain about not having a garage! When I live in a place that does have a garage, I complain about having a garage! Yes, it seems I am never happy! But, not having a garage causes storage problems and having a garage causes organizational problems! If you have a garage, the secret is getting it organized! Garages are not always there to be a garage. Living in …

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Storing Wood Furniture and Lumber

Storing anything made of wood in a storage unit in the heat of summer can be a tricky task! If you have furniture going into storage, such as wooden tables or hutches, rocking chairs and sideboards, you will have to go through a process in order for the pieces to stay in perfect condition. Wood furniture requires the same conditions as lumber, but, because it has a finish to it, there is the possibility of damage such as warping or …

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Thrift Store Must Haves

Sometimes, when I walk into a thrift store, I just don’t know where to start. Dishes, clothing, crafts, books… there is always so much stuff to look over! But, it is usually the more “valuable” things I am looking for. I love antiques and I have a house full. But, I also love art and I have a house full of that, too. And I love little, weird, quirky things that make you laugh right out loud! And yes, I …

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How to Write Product Titles

Selling things online can be extremely profitable. And it can be fun. But…it can also be confusing. I have posted things on social media sites that have sold in a matter of minutes and then I have posted things that never did sell. I have found that there is a “hook” that you need to learn to get your products moving off the shelves and into the hands of buyers. The hook is the title on your listing! It needs …

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How to Bid at a Storage Unit Auction

A storage unit auction is like most auctions. You register when you arrive. You follow the crowd around to the items, which happens to be a full storage unit. And when bidding begins, you either raise your hand at the auctioneer or lift a bidding card. But, the things that are different are that you are bidding on a whole lot of stuff at once, you are bidding on stuff that is unknown and the main tool that you need …

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Things Not to Buy at a Garage Sale

It is the height of the garage sale season and my little car has been hauling odds and ends from one end of town to the other! I have a special place in my heart for rocking chairs and if I can find one for a good price, I buy it! Then, I bring it home and paint it some exotic color and set it on my front porch. I found one last weekend for $10 and put it up …

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Hiring Movers

I just went through a move. It was from one house to another within the same town, within a mile of each other. But, from the outside, you would think a move within a short distance would be very easy. The reality is that it didn’t matter if I was moving a block away or a thousand miles. Moving is expensive, tedious, back breaking and confusing. And, it can last for a very long time! Because of the distance and …

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Self-Storage Inventory

Suddenly, you realize you need a storage unit to get the Christmas decorations out of the way while you redo the basement. So, you go over to the nearest storage facility and you rent out the only unit they have available. They say it can fit an entire home if packed correctly. You rent the space even though it is bigger than you need, but the price to rent is cheap. You go home and pack up the Christmas decorations …

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Small Business and Business Storage

Opening a small business is a large task. Small business owners put everything they have into building that business from the floor up and they can use help wherever they can get it! In the beginning, space is precious as you purchase materials and machinery you need for the operation. But, as time goes by, some of those things begin to multiply, such as documents, files and paperwork. The same goes for machinery. You may find overtime, that some pieces …

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Climate Controlled Storage

Summertime is the time of year that many people using storage units begin to consider whether they should have a climate controlled unit instead of a regular unit. Heat and humidity can cause problems for all sorts of items that people store. The outside elements play a key part in choosing how to store your items. A climate controlled unit is kept at a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees. In general, climate controlled storage is advantageous for storing valuable …

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The Artist and the Self Storage Unit

I am trying to set up a new studio in a new home I have just moved into. It is a mess! I have been an artist and an art teacher for a very long time, so I have art supplies from here to forever. Most artists, crafters and sewers can identify with me. When this moving process began, I started looking for studio ideas. I looked in decorating magazines, craft books and on Pinterest. And I found lots and …

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Opening a Co-Op Shop

It seems that everyone wants to open up a cute little shop somewhere, but they just don’t have the money. One way to overcome that obstacle is to form a co-op. A cooperative is a group of independently owned businesses that pool their resources and engage in joint promotion and operational efforts. There are approximately 30,000 cooperatives operating in the United States. Opening a co-op business can be economical and have a lower risk than opening a shop all by …

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When It’s Time to Rent a Storage Unit

The self storage industry has been the fastest growing industry in the United States for over thirty years. There seems to be a storage facility on every corner and for good reason! We own a lot of stuff! And we have a really hard time throwing the stuff out. There are about 48,500 self-storage facilities in the United States and over 2 billion square feet of rental space which is 20 square feet of space for every household in the …

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Storing Childhood Toys

I have kept many of my childhood toys. Not all of them, but just enough to fill a good sized box. I keep them around because they remind me of a most wonderful childhood. AND… because those toys no longer exist on store shelves. I have no intention of selling them and I know I should consider selling because of the price I can get for them on Ebay. But, they remind me of where I started in my life …

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Bidding at Storage Unit Auctions

Bidding for a storage unit at an auction is exciting. It is heart pounding. And it can be full of the same angst and thrill as an action movie! But, before you bid, you need to know what to look for in the unit because not every storage unit is worth the trouble. If you own a shop that specializes in resale items, storage unit auctions is definitely the place you want to be. If you are a collector of …

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Rules And Uses for Storage Units

A storage unit is a space for you to fill with things from your overflowing house. Or is it? In actuality, a storage unit is simply an empty space…and you can fill it with anything that you want! OK … maybe not anything … but within reason. If your closets are bulging with too many out of season clothes… storage unit. If the garage is filled with too many “toys” … storage unit. If the business papers are covering the …

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How to Haggle

Haggling is defined as bargaining persistently to get a lower price. Shopping at a flea market requires haggling. But, there are ways to do it without being mean, rude or aggressive. There is a saying “when haggling goes well, everybody wins” that should be abided by. The best part of haggling at a flea market and sometimes at yard sales, thrift shops and antique stores, is that it is expected. When you don’t haggle, the vendor is usually surprised. But, …

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Help Wanted – Picker

I have always thought that the most fun job in the world would be a Picker for an Antiques dealer. Pickers are the people who go out and look for things for the dealer to sell. They look for collectibles, antiques, art, vintage and other thing that people will buy. Pickers spend their time digging through other people’s barns, attics, garages, and abandoned buildings looking for particular items. Often, Pickers are requested to find something specific that the dealer’s customer …

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Shopping a Flea Market Like a Pro

Flea Markets are FUN!!! Flea Markets are exciting! Flea Markets are a great place to meet people and find cool stuff! BUT… Flea Market shopping can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. I learned this the hard way. When I first started going to flea markets when I was a kid, I just gleefully followed my mother and went to the stalls that she wanted to go to. They tended to be the same stalls week after week …

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Make Money from Spring Cleaning

Ahhhh…Spring cleaning! The time of year to clean the house and get rid of old and unused stuff and make a little money! This annual ritual can sometimes feel like a big pain, BUT, it can also fill your wallet. If you approach the chore as a money making adventure, then it can excite and motivate you to really get organized. Attics, closets, bedrooms, garages, basements and sheds suddenly can become goldmines full of valuable  treasures. There are many ways …

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Wine Storage in a Storage Unit

No longer is a storage unit used for just the overflow stuff from home. More and more people are renting a unit and using it to store specialty items. European armories, glass antiques, Odd shaped shelving units, and wine can all be found in storage units. They are used because a shop doesn’t have enough floor space for display or an artist ran out of room in their studio or a restaurant needs the space for banquet tables and chairs. …

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Starting a Thrift Store

STOP! Last Junk Store for 30 miles! Remember … Antiques are being made while you wait to buy! My Junk…Your Treasure! Sometimes, life’s opportunities are staring you right in the face. I have been a “junker”, “treasure hunter”, “finder of forlorn follies” all of my life. And my dream job is having a little cluttered shop full of interesting curiosities. This dream is about a truly flexible be your own boss money making venture … one you can start with …

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Storage Unit Auctions and Unique Finds

Storage Units are abandoned for a whole bushel basket of reasons. Some of the reasons are tragic. Some are reasonable and most are just simply let go for lack of money. When the contents go to auction, those reasons disappear and suddenly the goods become a mystery. You have 10 seconds to peek inside before the storage unit door closes and the bidding begins. Many of those who attend storage unit auctions (like me) are there for the excitement of …

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The Bride. The Wedding. The Stuff…

Recently, I worked in a floral shop specializing in just weddings. It was interesting and demanding work. But, something I noticed that I had never heard about before, and was completely impressed with, was the use of storage units by brides! Because it is the beginning of the wedding season where planning and booking is at a high energy level, I thought I would share this unique and totally logical way to use a storage unit for wedding planners. Most …

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Storage Unit Auctions – The Adventure

Storage unit auctions happen just about any day of the week and keeping track of all that I want to attend has made me a map aficionado. Being a specialist on making my way to these auctions, has allowed me to attend many in one day. The part I like so much about these types of auctions, is that you never know what treasures you will find. Unlike a regular auction where you get to preview all items before they …

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Sell Everything on Craigslist

Did you ever want to just run away from everything and start over fresh? I think most people have dreamed of getting rid of everything they own and starting over in some exotic far away location. I have a friend who actually did this and has never looked back! She was always the wanderer anyway and had walked the Appalachian Trail and hitchhiked across Europe. But she always had storage units filled to the brim with her “stuff”. And that …

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Make Money with Storage Unit Auctions

I went to an auction this weekend. It was very crowded at 11 a.m. and it was hard to see what item was on the block. I kept wiggling my way to the front of the crowd and with my number in hand, tried to get the attention of the auctioneer. But, to no avail. I finally gave up and hung at the back of the chaos and looked at all the items coming up for bidding. As the hours …

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It’s Time For The Spring Cleaning Frenzy!

  Spring cleaning is the custom of thoroughly cleaning the house in March because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors, and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. This time of year is also when coal furnaces wouldn’t run and you could wash all the soot from the walls and furniture left by the furnace. But, today, spring cleaning seems to be a thing of the past. But, it can easily return …

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Clutter…That Ugly Beast!

  I love to collect stuff! There, I admitted it! Ever since my best friend in junior high gave me a pair of antique shoes from China, I have been addicted to the task of collecting. At first it was just oddities I would find at the only junk store in my hometown. Then it progressed to finding colorful items to decorate my drab first apartment. When I would like one item, I would need at least five more all …

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Storing Blankets and Pillows for Long-term Storage

    So…you are in the process of moving and you are trying to empty the current house a bit at a time. You have chosen to put those items that you can live without for awhile into a storage unit. Or, you are redecorating and need to move lots of your belongings into a storage unit in order to make room for the re-modelers. One of the things that gets moved out first are extra bedding and decorative pillows. …

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How To Properly Store Clothes

    Sometimes, I look at my closet and I just want to give up! The shirts are smashed together and when I pull them out, they need a solid ironing. The pants hang haphazardly and I don’t know which ones even fit any more. And the dresses, well, I ignore them altogether! So I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of the ones that are way out of date, tattered and torn. I put pants together …

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A Truck and A Storage Unit… A Moving Story

  UGH! Moving!!! What a pain! But, it happens and sometimes, too often! Tearing apart your home; putting your household treasures into boxes with care; organizing the mounds of stuff you own; and then…unpacking it all and putting it away…are all the steps you must take to move from one home to another! Moving may feel overwhelming, but it can turn out to be a fairly efficient experience if you have all of the right tools. Of course, if you …

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Safety for Yard Sales

A friend and I had a yard sale. We were set up inside my friends garage which happened to be located on an alleyway. After several hours and massive crowds, we had settled into comfortable lawn chairs at the back of the garage. Suddenly, a very loud car rolled up and 6 people poured out. One person was a very old woman. The entire family scattered all over the garage but it was the old woman who held our attention. …

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Hiring an Estate Sale Professional Company

There are many reasons that you would hire an Estate Sale company. Downsizing, a divorce or death or that it is just the easiest route to take. It is a very efficient way to handle the discarding of a whole house worth of goods. An estate sale is far bigger than a regular garage sale so you are selling furniture, clothing, knick knacks, paintings and kitchenware. Hiring a professional can ease the pain of going through every single thing, pricing …

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Using Spray Paint to Spruce Up Decor

Spray paint can be a game changer, especially with junky stuff that could have ended up in the trash. Spray paint can transform the dull into the dazzling! You can turn everything from furniture to toys into brand new shiny looking additions to your home, office and decor. Everything looks more expensive. It’s basically the Midas touch in a can. Here are some ideas that, by using a can of spray paint, will bring a glow to everything that was …

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Shop Thrift Stores for Decor

Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop for finding the detail items needed to make my home MY home! These stores always help me stay within my budget and their inventory is ever changing with continuous surprises! They offer pieces of decor that are stylish and interesting and artistic. Furniture, lighting, housewares, knick knacks and pillows and throws can all be found with prices far below those of department stores. Original artwork, collectible pottery, interesting sculpture and fine china …

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Where to Find the Stuff to Sell

I have decided to start a flea market business. I have enough homemade crafts and decor to fill a table and even some vintage finds that I have tired of and am willing to sell. But, what happens when I sell all of this stuff? Well, I will have to make more and buy more for the next weekend. Part of the excitement of starting this new business is that I get to go out and find more stuff! As …

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Repurposing Treasures

Re-purposing items is a hot thing to do right now. Taking an old chair and re-purposing it into an end table or a bench or even a headboard are new ways to think of old stuff and giving it new life. You can find things to re-purpose, up-cycle, recycle, reuse and recreate in your attic or basement. You can go to Flea Markets and Yard Sales and load up your truck with broken down, ugly pieces and take them home, …

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What is a Flea Market, Swap Meet, Barn Sale?

