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They make mattress and pillow covers that are anti-microbial. The better ones claim to be bed bug, lice, mite and water resistant. I have one on my mattress and my daughters mattress. They're a little pricey, but worth the investment if you have little ones.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Personal documents?
« on: June 04, 2017, 02:36:18 PM »
Using a dumpster without permission is a felony in most, if not all states.

Didn't know that. We have way to many laws in this country. Give it a decade and we'll see people being arrested for their thoughts.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Personal documents?
« on: May 28, 2017, 05:40:16 PM »
I always left personal documents, photos and things that are obviously sentimental in the unit or with management.

In the real world, if you come across a lot of business files or records, follow this procedure. Drive your car behind a strip center. Lift dumpster lid. Look for anything good.  :67:  Place records in the dumpster and get out while the gettin's good. If you see an employee,  :051bye:  This confuses them and it gives the impression that you're friendly.

Just a hypothetical, but let's say you came across a unit full of beer or cigarettes. Could you legally resell them? From the research I've done, it's my opinion that you can legally trade it as a commodity but you might run into some problems if you try to sell it for cash. Anyone have a different opinion or know the laws pertaining to this in their state?

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: What items to look for?
« on: May 16, 2017, 11:17:25 AM »
Every person will have an expertise at appraising certain items and you should use that to your advantage.

Good advice!

I wonder if the property market is affected during the tax refunds season, or not at all?

I'm sure some people use it for a down payment on real estate purchases, but I would imagine that most people use their tax refunds to buy used cars, computers, TVs, etc. or to pay off credit card debt.

As a former real estate appraiser, I never noticed a surge in appraisal orders during tax season; however, we would see a slight rise in home equity loans right after Christmas.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Score
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:36:24 AM »
That's why we have the 2nd Amendment in this country.  :13:

And this is why we have the 5th Amendment in this country.   ;)

The Treasure Chest / Re: Hidden cash
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:32:50 AM »
If you aren't afraid of hard work or getting dirty, you can definitely score some good units on the cheap. Some of my best units were so dusty that I came out looking like a chimney sweep.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Most unusual sale yet!
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:28:38 AM »
Wow that is really exciting! I have never had a personal sales encounter with a famous person before but if I ever did, I think I would probably get a restraining order for having stalked the celebrity at his ship-to address!

As a young man, I worked at Circuit city in the video department. One day Craig Biggio (Houston Astros) came in. I didn't recognize him at first but a couple of my co-workers kept pointing at him so I went over to help him. When he was checking out, I asked him for his phone number to see if he was in the system. Not there. I asked him for his last name, he replied Biggio and then it hit me. I looked at him and said Craig? He said...yeah.

this is interesting news. It'll be interesting to see how the precedents here are going to stream down to other online storage auctions or physical storage auction events in other places across the world. It sounds like it's going to be quite a fair amount of reading to do to catch up with what's going to change though so here's hoping there'll be some summary of the changes coming up in the next few weeks for us to get acquainted...

There is no doubt that Online Storage Auctions will eventually be global. Australia, the UK, China and a handful of others will be some of the first to come aboard.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Old laptops/computers
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:14:00 AM »
I got a unit this last weekend and there are about 6 laptops, a pc, and an ipad. (Don't worry, that isn't all I got.) It looks like they have been tinkered with and nothing works. I'm not sure if there is any way to make any money off of these.... help?

Or post them as a lot on Craigslist. There are a lot of people out there who buy/fix PC's. Anything Apple, especially iPads sell quickly. Post some pictures/model numbers and I can give you a pretty good idea of what its all worth as parts.

Just came across this press release. Jim Grant, former owner of Storage Battles and Storage Treasures sent it over. After selling out, and waiting for his non compete agreement to expire, he's back in the business with SelfStorageAuction .com. Wish him the best of luck.

Before I go any further, I appreciate the donations Jim has made to the self-storage associations which have helped reform laws which make online auctions legal. I did have an issue with some of the statements in the press release (text in red) and my comments are in blue text.

