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Wait Before Throwing Away These Items!

During your time participating in storage auctions, you are bound to come across some “junk” items. Not every storage unit contains valuables, with many containing nothing more than old furniture and empty boxes. But just because an item is old and obsolete doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s worthless. On the contrary, some items that are often viewed as a junk can be resold for a profit. Old Televisions With the advent of high-definition flat-screen TVs, the old cathode-ray TVs have …

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Why Storage Auctions are a Good Investment

Participating in storage auctions is a smart investment that will almost certainly pay off in the long run. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or just earn some extra cash on the side, it will help you achieve these goals and more. How Storage Auctions Work Storage auctions work on the principle of auctioning off the contents of abandoned, delinquent self-storage units. When you rent a storage unit, you typically sign a contract in which you agree to …

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Things to Know Before Attending a Storage Auction

Where is the Self-Storage Facility Located? I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should identify the address of a self-storage facility. Blindly driving to where you “think” the auction will be held is a recipe for disaster. So, find the street address of the facility and use Google Maps or your preferred GPS/navigation service to find turn-by-turn directions. If the facility is a long ways away, you may want to choose other, …

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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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How To Take Your Buy-Sell Storage Biz To The Next Level

Still struggling to turn a profit with your buy-and-sell storage auction business? Like all businesses, there’s no guarantee of success. It takes time, patience, dedication and a clear strategy to reap the financial rewards this industry has to offer. With that said, we have some simple tips that are sure to help you turn a profit with your business. Don’t Get Into Bidding Wars One of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes newcomers make is getting into bidding wars with …

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How Storage Auctions Work

The advent of popular cable TV shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters has spurred a newfound popularity for the storage auction business. This once quiet industry now receives thousands of more active participants, all of whom are eager to strike it rich by bidding on storage units. As a beginner, though, you may feel confuse regarding the process. The self-storage facilities rarely provide any information on how it works, adding further confusion for newcomers. Why Storage Units Go Up …

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Planning Ahead For Storage Auctions

One of the biggest mistakes newcomers to the storage auction business make is failing to plan ahead. Showing up to an auction with no clear plan of action will place you miles behind the rest. However, you can make the process easier (and more lucrative) by taking the time to plan your course of action. For some helpful tips on how to plan your storage auction strategy, keep reading. Create a Schedule It’s recommended that you create a schedule of …

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How To Clean Out a Storage Unit, Fast

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

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What Should I Bring To a Storage Unit Auction?

Pen/Pencil and Notepad From the moment the auctioneer breaks the lock and opens the unit, you should immediately begin writing down items of potential value. If you notice an item that you believe is of value, make a note of it on your notepad. You can even write an estimated dollar value next to the name. Doing so will give you a better idea of whether or not a unit is worth bidding on. You don’t need to any fancy …

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Storage Unit Auctions: The Not-So Desirable Finds

So, the other day, Chelsea, who works here at StorageUnitAuctionList.com and is an amazing and creative writer, researcher and finder of Far Out Facts, came to me with this piece she had worked on and asked me what I thought. “Whoa!” I hollered. “Everyone needs to read this!!!!! OMG!!!! Amazing!” So, with that being said…Chelsea and her fascinating work, takes over the blog today! Very very Interesting!!! What do YOU think? What really lies behind the doors of storage units…? …

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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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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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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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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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Do It Yourself Bookshelf

Many of the most basic items that you find in storage unit auctions can be turned into sellable furniture and home decor with a few hours of work and restoration. Even items that may not seem like furniture all can be restored and improved to serve both a functional and decorative purpose in your home, or to be sold online, at the flea market, or in your store location. This week’s restoration project idea comes from Pinterest, one of the …

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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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Searching For Serious Auction Hunters

Storage Unit Auction List is always looking for serious auction hunters to be featured right here on the blog! We want to hear about your best and worst unit, from the wonderful wins to the wacky and tacky finds that you weren’t sure what to do with. We want to know what some of your bid strategies are and what your real world experiences have been attending storage auctions! We also want to know how long you’ve been in the …

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Help Us Launch Throwback Thursday

