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New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Reupholster?
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:45:34 PM »
Thank you for your thoughts, everyone!

These pieces certainly do not appear unique or old - pretty everyday run of the mill.  The consensus really seems to be move them along, so in the absence of people saying it's worthwhile (at least in general for general furniture), I expect I'll just flip them for whatever $$$ I can find. 

On that particular locker, I've already sold two other chairs in it for more than I paid for that locker.  I have yet to recover the cost of the second locker and "cost of doing business", but there's still a fair amount there to move - so wish me luck!

By the way...anyone in the Dallas area looking for some couches or other furniture and items?   ;D

New to Storage Auctions? / Reupholster?
« on: February 09, 2014, 12:55:42 PM »
A bit of a noob here, and question on furniture.

I have purchased two lockers now and they contained some furniture including a couch and loveseat combo, plus a smaller rocking/swivel chair.  They don't look to be in horrible condition, but kind of dated look and fabric is somewhat worn.  Honestly, I think if I were shopping for this kind of furniture myself I would not likely give it a second look, unless the price was a steal.

Anyway, interested in your thoughts...are there buyers out there that invest the time and money for fabric/tools to reupholster the furniture they find?  Do you find it a worthwhile process to make furniture more salable and/or at a higher price point - or do you find you spend too much time/money to make a worthwhile profit?  If you do this work, do you worry about going from taking "generic furniture" to one so unique that you limit your potential customer to those looking for a "niche" or custom product (so more difficult to sell)?

Honestly, if I can flip more quickly I'd lean that way but curious on to the way to a larger profit and/or greater ability to sell (such as everyone, right?)

Looking forward to your thoughts!

Buyers / Re: Do the storage facility managers go through the units?
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:01:27 PM »
In my admittedly highly limited experience, I would be inclined to agree.  On top of what was said regarding most being honest and in the business of renting units versus going through merchandise, it seems to me to be a big risk.  At least here in TX, the owner of the merchandise can pay their fees up to the moment of auction and the auction is cancelled.  If the manager of the facility went through the unit and the owner came back to pay, what is the manager going to say when things go missing?  I'm sure a slick manager would come up with something, but I would think most just don't find it worth the time (and behave more ethically).

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