Stop N Stor held a storage auction this past Saturday, August 4, 2012 at our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations. The weather turned out to be great for a storage auction! The event started at 9am at our Savannah location. Once bidding was done on the 12 units at this location, the proceedings moved to our Port Wentworth facility. There were 9 units auctioned off at this location. Our auctioneer, Terry, led the bidding festivities. Thanks to everyone that come out to place bids on the storage units that were up for auction. We had a good crowd for this auction with lots of people interested to see what storage auctions are all about! Thanks also to the staff at our facilities that were there to answer questions and help with the auction.
Storage Wars recently launched their 3rd season of shows. This “reality” show depicts a group of different business owners who go to storage auctions to either find the “big treasure” or to purchase items for their businesses. The bidding can get quite competitive between the stars of the show. However, there have been some rumblings online that this show and others like it are not really showing what happens at a storage auction. The show’s producers films hours of material at different storage auctions in order to edit it down to 22 or 48 minutes for a television show. The material is edited down to be “TV ready”, which means that they make it exciting for the viewers. This might not show all of the aspects of a typical storage unit auction. Even though most storage units that are up for auction might not have any hidden treasures or big finds in them, there are still quite a few storage auction participants who still want to take the chance to find rare coins, rare comic books or other valuable items. Most of the storage auctions reality shows focus on the people looking for the big treasures. Big surprises and finds can happen during a storage auction! Just last November, a pirate’s treasure worth over $500,000 was found in a storage unit.
A self storage facility has storage auctions to recoup some of the lost revenue when a tenant becomes past due on their rent. According to state laws, the management of the storage facility attempts to contact the defaulted customer multiple times before the unit actually goes up for auction. In most cases, the renter can even pay their rent in full up until the time of the auction. Auction participants can only bid up to the amount owed on the storage unit. The storage owners, per state laws, cannot make a profit on the auction. If the bids are lower than the actual amount owed on the storage unit, the storage facility loses money.
Stop N Stor participates in storage auctions for their Georgia locations. On Saturday, August 4th, Stop N Stor will be having a storage auction at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations. The festivities kick off at 9am at our Savannah location at 5725 Ogeechee Rd . Once the units have been auctioned at this facility, the auction moves to our Port Wentworth location at 315 Georgia Hwy. Our auctioneer, Terry will be there to facilitate the auction proceedings. Stop N Stor’s management team will also be present to help with the event and to answer questions. Just as a reminder, the auction is an open bid process. The participants will receive a few minutes to see the contents of the storage unit before the actual bidding starts. The auction is cash only. It is important to bring a few items with you when you attend a storage unit auction: cash, gloves, a flashlight and a way to transport the items in the storage unit that you just bought. The storage unit needs to be cleaned out 48 hours after the storage auction.
It was a gorgeous day for a storage auction this past Saturday, June 16th. This is a good thing, because our last storage auction in the beginning of March in Hinesville was held during thunderstorms and tornado warnings! Thankfully, the weather was perfect for this auction day! There was a good turn-out of auction participants and folk curious about storage auctions. Our auction regulars, such as Richard were also there to see what treasures they could find during the auction.
The auction started off at 9am at the Stop N Stor 245 W. General Screven Way location. Our professional auctioneer, Terry, explained the auction rules to the participants. Once the rules were explained and any paperwork filed out, it was time to start the bidding process. Each participant was given a brief look at the contents of the storage unit up for auction. Once everyone had a look, the bidding process started. There were 31 storage units that were up for bid in our 4 Hinesville locations. The auction ended in the early afternoon at our 1049 Kacey Dr. location.
Stop N Stor would like to thank our facility managers, Lisa, our regional manager, Terry, our auctioneer and all of the auction participants for making the auction day quick paced and fun. Lisa mentioned that you can tell that people are watching the storage auctions reality shows, because some folks in the crowd were making comments just like the “characters” from shows such as Storage Wars, Auction Hunters or Storage Hunters ! Keep an eye out for future auction information for all of our locations on our Facebook page, Twitter page and our recently redesigned website!
Rain, lightning, thunder and a tornado warning were all a part of the storage auction experience at Stop n Stor’s recent storage unit auction! The auction was held at our Hinesville locations on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The weather was ominous with rain being predicted all day. These were the storms that caused such tragedy and damage in the Midwest all day Friday. The crazy weather didn’t deter some of our hearty and dedicated auction participants! They came prepared for the inclement weather wearing boots, raincoats and carrying umbrellas!
Stop N Stor auctioned off a total of 37 storage units during Saturday’s event. The proceedings started at 9am at our General Screven location. Our auctioneer, Terry, kicked off the auction by telling the attendees the rules to the day’s event. Once the attendees got a peek at the contents of the storage units, the bidding process began. After the nearly 20 storage units at this location were bid on, the auction moved to our Highway 84 location. The weather started to turn for the worse during bidding for the last few units at this location. By the time that the auction moved to our Kacey Drive location, there was a tornado warning! The tornado sirens were going off in nearby Fort Stewart! There were just a few units to bid on at the Kacey Drive location, but the bidders continued to take part until the last unit was bid on at 1pm.
