storage warriors aim to turn abandoned junk into cold hard cash
There are 1970s style playing cards featuring photographs of topless women and a few pieces of jewellery which may or may not be junk.
There are framed baby photos, marriage licences, death certificates and brand new camping gear which could fetch a pretty penny at a garage sale.
Diane Kinsey is sorting through it all goods accrued in what is otherwise known as Storage Wars after the popular TV series divvying up what was once someone else stuff into piles for recycling, selling, garbage and give away.
While Kinsey and beau Jeff Funk will keep some items, sell some and donate others, the couple plans to return some to Budget Storage where they near blindly bought contents of an abandoned locker.
was two trips in my car, my brother vehicle, Jeff truck and Jeff had to go back a second time, to bring the haul home, the 34 year old says. garage is full. the belongings stored by a woman who rented it out before defaulting on her tab and pretty much disappearing, are photographs some turn of the century old, others yellowed with time and portraits of children, which the couple hopes can be returned to the owner.
believe in karma, Kinsey says.
Contents of the locker offe timberlands r a a snapshot of someo timberlands ne life.
The woman who rented the locker for years appeared to be storing items for a boyfriend, including a motorcycle in numerous pieces (which may or may not add up to a complete bike) and a mother who appears to have passed on far too young.
T timberlands here a baby book with an umbilical cord taped to it, a bag full of size XXX clothing, gift certificates and stuffed toys.
There was also stripper clothing, along with other items confirming she was at one time a stripper.
like her whole life was in there, Kinsey says.
pretty sad. and Funk are veterans.
They have gone to auctions for years and the first storage locker they purchased proved a winner.
The locker was deceptive. With just two items inside, every other bidder walked away.
But along with Volkswagon Jetta floor mats, there was a Santa Cruz bike frame with no tires and the couple recognized its value.
sold the bike for $650, Kinsey said.
still trying to sell the mats. storage locker auction starts with locks busted open and bidders given a quick glimpse inside.
This couple came prepared and armed with a flashlight to try to illuminate the treasures within.
For the most part, purchases are sight unseen and bidders cannot enter the room or touch anything inside.
It is always a gamble. Funk says the trick is t timberlands o ensure it calculated.
a price and stick within it and make sure you can lose every dollar you bid, is advice he offers to rookies.
don have big pockets to lose a lot of money it would be different if I had a lot of extra money to blow, then the price I paid didn matter. is deliberately conservative.
He figured the motorcycle tires in the recently purchased locker, for instance, are worth about $200 a piece and spotted fishing rods and other items he knew could easily be turned into cash.
And seeing someone else bidding on it all only upped its cachet.
A young guy in a loud, intimidating voice threw out a higher bid, but it sold to Funk and Kinsey for $450.
don take your eyes off him, Funk said. That the general contractor tactic to ensure competitors know he means business.
let him know buying this unit. they wouldn know exactly what they bought can be a little disconcerting, said Kinsey.