How to find auctions on storage lockers

Updated April 17, 2017

If thoughts of antique furniture, used appliances and boxes of vintage clothes stir your imagination, you've probably spent some time either hanging around Goodwill or investigating storage locker auctions. These auctions, which transfer ownership of the complete contents of a storage unit locker to the highest bidder, are a little like playing the slots -- you could hit the jackpot or end up with nothing much to show for your troubles. If that's your cup of tea, the first thing you need to know is where to look.

Check the classified section of your local newspaper or speak directly to a representative at self-storage facilities near you. Laws mandate that sales such as auctions be advertised at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Check the listings at These are notices of upcoming auctions in cities around the country, including dates, times, locations, number of units and the names of the auction agencies.

Check listings at if you are a resident of Arizona, Michigan or Utah. These are notices of delinquent tenants whose belongings may soon be subject to auction.

Check the listings at if you are a resident of California. Listings are given for all areas of the California and include the date, location and contact information of the auction.

Check the listings at if you are a resident of Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Texas. These contain the name of the auction company, contact information and the time the auction will be conducted.

Check the listings at if you are a resident of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire or New Jersey. The dates, times, name of storage facility, locations and phone numbers are included.

Check the listings at if you are a resident of the Houston, Texas area. Complete information is given as to the time, date, and location of the auction along with details of what is being sold.

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Colby Phillips' writing interests include culture and politics. Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Boston College.