Storage units used to be a temporary fix to hold treasurers and household items while people moved and found room for what they really wanted. Several years ago, the economy changed drastically and storage units changed to places that held belongings of adult children, friends and relatives moving in to the homes of family and friends. With no income or limited income, the rental fees got delinquent and additional fees were charged. Few people remembered what they had in storage or moved on to live elsewhere and the items were lost.
A&E Storage Wars Auctions paints a picture of incredible finds when the winning bidder has the unit door rolled up and finds antique furniture, valuable painting and jars full of money. There are people shown who travel around the country to attend and bid on the storage units. The show has encouraged more people to attend an auction and perhaps bid to see what they can get. One storage owner even said the attendance has increased from an average of five bidders to over thirty for each advertised event. That owner feels the popularity of the show is directly accountable for the increased interest and amount of the winning bid.
The reality is that most units contain unwanted junk. Now and then, something good will show up. Liken it to the Gold Rush of the Twenty-first Century. Very few of the miners got rich from gold, but the lure of hitting it big lured them, anyway. How can you avoid having your possessions viewed by the world at an auction because you have been sick and out of touch with a storage unit? Get great storage cabinets put into your home or garage, complete with locks. The price of a year's worth of storage will pay for one or two prime cabinets. You can store the items you want, including the Rembrandt and Havilland china, until you are ready to show them again.