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Stories about Storage Auctions / Interesting unit today
« on: April 28, 2011, 08:44:25 PM »
Today there was a unit that peaked everyone's interest. It is a very large facility in a nicer part of town. When they opened the door to the unit, there were 15+ LARGE boxes, and they were all neatly stacked and taped shut. There were absolutely no markings or clues on anything as to the contents. Of course this peaked my interest, but I didn't want to blow too much money taking a shot in the dark. I did give one of the boxes closer to the door a little push, and it felt very light like it was full of clothes or bedsheets or something like that. I bid up to the $300 mark and then decided to get out. I think the girl who won it got the unit for $720. Afterwards the crowd started begging her to open one of the boxes. She agreed and cut one box open, and it was completely full of stuffed animals. These were like the type you would win at a carnival or six flags. Over $700 bucks worth of stuffed animals. How do you get rid of something like that????

The Treasure Chest / Bought an awesome locker this week
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:43:55 PM »
Hey guys. Thursday I went to an auction with a friend of mine and when I arrived I was surprised to find out that it was a silent auction. There were 6 units up for bids, and they were all packed full of stuff, except mine. My unit was probably a 5x6, the rest of them were at least 10x 20. The main reason I was interested in mine was the fact that all of it's contents would fit in one truckload. The only thing of value you could see from the door was the 2.5 ft tall ceramic vase (which turned out to be from 1962), the rest was all in large rubbermaid totes. So basically it was a gamble from the get go. I wrote $120 and turned it in to the auctioneer, and by surprise I won. When I started unloading everything I quickly realized that the unit belonged to a large black man. When I started looking through the tubs I quickly noticed this guy had some style. There were 4 totes full of clothes, but these clothes all had dry cleaner tags on it and were folded nicely. ALL THE CLOTHES WERE SIZE XXXL and was top of the line designers like FUBU, Sean Jean, PHAT PHARM and stuff like that. There were 7 pairs of these pants which sell for around $100 new, there were tons of real nice button up shirts and matching denim jacket tops to some of these pants. I pulled 6 size XL jerseys all nearly brand new, 2 were hockey jerseys for the Chicago Blackhawks with no name on the back, one Atlanta Braves jersey (hockey style jersey), one #12 Grambling Throwback Jersey for football great Doug Willams. There were 3 brand new pairs of Stacy Adams men's dress shoes. These shoes have never been worn, they still had tissue paper stuffed inside them from where the guy bought them. There was an 18k gold necklace with a zirconium pendant, and 7 men's Kenneth Cole watches of various styles. There was a xerox copy machine that works like new and even had paper loaded in it.

The shoes sell for $50-150 each pair, the jerseys are going for $50-$80 each on ebay, the watches average $50 each, and the pants and shirts will easily sell on craigslist for around $500 for everything. The copy machine is $40-$50, the gold necklace is worth around $100. All in all I have made a killing with this unit! I am still trying to determine the value of the ceramic vase, if anyone knows anything about that please respond in the "help determining value" thread. I sent some pictures of it into a website that gives free appraisals, but who knows if I even get a response. It is units like this that get you hooked on buying storage lockers!

Does anyone know anything about my vase I found today? All I can tell you is it is it is a ceramic hand painted vase, it stands 2.5 feet tall and it is heavy. There are no markings on bottom, but the top says "_ _ _tine art co. 1962." The first 3 letters of the company name have rubbed off making in nearly impossible to google. It is white and looks hand carved, there are vines leaves and grapes painted on it, and there are two large handles on each side. It would take quite an expert to be familiar with this but I figured it was worth a shot.

By the way I won the unit for $120, and got lots of goodies in it should make nearly 10x my money. I will make a post in the treasure chest once I figure out what all I have. If this thing is valuable at all it is just icing on the cake. Thanks in advance for your help!

(edit: I can't upload a picture without resizing it, my pics are 4-500kb and max allowable is 128kb......) Will work on getting pic small enough to post.....

Stories about Storage Auctions / First Auction Today
« on: January 25, 2011, 10:16:09 PM »
There were 2 units at a local auction today near Atlanta, GA. The first unit had nothing but papers and files in it and they weren't able to sell it since it was nothing but personal information. They popped the lock on the second unit, and there was nothing but a Christmas Tree and a box of ornaments. Some guy got it for 5 bucks and that was that. Hopefully my next auction story will be a little more exciting than this one!

New to Storage Auctions? / learned a valuable lesson today.....
« on: January 25, 2011, 10:12:57 PM »
.....CALL AHEAD!   
I went to an auction today that the paper listed as having 13 units, didn't bother to call, and when I got there they told me that all the owners had paid their bills in time and the auction was cancelled. Luckily I had the storage auctions weekly email saved in my phone, I pulled up another auction about to start within a few miles, and I made it to that one.

Can't wait, who is watching?

Welcome to the Online Storage Auctions Forum / Hi from ATL area
« on: January 04, 2011, 06:14:42 PM »
I'm new to this and can't wait to get out and bid on some units. I'm one of the many who learned about this hobby/business from watching Storage Wars on A&E. I will post any valuable or bizzarre findings in this forum. I work noon to 8pm daily as general manager of a restaurant, so my schedule is perfect for attending some auctions before work during the week! I bought a used 1982 Ford pickup truck for $700 bucks, and I'm ready to fill it up with some treasures! I have had an ebay account and have bought and sold collectible cards since 2004, so I am planning on selling any small valuable items on eBay and any large items I will sell on craigslist. I have ALOT of basement space for storage of this stuff so I am ready to start (hopefully) making some supplement income on the side. I have already bought shipping supplies, a postal digital scale, some padlocks, and a mag flashlight. Like I said, I can't wait to get started!

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