Every week I scour the papers and internet listings for the garage sales and flea markets to see who is selling what and what is special. After decades of collecting and scouring for just the right “thing”, I know that what I buy where makes a big difference. Here is a “dictionary” of the different types of sales and venues available for you to go hunting for treasures. According to Google – “Flea markets are markets where multiple vendors gather …

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Shopping Tips for Craigslist

Craigslist is a goldmine for unique finds. But…if you don’t make an offer as soon as you see the item, you will not get it! Lots and lots of people in your area do nothing but peruse all of the categories in the “for sale” column. And they get right on top of the purchasing process because they know that if they don’t, they will miss out! There are a few ideas that can help you purchase that item quicker …

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Renting a Permanent Indoor Flea Market Booth

A permanent Indoor Flea Market booth is like having your very own little store. Instead of setting up in the morning and breaking down again in the evening with a regular booth located somewhere on the Flea Market grounds, a permanent booth allows you to keep all of your merchandise set up and in one place. Although this sounds perfect for those wishing to enter the retail world, there are pros and cons of both the permanent booth scenario and …

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Selling Tips for Flea Market Vendors

Renting a booth at a Flea Market can be fun and exciting. You are going to sell all of your crafts and treasures and make a bunch of money! BUT…throwing everything out on a table is not enough to grab a customer’s attention. There’s more to making money at flea markets. You want to turn a profit. There are some selling tips that you should learn before you set up. Do’s and don’ts for vendors are easy to follow for …

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Stuff to Sell at Flea Markets

Flea Markets are not just Flea Markets anymore. They specialize. There are still many traditional Markets but there has been new trends that have invaded the format. Vintage shows, art markets, food markets and swap meets all offer different products and the management is strict with vendors abiding by the rules. No tube socks will be found at a Vintage show! But, if you are selling your products at a regular old fashioned Flea Market, here are a few suggestions …

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Starting a Flea Market Business

If you have always dreamed of having a tiny business that you can throw your heart and soul into, it is possible to make it happen with a booth at a Flea Market. If you love baking, sewing, crafting or vintage and homemade items, you can find your customers any given Saturday and Sunday at that Flea Market. A booth at the market is very cheap and you normally don’t have a long term commitment or lease for the space. …

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Ammonia, Foil, Salt, and Baking Soda

Every day items are the basics of cleaning. You don’t need to go broke buying expensive bottles of perfumed mixtures that claim to do the cleaning job of a million scrubbing bubbles. You just need the same items that your grandmother used and they only cost pennies.  Here is a list of ways to use simple basics to clean just about everything. Ammonia is the Stinky stuff that will clear your nose and ears just by opening the bottle. But, …

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Indoor Garage Sales

It is the time of year where just the thought of sitting outside on a lawn chair overlooking your old and unused stuff just sends shivers up your spine. And I mean REAL shivers as it is 12 degrees outdoors! But that old and unused stuff is NOT going away and you would just love to have some cash by selling the stuff and taking a nice long vacation to warmer climates. So, instead of sitting outside and freezing, have …

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Winter Yard Sales

Well, the leaves have changed colors and in many areas, the first snowfalls have happened. Yard sale season is over for another year. But has it really? Just because it is the Frigid Season, doesn’t mean you suddenly stop needing to get rid of your stuff or want to make a little extra money. The winter months can be excellent for selling off old stuff and getting a pretty sizeable crowd to attend. So, here are some ideas and reasons …

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Storing Musical Instruments

Musical instruments tend to be as cherished as the family pet. When they need to be stored, they should be treated the same way as the precious pet. If the family pet can not go on vacation with the family, a kennel or a pet sitter is considered. When a musical instrument can not go to a new home right away and it gets stored, the same considerations to care need to be addressed. If your instrument is brass, string …

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Storing Artwork

I am an artist. My husband was an artist. My parents and siblings are all artists. I have a lot of art in my life. When people walk into my home, they are shocked that they can not see any empty wall space. It is covered with art from floor to ceiling with art. As an artist who is creating daily, I finally realized that enough was enough. I can’t help the creating; it is just something I must do. …

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E-commerce Business from a Storage Unit

On weekends, I go junking. I go to garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores and junk yards. My intentions are to build up enough inventory to open my own little thrifty/redo shop. A few weekends ago, there was a storage unit auction on a some units at a facility near me. So, I went! While I was there contemplating if I should bid, I noticed a man a few units away taking things in and out of his unit. His …

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The New Vacation

We have all heard of the “Man Cave”. It is the place where a guy can hang out, hang beer signs, watch sports and eat bad food. This “cave” usually is found in the basement or garage of the man’s home. It has a “no trespassing” sign on the door and no one can come in who wants to clean it up, bring healthy fruits and vegetables and complain about the noise level of the television. But, in recent years, …

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Police Auctions

A police auction, as defined by Google search, is an auction of goods which have been confiscated by the police and cannot or may not be returned to their original owners. They may also contain surplus and retired police equipment, such as used police cars.   Most police stations both big and small, end up with a lot of stuff or what they call “property. After that property has gone through all of the legal processes for court cases and …

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Turning Trash Into Treasure

Those that go to Storage Unit Auctions, understand that more than half of the stuff they win at an auction is trash. But, many also understand that the trash can turn into treasure with a bit of creative thinking and some work. These people are very fortunate because there is an enormous push towards recycling and a large market of buyers for these items. We throw away approximately 90,000 pounds of trash per person per lifetime in the United States. …

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Easy Access Storage

A Storage Unit can be a life saver when your home is getting much too crowded. We accumulate things overtime and we don’t eliminate other things at the same speed. So, tables get filled with trinkets and magazines. Baskets get filled with dried flowers and old scarves. And drawers get crammed with everything that didn’t find a home elsewhere! Much of this stuff is not ready to be thrown out but when it is overflowing into the precious space you …

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Storing Books

I am a voracious reader. I have half a dozen books being read at any one time. Books become my friends and their stories wind their way into my heart. So, obviously, my collection of books is enormous. So enormous in fact, that I have had to store some of them away. But, storing books can be a tricky task. Just piling them into a box and putting the box on a shelf in the back of the garage, may …

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Interesting Ways to Use A Storage Unit

Often times, businesses get started at the kitchen table and then they go to the kitchen counter the living room coffee table and eventually they take over the house. That is when the reality sets in that you need a bigger space and one that is outside of the house. Renting an office with a lease and all of the utilities can be out of financial reach. But, there are alternatives! Storage unit space…10’ x 10’, 10’ x 20’, 10’ …

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Keep your Eyes Open for Hidden Gems

Most storage unit auctions offer boxes. Tons of boxes. A seasoned bidder can see right through those boxes! Looking for misshaped boxes, markings on boxes and certain types of boxes, bidders can get a feel for what is inside. The types of boxes also show the value placed on the contents. If the boxes are a haphazard mix of types and sizes, little value was placed during packing. If the boxes are all similar types like wine boxes or paper …

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To Do/Not To Do at Storage Auctions

You know that feeling when you WIN a unit at a storage auction. It is thrilling to win and then even more thrilling to find that you won some amazing things. It is those thrilling moments that make people go and keep going to auctions. Being a bidder at an auction is fun and simple. But there are always things to learn about the process. Just because you bid doesn’t mean that you will win. There are certain things to …

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Do It Yourself Moving

Ugh! Moving! But, if you must, you must! Planning out the move in detail can help with any problems that may come up. There are some actions that you can take to avoid mistakes, broken furniture and bad backs. Here is a list to help you with Moving Day! Reserve your truck as early as possible. Rental trucks and moving companies offer lower rates during certain times of the year, month, and days of the week when they aren’t as …

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When is the Best Time to Move?

I have spent my life moving. Or, so it seems. Because of one reason or another I have averaged moving every 18 months for most of my life. I consider myself an expert on the many facets of the moving experience. And since moving stuff is a part of the Storage Unit Auction life, I will share some of my wisdom. According to Google, most Americans move between May and September, so the most popular time to move is probably …

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The Cool Stuff to Sell

Want to sell stuff that is popular and easy to move? Here is a list of the best items to turn a profit whether online or in a yard sale. Tagged Clothing and Items                                                                                                                                             When you are searching through the clothing racks at Goodwill or the Salvation Army, keep your eyes open for any piece that still has the original tag attached to it. Generally, items with original tags mean that they have never been worn or used. These …

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Selling Selling Selling that Stuff

So, You just bought a storage unit at an auction. And it is full of things to sell. Yeah, there are a few boxes for the trash bin, but for the most part, it can all be moved into the “for sale” category. But where to begin. The following is a list and a bit of a description about each place to sell your storage unit buys.                                                                                                                              ONLINE MARKETS AND SITES  Ebay – Ebay is the most popular online …

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THRIFT FLIPPING

Thrift store flipping is finding something that is undervalued or cheap, buying it, cleaning it up and then selling it for a profit. It can be done with home goods, antiques, vintage items or designer items. The resale industry is big business. Thrift stores and antique store sales amount to billions of dollars in revenue each year. You don’t have to set up a physical resale store of your own to become a seller in the industry. EBay, Amazon, and …

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How Much is it Worth?

You have been saving “stuff” for years. And now…you are ready to sell that stuff! But, what price should you put on it. It might be worth more than you know. You might have something that is really valuable! So…Where do you find the price or value of items that you want to sell?   50-30-10 RULE Near-to-new items should be sold for 50 percent of their retail price Slightly used items at 25-30 percent of retail Well-worn items at …

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How to Start Your Own Thrift Store

Resale shops, Thrift stores, Junk shops, Second Hand stores and Vintage markets are very popular with lots of shoppers. Thrift stores and antique store sales amount to billions of dollars in revenue each year. In the United States alone, used merchandise stores have a combined annual revenue of nearly $17 billion! People looking for bargains in clothing, or collectors looking to add to collections or even those interested in the “funky” find, have been flocking to these venues for years. …

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Who’s Who at A Storage Unit Auction

In every auction that takes place, there are people who are there that you need to know. They are the ones who have the control over the event and they will determine how much you are able to know about the “stuff” you are bidding on and how well you will make that bid. A Storage Unit Auction is a bit like shooting in the dark. You are allowed a 30 second peek into a garage full of stuff that …

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You Won a Unit

NOW WHAT? There is that moment of elation when the auctioneer shouts out “Sold!” And then there is the next moment when you can’t wait to see what you have just bought!  And then reality sets in and you have to very quickly figure out what to do with all of the items. Here are some helpful hints. Sorting You have to move quickly because the unit you just bought needs to be emptied out immediately or else you will …

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Playing Super Sleuth at an Auction

Storage units are giant closets holding items that are not in current use. People don’t want to toss out the items or sell them.They are holding on until they make that decision or use the items in the future. Furniture, electronics, clothing and personal records, holiday items are all things that exist in the darkness of the unit. Sometimes, it could be someone’s whole household or business packed up inside. And then, occasionally you might find equipment, tools, machinery, appliances, …

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I Wanna Be Rich!

