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Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #3...March, 2012
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:58:01 PM »
Haven't got a unit in a couple of months. It's getting really crazy around here. Even at the local auction houses its getting nuts. Went to a caravan last week. Prices were through the roof. a 5x10 unit with a broke church pew, a particle board dresser, and a ripped up couch went for $525. Also a 5x10 with 2 totes, and a computer monitor went for $600.

Other Forms of Selling / Re: Outlet for albums?
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:57:00 PM »
Depends on what they are. Find a local record store or a collector. Also, CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION! This is very important. But it seems that when I tell people that condition is important, or that their records are junk, I'm a collector, I'm just trying to rip people off. (sorry bout the rant. Just happened to me yesterday).

anyways if you send me a list of what you have, I can tell you value and if I would be interested in any of them.

I was at an auction house last year and there were slides with bodies, severe injuries and the like. Probably from the 60s-70s. About 50 slides per box. Ended up going for around $75 a box. One went for $300 for the box. So there is profit there!

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: The Insides (TV)
« on: September 25, 2011, 07:26:31 AM »
I usually always scrap the old TV's like that. I can't sell them, and the auction houses have stopped taking them as well. I can usually scrap one out in a few minutes (I'm a part time scrapper). the copper can be kept intact and be sold for electric motor price. Also, you can cut all the wire out and get insulated copper price for it.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 9.....September, 2011
« on: September 22, 2011, 07:38:58 PM »
went to a caravan on Tuesday with 5 facilities. Around 30 some units. Between 25 and 25 people per location. Prices were decent with 2 going really high. A newbie was bidding on those. I ended up getting one for $17 (nobody wanted it because it looked like all office paper) and one for $50.

I knew there was money to be made on the $17 one when I saw totes and boxes full of college textbooks. Already tripled my money on them and still have a ton to go. Found a box full of playboys as well which I sold for $1 a piece to a guy at work.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 8.....August, 2011
« on: September 03, 2011, 08:15:07 AM »
Went to an auction on Thursday. 4 units up for bid and only 1 location. About 40 people showd up with 21 registered bidders. The first unit was packed full of boxes, and from what I could see the ones up front were all newer biker magazines. This went for $250. The other 3 went for crazy prices. New faces got those. Saw 2 totes, 1 boot and a mattress sell for $70. I was going to go 10 just to see about the totes.

Also saw a newbie bid himself up twice. The facility owner was doing the auction and was doing a horrible job. The noob had the unit at $175, and bid himself up to $200. He had the highest bid at $300 and the auctioneer was looking for $325. So the noob raised his hand again and bid himself up. He ended up winning the unit at $500 I believe. I would have stuck at $250 IMO.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 8.....August, 2011
« on: August 30, 2011, 04:17:34 PM »
Easy now.

Anyways hitting up a single auction tomorrow with 6 units so far. Hopefully the crowds thin down for good around here. It just gets a little frustrating when it takes 20-25 minutes to look at a locker because people have to wheel their strollers in front of it. I'm sure your 4 month old son knows whats in those boxes.

I can see with the records and sports memorabilia, as I collect both of those things.

Sports memorabilia really tanked with Ebay. And before that when fleer, topps, and donruss started making way to many cards in the early 90's. Which if your a collector, you can get some great stuff for cheap. No longer do you have to go to a card shop or a card show to get a card you need. Check ebay and there are a few.

As far as records are concerned, I buy and sell records pretty much for a living now. A record can be insanely rare, but if the music isnt any good, and nobody wants it, its worthless. I have some 50's and 60's country acetates, which probably only exist with 3 or 4 copies, and they arent worth squat.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 8.....August, 2011
« on: August 29, 2011, 06:37:57 PM »
Went on a caravan in south central PA today. The first 2 locations were cancelled. The third location had 5 units. I figured it being a city, there would be a ton of people. Lately it has been around 175-200. It was only about 50-60 people with 5 or 6 bidders. I didnt get anything there. The prices seemed high on the first 2 lockers but the other 3 were alright. The last one had some really nice high end furniture, a double door fridge, and some glass cabinets and that went for $875.

The second location had 36 people (girlfriend didnt believe there was that many, so I counted). Only 1 unit. A really small one with 8 boxes and some cans of paint. I got it for $10. So far found some really nice clothes which I'll end up taking to the consignment store. Also a lot of paintings and pictures of lions and tigers.

After that I quit as the other locations were 2 hours away with 1 unit each. Surprising, but it seems that it slowing down a little bit here.

Went to a facility today that had I believe 13 up for auction. Last month there was around 50 people, today between 90 and 100. All together I only saw about 6 or 7 different bidders. A lot of new faces. Lots of children as well, which no offense to anybody that has kids, do you really have to let your kids see the unit? come on

anyways, prices were a little steep. but not out of this world. A few went for pretty decent prices. I snagged one for $150 which im happy with. A tote mostly full of costume jewelry, a lot of boyds bear stuff, some nice kitchen stuff (pyrex, fireking). nothing great but I'm happy with it.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: got a unit for $10.00
« on: July 16, 2011, 10:23:59 AM »
I have bought units before that had trash in them. I bought a unit for $15 at one auction and there was a trash bag full of condiments in jars. Talk about disgusting.

I wish everybody would send some luck my way! Had an unusual Saturday auction today in a small town. About 90-100 people. A few of the regulars were there as well.

I think most of this was staged. They let us go inside the units. Stuff was arranged that looked like it could be easily seen. It was odd. And apparently some guy called in and left $400 bids on each unit, sight unseen??!!! I call BS. But all the units went for more that $400.

One of the regulars I saw after the auction said the auctioneer came up to him after the auction and told him somebody bought one and didnt pay, and wanted to sell him the locker at a reduced price. This facility was rigged and to be honest, I'll never go there again.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Sorting advice
« on: June 27, 2011, 04:14:17 PM »
yes wear gloves! You never know what kind of disgusting crap you will come in contact with. I check every pocket, birthday card, and book. The last unit I purchased had $12 in pockets. I have also found units with money in birthday cards. And as far as books, I flip through them all. I found a 1963 red seal $2 as a book mark one time.

On that note, there is a local lady who buys lockers and takes the contents right to the auction. She rarely looks through everything. Anyways I was at an auction talking to her while the auctioneer was selling her box lots. He sold the box for $30 I believe. He bought it himself. Turns out there was $500 in cash in one of the books. That lady was pissed to say the least.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: How do YOU find auctions?
« on: June 27, 2011, 03:58:37 PM »
Mostly I use the local classifieds. Every now and then I use auctionzip as well, but those auctions are usually swamped with people.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: elusive 1st unit
« on: June 27, 2011, 03:57:12 PM »
I got 3 units my first time out. But you have to keep in mind this was 7 years ago, in a small town, and there were about 4 people there. Now it seems a lot different.

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