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Stories about Storage Auctions / A gross find today
« on: September 29, 2011, 11:38:35 PM »
Got a deal on a 10X10 packed full for $20 because it smelled bad. It smelled like a dead rat to me but it was a 3 pound roll of ground beef.  Must have been in there 3 months the plastic cover was bulging way out. It was in a bag with 2 loaves of moldy bread as well.  It went right to the dump along with the 2 sets of mattress box springs the 2 couches and the love seat. Now I am into the unit $70 but there is a big pile of boxes and bags which I have not looked into yet. I did find new stuff coths and toys never used with tags and in boxes. It looks like an eviction where the person doing the eviction simply removes everthing from the apartment. I am hoping to find the womans jewelry box and purse. 

Stories about Storage Auctions / Son bought 3 lockers this morning
« on: August 30, 2011, 03:40:14 PM »
I had to work today and sent my 21 year old son to the auctions at PS.  He is not an experienced auction goer and the last time he bid against himself running himself up to $1000 on a unit when the last other bid was at $600. Well today he bought 3 units at the first place. I have not seen them yet but I thought I would open a thread and try to post some pictures as we get into them. He claims they are all outside units and he paid about $300 for all 3.  Or as he told me $50 for one $175 for one and he can't remember the other one.  Not much detail what is in them he did say one had a lot of boxes and I love boxes.  I think he did okay as all the outside units at that place are at least 10X15 so they must be bigger units. Check later tonight for updates. Oh and it was my money so its my stuff he gets the scrap that is his only source of income as he is going to school.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Things you may find in a good unit
« on: August 27, 2011, 06:12:15 PM »
These all came in a unit I paid $325 for and was very happy to find something of value in it. Not shown are the 9 knives worth about $250 or the chainsaw or all the military uniforms. I have already got $100 out of 3 knives and $60 out of the books from the unit.  I thought it would be fun to see what a good locker looks like. Nothign spectacular but turned out much nicer then  I thought. I was forced up over $250 which I thought was top value just liked the looks if it a lot of the tools were showing.  Oh there was bout $30 in change in the unit as well which is on the high side.

Okay a bunch of cement finishing tools many new one has a price tag of about $60 on it trying to get $125 for the pile on Craiglist.

About 75 pounds of nails in a couple neat boxes though they were full of ammo when I found the first one.

Vitamixer asking $175 on CL right now no nibbles yet. These can top $200 on ebay.

Champion Juicer runs good a couple hundred new hope to get $80 on CL.

5 Carhartt coats wrong time of year to sell them but 4 are like new. 4 are X large one a 44 all good sizes.

A set of new with tags Big bill bibs.  These are $50 new trying to sell on CL for $25.  Size is 32X32 to small for most will make them hard to sell.

A set of new Lacross hip waders size 10.  They woudl fit me but I already have a good set. These are like $100+ at Cabelas have a $60 price tag on them.  Trying on CL for $30.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Bought two units yesterday did okay
« on: July 28, 2011, 07:44:43 PM »
Went on my favorite PS auctio run yesterday the crowd was big about 40 people.  Lot of new people and prices were all over the place. I paid $125 for a unit a 5 X 10 with some car parts showing but not much stuff in it.  Well when I got into it I found the guy was a Mazda freak.  There were almost 300 new Mazda sparkplugs, there are a lot of other new and used Mazda parts as well. If I do not get $1000 out of this locker it is because I did not try hard there are almost 200 plugs that the ebay price is $9.50 each! 
The other locker was a 5X10 about half full some cement finishing tools showing a car top carrier and a I could see a camo coat. The unit was poorly packed and messy.  I paid $325 for it and was kicking myself for spending that much. I just liked the look of it it was a mans unit but I figured I would lose money on it paying that much. Well on cleanout I found a small gas chainsaw, a Vitamixer, 9 good fighting knives worth $30 to $40 each), some brand new USA made hip waders, fair number of small tools, lots of military uniform items, and I am not done sorting it all. I will have no trouble making money on it but there was 16 years worth of bills and a bunch of newspapers so the dump fees will be high probably $50. 
Those were the only 2 units that really interested me I looked at 17 units and bid on 3. There were a lot of really bad units and some of them went for $40 or $50 dollars. They were worth $1.  The other unit I bid on I bid $1 and it went for $5. 
I long for the old days when $100 would have bought most 5X10s.

The "Other" Job / Used to be a Rocket scientist
« on: July 07, 2011, 11:42:29 PM »
Now no one wants rockets so I am on to airplanes.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Got a wet one
« on: January 30, 2011, 01:49:29 PM »
Bought a huge unit on Friday a 12X30. It looked bad and smelled bad it was bad.  Turns out it has flooded in Dec.  Well that was not the worst it was a $1 move in special and the guy skipped and its no wonder there were 20 mattresses and box springs in it.  I have not sorted the boxes yet but expect only junk.  Cost $40 for the unit and $170 so far at the dump.  3000 pounds right to the dump wet mattresses are heavy and some of the bags of clothes must have weighed 100 pounds.  I wish the unreality shows would show someone getting a dandy unit like this.  Got 2 other units that are not as bad but not done looking through them yet know I got over 100 records and I can get $1 each for those if I bring in an unsorted collection.  Have found a little gold in a unit I paid $305 for not enough to pay it off.

The Treasure Chest / A Pimps ring
« on: December 25, 2010, 11:08:47 PM »
Found this baby in a unit I bought this week. It is marked 18K and the big stone looks to be Aquamarine. It seems to big for a women so I figure a pimp.
The unit appears to have belonged to a hoarder who was homeless. I think all the stuff in it was stuff he found  on the street lots of well worn knives and junk.  I should make money on it but this ring really helps as does the Omega Seamaster in poor shape but running.

West / Seattle
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:00:27 PM »
So I missed the auctions last month cause I was deer hunting but I hear the number of bidders is way up and the prices are nuts.  I figured the reality TV shows would mess things up for a while untill the newbies dicover it is not as easy as they make it look on TV.  Any reports on what it is been like in the area?  I plan on doing auctions on 22 and 23 Dec hoping the close proximity to Christmas will supress the number of bidders some.   If that does not work mayber then after Christmas the 27th throught eh 29th.  Last year just before Christmass the bidding was much more reasonable then in November or in January.

The Treasure Chest / Silver
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:41:17 AM »
This summer I found a Sterling Tea service that weighed 70 ounces in a unit I paid $700 for.  Still holding on to it waiting for Silver to hit $50 an ounce.  Neat thing is it is marked Sterling 950 not 925 so it is really better then sterling.  Unit had a lot of other neat stuff in it but the tea set made the unit.  At todays silver price of $29.57 it has $1966.40 in silver in it.  Wish I could get something like that in every unit but this is reality not reality TV where every unit has a great item in it. I bought 7 units that week and only one was great one was okay it had a little gold in it.  One was trash and a couple others turned out to be mostly cloths mixed in with trashed furniture.

The Treasure Chest / CASH
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:09:06 PM »
My best find ever was over $4000 in cash in a really trashed out unit I paid $50 for. Most of the money was $1 bills.  It was in bags envelopes boxes pockets of clothing.  The dump fees were over $100 for the unit the guys was a hoarder and it was a big unit.

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