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Mini Storage Unit Auctions - Our Experience

Updated on January 16, 2015

John and Kathy Go To Mini Self Storage Unit Auctions...

I have to start this little mini self storage unit auction webpage with a disclaimer: Generally, I do NOT like auctions.

After about ... oh, say ... 15 minutes, I'm bored. I have about 15 minutes, given my short little attention span and my short little attention span to walk around an auction, and then retire to the car with my book (which I ALWAYS bring with me when I go to auctions with John).

Q: So what is this article and demonstration actually about, and why am I writing it to begin with if I don't much like auctions?

A: The page is a peek into and behind the scenes of one of the "real life" mini storage unit auctions we have attended. I'm writing this article because - as I mentioned - I get bored just hanging around auctions. But, since I enjoy writing Squidoo pages, I thought, "Wow! This might be a cool topic!" And so here we are!

Q: Why do we go to these auctions to begin with?

A: You'll learn a little more about this in the next paragraphs, but in a nutshell, we've been buying and selling online for a long time - and auctions are one way of acquiring the inventory. You know the old saying, "You can't sell from an empty cart?" That's how it is when you sell on eBay or through any other venue. You need inventory to sell.

Q: So, why do I go with John to begin with? After all, as you'll learn - this is John's business, not mine.

A: Why, for lunch, of course! If I help him with auctions and yard sales, he buys me lunch. Such a deal!

Let me explain a bit more.

This is MORE a lens about my hubby's interests - which (you guessed it!) - include buying and selling stuff.

I will introduce John and his hobby-gone-awry in a moment...

But anyway, since I do go with John on his yard saling and mini self storage unit auctions days, and since I quickly become as bored as I could possibly imagine, I decided to do something useful with myself at a recent auction.

I decided to DOCUMENT our experience, and then share it with you, so that you could suffer with me so I wouldn't feel so alone. :)

So, I guess I should introduce the players on this day...

But before I introduce my husband, John... Let's get into the Auction Mood with a little song...

Leroy Vandyke Sings "The Auctioneer Song"

Is this required listening before being accepted into Auctioneer School? Perhaps it should be! Let's sing along with Leroy!

This is John. He's also "jtbooks" on eBay. Has been since 1998
This is John. He's also "jtbooks" on eBay. Has been since 1998

Meet John... My Husband :)

If it weren't for John, I would never have

=> 1) ever gone to a yard sale,

=> 2) ever have gone to mini storage unit auctions, and

=> 3) ever have learned to make his Meme's famous Sunday afternoon soup. :)

If it weren't for John...

=> I'd still be single.

=> I'd be more bored than I am when I go to auctions.

If it weren't for John, I wouldn't have as much fun in my life as I do - John is my biggest supporter, the only guy who would sit through and applaud my lonely singing sets at the Freyburg Fair when no one else was listening. He agreed with me when I told him that we needed to get out of northern New Hampshire for the winters otherwise I was going to completely lose my mind with all that darkness, cold, and snow...

So, I'm a pretty lucky gal.

I've got the best husband anyone could ever hope for. The kind of guy that most women only dream of.

When I met John, he was looking for different lines of work. Up until about 1988, he had been a fairly high profile ice and rock climber and instructor. When he became a parent, he knew that this kind of life was pretty risky now that he had someone who might need him around some day.

He is a very analytical, logical, and extremely practical man - he could have been a lawyer, but at some point, he became a carpenter. "By default, not design," he says. He is an excellent builder and carpenter.

When I met him, he also had an interesting hobby... Buying, selling, and re-binding old books.

One day, when I brought home our very first computer back in 1998 or so, he stumbled onto this thing called "eBay." Intrigued, he thought, "Maybe I can sell some of my books this way." So, in January 1999 he chose a 2-volume set about the Wright Brothers, and loaded a description into eBay and ran it. No pictures or anything. He sold it for $52.50. He was hooked.

It turns out that eBay helped John pay the mortgage for 6 months in late 2001 - early 2002 when he was homebound with a broken hip and arm. Those were good times w/ eBay.

As with other aspects of the world and economy, the whole resale market has changed, and the used book market has taken an undeniable turn for the worse. So, we adapted. We had to find other stuff to sell.

This last winter here in Myrtle Beach, SC, we decided to try buying at storage unit auctions - hoping to find some cool stuff to sell.

