On September 8, 2012, the State of Ohio will hold a Surplus Warehouse Auction in Columbus. Continue reading
You’ve been watching the storage unit auction and antique picker shows and have fallen in love with the idea of discovering and selling treasures from the past. It is a romantic notion. They make buying storage units at auction look easy; but that is Continue reading
The State of Ohio will hold a Surplus Property Auction on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Columbus Ohio.
This absolute Auction is open to the public, and will feature Continue reading
On June 27th, 2012, Bowling Green State University will hold a public auction.
This Auction will be held at the BGSU Reed Street Warehouse, in Bowling Green Ohio.
This Public Auction will feature a variety of items:
- Dodge Caravan and Ford Windstar Mini Vans
- Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet Full Sized Vans, Cargo and Passenger Models
- Ford Ranger Pickups and Explorer SUV’s
- 21’ Bayliner boat with Volvo Inboard motor and Trailer
- Row after Row of Bicycles
- Pallets of brand new unused computer equipment
- Office Equipment and Furniture
- Foodservice Equipment
- Lab Equipment
- Unclaimed Lost and Found
This Public Auction is being conducted by Wilson Auction and Reality of Bryan Ohio.
Don’t Look Like A Rookie
Here’s a list of what you will want to have with you when you go to a storage auction:
My Storage Auction Checklist
- Dress for Success – Wear your work clothes and comfortable, sturdy shoes. No High Heels and Sun Dresses on this crew. Be ready to stand around during the auction, and to get dirty afterward.
- Locks – Bring your own. When you buy a unit, you will need to secure it before you walk away from them.
- Bottled Water – It’s hot standing out there in the sun. Unloading the unit is hard work. Don’t get dehydrated.
- Flashlight – It can be hard to see into the back of a dark storage unit when your eyes are used to being out in the sun. I like to wear dark sunglasses and look over them once I am in the shade of the doorway. A mega candlepower spotlight goes a long way to helping see through the dark.
- Sunscreen – Do it. You don’t want to be cooked by the end of the day, or look like a football by the time you’re ready to retire. Skin Cancer is a long term health risk of extended intense sun exposure.
- Rain Gear and Tarps – Some Auctioneers will cancel because of bad weather, and others will have you standing out in gale force winds to bid. Take a parka or a rain suit. If the weather is bad, win the bids, lock em up, and come back tomorrow when the sun is shining. I’ve seen creative storage unit buyers string a tarp between the building and their truck to make enough of a dry spot to sort under. If you are going to flea markets or swap meets, you probably have a tarp and some rope ready to go . . . right???
- Gloves – You don’t know what might be in there. Protect your hands. Chances are, they didn’t booby trap their storage unit, but things get broken during the move.
- Hand Cleaner – Be prepared to clean up your hands some after you are done. I keep a roll of paper towels and a small can of hand cleaner in my auction kit.
- First Aid Kit – Just in case. Be prepared to get scraped and poked. It’s bound to happen.
- Pack a Lunch – I like to stay on site until my units are loaded out. This can make for a long day. A cooler and a few sandwiches can be a nice snack after a few hours of sorting and loading a storage unit.
- Eat Breakfast – It is the most important meal of the day. Fuel your body before you go stand in the sun for hours and then have to load out your unit.