Dan and Laura Dotson Diving Into Online Storage Auctions

By John Egan   June 30, 2015

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Two familiar faces from A&E’s reality TV show “Storage Wars” are entering the online auction business.

Husband-and-wife auctioneering team Dan and Laura Dotson say they’re adding online storage auctions to their website, The online auctions, which will supplement their live-auction business, are set to launch this summer. → Keep Reading

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19 Fast Facts About Dave Hester of ‘Storage Wars’

By John Egan   June 23, 2015

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Dave Hester, the resident villain on the A&E reality show “Storage Wars,” frequently manages to work his way into the news. Most recently, Hester made headlines after TMZ posted a video showing one of the most hated men in reality TV brawling with two of his “Storage Wars” co-stars.

To satisfy your curiosity about TV’s most famous storage-auction bidder, here are 19 facts about Hester. → Keep Reading

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‘Storage Wars’ Heating Up With South Florida Edition

By John Egan   May 18, 2015

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The reality TV show “Storage Wars,” filmed in Southern California, has spawned editions in New York and Texas. Now, the cable TV franchise is rolling out a Florida spinoff. → Keep Reading

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Smells, Sneaks and Snakes: Auctioneers Reveal What Puts the Brakes on the Bidding

By Jay MacDonald   February 25, 2015

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Thanks to the “Storage Wars” craze, most of America now knows that if you don’t pay your self-storage rent, the facility operator can auction off the contents of your unit to the highest bidder.

That’s what starts most storage auctions. But did you ever wonder what might stop one? → Keep Reading

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Storage Auctioneers Spill Secrets About Self-Storage

By Allie Johnson   February 23, 2015

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In their line of work, storage auctioneers know self-storage facilities inside and out—almost on par with the owners and operators of those facilities.

Yet for all that auctioneers know about self-storage, how much do we know about their storage habits and beliefs? Not much.

We asked four storage auctioneers to give us the inside scoop on self-storage, including which of their own belongings they may or may not keep in storage units. Here’s what they told us. → Keep Reading

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Are You Making These 6 Mistakes at Storage Auctions?

By Rachel Hartman   February 2, 2015

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The idea of winning treasures at storage auctions is tantalizing.

While participating in a storage auction is not necessarily complicated, there is much to be learned about the process to stand a chance of scoring those treasures, especially when it comes to bidding.

“This is a very labor-intensive business with a decent amount of risk,” said auctioneer Richard Kruse, owner of Gryphon Auction Group in Columbus, OH. → Keep Reading

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America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions

By Nick DiUlio   January 19, 2015

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Thanks mostly to reality TV shows like “Storage Wars” and “Storage Hunters,” millions of Americans have been swarming auctions at self-storage facilities in hopes of unearthing treasures. But data compiled by SpareFoot shows that storage auctions are more popular in certain parts of the U.S. than others.

To come up with our list of America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions, we matched U.S. Census Bureau population data with data from regarding the number of storage auctions that were advertised in more than 800 U.S. cities in 2013. We then ranked the cities—with populations of at least 50,000—by the number of storage auctions per capita. → Keep Reading

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Storage Auction Yields Potentially Valuable Painting—and a Modern Mystery

By Alexander Harris   December 17, 2014

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In the spring of 2014, shop owner Tim Beavin bought the contents of a storage unit at an auction in Essex Junction, VT, and made a stunning discovery.

On its own, the unit already was a good buy at $660. It contained carefully packed moving boxes chock-full of artwork and antiques that easily could be sold on eBay or at his vintage shop, Old School Cool, in Montpelier, VT. One item in particular, however, set Beavin’s heart racing.

It was a framed oil painting of a young woman titled “Little Rose.” A plaque on the frame bore the name of James McNeill Whistler, the famed 19th century portrait painter. → Keep Reading

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8 Common Myths About Storage Auctions

By Rachel Hartman   December 15, 2014

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If you go to a storage auction in your area, will the bidding resemble the storage battles you see on TV?

Generally speaking, it won’t, Arizona auctioneer Casey Jones said. Like most things, the “reality” on the screen doesn’t match what takes place at real-life storage auctions. → Keep Reading

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From Cars to Cash: Every Once in a While, Storage Auction Bidders Strike Gold

By Nick DiUlio   December 9, 2014


Since first entering the storage auction business in 2002, Arizona auctioneer Casey Jones has seen some remarkable things left inside abandoned storage units. But there’s one particular story that always rises to the top.

About five years ago, Jones was getting ready to preside over an auction when a homeless husband and wife drove into the parking lot in an old station wagon.

“They were looking for a couch to bring back to some camp they had set up in the desert,” Jones said. “I told them they were more than welcome to participate.” → Keep Reading

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