(By the way, we'll be writing more on this topic in the future... and will have some pretty helpful tidbits to pass along!)

Ray and Christine Keasler - Managers at the Surfside Beach Strand Mini Storage Center
Ray and Christine Keasler - Managers at the Surfside Beach Strand Mini Storage Center

Meet Ray & Christine Keasler - Managers at Strand Storage Center

Mini Storage Units in Surfside Beach, SC

Without mini and self storage unit centers, there would be no reality TV show about auction wars or anything else like that.

Those shows don't seem to talk much about the folks behind the actual self storage facilities... But I will!

Why?

Because I like these guys, and want you to meet them.

While I was wandering around the facility during this gorgeous day, I happened upon Ray. I knew right away that he worked there.

Perhaps it was the "Strand Storage Center" jacket he wore... :)

Anyway, we struck up a conversation about the whole event, and THAT was when I had my "ah ha!" moment, and decided to write a lens on this topic. So, THANK YOU Ray for the idea!

It turns out that Ray and his wife Christine have been managing the Surfisde Beach, SC Strand Storage Center for about 11 years, at the time of this writing (which is March 2011).

Unfortunately, sometimes "stuff happens" in people's lives, and they don't keep up with their rent. At some point - usually about 90 days or so after not paying the rent - managers need to free up the units so that other, paying renters can store their stuff...

Strand Mini Storage Unit Center - "Auction Central"
Strand Mini Storage Unit Center - "Auction Central"

Site of Mini Storage Unit Auctions

March 4, 2011

About the facility where the mini storage unit auctions were held that beautiful day in March 2011. :)

According to Ray, This particular facility is:

=> 136,000 square feet,

=> with 1,005 units, and

=> parking for 50 vehicles (campers and boats).

There are regular seasonal custsomers "Snow Birds" who store their RVs off season, for example.

They won "Storage Center of the Year" for 2004, 05, 06, 07, 08, and 09.

They support Toys for Tots.

How can you NOT love this place?

Oh... and it's CLEAN. Did I mention that? Plus, I like the color scheme - brick, green, beige... all very nice.

Southern Sisters
Southern Sisters

Meet "The Sisters..." Southern Sisters - the Auctioneers at this Event

Southern Sisters Estate & Consignments Auctions out of Little River, SC

John really enjoys going to auctions run by Jane Squires and her sister Jackie Squires, aka "Southern Sisters," Estate & Consignment Auctioneers out of Little River, SC.

He says - and this is a direct plug for you Southern Sisters gals if you're reading this! - that he would do business with them anyday. For several reasons:

=> 1) They always greet people and are nice. I guess that's the ol' Southern Hospitality thing going on there... but whatever it is, it works. John always feels welcome, and not like an outsider (which he is, because his northern accent gives him away every time).

=> 2) For these mini storage unit auctions, they typically piece out the unit instead of just selling the whole kit-'n-caboodle in one shot....which...

=> 3) Means that they are getting as much money for their customer as possible.

Q: Do they auction off the whole unit like they do on those TV shows?

A: According to Ray, the manager for the Surfside Beach Strand Storage Center, Southern Sisters DOES, on occasion, sell the whole unit - but they really do like to piece it out.

This can turn out great for the management (not QUITE as great for the buyers sometimes). Why? Well, at this particular auction, the "Sisters" uncovered some gold jewelry while emptying the unit to get ready for the auction. They were able to sell the jewelry separately, and for a good chunk of change.

It was more of a typical style auction this way.

By the way, find Southern Sisters at (find 'em on www.AuctionZip.com and search for them there - or within 30 miles of zip code 29572 (our zip code for the winter).

Ray wishes he did not have to auction off the units...
Ray wishes he did not have to auction off the units...

The Process Behind These Mini Storage Unit Auctions

...at least the way it's done in South Carolina. Your state laws may (and probably do) vary.

Ray gave me the general run-down regarding these mini storage unit auctions, at least the way the law dictates in South Carolina.

First of all, it's important to note Ray's take on the whole mini storage unit auctions.

He hates to have to do it - "It's peoples' lives," he said, showing true concern.

Laws differ from state to state. In SC, the law is that they have to be delinquent for at least 50 consecutive days.

By the time you've sent the customer certified letters, had 2 advertisements in the newspaper - it's about 120 days after all is said and done.

Interestingly, according to Ray, the housing market largely dictates the storage unit business. If people are not buying or selling, business comes to a standstill.

