Hello friends and welcome to another post. Today, I'm going to be buying and opening an abandoned storage unit so Lately I've been seeing a lot of people do posts where they'll buy and open an eBay mystery box And I figured it would be fun to open a different type of mystery box: an abandoned storage unit Basically what happens with storage units is that if someone abandons one the storage company Auctions off the contents inside. Which is basically a glorified Way of saying they have other people pay them to clean it out for them. But, you do get to keep whatever's in there including any hidden gems Which you could hang on to or as some people Do you could resell and it seems like if you know what you're doing it can be pretty lucrative I of course however, Do not know what I'm doing, but after looking up some local live storage auction listings and binge reading some storage wars I've decided to try my hand at it.
So we're gonna go to an auction try and buy a unit and see what's inside.
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Okay! Let's go so to begin our journey buying an abandoned storage unit we got a u-haul van, and if we don't need it Well, we got a van anyway (we got a van) and headed down to a storage auction that was about 45 minutes away It seemed perfect it was in the early afternoon there were like 22 units available We were cruising. So it seems like pretty much every single storage unit that We talked to about this doesn't want us to post so we're gonna post what we can but if we can't post something, We'll just tell you guys what happened. So we got there And we signed in and then we like waited around until 2:00 when the auction was supposed to start and I'm pretty sure we were The only people there. Okay, so I'm just gonna start in like a 15 minutes We're gonna scarf down our Mickey D's, and then we're gonna go try and buy a storage unit this is Happening so we walked into the main office like right at 2:00 And the guy like looked at us almost with a smile on his face was like it's cancelled Okay so The auction was cancelled my theory as to why they were cancelled is that when Tyler signed in they saw his name and Tyler's been Calling around to different storage units to ask if we could post and they've all said no. (yeah) So the guy saw the name it was like wait a second Cancel the auction right there look I said all for this company of all of the auctions are canceled using up all of the Auctions are cancelled. It's like for the rest of the week I didn't roll them specifically and then I called a couple of other places that online Said that they were having storage auctions the next morning, and they said that they were gonna have them so we were like okay We'll just go tomorrow. They're abandoned. No they want us to buy them.
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Yeah, why is this so hard Okay, good morning. It is day number two of having this u-haul and attempt number two at buying a storage unit for some reason I'm wearing the same shirt as yesterday. I don't know why I did that Isn't necessarily a lucky shirt. I'm nervous cuz yesterday I felt like way more ready for the auction and today I'm just like and I buy a storage unit please What are you like Oscar the grouch? – yes no right off the bat this one seemed a little bit more legit There was more of a main office and there were five or six people already Waiting there by the time we got there so I was feeling pretty good because it seemed like this auction was probably going to happen Okay, guys, so we just signed in there seemed to be some serious bidders Yes, like everyone had tool belts multiple locks on their belt. We've heard a lot of talk about $5, 000 We've heard a lot of talk about washing machines like people our people are here to buy tyler kept practicing his like bidding Call I'm gonna. I'm gonna wolf when I'm at a wheel so when we got there We thought that there was supposed to be 14 units because that's what it said online But then I overheard one of the people who worked at the storage place say that there were only five units up for auction So we're gonna have to really try here yes.
This is actually a this is high stake a little bit of a competition so once the auction started Everyone who is there got into a pretty small elevator and went up to see the first unit so basically how this worked is that? The auctioneer cut off the lock and then opened up the storage unit and then everyone filed through with their Flashlights and stuff so once everyone gets to take a look at that unit the auction starts right away 305 So the first one was actually kind of interesting there was a Kermit puppet I saw a boogie board in the back a couple of Skateboards and like an army backpack and it seemed like a few other people were also interested I was a little hesitant After a couple of bids to keep going though because I didn't want to be like the newbie who bought the very first unit that We saw and there was another guy who seemed like he really wanted it, so we let him get it And he bought up for like 275 bucks and immediately we were both like oh Maybe we should have gotten that one.
So the second storage unit was just an empty room with a few giant sets of chests of drawers and as soon as the auctioneer Opened up the unit most people filed by and looked in and immediately Started walking to the next unit in fact that seems to be kind of like the crowd Dynamic at these live storage auctions whenever they would look inside the storage unit and not like what was in it They would just walk away to the next unit yeah, they wouldn't even wait for the auctioneer in the bag Please move on it sucks And if you are someone who like doesn't mind lugging a lot of stuff around you might hang back and get like a less desirable Storage unit for really cheap and in fact on the next storage unit the auctioneer opened it and it was just like a Giant pile of clothes and almost no one wanted it and so one guy hung back and got the whole thing like ten dollars So after the second and third boxes were kind of duds. I started getting kind of nervous because there was only two left.
