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Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #10...October, 2012
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:06:32 PM »
Went to an auction this morning with five units. 

First unit had two small tool boxes and adult magazines with some dirty clothes ($175)

second unit had a couple boxes with what appeared to be decorative plates, baskets, and some wire shelving missing the stands ($275)

unit three had three arcade games.  They plugged in the big one to show it worked, the second one was missing parts, and the third a dart board was to out of site to see if complete ($450)

unit four I really liked.  Had some taxidermy, power tools, fishing equipment, sporting goods, and kettle corn kettle along with so much more that was out of site. Was a 10 x 30 I went up to $1150 and watched it go to someone else.

unit five was also owned by unit four.  This one was full of construction materials and had a completely disassembled honda goldwin.  Didn't see much promise and dipped out at $650

Gonna try to get to a auction in a nice area tomorrow but my day is really full.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #10...October, 2012
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:01:41 PM »
Today I went to a moving company auction.  They had 14 crates up for auction (For a total of 6 households).  Crowd was small (around 15 people) and prices were not horrible (Between $200 and $500 a crate).  I didn't buy anything but a friend bought three.  Got a text a hour or so ago letting me know they had yet to find anything good.

I would like to say I won't attend another one of these but the truth is if no other auctions are going on I will come again.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #10...October, 2012
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:36:04 PM »
I would guess "washed" and if the clothes are anything like the ones I found last Saturday in a unit it should really saw "TOSSED" 

Craigslist / Re: CL Sellers are nuts too.....
« on: October 14, 2012, 02:43:45 PM »
We have a local facebook page for selling crap similar to Craigslist.  This lady responds to my picture asking about a 1930's make up table and chair we are selling.  Tell her the price is $100.  She says can you come down at all?  I say sure $75 and its yours.   She reply's with I have to ask my husband.   Reply was sorry he said we can't afford it.

Yesterday someone posted a construction trailer (like an office) for $2000 and this same lady responds asking if it is still available.  Really?  Yesterday you couldn't afford $75 and today you got $2000 laying around for a trailer that will cost you another couple hundred to get moved (not hooking it up to your car).

I really think TV has these people thinking they can haggle items to nothing and sellers thinking their stuff is gold.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #10...October, 2012
« on: October 14, 2012, 01:23:33 PM »
Went to an auction today that advertised 14 units but ended up with only 11 on the day.  Crowd was easily 50 people and prices reflected just that.  Even garbage units were bringing $200+

The steal of the day was a machinist unit that went for $1650.  I saw at least $8000 in this unit "IF" all the machinery worked.

Only reason I see this unit went so low was the work involved in moving the equipment.  Not going to be able to use the typical ATV trailer I am used to seeing people bring.  Also some of the equipment weighs over 1000 pounds.  Gonna need some help with that stuff.

Shame on me for only bringing $1500.  If it would of been a credit card auction I would of owned that unit. 

Garage Sales / Re: Nobody has garage sales on Wednesdays...........
« on: October 13, 2012, 09:13:09 AM »
Friday ended up being a pretty slow day as well.  The saving grace of the day was that we finally moved a few large items.

Woke up to rain so no sale today.

Best sellers without question was candles and toys.  Sold a few records and nobody even touched the dvd's.

Sold a good amount of halloween decorations and books went better than I thought.

We have a local facebook group for selling items and have a few people who want to come today to take a look at some more furniture so I am hopeful I get more of it sold. 

Garage Sales / Re: Nobody has garage sales on Wednesdays...........
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:37:07 PM »
Today was much worse than yesterday.  Only about ten customers all day ( I live on a busy highway) and then it picked up after work let out (after 3pm) but still much worse than yesterday. 

Friday is the last day of my sale (calling for rain on Saturday) so hopefully it is a good day.

I lowered the prices on the furniture tonight as I put things away so hopefully that will give people a push to buy.

Also put together a couple large boxes of clothes ($1 each item) to let people rummage through.

Think I am also going to set up a $1 table of items I just want gone.

Garage Sales / Nobody has garage sales on Wednesdays...........
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:49:08 PM »
It was a gorgeous 50 degrees and pretty windy so I decided to blow off the auctions and set up a yard sale. 