Interested in the Business of Mini Storage Unit Auctions - Evidently you are not alone!

Here are a few things I found that might be helpful when it comes to learning the business of mini storage unit auctions.

Mini Storage Unit Auctions and The STUFF!
Mini Storage Unit Auctions and The STUFF!

Let the Mini Storage Unit Auctions Begin

This is where the alleged fun starts...

So, Ray opened up the first unit, and the Southern Sisters crew began unloading it.

This is where it really differs from the TV shows. It took them quite a while to unload this thing. It was JAM PACKED... and the stuff just kept coming out. They auctioned off the stuff from that unit, and then went to the next one.

I was already bored. It was about that moment when I got the idea to write this lens.

(PS: I also filmed some of the "auction action" and as soon as I finish making the video, I'll include it here)

"A Day at the Mini Storage Unit Auctions"

I finally finished this "Day at the Mini Storage Unit Auction" video!

Junk!
Junk!

Some of the Stuff at these Mini Storage Unit Auctions

Yikes...

Why people put some of this stuff into storage to begin with is a question I have been asking for a long time.

I mean, here is a list of some of the ... uh... JUNK that I've seen come out of these things - in just the last month.

This is just a PARTIAL list...

=> Used old bras and other used old lingerie

=> 1/2 used boxes of old breakfast cereals, Tang, spaghetti, and other dry, packaged foods that look like the perfect home for gross bugs

=> Someone's grandparents' outdated medicines and over-the-counter remedies such as Metamucil and nasal sprays

=> A backpack full of dirty socks full of holes

=> Old school papers - such as hand-written term papers dating from 1980 (of course, if they were signed by a person who is now famous, that would be a different story)

=> Broken dishes

=> Non-stick pans that have yucky stuff burned on them, with the non-stick surface scraped off and shredded

=> Torn and dingy towels, blankets, and clothes - also covered in animal hair as an added bonus

=> Greasy and stained plastic containers

=> Empty fast food containers, coffee cups, etc (in their defense, maybe the people were eating some fast food when they were loading the unit, and just shoved the wrappers into the boxes in their haste to store their stuff)

What are YOUR Thoughts on Mini Storage Unit Auctions?

Are you interested in buying at Mini Storage Unit Auctions?

B&W Photo of Altar Boys
B&W Photo of Altar Boys

Here's the Result of a Photo We Won

"Instant Ancestors," anyone?

This was a lot of old Black & White photos. We got one photo, of altar boys w/ prayer books. We sold it on eBay for $8.00

eBay isn't the ONLY game in town for Selling... Try Craigslist!

When we are down south for the winter, it turns out that we sell quite a bit on Craigslist. BUT... we also BUY stuff on Craigslist for resale. Here are a few resources you can refer to if this is something that interests you.

Chuck's Stuff
Chuck's Stuff

Meet Chuck... What Chuck Purchases at Mini Storage Unit Auctions

Chuck is a guy who goes to mini storage unit auctions, and I happened to meet him here. See this first photo? That's Chuck's stuff.

He has an antiques and collectibles booth at a place (I think it's called Crow's Nest) up in Shallotte, NC.

He bought one lot that included the conch shell (see photo below) for about $25. He was pretty psyched, because he sells a lot of LARGE sharks' teeth and shells.

Chuck expects to get about $50 for the Conch Shell alone.

Yearbooks from Mini Storage Unit Auctions
Yearbooks from Mini Storage Unit Auctions

There Always Seem to be Yearbooks at Mini Storage Unit Auctions

High School... College... Even Wedding Albums & Family Photos

This is one of the sad things, in my opinion, about buying at mini storage unit auctions...

As Ray said earlier, "This is someone's life..." He truly does NOT like to have to resort to selling off a storage unit.

I cannot speak for other storage unit facilities, or auctioneers other than the lovely Southern Sisters, but here bidders are asked to respect the former renters and return important-looking papers and such to the office so that they can attempt to get them back to their owners.

Note: I feature another lensmaster, below, who discusses this issue in his lens as well...

I have seen boxes of family photos and wedding albums and scrap books being pulled out of these places. I always feel a little sad for the families. It makes me realize that what John has often said is true: "At the end of the day, we're all pretty much reduced to a lot at an auction or yard sale."