So the auctioneer opened up the fourth storage unit and Immediately I was intrigued in the unit was basically just like a giant shopping cart full of comic books there were some other things kind Of like strewn about like a lot of books some clothes It seemed maybe a little bit of dirt here there So I was interested because I've heard that comic books have some value especially if they're older or unique or like well-preserved But also comic books and books are easier to carry than something like a giant chest of drawers Especially given that there was a shopping park right there We could just load him up and wheel him out it seemed like some of the other buyers were interested as well Not everyone some people walked away, but a few people hung back and kind of like got into the bidding with us but after a couple of bids I think they kind of just let us have it because we seemed like we wanted it so we ended up buying the whole unit For 25 bucks, okay, so I'm walking up to our storage unit I just paid for it It's happening So after the option we took a look at our unit and realized there was a decent amount of trash on the ground.
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Oh my god It's a little crazy in here But I was really drawn to it because of all these comic books look at how many there are back there Hopefully those are collectors additional comic books is those who want a bottom line with these Abandoned Storage Units You have 48 hours from when you buy it to clean it out? Yeah, we have to clear this thing out, so we're gonna go to Home Depot Get some garbage bags and gloves and just go to town I'm actually really excited to get all of our treasures out of there I am a little bit less excited about cleaning up the trash That's in there as well but I Know that it'll be worth living in so something interesting about the way our Storage unit was laid out is that once you open the door? Whoever's unit it was Positioned a book called like the treasures of the tomb of King Tut right on top of the shopping cart It was kind of a warning like all ye who enter here leave mine alone which was interesting But not that terrifying because you know it wasn't actually a tomb or I hope it wasn't at least but that said quickly afterwards We did find a broken mirror on the ground. This is broken mirror. Yeah, that's not gonna Break itself. No. I'm the problem and also a mask hanging from a pipe on the ceiling. What's that? So that's a devil thing isn't it with what seemed like a woman's bikini top like hanging off of it I don't like that thing. I'm gonna be honest I don't think that we should keep that so that was a little weird But we trudged along so we started sorting out the things that we should save there were a decent amount of male clothing items in There a lot of it was workout gear, but there were a couple of pool items like an intricate denim jacket and a Sixers Jersey Philadelphia, that's pie's favorite team. Oh that. I just put my head next to a bunch of hangers mr. Process I took that as the first good omen of the Storage unit there were also a lot of comics as we had seen before a lot of books and also a decent amount of Mid-2000s porn I mean, I can't show you guys, but there's a lot of porn.
I have a theory This is like a guy that got married So what kind of sword you getting here you put all his porn and his all his comic books in here just be like That's where it is if I ever get the divorce and come back again again. Oh, that's a green spears I should not take it out But there was a lot of trash there were some pretzels and some very old power aids Actually there were a lot of power AIDS. It was just everywhere I spread my first bogey there something wet the ground and I just reached into it's like why is there food in here food and Powerade it's like kind of weird actually oh, no he's a string is too much for me So it took us a couple of hours to clean the whole unit out these are trash This is books magazines and comics This is clothes and that is Tyler and then we took our bags and our shopping cart down to the car We did however leave the devil looking masks We told the people in the main office that we couldn't get him down to be fair He was wrapped around a pipe that was hanging from the ceiling so we were like yeah We just can't get him so now we're gonna Go home unload clear out the trash, and then we're gonna get the comic books appraised I think that there are actually some serious treasures in there I have thoroughly enjoyed this very new experience either way, but it would be cool if we did turn a profit I mean there's definitely possibility Okay, so we just got home and we are gonna start unpacking everything from the van into our garage.
We've got a couple boxes We're gonna like start taking out the books and magazines and comic books and categorizing them into different things So we've got a lot of sorting to do so we've got this GoPro taped up that will hopefully Record us doing all of that. Yes, so we'll just fast-forward through most of it for you guys Yes so in the end our haul was one bag of clothes a camera tripod a camera bag a backpack a cool Jersey an Intricate denim jacket an Air Jordan hat a box of old magazines two boxes of books including a couple of la public library books two boxes of comics a shopping cart a folding chair and three bags of garbage Looks like the power raid is leaking. Oh, that's nasty, but from the trash Rises the treasure I also got all these free push pins Oh my god from the floor you have a ton in there. Yeah, I can will be a tap dancer Okay good first day of buying an abandoned storage unit technically it's our second day because we didn't have one yesterday You're right. Good second day of buying our Abandoned Storage Units we do have to get this stuff appraised, but so far I'm pretty pleased I already felt pretty Accomplished from just cleaning out an old storage unit and throwing a lot of stuff away And the shopping cart seemed like a good find But the comic book seemed like an obvious lead.
