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Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Barbies in Storage Lockers
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:27:08 PM »
about time the kids have a short chunky hussy to play with....

eBay / Re: Inflating Bids
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:25:23 AM »
Yeah, I actually had to start a new ebay account a couple months ago after having one of those buy everything in the store types. The guy left me a mountain of bad feedback claiming he never got anything. Aside from knowing no one was going to buy from that ebay account again after seeing all this guy's feedback, I had to dispute it with paypal who ruled in favor of me and my list of tracking numbers. Then, I get charged back, paypal tells me there is nothing they can do as it was done by the customers bank. The whole thing ended so badly I made a new ebay account and now only use it as a last resort.

What's it Worth?? / Re: HVAC Equipment
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:01:12 AM »
I'd say your best bet is to check any hvac tech schools in your area. Chances are they know plenty of people who deal in what you have and if they are defective in any way, they may fix them for the price of parts for classroom experience.

My biggest problem isn't even the CRT's. It's those damn rear projector tv's. One would think you could have a garage sale, wheel out a dozen 55-60" tv's that have hdmi hookups and be able to sell them for $25 a pop. One would be wrong. A few years back they flew out the door and you could always find them because no one wanted to move the big honkin things. Now they are a plague like mattresses taking up a lot of space and I cant get rid of them to save my life. Plus, unlike the endless parade of dingy and discolored mattresses, I cant burn them... :(

The Lounge / Re: What do you think about the Zimmerman Trial?
« on: June 25, 2013, 03:33:11 PM »
The fact that there is a trial is retarded. The man is only being tried for 2nd degree because there is no dispute that he was being attacked when he fired. It's on the 911 tape. If you can't fire on someone who is literally in the process of attacking you, why even pretend to have the right to defend yourself? The media just want's to attack this guy and their whole argument is that he was profiling. Well, he lived in a gated community and knew damn well who did and did not belong there. If the kid was the same color as him we wouldn't even be talking about it.

I think the part of it I find the most disgusting is that in my state, Illinois, a first degree murder only gets a minimum of 6 years in jail, 5 years for a second degree. *vomits with disgust* This guy is in Florida and faces a minimum of 25 years and he was at least somewhat justified.

well 300 sq foot is too small. A couple couches and your shop would be feeling really small. Maybe your best bet is to try and split a corner of the store for a couple hundred a month to a business that does not need much space. A ups and fedex vendor,  a cable or satellite provider kiosk, maybe have an extra draw and rent floor space to a vending or arcade company. If you look in areas where business is suffering low traffic you can likely find someone willing to gamble a few hundred a month for better exposure. Put out some feelers, some of those ideas may be odd pairings, but they aren't competition and every extra set of feet that comes in will see your wares.

Well, I can't give you any advice on conducting business out of a storage locker, that would be all kinds of illegal where I live. Even in area's where it is legal I suspect you would probably spend a lot of time at first convincing local authorities that it's not drugs you are selling out of it.

But, just food for thought, if you happen to live near a unincorporated or country area, I can assure you that you can find someone willing to rent you their rickety old barn on the cheap. Also, as you can open burn outside of city limits anything beyond repair that's not recyclable can just be turned into free bonfire food. (What I've had to do with mattresses for the past couple years after people stopped buying them used because of bedbugs.) 

Picker's Paradise / Resale from shop to shop
« on: June 22, 2013, 01:57:09 PM »
 Back when I was a young-in, my first vehicle was a beat up old pickup. Every Saturday morning it was my ritual to hit all of the new tire stores in my area. I'd sometimes pay $2-3 as a token for each used tire they had replaced, some places would just give them to me for free to avoid paying to dispose of them. In the afternoon when my truck was overflowing, I'd drive 30 miles up to a used tire shop in the city where I was paid $5-8 each for them.

I wish I could take credit for the idea but it was my aunt's. Maybe it was something people did back in the day. Regardless, as gas prices went up and I found ways of making better money on the weekends, I stopped doing it. Just curious if anyone else does something like this, recycling one shops junk and selling it to another.

