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The Treasure Chest / Re: Silent auction treasure
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:14:01 PM »
Nice score! I love silent auctions. My best score was a silent auction where I bid $120 and won a small 6x6 unit.... and found totes FULL of Brand new Hockey Jerseys.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Ripoff auction
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:16:10 PM »
I always like to see the facility cut the lock right before your eyes. The last auction I went to the owner was telling me and the rest of the crowd what was in each unit before they opened the door. It really rubbed me the wrong way. She said stuff like "This one doesn't have much in it." or "This has some interesting pieces of art in the back." I doubt I will go back there again. On the other hand two local facilities cut the lock right in front of you and every month they advertise 10 or more units each. I will not miss an auction here. My advice for storage facility owners is if you dont already, cut the lock in front of your buyers!

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought an awesome locker this week
« on: May 01, 2011, 09:49:08 PM »
Did the online appraisal go well?

Yes and No. I did get an appraisal from that website, and the appraisal came very quickly (3-4 days). Unfortunately they couldn't correctly identify the maker of my vase, but they did say that vases from the 1960's similar to mine seem to be worth anywhere from $60-$150. I put it on craigslist and stuck it in my antique booth for $100 so we will see how it goes.

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????

UPDATE: I got my appraisal back, and they said the vase is worth somewhere in the $60-$125 range. I'm going to stick it in my antique booth for $75 bucks.

What a jerk! Hope that guy isn't from the ATL area

The Treasure Chest / Re: Got a unit on Friday
« on: April 24, 2011, 05:22:49 PM »
It is good to see some small bids winning big treasure!

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought an awesome locker this week
« on: April 23, 2011, 02:00:04 PM »
Here are some links to some of the auctions I have listed from this unit. Check them out!

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I bundled the watches together and put them in my antique booth for $100 since they all needed batteries and I wasnt even sure if they worked. I put the china in my booth for $45.

Also, as an update I found an online appraisal company that does appraisals starting around $11 bucks that I submitted pics of my vase to. I will let you know if they actually knew anything about the vase. If so it could be a valuable tool for determining the value. Their website is Anyone ever used online appraisal companies before?

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought an awesome locker this week
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:03:48 PM »
Being from the Atlanta area, I quickly decided craigslist was the way to go on the clothing I found, but the hockey jerseys are ebay all the way since the rest of the country especially up north are much more into hockey than they are locally.

Also I forgot to mention there was a 35 peice set of Wyndam china, all marked wyndam japan and lined with silver. I brought the china to my antique booth and marked it $45 bucks.


The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought an awesome locker this week
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:47:04 PM »
By the way, the other units were packed with garbage, at least 5 truckloads each and went for an average of $350, with the highest going for $705. I practically stole mine for $120, and I am sure I made more profit than anyone else.

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!

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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.....

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