The proliferation of storage auctions in 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.
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:
You can see the method this man is using. He has bins for eBay, Amazon, garage sale, and a trash tub. All of the stuff gets separated into the appropriate pile. He recommends not trying to keep everything. That definitely would get overwhelming. This guy even got these tubs out of a unit he got at an auction. That’s one way to save money!