Craigslist / Re: Any successful Craigslist sells?
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:06:37 PM »
Craigslist is really hit and miss for me. If something does not sell right away I usually drop it to a consignment store or take it to flea. Then again, just the other day I had a listing up for a 60" rear projector tv. I had been relisting for 3 weeks and didn't even have a price, I just said make an offer. I was expecting to get $20 if anything at my next garage sale because the days of selling non flat screens around here are long gone. 3 weeks of nothing then I got offered $100. Moral is, sometimes you just have to wait for the right person to see it.

Weird & Wacky Finds / Re: infant coffin
« on: June 16, 2013, 11:19:18 PM »
Sure, it was here

Weird & Wacky Finds / Re: infant coffin
« on: June 16, 2013, 12:13:10 AM »
Fayettenam Man: It sold on ebay today for $100.

Charli: I have no idea and no desire to ask.

Travis: Thanks for the welcome.

MTP: That one happens to all of us sooner or later. The worst is when you get the one in the white cardboard box with the bag of ashes in it just stacked in somewhere. You wonder what heavy treasure is in this little box, then gag when dust flies around when you open it. You run outside dry horking for a minute praying you just breathed dust and not part of someones grandma...... Good times.

I think bmoney there just gave us the perfect example of why Saturdays are ruined. Bidding more than she even had to play pissing match like she saw on tv. Even when I started, I've never viewed other auction goers as anything but an additional resource, and if I couldn't unload something they were always just a finders fee away. It's this screw the other guy mentality that makes dealing with the Saturday crowd not worth dealing with.

In my area some of the more annoying auctioneers even put up ad's for Saturday auctions that feature wording like "just like on tv". They bring out hot dog carts and allow the 100 plus people that show up to bring their kids. You get to wade through grade schoolers and stroller moms to see the contents of a locker. The auctioneers know most of these people wont bid so they are happy making money selling them soda, chips and burgers.  When you see things go that direction, and auctioneers feeding off of it, no, you are not going to ever reclaim Saturdays.

well, chicagoland is my home turf so I would be quite interested to know what facilities to avoid for shady practices. I'm also a little curious if I have bid at any of your auctions. There is no great shortcut to the time and money, trial and error method of learning this business. Buy a locker or two, then don't come back until you have sold just about everything you found in them. By the time you come back you will have a better understanding of what selling avenues are open to you, what you can and can't sell, and how much to bid. You will also avoid the scenario where you live atop a mountain of other peoples garbage. To be clear, for example, you can place your nose in antique books all day and find a locker full of them, but the book prices will mean noting to the place you market them. There is no written recourse to go by because the situation will be tailored to how and where you sell what you find, and as you are in my area, those are tips I'm not sharing  :)

The Treasure Chest / Re: Valuable Coins
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:00:09 AM »
In my early days of storage lockers I found what I thought were 5 1780's large cents in a locker. Back before the in god we trust when the motto was "mind your business." I marched into the coin shop with a puffed out chest and a smile on my face, then the fellow behind the counter promptly showed the the side of the coins where the faint word copy was lightly engraved. Still haven't found a good coin other than the occasional wheat pennies. day :o

The "Other" Job / "job" .......well
« on: June 11, 2013, 11:26:57 PM »
I was for a few years a repo man, a taste that sours in your mouth quite quickly. After that I knew going back to a 9-5 was not my thing so I got into outside sales. Yes, I for the last 6 years have been that a$*hole who knocks on your door to sell you cable services. I'm sure a lot of people would laugh and say that's not a real job, but it has served me well and done even better things for me in the auction biz. Simply, I make my own hours so I can attend what I need to, and what better other job than one where you meet 10-30 new people every day, chat them up and ask what they do in polite conversation. I've collected more peoples business cards, gotten more free advise on items and sold things I otherwise would likely have sat on for eons. Without initially intending it, my other job is the main reason for my modest success at auctions.

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