Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Hush through the crowd. Storage door opens. Flashlights up. Flashlights down. Auction hunters shake their heads and move on to the next unit.

Hold your horses!

Don’t always take a storage unit’s appearance at face value. You may believe that if a unit stacked to the ceiling with boxes you will cash out.

Brandi and Jarrod from Storage Wars had such a thought once. Boxes however contained a surplus of new blankets. Both agreed to donate. Everyone hot to bid up that unit because it appeared full of hidden treasures.

Barry from Storage Wars bought a unit for $2.50. No one wanted it so he just shouted out a bid. Inside the unit an old dresser and baby items. The unit looked sad, really.

Barry however laughed all the way to the bank. Inside the top drawer of the dresser were several antique fly bottles appraised at $2,000!

Candy and Courtney from Storage Wars: New York bought a unit that had one pathetic box. No one wanted the unit. Inside the box a fur coat! Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am.

I know what you’re thinking… the producers placed those items to sensationalize Barry’s lost cause of a room and C&C’s pitiful unit. I cannot confirm nor refute. But what if they didn’t?

Types of rooms passed over.

  • Box or two inside
  • Inexpensive furniture
  • Garbage bags
  • Sparse items

Did you see the episode on Auction Hunters where Allen ripped open garbage bags and found money? Not just pocket change but paper money too.

If you spend anywhere from $1 to $20 for a storage unit that no one wants, isn’t it fair to say you could possibly sell the contents for a slight profit at a flea market, swap meet or even a garage sale?

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

How can you lose if you spend so little? That dresser Barry discarded could probably sell for $20 at a flea market. The unwanted clothes Allen tossed out from the garage bags may have sold for a decent return at a swap meet.

Those unwanted storage units that appear be trash might be the jack pot you seek. You spend $5-$20 (or more) on junk food a week without blinking an eye. No return there (except the spare tire around your waist). Spend $1-$20 on a storage unit that no one wants and take the chance you’ll find something valuable.

What you see is not always what you get.

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