Storage Heroes Tip #2: Although it's easy to say that "high dollar items come from high dollar neighborhoods" (and that is sometimes true), remember also that "high dollar" individuals may also have the high dollar funds necessary to recover their items from storage! We have found some of our best jewelry in some of the poorer neighborhoods. Don't stereotype, just think outside the box!
Storage Heroes Tip #4: Breaking facility rules (leaving something in a unit, throwing your trash around, putting things in the on-site dumpster you shouldn't be putting in, coming and going after hours, etc) -- is NOT a way to get ahead in this business. You anger them, you ruin your chances of being able to come back to the same spot and buy again. And they can and WILL ban you from auction.
Storage Heroes Tip #5: We're not suggesting that you bribe facility management by any means, and in fact, there are some things they can not and will not tell you under any circumstances-- BUT, it always goes a long way to ask them if they need a beverage, offer to make a coffee run, bring cookies, whatever, wherever you can. At the very least, smile, and be polite & thoughtful. These people are your allies, and if they like having you around, it can make all the difference in the world. Not in winning bids (that's illegal) , but it helps to have someone who will give you a bottled water or lend you a broom or run you a bathroom key in a pinch.
Storage Heroes Tip #7: Make sure you arrive at auction prepared! Not having a lock, the proper amount of money, or your necessary and required paperwork (drivers license, tax resale information, etc) - is NOT cute or funny. It's annoying and rude to everyone involved in the storage auction process. For suggestions of what you should bring, visit our What's in the Bag? post to find out what we bring to auction.
Storage Heroes Tip #9: Don't be surprised by all the jerks, freaks, and total nutjobs you'll encounter at Garage Sales and via Craigslist. Just keep an even head and remember that it's pretty funny when you think about it (later). For some of our experiences, read: The Dollars and Sense of Garage Sales, Letters to Garage Sale Customers, and An Open Letter to People who Read Craigslist
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Storage Heroes Tip #44: Be vigilant at your garage sales. People will still try to rip you off, even if you're selling something for a dollar. See Hell In A Sell or Don't Ever Come Back Here Again!
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