Why are Storage Unit Auctions So Popular?

August 1, 2018

Friends celebrating an online auction win


Auctions date all the way back to the seventeenth century when your only chance to bid was determined by the length of time a candle could burn. Once the flame went out, the auction was over. Thankfully, auctions have evolved since then. You could be anywhere in the world and still participate in an auction with the help of the internet. And now, because of reality TV shows over like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, storage unit auctions have become more universal.


But why are they so popular? Affordable Family Storage has the scoop on what storage unit auctions can offer those willing to jump in and start bidding.


When you bid on a stranger’s abandoned storage unit, there’s an air of mystery surrounding their things. Sure, you are able to look at the unit before you decide to bid, but you can’t dig around. There may, in fact, be something valuable hiding in there, and you never know what you’re going to find. If someone was willing to pay for their things to be in storage, chances are there are items of value inside.


For the crafty spirits out there, storage unit auctions give you the chance to turn someone else’s junk into an item worth selling. Maybe you’ve purchased a unit for $10 because there was an old dresser in the corner. A little sanding, paint, and some new knobs can have you selling that dresser online for a nice profit. Or, if you decide to keep it, you now have a new focal point for your spare bedroom.


Revamping or repurposing vintage, antique, or just old items promote resourcefulness. Reusing old items saves you money and keeps pressure off the ever-growing landfills. It also teaches others the valuable lesson of taking care of what you currently own.

Online and In Person

Storage unit auctions have also risen in popularity because you can bid online and in person now. There are countless websites that offer real-time auctioning with constant bidding. Participating online allows you to pick the storage unit and location you want anywhere in the world with just a couple clicks of your mouse. Or, if you prefer, you can go in person to collect your new items right away. The contents inside each storage unit are what determines whether it is auctioned in person or online.

Affordable Family Storage

If you are looking for a place to store away those items you just can't seem to part with, Affordable Family Storage in Billings, MO is here for you. With 9 other locations across the Midwest, there is no reason you should pass up such an easy and convenient storage solution. We offer autopay, security, and drive-up access to units for a hassle-free experience. Come browse through our unit options today.

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