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Self Storage Auction Yields Human Skull

by Holly Robinson March 17, 2014 7:56 PM
Remember the scene in Hamlet where two gravediggers argue whether or not Ophelia should be buried in a churchyard since her death looks like a suicide? Hamlet comes along and wonders about the skulls that they dig up to make room for a fresh grave. Hamlet then picks up a skull and the gravedigger says that it is the skull of Yorick. Whereupon Hamlet says, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him. Fellow of infinite jest.” The findings in a recent self storage auction in Tennessee reminded me of this scene from this Shakespearean play. [More]

Self Storage Auction Yields Unusual Find

by Kim Kilpatrick February 17, 2014 3:14 PM
A former NYPD detective, a building once owned by Anthony Bailey (co-founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus), and a former Storage Wars contestant have come together in a ‘perfect storm’ to create an almost macabre story. This is a story of a self story auction with several very unusual twists. [More]

Celebrity Treasure to be Found in Self Storage Unit Purchased at Auction

by Holly Robinson February 14, 2013 9:39 PM
America loves the needle in a haystack. The country loves the possibility of finding valuable treasure where only junk is thought to exist. There is one thing that is more highly sought after by amateur treasure hunters everywhere—celebrity treasure found in celebrity junk. [More]

Louisiana Self Storage Raises Money for American Heart Association

by Holly Robinson October 31, 2012 6:10 PM
Recently, we have written about several self storage facilities across the United States who have partnered with Charity Storage to raise money for various charities. Fort Knox Climate Controlled Self Storage in Louisiana has now joined the ranks of those working with Charity Storage. [More]

How Storage Wars Has Impacted the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez March 14, 2012 1:35 PM
It's interesting how television impacts real life - especially the self storage industry. Storage Wars, the reality television series shown on cable TV, has become wildly popular especially with folks between the ages of 25 through 54. Because of this popularity, the general public has an increased interest in participating themselves in the auction of contents from storage units. And this has impacted other self storage auctions across the nation. [More]

Vermont Self Storage Company Trying to Help Provide a Safe Place

by Kim Kilpatrick July 14, 2011 5:44 PM
One of the main concerns that self storage facility owners and operators have is that people will try to live out of there storage units. When times are rough and people are hard pressed for cash they will often do whatever it takes to put a roof over their head and that of their families. Paying rent on a storage facility is a lot less than that on an apartment after all. [More]

Illinois Joins Ranks of States Looking to Change Lien Laws for Storage Auctions

by John Stevens March 29, 2011 7:56 AM
Illinois lien law legislation is making headway in congress despite opposition from the Press Association whose newspapers would lose revenue if the changes are passed. Introduced to the Illinois 97th General Assembly in February, the lien law was passed through the Commerce Committee and now moves to the Senate. [More]

SelfStorageTalk.com Gaining Momentum As Biggest Forum for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 23, 2011 9:50 AM
Discussion forums were an integral part of the Inside Self-Storage World Expo that just wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. The forums gave those in the self storage industry an opportunity to talk directly with each other about topical issues. But when there’s no industry show to attend, where do those in the know go to discuss what’s on everyone’s mind? [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]

Popularity of Self Storage Auctions Spurs Change in Tennessee Lien laws

by John Stevens March 11, 2011 7:51 AM
Self storage auctions are getting swamped with attendees in recent months as popularity has grown, causing many states to look at streamlining their lien laws. Earlier this week, both Nevada and Florida legislators reviewed proposed changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. Now Tennessee has joined the ranks by introducing legislation that would lift the newspaper advertising requirement for self storage lien sales. [More]
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