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General Storage Auction Talk / Why do you buy?
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:17:39 AM »
I love having real online units to discuss here on the forum.  We can see into our fellow forum members minds a little.  My question is why do you buy a certain unit.  We all know price makes a huge difference but what are the nuisances you look for?

I love sealed commercial boxes.  Stuff that is NIB gets my juices flowing.  I also like tons of industrial machines.  People hate to deal with that stuff but I have a good source that will pick up scrap and give me a fair price.  And of course I love neatly stacked high end bins.  The ones with the snap on handles.

General Storage Auction Talk / Scrapping
« on: June 04, 2014, 08:23:51 AM »
Travis not sure if this is the right place for this but we need a scrapping section.
Recently I discovered scrapping and it is a great way to supplement your finds.
First question of the day
Scrapping Direct TV and Dish Network receivers. 
Of course if they are not active than you can sell them on eBay but honestly I have never found one that is not on an account.
Looks like there is not much that can be done from my recycler.  I keep all the cables of course and I hear the access cards has some gold in them.
Anyone else have better luck.

General Storage Auction Talk / Usual Junk
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:00:03 PM »
I have had some good success but here is a story of the usual crap in a storage unit.
When the door opened I saw stacks of boxes of new items.  The writing on the was Colours - Cinnamon or Colour Copper
I took a chance and got the 10x20 for $300.  I could also see a couple of boxes of elliptical machines and a Curio. 
Well the stuff in the boxes was hair dye shampoo from a salon that is now out of business.  The elliptical machines and curio says "returned"
Luckily there was a nice vanity and wooden dresser. 
But also there was an ancient exercise bike that is at least as old as me.  A typewriter and tons of junk.  This woman was a hoarder and must of bought stuff at auctions etc.
Going to be a lot of work.

General Storage Auction Talk / Trade Show Display
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:54:48 PM »
I just bought a unit online for $20 that contained a Trade Show Display from Skyline.  My initial research shows that these displays cost between $20K - $50K.  There are some amazing things in it.  I was able to contact a local contractor that sells and rents this brand.  I emailed him pics and a video.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Worse case I can eBay some of this stuff. Here is a youtube link I took of the unit

General Storage Auction Talk / useless DVDs
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:03:39 AM »
I have found a locker with a couple cases of a trade dvd.  The cases are nice and I might be able to sell them in bulk.  I was wondering if anyone knows if DVDs can be scraped?


Though my math shows that 300 boots worth a $1million would make each boot worth $3,333.  What kind boots are worth that much?

General Storage Auction Talk / Cat Scan Machine
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:25:56 PM »
I am back from a short hiatus overseas for a job.  Today I bought the oddest unit ever for $200.  Actually it was 2 units.

Hopefully you guys can see it.  I will go back tomorrow to move some things so that we can see the equipment better and will post more pics.  I know I can make some decent money just from the scrap.  The is a huge piece of copper as well as tons of aluminum. 

The "Other" Job / Chef
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:20:53 PM »
I am a chef and run the food program at Catholic Church and school.  I am a glorified Lunch Lady but get to do some big events. 
Because of the success rate of restaurant there are always a lot of restaurant stuff in lockers.  I once found a nice set of knives, even.

Online Storage Auctions / Lowball?
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:34:20 AM »
I haven't recently hired a really hardworking kid to help me with the moving and cleaning out of units.  I even offer him a 20% commission on items he sells via Facebook groups that he completes.  He has done well and actually probably even made more money than me on a couple of units which works out fine for me because all I do is supply money and process some of the stuff.

Anyway we were both looking at a unit online today.  I asked for what he thought I should buy the unit for and he said, "Lowball them"  What?! How do I do that?  I don't think he completely gets how this works  ;)

Picker's Paradise / Picking specialties
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:16:46 AM »
As Movie Man said I think I am becoming a picking convert.  I have been hitting a lot of thrift stores near where I work (there are four huge ones) and my specialty is Ebay and Amazon apps.  I scan stuff that is new and see if I can sell on Amazon marketplace or Ebay.  So far I have a hockey figurine I recently picked up at Goodwill for $2.

And after another post I think I am going to pick some washer and dryers this weekend.

 I am just curious what you guys think your specialties are when it comes to picking.

What's it Worth?? / Upholstery fabric
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:57:12 AM »
I found some nice upholstery fabric in a locker and have tried a couple of upholstery shops and no luck.  Do you guys know where else I might unload it. 

General Storage Auction Talk / Specialties
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:06:03 AM »
One of the draws of storage auctions for me is the variety of items I have come across.  But it seems lately I have done really well with washer and dryers.  I have done some research and found ways to clean and repair many of the ones I have gotten and have been doing well selling them.  Just basic cleaning and painting usually does the trick as most of the ones I get are working fine.

Do you guys have specialties that you have found by accident?  As I buy more and research more it also makes picking a lot easier since I know what to look for now.

It was 1983 and my parents were immigrants and never truly understood what a young boy wanted for Christmas.  They loved me and worked very hard but it was a very different culture.  Christmas morning I opened this present and I have never felt more excited about a present.

The Treasure Chest / Waterford Crystal
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:15:08 PM »
These were in a couple of tubs in the back of a great unit with men's clothes and shoes.  These are so hard for me to sell because they are so beautiful.

Other Forms of Selling / Facebook site
« on: November 29, 2013, 07:19:19 AM »
Does anyone us their own created Facebook page to sell only their stuff?  I met a nice couple at auctions and they have built up a nice following via their facebook page
I have one as well but not nearly as successful.  I am going to spend $50 on Facebook ads and see if that gets me anywhere starting Monday.  Mine is

Was just wondering if any of you have similar pages and if you used Facebook promote ads.  Thanks

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