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Local company hosting auction in hopes of attracting treasure seekers

Bridget Manley

The contents of unit AA29 at Durose Storage, pictured here at 512 E. First St., will be sold at a live auction at noon Friday. Kasey Anderson, regional storage manager for Central Park Management — which manages Durose Storage — said the idea to conduct a live auction was inspired by the A&E reality show “Storage Wars,” in which bidders purchase then comb through repossessed storage units.





The contents of unit AA29 at Durose Storage, pictured here at 512 E. First St., will be sold at a live auction at noon Friday. Kasey Anderson, regional storage manager for Central Park Management — which manages Durose Storage — said the idea to conduct a live auction was inspired by the A&E reality show "Storage Wars," in which bidders purchase then comb through repossessed storage units.
Bridget Manley

If you go …

What: Storage unit auction

When: Noon today

Where: Durose Storage unit AA29, 512 E. First St., Craig

— Doors to the unit will be open, but bidders are not allowed to enter the unit or touch the items. Bidders must purchase contents of the entire unit. For more information, call Central Park Management at 824-6464.

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"That's where it gets exciting for the people buying the units because they could score some really big stuff in there."

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— Kasey Anderson, regional storage manager for Central Park Management, on the appeal of storage unit auctions.

Two furniture dollies, an office chair, a toddler bed, a table, car keys and a tackle box.

That's a sampling of what's for sale at noon Friday when the contents of unit AA29 at Durose Storage go to auction.

But, that's not everything.

Friday’s buyer also will purchase what he or she cannot see in the unit—and what he or she hopes is there.

"That's where it gets exciting for the people buying the units because they could score some really big stuff in there," said Kasey Anderson, regional storage manager for Central Park Management. "Nobody knows … and there's people that come out big."

Friday is the first time the company — which manages Durose Storage and four other storage facilities in town—will conduct this kind of a live auction in Craig, Anderson said. The contents of the unit are being sold because the renter has not made payments.

"We make every effort that we can" to contact the renter before conducting an auction, she added.

But, after all other avenues to collect payment have failed—including sending certified letters, emails and phone calls—an auction is the company's last resort to recoup costs, she said.

When bidding time arrives Friday, potential buyers won't be allowed to step inside the unit and inspect its contents. Instead, their knowledge of what lies within will be limited to what they can see when the door opens.

And, whoever has the winning bid buys everything in unit AA29, including the tow rope, the assorted games and whatever's in the more than 45 boxes enclosed in it.

The items that buyers often hope to land in these auctions can vary, said Anderson and Darolyn Bangs, Craig storage manager for Central Park Management.

Elvis memorabilia.

Comic books.

Antiques.

Jewelry.

"Who knows?" Anderson said. "There's such a wide variety."

The decision to host this type of auction, she added, was inspired by "Storage Wars," an A&E reality series about teams of bidders who buy repossessed storage units in the hopes of stumbling across valuable treasure.

And, apparently, the trend is catching on.

Central Park Management has put on live auctions at units in Steamboat Springs, where it manages nine storage facilities, Anderson said.

"It's getting to be a big thing over there, and I have followers," she added.

Getting that kind of a response in Craig may take a while.

"We haven't got to that point of having our followers yet," Anderson said, laughing.

But, the concept isn't foreign in Craig, either.

"We do receive a lot of calls asking if we're going to have an auction," Bangs said.

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If you go …

What: Storage unit auction

When: Noon today

Where: Durose Storage unit AA29, 512 E. First St., Craig

— Doors to the unit will be open, but bidders are not allowed to enter the unit or touch the items. Bidders must purchase contents of the entire unit. For more information, call Central Park Management at 824-6464.

Quotable

“That’s where it gets exciting for the people buying the units because they could score some really big stuff in there.”

— Kasey Anderson, regional storage manager for Central Park Management, on the appeal of storage unit auctions.

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