10 Surprising Items Real People Found in Storage Units

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Storage units offer the convenience of storing personal belongings that people don’t have an immediate use for thereby freeing up valuable space in the apartment. Whoever seeks to use the service are charged a monthly fee by the storage facility to secure, however failure to keep up payment or abandoning belongings brings down the auctioneer hammer on the properties.

Self-storage auctions can be a goldmine for treasure hunters, a popular reality TV series Storage Wars is a perfect example of what self-storage auctions are all about. The TV series depicts the adventures of four veterans of storage unit treasure hunting as they scour auction upon auction in search of hidden treasure.

 

Below are a few of the surprising items people found in storage units:

  1. A copy of Michael Jordan Recruitment Letter
    This is exactly what a man found after buying a unit where he came upon numerous documents belonging to Michael Jordan himself. These documents will eventually fetch an impressive $50k.
  2. Old Photos of Amelia Earhart
    One very lucky California woman discovered the old photos of the first ever female to embark on a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. They were found in an envelope in a storage unit she had acquired. The photos were expected to go for as much as $1000 each.
  3. A James Bond Spy Car
    A man and his brother were in luck after winning a storage unit auction at a bargain price of $100 where they discovered the James Bond Car. Ironically the two brothers did not know much about the treasure they had in hand, eventually selling the car for a whopping $1 million to Elon Musk.
  4. Old Newspaper bearing the news of Elvis Death
    In a 2010 Storage Wars episode, a storage unit was discovered to house numerous newspapers, many going back several years. They held crucial announcements such as the death of Elvis Presley known as the King of Rock and Roll.
  5. Human Body part
    A group of men found the unexpected when they acquired a storage unit in Kentucky instead of finding the treasure they seek, they came upon the remains of the dead owner’s wife.
  6. Meth Lab
    Two brothers in California discovered a Meth lab after buying a storage unit that housed it. In the storage unit were various equipment used in the Meth production process.
  7. A Grand old Piano
    In one of Storage Wars episode, Barry Weiss must have been thinking he blew $275 on a useless piece of junks until he came upon a classic beauty, sitting in the midst of old saloon instruments was a Grand Piano that will eventually fetch him a cool $11500.
  8. A Hand Grenade
    In Michigan, a man discovered a live hand grenade in his unit, he called the police and a bomb squad was sent to detonate the hand grenade without anybody been harm.
  9. Unreleased Michael Jackson songs
    More than 250 never released original songs by the King of Pop were discovered in a storage unit used by Joe Jackson. The songs were reportedly worth millions of dollars making it quite an incredible find.
  10. Classic Cars
    Back in 2009, a classic 1937 Bugatti 57S was found in a Unit, laying there for about 50 years. The value of the car is close to $9 million.

 

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Historical Items Museums Want

museum art found in storage locker

If you’re a history buff, you might enjoy estate sales, antique markets, and storage treasure hunting. There’s no telling what treasures you may find from a bygone age. Mementos from decades-old political campaigns, letters, diaries, newspapers, magazines, and more. All of these tell a story and give us a sense of being in a historic moment.

Is it Museum-Worthy?

Museums, libraries, and historical societies have limited space and budgets. They have guidelines regarding what types of materials they accept. Many objects are beautiful and interesting, but items added to a permanent collection need to be representative and unique. According to curator Elspeth Kursh, “diaries, pamphlets, photographs of people, or mass produced books” generally won’t make the cut. Here are some tips when assessing items for posterity:

  • Check the museum’s wish list to determine exactly what they are looking for.
  • Look up items online to get a sense of their rarity, and to see if they appear on any wish lists.
  • If you have no luck with museums, consider selling to an antique shop or becoming an antique dealer yourself.

What Museums Want to Buy

One example of a collection coveted by museum curators is the Wright Collection, which contains thousands of pieces of political campaign memorabilia. The variety of objects both rare and common interests curators because they’re so expansive. However, even this vast collection remains in storage, partly because researching and cataloging so many items take a lot of time and resources.

If you’re a collector yourself, consider taking a page out of Burt Reynolds’s hoarder book by opening your own museum. Remember, the purpose of a museum is to tell a story to the public through cultural artifacts. If your items aren’t ready for a permanent exhibit, you might organize a pop-up museum in your community.

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