Meet Vivian Maier, A Storage Treasure

Meet Vivian Maier, A Storage Treasure Wouldn’t it be great to find an undiscovered Van Gogh in a storage unit? Or to solve the mystery of the stolen Rembrandt paintings, now missing for 27 years? These scenarios might be a tad far-fetched. However, for historian John Maloof, an interest in local history led him to accidentally, posthumously […]

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How to Tell if Autographs are Authentic

Baseballs, collectible cards, celebrity photographs, books, posters, art prints, band T-shirts: if you find an autographed one in a storage unit, your heart might just flutter. Is it treasure? There are ways to find out. Keep in mind that just because an item isn’t signed doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. Rare posters, first-edition books, original art, […]

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Intro to Valuable Coins

Remember when somebody won a treasure chest full of pirate booty at a storage auction? That was truly a rare find. It’s unlikely you’ll stumble upon a valuable coin collection, though it’s possible — people have been known to abandon valuable items. Even if you don’t find a cinematic treasure chest, there might be some […]

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Crafty Auction Winner? Try Upcycling

Part of the fun and excitement of storage auctions is finding out what’s inside. Perhaps you find some priceless treasures in a box somewhere, or maybe the unit didn’t turn up as much as you might like. Either way, you’ll likely have material you simply are unable to sell. Should you just toss the items […]

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Antique or Old Junk? How to Identify Antiques

Shows such as Storage Wars and Antiques Roadshow have piqued viewers’ interest in finding treasures in what might seem to be junk to the untrained eye. Before cleaning out your attic or neighborhood garage sale, consider the following tips that can help you identify antiques from old junk. 977 total views, 1 views today

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What to Look for in Storage Units

When a storage unit goes unpaid for several months, the owner of the storage facility often puts units up for auction. The winner receives everything inside of it. However, it isn’t usually possible to spend a lot of time appraising the unit, and bidding high can be a gamble. If other bidders are driving the […]

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