Storage Auctions: What to Do With Junk

Have you recently learned that you can make money with mini storage auctions? If so, you may be excited. Yes, storage unit auctions are a relatively easy way to make money, but there are some risks involved. You may walk away with a pile of “junk,” instead of valuables. Speaking of junk, you may be curious what you could do with it.

Before outlining a few of the many ways that you can deal with junk you acquire from a mini storage auction, it is important to look at the meaning. What do you think “junk,” is? It is a word that has many different meanings and these meanings may have an impact on your actions.

If your find boxes filled with personal information, such as financial documents, this is something that you may classify as junk. Why? Because you cannot resell it for a profit. Your first step should be to turn it over to the storage company. If they do not accept these documents or if you do not notice them until later on, properly discard of them.

Stained clothes are another item that is commonly referred to as trash or junk. Yes, but can you use them? Do you or someone you know sew? Cut out the good parts of the clothes and save them. You can give them away or even sell them. If you end up with a box full of fabric scraps, someone who is crafty may pay for them.

Donating to charity is another option. Most think of junk as things that are broken, but do you just have something that you cannot resell for a profit? Like a used rake. This can be sold at a yard sale, but are you having one? If you opt to resell online, you may not have use for this item. That doesn’t mean that it should be thrown away. Instead, donate to a charity.

Directly following a mini storage auction, you may start storing through your newly acquired merchandise. If you can create a trash pile right away, do so. See if you can dump it onsite. This typically isn’t allowed, but ask. Some storage owners will let you dispose of small things in their dumpster for a fee. This may be cheaper than visiting your local junkyard.

Speaking of junkyards, this is an option. Anything that is broken, cannot be fixed, cannot be resold for a profit, or cannot be donated to a charity, should be thrown away. When possible, visit the dumpsite for your local city or county. This can reduce your fees, as some charge non-residents more money for dumping.

Finally, you always have the option of giving items away for free. Are you hosting a yard sale? If so have a section for your free stuff. Many people like to fix and resell broken furniture and appliances. Those who enjoy gardening or who have active kids may take free clothes, even with small stains. For large items, like a broken piece of furniture, leave by the road with a free sign if your town allows.

If you try to give away items that you refer to as junk, it is best to do so at a yard sale. You can, however, try Craigslist.org. It is free for you to make a listing. Take a picture of your free stuff and let people set up appointments to see it. This will cost you time, but it will save you money in garbage disposal fees, which can be high for large items. When giving away free stuff, never offer to delivery it yourself.

As highlighted above, you have a number of different options when looking to dispose of items that you cannot profit from. However, keep in mind that how you dispose of those items can dip into your profits as well. That is why it is usually recommended that you try to dispose of these items free of charge first.

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