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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. is the only place where the auction buyer can make a connection with the original owner. We offer blind shipping services for those wanting anonymity. Read more in the FAQ section.

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add to favorites Friendswood Self Storage located in Friendswood texas
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Hello, I'm a soldier who was recently deployed in Afghanistan and was notified that my storage unit was auctioned off while on my deployment. I thought I was making monthly payments on my unit as I called them every month and ensured my unit was paid. I had my storage unit in Friendswood Self storage located on 2300 Bay Area blvd Friendswood, Texas. My unit was 7212. I had yearbooks from South Korea and Killeen, Texas. I also had taekwondo medals, awards, my one family photo album, and my U.S. Army ACU's. I am desperately wanting to find my yearbooks and my only family photo albums as those are the only memories I have and really desperately want back. Money is no issue and am willing to pay any amount the person who bought my unit in the auction. If you want to meet, I am willing to meet anywhere anytime and pay any amount set by you. Just as long as I am able to get my photo album and yearbook back. Please if you know who purchased my unit, please contact me:
add to favorites We lost everything at Acorn Mini Storage Shakopee Location
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Hi,on November 19,2014 everything my family owned was auctioned off at I had 2 units at Acorn Mini Storage in Shakopee, MN If you or someone you may know was the winning bidder on either of these units PLEASE contact me. I will gladly buy back anything you have of mine. You can contact me at Thank you
add to favorites public storage auction highlands ranch co
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We are a young family, with 3 young kids. We have had a really tough two years, and didn't have enough space to keep all of our sentimental items with us, so we got a storage unit. Our daughter, Emma Burgos, will be 2 years old this month, and she was born with a club foot. We had to gradually cast her foot to turn out so she would be able to walk we started at the young age of 21 days, and ended the cats at about 6 months... She also had to have surgery to cut her tendons do that she can flex her foot. We had kept all of her casts, hospital papers, clothes, everything in or unit. We then had our son, sonny, in June this year, he was 2 months premature. That is when we started running into problems paying our bills, storage being one of them... We recently were told our storage unit had been auctioned off on November 28th, We had 15+ boxes of baby clothes, almost all packed into empty diaper boxes, we had luggage in our unit, a lot of family photos from our first vacation as a family, and I'm just asking... If you bought our unit, I just want to get the irreplaceable things back... things I cannot duplicate, or ever make again... Our unit was at the public storage property in highlands ranch Colorado, 4111 siskin ave. The storage manager won't tell me what my unit number was, so unfortunately I can't remember that information. Please, if you have any information please share it. We are willing to pay for the sentimental items.

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add to favorites Storage Unit #10163 Sold on Wednesday Nov. 26th , 2014 at Extra Space Storage Long Beach
Storage Unit #10163 Sold on Wednesday Nov. 26th , 2014 at Extra Space Storage 2101 E. Carson St. Long Beach,Ca. 9807 My daughter & I would like negoiate to get items back that are not of any value to "you". Photos,home videos,documents,deceased husbands artwork ,high school etc .. That is of value to just us..Hard times & work hours 2 car accidents that daughter had to help me ( I'm a 60 yr old widow hand amputee that walks with a cane) and made it hard to go thru and sort stuff and my daughter was dealing with a roommate that had access to her mail.. Low work hours and pay led to problems with phone shutoff , her brakes were to dangerous to drive her car, and everything happened the week this storage was sold. I had no car and she could call me at the time because I had no phone... It is such a long story of hardship of not getting a break.. I would plead with the buyer to negoiate with my daughter & I with at least the real personal stuff that doesn't benifit them.. I know temporaly live with my son off of Carson St. across from the Long Beach Towne Center which not that far from the Extra Space Storage where the Unit was sold at auction.. My son is not involved in this because he doesn't care but my 2 daughters and I do..Please.. My daughter Desiree Grigoleit is NOT some drug addict or deadbeat, just can't get a break..She works at Downtown Disney which one of her jobs is security at House of Blues in the evening and during the at Naples Restaraunt as a Host.... Please take this info and think about it please.. Daughter Desiree's phone: (714) 926-8310 (who lives next to Disneyland ) & me, Kathy Grigoleit (who know lives across from the Long Beach Towne Center) 1 (562) 284-7225 please consider this Thank you..
add to favorites AUCTONED 2005-2006 MCFADDEN AVE
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in or around 2005-2006 everything I owned was auctioned off unbeknown to me at a storage I had on MCFADDEN AVE. All my KIDS PICTURES, YEARBOOKS, BABYBOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHS, DOLLS I had since a baby....EVERYTHING. PLEASE if there is someone who might possibly have my pics and sentimental items PLEASE BE AN ANGEL and let me know how I can get them back. My kids names are TONY ALLEN, JESSICA ALLEN, and DEVON HOWARD. Thank you
add to favorites Family pictures of myelf and 6 of my 8 children
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I had all my baby through highschool and all my 6 of 8 children's pictures in my father's storage unit. Some were in a larger purple tub. I also had a hooked on phonics, hooked on math and hooked on homework sets. We had our christmas tree, ornaments and kid's homemade ornaments in there. There was a sketched drawing of my daughter when she was 2, a cougar, and 2-3 indian sketches my brother had drawn in professional frames. There were tubs of boys baby clothes, the outfits my babies had come home in, and my grandmothers old square dance dresses and petticoats my girls played dress up with. These were all in green and blue rubbermaid totes. There was a forest green leather couch with no legs...various other furniture items. A Smith Machine and weight bench. The storage unit was located in Lee's Summit MO. A new owner was taking over. I spoke with the manager and found out that my father was 1 month behind and they auctioned it all off. It was auctioned sometime in July or Early August 2014. If you have purchased this unit or the items sound familiar please contact me. I really want our family pictures and my brothers sketches returned. I had spoken with the manager again and he was supposed to have the owners call me to see if they could connect me with the auction company. I never had any call back.
