Contributing Editors

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]

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]

Storage Unit Lien Laws in California and Nevada Integral Part of Storage Auction Shows' Success

by John Stevens December 22, 2010 5:00 PM
On A&E‟s “Storage Wars”, some of the greatest finds have been Picasso paintings and a letter written by Abraham Lincoln worth $15,000. What enables new shows like “Storage Wars” and Spike TV‟s “Auction Hunters” to attract viewers with jaw-dropping finds are the lien laws that uphold a legal process followed when a renter doesn‟t pay his bill for a certain amount of time. Because the lien laws are more lax in California and Nevada, many of the shows‟ episodes are filmed there and could be the key to there success. [More]

Another New Show on Storage Unit Treasure Hunting Set to Premier This Week

by John Stevens November 29, 2010 11:02 AM
Reality TV just can’t get enough of the excitement of treasure hunting in abandoned storage units. A new show by A&E is joining the game just as Spike TV released its own show as recently as last month. [More]

TV Treasure Hunters Turn their Sights on Storage Units

by John Stevens October 25, 2010 8:55 PM
What’s behind door number one? How about door number two? These doors aren’t part of a game show, they belong to storage units. The auctioning off of stuff packed inside abandoned storage units is becoming an exciting trend. A purchaser could either have acquired a gold mine or a dud during an auction. [More]