What is Throwback Thursday? If you’re active on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, then you should be familiar with the concept of Throwback Thursday. Each Thursday, you log into your favorite social sites and post pictures, videos, or stories harkening back to days gone by. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, as long as it happened in the past, but I have to say that I’ve seen some pretty amazing pictures from the 80s-big …

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5 Tips for Inspecting a Unit

In Monday’s blog, we answered the question, is all fair in love, war, and storage unit auction? The answer is, for the most part, yes. Part of any good storage auction is a healthy bidding approach and trying to get the competitive edge over the other guy. The one exception to the rule and one way that storage unit auctions should never be unfair, is in the security of the storage unit prior to the auction. This is important both …

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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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A Unique Refurbishing Project

We regularly update the blog with simple Do It Yourself guides for refurbishing furniture and home goods and giving them a new life. Many items won at storage auctions will need the extra care to maximize profit and to sell your item for more than you bought it for as part of the storage unit. This week, we’ve stumbled on a clever idea for anybody who is a fan of the industrial look, and the best part is-it costs under …

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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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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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DIY Chair Restoration in 5 Simple Steps

As a storage auction hunter, you have to have many skills. You have to be perceptive to bid, you have to be able to turn yourself into a sales person following the auction, and you have to have many other skill sets to have long lasting success, such as organizational skills. You have to have a DIY attitude when it comes to your business, and this includes finding damaged furniture in storage units and prepping it for resale. Luckily, some …

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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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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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5 Tips For Using Pinterest to Boost Your Resale Business

Pinterest is a magical place of inspiration. You can build your dream home, window shop the world over, plan out your next DIY Project, or Plan the Perfect Wedding. It is very easy to get sucked up into all the images and you can spend hours pinning the day away without even realizing it. Seriously, once, I started searching for storage auctions, and somehow ended up spending hours looking at unique homes, you know, ones that are built to look …

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Exclusive Preview of the 2013-2014 Storage Auction Valuation BlueBook

At Storage Unit Auction List, we provide subscribers with the largest list of storage auction data online. We offer thousands of auctions each month, and offer affordable, flexible, and customizable subscription plans that let you choose how much auction data you’d like to receive, the number of miles you’re willing to travel and the amount you wish to pay each month. Did you also know that Storage Unit Auction List has created a handbook to help you out? The Complete …

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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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Bright Ideas To Being A Successful Storage Auction Hunter

Focus on The Basics of Storage Auction Hunting As a new storage auction buyer, there are three key components to implement to make your business successful for the long haul. Attending storage auctions and getting lucky once or twice can be a great jump start to your new inventory sourcing business, but without focusing on making connections and sales, staying organized, and quickly finding auctions your success could be short lived. Knowledge is Power As a new buyer, you may …

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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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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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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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Head Back to School with SUAL!

It’s back to school time and you know what that means? Books, clothes, and more school supplies than seems humanely necessary. This time of year can be stressful for your kids as they battle the back to school blues, and between their grumpy behavior, and the dent all the supplies are making on your budget, you get pretty overwhelmed too! Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for you to make extra money quickly this time of year? …

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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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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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Heat Waves Aren’t The Only Extreme Weather to Watch Out For!

Yesterday, we gave you 5 Tips For Beating The Heat during these summer months when the temperatures swelter. But heat and humidity aren’t your only foes as a professional storage auction hunter and reseller! A report released this week from the Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council makes the case that small businesses in the United States are “uniquely vulnerable to damage from extreme weather events,” and that the collective impact of widespread disaster recovery and business disruption can …

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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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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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In Honor of National Zombie Day…

We stumbled across one heck of an entertaining infographic, dare we say, it may be one of our all time favorite infographics on the net pertaining to self storage and storage auctions. Not only does it pertain to “self storage”, but it combines one love with another and throw zombies into the mix! Infographic Source 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 …

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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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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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Don’t Miss This Week’s Webinar, Understanding Income Demographics

