#2 - The Stripper Unit
This was one of our very first units as well, and also a $50 unit. We could see a lot of toys and totes, and random miscellaneous things, and so we jumped on it. It was a very profitable unit, and was super fun to have our first stripper unit. At the time, we thought it was such a cool thing-- now we realize it's sort of commonplace, but I won't ever forget the thrill of "the first time!" - and it's still a novel thing, regardless. We'll call her Darla (we try not to reveal real names if unnecessary) -- and she was a full-time dancer, and a full-time single mom. She also had a REALLY bad drug and alcohol problem, and was in both AA and NA (alcoholics and narcotics anonymous). The drugs were so bad that she sold EVERYTHING of hers. I will say, though, that she seemed to be a fantastic mom-- her little boy had everything he needed-- she did not ever sell any of HIS things, only her own. So, basically, we had a little boy's entire room, and all of his toys, and decorations, and a bunch of stripper clothes! Here's a picture of just SOME of the outfits:
Oh, another thing about that unit-- the one other thing she didn't sell (besides some cool vintage photographs that meant something to her) was a George Hunt limited edition signed and numbered print that sells on his website for $450-$500. We still have it if anyone is interested. It's really cool!
Oh, and check out the painting she painted for her kid... it is the cutest thing EVER. I kept it for if ever I have kids, but if anyone else wants it just holler:
Unit #3: The Old Lady Unit
One of our first big units we ever got (a 10X20 if I remember correctly) was PACKED with dusty boxes. To date it is probably our most profitable unit of all time. I don't even remember what we paid for it, I believe under $250, and it seriously was the unit that kept on giving. We had furniture, 3 boxes of records, 5 boxes of CDs all still in the cases, cassettes, DVDs, VHS, glassware, crystal, the entire house-- all packed into neatly organized boxes. The lady was in her 60s and it contained both her mothers and fathers estates as they had both passed away a few years early. The result was lots of fine china, silver, coins, jewelry, all sorts of things. There was a beanie baby collection, a doll collection, a poster collection, a medal collection, a Mardi Gras memorabilia collection-- all sorts of amazing things. I think we sold and sold and sold the pieces of this unit for months.
This picture (from the unit) was original art and was one of the ugliest pieces I'd ever seen, Brian agreed, as did most of the people on facebook. But we put it up at a Garage Sale for $20, and actually had TWO different sets of people fighting over it in the parking lot. They ended up paying $45 for it!
Unit #4: The wedding/gun/scrapbook unit
This unit was purchased the same time as Unit #3 (also at the same time as that unit where we keep sharing the letters between Michael and Jennifer), so it was a busy day-- and it was equally as packed, but with newer stuff. Stuff that was TOTALLY unorganized. It was a couple in their 40s who had a small child who had divorced very recently. Her wedding dress was still in the unit, and I put it on, used it to attract Garage Sale customers, and then sold it on Craigslist. She also was an AVID scrapbooker and had THOUSANDS of dollars of scrapbooking supplies. We still have all of them, to have a scrapbook sale at a later date, because I refuse to let that stuff go at garage sales for 10 and 20 cents a piece when I know how expensive it is in the store. Plus, I have it at my house now so I can use it whenever I want! I took pictures of just the Disney stuff and that is only 1/50th of all of the things I have. So, if anyone knows a scrapbooker, send them my way! This couple was also into anything Western, so there were lots of fake guns and Western things and Cowboy inspired jewelry. It was a good unit overall, lots of gold, and toys, and household things, and we still don't even know what the scrapbook stuff will go for!
This is one way to attract more customers to our sale:
Unit #5: The Purple Heart / Cigar Unit:
We bought this unit because it was old and dusty, and we could see some records in milk-crates. That was the only reason. A newbie upped us to $355 and we were a little nervous at first that we had overspent, maybe for the first time ever. We ended up selling the records for about $80 and still had a genuine beaver hat, and a TON of cigar paraphenalia and pipes. Hundreds of pipes. We sold one here and one there, some to antique shops, some to collectors, some at garage sales. It took us a little while, but we finally sold our last pipe. We now have contacts though that if we ever get pipes again, it will be a breeze to get them to the appropriate people. And it was SO profitable. I was really upset at the cigar stench at first, and the dust, and having to clean everything off -- but it ended up being worth it. Oh, and did we mention we found a Purple Heart in that unit? It was such a cool thing to get to see it in person, hold it, look at the documents that came with it, etc. We decided that right away it wasn't right to keep it-- it needed to be returned to its rightful owner. And we made back the money on the unit, so there was no question. We're still waiting on confirmation of the man's correct address, but the purple heart will be shipped back where it belongs with a letter stating that although we couldn't return the man's other things because he couldn't fulfill his debt to the storage facility, we definitely can never repay him for his service to our country and our gratitude for that, so we are happy to return what he rightfully earned. So cool-- who would have ever dreamed we'd find something like THAT in a storage unit?
Here's a link to the Facebook note about this one, because after all, Brian always says "work smart, not hard" : http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&¬e_id=10150197935986615
Here's the picture of where the combination also ended up-- underneath one of the drawers. This safe is for sale, and the other one is in my house. Safe #2 contained paper, by the way.
A picture that plugs in and makes waterfall/frog/bird chirping noises:
A portrait of Black supermodel Jesus:
and last but not least, Time for Tacos, a book that's not at all racially stereotypical:
Trina Turk jacket
Tory Burch top
Michael Kors shoes
Christian Dior Butterfly Pouch Satchel
A stripper-ish top we found in that first unit:
Lily and I with the van and all of our goodies:
Wow, has Brian changed!! Thank goodness he does not wear socks with sandals anymore. I am a good fashion influence!
And finally, a few random pictures that I'd just like to get off of my phone: