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With the recent surge in Storage Auctions, Foreclosures and Forced Estate Sales there will be more family photos, marriage certificates, legal documents, medical histories, military records and more sent to the landfills.

Moments after the Auctioneer announces "SOLD", the buyer is directed how and when to dispose of the personal documents contained in the bulk sale. Different states have different laws on how long the buyer must retain personal documents found in auctions. Some storage companies retain these items for a specified time rather than burdening the auction buyer.

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add to favorites Family pics lost between 2000-2002
Storage Unit was on 43rd Ave and Mcdowell. My mom suffered from a heart attack and stroke in 2000, and was not able to work anymore. My dad died in 1994, so she was the sole provider at the time. When she stopped working, she could not keep up with the payments. Shortly after we lost the storage, we lost our house as well. It is likely that our pictures were thrown away, but I pray they are still out there somewhere and can be returned. We lost a lot from our storage like an antique China cabinet, my dad's bass instrument, along with a lot of his other belongings, but the only thing we would ask for is our family pictures. If buyer still has them, God Bless you for keeping them all these years.
Here is a picture can be compared to some of the others that were lost. There were some from this family gathering and more. Thank you!
add to favorites Family Photos - East County of San Diego
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I do not know which storage unit my grandmothers things were put in. I am sure it is near Jamul, CA, so somewhere in Spring Valley or possibly El Cajon. There were several boxes of loose photos, mostly baby photos and younger children. There are candid ones as well as professional. I am not sure what else was in the unit. The claws came out after the funeral and my uncle denied giving us anything. I have recently heard he is losing his storage units that have all of her things in them. I really only care about the photos. Last names include; Bayne, Pue, Archer, Baldwin, Costner.
Thank you in advance.
add to favorites I WILL PAY BIG MONEY FOR MY PICTURES TO BE RETURNED
Pictures of my mom and I were sold. My baby pictures and everything. I am a 22 year old female. Im biracial and my mother is white. The pictures all were framed. They were of me when i was about 4-6 of age. They were sold at the Public Storage in Daytona Beach Florida on Nova Rd. Things have changed and I will pay a BIG money as a reward to whoever finds my pictures. I will do anything to have those pictures back. My storage was sold about 3 years ago and i still get sick to my stomach thinking about the lost things but especially the pictures. Please im begging. Someone help find my pictures. My phone number is 386-675-7855 if any information please call me anytime.
add to favorites Napa, CA
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Lost family photos in storage unit in Napa, CA....in the 80's. Would love to find them for my children before I am gone. Names associated...McGeehon, Elder, Carlton, King. Thank you. Teri Carlton
add to favorites april or may 2013 storage lincoln ave unit 305 san jose ca
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hi i lost my storage think im april or may 2013 they never called me to let me no my storage was going up for auction but i really need my photos, yearbooks, diploma, my father passed away on fathers day years ago but i had a fenwick custom made fishing pole made for him it said custom made for soda pop my mom and dads china and old concert stubs please help me ive been very depressed thinking about these items thank you
add to favorites Lost storage in Columbus, Ohio
It really breaks my heart that I lost family pictures and awards from school in storage because everything that meant anything to me is gone but maybe it's still out there some where. The storage was in U Haul in Columbus Ohio on the east side by east land mall. It was sold on June 24th, 2014 there were probably about 8 boxes with blue print writing that said FIREPROOF on them and the name Rasheeda written on every side in purple marker I don't remember exactly the contents of each box but I do remember that there was a blue and white shoe box and in that box was family pictures, birthday cards, and letters from my dad and that box means the most to me. There were also a few toes in the storage 2 blues ones 1 which had shoes that another had stuffed animals which were pretty important to me too, the there was a purple tote that had clothes and another really important tote that was clear with a white top and it had lots of papers in there such as all the awards that I won from elementary school through high school. If anyone comes across these things or even think you do it would mean the world to me to have them back in my possession.
add to favorites Lost Numerous Personal Items
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This was an auction that took place in or around Ann Arbor, Michigan, between 2008-2010.

