The majority of the stuff you’ll come across in the buy-sell storage auction business has little-to-no resale value. Sure, you’ll find some valuable items in just about every self-storage unit, but a lot of the stuff is junk. Unless you’re a pack rat, you’ll probably throw it away in the trash without thinking twice. As the saying goes though, what’s one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, holds true in this instance.
Let me first start off by saying that you cannot leave unwanted items behind in a storage unit. Nearly every self-storage facility has strict guidelines which state that the winning bidders must clean out the units they’ve won at auction within 24-48 hours. Whether the unit contains valuable items or not, you are required to clean it under these terms and conditions. Failure to do so could result in your name being blacklisted from future auctions, meaning you won’t be able to participate in other auctions at the facility.
When you comes across an item of little-to-no value that you don’t want, consider donating it to Goodwill. Goodwill is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit charity organizations in the United States, operating out of approximately 165 community-based stores. They won’t pay you for your unwanted items, but they may provide you with a tax-deductible receipt. So the next time tax season rolls around, you can write it off as a donation, placing some money back into your pockets.
You can find a Goodwill donation center in your area by using the online locator tool at http://www.goodwill.org/locator/.
Another great place to donate your unwanted items is the Salvation Army. As you may already know, this nonprofit organization provides housing for the homeless, disaster relief, rehabilitation, and community programs to individuals in need. The Salvation Army is always in need of general goods products like clothes, furniture, books, sporting equipment, electronics and more. Contact a Salvation Army office in your area to see if they are interested in picking up your unwanted items.
A third option is to recycle your unwanted items. If you come across a collection of old bottles that are no longer of any value, you can take them to just about any local recycling center. This will give you warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that you are cleaning up the environment and not contributing to landfill waste. Furthermore, some recycling centers will pay you a small fee in exchange for your recycled materials. It’s not a huge amount, but every little bit helps.