Newcomers to the storage auction business often wonder what they should wear. While there’s no dress code — not at any of the auctions I’ve attended at least — there are a few basic rules you’ll want to follow when choosing your clothes. Familiarizing yourself with these rules will give you the upper hand, streamlining the process of bidding on abandoned auctions, cleaning them out, and reselling the valuables.
A good pair of shoes will go a long ways in the storage auction business. From the moment you first enter the facility to the time you leave, you’ll be standing on your feet. There are few (if any) places to sit down when attending storage auctions, which is why it’s a good idea to wear a pair of comfortable, fitted shoes with a supportive insole. Some people prefer wearing steel-toed boots, assuming it will protect their feet when clearing out storage units, but it’s usually best to stick with traditional sneakers or tennis shoes instead.
Arguably, one of the most important pieces of apparel to wear when attending a storage auction is a pair of gloves. So, why do you need gloves? You don’t necessarily need them when bidding on units, but when it comes time to clear the unit out, they will certainly prove useful. Most facilities have strict rules requiring winning bidders to clear out the contents of their unit within 24-48 hours. Therefore, you’ll need to do some cleaning if you intend on bidding and winning a storage unit. Wearing a pair of gloves will protect your hands from whatever is lurking in the unit.
Light Shirt and Pants
With summer right around the corner, it’s a good idea to wear a lightweight t-shirt and either shorts or a pair of light jeans to storage auctions. You have to remember that most storage units are not climate controlled. Even if the facility offers climate controlled services, chances are they’ve turned them off to the unit after the original owner stopped paying. And once you step inside a unit without air conditioner, it’s like you’re inside a sauna.
While not required by any means, wearing a headlamp will help you navigate through the piles of stuff inside any storage units you win. Granted, a flashlight will also provide a source of illumination, but headlamps free up your hands, allowing you to move and work faster.