The locker contained personal items which were referred to as junk, but these had a lot of personal value to the family. A lot of children's plush toys that the daughter hoped to give to her children when she got older (includes Pokemon Charmander, a robot dog, and others).

There were many old records, plus some cassette recordings. We've actually seen the records around at area stores after they got sold off.

Along with various items like jewelry, furniture belonging to the mother, who passed away last year. The daughter would love to have them back. I know this is vague, I'll be trying to get more details.
add to favorites Please help me
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After my father died in April 2009 I received news that our home in Bakersfield, CA would be foreclosed. I asked a couple my father and I were friends with to store some items, including several old family photos, some of my father's things, and some mementos from his funeral: a crucifix and a VFW plaque. All these items were stored in this couple's home.

For a long time I had no actual fixed abode, living in people's houses and in a scrungy hotel for two years. I finally got on SSI and got a place of my own in January 2013, still here in Bakersfield, CA. By that time the couple had lost their own home, but they said their items and mine were in a public storage. However, they did not tell me which storage unit nor had they provided authorization for me to go and get my things; yet they insisted the items were safe. They had not even informed me of the loss of their home or storage of my items until after the fact.

In the last 7 or 8 months I had tried to contact this couple to get information on my possessions. For a very long time I received little response and no straight answers. Finally, June 13 2014, I heard from the woman who said the items had been "lost", claiming I had been given every opportunity to get the items back. Every opportunity??? After I had been asking for months and had not even been given the chance to get the things BEFORE these people moved out??

Few if any of the items involved are of much monetary value. But many of them are precious to me since they are a connection with my deceased father and other family members. I had a right to have these things back and it isn't as if I made no effort to get them. But more direct and honest communication would have made a big difference.

The woman also said a box with her mom's ashes had also been "lost". That may be true and I'm terribly sorry. But again, I might have helped her to keep them if only the couple had said something. I tried like crazy to keep in touch with these people with hardly any results until I got other people in on this, including the woman's son.

I am really heartsick about this and don't know what to do. I don't even know what unit had these things or when they were "lost". Please understand that this is not about THINGS. It's about MEMORIES.