Was set up and running by 10am and shut it down at 3pm. 

Total take for the day $23.

Only thing sold today was candles and toys.   Since I have it all set up I am going to run it again a few more days.

I have way to many big items I need to clear out to make room for new stuff.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #10...October, 2012
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:57:17 PM »
Went to a caravan auction yesterday for Public Storage.  Total of six facilities and roughly 30 units between the six locations.   Crowd was one of the smallest I have ever seen (less than 25 people) mostly regulars.

Not many good units bid on two won none.  Girlfriend paid $75 for one (her first unit ever) that had nothing in it but a king size bed, couch, coffee table, and small microwave.  She sold the bed today for $75 to a friend. I think she will get $100 for the remaining items.  I still do not know why she bid on that unit but she gotta start somewhere I guess.

Two auctions tomorrow.  First one has 19 units and is silent bid format, second one has four units but in a much nicer area. 

I have been lucky that I don't have to many auctions overlap each other.  If they do they are usually far enough apart in distance it makes the choice easy.

Well this saturday I have a auction in a city with 20 units.  It starts at 9am and then there is another auction in a better neighborhood with four units at 12.

I am going to start at the 20 unit auction and see how things go and then decide if I want to stay or move on to the other auction in the better area.

I was just curious how others decide what auctions to attend when more than one are going on at same time?

Picker's Paradise / Re: Yard Sale Picking Has Been Good
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:13:25 PM »
Yard Sales are not very good to me.    I usually don't find anything to buy on first visit but I always leave a business card and tell them to call me when its over and I will make an offer on all leftovers.  Have much better luck with that.  They would rather take the $50 for whats left than load it up and deliver it to good will.

I have two tomorrow I gotta go put bids on. 

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Saw my first truly staged unit today
« on: September 28, 2012, 03:55:11 PM »
Went to a auction today in Northern Illinois. 

Red Flag #1: They had 17 units advertised and upon arrival they said it was up to 20.  I have been to many auctions and the number of units always goes down, never seen one go up. 

Red Flag #2:  They cut the lock on the first unit.  First time I have actually seen them cut a lock at any auction but actually liked that.  Gave a sense that everything was on the up and up. 

Red Flag #3:  EVERY unit had antiques.  Every door they opened had old items. 

Red Flag #4:  If it had a shelf it had something sitting on it.  Labels always faced front letting you know exactly what it was.

Red Flag #5:  No Dust.  Not one piece of furniture had a speck of dust on it.

Red Flag #6:  Not a single tote or trash bag.  Not a single article of clothing. 

Needless to say one person bought two units and when it came time to pay he demanded his money back.  They actually gave it to him and just resold the units.  I talked to a few people and each one said they found nothing great.

Icing on the cake.  A few people who live in the neighborhood were there and they said the storage facility was built 3 months ago.

I bought a unit for $175.  Just furniture and I bought what I saw.  One large table top that would of been worth $500 had damage that wasn't visible but I will use it as a table at the flea markets so not a total loss.  One dining table had a auction house sticker on it.  I asked the owner of the facility why my items had auction house stickers and she said all the units were owned by the same person.  He owned a auction house that shut down and he called and told her to just sell the units. 

I still wouldn't of minded so much if they at least put things together.  I have 13 ocean or great lake fishing rod bottoms but missing the tops to all the poles.  So somebody else has 13 tops and no bottoms.   

Everyone at this auction left feeling cheated and really angry.  I had mixed feelings.  You bought what you saw.  If you bought the unit because you "thought" it was going to hold great treasures then that was your mistake.  I will make a few dollars on my unit and that is fine with me.

eBay / Ebay Shipping is killing me
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:57:51 PM »
I am new to selling on ebay.  Not selling a lot of volume, just basically things I can't unload locally.

I am finding that I am so far off on my shipping estimates that I am paying for shipping out of pocket on majority of items.

I did go buy a scale to help and am now estimating my shipping cost as if I was sending everything to Sea World in San Diego (about 2000 miles away) and will see if that helps.

Sold a medium sized purse and figured $6.95 would cover shipping.  Not even close came out to be $10.81.

Then when you add the FVF on shipping it is a losing battle.   

Anyone willing to share how they stay on top of shipping charges? 


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