The proliferation of storage auction shows, books, and websites make it look like anyone can make their fortune by buying the contents of abandoned storage units. The reality is a bit different.
This video shows the “real reality” of buying up units of stuff that has been abandoned by others:
If you’re willing to do the work, you can make money, but it can be a lot of work.
Here is a time-lapse look at one guy sorting through the boxes from one auction: