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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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Fabric Found

Fabric Found   I have been a life long seamstress. My mother is an incredible designer/seamstress who dressed her 3 daughters in clothing with so much style, that we would have to “Model” our outfits everywhere we went.   My Aunt took sewing to an Exquisite Art Form creating clothing with amazing detail and perfection. My Grandmother made quilts and blankets and pillows and pajamas that were done with so much love, that I have kept them all of these …

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Summer Storage: How to Keep Your Items Safe

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

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Yard Sale Divas

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

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

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

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Selling

Way back when selling things on the Internet was pretty new to most of us (about 10 12 years ago), my son talked me into trying to get rich by selling my stuff!!! He had entered the world of Ebay and was having great success selling his computer games and controllers and parts and other odds and ends that teenagers found interesting. He had set up a Paypal account and was moving along with a fair amount of money earned!! …

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Nirvana

  I must admit it…I found my Nirvana!! Nirvana is described as Perfect Peace and Happiness! And I FOUND IT!!! At the St. Augustine Florida Flea Market!!!!   Before someone calls in the Doctors and Psychiatrists, let it be known, that I have a Junk Habit!!!! I Love the stuff!!  I Love collecting it. I Love selling it!  I Love looking it over! I Love making decisions about what I can do with the Junk, what I can make with the Junk, …

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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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New Blog Author

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

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Is a Hippopotamus Really a Hippopotamus, or a Really Cool Opotamus?

That’s right, everybody, it’s Trivia Tuesday. Get those synapses firing and press your luck for the chance to win one of our highly coveted Storage Unit Auction List coffee mugs. The temp outside is just going to keep dropping wherever you are out there, so let us know what you think the answer is and get yourself the proper coffee-and/or-hot-chocolate-carrying device. Hold the phone—there’s more to today’s riddle than the query above. First, some suspenseful buildup. The rapid expansion of …

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Sex Appeal of Self-Storage

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

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Time for Trivia Tuesday

Last week we held our first ever Trivia Tuesday, and it was such a success that we decided to keep it going! This week, our bit of trivia comes straight from the Self Storage Association. The Self Storage Association (SSA) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization formed in 1975 under Section 501-c-6 of the Internal Revenue Code.  For more than 38 years the Association has served as the official trade organization and voice of the U.S. and international self storage industry.  …

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Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween and it’s Thursday and you know what that means? #ThrowbackThursday Halloween Edition! This week, we just want to see your best (or worst) Halloween costumes from years past. This photo was taken with me and my friends when I worked in retail many years ago. We all wanted to win the best costume award and decided our best bet was a group costume. In a moment of brilliance, we all decided to go as characters from the Wizard …

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Storage Unit Auction List Presents Trivia Tuesdays!

I remember being mesmerized by game shows as a child. And who can blame me really? Game shows are designed to be as eye catching as possible as you scan through the channels. The neon lights, and loud buzzers, the rotating and constantly evolving sets, the intricate puzzles, beautiful assistants, fancy prizes and the affable game show hosts. Family Feud and Celebrity Squares were among my favorites. But the top dog of game shows was and always will be 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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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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Prepare Your Resale Business For A Seasonal Switch

The Byrds famously said it best in 1965, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” Summer 2013 is winding to a close. The temperatures are slowly started to shift, the sun is settings a bit earlier in the day, the retail stores have started to put out their “Fall” Merchandise, and Halloween pop up shops have already started to dot the landscape. While Summer doesn’t officially come to a close until September 22nd, the official …

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Hit The Books – Auction Item Research Challenge!

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

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Dave Hester Hosting Large Antique Auction

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

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Use JoinMe to Connect With Storage Unit Auction List!

Check out our new tutorial showing you just how simple it is to connect with us each week during the Storage Unit Auction List Weekly Webinar on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM EST. Get industry insights, have your questions answered live and more! StorageUnitActionList.com, a member of the Self Storage Association, provides our customers with a comprehensive auction list in multiple auction formats for all 50 states and over 51,000 facilities. Subscribers can review over 10,000 auctions each month through their personal dashboard …

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

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

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Easy As ABC…Part 3

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

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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 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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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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Name The Royal Baby and Win!

Royal Baby Fever! The entire world has been swept up in what can only be described as royal baby fever! From the actual birth of the third-in-line heir to the throne, his gender & birth weight, to what the proud parents wore and said as they exited the historic St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Duchess, formerly Kate Middleton wore a frock not dissimilar to the late Princess Diana, Prince William’s Mother. Prince William bucked royal tradition by being casual, …

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How Auction Hunters Stacks Up…

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

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

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

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Thank You For Participating In The Testimonial Survey Contest!

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

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Storage Unit Auction Lists Announces Much Requested Feature Update!

Storage Unit Auction List is working hard behind the scenes for you! We’ll be continuing to roll out new changes and features to the site over the next few months. Today we’re announcing the addition of auction contents to our unit listings! Previously, whenever possible, we’ve done our best to include the number of units available for auction with each individual listing we provide. Similarly, we’re now going to be listing the contents of the unit whenever possible. DISCLAIMER: Content …

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Week 4 Webinar Recap!

Thanks to everybody who was able to attend our webinar this week. If you weren’t able to make it, don’t sweat it. You can catch a recording of the live webinar session by visiting the link to register and review the complete session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2637605600414333696 We gave five important tips on choosing an appraiser, and what to do once you have. We also gave away a coupon code to the members who were able to make it to the live recording …

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Week 2: Weekly Webinar Recap

We want to thank everybody for attending Decoded: Knowing What to Bring, Understanding the Jargon, and Understanding Your Auction Options. We had a huge turnout and loved getting to answer your questions, and we always enjoy the chance to get to know each and every one of you better. It was great to get your feedback on the event as well! We hope that the webinar was helpful and provided you useful information! This particular webinar was geared towards auction …

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Watch the Storage Unit Auction List 101 Webinar Now!

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

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Storage Unit Auction List 101 Webinar Today!

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

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Storage Unit Auction List Presents Free Webinar Wednesdays!

In honor of our first annual Customer Appreciation Month, we’ve decided to begin offering free webinars each and every Wednesday, from 2 PM-3 PM Eastern Standard Time, beginning this week and currently scheduled through October! Webinars will be hosted by a rotating roster of our staff members from week to week! We hope to: Answer any and all questions or concerns you have regarding your subscription. Review StorageUnitAuctionList.com tools and features and how these can be used to help grow your …

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Minor Change to Your StorageUnitAuctionList.com Account

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

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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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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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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

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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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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Organizing: Your First Step to Continued Success

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

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

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

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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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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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Guide to Tripling Your Storage Auction Investment: Part Three

We’ve reached it.  The final installment in the storage auction resale trilogy.  We’re going to talk about the final blows you are going to make to the inventory you won a three weeks ago inside two types of units: a cheaper, promising unit, and a monstrously packed, sure-shot unit.  By the end of this process, you will only have a few pieces remaining, selling themselves on Craig’s List and eBay. As you go forward, realize that this is a blueprint …

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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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E-Bay Revisited: Policies and Fees for Storage Hunters to Consider

Because of the holy host of random goods that will turn up in your storage unit winning escapades, it is very important to have a firm grasp on what is even possible for you to post on EBay.  Also, to understand how much fees play a role in your projected sales with this world-dominating web market. There are three categories of red-flag items in the eyes of EBay: Prohibited Items, Restricted Items, and Potentially Infringing Items.   Restricted Items are really …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Calling Ahead

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

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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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