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  • Our TOP 4 NJ Storage Unit Scores of 2013

    As the year ends we take a fond look back at where we hit this year at auction. As a disclaimer I just have to say that 90%+ of rooms we bought (hundreds) were nowhere neat this clean or lucrative. Then again that is why this is a highlight reel!

    #4: THE $5 ROOM

    We were at an auction that didn’t have many people at it. They opened the door and it was an OCD room. The room contained about 50+ milk crates and 4-5 wardrobe boxes. Each milk crate contained all of the supermarket circulars ever received by the tenant in chronological order. Noone wanted anything to do with the room.  I won the room with a minimum bid of $5.  When doing the initial inspection I found a small case containing a glass cicada from Steuben glass. Turns out this very rare piece was worth a whopping $2,000 and was a 24k choker.  We also found the wardrobes were full of fur coats! We paid a couple hundred dollars to get rid of the paper to a recycler and cashed in a very nice payday.

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    #3 A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    We picked up a unit for $200 bucks. Small room maybe 10 boxes and a bicycle. In this room the boxes contained a HUGE collection of Disney and other movie snow globes. Most of these are not worth too much but we had a complete set of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS snow globes. It turns out these extremely limited and extremely collectible pieces brought in the big bucks! The collection sold for just over $2000 and was turned around in less than a week

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    #2 MONEY MONEY MONEY!

    Picked up a unit because I saw a pack of wrapped collectible nickels. Spent $500. 5 x 10 unit about 14 boxes. NOTHING BUT SILVER & CURRENCY!! I do not know how they let this room go. 132 ounces of US MINT Collectible coins and $793 in US silver certificates, star notes and similar. Also a bunch of Monty Python and other 1980s collectibles to boot. We would get close to 10k and were able to turnaround all of it in a single day!

     

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    #1 BEER & BASEBALL

    This  was the most expensive unit we ever purchased at $5800 a plain to see Baseball Card and Beer Collectibles store. We would find our largest ever vintage (1950s baseball card) collection in this unit. Including Mickey Mantles for every year and variant and many many more. These cards were all in EX condition too. The unit would bring over $20,000

     

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    These are the kind of units that keep us in the game. To everyone good luck and happy holidays!

     

     

     

     



  • The Schlitz Globe Lady

    One of the best items we have come into via storage auction was the legendary Schlitz globe Lady. Schlitz is one of my favorite brands of beer collectible. Schlitz was the low end broke person beer. It was the malt liquor of its time and now their stuff is worth amongst the highest values in the genre amongst collectors. How is that for irony? Stuff produced in the late 60s and early 70s which was also widely considered their peak era. They were the number 2 brewery in the country into the mid seventies. They would later be bought out by Pabst who still produces their flagship brands to this day.

    The Schlitz globe was one of there most iconic creations appearing as the central them for dozens and dozens of different Schlitz advertising pieces. The most valuable being the globe style clocks and various other three dimensional globe items such as tulip lights or accent pieces. None of these can compare to the craftsmanship or intrinsic value of the Schlitz Globe Lady. .

    The original is close to 4 feet tall and is one of the most fragile items we had encountered. The centerpiece of a tremendous bar collection this piece had its value sky rocket after it was featured on Pawn Stars where the guys at the shop bought it for $50. If you find this statue of the Schlitz Globe Lady in mint or near mint condition it can bring in some serious money.

    We sold ours on ebay starting at 0.99 and after 6 days it was at about $200. At the last moment it shot up and would end up closing at $789! The main things to evaluate when trying to valuate on of these is if the globe is the original. The amazing fragility of this piece results in very often the globe breaking on these. Very few of them are ever found intact due to the less than durable design of the arm.  Next you will want to check the finish of the paint and of course the working status of the lamp. If all of these check out you have yourself a top tier piece.  Even broken or in less than a mint condition as long as there are no breaks to the arm or globe you should still be able to get very good money for this piece as it is VERY rare.

    Schlitz Globe Lady
    The Schlitz Globe Lady