In the beginning, you have great vision of finding the lost treasure map of a famous pirate whose loot has been valued in the zillions! Well…the first thing that you must keep in mind is that you are dealing in junk. And that junk is just that…not worth much at all. But, if you have your mind working correctly, you are thinking like a business person and know and understand that storage auction success is a long-term process. It’s not …

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The Storage Unit Auction Defined

Storage unit facilities are everywhere and more and more of them are being built!  We are a nation of shoppers, collectors and savers. At some point we look at our stuff and wonder what we are going to do with it all! We have the occasional garage sale and even attempt to sell a few things online with ebay, etsy, letitgo.com and craigslist to bring the amount of stuff into more controllable amounts. But, we still always seem to have …

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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 think I …

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Ice Cube Trays and Coffee Filters

First…Ice Cube Trays! On my quest to Reuse, Recycle and Re-purpose, I have come across unusual and creative uses for items that are so “every day” in our lives, that we totally forget that they are even there! Long ago, I had a refrigerator that did NOT make its own ice. It was always someone’s job to crack the ice cube trays and replenish the bucket sitting in the freezer for cubes! Alas, it usually became MY job since everyone else …

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Garage Sale Shopping Grab It!

This past weekend, I was doing my traditional Saturday schedule of Garage Saling! Unfortunately, there were only a few. So I decided to take my time and really look for cool finds at each of the few that were open. I had been redoing the rooms of my home into new types of uses and in the rearranging found that I was missing certain items that I suddenly had to have. Things for the office or odd kitchen utensils and …

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My Life is a Mess!

I am no expert on getting rid of stuff! I think “getting rid of stuff” is ONE of the reasons we rent a storage unit. We move our least used items out of our homes and into a small garage type facility that we rent so that we can essentially “think” about getting rid of this stuff eventually! We are just NOT ready to get rid of it NOW! I have lived at my current address for 10 years. Even though …

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Fabric Found

I have been a lifelong 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 years. Needle in one hand – Thread in …

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Yard Sale Organizers

Yard Sales are hard work.They can take weeks to put together for a two day event. They can be hot and exhausting and frustrating. So, what do you do when you need to get rid of your junk and you don’t want to sell it online a piece  at a time? I found myself in that predicament and did some research. What I found were services that would put on your yard sale for you! For a fee, they would …

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Shelves

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”. 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 and chaotic. But, new habits are easy to implement.  I …

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Bachman’s Antiques and Used Furniture

When I was little, I always wanted to own a store. We would play “store” in the garage and have the neighborhood kids come over and “buy” all of our “wares”. They would use monopoly money for their purchases and we would give them rocks for change. We had paper bags and aprons and a big feather duster that we used to keep our shelves all spiffy. We would rearrange the store and our wares to accommodate the space allowed …

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Swip Swap

Everyone likes a little extra cash! 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 would you freeze to death, but, your sale items would be buried under 3 feet of Snow! Here in Florida, it is the reverse reason and season. No one has garage sales in the summer because it is just TOO HOT! But, you still …

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Storage Units for All

A friend of mine had to have her  mother move in with she and her husband. Everyone was happy and things were going well. But, a bit later, my friend’s adult son found himself in a life-changing situation and he too moved in with his young son (Evelyn’s grandson) in tow. My friend told me recently that she was so happy and excited to have the whole family under one roof! They had tried to get everyone’s furniture worked into …

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Moving Guide

Moving…. Just the word sends me into a nervous twitch!! I know that moving can be exciting and a new chapter to one’s life. But for me, it is simply exhausting and overwhelming! It probably is due to the fact that I have had over 50 addresses in my life! Since I recently did an “inside” job of moving while having new floors put down, I thought this subject matter might be quite timely! The Summer Months are the most …

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What should I pay?

People ask me ALL the time, “What should I pay for this?’ Usually, we are at a flea market or garage sale when the whispered question comes up! And, I usually answer, “I don’t know!” Honestly, I really DON’T know!!!   I base my idea on what to pay for some treasure on what I WANT to pay for the treasure. There are so many things that depend on why I want to pay that particular price! I have come …

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Vinegar – The Wonder Liquid!

Vinegar…Just saying the word makes my nose twitch with the thought of the tangy acid smell! Pickles in late summer; relish in jars, a drop in the wash bucket with spic and span soap; all of these are my Vinegar memories!! But today, we have found so many more uses for this incredibly versatile and cheap liquid. The first definition for Vinegar says “The first process is called alcoholic fermentation and occurs when yeasts change natural sugars to alcohol under controlled …

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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 tour by putting into my schedule maker 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 shoppers spending money like they have been lost in a gold mine! While other sales …

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Recycling – Upcycling – Reusing

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS I remember when plastic bags first came out for regular use at the grocery store. What you used to cram into one paper bag, you would now load into four plastic bags.  Somehow, it didn’t seem right, but they had handles and were stored in much smaller spaces at home, so you went along with the change not even thinking about what it all meant to the environment! But a month later, you were overwhelmed with these …

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Heat and Storage Units

  Summer has officially arrived and THE HEAT IS ON!!! We have entered our two to three month annual journey of 80 + degree-days and 90+% humidity. When the heat descends, there is an issue that needs to be confronted before temperatures rise. That issue is the heat inside a storage unit. Most Storage Facilities are not climate controlled and what you have inside is baking!   You may have things stored in your unit that are very near and …

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Cool Car Alert! (McLaren F1 for Auction)

High-end car collectors be aware that arguably one of the coolest cars ever assembled is going up for auction next month. The first McLaren F1 that was approved for use in America is going up for auction! The car has 9,600 miles on it and has been meticulously maintained by BMW North America and McLaren. All modifications that were made to the car to make it usable in America are reversible and was widely regarded as the fastest production car …

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The Legacy of Scarface

Al Capone. The name alone sparks some form of recognition of most people, if not everyone. Capone was one of the most famous figures of the Gangland era and his eventual downfall due to tax evasion remains to be one of the most entertaining stories in American History. You may be wondering what this has to do with auctions and we are glad that you ask. Recently, at RR Auction, there was an auction of gangland memorabilia with some truly …

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Once in a Blue Moon

The moon landing still remains to be a massively important event in American history and most Americans are familiar with the name Neil Armstrong. Those infatuated with the idea of space travel and exploration have a once in a lifetime opportunity at the moment, as the bag that Neil used to collect lunar samples is now up for auction. The bag carries an expected value of $4 million, however experts expect that it could eclipse that number (no pun intended). …

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Baseball and a History of Curses

What a time to be alive it has been for baseball fans. In just the past few years, fans have witnessed the Curse of the Bambino snapped and the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series in over 100 years. Back to the Future was only off by one year (so close doc…so close). With all of these recent successes comes an influx of extremely valuable memorabilia auctions. Collectors that have held on to items such as the contract that …

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Auction Open Season

My how time can fly! Within the blink of an eye it appears that summer is already upon us. It is the time of cookouts, vacations, summer break, camping, and auction hunting! With the warmer weather comes a much better environment for bidding on storage units! The sun beating down can also be a bit of a burden for moving one’s newly won items from the storage unit, however it certainly beats the rains of spring or the cold of …

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Funkin’ Up the Furniture

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 have become very big in the world of decorating! Art …

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Modern Day Treasure Hunting

With the upcoming release of yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it isn’t too terribly difficult to picture swashbuckling and treasure hunting adventures. While the days of X marks the spot and digging up a chest full of gold doubloons is long gone, there is an opportunity to find your own container full of gold in the form of storage unit auctions. Even though the chances of finding an absolute treasure trove is about as likely as winning the …

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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 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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Storage Auction: Cold Case Edition

Most people see storage unit auctions as a fun and exciting way to kill some time as a hobby or to make a living, however it is tough to imagine that any of us are prepared to find evidence from a murder case over 10 years old in the storage unit that we just won. Imagine opening that storage unit looking for what treasures you have stumbled upon only to find bloody clothes, a hatchet, shell casings, a bloody sock, …

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I’d Like to Introduce Myself

A few years ago, I was a regular contributor to the Storage Unit Auction List Blog! But, things happened and I couldn’t keep up! I started selling some of my items that I created for the Blog and the next thing I knew, I was teaching classes and workshops on how to make my creations and then that led to teaching kid’s classes in Art and then…I got Sick! Yup a real doozy kind of sick. And I had to …

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Help! I Can’t Find Storage Auctions in My Area

Storage auctions offer a fun and rewarding way to put some extra cash in your pocket. As you may already know, self-storage facilities auction off the contents of units when the tenant fails to pay his or her rent. The highest bidder receives ownership rights of any property left behind in the abandoned unit, which can be anything ranging from old furniture and television sets, to collectibles, cash and even jewelry. But what if you can’t find any storage auctions …

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Yard Sale Buying Strategies that Work

Each year, thousands of homeowners throughout the country host yard sales to get rid of their unwanted items. Regardless of where you live, chances are there’s a yard sale happening nearby. Attending these yard sales is not only fun, but it can also be profitable, assuming you take the right approach. For some helpful strategies and tips to increase your chances of success, keep reading. Set a Budget It’s always a good idea to set a budget before shopping at …

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5 Things No One Tells You About Storage Auctions

Cash Only While there are some exceptions to this rule, most storage auctions only accept cash as payment for the winning bid. If you happen to bring your checkbook instead of cold hard cash, you may forfeit the unit to the next highest bidder. Don’t make this mistake: always bring cash when attending a storage auction. There are LOTS of Storage Auctions Some people assume that storage auctions are few and far between. In reality, though, there are thousands of …

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Look for these Signs of a Valuable Storage Unit

If you’re thinking about starting your own buy-sell storage auction business, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the signs of a profitable unit. Not all self-storage units are worth bidding on. Some of them contain highly valuable items that can be resold for a profit, but others contain little more than empty cardboard boxes. So, how do you know if a storage unit is valuable? It’s Clean Conventional wisdom should tell you that clean storage unit is more likely to …

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How to Profit from Storage Auctions

The business of buying and selling property acquired through storage auctions has become an increasingly popular venture, thanks largely in part to TV shows like Auction Hunters and Storage Wars. When a tenant of a self-storage unit fails to pay his or her rent, the facility has the legal authority to auction off the contents of the unit in an effort to recoup their lost revenue. The great thing about storage auctions is that you can often acquire some high-dollar …

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Storage Auctions: Breaking Down the Contents of a Unit

Attending a storage auction for the first time can be a daunting process to say the least. You must battle your way through other bidders while keeping your emotions in check. Assuming you are the winning bidder, however, you must then begin to break down the contents of the unit. Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this. So if you’re still scratching your head trying to determine the best way to break down a …

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Storage Auctions: How to Deal with Competition

Storage auctions have become increasingly popular in the past few years, thanks in part to reality TV shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. Granted, the format for auctioning off the contents of abandoned storage units has been around for quite some time. But it wasn’t until these TV shows were launched that the general public was able to see the process first hand. Now, men and women of all walks of like are eager to participate in storage auctions, …

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5 Things to Know Before Attending Your First Storage Auction

Cash Only Most self-storage facilities have a strict cash-only policies for auctions. If you arrive with nothing but credit cards or your checkbook, you may be forced to turn around and go back home to pick up cash. While you may find a select few self-storage facilities that accept alternative methods of payment, the vast majority will only accept cash. So just to be on the safe side, bring cash when attending auctions. Firearms and Other ‘Controlled’ Items Depending on …

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Time Management Tips for Storage Auction Hunters

As a buy-sell storage auction entrepreneur, you probably don’t pay much attention to the time. After all, there’s no one forcing you to speed things up, so what’s the point? Like most businesses, however, proper time management skills are essential for success in this industry. Failure to work fast and efficiently will restrict the number of auctions that you are able to attend, ultimately reducing your revenue and profits in the process. Come Prepared One of the biggest mistakes newcomers …

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5 Ways to Use Your Smartphone at Storage Auctions

According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than half U.S. adults now own a smartphone. If you fall under this category, you should bring your mobile device to storage auctions, as it can prove to be an invaluable tool. Just check out some of the different ways in which smartphones can be used at storage auctions. GPS Navigation Don’t you hate driving around for hours in search of a storage facility? If it’s your first …

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Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Storage Auction Bidders

When it comes to storage auctions, time is money. The sooner you are able to clear out the contents from a unit, the sooner you can move on to the next auction. Unfortunately, many first-time bidders spend their entire day at a single auction, without any real drive or determination to speed things up. As a result, they are unable to participate in additional auctions, restricting their profits and lowering their productivity. So, what steps can you take to speed …

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America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions

   BY NICK DIULIO   JANUARY 19, 2015 Thanks mostly to reality TV shows like “Storage Wars” and “Storage Hunters,” millions of Americans have been swarming auctions at self-storage facilities in hopes of unearthing treasures. But data compiled by SpareFoot shows that storage auctions are more popular in certain parts of the U.S. than others. To come up with our list of America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions, we matched U.S. Census Bureau population data with data from StorageUnitAuctionList.com regarding the number of storage auctions that …

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Rescission-Proof Your Retail Store

Consumers’ spending habits directly affect the profits and ultimately success of a retail store. And during the nation’s recent economic hurdles, thousands of retail stores were hit. Some businesses went completely under, while others are generating less profits. While there’s no way to completely avoid the effects of a rescission, there are steps you can take to help guide your business through dark economic times. To learn more about rescission-proofing your business, keep reading. Know Which Products Are Generating The …

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When Is The Best Time For Storage Unit Auctions?

