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Stories about Storage Auctions / Animals in Storage Units
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:41:15 AM »

I read this this morning (storage but not storage unit story)...I was in Noonan, GA last summer and it was a 2 for 1.  The auctioneer threw open the doors and there was a turtle perfectly petrified right in the front.

I did NOT buy the units for various reasons.  My question is...have you ever found something like this and called animal control because of the cruelty aspect of the find?

South East / Clothing Recycling
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:42:08 AM »
Looking for the name of the place on Thornton Rd. that recycles clothing.

Storage Auctions "In The News" / Store Gore
« on: August 28, 2012, 01:30:56 PM »
I think this would top any of my disgusting finds.

General Storage Auction Talk / The "Safe" factor...
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:38:56 AM »
A safe...
No safe...

...or does someone disagree and think that this is due to geography?

South East / North Georgia
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:46:18 AM »
Going to hit a small run in North Georgia this weekend.  Last two weeks have been slow on the auction side and I am getting restless.  Looking for a "horse unit"...have never found one though.  Saddles, tack, etc.  Will see how it goes and let you know.

Btw CL is picking up again this week.  Sold a tube tv/boat anchor and have a couple of apts set for this weekend.

Other Forms of Selling / Selling books and cds.
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:50:51 PM » a few of you know I have been lurking for a while and finally started to post.  Time for me to carry my weight.

If you have a lot of books, cds, dvds and want to get the best/quickest Amazon market turn around for them look at  Shipping I will leave up to you.  Monsoon will reprice for you and I think they have a new entry level package for ~$40 a month plus fees.  We use their warehouse version (at my regular job...not to resell sul's).

Without them I would not have a job.  If you have questions specific to e-commerce, custom websites, and selling books on the internet let me know here.  ...and no I will not build a website for you :) ...sorry everybody asks.

The Treasure Chest / The reality...
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:47:38 AM »
I have lurked here a lot.  My wife did this a few years back...before the shows.  I claim to be a newbie. 

...anyway.  This is why most people quit.

6 years ago we started.  Didn't have the facilities to buy, haul, and clean out with the regulars.  Had another baby and took a vacation.  Fast forward 6 years, kids growing up, 2 pickups added to the family, and a job (mine) that actually lets me do the dirty work on nights and weekends.

Why people leave...
We jumped back in about 6 months ago basically to buy some furniture at a discount.  Yes I paid a little too much for the unit but less than craigslist prices for the sectional I needed for the basement.  End up selling most of the other stuff off so the couches were essentially free.  Dawns on my lovely wife that she now has two pickups and a trailer to haul stuff (vs. the RAV 6 years ago), a husband who isn't working nights and weekends anymore, and children who are old enough to help sort.  We decide that we will do it lightly for a while because we don't know how much the kids will take to it.  12 year old takes to it like a champ and starts absorbing all of the "look kids this is why this person couldn't afford to pay their bills" lessons.  hmmm maybe this will be good for them after all.  So we decide that if we want to have 1 of our 2 alotted garage sales in the fall we need to stock up.  End of the month trains are everywhere for 2 weekends and 1 full week.  We end up with 9 units at extremely low prices.

The reality...
One of the units, from a SU that won't hold personals, has a ton of pictures, paperwork, and a signed photo.  We are in a hurry and don't pay attention to the paperwork...sifting through for the cards, money, jewelry.  End up with a Chase-Durer watch...nice enough but have to send off for repairs.  Nothing exceptional.  The signed item is of Michael Jackson with a personal message to one of the people in the unit.  Basically I threw out (shredded) all the support documentation for the autograph because I was in too much of a hurry.  We are going to lose about 10k...only paid $110 for the unit but its a loss of "potential".

What could have been.  The of the other 9 lockers was a "pee"/"smoker" unit that someone had ransacked.  Daughter bought it for $5...3 loads to the dump.

Moral of the story.  This is why most people do this once or twice and then leave.  For us we pay for furniture that we can CL and the rest is gravy.  It teaches our kids a lot of good life lessons.  So there is my missed "treasure" story...and why most people don't stick to it.  For us originally we didn't have the resources to be effective.  Now we do.  But most people will not stick to this no matter how many TV shows are on the air.

BTW I haven't sent the Chase-Durer off for repair and appraisal yet.  Did have diamonds checked and serial number...all good.  Will send the MJ signature for appraisal but without the supporting historical docs it's worth about 1/10th of the value. 

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