It's only fair to balance this out. The stories I have provided you and the WARNINGS of storage bin AUCTIONS are TRUE. They are indeed me and my partners REAL WAR STORIES.
BUT IS ONLY FAIR that I also provide the GOOD NEWS. But I also want to WARN you about a couple of other facts about BUYING STORAGE LOCKERS before I spill the goods.
YOU ARE BUYING AND BIDDING on other peoples HARDSHIPS! And sometimes the rest of the story is so sad. It's only fair that you send back to the STORAGE Company personal items. OR BURN IT.
Living in America is not easy. And people make mistakes. And in a weak economy it's harder. You don't need to make things harder for folks. DON'T POST PERSONAL PICTURES, LETTERS, or anything that could make things worst for the folks who just lost everything.
Sometimes you get a bin of JUNK! But to those who lost it! It is their stuff and sometimes all they had. It's sad to get a bin when the kids where forced to take care of a dieing family member, Can't work due to home nursing, And can't make ENDS MEET. Had to move in or out and stored things for this reason. And another thing getting a job in this country is not easy. I expect in 5 more years Half the population will not MEET THE PROFILE STANDARDS. And YET earning a PAYCHECK of MILLIONS with perks and BONUS! They stood at the gate for a BAILOUT? And at the same time set standards for hiring folks like going through HOOPS & LOOPS!
It's easy to live in this world when you have several incomes, Or a nice retirement or just well off and point fingers. You just don't view this things the same. Because your OK. You enjoy the good life. But when you really get out there! Your views WILL change.
We went to a Storage Sale and the Family that lost the unit was there. The Mom and two kids. I DID NOT BID! They had a couple of dollars and the kids wanted a couple of their toys. and the Mom wanted a blanket that her Grandmother made for the kids. It was the type of bin sale they pull things out. There they stood dressed in rags, Watching their stuff go.
WHAT HAPPENED At THAT SALE JUST BROKE MY HEART! And it was not good stuff. But their was this DAVE TYPE THERE! And he just would not let go. I left. I just could not watch anymore. And I did not have the funds to help. The kids crying and MOM telling them it will be OK.
At another sale It happened again. This time it was this lady who just wanted the kids clothes. THIS WAS A GOOD DAY! THE DAVE TYPE WAS NOT THERE! And all of us there bidded on the stuff and piled it on the ground and GAVE IT ALL BACK TO THE MOTHER. You could tell she also was having a hard time at it.
It was a GOOD DAY TO BE A AMERICAN JUNKER! But did not help the bottom line.
This is why I really don't care for STORAGE BIN BUYING. I REALLY HATE IT SOMETIMES! But it's something I have to do to keep myself going and make ENDS MEET.
I think in posting here I SHARED THE REAL FACTS AND WARNING About storage unit buying. And it's only fair to balance this.
We have found some FANTASTIC TREASURE ITEMS in the bins. But for keeping score! Out of 100 storage units only 1 may have that FANTASTIC PIECE.
It's also important to note that that out of that 100 bins you may find only one or two FANTASTIC pieces. And over time you may build something out of it.
AS I STATED! WE HAVE YET TO MAKE ANY REAL MONEY out of storage unit buying! We have found some things over the years. And in the end ONE DAY IT MAY BE WORTH IT. If we can get them sold PROPER!
BUT LOST OF TIME LABOR & the investment of the units. At this time we are in the RED bad.
Just to be FAIR here are some of the good things!
We have a Helicopter. It was all apart And nobody knew it was a Helicopter in the bin. As luck would have it. The Southern Sisters who will auction this knew someone who could put it together before the auction. And wanted to do it for free. Seems it was a Rare Helicopter. And they where excited to get it back together.
We have yet to AUCTION IT! So I don't know. It may be a winner or BUST.
In this same bin we got BUCKETS of Megalodon SHARK FOSSILS. I've been eBaying them. We did OK with this bin at $850.00 It's one of the rare ones out of 100 bins.
We have a 4 ft X 4 ft 24 K GOLDEN HORSE. This is a RARE item. It's done my Texas ARTIST JACK WHITE. And is JACK WHITES GOLDEN HORSE! He is aware of this peice and also provided special information about it. He was surprised it showed up. Have yet to sell it.
Also we have GENE AUTRYS Original Studio HICKORY CARVED SIGN from his home studio. Have yet to sell it.
If you missed it in the blog post. We have a 3 ft X 4 ft painting that was cover with PLASTER over the entire painting. Once the plaster was removed it was a OIL PAINTING. And experts have told us it's worth Millions? Maybe but we think somebody may of been hiding it. But we only have 5 bucks invested in it. It was the only thing in this bin with a CHAIR? But this could be the single WINNER. We have it locked away.
There is more. But yes, YOU CAN FIND THINGS!
But look at all my warnings and the REAL war stories I've posted. THEY ARE TRUE STORAGE STORIES FROM THE REAL WORLD! JUNKING IN AMERICA FOR A LIVING I call it. And it's tough.
IS IT WORTH IT. I Don't know yet. BUT IT'S A TOUGH LIVING!
SINCE A&E and all the other shows I expect this to get even harder. Even going out PICKING! American pickers has ruin this nitch! We go out as we have done for years. BUT NOW WE GET! "YOUR THE TENTH PERSON WHOS BEEN OUT HERE THIS WEEK"
So I had to give up running the country. GAS IS TOO EXPENSIVE and it's become yet another joke.
Now STORAGE WARS is making the bin sales like going to a ROCK CONCERT! There us to be about 10 or 12 folks there. Now it's an ARMY!
With PAWN STARS I talked to my buddy that runs a popular pawn star chain. THEY ARE ENJOYING it. Told folks who never bin in a PAWN SHOP are coming in. AND BRINGING SOME FANTASTIC STUFF in with them!
So out of all of this They seem to be the real winners here.
Also AMERICAN PICKERS! Only because they where FIRST to get a SHOW. They will do great with the reruns over the years.
The STORAGE WARS FOLKS! I don't know yet. But they do need to BALANCE this show with the REAL WORLD FACTS.
THE GOOD STUFF IS FAR AND FEW BETWEEN. IT IS VERY RISKY AND SOMETHINGS DON'T WASH OFF EASY.
BOTTOM LINE DON'T GO OUT THERE AND THROW CRAZY MONEY at STORAGE UNITS. And you better have a strong heart for it.
And if you have it easy and got it made money wise. Enjoy life. IT'S SHORT! DON'T EVEN GET STARTED IN THIS!
It's not like they are showing you!
OK I think I've had my say in this. This show has effected ME and others. BALANCE IT OUT! AND SHOW THE REAL STORAGE WARS! THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY! And how about the folks losing there STUFF! You can do good here and help FOLKS if presented correct.
I think a lot of people would enjoy the show more.
A LOT MORE TO THE STORY HERE! SAME WITh American PICKERS. You go out picking without a good BACK UP partner AND STILL YOU MAY JUST STUBBLE INTO SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU NEVER DID!
Same with STORAGE UNITS!
I Always say. Just like eBaying. IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY!
When you bid on a storage unit how do you know that the owner of the facility has not gone thru it first looking for valuables ? Is there some type of writing in the renters contract or is it more or an unwritten rule. There must be something in place or the no one would risk the gamble on a bid. There is about 7 of us at work that are hooked on the show and we all have the same question.
American Bailout, I learned a lot from your post. I have a friend who turned her family's old egg-laying
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