This is a question many first-timer storage unit hunters ask themselves. When there’s a large number of people at the auction, you can expect to pay more for abandoned storage units. More people translate into more bids, which subsequently raises the cost for the winning bidder. Going to a bidding when there’s a low number of people, however, will allow you to win storage units at a lower price. Holidays Wal-Mart isn’t the only establishment that offers hot deals for …

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SpareFoot’s Ultimate Guide to Storage Auctions

– From Our Friends at SpareFoot – SpareFoot, a partner of Storage Unit Auction List, is marketplace for self-storage service In just a few minutes, you can find and compare storage facilities in your neighborhood, check out photos and read customer reviews. Once you find the perfect storage unit, reserve it online for free. It’s that easy! Visit their site here. Thanks to shows like “Storage Wars” and “Storage Hunters,” millions of Americans have been introduced to self-storage auctions, yet very …

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Tips & Pointers for Selling Your Items Online

Bidding and winning and auction is just half the fun! Once you’ve successfully won a storage auction, it’s finally time to dive in and see what kind of items are waiting for you! Actually sifting through the items found within the storage unit has proven to be the best and most exhilarating experiences for thousands throughout the United States. It’s not uncommon to find single items that are worth double or even triple what you paid for the full storage …

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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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So Many Tires so little Time!

Tires So often I speak to people who attend storage unit auctions, and their number one complaint is that they end up with Stuff that they have to throw away!!! Well, my point of view is that you are bidding on and then buying Everything that is in that Unit and it is up to YOU to figure out a new way to use this “Stuff”!   The last few Blogs have been about different uses for everyday things and …

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The Wonders of Duct Tape

Duct Tape   When I went off to college, I left my family home with a suitcase and a trunk.  In those days, we didn’t know who our roommate was and we didn’t have Décor selections at every store far and wide.  In fact, we didn’t even have those big box stores!! So, you negotiated with your mother what immediate pieces you needed to make your dorm room feel like “home”. Within the first two weeks of school, we found …

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Storage Units for All

In my last Blog, I told the story of my friend Evelyn whose mother had moved in with she and her Husband.  Everyone was happy and things were going well.  But, a bit later, Evelyn’s adult son found himself in a life-changing situation and he too moved in with his young son (Evelyn’s grandson) in tow. I called Evelyn today and asked her how things were panning out.  She was so happy and excited!!  “We rented a storage unit!” She …

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A Storage Unit for One and All

This weekend I went out and did a little shopping. The stores were PACKED with Back To School Shoppers! I miss those days!!! New notebooks, fresh pencils and the hopes for a Successful New Year!! I ran into a friend who was with her grand child doing shopping duties for a return to school.  She had a bedraggled look about her and when I stopped to say Hello, I asked her if things were good.   Well, it seems my …

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Great DIYs with Plastic Spoons

I have a drawer filled with plastic spoons and other plastic Utensils! If you eat any Takout or Pick up food at all, then you have Plastic Utensils too! They come inside the Big plastic bag, wrapped in a Small plastic bag.  They are Knives, Forks, Spoons, Sporks, Spikes and Fikes! And you probably have a drawer full of them “to be used later”!! But I have never really thought of a way to use these spoons and such later. …

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Mason Jars are taking the DIY World by Storm!

Hot! Hot! Hot! And right off the presses!! Mason Jars are EVERYWHERE!!! And they are being used for EVERYTHING!!! Mason jars have been around since 1858.  I found this bit of history about the Mason jar on www.pickyourown.org. Mason Jars “But in 1858, an inventor and tinsmith from New York City, John L. Mason, invented the Mason jar. He invented a machine that could cut threads into lids, which made it practical to manufacture a jar with a reusable, screw-on, …

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Upcycling Plastic Bags

I remember when plastic bags first came out for regular use at the grocery store. What you used to cram into One paper bag, you would now load into FOUR plastic bags.  Somehow, it didn’t seem right, but they had handles and were stored in much smaller spaces at home, so you went along with the change not even thinking about what it all meant to the environment!! But a month later, you were Overwhelmed with these Plastic Bags!!  So, …

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Recycle, Upcycle, and Reuse, Oh My!

Recycle, Upcycle, and Reuse, Oh My! As a Junker, collector, antique hunter and artist, I feel that it is my responsibility, my duty, nay my obligation to Recycle – Upcycle –Repurpose and Reuse. Recycling is a great way to give back to our planet, but a new movement called Upycling could be the new Recycling. What Upcycling means is taking a discarded item and reusing it in such a way to create a higher purpose! One of my favorite Upcycles …

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How to have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a successful Garage Sale!! There are a variety of tips out there for having a successful garage sale! But garage sales do not happen over night!!!  Oh sure!  You could take a bunch of your old junk and throw it out on blankets in your driveway and hope that someone comes by to buy it all up!!  But, Garage Sales have become an Art form!! And a SUCCESSFUL Garage Sale has become a Work of Art!! So I …

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Upcycle Art with Clutter

Upcycle Art can be made with anything from around the house. And as a long time Artist, I have been able to use my talents in a variety of mediums.  I have written stage plays and magazine articles.  I have created clothing and home décor. I have painted pictures for the walls, stage sets for theatre and furniture just to be funky.  Using my imagination and seeing things in a new way, are essential requirements in the field of art. …

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Grab It At A Garage Sale!

This past weekend was a Holiday and it put a damper on my Garage Sale Plans. Most people were off on boats and in pools with family and friends enjoying this summertime ritual! But not Me!! Oh No!!! I was doing MY traditional Saturday schedule of going to Garage Sales!  Unfortunately, there were only a few.  So I decided to take my time and really, really look for cool finds at each of the few that were open. As most …

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Tips for Moving: How to Make Your Next Move Easier Than Ever

Moving…. Just the word sends me into a nervous twitch!! I know that moving can be exciting and a new chapter to one’s life. But for me, it is simply exhausting and overwhelming! It probably is due to the fact that I have had over 50 addresses in my life!! That’s right!!!! FIFTY!! So, I know a thing or two about moving! Since I recently did an “inside” job of moving while having new floors put down, I thought this subject matter might be quite …

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Summer Storage: How to Keep Your Items Safe

Well, Summer has officially arrived and THE HEAT IS ON!!! Here in Florida, we have entered our two month annual journey of 90 + degree-days and 90+% Humidity.  To say it is a bit Soupy is an understatement! But, just like Northerners during a Blizzard, you stay inside, keep the blinds tilted so direct sunlight doesn’t come in and simply relax in the air conditioning.  If we have to go out, we run through the stickiness, start the car, run …

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DIY, 4th of July!

4th of July & the Red, White and Blue Hip Hip Hooray for the 4th of July!!! We are now in the center of Summertime fun!! Family, Fireworks, Picnics; All adding up to a Holiday tinged with the Red, White and Blue Colors, Mass amounts of Patriotism and Flags!!! Flags on houses, Flags on Bikes, Flags on mailboxes, Flags on T-shirts , Flags on Dogs and Flags on Poles!! I have decided that today’s blog entry will be all about …

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Storage Unit Auction Tips: Telling Junk from Treasure

In 2010, NPR did a story called “Needle in a Crapstack” that was part of a series titled This American Life. The story details how storage unit auctions work and follows a group of storage unit auction “veterans” in Northern California. The speaker informs listeners that there are over 2.35 billion square-feet of self storage units across the United States and puts this number in perspective by stating that every man, woman, and child in the U.S. could collectively stand …

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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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Upcycle Ideas for the Overcrowded Home Part I

I am no expert on getting rid of stuff!!! I think “getting rid of stuff” is ONE of the reasons we rent storage units.  We move our least used items out of our homes and into a small garage type facility that we rent so that we can essentially “think” about getting rid of this stuff eventually!! We are just NOT ready to get rid of it NOW!! I have lived at my current address for seven years.  Even though …

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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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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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Chapter Two – The Closed Theatre

Recap from Chapter One: 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 theatre to purchase any …

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Amy AKA Nancy Drew

When I was in third grade, I came downstairs for breakfast one morning and boldly told my mother that I was NOT going to school! I had the Mumps!!! I had never heard of mumps before, but I knew I had them; and on both sides!!! This happened the week before Christmas break. No gift exchange; no Christmas Carols; no school parties.  To soften the pain, my mother gave me a gift: book number one of the Nancy Drew series – …

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Treasure Hunting on the Beach

My friend Toby is from the Jersey Shore and now lives in Florida near the beach. The ocean is in his blood, you could say!! Toby has discovered that there are also treasures in his blood and in that ocean! Toby likes finding treasures along the Florida shore. Many of those treasures have nothing to do with shells or sea glass! Toby likes finding treasures that are made from some variety of metal!  As a kid, he walked the shoreline …

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Pricing For Resale

Pricing Your Stuff:  from garage sales to brick-and-mortar stores to online sales. When setting a price for an item, you must consider exactly where that item is going to be sold.  Will it be sold at a Garage Sale?  Will it be sold On Line?  Will it be sold at a shop? So many things to consider when setting a price! I chose 10 items from around my home and I went to my handy websites to estimate how much I could ask …

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Yard Sale Divas

So, one evening I was surfing facebook, delving into the who and what of various “friends” and their activities, when suddenly, up pops a box that says “LIKE my Page.” I looked at it for a moment, realized I really liked the name of the page — Yard Sale Divas — and clicked on “LIKE!” Then I decided to investigate further. I was happily surprised to find that Yard Sale Divas was located right here in Florida! I looked further …

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Daytona Flea Market!

Last weekend, I decided I would travel in another direction from my home and headed south.  Thirty miles later, I entered the enormous Daytona Flea and Farmer’s Market. The year round market is ranked # 6 in the World by travelchannel.com and it covers over 30 acres along side I-95 (the Highway that goes from Maine to Miami). The Market is 33 years old and well established with all year vendors and those that come every once in a while.  It was a cool …

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How Much??

I think the hardest part of selling something, is figuring out what price to put on it.   So…You have old antiques that you want to sell. You look up a similar item on the Internet; note the price the seller has on the item and set your price in a similar range. But… What if you are selling that item at a garage sale? Or at a local flea/farmers market? Or to your neighbor who wants the item so …

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My Own Little Shop: Bachman’s Antiques and Used Furniture

When I was little, I always wanted to own a store.  We would play “Store” in the garage and have the neighborhood kids come over and “buy” all of our “wares.”  They would use monopoly money for their purchases and we would give them rocks for change.  We had paper bags and aprons and a big feather duster that we used to keep our shelves all spiffy. Then the next-door kid, Donny, would come over and, in a rude voice, ask for …

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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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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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JunQue from Junk

Every week I leave my home and venture out into the world of collecting Junk.  I attend Garage Sales, hunt treasure at Flea Markets, become a bidding warrior at auctions and scour thrift stores and antique shops.  I simply like acquiring the unique and interesting products that have been used and loved by previous owners.  They have Wear.  They have History.  They have Heart!!!   But….   There is a Reality to this acquiring of things.  There have been shows developed about the acquiring of things. …

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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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The Town I Live In

The town I live in here in Florida was incorporated in 1999.  The community is extremely young in its development.  When it was first started, plotted and planned, it was designed to be a retirement community. Single story buildings, with easy access stores and a type of quaintness someone retiring away from the Big City life would enjoy.  The building process started in earnest and then proceeded into a frenzy and suddenly this town was the “fastest growing city in the USA”!!!! Builders, …

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Garage Sales

Saturdays I usually spend going to garage sales. The community I live in is a “Planned Community” divided into sections. Each section is represented by a letter. The “P” section consists of streets beginning with the letter P: Perkins, Peking, Parkins, Penny. You get the idea!  We have the P section, the W section (rich and ritzy) the B section (older, poor, run down) the R section (a billion children) the S Section (south of town and in the boondocks) and …

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Dollar! Dollar! Dollar!

