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So, I decided to take the fam to a storage unit auction down the road last wed. or thur.  It was on a whim, kind of, but I just had to.  I'm a sucker for the shows.  My goal was to at least *bid* one time on something.  I was not planning on buying anything.  Mainly because:

1)  I'm a newbie, and didn't expect to buy a unit until my 3-5th time.
2)  We have limited garage space
3)  How the heck are we going to transport it?  That would be a lot of work. 

So anyway, there were 11 units up for auction, or so, and 20 people there.  It looked like there were not many newbies, so I thought I could learn quite a bit. 

The auctioneer had a cowboy hat on, which was a plus, and a fast talker.  That alone was enough for me to go  :D :D

On our way, we saw a lady selling some things out of her unit, so my wife and I split off for a few minutes to see what she had.  My wife has a good eye for kiddo things, so she went ahead and made a deal with a lady.  She spent $80 with her, and it looks like we'll pull $250 profit out of it all!

Well, the next to last locker, I saw some things that I liked, and it was like a switch turned on from "I don't stand a chance...I'm just a rookie" to "Anything below $450 and this is MINE!" 

Well, I got it for $375!!!! ;D

It took 2 trips to bring it all home, and it was exhilarating.  I was careful, because I was told by someone that out of every 100 units you buy, generally, 99 are junk. 

Well, this one was an awesome starter!  35 new Pampered Chef items, 29 new interior decorating items, tons of various kitchen things, some jewelry, 13 purses/bags (Coach, BeBe, and even some fake LV / Chanel), lots of toys, etc.  Heck, even about $50 cash! 

It took a lot ... and I mean a LOT of work to process through it all.  I think my wife came close to pulling an all nighter going through things, and I had spent a few days just listing all the stuff. 

As it sits now, we have pretty much everything listed online (or 99% at least?) and are $116 away from being in the black with the unit, and have toooonsss to go.  Conservatively speaking, I'd say we have $600 cash profit, when all is said and done. 

Now, for the questions: 

- I asked before, but WHERE TO SELL QUICKLY?  I read the faq ... is there anything else people recommend?  I typically list things concurrently on both craig's list and ebay.  Things never seem to sell as fast as I want them to!

- What is your method of sorting / processing / listing it all?  It was almost as if we had to shut down life for a day to get situated.  Don't get me wrong, it was a flat out BLAST for us, but holy smokes - time consuming!  I think next time, we are going to have several piles:  Trash | Recycle | Goodwill | Research | List

- Any other pointers??? 

Welcome to the Online Storage Auctions Forum / Re: Howdy, from TX!
« on: December 12, 2012, 11:46:34 AM »
Thanks!  I have been ebaying, going on other forums and craigs list to move stuff.  i was hoping to find other places too.  maybe consignment is a good idea!

Welcome to the Online Storage Auctions Forum / Re: Howdy, from TX!
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:35:28 AM »
I hadn't really even considered storage auctions as part of what I do whenever jumping ship, but it looks like it sure would be a great piece to the puzzle.  Part of me thinks it isn't worth it anymore because the shows messed it all up to bring all the newbies (me!) in, ha!  OTOH, I do see this forum has tons of people on it, so there must still be some value to it! :)  I'm in southern Texas.

Next question:  how/where do you go to sell items, typically that you find?

Welcome to the Online Storage Auctions Forum / Howdy, from TX!
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:13:20 PM »
Ok, so I'm not a storage unit buyer, but I am a fellow hustler.  I have run my own web firm (from my house) full time for over a decade.  It pay the bills, I don't have to goto any meetings, etc. but it is currently driving me NUTS!!!

I picked up buying/selling sports cards about 5 years ago, and that went decent.  Then I decided to hit a garage sale 4 months ago.  I picked up a few paintings for $3.  I went back to the car with them with my wife looking at me strangely.  It was embarrassing ...what had I gotten myself into?  What am I gonna do with these pictures???

Then I sold one of them.  For $40! 

I started going religiously every single weekend.  I have contemplated selling my biz, and moving full time into hustling :)  I have bought and sold rings, comics, cards, toys, clothing, cars ... you name it!  It is an addiction.  Hunting all day long for "finds", following my auctions, turning profit ... I am sucked in.  Just flat out hooked! 

I love the fact that I don't have to kiss client butt, or worry about some huge problem in a business.  It has been work doing this stuff ... but fun work.

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