This past weekend, I went to my first ever storage unit auction - and won my first unit! I've been going to a few antique/estate auctions here and there since we have a few friends that are auctioneers, but I couldn't wait until I could go to a storage auction. The first location had a few units, but none that I was interested in. I was specifically looking for furniture I could sell in our booth at The Nat on Route 66. When the auctioneer opens the locker, you're allowed a few moments to peek in, but no stepping inside or moving/touching stuff. (Just like on TV - haha) It's kind of fun seeing who bids on what type of unit. The first locker I saw just had bags and bags of what looked like kids clothing. The bags were covered in dust, so it was safe to say they'd been there a while. Another unit had a Christmas tree and a few cardboard boxes. At the second location, there were a few more available units. One had two futon bed frames - that was it! Then the next locker door opened and it was stuffed with stuff. Furniture, tubs, boxes, couches.. I knew this was going to be my unit. We won it with a bid of $240. It was the highest unit that sold all day, but it was also the best. ;)
Since we only had 48 hours to have the locker cleaned out, we got busy pretty quick. We started pulling out stuff and trying to sort whether we wanted to try to sell it or if it was trash. We pulled out four dining chairs, a lawn mower, a huge mirror, a DVD stand, a media cabinet, a wooden end table, a microwave, TV, tubs and boxes of clothing, a crib, two coffee tables and two end tables, a midcentury nighstand (wanted so badly to keep it!).. and then we saw there was a side by side fridge behind the couches. I had no idea it was back there since we couldn't see it. There was a bed frame, a dining table, and two mattresses in the back, too - along with a couch and love seat. In the boxes, we found a bunch of personal things. Unopened mail, job applications, drivers licenses.. and love letters from prison:
With the media cabinet, night stand, end tables, coffee tables, mirror, etc - we should make around $200 at our booth. The couches were pretty rough, so we donated those and the mattresses to Salvation Army. We took the fridge, dining table and chairs, and the crib to sell at an upcoming auction. The only thing I kept for myself was the lawnmower and binder of prison love letters. Haha! I would like to re-read them and share some of the better ones. I feel like we already made our money back with the furniture and keeping the lawn mower. Whatever we make at auction will go toward our next one.
Going through someone else's stuff is both weird and thrilling - not knowing what you're going to find next. It does make you really wonder what happened to the people that this stuff belonged to or what their story was. I think it's safe to say, storage unit auctions are my new favorite thing. I can't wait for the next auction. ;)