So we wanted to go get them appraised so we have our two full boxes of comics I just wanted to count through them all just to make sure I knew how many we had this is gonna take a while Okay ty so how many did yours have about 215 same? I was 219, so we've got over 430 comics all together so we headed to House of Secrets which is a comic book store to get our comics appraised and Potentially to sell them okay, so we're with Paul at a house of secrets in Burbank Paul. We've got a lot of comics I noticed that yeah, we've got gold tubs, so we're just wondering what these are worth and if you want any of them now Paul who is a comic book expert took one look at our pile and Immediately said that he wasn't very hopeful just looking at them We 90 stuff late many stuff There's a few bucks from this period that do have some value that's very few unfortunately yet you have one right on top here That's by the 20 L book the mid 90s of a kind of the comic book explosion And as you can see Everybody put him in a bag on board so all of them usually in a fairly great shape so you might have a few in Here from this time period or you know maybe five to ten dollar book so you're not gonna find a spider-man lawn or a tent That no a book or anything like that a twenty dollar book is pretty good So we're just gonna have to go through them all unfortunately that's about the other way Yeah, everything you gotta go through the conditioning of it These are the ones that Paul likes and then these are the ones that Paul doesn't like as much. It's not that they're bad It's just they don't really have much of a value to be on this post. They could still be good reads We don't know that's what they're there for So what effects the value of a comic book the most? Condition the big killer for account books is water damage think about all that power ‘ if you open the storage And there's a shopping cart full of these things. Yeah. Yeah, yeah shopping car shopping I think a little shopping card shopping coach probably worth more liquor so from what Paul said most of our haul he would put in his like dollar book pile and the Batman ones he would sell for between like ten and thirty bucks so if We had a comic book store We could maybe have me like 300 bucks off of our haul But given that we were the middlemen in this situation we sold our comic books for a hundred and ten bucks so we can Scrounge up 15 bucks from someone else and we're breaking even You can probably keep the two boxes and get 5 bucks apiece for those. What about the shopping cart? Oh, I've seen the shopping cart you got your money back. Oh, yeah Awesome, thank you. Thank you so much.
I don't think you want that hand this desk I think a big variable that we were learning very quickly is that we didn't have an easy way to sell any of this stuff short of opening our own antique store we would have to clean prep list Sell and ship every individual item on eBay or something So we decided to donate the clothes that we kept the sixers jersey and the denim jacket because they're pretty cool And we returned the library books. We've got a few Martial arts Michael Jordan, and then we've gots an atlas of holy places and sacred sites We also have a this thing about reefs I just want to find a book drop and deposit it because I don't want to get charged for whatever late fees have incurred it's the last one I Actually feel pretty happy yes Oh returned them And then we kept the shopping cart as well as the folding chair in the tripod so basically if we say that we paid fifteen bucks for a shopping cart a Sixers jersey a tripod a bunch of vintage magazines and a little bit of pouring from the Mid-2000s and a couple other bags and jackets and this chair then we broken even But it's not just about like getting all of our money's worth.
It's also about you know having the experience and we can keep a couple of mementos from it actually We looked a little bit into the market price for shopping carts and they can go for over a hundred bucks So we could definitely sell ours, but I think this could come in handy down the road Oh, and all I'm very glad that we did this. It doesn't look like buying Abandoned Storage Units is gonna Be that profitable of a venture for us unless we really commit and like open up an antique store or something I will say though that I got a very good adrenaline rush from the auction so this does make me want to go and participate in more live auctions well I just I want to go in and bade own stuff just have some good healthy competition with other buyers get in there Just get in there in terms of storage units though I'm open to getting another one maybe not in the near future, but like if the time was right There's just a lot of cleaning involved And I think in fact that's why people abandon them in the first place cuz they're like I just don't want to have to clean this storage unit and I also didn't love encountering unknown devil masks or broken mirrors or Threatening King Tut books, but you know the porn was okay Thank you guys so much for reading if you liked that post make sure to smash that like button and if you want to see More posts like this make sure to smash that comment button if you've already smashed that comment button make sure to also smash a little Bell icon in the middle and on post notifications you get a notification every time that I post here are my social media handles and make sure to check out my next feet I Do a lot of daily blogging and q, and A's on there a big shout out to Jacqueline for reading Thanks for reading Jacqueline, and I will see you guys next time.