I started attending auctions on a regular basis when my son was a new born.  It was our form of entertainment!  I loved the hunt, the bidding, the action, the quest, and the exhilaration of the win! My child loved the activity, the noise, the resounding applause at the win, and when he was older, the hotdogs.  As he became more independent and learned to traverse the grounds, he was able to pick out items that he wanted to bid on himself and …

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Amy “The Junker”

Hi! My name is Amy Lake and I am Storage Unit Auction List’s newest Blogger!!!! But…I am also a Junker, a Collector, an antique Hunter, and an Auction Seeker, Craft maker, Artist, Decorator and an all-around Humorous Person!!! I started “Collecting” “Junk” when I was 13.  As a Birthday gift, my best friend gave me a pair of WWII Hand Painted Wooden Philippino Shoes.  I fell in Love with those shoes!!!!  From that moment forward, I was on the “Hunt” for the Unique, the Unusual …

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New Blog Author

Hello! I am excited to introduce you to the newest addition to our team, Amy Lake! Amy “The Junker” Lake is a full time bargain hunting, auction-going, craft-making, cat-loving, (and now blogging) sensation! Amy has been attending auctions for years! She is an expert at bidding, finding interesting uses for the treasures she wins at auctions, and always having a great time at auctions! Join her as she begins using StorageUnitAuctionList.com listing services to take her auction-hunting life to the next level, …

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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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Super Bowl Trivia!

Name two current NFL Head Coaches that have won the Super Bowl as players! First person to correctly answer on our Facebook,  Twitter, or comment on this blogpost wins a free Storage Unit Auction List coffee mug to enjoy your favorite refreshment during the big game on February 2nd. Hut-Hut-Hike!

Super Bowl 2014: Seahawks and Broncos

Yesterday, January 19th, was an intense day for national football. The Seattle Seahawks faced off against the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship title, and the Denver Broncos took on the New England Patriots for the AFC title. Both games were exhibitions of fierce athletic prowess, and both likely left some fans in a pit of emotional dismay, while other fans probably caroused in the streets. San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority even took cable and street cars off the …

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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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Say it Ain’t So, Robertsons

According to the latest rumors on the blogosphere: Duck Dynasty just might be a fraud. I’m not really sure where I come out on this one. I have always liked the show. By extension, been a fan of the family, too. Since the first episode, there have been countless discussions all over about how, if you’re from where they’re from, you can see them around town and they are just as they appear to be when the cameras are rolling. Before …

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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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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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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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Think Outside the Locker

When you’re considering where to go on the hunt in the world of storage unit auctions, we have always maintained that the more research you do on the area you find yourself in, the better your chances for success. While the facility down the street from you is saving you time, travel expenses, and the stress of being the new kid on the block, there are few more deliverables on a quick drive down the street. It is certainly a …

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Court Room Reality…Drama

Something tells me that we have taken long enough of a breather from the organized (?) chaos that is the Dave Hester/Storage Wars lawsuit media circus. Not that y’all need reminding, but for the newbies, here’s a little refresher course: Hester, in a helluva bid of his own, accused A&E with faking locker contents, often planting valuables within the lockers right in front of the cast while taping. He claimed wrongful termination from the show after he outted A&E for …

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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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‘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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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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Going Once, Going Twice…

Here comes the weekend, folks. I don’t know about you, but something about the grey day just outside my window is steadily and aggressively draining my normal vigor right the hell outta me. There’s just something about the current weather in my locale that makes me want to crawl under a heady blanket and trudge through some Proust or the like. But, that’ll have to wait for later; there’s still work to be done. I got to tell you, I …

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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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Is Your Investment Really Protected?

  This past Friday, there was a heart-warming story out of Newtown, CT about an 83-year-old Korean War veteran. More than 60 years after serving his country, Stanley Polcyn, was awarded four medals for his bravery and duty during his stint with the Naval Reserve (for more, check out the Newton, CT Patch) .  While this tale of recognition was uplifting to say the least, it reminded some of us here at storageunitauctionlist.com of a story with some similar cast …

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Kill Them With Kindness…Dealing With Previous Tenants

At Storage Unit Auction List, we hear the same worry and/or complaint from storage auction hunters and resellers. They often wonder what they should do regarding previous tenants and returning personal paperwork and mementos to these buyers. From critics of the storage unit auction industry, we often hear complaints about the basics of the business. They wonder, rather vocally, how others can make a profit from the misfortune of others. From others who are considering getting into the industry, we …

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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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All is Fair in Love, War, and Storage Unit Auction?

That’s how the old saying goes right? If not, then consider it revised as of this minute. A large part of the thrill of attending storage auctions comes from the bidding process and unearthing unforeseen treasure after winning a storage unit that you fought for. There is a satisfaction in knowing that you were right and that the storage unit was worth the hard work and energy, and even more a reward when you are then able to sell the …

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How to Dispose Electronics Won at Auction

When was the last time that you purchased a new smart phone, tablet, MP3 player, laptop, desktop, or television…. Was it this year? In the past few months or even the past few weeks? Maybe you got a new gadget at the beginning of the year and then the new model was released, making your phone yesterday’s news. So of course, your phone starts to look like an outdated junker to you and you have decided to trade up. All …

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Online Storage Auctions the Wave of the Future?

Online storage auctions may be the wave of the future for the storage auction industry. There are many potential benefits to holding auctions online for facilities, and there is a convenience factor for storage hunters with busy schedules. However, some people have questions about how the process would differ from traditional storage auctions, and there are many different factors to consider in relation to online storage auctions. Storage Unit Auction List is interested in hearing your thoughts on the topic.  …

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Find Cash in Unexpected Places

As a storage auction hunter, you spend most of your time visiting the ATM closest the the self storage facility to grab cash before the storage unit auction. You need cash to bid on the storage unit, and you need enough money to cover any additional fees. Deposit Fees Fees will normally include a cleaning deposit fee, to ensure that you completely clean out the unit that you’ve won, within the 24-48 hour window of time, as determined by the …

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How to Sell Local and Turn a Profit

As a storage auction hunter, you have several options for selling the items that you’ve won in storage auctions. Some people prefer to post their items only to Ebay. This is a great tactic for those special items that will grab the online bidders attention and start a money spending frenzy. Items such as small collectibles, limited edition items, and rare and unique finds all fit into this category. However, what do you do if the items sitting in your …

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Why Self Storage is On the Rise

While some feel that the bubble on storage auctions is already beginning to burst, the best is yet to come! According to an interview published in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the year, in terms of  real estate value, self storage facilities are now the biggest-ticket properties in commercial real estate—at least by one measure closely tracked by investors. Acadia Realty Trust, a real-estate investment trust, earlier in the year sold 14 self-storage properties scattered across the New York …

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3 Tips For Holding a Successful Fall Sale

Many of the items that you obtain by winning a storage unit auction can be sold individually online, to consignment stores or collectors. But what do you do with the items that you are unable to sell. As a professional storage auction hunter, you can’t afford to keep every item that you amass, always looking for the best possible buyer and the largest amount of money. You would soon be overwhelmed with the amount of items that you have and …

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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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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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Trash or Treasure?

As a storage auction hunter, you will regularly come across items in storage units that you’re not familiar with. When you are busy trying to quickly sort everything at a self storage facility, it may be easy to overlook valuable items and to mistake these for trash. Some items are obviously trash. These items should be disposed of. Don’t waste your time sifting through bags of garbage. It’s a dirty job and won’t you much of a return on investment. …

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3 Tips For Riding the Storage Auction Hunting Ferris Wheel to the Top

This time of year is synonymous with a few things; the leaves changing and falling, the smell of fall is in the air and the days get shorter, Halloween is just around the corner, Starbucks offers their limited edition Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Fall Carnivals start popping up around the country.  Carnivals have always held a certain thrill. The cotton candy and all the friend food, the neon lights, the music, the rides, and all those games and stuffed animals are …

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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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Three S’s of Storage Auction Merchandise Organization

Let’s begin at the beginning. As a storage auction hunter, you regularly attend storage unit auctions and consistently win. This is the good news. However, you end up with items in almost every category, shape, size, and purpose under the sun. So now what do you do with all this stuff? There are three S’s to consider as you begin the process of deciding what to do that will help keep you organized. After all, you want to end up …

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The Science Behind Silver and Gold

It is a tale as old as storage auctions themselves. You’ve won a storage unit and much to your excitement, it is full of jewelry.  There is a little of this and a little of that and nothing is organized. How do you begin sorting all of it and determining what’s real and what isn’t? This step by step guide provides you with the information you need to determine the authenticity of your jewelry items as well as how to …

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Rare and Valuable Cars Found In Storage Units

What’s the one item that every storage auction hunter hopes to win at auction? If you guessed mattresses, you’re incorrect. But nobody goes home empty handed, so you’re departing with this lovely parting gift: a year’s supply of turtle wax! If you guessed a car, congratulations!!! You get to leave with the satisfaction that you guessed correctly… and a year’s supply of turtle wax! Everybody’s a winner at StorageUnitAuctionList. But in all seriousness, finding a car in storage unit auctions is part …

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Cash In On Your Creativity

As a small business owner and storage auction hunter, you wear many hats. You work in inventory sourcing each time you attend a storage unit auction. You work in sales each time you take that merchandise and resell it. You work in accounting and record management with every receipt that you receive and file. You work in the manual labor field each time you load and unload the contents inside a storage unit. You work as a professional organizer each …

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How to Prepare Your Storage Auction Hunting Business for the Change of Seasons

How Weather Changes Affect Your Storage Auction Resale Business Fall is officially in the air. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. With that in mind, it’s time to start preparing yourself and your storage auction hunting and resale business for this time of the year. Below, we’ve included information on how to prepare yourself for the shift in seasons.  To begin with, you many find that the inclement weather changes the game …

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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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Hit The Books – Auction Item Research Challenge!

CONTEST OVERVIEW: Every item won at a storage unit auction has a life all its own and a distinct story. In many instances, it can seem amazing that these items were abandoned in storage units due to their value and rich history.  Even items that are seemingly less impressive can often hold surprising value when the right buyer is found. For this reason, the importance of researching items before selling them cannot be overlooked! The research process can be time …

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Dave Hester Hosting Large Antique Auction

If you’re a fan of the Hit Television Show, Storage Wars, you’re familiar with Dave Hester and his branded “YUUUP!” Empire. Dave was a core member of the Storage Wars cast since the show first hit the air waves. In the past year, Hester was dismissed from the show and has been involved in a messy legal battle with both A&E Network and Original Productions, the company responsible for producing the show for the network. The show has continued to …

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Use JoinMe to Connect With Storage Unit Auction List!

Check out our new tutorial showing you just how simple it is to connect with us each week during the Storage Unit Auction List Weekly Webinar on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM EST. Get industry insights, have your questions answered live and more! 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 each month through their personal dashboard …

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An Inside Look at Storage Auctions, From Rookie Auction Hunter Jack Walsh

There are many ways for someone to get started in the storage auction hunting business. Some people have been in the business for years full time. Some may have gotten the bug from watching Storage Wars in the past few years and decided to give the business a try, prepping excitedly before their first auction, imagining how their experience will vary in comparison to the show. Some people start out by trying to find auctions themselves, while others subscribe to …

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Easy As ABC’s…Part 4

Today, we’re wrapping up Back to School With SUAL. You can use all the phrases and information to kick start your Storage Unit Auction Resale Business today! rban: As a rule of thumb, auctions in urban areas are usually more profitable than auctions in rural areas. Urban areas tend to have more wealth, and more people who own the wealth. Don’t count out rural auctions completely, however! There could be treasure hiding behind every door…part of your success comes from research, …

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New Jersey Updates Self Storage Law

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed an amended version of the state’s self-storage lien law (Assembly Bill 3035) that enables self-storage facility operators to assess storage-value limitations, tow defaulted vehicles and notify tenants about impending lien procedures via e-mail. The New Jersey Self Storage Association (NJSSA) and national Self Storage Association (SSA) have been working with lawmakers for two years to update the state’s Self-Service Storage Facility Act. Storage operators can now send lien notifications through any method of …

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Easy As ABC…Part 3

This week, we’ve sent you Back To School With SUAL! If you’ve been following along with the blog, we’ve been working through the alphabet providing you with phrases and information that you need to be successful at storage auctions! This list will help you start making money faster! In this segment, there were so many great phrases that we had to double up on some letters to cram it all in! eat: The better the unit has been organized and kept, …

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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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Easy as ABC…Part 2

This week we’re taking you Back to School With SUAL! Join us as we work our way through some of the most used storage auction phrases, bidding techniques, tools, and more! ambler-A Gambler is a term used in the auction industry for bidders who bid on mystery units, where most of the contents are unknown. Often Gambler bid higher than they should based on what they can see, therefore taking a gamble on a hunch or a feeling. ome Goods-Home …

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As Easy as ABC…

In the spirit of going Back To School With SUAL, this week, we’ll be covering information for beginning auction hunters, working our way through the alphabet each day! uctioneer-The auctioneer acts as the master of ceremonies for the auction. The auctioneer is often responsible for registering attendees, hosting the auction, enforcing the rules of the auction, driving up the bid, and keeping the crowd entertained and engaged with their auction chant. Many auctioneers are required to be certified, and often …

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Keeping the Competition Close…

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer! This week we talked about ways to improve your resale business network! In the end, it turns out that the competition can be a huge asset and a great way to build contacts and make sales. They aren’t enemies after all! This week’s webinar, which we recorded on Wednesday August 7th, we provide you with 15 Networking Tips for your business! Check out the video now to get this week’s webinar coupon …

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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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Announcing New Storage Auction Starter Kit!