Have you ever wondered how those guys on Storage Wars seem to have information on the various areas where they attend auctions. Depending on the location, they either seem excited or less than thrilled. Sometimes they happen to know if they’re traveling into an industrial area versus a residential area. On top of this, they also look towards past auction history  in the area to determine unit values and how much they should bid. Ever wonder how they seem to …

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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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Storage Wars and the City

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

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

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

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Turning Auction Finds into Christmas Presents

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

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This Week in the World of Storage Hunting

And my, what a crazy week it has been! Let’s jump right into it! Getting by With a Little Help From Your Self-Storage Friends After the devastating damage left behind from Hurricane Sandy, many folks in the North East are still without power and are picking up the pieces of homes and lives torn apart. Thankfully, many storage facilities are lending a helping hand by offering a month’s free storage or transportation of goods. Check out the links below to see how …

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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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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Storage Auction Junk: Part 1

Buying from storage auctions is a great way to recycle used goods in your community around you. Keeping usable goods out of landfills greatly helps reduce our impact on the environment and the wonderful world we live in. For the environmentally conscious folks among us, you might be wondering what the heck you can do with that stuff you end up with that you just can’t sell. Well…why not upcycle it?! Upcycling is all about thinking outside of the box…and …

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How to be a Compassionate Storage Hunter

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

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The Common Junk and How to Get Rid of it

While we must always remain hopeful that we’ll someday find that proverbial pot of gold at a storage unit auction, we must also come to terms with the fact that there will be a lot of common, everyday junk in the storage units that we buy. This junk, however, will most likely be the bulk of what you sell, so it’s best to get used to it and learn how to profit off of it. Here are few of the …

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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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Fees, Fees, and More Fees!

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

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Don’t Base Your Bid On…

When it comes down to it, making money off of storage auctions is a huge gamble. You never really know what you’ll find in a storage unit until you’ve won it and you’re picking through it. So does that mean you have to blindly throw your money down on a unit and hope for the best? Of course not! Here at Storage Unit Auction List, we’re all about giving you the best advice on being an educated buyer, so when you take …

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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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Storage Hunting with a Resale Permit

There’s nothing quite as annoying as taxes. We all have to pay them, no matter what. It’s an inevitable burden that comes along with living in “The Land of the Free”. Even at storage auctions, many facilities charge sales tax on every unit you purchase. But what if I told you there was a way to avoid paying taxes on the units you purchase? Yep, that’s right—with a resale permit, you don’t need to pay taxes on anything you buy to …

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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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An Interview with John: an Educated Buyer

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

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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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The ABC’s of Storage Auctions: Part 1

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

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

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

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If at First You Don’t Succeed at a Swap Meet…

Something similar has probably happened to everyone. You just scored a great unit at one of your local storage auctions. Maybe you found five boxes filled to the brim with CDs, or a ton of tools, or maybe some collectible Hot Wheels cars. You’re probably thinking that these things are going to sell like crazy at your next swap meet, right? Well, what happens if you don’t sell a single one of these items? Does this mean they’re worthless and …

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Customer Profile: LadyLocks58

Today I had a nice chat with one of our subscribers, a woman named Fran Kass—also known as Ladylocks58. I discovered Fran after she left us a great comment on Storage Unit Auction List’s Facebook. With a name as cool as LadyLocks58, I knew I had to find out more about her. I’m glad I did! Fran is part blogger, part storage hunter, and all kinds of awesome. She’s bold, quick witted, and has a great sense of humor—three things …

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Guest Blog: 6 Things to Watch Out for During a Storage Auction

I’m very excited to introduce John Donegan, the content writer for our friends at www.sparefoot.com. John will be joining us once a month with his unique insights, and I’ll be doing the same over at Spare Foot–so make sure you head over there too for more great blog posts! But right now, I’m gonna kick back, relax, and let John do the writing! Despite all the stories you’ve heard of people striking it rich at storage auctions, unfortunately there are …

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

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

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How to Find the Best Local Storage Auctions

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

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How Far Should You Travel for a Storage Auction?

