What ‘Storage Wars’ Doesn’t Tell You About Storage Auctions

Jul 19, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"Storage auctions were virtually unheard of before A&E’s ‘Storage Wars’ gained popularity, joining the new phenomenon of oddly specific reality shows like ‘Hoarders,’ ‘Auction Hunters’ and ‘Pawn Stars.’ Anyone who has ever watched an episode of ‘Storage Wars’ or ‘Auction Hunters’ may think that storage auctions are some of the most exciting, cutthroat events around, but the old adage holds true: Don’t believe everything you see on TV."

So says Jenny Zhang, a storage specialist who has written an essay on the Allstate blog.

Zhang continues, "If you’re worried about the belongings inside your self-storage unit falling into the hands of eager auction-goers, save yourself the graying hair — having your possessions auctioned is less likely than these shows would have you believe."

Furthermore, Zhang writes: "If you’re interested in attending a storage auction in the hopes of picking up some undiscovered gems, don’t be fooled by the seemingly action-packed environment depicted on reality TV. Countless journalists have attended real storage auctions and returned with reports that they were nowhere near as exciting or dramatic:

"• Before bidding begins, bidders may preview the contents of the unit from the door. Those participating in the auction are generally not allowed to step inside the unit or touch anything.

"• After the auction, the winner of the unit usually has about 48 hours to remove the contents and clean the unit. They are not allowed to dump trash from the unit onsite."

We urge you to click on the link in the second paragraph, above, to read a lot more specifics. 


  1. I love the show Storage Wars! I had no idea what they weren’t telling us though. So thank you for enlightening me!
    Ruth James | http://www.collinginsurance.com/commercial-insurance.aspx

  2. Are any of the auction shows going to return. There were a couple that I really loved.

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