Storage unit auction inventory sourcing can be a lucrative business if you’re an informed bidder who has years of experience and connections. As a new buyer, it can be overwhelming to attend your first auction and you may be not know how to bid, what to do with what you’ve won, and how to build a successful long term business. Anyone can get lucky and make money at their first auction, but unless you sell wisely, and have a system in place …

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Keeping Your Competitive Cool

This time of year, it is especially easy to let the heat and humidity get you hot and bothered when it comes to the competition. You’re hot and you just want to get the job done and win your desired storage unit. However, so does the guy beside you. As the temperatures soar, so do your bids and your temper! What is that guy’s problem?!? This is YOUR unit! Before you know it, you’ve put a proverbial target on the …

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Get Started With Storage Unit Auction List

Maybe you’ve seen Storage Wars or Auction Hunters and thought that attending auctions looks like fun and worth a try to make some quick money. Maybe you own a consignment store or have an online storefront. and have decided to try storage auctions as a means of sourcing new inventory inexpensively. Maybe a family member or friend simply dragged you out of bed on a Saturday morning to help them haul away trash from a unit they’d won and you …

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Public Storage Founder and Self Storage Billionaire Issues IPO for American Homes 4 Rent REIT

B. Wayne Hughes,billionaire who founded self-storage real estate investment trust (REIT) Public Storage Inc., led his newest venture, American Homes 4 Rent, into an initial public offering on Wednesday, selling 44.1 million shares and raising $705.9 million. The Hughes-led REIT is the second largest company in the United States homes-for-rent marketing, with nearly 18,000 properties. American Homes 4 Rent owns properties in 41 markets covering 21 states. Hughes’ experience with Public Storage should make this publicly traded REIT attractive to …

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If You Can’t Take The Heat…

What’s that saying? If you can’t take the heat…get out of the storage auction hunting business? Yes, I think that’s exactly how the old saying goes.  What helps with the heat? Well they say that water is pretty impressive. It keeps the world going round, keeps you healthy, and cools you down when the weather is scorching and you have a job to get done! Your Challenge, Should You Accept… Should you accept to participate in the most recent Storage …

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Stay Cool and Catch Up On What You’ve Missed!

As a storage auction hunter, you know that this business requires tons of energy, a self starter attitude, and the ability to get the job done when it comes to purchasing and emptying the storage units you’ve won during storage auctions. This time of year can be brutal in this business. The heat can make the most basic components of the job seem like impossible tasks.  We recommend getting started early in the day to get the jump on both …

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Beat The Heat: Seeking Auctions in Climate Controlled Facilities!

Climate Controlled Units Are Preferable During Summer As the summer temperatures continue to sizzle, seek relief from the heat by attending indoor, climate controlled storage auctions whenever possible! Climate controlled units are fairly common these days, and many people choose to rent indoor, climate controlled units to help better protect their belongings. This is great for you as a storage unit auction hunter, because this means that the items inside the locker may be more valuable, and better well preserved …

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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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Storage Wars: New York is Back!

Season 2 of Storage Wars: New York recently kicked off and I’m bringing you a recap on the premiere episode. I had forgotten how much I loved the cast!  Original Productions and A&E did a fantastic job of handpicking castmembers that ooze New York City personality and a distinctive New York City charm. In case you missed my Season 1 premiere recap, let me give you the 411 now on the colorful characters. Meet The Cast Candy and Courtney Candy …

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Competitive Eater Kobayashi Sets Cupcake-Eating World Record!

Cupcakes and Self Storage? Like last week’s Zombie Apocalypse  infographic, this story peaked my interest because it combines two things I love, self storage and cupcakes. The two don’t seem to have a lot in common, but you have to give a round of applause to Uncle Bob’s Self Storage facility located in Upper Saddle River, NJ for their out of the box marketing strategy. Like storage auctions, competitive eating competitions can draw a crowd, something the facility must have …

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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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California Self Storage Association Lien-Law Update Blocked

Assembly Bill 983 Fails To Pass The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) and the national Self Storage Association (SSA) have recently made efforts to update the self-storage lien law in the state of California. Their  proposed update to the law, Assembly Bill 983 was blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The associations looked to change procedures if a defaulted tenant invokes a declaration of opposition to a lien sale. Currently, if a tenant invokes such a declaration, the self-storage operator …

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Register For A Free Preview of the Storage Treasures Pro Training Program!

Weekly Webinar We’ve partnered with Storage Treasures to bring our customers the best possible value on the Storage Treasures Pro Training Program. In this week’s webinar, we’ll be streaming a free preview of some of the content included in the program to train you like a pro! This program includes: Exclusive content directly from Dan and Laura Dotson, as seen on Storage Wars Tips and Tricks on how to bid, win and profit like the pro’s! Over 40 hours of never-before-available footage …

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Dave Hester Ordered to Pay Legal Fees to A&E and Original Productions!

A verdict has been reached in the tedious legal battle between Dave Hester and  A&E and Original Productions, the company who produces Storage Wars. In December, Hester was fired from Storage Wars, and sued A&E and the producers of the show for wrongful termination. Hester alleged that the show was staged to a large extent, and that lockers were “salted” with merchandise prior to filming for the purposes of the show. Hester claimed that upon complaining and refusing to participate …

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Register For This Week’s Webinar Now: Using Social Media Marketing To Improve Your Sales!

It is now more important than ever to utilize social media to market your business and grow your sales. There are varying degrees to how various social media platforms can be used to your advantage to improve your sales. In this week’s webinar, we’ll discuss how to best use Facebook, one of the most widely used and popular platforms to improve your business. We’ll include a helpful walk through and demonstration of some of the basic tools of the trade. Don’t forget …

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3 Tips For Successfully Getting Started!

I often hear people complain about the reality of reality television. And I can understand the frustration to a degree. But it’s important to remember that these shows, while informative and interesting, are for entertainment purposes! And yes, they always show the units that are full of treasure, but what you don’t see are the countless units that they buy that contain nothing but trash. The shows wouldn’t be very watchable if they highlighted those units constantly. The shows also …

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Watch This Week’s Webinar, Psychology Behind Selling Now!

During this week’s webinar, we discussed the importance of psychology as it relates to selling the items that you’ve won during a storage auction.  Long lasting success as a reseller can only occur if the return on investment is consistently higher than the costs of purchasing a storage unit at auction and the associated costs. Whether you’re selling online, at the flea market, to another reseller, or to any variety of collectors, the methods you use may differ, but one …

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Register For This Week’s Webinar: Psychology Behind Selling

The true measure of success as a reseller is the return on investment versus what you have paid for the unit and your overall profit once other costs are figured into the mix. Whether you’re selling online, at the flea market, to another reseller, or to any variety of collectors, the methods you use may differ, but one thing remains the same. To be truly successful selling long term, you have to understand the needs and wants of each customer …

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North Carolina Is Safe and Sane Firework State!

The older you get, the more certain holidays tend to lose the magic that they once held when you were a child. They are still wonderful and special, but they just lack that certain enchantment they did when you were a kid. SPOILER ALERT: There is no Santa Clause! As an adult, I’m  pretty relieved that there is no stranger breaking and entering into my home once a year via the chimney, but there were some growing pains when I first found …

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A History of Pinball! Part 2

Arcade games, and pin ball games in particular have a long and storied history and took years to evolve into the game that we recognize and love today. Growing up as the granddaughter of a bowling alley proprietor, I have never been a stranger to arcade games, but I had no idea that they had such a checkered history. Before games started to be designed with flippers at the base of the game that allowed the player to use skill …

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How Auction Hunters Stacks Up…

It should be no secret to anyone who regularly reads the blog that I love pop culture and fancy myself a television aficionado. In my opinion, television is an art form, and in recent years with the rise of cable programming becoming more and more popular, television only gets better. The story telling is just as good if not better than most movies because the medium allows time for stories to grow and breathe over the course of years, and …

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Find Out Who Won The SUAL Testimonial Contest Now!

Testimonial Contest Winners We had an overwhelming response to our latest contest! Thanks to everybody who took time to participate and to send us feedback! Continue to keep a lookout on the site for new features based on all the information we were able to gather, and for future contests! But now what you’re all excited to find out? Who won the competition and who will receive a free Storage Unit Auction List t-shirt that they can sport at their …

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Review This Week’s Webinar, The Abridged Guide to Period Furniture Now!

Weekly Webinar The best auction hunter is an informed auction hunter! This week’s webinar focused on giving you basic information on over 20 periods of furniture and their distinctive characteristics. Next time you’re at an auction, the shutters go up, and you see furniture, you’ll have tons of information to help you assess what’s inside. As always, remember that what you see isn’t always what you get. Reproduction furniture can often be difficult to spot, so if you are unsure, …

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Stay Plugged In To What’s Happening At Storage Unit Auction List!

We have so much happening at Storage Unit Auction List that we want to make sure we’re keeping you plugged in and up to speed on all the action! Read on to find out everything we’ve got got on this week! Weekly Webinar The best auction hunter is an informed auction hunter! This week’s webinar will give you basic information on over 20 periods of furniture and their distinctive characteristics. Next time you’re at an auction, the shutters go up, …

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Thank You For Participating In The Testimonial Survey Contest!

Thank you to everybody who participated in our Storage Unit Auction List Testimonial Contest! We were overwhelmed with how many of you took the time to participate and provide us with your valuable insight and kind words. There were so many submissions that we’re going to have a difficult time picking the winners! The contest is now closed for submissions, but we’re going to need some time to choose our winners, so we’ll be announcing the winners via the blog …

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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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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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Storage Unit Auction List Updates and Reminders

Hi everybody, there is currently a lot going on at Storage Unit Auction List and we want to make sure you’re in the loop on everything! Contest Last week we announced our new Testimonial Contest. We are seeking new testimonials for storageunitauctionlist.com and we want you involved in the process! 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 …

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Storage Unit Auction List Announces New Partnership with Storage Battles!

We at StorageUnitAuctionList.com are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking new storage auction partnership with StorageBattles.com.  The partnership between the two companies will allow our subscribers to view an integrated list of online only storage auctions from StorageBattles.com throughout the United States alongside all the auction information we already provide. I spoke with Ryan Beierlein,Vice President of Operations, on the topic, and he was enthusiastic about the benefits of this partnership for our subscriber base, “Our goal at Storage Unit Auction List …

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Weekly Webinar Topic:Discovering the Competition, Developing Bidding Strategies, & Determining Unit Worth

So far, the webinars have been a huge success! In our debut webinar, I teamed up with Ryan Beierlein, Vice President of Operations to review Storage Unit Auction List Features and Tools and how to best use these for finding auctions and improving your resale business. Last week, Sarah Swan, our Operations Manager took a turn in the big black webinar recording swivel chair and we brought you information on auction basics. We covered information for new comers such as …

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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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Watch the Storage Unit Auction List 101 Webinar Now!

On Wednesday, we held our first ever Storage Unit Auction List webinar. The webinar was a lot of fun to host, and we had some great questions from our participants. We loved hearing from all of you and can’t wait to do it again! Wednesday’s webinar focused on giving new users a tour of the various features and functions of the site, and is a great refresher for long time subscribers as well! We reviewed auction alerts, how to subscribe …

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Storage Unit Auction List 101 Webinar Today!