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

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$1.99 Week Long Trial from StorageUnitAuctionList.com

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

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

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

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Why Now is a Better Time Than Ever to Become a Storage Hunter

There are plenty of good reasons to get started in the storage auction business. The allure of finding priceless treasures, the prospect of making a living off of something you love doing, being able to learn new things and become an expert—sure, those are all awesome and valid reasons. But what would you say if I told you I have actual statistical data that proves this industry is booming, right this very instant? The Cold Hard Facts According to the …

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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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LostInStorage.com: Return Precious Memories and Lighten Your Load

  For some people, there’s a moral dilemma with storage unit auctions. How could you possibly take advantage of another person’s misfortune like that? Others follow the time honored mantra “you snooze, you lose”–I bought it fair and square. While it’s true that tenants have ample time to pay their delinquent fees and get their goods back…well, sometimes life gets in the way and it’s just not that easy. And sometimes, as the new owner of one of these units, …

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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 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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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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Interpreting Auctioneer Chant and Using it to Your Benefit

The chant of an auctioneer is one of the most oft-parodied strains of the English language.  “can-I-get-a-two, got two here, two thousand, your outbid, how about fifty, can I get-a-two- fifty?” However, as you get started in the auction game, you are going to start getting very up close and personal with this rapid fire delivery, need to understand why it exists, and be able to decipher it so you don’t get caught up in the hubbub and overbid on …

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

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

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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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3 Ways to Improve Your Bidding Success for Storage Auctions

Once considered one of the nation’s best-kept secrets for generating extra income, the auction business is now a rapidly growing industry with a sizeable following. Thousands of storage units go to auction each day, and the potential for high profit margins with minimal initial investment is evident.

But before you quit your job and begin practicing your poker face for a bidding war, consider this: you may have just discovered the revenue potential of storage auctions, but so has everyone else. Auction and re-sale markets are on the rise, and if you play your cards right you can come out on top – but competition is stiff. So before you bid, give yourself an edge with these tips from the pros.

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

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

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How to Make Sure You Don’t Overbid at Storage Auctions

One reason storage auctions are so exciting is the risk of bidding. You’re up against a crowd of people (hopefully not too many people) who may or may not know more about what they see in the locker up for auction. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a bidding war with people, driving up the price way too high. This isn’t always a bad thing. You may just win that goldmine of a bin. However, making this a habit …

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Where to Sell Items Won at Storage Auctions, Part 2 – Selling Offline

We’ve talked about where to sell your items online and the many platforms that are available for you to make money from storage auctions on the web. We’re going to follow up now and provide a list of places you can sell your items face-to-face, just like the old days. While selling online can be very profitable, some items can bring in more cash, faster, when selling offline.   Selling Your Items Offline Selling the items you won from a …

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Tips on Making it in The Storage Auction Business

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

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Know How Much to Bid at Storage Facility Auctions

When bidding on storage auctions, you never know what may come of it. While that is part of the excitement of going to a storage unit auction, it can also be pretty frustrating. Reality TV has made it look so easy, but it’s like anything else … you have to practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. If you give up, you’ll never know if that next bin could have turned you a big profit. We’ve talked about …

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Attend Regular Auctions to Improve Your Storage Auction Skills

One thing you should remember when attending storage auctions that you may not initially think of offhand … a storage auction is an auction. This sounds pretty obvious, but the whole culture of storage auctions has been pretty overwhelmed with hype due to the popularity of reality TV shows like Storage Wars and Storage Hunters. While it’s a different type of auction, it’s still an auction. So, naturally, attending regular auctions at auction houses will help you improve your skills …

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Strange but Important things to Look For When the Locker Door Goes Up

You’re standing in a crowd of people with your flashlight ready and cash in hand. The unit door rolls open and the crowd leans forward, flashlights flashing, looking for buried treasure among brown cardboard and lawn chairs. The auctioneer starts the auction and the bidding commences. The excitement builds within you and you’re fighting with yourself on whether you should just wait this one out or take a chance and bid. Storage auctions are risky. That’s part of the excitement. …

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Never Give Up!

If you’re just starting out with storage auctions, it may seem impossible that this business model could make you a full-time income. In fact, you may have been at it for a while now and you’re thinking about giving up. While that may seem like a feasible option, StorageUnitAuctionList.com would like to give you a better one. Don’t. There is but one strategy that will transform the fun hobby of being a storage auction hunter into a full-time income and …

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What will I find at a Storage Auction?

