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Safes and what they contain

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Safes and what they contain
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:36:48 PM »
In 7 years I've gotten about that many safes and here are some clues about them according to my experience. Your finds may be different.

5 of the 7 were empty. The little (typewriter size) cases usually have some important papers in them, but are often empty. Sometimes anxious parents keep their sex toys in safes.

1 good safe (about 2' by 18" by 18" I had the bottom torched and then broke out the concrete lining to get inside.
This one had about $375 in jewelry and coins.

2nd good safe was smaller and had about $200 in jewelry and coins.

Note: both good safes were in the back of their lockers buried under other goods. Little safes up front are almost always empty.


Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 01:15:42 AM »
I have found most safes are empty, I got one with a lot of sports memorbiala in it once and paperwork on no value. 

Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 07:31:03 PM »
I bought a unit with a small safe in it today, and when we shook it it made some noise inside.  I was pretty happy, because 9 out of 10 times they are totally empty!  Anyway, we got it open, and lo and behold, the entire contents were:  1 Crack Pipe, 2 *****s, and some Baseball cards.  Had to think for a minute about which thread to post this in! ;D

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 08:05:51 PM »
I think you're....safe.....putting it here.


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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 08:33:49 PM »
Haha cards any good?

Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2011, 10:16:33 PM »
I doubt if the cards are worth much.  It did have a washer and dryer though.  I paid 400.00 for the unit, and some other auction attendees purchased the washer and dryer right after the auction for 150.00!  I only had to help push them into the back of their trailer and don't have to store them or try to sell them now!

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2011, 12:36:01 PM »
I so far have gotten 2 safes, nothing in them, well one was being used for sewing. :(

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2011, 12:50:36 PM »
It's comical how crazy people get at an auction when there is a safe in locker.  The bidding gets outrageous on the hopes and dreams of riches.  Rationality goes right out the window.

Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2011, 01:42:24 PM »
I got a safe a few weeksago. In that one there was check books, papers, owners manuals, 2 complete Windows XP pro edition. And a empty jewelry box.

So nothing exciting, except the two Windows XP software.

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2011, 01:55:04 PM »
It's comical how crazy people get at an auction when there is a safe in locker.  The bidding gets outrageous on the hopes and dreams of riches.  Rationality goes right out the window.

yup, but it is why I value you the unit on what I can see, and depending on what I dont see (like boxes totes and everything else that keeps things under wrap) I will gamble another 5 - 30% more on my original value of the unit, and not exceed that when bidding. Has worked for me so far.

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011, 09:03:15 PM »
I've had a few safes. Only one having anything of value, a couple hundred bucks of jewelry.

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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011, 10:01:26 PM »
Got one today; paid accordingly for 10 x 10 lkr and am comfortable with other items paying for lkr and making some money....safe will be gravy.

Will follow suggestions from a variety of forum users regarding this brand.



Here's the Sentry link for getting combination/keys.

https://www.sentrysafe.com/CustomerCare/Lost_Your_Combination

You can download it online; print it, get it filled out, notarized and you can even fax it back to them, making it only an hour or so task (faster than snail mail).  If you just get combination, it's $20; keys (2) provided for an additional $15.

My safe only used a combination (rotary dial).  Chances are pretty good I think that most users won't change the combination, but we'll see.





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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 09:30:41 AM »
The link below takes you to the thread where my NEWLY OPENED safe pictures are shown.

Like the safe opened by Jeraldo Rivera (formerly owned by Al Capone), there were not great riches inside.

http://storageauctionforums.com/index.php?topic=1276.0


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Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011, 11:32:37 AM »
The 1986 Geraldo Rivera show about finding and cracking Al Capone's safe is well documented on Wikipedia among other sites. It was a 2 hour long show, and could have been an hour long or even 30" and still done the job.

Here's a pic of the crime boss's safe:


Re: Safes and what they contain
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2011, 08:08:32 AM »
If at all possible, I will try and get the combination or the key and save the safe intact.  This is another item to keep or sell. 8)


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