Don’t Forget that Today, (May 8th)  from 2-3 PM Eastern Standard Time is the first ever Storage Unit Auction List Webinar!   This week’s webinar is titled Storage Unit Auction List 101. We hope that new subscribers can join us as we walk through the basics of the site, including how to best utilize Auction Maps, Alerts, and more. We’ll also give you a behind the scenes, sneak peek at exactly how we’re able to bring your so much data …

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Check Your Emails Now For Customer Appreciation Month Coupon Codes!

To kick off our first ever inaugural customer appreciation month, we are starting things out right! We’re offering our current subscribers an additional 25% off coupon to subscribe to a new state of their choice. This is a great way to expand your territory and grow your business! If you’ve created a StorageUnitAuctionList.com account, but aren’t currently subscribed with us, we’ve sent you a 10% discount coupon. We are gauranteeing that we have more verified auctions than other sites or …

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May is Customer Appreciation Month at Storage Unit Auction List!

At Storage Unit Auction List, we are dedicated to helping our subscribers find the most auctions, win more storage lockers and make more money!  We are constantly working to bring you the most up to date and expansive storage auction information, and we have spent the first four months of 2013 getting your feedback and listening to your input on how we can build an even better Storage Unit Auction List with new features. We think that our results so …

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Minor Change to Your StorageUnitAuctionList.com Account

Whenever we make a change to anything at StorageUnitAuctionList.com, big or small, we like to keep our subscribers informed and in the know! With that in mind, we have one minor update to report that was made yesterday to allow you to easily add new states and to decrease your load time. With the new change, when you login, you are now taken directly to your Account Info tab and this allows you to add new states as necessary.   …

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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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Getting To Know Us…

As a high schooler, I was a bit of a theater nerd. Not only was I on the Speech and Debate team, but I participated in my school’s semi-annual Fall and Spring theater productions. Sometimes these included musical theater extravaganzas. Being as how I can’t sing or for that matter, dance a lick, I sort of just stood in the background and mouthed the words and swayed awkwardly from side to the side and actively willed myself not to fall …

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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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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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Celebrity Storage Lockers in the News

(Update) Our initial guess was right, Nabila Harris has announced that she was indeed the lucky purchaser of the unit, paying just under 3K for the contents! As a country, we are notoriously preoccupied with celebrity culture. From the gossip rags at the grocery store checkout, to an entire cable network (E!) being dedicated to bringing us up to the minute celebrity information 24/7, we love absorbing celebrity information. We want to know if Brad and Angelina are adopting more …

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Remembering Mark Balelo

As most of you have probably heard by now, Mark Balelo of Storage Wars passed away over the weekend and was found on Monday. Sure he liked to annoyingly up bid everybody and once made the unfortunate mistake of valuing a worthless Nintendo as being worth over $13,000. But the man did have a penchant for snazzy fashion ensembles that I for one, will greatly miss. We reported the news to you yesterday afternoon via Facebook and other social media, …

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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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Customer Profile-Bill Ott, Distressed Restorations

At Storage Unit Auction List we are very lucky to have a loyal fan base of subscribers who are independent business owners and entrepreneurs with great stories to share and who have tons of information on the auction and resale business.  Recently, I got the chance to interview one such subscriber, Bill Ott of Distressed Restorations in Elicott City, Maryland. We are thankful anytime one of our subscribers so willingly allows us to pick their brains for insight into the …

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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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Self Storage Facilities Doing Good & Paying It Forward

This week I’ve got information on a new horror movie that takes place inside a storage facility. That’s two in the last six months! Storage facilities sure seem like dangerous places to be hanging out lately! While these new movies may have you quaking in your boots, have no fear because storage facilities aren’t such scary places after all. To prove it, I found some great stories about storage facilities paying it forward and doing some good in their communities. Storage 24 Previously we …

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What I Learned From Storage Wars…

My Introduction to Storage Wars Being that I’m new to the world of storage unit auctions, I decided to rent several seasons of the popular A&E show, Storage Wars to acquaint myself with the show and its cast. While I may be new to the storage unit auction landscape, the rush of getting a good deal is universal! I was excited to dive into the show and find out just how the pros make their money by buying units and …

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A New Content Writer at StorageUnitAuctionList.com!

Hello everybody! My name is Teresa Tribolet and I am the new content writer at StorageUnitAuctionList.com and am excited to be joining the team. I have a background in public relations and customer service and am looking forward to writing blog posts for you, and keeping you up to date on all your storage unit auction needs on Facebook and Twitter! I have lived in the beautiful town of Asheville for the better part of the last ten years and …

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Contest: What’s Your Best Score? Voting has begun!

We’ve received the entries, and voting has officially begun!     Hey everyone!  Thanks for all the photo entries! We’ve had a lot of fun looking through them and seeing all the interesting items you have found in your auction hunting adventures. The time to vote for a winner has come!  We have narrowed it down to four finalists.  As a reminder, here are the prizes we are offering:   PRIZES: GRAND PRIZE: A FREE lifetime subscription to StorageUnitAuctionList.com for …

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Make a Halloween Costume Out of Stuff from Your Storage Unit!

Whether you’re aware of it or not, Halloween is this Wednesday. That’s right. The day after tomorrow. You’ve spent the entire month procrastinating, whether you were busy with storage auctions or watching reruns of Storage Wars. But now the big day is almost here. Unlucky for you, you’ve failed to get two of the most important things you need for a successful Halloween: candy for the trick-or-treaters, and costumes for your family. The local Wal-Mart looks like a barren wasteland: the only candies left …

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting : Halloween Edition!

Hey all! It’s the last Saturday before Halloween! And you know what that means….things are about to get really scary around here (sort of…okay, not really). Here’s the scariest news of the week. Enjoy! Monster Mash in a Storage Facility Facility manager Misty Schulte of National Self Storage in Tucson, AZ is set to convert her facility into a haunted house, complete with scary clowns, hearses, and of course, tons of candy. Each year around Halloween, Misty invites the local community to her storage …

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Ghosts at the Storage Auction: How to Tell if Your Stuff is Haunted

Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe there’s a reason behind why that old doll was left behind in the storage unit you just bought. When you look at it, it gives you an eerie feeling, like its little glass eyes are glaring back at you. But that’s silly—it’s just a creepy old doll, right? So you shake off the feeling that someone’s watching you, pack her up with the rest of your storage auction scores, and head home to sort …

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How to Make Enemies at a Storage Auction: Now With More Cats!

Yesterday I wrote an article about how to make friends at a storage auction….but I know what you’re really thinking. You know what Val, forget friends! I want everyone to hate me at storage auctions! I don’t want anyone to talk to me or help me out ever. Yeah, I want to be a jerk! Well, you’re in luck, because I’ve just composed a list of some helpful tips that will make you even more despicable than Dave Hester. And …

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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Storage Auction Junk: Part 2

Did you try out any of  last week’s upcycling projects over the weekend? Still have a bunch of junk from your latest storage auction left over? Here are the last five ideas to get you in a creative mindset! Just remember: Work with it, or live without it! Newspapers Contrary to what you might think, that old Kennedy assassination newspaper you got at the latest storage auction isn’t going to fetch you thousands of dollars. In most cases, you’ll be lucky …

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

What’s cookin’ this week in storage auction world? Let’s find out! Storage Unit Hide ‘n’ Seek Note to all criminals: do not hide in storage units; you will get caught. I mean, think about it–unless you’ve somehow dug yourself an escape route into the cement ground, there’s no way out once you’re in. But this didn’t stop Damian John Ristau of Minnesota from trying. Ristau’s girlfriend had allegedly locked him inside of a storage unit in order to hide him from …

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Storage Unit Auction List Contest: “What’s Your Best Score?” OFFICIAL RULES!

We know that storage hunting can be a very competitive field, but just you wait…things are about to get even more competitive. We’ve decided to hold a contest for you all because 1.)contests are fun and 2.)giving away free stuff is fun. The stakes are high in this contest: for the first time ever in the history of our website, you have a chance to win a completely FREE LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to StorageUnitAuctionList.com! Wanna know more? Keep on readin’! CONTEST …

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

Happy Saturday! Take a load off and kick back with the best of the week in storage hunting! Haz-Mat Team Called in to Clean up Tea Spill Yep, you read that right. In an event as epic as the Boston Tea Party (er…maybe), firefighters, police, and responders from the county health department were called into a Washington state storage unit after receiving news of a suspicious red liquid leaking out from a storage unit. After about four hours, the five gallon …

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The Fashion Wars of Storage Wars: Part II!

Since I had so much fun writing The Fashion Wars of Storage Wars featuring Brandi and Barry, I decided to do another installment! It’s Friday, right? Might as well have some fun! Today I’ll be featuring two unlikely candidates. Let’s see who’s the victor in this fashion war! Representing Men’s Fashion: Dave Hester Dave Hester: a man many of us love to hate and hate to love. Arguably the fiercest buyer on the show, Dave isn’t one to mess around…and …

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

Another day, another dollar. Another week, and another installment of “This Week in the World of Storage Hunting”! A Car Chase, a Storage Unit, and a Big Old Hole in the Wall A storage facility in Fletcher, North Carolina (just shy of Storage Unit Auction List’s headquarters in Asheville) is probably hurting after a renegade car went careening into the side of one of their storage units early Thursday morning. The suspect, James Jefferson Keeter, was seen driving down the road at …

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The Art of Valuating Art in Storage Auctions

Artists have been around for as long as humans have had the motor skills to pick of a piece of charcoal. Through the years, society has used art to show devotion, to express feeling, and to convey messages. Really, as much as we might overlook it in our day to day lives, it’s incredibly important. As an artist myself, it’s something I hold very dear. But let me tell you—us artists can be a confusing group of people, and at …

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

Happy Saturday, everyone! We’re here again with the best of the week in storage auction news! Dave Hester Raises Money for Lupus LA Breaking news–everybody’s favorite mogul: the cold, heartless Dave Hester–actually has a heart of gold! I’m starting to think that the ruthless tough guy act is just for TV, because Dave attended Lupus LA last week, a charity event that helps raise money and awareness for lupus. Amusingly enough, Dave wasn’t doing any bidding this time around; in …

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The ABC’s of Storage Auctions: Part 2

And now for the final chapter of The ABC’s of Storage Auctions! New blood – A newbie; a person who is new to bidding. Don’t underestimate the new blood or confuse them for a looky-loo; they can be just as fierce as the seasoned pros as they’re trying to prove their worth amongst the other bidders and carve out a place in the business. Open bid auction – Open bid auctions, also known as English auctions, are arguably the most common type. …

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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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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend, kicking back and relaxing. While you’re chillin’ out, we’ve picked three of the most interesting storage auction news articles of the week, just for you! Storage Wars Filming Today at a Facility in Charleston, South Carolina You heard that right! If you’re in the Charleston area today and you need your Storage Wars fix since the season ended, the cast will be at UNITS Portable Storage, presumably to film new content …

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

And now it’s time for part 2 of our Gentleman and Gentlewoman’s Guide to Craigslist Etiquette! Last time we showed you how to be a polite seller, and today we will show you the most courteous and proper techniques for buying items on Craigslist. Many storage hunters use Craigslist in conjunction with storage auctions, and will buy items at discounted prices in order to resell and to supplement their inventory. Indeed, there are some manners you’ll have to remember before …

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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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Organizing: Your First Step to Continued Success

Once you become more invested in the storage auction industry, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information you obtain: inventory, phone numbers of contacts, information about antiques and collectibles, and lots more. Don’t stress out, and definitely don’t stuff all of your info in a junk drawer and hope it organizes itself. Here’s some helpful tips instead. Before you Begin… Even if this is just a part time deal for you, it’s really in your best interest …

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A Week Long Subscription to StorageUnitAuctionList.com…NOW FREE!

Finally, I can use my favorite four-letter word to describe a week long subscription to Storage Unit Auction List: FREE. (Yeah, that’s right. FREE.) Last month we offered prospective subscribers a $1.99 week long trial to Storage Unit Auction List, and it was a huge success. We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us; we’re really happy to have you aboard and hope that you’ve found great success with our services! For those of you who are still not …

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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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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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$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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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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A New Member of the Team at storageunitauctionlist.com!