After he first mentioned that sentiment to me, I promptly got rid of most of my old photos and memories. I really don't want to have someone bidding on my high school scrapbook. It's gone. Sitting in some pile of recycling somewhere...

Anyway, as you can see from the picture, we wound up with some year books. If you look at the photo just below, you'll see we sold 5 of them for $75.00 on eBay.

We sold this Marlboro Sleeping Bag on eBay
We sold this Marlboro Sleeping Bag on eBay

Camping Gear Seems to be a Good Bet at Mini Storage Unit Auctions

At least we do ok with it!

John is very fond of camping and climbing gear. He knows it very well...

So, when we go to mini storage unit auctions, we hope for good camping gear. In this case, we came upon a lot of Marlboro back packs and sleeping bags. They were surprisingly clean - and didn't even smell! They were like new.

We won the lot, along with some junk (old torn socks and underwear) - but wisely disposed of the socks and underwear.

Here are the results:

=> Sleeping Bag # 1 sold for $14.95

=> Sleeping Bag #2 sold for $23.25

=> Back pack #1 sold for $16.50

=> Back pack #2 sold for $45.00 (this was never used at all)

Not bad!

Our Tally from This Mini Storage Unit Auction Day... - To date, anyway...

Ok... We bought SOME stuff - not an entire unit, but a bunch of stuff.

It turned out that we purchased about $107.80 worth of stuff that day... Although we haven't sold EVERYTHING, here's a quick rundown of what we've sold out of the lot (so far):

  • Instant Ancestors for $8.00
  • 2 Sleeping Bags - sold for a total of $38.20
  • 2 Back Packs - sold for a total of $61.50
  • 10 Different Yearbooks - sold for a total of $199.75
  • 21 Weightlifting Magazines/Newsletters sold so far - $53.94 (we're not done with these yet)

John and the Bear in our Yard
John and the Bear in our Yard

Some Other Cool Stuff

Introducing John's "buying and selling to make money" site!

Dear Readers,

As you've seen from this webpage, John and I (mostly John) have been buying and selling on eBay since 1999. A lot of people have asked us for advice and help.

John now offers his experiences - the Good, the Bad, AND the Ugly - to help other people learn effective buying and selling strategies on his website www.BuyingAndSellingToMakeMoney.com

As of this update (December 2012) we are still hoping to build and include a free newsletter... The sign up sheet will be on the site when it does happen.

For now, however, we're just loading it with advice, some videos (Turns out that John is a natural on YouTube! - his "channel" is here at "johnsyardsalefinds" on YouTube).

THE BLOG IS LIVE! You can check us out here at www.BuyingAndSellingToMakeMoney.com - We're adding content every time we come across something new to share!

We have a lot of great information, with nearly 30 years of John's experience - we're REAL people... not some hypey internet marketers trying to sell a bunch of junk (like one might find in some of these mini storage unit auctions). John has taught numerous people, and he - like me - loves helping others. (We DO offer a few items that we market, but not a gajillion!)

By the way, it's another way for me to be of value when I accompany John on his rounds - kind of a way to help me earn the lunch I always get afterwards. :)

Thanks so much for reading and visiting!

This Just Added! - What Happened When We Took Our Stuff To Auction...

Ok guys - I know this has nothing to do with storage unit auctions, but we do a lot of buying AND selling at "live" auctions - the typical, old-fashioned "country auction" and I just made this video about how John likes to present things. If any of you are into selling at live auction, this might help.

(And the link the video refers to at the end is for Skip McGrath's book, "The Virtual Peddler" which you can get through our link here if you are interested => Click This to Check Out "The Virtual Peddler."

I absolutely love hearing from readers, and hope you will leave me your feedback. Thank you so very much for visiting!

I hope you enjoyed my Mini Storage Unit Auctions Lens and Experience!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Fun, thorough lens. Pinned to cool ways to make money. I would not have guilt about buying a storage locker -honestly I think the person who left it behind might feel relieved it is gone. We tend to hold on to too much in our life.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! I admit I watch those Storage war shows, it's like watching a train wreck, anger, fights and greed..my goodness...I use to go Antiquing and have acquired a huge mass of "things". with the intention of selling, well I still have everything packed and stored (thank goodness for our finished basement) it does depress me, I can not get motivated to sell on eBay (been there done that) I've been very lucky with some of my finds.

