I hit on a nice unit this week; worthy of being categorized as a “rare find.” It was an indoor, climate-controlled, 5×10 locker stacked from front-to-back with large plastic rubbermaid tubs. Although the unit was stuffed, the contents were arranged in an organized manner, tipping me off to the possibility of being worthwhile.
Immediately interested, I found myself up against a single bidder from the crowd of fifteen or so. This guy was a regular and I was surprised when he let my $300 bid take the unit. I expected it to bring twice that. At the conclusion, one guy commented to enjoy reading my books, as those were the only items clearly visible through a few of the plastic tubs. I smiled and put my lock in place, knowing I had just stolen this unit at a great price.
I came back the next day with a couple guys to load up our items. I’ll often sift lightly through stuff when we’re loading up a unit. I do this to get a general feel for what we’ve acquired and to identify and note any obviously valuable items. I think my heart skipped a beat when I opened one tub to find over thirty firearms manuals. We had just started loading and I was pretty sure this unit was going to have guns…which I’m happy to recover.
Now much more attentive, I started going through each tub and box as they were being removed. This unit belonged to my kind of guy. There was a lot of military gear, some of it new with tags. Those items included tactical folding knives, military duffel and other bags, a huge assortment of flashlights and batteries and Pelican Cases. I also encountered a ton of camping gear, much of it new in the box.
As we continued loading I was blown away by some of our other finds, which included the following:
- Two Apple G4 Laptops
- 5 iPods of all types, some new in box
- A Sony Digital Camcorder
- Two older, but nice, 35m cameras
- Over 400 DVD’s; all quality titles and in mint condition.
- Over 1000 cd’s; all types of music and nearly all in mint condition.
- Ove $2,000 in high-quality, name-brand, like-new or new clothes.
There was more to this unit, but I’m still sifting through it and think this represents the majority of the big items. Units like this are rare in my opinion. I say that because I wanted to personally keep so much of the stuff I found. This guy was ex-military and had great taste. Much to my surprise, there were no guns this time.
I see a lot of units that don’t leave much question as to why their contents were left behind. This was not one of those. I looked up the debtor and found little information as to what his fate may have been to lose these items.
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