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February 29, 2012


Ever since shows like A&E’s Storage Wars and SpikeTV’s Auction Hunters have started popping up, we get a lot of calls asking about our self storage auctions in Albany, NY. So, what are they and can you really strike it big? Well, here is a little background. Self storage auctions are held when someone fails to pay their rent or abandons their unit, and we auction off what was in them. Only 1-2% of all the rented storage units in the country ever go to auction. If you are looking to score big at an Albany storage auction here are some tips from the experts on what to look for. The Best Items in Storage Units:Tools. Tools like saws, power cables, hammers, nails, and tool boxes are hot items. Even if they are gently used, there are always people looking for a reliable set of tools and those usually sell well if you are looking to resell.Furniture. Keep an eye out for small cabinets or drawers with multiple containers or compartments inside. If the furniture piece itself is nice, there might be something even nicer inside one of the compartments. That is how jewelry is often found.Electronics. Think the more specialized the better, such as espresso makers, fancy coffee presses, carbonation machines, high quality ice cream makers and the like. If you see a lot of everyday appliances such as toaster ovens and old washers, these probably don’t have a great value, but if worse comes to worse they can often be sold just for their parts.Boxes Marked Fragile. Often times you can find small little knickknacks that have value here. Albany Self Storage auctions can be fun and exciting, and if you are a treasure hunter with a few extra dollars, well, it can’t be beat.  We hope if you are in our Albany, NY neighborhood you stop by an auction! Call your Albany SuperStorage Property Manager for more details. Be sure to check out the shows that started it all:Auction Hunters Storage Wars Plus check out these self storage auction websites: Destiny Auction Storage Treasures

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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is an SEO Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her newly adopted Greyhound rescue, Titan.