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What's it Worth?? / Re: Antique secretaries desk?
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:58:08 AM »
I have not looked at it too closely yet, what hidden drawers?

What's it Worth?? / Re: Antique secretaries desk?
« on: October 28, 2011, 03:36:11 PM »
Thanks for the definitely helped me get going in the right direction. using the term slant front secretary bookcase really helped me find some similar items. I actually found one that had a different base but the exact same pattern on the glass.

What's it Worth?? / Antique secretaries desk?
« on: October 27, 2011, 03:07:36 PM »
Anybody have any info on something like this? It was in a unit I won yesterday with some other antiques/furniture.


Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Stupid people piss me off
« on: October 09, 2011, 08:29:45 AM »
every time I see the title of this post, I chuckle and think "If stupid people piss you off, then man are you in the wrong business."  :)
At every auction, I feel as though I am surrounded by some of the stupidest, shadiest, scum of my area. This does not include the hard working, honest, good people trying to make a living... but I think you all know the types I am talking about.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Here is a dumb question......
« on: October 09, 2011, 08:21:24 AM »
That is ridiculous! So, am I to infer from your "...and so on" that a King Mattress would be around $50.00? That pricing here would make this business pretty much not worth the hassle. As I have mentioned in a previous post... it seems like there are mattresses in 1of every 4 units here. I myself have bought units that had 4-6 mattresses in them. There is no way I would want to have to have paid $200+ to unload them. My total cost to dump them = $6.00
Either somebody is pulling your leg or you are just in the wrong city to be trying this business.

Here is one that is pretty handy depending on your area:

Basically it locates scrap buyers in your area and gives you their current pricing.

I rarely get by with less then one dump run per unit. On big units (over 5X10)I always figure a minimum $100 dump fee. On small units at least $20 often more. Our minumim dump fee is now $17.25 for up to 320 punds. My record load was 1200 pounds cost just shy of $100 but you have to get rid of the junk somehow or you will be buried in it. I think the month of Sept I had about $150 in dump fees on about 3000 pounds that was about 6 or 7 runs to the dump. Pressboard furniture is the worst worthless stuff and heavy. I try to recyle magazines if there are very many of them they are very heavy I have found like 500 pounds in one unit before.

WOW! your dump fees are high. I can take a truckload (Dodge Dakota) for $6.00/trip. Most runs I have ever made for 1 unit was 4.

that sounds as bad as one I went to last week. 2 weeks ago there were no auctions at all (not anywhere near by anyway) So i guess people that spent that week with no bidding had withdrawals or something. Lockers were going for triple what I (and other people that I see often) thought they should of. In fact, I won our "price is right" side game we had going on. I pretty much nailed the selling price of most of the units we played. Basically I would say: I would pay $300 for this, which means it will sell for $850-900... sure enough, final price was in the mid $800's. This went on and on for most of the afternoon. Lockers that you would have to pay me to empty were going for $200-300.

I hope it settles down some this week. There is not a whole lot scheduled, but there is a big one (37 units) on Wednesday.

I'd say the 2 biggest reasons are incarceration and death

On the topic of flashlights I would say only about 5 or 10% of people actually have a flashlight thats worth a damn. I see people show up with these mini maglights like thats gonna do anything. I dont know about flashlights in terms of cnadlepower or any of that jazz but unless you have one of the floodlight types say a pizza delivery driver uses to spot houses your flashlight is pretty much worthelss on any unit bigger than say a 5x5.

I disagree. The new mini maglight leds are phenomenal. More than enough light for any size unit. You also have to remember, you people with the big ass spotlights are showing everyone else what you see. Why carry around a huge light when you can just stand next to the guy carrying the big light.
When I use the mini maglight, it is a more direct beam from my angle and less can be seen by other people. And as a bonus, I don't have to lug around some giant bat signal.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: At what point do you throw it away???
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:37:27 AM »
Only one sad thing though. You can only get so much tax credit as an individual. As a business though you can get unlimited.

I do both. :)

General Storage Auction Talk / I am beginning to think...
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:55:47 AM »
I am beginning to think...
that there is a Florida law that requires there must be a nasty, stained, ripped mattress in one out of every four units.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Are prices finally back??
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:53:26 AM »
It is hit or miss here. Sometimes there are auctions that go "as they should" and others that leave you scratching your head wondering what the hell just happened?

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: At what point do you throw it away???
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:40:46 AM »
I have a similar situation. What I "try" to do is once I have made a decent profit on the "big stuff", I will just load up the smaller, sell able items and bring them to a charity. I figure they can use it and I will just take the tax credit. I do not have the space to keep a bunch of stuff as i do not have time for flea markets and there are only 2 yard sales in my community a year. (gated community, so monthly yard sales do not pay off)

Suggestion Center / Re: Server Issues
« on: September 11, 2011, 02:50:49 PM »
I am also getting internal server error messages. And when I am not, the pages are loading very, very slowly.

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