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - SelfStorageAuction .com recently made a significant financial donation to the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) in support of its lobbying efforts on two state legislation reform bills that deal with the advertisement of lien laws and requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Contributing to the successful passage of legislation that helps self storage operators and managers is a priority for SelfStorageAuction .com, an online auction platform that provides bidders with a centralized place to bid online for self storage auctions.

The first reform bill is AB1108, which is a lien law that would alter parts of the original California Self-Service Storage Facility Act to allow self storage facilities to use email as well as regular mail to contact renters who cannot pay their bills. This bill also would require the advertisement of lien auctions to be published either in newspapers or in any other media that is responsibility calculated to provide notice to potential buyers and the general public or both.

"When I first came up with the concept of combining Storage Auctions with an Ebay platform online in 2011, most people discounted the idea," said SelfStorageAuction .com Founder Jim Grant. "  That's probably because the other online self-storage auction website that was established in March of 2007 had failed miserably due to our lien laws being antiquated. The first online self-storage auction website to gain ground was Sealed Online Bids. The founder was Kevin Gorzney. That site became profitable in 2010/2011 and Jim Grant purchased it shortly thereafter. also owns which was the domain used on the site that was established in 2007 (see attached screenshot), but we don't claim to have come up with the concept of online self-storage auctions. I'll try to dig up the historical WhoIs records from 2007 and provide the name of person who developed the first online self-storage auction website, just for history's sake.

The CSSA was always very supportive in my efforts by giving me suggestions and advice. SelfStorageAuction .com offers free automated online advertising for facilities to post their lien sales, and I know that this will be embraced by the California storage industry. We are honored and very fortunate to be a member of the CSSA and be able to help continue their future efforts for the self storage industry."

The second legislation reform bill is AB1148, which is called the ADA Commercial Code 1938 Cleanup. This bill redefines commercial property "for the purposes of that provision as property that is offered for sale or lease to persons operating, or intending to operate, a place of public accommodation or facility to which the general public is invited at those premises." Basically, this bill would allow self storage to be excluded from some of the obligations it currently falls under, relieving facilities of a significant burden.

"The CSSA is very grateful for the support from SelfStorageAuction .com," said Erin King, CSSA's executive director. "We are very proud of our legislative efforts as we believe they truly benefit the facility owners and the tenants."
The CSSA estimates that the proposed changes to the law will help self storage operators save approximately $1,500 minimum each year.

Grant, who is the original conceptualizer and founder of online storage auctions, And this is how history gets distorted.

created the former online auction site Storage Battles in 2012 and merged it with the web site Storage Treasures in 2015. Grant recently launched SelfStorageAuction .com, a state-of-the-art platform that promotes online and live onsite auctions of delinquent storage units across the country. The mobile-friendly website combines the simplicity, reliability and exceptional customer service of the original platform with new features that ensure stability and are more user friendly.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: What items to look for?
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:26:16 PM »
If the wife is keeping the clothes and not otherwise clothes shopping, then you made money! ;)

Ain't that the truth. I think there's an important point here. Profits don't just come from a big score. If I only sell enough items to make my money back on a unit, but I keep a few hundred dollars worth of items that I would have buy anyway, I call that a win. eg. paper towels, household chemicals, new sponges, cookware, utensils, markers, laundry detergent, sandwich bags.

Now, most of these things are fairly inexpensive, but the money really adds up fast. Have you ever heard the old saying "it's not how much you make, it's how much you spend"? Think that came from the book "The Millionaire Next Door."

The Lounge / Happy Easter 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:09:59 PM »
Hope everyone had a happy Easter. We hid unpainted eggs in the snow for fun. Kept the kids busy for hours. Just kidding, it wasn't snowing in Texas, but I would totally do that If I lived up North. We just went to church and then hit the local deli, not very exciting. How did you guys spend your Easter?

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Portable Storage Auctions
« on: April 10, 2017, 09:02:26 AM »
You're probably just as likely to get good stuff out of one of these as one of the traditional units!

For the most part I agree. I wonder if these companies have a problem with the pods being filled with trash. After all, they are a lot cheaper than having dumpster brought out and picked up.

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