2012 was another strong year for self storage unit auctions. With the popularity of Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, people continue to attend storage auctions to have a chance to find “treasures”. There are auction attendees who will resell the items that they bought in the storage unit at resale shops and others who are looking for high value collectible items. For some attendees, it takes months of going to storage auctions to actually turn a profit on the items that they have purchased in the auction. The values of the storage auction finds will vary depending on what the buyer is using the stored items for. The majority of items found in a storage unit auction are everyday items such as electronics, appliances or clothing. Most “big finds” at storage auctions are not reported to the public until the items have been verified, valued and then later sold.
Remember, the storage auction happens when a renter has defaulted on the rent of their storage unit. The storage unit operator contacts the renter many times before auctioning off the storage unit. According to most state laws, the storage unit operators can only raise enough money to cover the rent owed for the storage unit. In most cases, the amount paid for the storage unit during auction does not cover the actual rent owed on the unit.
There have been a few interesting and valuable items found in storage unit auctions over the past few years. Some of these items have appeared on the storage reality shows while most are at non-recorded auctions.
1. In April, 2012, the Auction Hunters won an auction on a storage unit with a classic 1969 Chevelle in pristine condition. They sold the car for $9,000 making a very big profit on the storage unit. The Auction Hunters have also come across items from NASA and antique guns in different storage units they have purchased.
2. In Late 2011, a storage unit auction auctioned off by the auctioneers of Storage Wars, Don and Laura Dotson, contained a chest full of gold and silver coins and bars valued at over $500,000. The attendee bid on two units totaling $1700.
3. Two storage units were purchased in Virginia which contained historical documents dating back to the Civil War, military memorabilia and presidential memorable. The unit’s contents were valued at over $100,000.
4. A near perfect condition Action Comics Number 1 was found in a storage unit auction in April 2011. This copy was allegedly stolen from Nicolas Cage’s home in 2000. The comic book was sold on a collector’s site for over $2,000,000!
5. A storage auction attended found rare and unreleased Michael Jackson songs in a storage unit. These were songs that were recorded in a time when Michael Jackson was not under a record company contract.
6. Celebrity chef and TV host, Guy Fieri’s stolen Lamborghini, valued at over $250,000 was found in a storage unit. This unit was not auctioned off and the car was returned to the chef.
7. There have been storage auctions that contained Aretha Franklin clothes and Burt Reynolds movie collectibles.
January is the time to reflect on what had occurred in the past year and set goals for the New Year. In most areas of the country, January is also the coldest, wettest and generally the most miserable month of the year. After the excesses of the holiday season, it is a good time for people to take a break and start planning spring and summer activities including travel, home improvement and organizational projects .
Every January and February, cities across the United States and Canada host home improvement shows to get people excited for spring and summer projects. These home shows will have everything from fully built homes and gardens to food and wine samples. Savannah is hosting the 13th Annual Low Country Home and Garden Show at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center from Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th. The hall will be filled with exhibitors that will be able to help you with ideas for improvements in and outside your home. The show has it all from gardens and landscapes to interior design ideas and daily live plant and tree sales. There are also DIY seminars, interactive Kids Zone, pet area and wine tasting.
How does home improvement and self storage complement each other? When you have decided to do a home renovation project, you will need to remove all of the items from the room during the remodeling process. Self storage is the best solution to store items for a monthly basis. Moving the items into self storage will protect them from any damage that can occur during the remodeling process. If you are changing the décor of a room and do not have space for a cherished family heirloom (or even your father’s old recliner), you can keep that item in a storage unit until you decide what to do with it.
Stop by the Low Country Home & Garden Show to get ideas for your home projects. January is a great time to start planning for your spring and summer home improvement projects. Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes to help you through any remodeling project. Stop N Stor also has packing and moving supplies for properly storing the items in your remodeled space.
It’s been a few weeks since you made your New Year’s Resolutions. The biggest resolutions are for losing weight and getting healthy. However, one of the easiest resolutions to actually complete is to become more organized. Your organization plan could include specific areas in your home such as a closet or a desk drawer or can include every room in your house. Whatever the reorganization project, the first step in completing the task is to come up with a goal and stick to it! There are many reasons that you might want to reorganize such as de-cluttering a desk, creating a new space for an in-home office or gym, organize seasonal decorations or putting family photos in scrapbooks.
Once you have the goal of your project set, then devise a plan on how to achieve that goal. The plan will include costs for materials such as storage supplies or new furniture, the time for the project and what you hope the outcome of your reorganization project will be. Larger reorganization projects can be quite daunting. Break down your projects into smaller, manageable parts. Once you complete each part, you can give yourself a “mini-celebration” and then move on to the next part of the project. Finishing the project will give you a sense of accomplishment and encouragement to continue other reorganization tasks.
As mentioned earlier, you might need to purchase supplies such as shelving units or storage bins to help in your re-organization project. You can also repurpose items in your home for storage .There are many websites that can help you be creative in your reorganization plans. When you are ready to start your project, remove all of the items in the area or the room that you need to reorganize. If you are reorganizing a room, then remove all of the furniture, personal items, clothing, etc., from the room. Sort the items into piles (or into boxes) of: keep, sell, donate, put in storage or throw away. According to organizational experts, you should have less than ½ of the items that you sorted go back in the room. As you put your needed items back in the room, utilize decorative baskets and boxes for the dual purpose of display and storage.
After you have sorted your items, make sure to drop them off to be donated or throw them out as soon as possible. Keeping these items in a different room will then add to the clutter of that room! Move the items that are going into storage as soon as possible. Self storage is a great help in the reorganization process. You can move the items that you no longer have room for in your home into a storage unit. If you currently have a self storage unit, don’t forget to re-organize the storage unit as well. This is a great task for spring and summer cleaning.
Stop N Stor has locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville to help in all of your storage needs. Stop N Stor offers month-to-month rentals, which are great for reorganization projects or longer leases to store your seasonal items all year-long. Stop n Stor also has moving supplies to help with your reorganization projects. Start off the New Year organized and clutter free!
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