Storage Wars excitement is alive and well in the area. Local residents recently arrived with cash in hand ready to unearth treasures at an auction at Storage and Business Centre of Tega Cay.“This auction is 11 units, which is a big sale. We do these auctions as a last resort and try to work with people who are delinquent. We only do this as a last resort. The best auction is no auction. We get big crowds for the auctions and the TV show Storage Wars has brought even more interest,” said Sam Lawrence, the manager of Storage and Business Centre of Tega Cay.“You must pay with green stuff that folds up in your pocket, cash only,” said auctioneer Naomi York as she explained the auction rules. Sales are offered by the piece for more popular items, table deals for an entire table of goods, choice of boxes and any other combination York puts together.“The thrill of the hunt is so much fun. I like bidding on the surprise. You never know what you are going to find,” said bidder Alecia Rideout.Her winning bid netted a Plymouth Rock framed print, Donald Duck vintage bank, tin cigar box and box of pink sunglasses.As the auctioneer calls out, “Bring me something good,” an old Franklin sewing machine is displayed. Many people in the crowd thought the winning $25 bid was a steal.“This is just as exciting as Storage Wars,” said Charlotte resident Tammy Freeman. “I go to auctions all the time all over Charlotte. We have an appliance business so we get things for that and resell furniture and other items at flea markets. I keep about half of the stuff for me too.”Bidders crane their necks to see what boxes are coming out next and quickly try to survey the goods as the auctioneer belts out starting bids. Some items go quickly and some linger. York keeps the pace moving as the pieces pile up. This auction will last for six hours in the sun, so it moves fast.“You see a lot of the same people at the different auctions around town. We’ve been coming for about three years. We keep some of what we buy and sell the rest on eBay,” said Fort Mill resident Lynn Wolf Dulcie.She suggests visiting www.auctionzip.com for information on local auction listings.“You can’t help getting caught up in the items, the bidding and the fun.”
Friday, Jun. 14, 2013
‘Last resort’ auctions still popular
Karin Janick is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karin? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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