Hello everyone! My name is Val and I am the new content writer at StorageUnitAuctionList.com! I have to say, I’m really excited to be a part of the team. My duties here will include providing you with your weekly dose of blogging, hanging out over at our Facebook page, as well as working on monthly press releases to keep everyone informed on new things going on at our website. But before I jump into all of that, I want to take the time to introduce …

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Guide to Tripling your Storage Unit Investment: Part Two

Welcome back.  If you read the last blog post, “Guide to Tripling your Storage Unit Investment,” we began crafting a strategy guide for you to make the most of your time after winning at the storage auctions and tripling your investment.  Here’s Part 2 of our trilogy detailing what steps you should be taking, in what order, and with what little touches of care to guarantee that you’re chipping away at your storage inventory in big chunks. The Next Work …

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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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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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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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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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How Does Auction Hunters Measure Up?

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a million times: storage auction shows are addictive, to a lot of different demographics.  Sure, we’ve speculated as to why—the surge of reality TV meets the downfall of the traditional game show, meets the desire to restore the American Dream, where the streets are paved with gold and everyone is making their own way. And Boom!  Now people want to watch something simple yet complex, something that fuels the imagination while simultaneously informing …

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The Best Storage Auction Lists in Life Aren’t Free

Editors Note: I want to make a sincere apology to Storagetreasures.com over the observation made about their “Contact Us” Link. That material has been deleted from the post.  I did not realize that it was a Mail-To link (as opposed to a link to additional web content), and that it works fine. Ironically, the old maxim “you get what you pay for” does not apply to winning storage units, because you more often than not get far more than what …

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Whad-ya Store That For? Top 6 Befuddling Storage Unit Finds

If you’ve ever pilfered through your own storage or belongings, then you know that you can find yourself perched by a box, reading a book from childhood or playing with an old hand held game while the hours slip by unnoticed. Now, imagine getting the luxury of handling and analysing each and every item from another person’s past without feeling the personal guilt of disposing of anything.  That’s the thrill of storage auctions in a nutshell. And, to prove it, …

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6 Reasons Why Storage Auction Hunting is like New Romance (Part 1 of 2)

I am a strong believer in the saying, “if it’s not difficult, then it’s probably not worth it.”  Indeed, with so many people living a low frequency of life, the day in, day out drudgery of feeding their own needs with little ever changing, getting deeper and deeper into paralyzing routines, it becomes clear who appreciating life to the fullest and who’s just surviving. Just as a newfound relationship can revive your zest for life, as odd or different as …

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Meet Dennis Kostrzewski: Former Number Cruncher, Foolproof Storage Hunter

As the storage auction hunting market continues to attract newcomers, a lot of the faithful have fallen off due to increasingly large bidding crowds.  Maybe they were too stubborn to adjust to the throng of “Lookey Loos,” who usually turn out to be as harmless as a swarm of flies.  Maybe they mistakenly saw the new market as a sinking ship, so they walked away with their pride intact, cursing Storage Wars and everything else that made storage auctions go …

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This is the Story of a (Resale) Girl

What were you doing at fourteen to enhance your savings account?  How much was your allowance and what did you spend it on?  Myself?  Ten dollars a week, predominantly saved, with the occasional outing to the movie theater with a young honey. I recently ran across a story of a girl who, by her own hand, could have take my entire grade of boys to the movies.  The resourcefulness, precocious foresight, and knack for the resale industry of fourteen year old …

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Lien With It, Rock With It: Idaho Storage Lien Laws

  Whether you are a storage tenant or an auction hunter, you’re world is going to revolve around the storage lien laws of your particular state.  Self-storage lien laws are the legislation that has been put in place to ensure a facility owner rights and privileges to be compensated for the back rent owed by a tenant who has gone completely missing, like Kevin McCallister. We have been posting to our Facebook asking followers to tell us what topics they …

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Recruiting Storage Hunters for All-New Personal Profile Feature!

If you have been with storageunitauctionlist.com for a solid while and have since become (or already were) a storage unit flipping mastermind, we would like to personally showcase you on our website, a website that gets several hundred blog reads and thousands of visits per day! Since storageunitauctionlist.com’s recent birth in late 2010, we have experienced a pleasant amount of success and risen to prominence very quickly. Good for us, right? Well, we know full well that that success is …

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StorageUnitAuctionList Tips: A Concise Guide to Self-Appraising Gold

What does Ron Paul mean when he talks about “getting back to the gold standard?”  Well, other than being a cute, elfish little idealist at times, gold and other metals used to be the objective standard by which to measure an economies wealth.  This is mostly due to the fact that coins in Europe and early America were actually minted from gold and silver.  Although this is no longer the case, because it is a useful, rare substance, gold still …

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Let’s Get Storage Auction Real: The Red Carpet is Getting Old

As an insider of the storage auction game, I think I have earned the right to lift up the flag of the camp who has begun to distrust Storage Wars for how misleading and “oh so Hollywood” it has become.  As a writer, I have always imagined that my rock bottom would be when I was making a comfortable salary endlessly churning out the online celebrity spin for an alienated readership who clings desperately to celebrity vicariousness. Yesterday, A&E had its “2012 …

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Storage Auction Tips: If You Have Time to Dream, You Have Time to Clean

  The most lenient policy on excavating and evacuating a won unit is 48 hours total time.  We often talk about preparation in this blog, so today, storageunitauctionlist.com wants to hammer home that two days is not a very long time when faced with an indefinite amount of goods and garbage to remove from a unit.  Will you score a 5×5 unit or a 10×30?  Will you need helping hands, a rental truck, or a trailer?  Here’s a great middle path …

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6 Reasons Why Storage Hunting is Like Breaking Bad

The moment I happened to flip to AMC and see a red-headed, bespectacled forty-five year old man prancing around the desert in a dress shirt and whitey-tighties, my living room conversation, by degrees, came to a complete standstill as I made my first acquaintances with the Emmy Winning series, Breaking Bad. The quasi-realistic show engulfs the viewer as they watch a terminally ill chemistry teacher at the end of his rope enter into an underworld of methamphetamine manufacturing in order …

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Auction Tips: The List of 9 (Tools) Saves Time

There is nothing worse than winning a unit, then feeling like a fish out of water as to what to do with it. As a treasure hunter, we all know you have your work cut out for you.  If you’re going to get serious about this business, you will save yourself substantial time and money over the long haul by being a regular MacGyver.  That is, having the master’s tools on hand at every auction.  StorageUnitAuctionList has your back on …

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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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It’s the Little Lockers in Life

As the modern spiritualist Wayne Dyer proclaims, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Too often, people are peeking around storage auctions looking for the Hope Diamond or mint-condition porcelain bird fountains, hoping they will stumble on them after spending exorbitant amounts of money on a hard-to-read unit.  If a real life storage hunter can simply ingest the classical discipline of always “buying low and selling high,” then all of the sudden, …

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The Quiet Game: Strategies for Sealed-Bid Auctions

Occasionally, storage auctions will be conducted with a different formula: the sealed bid auction.  For good and bad, this style of auction lacks the interactive, toe to toe bidding found in a regular, “English auction,” but for the thoughtful, more introverted attendee, sealed bid auctions can allow a moment to analyze the contents of a locker and make a determination based more mathematical, calculated reasoning.   SEALED BID AUCTIONS EXPLAINED As far as storage unit auctions go, The sealed bid …

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The ABC’s of Storage Auction Dirty Deeds (Part 2 of 2)

Now that you’ve had a chance to take a shower, lets just jump right back in the mud and see what other once-in-a-blue-moon scams have lurked in only the most despondent of storage auctions. D. Planted Bidders Yeah, this stuff gets seedier and seedier (pun fully intended).  In states where surplus funds from winning bids do not go back to the tenant, it can be the auctioneers or facility owners (a.k.a. “FO’s”) who benefit by conspiring with accomplices who hang …

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The ABC’s of Storage Auction Dirty Deeds (Part 1 of 2)

Often, where there’s a lot of cold, hard cash changing hands, there is going to be trouble.  And although trouble can be interesting, getting ripped off in a storage auction scam by the facility owner, the former tenant, the auctioneer, or some combination of all of them, is just plain sickening.  But it does happen on occasion. When facility owners are given legal access to a person’s belongings knowing full well that they have checked out for awhile, either due …

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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 CraigsList Resale List of 6

Craigslist.com may seem like a disorganized circus sometimes, but it can be an invaluable marketplace for reselling inventory you have gathered from storage auctions, and thus build a great local customer base.  People do look for steals on this master list all of the time, but you just have to know how hit every major selling step along the way and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the site.  We’re here to help you out with that.  Let …

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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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Swimming the Flooded Market With Storageunitauctionlist.com

Maybe bigger is better when it comes to your personal office.  Maybe it’s better to get a bigger mini-van when your “nest” is growing, or a bigger computer screen when your vision is getting poor.  But as far as storage auctioning is concerned, bigger crowds do not bode well for a person looking to enjoy the most success they can in this business. Most news stories being run lately about storage auctions share a common theme: because of reality TV, …

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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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Don’t Be a Special Victim: 9 Strategies for Private Unit Investigation (Part 1 of 2)

Although we’ve all heard horror stories of storage units being used as meth labs or for storing body parts, most of us will never get to experience the dangerous euphoria of hunting down a psycho-criminal like Hannibal Lector, or a real one, like Jeffrey Dommer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a super sleuth.  Using your well-honed powers of deduction gleaned from college and a lifetime of watching crime thrillers, you can easily become a formidable private eye of the …

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Get from Starstruck to Gold Struck: Win the Private Battles

Winning a war is really achieved by winning a series of battles.  The sum of its parts is always greater than the whole. The ever entertaining A&E reality show “Storage Wars” deliberately hypes up the theatrical element to make going to storage auctions look like a daily epic war among kingpins, and of course we love it. But just as your tactics may change in playing a local poker discovered on Craigslist versus being pushed to the limit on every hand at …

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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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Ready, Set, Go!

The doors of the first unit at today’s storage auction go up, and you feel the mob tighten around you. Eyes everywhere go into surveillance mode, scanning the contents of the unit from top to bottom and squinting on tip-toes to inspect the mysteriously shaped object wedged between boxes in the back-left corner.  Time is limited – usually no more than five minutes per unit – and as the seconds tick away you can feel mental notes being taken and …

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In Plain Sight: The Anti-Strategist’s Strategy

In a time when more and more Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, the initial investment required to break into the storage auction market (albeit relatively small) can be enough to dissuade the average person from taking the leap. For veterans of the auction industry, this is perfectly alright. In the under-capitalized market of storage auctions, reluctance on the part of the American public means open season for storage auction insiders. In truth, the storage auction industry is not the …

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Location, Location, Location

This is one principle that has stood the test of time – and not just in real estate. Accessing the lists made available through StorageUnitAuctionList.com will give you an instant leg-up on the competition, but that’s not all you can do to maximize your odds for success on the bidding floor. One of the biggest challenges faced by auction-goers is deciding which auctions to attend and which to skip. So unless you have the ability to be in multiple places …

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Take a Tour of StorageUnitAuctionList.com

Wondering what our subscribers see? Take the StorageUnitAuctionList.com Tour to view a demo of our subscriber account area. The demo will allow you to view all the features of the website before purchasing your state list for complete auction information. Or, you can check out this awesome slide presentation that details the new features of our website! Account area presentation from Storage Unit Auction List      

Find us on Facebook!…and Twitter…and Pinterest…and Tumblr…

Storage Unit Auction List is on Facebook! And we’re lovin’ every second of it. We update our Facebook every day with new blog posts, interesting articles, pictures, and lots more. Not only that, but we offer daily free storage auction listings alphabetically by state, just as a little thank you for liking our page. Interact with other fans, give us your opinions, share stories, and ask us any of your burning storage auction questions–we’d love to chat with you! But wait–there’s more! …

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Charitable Donations

Not everything you win at your storage auctions will be worth reselling. Often times, winners will find themselves with a lots of clothes, outdated electronics and overly worn household products. The single most responsible thing to do with usable but unsalable goods found at auction is to donate them. The easiest way to donate is to drop off your items at a local thrift shop. Organizations like Goodwill Industries not only clothe thousands of Americans throughout the year, they also use profits …

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The Importance of Calling Ahead

One issue with storage auctions is that they can be canceled with little or no notice to the bidders. This happens for several different reasons, and can cause problems for every bidder. One of the biggest rookie mistakes is to not call the storage facility before heading out. This is something that we stress to all of our subscribers! Storage auctions happen when a person fails to pay the rent on their unit, but that person has until the day of …

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