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Need a Job? Here's One Creative Idea!

by Winnie Hsiu December 16, 2011 4:26 PM
Reality shows have taught us much. If you watch Jersey Shore, you know what the youth of today mean when they talk about ‘GTL.’ If you are lucky enough to be chosen from the thousands (and in some cases millions) of contestants that apply—and then win the show—you can even win enough money to live a pretty comfortable life. [More]

Self Storage the Secret to Success for Some

by Holly Robinson May 23, 2011 3:51 PM
For everyone there is one thing that stands out as what led them on the path to success that they are on today. Education may do the trick for some. For others, it may be that they know the right people in the right places and getting the proverbial door open. In many cases, it might be just blind luck. [More]

Hoarders Attracting National TV Attention and Helping Fill Self Storage

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 8:59 AM
Hoarders are some of self storage’s most numerous customers with big collections often winding up in self storage units. Extreme hoarders – those who hoard things like thousands of miniature animal figurines or mountains of clothes – often try to contain their massive collections within their homes, which can be dangerous and disturbing to family members. This hoarding phenomenon is picking up national attention thanks to a popular A&E show called “Hoarders” which tries to help the hoarders learn ways to clear out their homes, such as utilizing self storage. [More]

Reality Shows Peak Interest in Self Storage Auctions As Number of Defaults Rises

by John Stevens March 21, 2011 7:45 AM
It used to be that professional bidders, thrift store owners and flea market entrepreneurs were the main buyers at self storage auctions. But because of the popularity of A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” many novice bidders have joined the fray and increased numbers of attendees at storage auctions. Whereas a year ago only a handful of bidders would attend an auction, now those numbers have grown exponentially. [More]

Florida Seminar Focuses on the Ever-Popular Self Storage Auction

by John Stevens March 3, 2011 12:35 PM
It comes as no surprise that the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) will host a three-hour seminar on storage unit delinquencies, lien laws and the auction process on March 31. The hugely-popular TV show, “Storage Wars” has thrust the self storage industry into the limelight and attracted auction bidders in droves across the country – many of whom are novices. Self storage operators now face high numbers of auction attendees as well as a need to understand the legal process behind a lien sale and how to run a safe and secure auction. [More]

'Storage Wars’ Star Set to Serve Up Auction Advice at ISS World Expo

by John Stevens February 28, 2011 7:56 PM
Treasure seekers are turning out in droves for self storage auctions across the country, mainly due to the hit A&E series “Storage Wars.” Numbers of attendees have exploded since the show premiered last fall. Feeling confident in handling large auctions and knowing the ins and outs of lien laws is on the minds of many self storage operators. [More]

Colorado Might Join Ranks of States With More Lax Self Storage Lien Laws

by John Stevens January 27, 2011 7:28 AM
Colorado could join states like California and Nevada when it comes to more relaxed lien laws for self storage auctions. Coming up on Jan. 31, the first senate hearing on a Colorado bill to modernize the state’s self storage lien law will be held. The Colorado Self Storage Association (CoSSA) along with financial backing from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), introduced the bill in mid January and representatives from each association will testify at the hearing. [More]

Self Storage Operators Mull Over the Opportunity to Make Some Extra Cash During Auctions

by John Stevens January 26, 2011 8:04 AM
With the influx of attendees to self storage auctions, some facility operators are beginning to wonder how they can capitalize on the frenzied rush they are now witnessing at these sales. The masses of storage hunters looking for the golden items hidden in storage units on the auction block have fed off popular TV shows like Spike TV’s Auction Hunters and A&E’s Storage Wars. It has brought novice bidders out of the woodwork standing alongside seasoned auction attendees with cold cash in hand and flashlights at the ready to peek inside a unit once the door is lifted. [More]

People Flocking to Self Storage Auctions in Higher Numbers

by John Stevens January 24, 2011 10:57 AM
Like a pack of ravenous seagulls at the beach, self storage owners and operators across the country are noticing larger flocks of people swarming to auctions with a taste for converting boxed treasures into cold hard cash. [More]

Inexperienced Gamblers Arrive on Storage Bidding Scene, Some Just for the Thrill of It

by John Stevens December 27, 2010 10:09 AM
The immense popularity of two new reality shows on the auctioning of storage units has brought droves of “newbies” to the bidding scene. It’s the thrill of the hunt, some say, that attracts new bidders more than the prospect of making money. But for the serious and experienced bidders, Ebay or Craigslist are the places they take their wares and hope to earn a pretty penny. [More]
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