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Other Forms of Selling / Re: I can't stand selling on facebook anymore
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:51:13 PM »
I'm with you on this one. When I first started with the Facebook selling pages it wasn't so bad. Now I have unfriended or blocked several of them because it is just unrelenting the posts. Most of them are for clothes and shoes.
I am still maintaining my personal sale facebook page. It has done well lately. It was hard at first to get people to like it but I found that offering some kind of contest to win something by having people like and share has increased the number of people on my page significantly.
The first of the year I started doing a local vendors market. It has been a huge success even though it is only held every other month. They allow all sorts of things to be sold and is more upscale than the local swap meet. I do have a store so this helps expose me to more clients that come in to see what else we have.

I took my husband one time. That was enough. He bought a unit that I begged him not to. I had very little room in the store and had already bought two small units. He bought a 10 X 30. I could have KILLED him. He did help me load it but when it came to going through it and hauling it to the dump he was done. He is NOT ALLOWED to go with me ever again!!!

[quoteif you put rocks in boxes (or if they were empty) the buyer and manager would realize the unit was staged and you would never get your money. ][/quote]

In my area you look for a box of rocks. They are a great sign that the owner is a collector. All of my best units have had at least one box of rocks in them.

As for a staged unit I would put whatever stuff in banana and apple boxes. Maybe a small cheap tool box and a few fishing poles. Broken flat screen tv and if you have some motorcycle parts to get rid of? Basically man units around here go stupid high. One crappy Taiwan tool box in a  5 X 7 will make it go over $300.00.

What's it Worth?? / Re: Leather Jackets
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:23:45 PM »
I bought a unit with 18 leather jackets in it. These were all in very nice shape and most were vintage 70's and 80's. I started at $75.00. I sold three at that price then no hits for two months. I then went down to $50.00. I sold all but three at that price point. Again two months and went down to $40.00. One week later I was out of leather jackets. Total made $945.00 in about 6 months.

Just a note that at $50.00 we were in the middle of summer with 100 degree plus temps.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: What am I missing..
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:09:29 PM »
I agree with sotrageauctionfinds. I do see something that caught my attention if I was a hockey fan though. There is a box of signed pucks. Now I know nothing about hockey so I couldn't tell you if that kind of stuff is worth money but I am betting if the right signature is on one of them it could be worth a lot. I wouldn't pay anything near the price on it but someone else... Just my two cents.

I haven't seen a really good unit in the last 9 months. Our local Super storage owner decided to put his units online this time. We usually have 20 to 30 units with his facilities in two days.  We will see how this goes? Mostly regulars lately with a few newbies. Newbies are still bidding unit to the moon. The piece sale last month wasn't to bad but I haven't bought a locker as a whole in 7 months. Working off of merchandise from estate sales, the barn auction and donations.

The first time I went to an auction I had $1000 on me. I learned that day that if I wanted a good unit that was not enough. The day I finally bought my first unit I had $2500 with me. My unit cost me $1100 plus a $100 cleaning deposit.

Our local auctioneer tends to wait longer to say sold if there is a regular buyer bidding. He doesn't give the newbies as much time to decide if they are in or not. I really don't think he favors one regular over any others.   

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: What do U-Haul with ?
« on: May 31, 2014, 05:29:41 PM »
I have a one ton with a 16 foot dump trailer. With the sideboards the trailer is 6 foot high and has a custom cover. It is also nice when you have to make large dump runs.

I can't answer that question to be exact. I do know that thirty to thirty five years ago I went to a local storage auction with my grandparents. I remember it being an auction and not just a garage sale which we went to a lot.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: When do you load?
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:28:43 PM »
What drb831 said. I can't wait to get it back to the shop and go through everything.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: When the door opens, where are you?
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:42:27 PM »
I normally hang to the back. I hate the pushing and shoving that normally goes on at the front of the line. Also I keep my ears open for those in front of me saying what they see.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #4....April, 2014
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:15:44 AM »
This week has been a blur. Monday was a piece auction. The first day of two. 18 units took us 10 hours. Small turn out probably because it was the day after Easter. Gonna say about 25 bidders. One owner had 8 units for the two days. Full of fabric and yarn. She owned three businesses. I bought several boxes of yarn in one lot. Scored some vintage coke signage that the guys missed because they were so tired of digging through yarn. Also scored a box of Navajo pottery that should bring a very pretty penny.
Tuesday we were 9 hours on 16 units. There were actually 22 but they are holding the rest over for the next auction. We were all so sun burnt and tired. People were full and had to go back to the valley. I think prices were getting to low for the auctioneer to continue.
Wednesday was two facilities and because my truck starter went out I missed them. From reports today I am glad. Facility one advertised 16 units and ended up selling 4. I was told there was only one decent one and it went for $950. The second facility advertised 22 unit and there was only one at auction time that didn't sell. According to my friend the auctioneer was very upset because he traveled over two hundred miles to do these two auctions. 
Today ended up being three units. 8 bidders. Unit one went for $30.00 just a couple of things in it junk tool box, apartment refrigerator and a night stand. Unit two went for $150.00 to someone I had never seen at an auction. Looked like garbage to me. Unit three had 6 very dirty mattresses  and a hide-a-bed couch, some grow lights, a bar and a couple pieces of art. Went for $15.00. 
I picked up an antique drop leaf table off of facebook this afternoon for $20. It was two blocks from the store. Probably the best score of the week.

I forgot it was on so have no opinion. Guess I will have to try to catch it in rerun. Maybe it's not worth my time with your reviews.

When is Spring Break?

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