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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]

New Storage Auction Portal Ready to Launch its Website

by John Stevens January 10, 2011 8:43 AM
With the newly arrived and successful A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” making debuts on cable TV, people have begun flocking to storage auctions hoping to experience the same excitement and find similar treasures hidden inside the bins and boxes as the bidders they watch on the shows. Now professional bidders who have been working the storage circuit for many years find themselves standing next to wide-eyed novices. And what it takes to be successful is good instincts, some bidding skills, and of course, some luck. But the first step is finding a good auction. Arriving on the scene is a new online portal that will help professionals and newbies alike find upcoming storage auctions quickly and easily. [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]

Anyone Can Make Use of Self Storage

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2010 10:07 AM
Typically when people think about whether they need a self storage facility it comes down to whether they have enough stuff that they want in storage that they feel they need an extra closet or room for their belongings to go in. Thanks to a new twist on the self storage concept this does not have to be the case. [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]

A&E Will Air New Show on Hunting for Valuable Storage Loot

by John Stevens November 9, 2010 6:15 PM
Often treasures abound in abandoned storage units and Hollywood has decided to permanently shine its camera lights on the storage industry for a show where the hosts act like gold-seeking hunters, making their way from auction to auction. It is an unfortunate and not so frequent occurrence when a customer stops paying rent and has their storage unit repossessed. But for those seeking a big pay out on the contents of these storage units, it is pure joy when they strike it rich. [More]

History Channel About to Unveil Storage Wars

by Kim Kilpatrick June 30, 2010 1:41 PM
The History Channel is preparing to debut a new reality show this fall -- and it will be about storage. The show, called Storage Wars, will focus on what happens to the contents of a storage unit if it is abandoned by its owners. It is being developed by Thom Beers, who previously produced reality shows Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers. Beers hopes that Storage Wars will follow in the footsteps of other hit new reality tv shows, like Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars. [More]
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