Online Storage or Live Auction.

A real slump in Auctions

storage auction and flea marketThere’s been a slump in our regular live auctions lately and I guess the baby boomers. aren’t retiring and downsizing as they have in the past. There’s been a good run of quality items for that very reason … well…  I” ll just have to wait for the second wave.

Plan B

So, I’ll go to plan B, that’s what I’ll have to do, go back to my favorite, the Storage Auctions.

You know the reality show that you watch on TV. You know, where the auction junky finds a fortune by sticking their bare hands into an unknown container?

That part is just silly, Eh!

For a blog writer, if you are ever in a slump for something to write and you need inspiration, check out the storage locker circuit. Some of the lockers have a lot of good, bad or ugly stories to tell.

Open the door to a nice, neat looking boxes, and a couch and chair which are surgically wrapped in plastic Or, open the door and it’s as if somebody stood in the doorway and just threw the items in. (Now there is one upset person)

Taking the fun out of the auctions

A lot of these locker auctions are now being sold online with only a couple of terrible looking pictures to go by.

So, buying these lockers is not for everybody.

Live storage auctions were bad enough before with only a flashlight to find your prize, so, number one rule at those auctions is to bring a really good flashlight and a good imagination.

Now,… how do these companies expect you to bid on something with a blacked-out picture that’s taken upside down?

You have to be either stupid or nervy.

Must be a lot of nervy people out there,  the online delinquent storage business is doing good, so, call me “Nervy”

But, these delinquent lockers could be a lot of work, and did I say … you’re bidding on these lockers with very lousy photos.

As we speak I spot this large locker with skids. Why would they pay $700? rental a month to store skids? And why would somebody buy these skids? No money in skids! So. Call me stupid.

“I just bought a job “

I did find some gold once…  I think?

“Future POST” Finding gold in a storage locker.

Anyway, …

It’s not for everyone.

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Please check out my first posting of storage auctions

Storage Wars Locker Auction Warriors

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A group of people at a storage auction

“The most gold does win” For you want-to-be storage locker auction Warriors/pickers there are a few things you should know “The man with the most gold DOES win,” but beyond that, the excitement of the unknown.  What’s behind that dresser/box … what’s in that tool case???. That big 52 In. TV BOX, could they have left the TV behind? … That gets my blood flowing faster than hang gliding or jumping out of a plane.



The excitement of the auctioneer blurping out the numbers like he was in overdrive, well some do, and some don’t.  In most cases, that doesn’t happen. It’s very dry and, in some cases, “borrrring” and, with all the reality TV programs, there has been an influx of people wanting to do the storage auction circuit, The gold, the old antiques, hopefully, maybe all the money you’re going to make right. ???

Storage Wars Locker Auction Warriors

Garbage left at a storage auction

Garbage left at a storage auction

But through all reality, some of these delinquent locker owners have fallen on bad times and might not have left you a lot of gold. Some, if any valuables might have been removed by the owner and left you the rest,  “if you know what I mean.”

There are many reasons why a storage locker is abandoned. Divorces, overcrowding at home downsizing, home to an apartment, death in the family, company closing, but the one that I like the best is the job relocation. (But you’re not supposed to know that) The person did expect to retrieve his goods and, in most cases, took utmost care in wrapping them. Those people always plan on coming back, but in some cases, didn’t find it feasible, so they just abandon the locker.

Those lockers you can spot, they are nicely wrapped with precision, carefully covered furniture, and then you notice, everything boxed in U-HAUL boxes. That would be a good sign. But everybody else sees it too, and if that’s the case, you will have to dig real deep into your pocket.

In the TV programs they cut the lock, you know, it’s all for the show, but in most cases, we do not … we unlock the door with utmost precision with no hype, no drum roll! “But I always wondered, where did they get the key?” Anyway.

Since the TV program American Storage Wars and the Canadian version Storage Wars Canada there have been a lot of newbie’s, new faces, most people being caught up in the hype, and in my opinion, paying far too much for those lockers, so what do I say ….“Buyer beware” it’s only a TV Program

The power of Television” Eh

Before the TV program about storage auctions, most locker companies had trouble finding buyers and had to dispose and clean out the units themselves at their expense. Now people are coming out of the woodwork to buy the delinquent lockers and paying good money … excellent for the storage companies, and of course, they have every right to try and recoup their losses.

Storage Locker Auction Warriors

But I have noticed that SOME of the unscrupulous self-storage locker companies have been taking advantage of a good situation. They’re using some of the auctioned lockers to get rid of their unwanted items, so again, buyer beware and buy wisely.

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Always Have A Flash Light at Storage Auctions

Me, I have a little Gipsy in me & buying and selling is in my blood. I enjoy the unknown; the hunt and, hopefully, I don’t go broke buying too many bad lockers.

Tip …. Set a price in mind, and what you want to pay, and that goes for any auction STORAGE, ONLINE, or OTHERWISE and be smart and don’t go over that price because things happen fast.

Remember, by walking away; you still have your money.

Don’t get caught up in all the TV shows… It’s just Good Entertainment.

If this tells you anything … “One Day, I had to take five trailer loads of whatever to the dump, from one locker.” Who would pay a reasonable storage fee to store garbage? The question is, “Who would buy it?”  Stupid ME

So, you still want to be Storage Locker Auction Warriors?

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Remembrance Day Must See Movies

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is (November 11)  it is a day we honored our Fallen, our brothers in arms for all their sacrifices.

TV documentaries, war movies are as close as many of us will see about the horrors of war and in most cases, it all has to do with our side and what our Armed Forces have been through.


But I have to wonder with all these conflicts, there is an other side that’s going through the same emotions,  through the same hell as our Canadian soldiers.  You read the daily news about North Korea and all these other hot spots in the world and it is a constant reminder that wars will not go away. Technology rapidly changes but our mentality, well ……   IT JUST DOESN’T.

So here I sit, watching Remembrance Day Must-See Movies

So here I sit, not physically well to day, so I’m watching a couple of old war flicks as a reminder of the fallen. Some not so publicized and interesting movies from across the pond, some you might not have ever seen before. Very doubtful these movies were ever made in Hollywood; they portray ordinary people, thrown into a conflict that they have no control over, these people have the same 24 hrs, 7 days a week, they have families that love them, they are fathers, mothers. They hurt the same way as you and me. So I picked these movies to remind me that there is nothing glamorous about the war on either side and I think these movies portray just that. There is a message to be learned in some of these films.

Remembrance Day November 11, we should reflect on all the fallen.

I had to share these titles with anybody interested in WW2 war stories and “What happened on the other side.”

(Das Boot)    meaning “The Boat” in German WW 2 flick … The old movie about the U boat Submarine crew, it was quite popular around the

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  (The Front Line)  North and South Korean War and how many died over a “hill”.

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(My Way  (must see) World War 2 film about what 2 Korean soldiers.

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 “My Way” War film is about 2 Korean soldiers and what they went through during the time the Japanese occupied Korea and onto to fight under different flags before World War 2 ended. 3 Excellent war films if you wanted to see, the other side of the story. Buy on Amazon

Please read my take on Warships being built in the great lakes (LINK)

Remembrance Day November 11, we should reflect on all the fallen.

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