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First Auction and Locker

First Auction and Locker
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:30:53 PM »
Went to an auction in Memphis the other day.  It was a decent neighborhood which sparked the interest.  There were six lockers up for bid with about 17 bidders.  A buddy and I pooled resources in case we came across something.  We have a variety of experience between us, he has auto body and mechanical skills, I have been in the military and grew up traveling the world as a military brat.  The best part is that the money we pooled was just mad money that we really did not care if we lost or not.  The lockers ran the gamut of variety, one was a commercial HVAC locker, one was general household, a couple were just trash with miscellaneous household items.  We got our feet wet on the last locker of the bunch it was a straightforward locker with four factory ford chrome 2004+ truck rims.  Thanks to my friend he quickly spotted the six bolt pattern and said we could get our 50 dollars back.  The television and wood frame for a single bed were claimed before we made it home.  It may take a month to get rid of the rims but we had a great time and will take a bigger truck next time. 

Thanks again for the tips and advice everyone shares on this forum.  It is much appreciated.

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 07:15:19 AM »
Congrats!

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 05:17:13 PM »
Nice small locker to start out with.

I do have to ask - did the person that claimed the tv think it worked or was planning to scrap it?

Now a days even TVs that work - unless are flat screens or such you just about can't give away.  Even at 20 - 30 bucks they just dont' seem to sale in my area.

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Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 08:03:40 PM »
Went to an auction in Memphis the other day.  It was a decent neighborhood which sparked the interest.  There were six lockers up for bid with about 17 bidders.  A buddy and I pooled resources in case we came across something.  We have a variety of experience between us, he has auto body and mechanical skills, I have been in the military and grew up traveling the world as a military brat.  The best part is that the money we pooled was just mad money that we really did not care if we lost or not.  The lockers ran the gamut of variety, one was a commercial HVAC locker, one was general household, a couple were just trash with miscellaneous household items.  We got our feet wet on the last locker of the bunch it was a straightforward locker with four factory ford chrome 2004+ truck rims.  Thanks to my friend he quickly spotted the six bolt pattern and said we could get our 50 dollars back.  The television and wood frame for a single bed were claimed before we made it home.  It may take a month to get rid of the rims but we had a great time and will take a bigger truck next time. 

Thanks again for the tips and advice everyone shares on this forum.  It is much appreciated.

Since you are in Memphis, next time you are at the auctions, yell out "Mr. Andersen!, Mr. Andersen!" If anyone answers ask them "How come you don't post on Storage Auction Forums anymore?"  ;D

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2011, 11:43:59 PM »
I do have to ask - did the person that claimed the tv think it worked or was planning to scrap it?

I'm curious about newguy's definition of "claimed." Did you sell that stuff or give it away?

And for the TV, it might actually be vintage enough to be cool again. Or not.   ;)

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 09:59:25 PM »
My definition of claimed = someone that wants it (free).

Otherwise I would say it sold  ;D.

The rims retail for about a grand new without center caps or tires.

500 bucks for the rims, quick sale and profit from a 50 dollar investment.

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 06:39:23 AM »
Ya - I'd given the TV and all the wood stuff away for free just so I wouldn't have to deal with them.

The more I look at this picture the more curious I am.  Why is it the 1 tire is off by itself with the cover off so that you can see the lugnut pattern.  Almost as if someone was trying to stage what was in the unit.  Don't make sense as there wasn't much in there but I just keep coming back to that thought.

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 10:58:42 AM »
I have to believe that particular locker was staged.    ::)

I hate it when they do that just to pull a couple of dollars out of ya. 

Re: First Auction and Locker
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2011, 11:41:21 AM »
My thoughts exactly!  Set up like a Broadway production.  Fifty dollars was still worth it.  Next time I go I will take pictures of every unit and record the price.  It will be good future reference for myself and hopefully others. 

Thanks for the comments so far, they have revealed the layers of truth and the bull.


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