Why People Use Mini Storage
You may ask yourself why someone would allow their property to be sold off at a storage auction after they have gone to the trouble and expense of packing, moving and storing their goods?
The answer may surprise you. In fact, some of the real life stories shared will shock you. Yet, the circumstances leading to storage auction could happen to just about anyone.
First let's briefly examine the typical storage tenant, and what you may find locked away in those cement and steel closets.
Analysis of the storage industry tells us that the vast majority of units across the nation are in the hands of individuals. Storage tenants are folks like you and me that need extra space for the holiday decorations or just want to get that car back in the garage. Only between 6 and 10 percent of storage tenants are businesses, and this of course varies by region. In large cities, the business storage percentage may be higher, and the reverse in smaller, more rural communities.
We know that we humans are collectors, so let your imagination run wild. What do you think rests behind those carefully padlocked storage units? Just about everything known to man. Some storage units are filled with mechanical parts for autos, boats, aircraft, cycles, trains, heavy equipment of all variety you name it. Others house furniture, antiques, musical instruments, toys and doll houses, clocks, appliances, radios, records, china, vintage clothing, historical artifacts and sports memorabilia. These are the more obvious examples.
How about the more unusual, more exotic collections behind these roll up doors? Taxidermy collections, mummies from the ancient world, rare Chinese pottery, Albert Einstein's lost scientific papers, or an original copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden underneath old clothes in a dust covered steamer trunk. All this and more is stashed away in storage units, by someone who wanted to keep their treasures and keep them locked away.