In total, I bought just over a dozen or so units. Never once did I find an antique gun, some rare collection, fine artwork or valuable jewelry.  In one particular unit I thought I’d found some real sterling silverware – that gave me a momentary rush, and it would have been a nice score, but it ended up being a silver plated set, not the real stuff (still, I was able to sell the set on eBay for $100, plus shipping).

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When you find an auction that you’d like to attend, be sure to show up a few minutes early. If you think you might bid, then you’ll need to register as a bidder.  Registering in no way obligates you to bid on any unit, it just gives you the right to do so. Usually before the auction starts some ‘ground rules’ are announced. Typical rules are “don’t go in the unit.” Or “don’t touch anything inside the unit” and most importantly “if you win, payment is due immediately.”

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You’ll also need to bring a padlock, and probably a flashlight as well.  Units are dark and the flashlight can help you see what’s inside.  That’s kind of important if you’re trying to quickly estimate the value of the unit. The padlock is in case you win.  If you do, the locker is immediately yours.  Close the sliding door and lock it up till you’re ready to come back with your truck and trailer to unload it.

In my experience, most facilities give you 48 hours to have the unit cleared out and left in a “broom clean” condition (i.e. swept out). If you don’t get your stuff out, of if you choose to cherry pick a few items and leave the rest, then the facility can reclaim the locker and it would most likely be auctioned off again. You’d also most likely be banned from participating in future auctions held at that facility, or run by the auction house you dealt with. Lockers Denver Colorado

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