November 14, 2016
Before you wrinkle your nose at the idea of doing your Christmas shopping at a storage auction, think of its benefits. You can get quality items at a bargain price, you won’t have to fight the Christmas crowds in stores, and you get to find unique items no one else will get for Christmas. From jewelry to furniture to collectibles to tools, our storage units in Madison, AL just might be where your friends and family’s favorite gifts come from this year. But before you go, here’s our advice on how to get the most out of your trip to a self-storage auction.
If your family is the type to balk at a used item, maybe look for their gifts elsewhere. Not everyone will appreciate receiving used gifts, especially if the item looks used and dirty. Even people who don’t mind thriftiness might not be too excited about getting junk. I once got a box of yard sale junk for my bridal shower. Considering I had to find a place to dump/sell items from it, the box of junk ended up being more of a burden than a gift. Keep that in mind as you look for something you think your friend or family member might like. Will it actually be a gift or become a burden?
Before you go to the auction, make a list of the people you intend to buy gifts for as well as list out a few things they might like. Most kids won’t mind playing with a slightly used toy, newlyweds would be grateful for even very worn furniture, and older people might enjoy receiving any old items you find that can bring back memories of their youth.
Can you tell someone bought a unit for one thing in mind only? Perhaps they’d be willing to give, sell, or trade you some of the other items in their unit they don’t want. Typically, as long as both sides come out on top with their investment, people are glad to negotiate, especially if they feel they are getting an even better deal by trading for a different item.
Even if you can’t find anything that looks like it would make a good gift, you can always choose to make a profit by selling what’s in that unit. Find a unit that has potential and sell the items on places like Craigslist and eBay to earn spending money to use elsewhere for gifts.
While shopping at storage auctions is a great start for your Christmas shopping, don’t rely solely on the auction. This is just a good place to get a head start on your shopping while staying on a low budget. Once the auction is over, you can look for the holes in your Christmas shopping list and fill them in by shopping elsewhere in stores or online. But who knows? You could get lucky and get most every gift bought all in one afternoon of storage auction shopping.
If you’d like to get started with your Christmas shopping at a storage auction or just want to get a good deal on some unique finds, come out to see us on Tuesday, November 22 at 2:30 PM. We hope to see you there!