Curbside Current Events!!! * 11-18-11

Go bid or go home

Raise your hand if you love Storage Wars as much as I do!  I have to admit that I have it set to record on my DVR and MyLove and I will spend some nights watching all-nighters 4 or 5 episodes in a row – Seriously!  One time MyLove even said “hey you

should go try to bid on a storage locker!” Is that his way of giving me the thumbs up to take out about $1000 more than my regularly budgeted garage sale money and go to a storage auction?  Cool!  He would probably beg to differ but at least he is keen on my fascination of locating hidden treasures.  Anyways the show has got me hooked as I am intrigued to see what goodies that these guys/bidders (and Brandi) unveil.   I have often wondered if it was staged or if the guys really dig around as much as they seem to on air, as I am sure some of it is.  I found this article upon keeping up with my current events and wanted to share with you, I am sure I would make more money researching the newest DNA code or scientific method but this is more fun.

Wow, all I ever find is stuff like this and this and this:

Yep those are this week’s curbside finds.  Not worth $500,000 like in Storage Wars (and a broken TV? Just wait to find out more!) but I’ve got plans for these guys. 
Guess you’ve gotta spend money to make money – you can’t expect to find classy treasures just on the side of the road! 
Here’s the article!

Man Reported to Find $500,000 Worth of Treasure in Storage Unit (ABC News)

Man Reported to Find $500,000 Worth of Treasure in Storage Unit (ABC News)

A San Jose man needed no treasure map when he reportedly stumbled on to $500,000 worth of gold and silver after bidding on an abandoned storage unit. The man, identified only as John, apparently paid $1,100 for the unit only to see his blind investment turn into a goldmine after a number of rare coins and a few gold and silver bars were found in the blue Rubbermaid container.
The reported find, in Contra Costa County, was so unexpected that even though the auction was held by American Auctioneers, the subject of A&E’s Storage Wars, there were no cameras present when the cache was discovered.
Even without cameras Laura Dotson, the co-owner of American Auctioneers along with husband Dan, still said she was delighted.
“It helps, it solidifies what we’re doing in the business,” Dotson told “It shows hope that with all these units, that there is treasure to be found.”
Although the buyer wants to remain anonymous, Dotson said he called her after getting the gold and silver appraised. According to Dotson, the first thing he said was, “Wow, this is a wonderful life.”
In recent years storage unit auctions have gained wide-spread recognition after becoming reality fodder for shows like Storage Wars and Spike TV’s Auction Hunters.
In California, where American Auctioneers is based, a storage unit is available for auction if rent has not been paid in three months. Bidders are able to view the storage unit from outside for five minutes to glean what they can, and then the bidding starts. While some units are worth little, the possibility of a big payoff draws in participants who are willing to take a chance.
John Cardoza of Storage Auction Experts, which was not involved in the auction, told ABC News that for people who know what they’re doing, “Six out of seven units can make money.” However, he stresses that the chance to make half a million dollars off a $1,100 bid is a bit rarer. “I hear similar stories about once a year,” said Cardoza.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the unit was owned by a recently deceased elderly woman. Cardoza says that since the storage units must be listed in the paper prior to the auction, some bidders use names to try to decipher what’s in the unit. “What some people do is, they look at the names. If it’s Ethel or Myrtle, it sounds older,” said Cardoza, who says an older person may have more collectibles than a younger person.
While the coins were apparently found in the unlikeliest of treasure chests — a Rubbermaid container – it was said to have been heavy enough that three men had to carry it out.
Dotson says the plastic container initially piqued the buyer’s interest, although for more pragmatic reasons. “He said that he liked it was in [plastic]and clean and easy to move,” said Dotson. “It’s a chance of a lifetime.”

If I could only be so lucky.  

Happy Treasure Hunting!



  1. Katie Franck

    I'll get you some skeleton gloves if you learn how to yell "yep" when you bid 🙂

  2. ~ Tami

    Guess what! I've already been practicing!

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