“When storage units are abandoned, the treasures within are put up for auction”
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that the popular American program “Storage Wars” is filming in Canada. They have graciously chosen our location to be the sight of one of their filming’s on Friday, May 10, 2013 and the show begins airing this August on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).
Now if you’ve never heard of Storage Wars well, I need to fill you in, because you’re missing out on one of the most entertaining reality shows out there. The rules are simple. When a self storage unit has not been paid for, for a period of three months or more, it can be put up for public auction.
The auction works like this; potential bidders gather around units that are up for auction. They are opened for a period of about 5 minutes so the contents can be examined, but not touched or moved in any way. Then the auction begins…the object of course, is to outbid the other guys on the units that you think have buried treasures and hopefully turn a profit. What ensues is a wonderful carnage of victories and losses, treasures and junk, head games and the occasional clash between the bidders.
The coolest part about storage auctions is that you just never know what you’re going to get. The whole process is full of anticipation because while you might be able to see the vintage guitar, or an old stamp collection worth hundreds of dollars. The real excitement is about finding a box at the back buried under something that has a musket from the war of 1812 that winds up being worth thousands!
Planet Storage is no stranger to these auctions and their cool finds. We had an auction here last year where a bidder ended up going home with an old moped that I’m told was worth a fair bit of money and certainly worth way more than what he paid for the unit. And being close to the High Park area, and just a short drive from the Annex, one can only speculate of the hidden treasures inside the units at Planet.
So come one, come all, to the Planet Storage auction being filmed by Storage Wars Canada on Friday, May 10, 2013! You may walk away with some amazing treasures and you might just find yourself on TV!