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The Treasure Chest / Re: Designer clothing, shoes and handbags
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:43:23 AM »
I have found lots of coach bags and a couple pairs of ferragamo shoes. All sold on ebay. Shoes about $100 a pair. Bags have varied $50-$150 depending on style. I have not found any Louis Vuittons that weren't fake so garage sale for that stuff. That's about it. Nothing very exciting....

Depends, how much do they owe? Are there valuables? Is it just household stuff? If it's household stuff I would advise them to let it go and be sure to let the facility know to ask the buyer to return photos etc. If there are valuables inside then go to the auction and try to win the unit. I've seen buyers with a good attitude get their units for almost nothing when they aren't jerks. Then when/if they do win the unit, pick out what you really need and sell or donate everything else. Don't attempt to store it again (that should be obvious but people can be so stupid) If you can't win your unit back approach the buyer and arrange to buy back the important things. If all else fails, just move on. It's just stuff.....

There are two instances I can think of. One time a couple was present and it was announced that they were planning to bid on their unit. One of the buyers knew the people and passed the word around that he knew them and they were good people. Bidding started and everyone but one buyer, a new guy that was kind of a jerk anyway, kept silent. The owners bid and the new guy bid, went back and forth until the new guy passed their limit of, I think, $400. They looked so sad. The guy that knew them then started to bid against the jerk and ended up winning the unit for around $500. Afterwards he just gave the unit to the owners. I would imagine they at least gave him the $400 that they had but who knows. Another time, same location actually, a women and her child were there and the auctioneer told us again that the owner was there to bid. The woman was obviously upset. The unit was very nice, probably would have gone for over 1k. Auctioneer asked for an opening bid. You could hear crickets. The woman just stood there. The auctioneer nudged her and said "this is where you say $10". She looked confused but said "$10". The auctioneer asked for $15, more silence then "sold for $10". The woman was stunned. Still crying she thanked everyone.  Owners show up frequently but most of them flunk the attitude test. This woman didn't.

Other Forms of Selling / Re: Consignment & Auction Houses?
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:48:46 AM »
I use auction houses for things that I have not been able to sell on EBAY or CRAIGSLIST. Sometimes very successful, sometimes a dismal failure. No matter because by the time I get to that point I have given up on the item, or items, so anything I get for them is a bonus. Recently I dropped off a bunch of box lots to be auctioned off in a few weeks, quite a bit of it glass and china. I have no clue how it will go but already feel successful because they are out of my care and I don't have to pack and ship all those fragile items. :clap:

Haven't seen the door open on an operating grow room although have seen some lights. There is one location we go to that we think has active grow rooms. You can smell them. So far they pay the rent because they don't come up for auction.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: When to say it must go?
« on: August 21, 2014, 09:53:01 AM »
For me, I guess it just depends on the item and the value. If it's small, I don't mind storing it for a while. If it's a larger item, I'll give it a month and then start reducing the price gradually until it sells. I've got a chlorine generator/pool sanitization system that originally cost around $2,500. Started at $1500, then $1200, then $1000 and so on. I'm now down to $300. I can't get rid of this thing, but I don't want to let it go for next to nothing. So, I just relist it on eBay week after week.  :-[

Travis, you need to let this one go....yep I creeped your ebay. I checked with my sources (family is in the swimming pool service and repair business) was expensive new but is outdated now and unlikely that anyone will be looking for one. Or maybe just add a 'make offer' option to your listing and you might get someone looking to replace just a part.

So far just one of the Public Storage facilities in my area is using cylinder locks.

eBay / Re: Is the percentage eBay charges sellers too high?
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:53:49 AM »
Well, I'd like it to be cheaper of course but that being said I think it's a pretty good deal to gain a buying pool of millions of people. It's a cost of doing business. If you compare to the cost of having a physical store it's not bad at all. 

eBay / Re: Do you list in multiple categories?
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:28:20 PM »
Very rarely. I don't think it even really matters what category you list in anyway. I know I don't look stuff up by category.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Thank you to all the hookers out there!
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:34:45 AM »
Sounds like a nice unit. We bought a hooker owned unit a couple years ago. Ours wasn't good. 5x10 with a bunch of boxes.  Paid $160. It was basically a unit full of miscellaneous household stuff and the girls clothing. Not 'work' clothes though.  It was the facility owner that told us her profession. He called us to say she wanted to buy her stuff back and gave us her phone number if we were interested in talking to her. We had already gone through the stuff and knew we were going to break even at best so we called her. We told her she could have her stuff for $200.  She said she was "working" that night and would call us in a couple days when she had the money. Didn't hear from her for weeks. Apparently she wasn't a very good hooker if she couldn't come up with $200. Eventually she did contact us, at least 6 weeks later but we had long since gotten rid of everything. Best thing we got from that unit was a little black book, complete with customers first names and their preferences. Best coffee table book ever!

Have had a couple buyers that were close and wanted to pick up and discovered I knew them. Also sold something to Kat Von Dee of LA Ink. Don't KNOW her but know of her. Was going to be in her area anyway so delivered it. 

The Lounge / Re: "Repurposing" Is that a word?
« on: August 03, 2014, 08:54:24 AM »
We have made a couple of those old frame display boxes. They work well. We hinged the tops and used plastic or plexiglass rather than glass. One of them is quite large and while it holds quite a bit of stuff it is really awkward to open. Other than that they are great.

Picker's Paradise / Re: How do you find estate sales?
« on: August 02, 2014, 09:31:18 AM »
ok, did I not understand the question?

Picker's Paradise / Re: How do you find estate sales?
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:07:18 AM »
Mostly Craigslist but have a few estate liquidation companies that I watch. Occasionally find them just by seeing a sign. Sometimes those are the best ones.

I'd show people taking loads to the dump, sorting through dirty smelly clothes, finding rat poop, adding up all the related expenses, making appointments with people to buy stuff and having them not show up, testing the great item they bought the unit for and finding out it's broken.....wait no one would watch the show. Nevermind.....

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