      I think some storage lockers were owned by people that did not let family members know they had them before their passing.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes it can be sad to watch peoples memories being sold. I have never been to an auction, I think I would feel sad for them too. Interesting lens, thanx for all the great tips.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Boy do I know that feeling. Our friend Arik (I mention him in my Non-Bucket List lens) buys at these and always has tons of cash. It's hard for people like us who haven't had that kind of cash to compete with pros. It would be a little easier if we had a large outlet for the stuff, such as our friend does - he and his girlfriend have a good-sized thrift store, so they can turn the stuff over fairly quickly.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great information, great story! I've never bought from a storage locker, but went to one auction for a few minutes about thirty years ago. Like you, I was quickly bored and the buyers seemed like ravenous vultures... really hard to be around for long. We thought we might get something cheap but nothing was cheap enough for us. LOL...we were so broke at the time.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: And I thank YOU for visiting! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I was the storage wars show on television so was wondering if it really is worth it or not. Very interesting lens and thank you for sharing.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @bossypants: Thank you so much! Oh yeah... you should SEE some of the garbage we saw! You have given me an idea for another lens on this topic! Hmmmm.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I enjoyed reading your lens. I can't believe the junk that you saw come out of the storage lockers. Yuck! Very interesting throughout!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I have been on eBay for over 12 years now and like a good bargain. Storage units are interesting, but I have no place to put all the stuff. I see you bought yearbooks. I buy them and look online and the alumni and see if anyone famous is in them. That is probably why yours brought so much. There are people who specifically collect them for that reason. I found one with John Wayne in it out here. I wouldn't mind going in with someone to buy these but they would need to have a place to store things. Blessed for a fun lens!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @christmasgal: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :) Thank you!

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      christmasgal 5 years ago

      I love watching the auction shows on TV but your experience here seems a little more realistic. What a fun read, thanks for sharing!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Danfree LM: Oh, trust me... this DOES take all day! I'm glad I was able to keep busy by making the video and taking notes! Otherwise, I'd go nuts. :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you so much! I am really psyched that you felt that way! That was my intention. :) Hugs to you!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love all the personal experience you've added here - it makes me feel like I was right there with you... bidding on a storage unit lol. *blessed

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      Danfree LM 5 years ago

      I don't think I would frequent auctions where they sell stuff one item at a time. If you have 5 - 10 units up for auction, it could take all day. I would rather spend my auction time sitting down in an auction house in this case. And what happened to the thrill of the hunt. But then you know what you get and you don't have to haul away a ton of trash to the dump.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: One of the big things that the experts insist on is that you set a budget or limit to what you're going to bid. And don't bid the rent money. :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @stevebrown75 lm: Hopefully we'll find more like this one soon!

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      stevebrown75 lm 5 years ago

      Loved it..Keep up the good work..!!! Cheerzz!!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This was a fun read. I've been interested in the idea of storage unit auctions but it honestly scares me.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, like the auction video. Also, appreciated the storage auction rundown. It shows that your husband has really learned the ropes and makes me anxious to dig into buyingandsellingtomakemoney.com

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: John has more patience with it than I do, that's for sure! :) (Between you and me and the rest of the world, I have such a short attention span at these things that I usually bring a book so I can take a break from it and go read somewhere while John's working the auction!)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Joan4: Us too... Well. We actually DID get hooked on them at one point! :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I like the idea of the storage units, but I could not get through every single item in each unit. That would be a bit much. I like the shows on TV.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Oh I could get hooked on auctions and storage wars!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @ziggyzane: Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @belinda342: It DEFINITELY takes a lot of time! :)

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      Wow. You know I think I could get into something like this! Storage unit auctions actually sound like fun to me...if only there were more hours in the day...

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      ziggyzane 5 years ago

      very Interesting ideal. I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @poutine: Thank you! :)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Yes, I enjoyed reading about your experience.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @bensen32 lm: Glad you enjoyed it! :) Yes, there is definitely a learning curve! But not as much as with Scuba Diving! :)