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

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

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

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Heavy Lifting at Storage Auctions

In this industry you see a lot of picking up, a lot of moving and a lot of stuff. All together; a perfect recipe for a back injury. Lift with your knees! Check out these helpful tips for lifting heavy objects properly, as seen on our Hubpages article “How to Move the Contents of Your Storage Unit Without Mortally Wounding Yourself”. The More the Merrier First and foremost, you should always have a helper on the day of the storage …

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Just to Remind Everyone …

We’ve probably told you this a million times, and expect to hear it a million more times: Always, always always call the storage facility right before you head out to a scheduled storage auction to confirm it hasn’t been cancelled. It’s safe to say that this has become our mantra–but with good reason! Storage tenants are allowed to pay their debts and reclaim their property at any point prior to the auction. Thusly, it’s not unlikely for an auction to be …

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5 Reasons You Should Join StorageUnitAuctionList.com

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

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Alternative Auctions

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

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Are you Free & Clear?

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

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The Digital Age and The Legislature

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

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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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Attendance Fees?

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

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You’ve Just Won a Storage Auction! Now What?

So you just won a unit at your very first storage auction, you look inside and immediately you’re overwhelmed. They say that 2/3rds of every unit you win is probably going to be trash. Things like old clothes, newspapers, documents, and a lot of unsalable junk will be piled up in boxes or trash bags and the first thing you’ll need to do is sort through what is profitable and which losses to cut. Remember to take repairs into account–sometimes a …

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Cash is King

Most storage facilities will only accept cash paid on the spot for won units, so make sure you remember to hit an ATM before you arrive at the facility. Storage units can start as low as $1 but those prices will usually increase rapidly, so the general consensus is to bring a minimum of $500. If you don’t have have the cash on hand for a unit you won, some facilities may allow you to leave a deposit with them …

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Cleaning Deposits

Walking away from a storage auction is not the easiest feat once you’ve won a few units. You can expect to have to throw away a lot of your winnings and even the things you decide to keep you then have to haul off usually within 24 to 48 hours. You can imagine that someone, somewhere, when faced with this project just took what he wanted and ran. Makes sense, right? That’s the easy way out, right? Wrong! Thanks to …

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The Early Bird Catches the Worm

If you ask a facility owner when their next storage auction will take place, in the event that they have an answer for you, the first thing they will tell you is the date and time. The second thing you will hear is, “but make sure to be early, these things start right on time.” Punctuality is a virtue, even when it comes to storage auctions, and it’s for a good reason. Before a self storage auction can begin all …

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Storage Auction “Caravans”

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

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Strange Findings at Storage Auctions

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

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The 4 Types of Bidders You’ll Meet at Storage Auctions

It is important to know your competition if you plan on profiting in storage auctions. There are several types of bidders, and most of them can be aggressively competitive. Many times when seasoned bidders bid higher and higher for a unit, it can signify that there may be something in there that they see and you don’t. They could also be bluffing to make you bid more. As you can see, there’s many nuances to the way people bid and …

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Urban vs Rural Storage Auctions

Although there are few businesses that use self storage facilities, there will be a higher concentration of commercially owned storage units in larger cities. This makes sense because houses and apartments in larger urban areas tend to be much smaller, allowing less room for extra things. Remember that storage units utilize less expensive real estate, so instead of being right in the middle of a metropolitan area, they will be located right off of major roads, and many are out …

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Essential Equipment for Storage Auctions

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

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What are Buyer’s Premiums?

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

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Bin Auctions Versus Piece Auctions

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

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Using Income Demographics to Locate Profitable Storage Auctions

Finding storage auctions is the easy part. StorageUnitAuctionList.com has thousands of listings in your area … but how do you know which auctions will be more likely to yield high-value items and which ones are likely to yield bags of garbage? There are a few great ways to get a general idea of where and how to pick the location of your next local storage auction. One great way to find profitable storage auctions is to use the income demographic heat map …

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