I am on a fixed income and can't afford much of a "reward". If anyone can locate these items for me, at least the family photos, perhaps we can agree on small payment installments.
add to favorites Smart Stop Self Storage
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My name is Blair and I had my valuables in storage unit 306 at Smart Stop Self Storage in Crescent Springs, KY. I was involved in an auto accident and could not pay my unit fee, resulting in my items being sold. I am desperate to get them back. Please help me. Inside the unit was a handmade dollhouse with my initials "BN" on the brick chimney. I also had SEVERAL items from Kirklands and a handmade ottoman from a half whiskey barrel.
add to favorites StoreMore America unit 5187
These guys auctioned off my unit only three days after I made a payment. In this unit was everything dear to me and to my boyfriend. Please help if you bought this unit - I would pay double what you paid or more. Call or text 831 435 8443 any time day or night.
add to favorites PLEASE HELP ME RECOVER LOST FAMILY TREASURES...
A storage unit that belonged to my mentally ill mother went on auction on May 27th at Southmark Storage in South Pasadena, CA. Not only was every thing that belonged to her either auctioned off or thrown away, but most importantly a big black trunk full of 100+ years worth of family pictures including my grandmother's, mother's and my childhood memories. There were many precious things in that unit but that trunk was worth more than anything in there. If you or anyone happened to have purchased or seen this trunk there would be a very gracious reward for its return. Please help us save our memories...
add to favorites Childhood...
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Okay so our storage unit was in blue mound storage unit. We lost it I won't give a sob story or any excuses we just couldn't pay it. I don't really care much about the collectors items that we had in there but I do care about some of the books. Baby albums and other memorabilia. If you have gone through it you will find repeated names such as Scarlett, Elizabethe, and Luis. If you think you have found our stuff we would love it if you contacted us. Mainly because that's our entire childhood. One item we would pay for is the crotch rocket that was in there since it is the only thing my brother has from our father. Thank you..
Scarlettsamarripa@yahoo.com
add to favorites Please help
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My grandfathers storage unit was sold in Santa Ana, CA and he has since passed away. We have no photos of him prior to this time. All of his photos and important documents were in a trunk. None of the other items sold in the storage are important. We would just like the contents of the trunk photos, documents, and family mementos. In the even that his name was on any of the documents or written on the back of a photo his name was Vernon Travers. Again this was a storage unit in Santa Ana off of Fairview. I believe the name is Storage West but not positive. Thank You!
add to favorites walker mt rd unit 8
Kids school pics marriage certif baby pics from daughter that passed away
add to favorites lost all my kids pics and baby items
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Hi my unit was sold on staten Island im looking for my kids baby pics and all of our documents. Our last names are Lopez, O'Donnell and Barback . If by any chance you think you bought my unit please call 3473399409
Thanks sherry Lopez
add to favorites lost storage on 4_15_14 at 2240 N. Hollywood Way, 91505
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Please we lost everything , our kids things, photos , artwork, first everythings. The storage unit had several boxes of toys, our son's bed and their crib. Please if you bought it or have knowledge ,email me. Please we will buy back the photos and my grandmother's saints. My kids are in tears for their beds. We couldn't keep up with the payment , we are going through the worst part in our lives. It was a 10x20, unit 2058. It had enough furniture for a two bedroom apartment.
add to favorites PODS - Carson/Los Angeles
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My family lost two containers of household items from PODS. They were originally located in Carson, California. I am a teacher, a sister, a mother and a daughter. Many of the items hold so much sentimental value. Looking for personal pictures, art work, Story & Clark piano, african masks, etc. Please help. Willing to purchase.
add to favorites My Family
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All I am asking for is my family pictures and my daughter's college degree, high diploma, eighth grade diploma, and kindergarten diploma. Also her dolls. That's all I want from the storage I had at Manhattan Mini Storage located on 120 West 107th Street, New York,NY 10025 between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenue. I do not remember my #, but my name is Sanydee Myers. Also Manhattan Mini Storage sold my unit on December 19, 2013. No I was not notified. They said they sent letters to my PO box that I no longer own, and I know that I gave them my new address. Please email me @ sanydeemyers@aol.com. I can also be reached at 646-316-1791.

Thank you.
add to favorites storage auction Evansville Indiana
STORAGE 4 U
APRIL 2013
UNIT # fk012
fickas road
i am willing to pay $1000 for my memories please call 812457-3725 anytime
BRAIDEN would be written on the back of lots of photos
Grandmothers wedding album
light Blue photo box sons birth
light Pink photo box sons 0-12 months
Photo album with family written on it /Tan
Small black photo album
Black and white photos of my grandparents also lots of family vacation pics from 1970's
Evelyn or Kenneth Heath lots of 5x7 black n white pics of my grandma playing the organ when she was young and singing in the Bethel temple choir, letters between my husband and myself
Tiffany or Jason Lewis
Bankers boxes with photo albums inside
lots of picture frames baby keepsakes school made artwork .If you have only one of these items i would be so grateful . I cant sleep i spend so much emotional time upset and torn apart thinking of never seeing these things again or being able to share them to my family. you will not regret helping me
add to favorites West Fuqua Self Storage unit #429
My name is Tyche' Brown and my sons name is George H. Hill iv. I lost my unit through a auction in March of 2014. Inside was everything I own and most importantly, a lot of sentimental items that wouldn't mean anything to anyone but me. I'm praying that items such as family photos (frames, albums and negatives from pictures) my sons trophies (which he cherished) and possibly any clothing that belong to the both of us. All of these items were stored in black or grey storage containers. I honestly don't recall putting them in any boxes but it's possible.