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens. I have thought about trying this out, I have sold some stuff on ebay but I guess the fear of starting something new or the time to put into it has stopped me.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Great share and confirms that fact that some people will save just about anything.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Dave! :) I agree that it's FAR more interesting to see the units broken down. We have yet to buy an entire room, although this winter John did bid on a few down in Florida. The bidding was insane though. Too much risk! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the fact that the storage unit that you go to breaks the unit down and allows you to bid on items separately. Having to buy the entire unit sight unseen like they do on Storage Wars seems like too big of a gamble. I also like the fact that the storage facility takes out important papers and tries to return them to the owners. That is very kind and I bet most storage facilities don't do that. By the way, I lived in Myrtle Beach a couple of years (1989 and 90). I ate my share of Calabash seafood those two years! All the best.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you so much for the kind comments and Blessing! :) Made my day! (PS: I know what you mean about the clutter... I can't stand it!)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks for that tip Virginia!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      My plan was to get caught up on visiting lensmasters this morning, but instead I got caught up in reading your lens! :) I love to watch the storage auctions on TV, but I had no idea that they sometimes piece them out. That seems like so much work for the auctioneers! I've sold stuff here and there on eBay and I always thought it would be fun to buy and re-sell stuff...but I don't know if I could handle having the inventory around until it sold. I'm not really good at handling clutter...it literally clutters my brain! This is a very fun lens and very informative...enjoyed the video, too. SquidAngel Blessed! :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Fun reading. You might want to check out yardsellr as a possible place to sell some of what you find or Etsy. I don't have personal experience with these, but do see vintage stuff on the sites.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much Rose! :) I appreciate you so much! :) Hugs, Kath

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. It is a perfect blend of good practical advice that can help other people and some personal sharing that is really fun. Great job - good luck on the site. Angel Blessed.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @NYtoSCimjustme: Wow! I am greatly honored by your lovely comments! :) I actually live in NH, and spent 3 winters in Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach. We're in Florida this particular winter - still trying to find out what we want to do when we sell our house up north! We've made great friends in SC, and will be visiting on our way back home this spring. Wonderful, friendly people! Love it! :)

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      NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

      Great lens - from one Grand Strander to another! I found you because of Janelle just below - an amazing lady - she mentioned to me you were from Myrtle Beach and I had to come see my local lensmaster! :) I don't buy from the mini storage unit auctions, but I could probably fill a few units with stuff I wouldn't mind if someone bought LOL. Great job on this, and so 'cool' to see local businesses and service providers given such a nice write up. Great Job!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @CCGAL: Wow Janelle... that is so kind of you to comment! And I am also honored to receive your blessing on this lens! I hope to make other "documentary" types of lenses in the future because I also love that style! :) Thank you once again! Hugs, Kath

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      This lens exemplifies what I love most about Squidoo - a real life experience documentary. I'm even more pleased to have found it because of my own interest in buying and selling. You did a wonderful job not only in the writing of your story, but also the use of html to color, border, and set a nice readable font for your modules is top notch. Blessed.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @TrialError: Thank you! :)

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      TrialError 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Becksta: You are AWESOME! Thank you! :) And I'm heading into "Edit Mode" to be sure those links are, indeed clickable! :) Hugs to you! Kath

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, and you should see some of the folks who come to these things. You'd think that TV cameras were waiting around the next corner to "discover" them! LOL!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @gypsyman27 lm: Thank you! I wish other places would also do it this way. :)

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      Becksta 5 years ago

      A great lens, I really enjoyed reading it.

      I don't really have the time for a lot of those televised auction programs simply because of the way that they toss out the bits they think won't fetch them anything just like they are trash (often breaking things in the process) - Obviously, they can't see that one man's trash is another man's treasure.

      To keep my post constructive though, you might want to be sure that all links to your husband's site are clickable... after all, if it's there, it might as well be earning you money.

      I've also given you a sprinkling of angel dust as well (Blessed).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I find it very interesting how in the auction you go to actually emptied the room first. Very different from what you see on TV. I've thought about going to one of these storage unit auctions, but would like to wait until the hype dies down a little.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      As I said earlier, I have experience attending these auctions. You have documented the way it can be done quite well. I enjoyed this page in spite of the fact that I have experience with this sort of thing. See you around the galaxy...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @kathysart: You are so welcome! You are one of the many reasons I think Squidoo is so much more amazing than any other social platform out there. What an incredible community we have here! :)

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @writerkath: Thank you for your thoughtful heart.. blessings for your kindness!!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @kathysart: Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother-in-law... I know exactly how you feel about people's mementos and things that were so much a part of their lives being cast aside. That is really tough. I personally feel like the way things are portrayed on those TV shows is horrible. We no longer watch that show "Storage Wars." It just shows a kind of demented and twisted take on things that we feel do not represent most people's approach. Sick. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Hugs, Kath