Stop N Stor would like to thank the participants, including our regional manager, Lisa, facility managers and our auctioneer, Terry who stayed through the end of the auction through the terrible weather! These people are truly dedicated to storage auctions! We are already making plans for the next auction for our Hinesville locations. This would be at the beginning of May. We are also planning a storage auction for our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations in mid-May. Keep up with the latest auction information for Stop N Stor via this blog, our Facebook page and our Twitter page.
The popularity of storage unit auctions has increased tremendously in the past few years with the popularity of Storage Wars , Auction Hunters and the new Storage Hunters. Storage Wars just finished their second season of shows at the end of January and are starting to film their third season. This show is so popular that Facebook launched a game in November 2011 called: “Storage Wars: The Game” A player can bid on storage units hoping to find some great treasures. It is just like the reality show with the same auction rules. In October, 2011, Stop N Stor hosted it’s most current storage auction at our Hinesville locations. The attendance to this auction doubled what it has been in the past. This is happening at storage unit facilities all over the country! Auction attendees are hoping to find buried treasure inside a storage unit! There were some major finds in storage auctions this past year, including a multi-million dollar comic book collection, a chest full of gold and silver coins and bars and US historical documents dating back to the Civil War!
Stop N Stor Hinesville locations are getting prepped for their next storage unit auction on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The auction will start at 9am at the 245 W. General Screven Way location. The next stop of the auction will be at the 746 EG Miles Parkway (on Highway 196) location. Once bidding has been completed at this facility, the final stops will be at the 1049 Kacey Dr. locations. There will be approximately 45 units up for auction at the 4 locations.
The auction will be cash only under an open bidding system. The offer will be on the contents of the entire storage unit. The auction participants will get a brief look at the contents of the storage unit before bidding commences. Our professional auctioneer, Terry, will be in charge of the auctioning process. Stop N Stor’s regional manager and facility management will also be on hand for any questions. Once the bidders win their storage unit auctions, they will have 48 hours to clean out the storage unit.
This past Saturday, October 15, 2011, was a perfect day to have a storage unit auction!
Stop n Stor was the “place to be” to find unknown treasures and have fun. There were a total of 38 storage units that were auctioned between our 4 facilities in Hinesville . The bidding process started at 9am at our 245 W. General Screvan Way facility and ended the auction at our 1049 Kacey Drive location. Professional auctioneer, Terry, led the bidding process and kept the auction running smoothly. The bidding process has to be seen to be believed! Our regional manager, Lisa Wilkerson, mentioned that she has been doing the auctions at the Stop n Stor facilities for over 4 years and has never seen the crowd or the bidding like it was at this auction in Hinesville! There were over 100 people who participated in the auction coming from as far as South Carolina and Waycross, Georgia! The attendees included some of our “regulars” as well as many, many newcomers!
At the beginning of last month, Stop n Stor held a self-storage auction for our Port Wentworth and Savannah facilities. There was a great turn out of current customers, new bidders and veteran auction goers. On Saturday, October 15th, it is our Hinesville facilities’ turn to share in the excitement! The self-storage unit auction begins at 9:00am at the 245 W. General Screvan Way location. Once the bidding has been completed at this facility, the proceedings moves to the 196 Highway, EG Miles Parkway site. After 196, we will proceed to Kacey Drives alternate location at 1018 West Oglethorpe Hwy (old A-1) and our last stop for the auction will be at the 1049 Kacey Drive location. There could be at least 50 units from the 3 Hinesville facilities that will be auctioned that day.
The auction is cash only and it will be an open bidding system for the entire contents of
the storage unit. The bidders will get a chance to look inside the unit before the bidding begins. There will be a professional auctioneer in charge of the bidding process. Stop n Stor’s regional manager and facility managers will also be available during the auction for any questions. Once the bidder wins the storage unit auction, they will have 48 hours to clean out the storage unit.
Self-storage auctions have become more and more popular. You can find out where to find
auctions in your area at the following websites: www.storageauction.net, www.storagetreasures.com and www.storageunitauctionlist.com. For those new to the storage auction world, there are a few things that are “must haves” for the day of the auction: don’t forget to bring cash, a flashlight to look in the storage units, gloves, a padlock to lock up the items that were just purchased, garbage bags and moving supplies to transport the new treasures.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 was a great day for our self-storage auction at two Stop n
Stor locations. The festivities started at our Savannah location at 10am. Professional auctioneer, Terry, directed the festivities at both locations. There were 11 units at the
Savannah location that were auctioned. The next stop was the Port Wentworth
facility . There were 9 units at this location that were auctioned. We had a great crowd of bidders. There were also past and current customers in the crowd that were interested to see how self-storage auctions work! Check our Facebook page, Twitter page and this blog for information on future auctions at our Hinesville locations. Thanks to everyone who participated in the auction!