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      My mother in law passed away about 8 months ago.. her things now represent her presence here and it is overwhelming to go through them. I guess the idea of selling off people's lives in an auction has to be done from the storage unit's standpoint, but ohhh I cannot imagine discarding, tossing into the trash, things that would mean nothing to anyone else but the owner of them. I worry about the mentality of that.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you Josh! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @fullofshoes: So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Enjoyed it immensely! :)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      ANOTHER great lens from you... and I'm still laughing. :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @cr00059n: Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it! :) Kath

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      cr00059n 5 years ago

      Lovely storage ideas that would fit anyone's lifestyle. Thanks for sharing this nicely articulated lense.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you enjoyed the lens! :) Kath

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @sherioz: It really IS amazing how it has evolved! I never thought to mention that evolution from the necessity from the 30's up til now. It is an interesting world we live in! Thank you SO MUCH for visiting and for that excellent addition to the content here! :) Kath

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed visiting your lens today, thank you indeed.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      This is fantastic. I love garage sales. I find it fascinating to think that you can buy stuff on Craig's list and sell it for a profit on eBay. In the 30s, there were poor people eeking out a living collecting thrown away goods and selling them from a horse-drawn cart or such. Amazing that this has now become an elite kind of business with the advent of the internet. What a world!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @kimark421: Thanks for the kind comments kimark421! Yes, we were also surprised when we saw that the "sisters" were piecing the stuff out. They did a REALLY good job for the storage unit owners. We're currently in Florida (just got in last week) and spoke w/ someone just today about getting on a list for what's going on down here in the Daytona area. So we'll be doing some updates on John's blog soon! Thanks again! :) Kath

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      What a great lens. And I had no idea that some storage units are "pieced out" at auction. I learn something new everyday! Anyway, I really enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @Linda Pogue: Thanks GrammaLinda! We'll actually be doing quite a bit more of this during the coming winter - we're going to try a winter in Florida, and have already researched enough to notice that there is quite a bit going on w/ storage unit auctions - so we'll write more soon! Wishing you and your husband a prosperous eBay and flea market season! :) Hugs, Kath

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      This is interesting. My son and husband have been discussing doing something like this. Both have experience selling on eBay, and my husband has a booth at a flea market. Thanks for the information!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @cdevries: I know... it really was sad. I wish we could have returned some things to the original owners - I even Googled their names, but no luck. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! :) Kath

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      Very informative! I've been to estate sales, which are sad in the same way, as remnants of someone's life... with cool stuff.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @whiteskyline lm: You're welcome! And thanks for the comments on this lens! Over at Squidoo U, there is a lens on how to add the html graphics... I don't remember the exact lens... I'll try to find it for you (I might have it listed on my "Making a Squidoo Lens" lens). Try this code for starters To put a double border around the text in your module:

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      You guys find the neatest things!! Love the graphics here, that is something I am looking into now, how did you do it?

      BTW, I added a bit on the Jack whoopin Chuck article, trying some basic html graphics, thanks for posting there.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @ltraider: Thanks! It was fun writing it! :) Kath

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      Sounds exciting! Nice lens

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @janeaustengirl lm: Thanks Jane Austen girl! (PS: I absolutely LOVE Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice story)

      Hugs,

      :) Kath

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      janeaustengirl lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @Gripandflip: Thank you SO MUCH! I am very grateful for you encouragement, and also for your feedback. BTW: I love your lenses too...

      We'll be leaving Myrtle Beach at the end of April, and going back to New Hampshire - we don't yet know how many of these auctions we'll be able to find in our neck of the woods. It's pretty rural where we are... But we're going to be looking! I wouldn't be at all surprised if they do the whole unit there or not...

      One thing we learned is that this does seem to be pretty unusual - piecing it out, that is... When we're here for the winter, we're in a tough position since we don't have a home of our own or our truck to really process the large amounts.

      It's so fascinating though!

      Thanks also for lensrolling me. It means a LOT!

      Hugs,

      Kath :)

      PS: When I finish the little video synopsis, I'll add it...

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      I loved the lens and I'm glad you got it done. I never liked the auctions that piece items out one by one like the one you attended. I prefer how they do it here in Oregon in which the whole unit is sold at once. The downside here though is that you also have to deal with all the junk as well. Good job on the lens and I have lensrolled you.