add to favorites Family keepsakes
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The unit 520 was auctioned off on November 26, 2014 at public storage 817 peninsula blvd, hempstead, ny 11550, I want my pictures including the photo albums of my family past and present, my mother is not with me anymore she past away and all I have of her are those pictures including me and my brother as babies growing up, it is important and I do not want the furniture but family valuables are important to us, my dad is sick and can fend for us. I am hoping someone comes forward with information on this unit, it is not worth any value to you and to just throw it away in the garbage
add to favorites Help! Pretty pink & white crafts/ furniture
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I recently lost items in an auction on Nov.25th in a Minneapolis public storage. I was behind only $170 and when I went to pay they said it was too late! I need some very important documents and I would like to buy back as much craft supplies as possible, as well as a violin. There is a lot of white furniture and pink & white zebra striped task chair as well. PLEASE contact me and I will make you an offer! thank you!
add to favorites Fremont Newark, CA Family Photos, Baby Keepsake home from hospital clothing
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Lost in storage. Paid in Oct. (but didn't notice there was a small balance due) mother died in Nov. so we called storage to let them know we would pay Nov. a little late. was told ok. Went to pay storage late nov and the storage was auctioned off on Nov. 12. How did they auction our stuff off less than 12 days after Nov became due and we said we would pay late.
Anyway we really need our family photos, our tax returns (we super need those since IRS wants us to resend a copy of a former year) and the clothes our kids came home from the hospital in. Unit F004 (i believe) lots of books, fridge, some of our office floor stuff and lots and lots of items we can not replace. we don't mind losing the vanity items but losing our passport, tax records etc and kids pictures is too much to handle. please help
add to favorites WWII Navy Flier Kit bag with gear
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My grandfather, Kenneth J. Peterson, flew off of an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan during the war. I had his duffel bag with a bunch of his gear in my storage unit. This is absolutely priceless to my family. I know I don't need to explain what a vital piece of our family history this is. We are absolutely devastated by this loss. Please, please get in touch if you find these things.
add to favorites Cedar chest--old and damaged
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The solid cedar chest my great-grandfather built for my great-grandmother before they were married. The top is coming off the base, it desperately needs refinishing. It won't have much value to anyone outside of my family, but it's priceless to us.
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add to favorites Xmas ornaments
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All of my family's holiday ornaments beginning with my oldest son's first Christmas in 1989. A porcelain bootie with his name, Everett, and May 13, 1989. Keepsake ornaments from Yellowstone, New Orleans, Coeur d'Alene, etc. Homemade ornaments, crocheted snowflakes, and much, much more. Please, please help these things find their way home.
add to favorites Vandusen - u haul on Ella blvd in Houston Texas Elizabeth Daniel Van Dusen
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I would like to purchase back any items the buyer of my storage would like to sell.
add to favorites Mccoy/Fetterolf Photo Albums
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My father lost everything in his storage unit in San Jose, California in an auction on July 18, 2014 (I think) through Thomas Hayward Auctioneers. He has memory problems, and although I have my own pictures, I would like to locate his late mother's photo albums and any other family treasures that would be useless to anyone outside of the family. Included in the sale were an antique sewing machine and secretary desk. However, my only interest is in the photo albums and maybe some of the books my father had. I don't have a lot of information yet, but I will update that as I find it. Most of these photos may be in California, but some may be in Georgia or Alaska dated back to the 1950's or earlier. Most of the California pictures will probably be 1960 through 1980. One of the albums has a purple flower pattern, 1970 style. Names associated with these pictures and written on the back of the pictures will be primarily McCoy, Fetterolf or Hendrix. There may be a lot of travel photos including pictures of India and Hawaii, as well as my grandmother sitting on an elephant in India. Also there may be a framed photograph of three tween children on top of the Seattle Space Needle wrapped up in their coats. She also has a framed certificate from flying over Mt. Everest. My e-mail address is Please place in the subject "Mccoy/Fetterolf Photo Albums so I can sort your e-mail from my spam folder.
add to favorites Soldier who lost everything
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I hired a moving company to move my stuff from Grand Prairie Texas to CA.. The company ended up stealing all that I owned and I heard that they possibly had it in storage. The company was BULLDOG MOVERS. This was in August of 2007. I had a lot of pictures and my military gear/awards/mementos. Also pictures of my late mother. My Name is Joseph A. Avila and any help in recovering any of these items would be greatly appreciated. I served from '98 to '07. Most of that time was before digital cameras came onto the scene. Obviously these pictures mean the world to me.
add to favorites Single Mom Lost Everything - Noah's Ark Storage #2045 at 841 N. Park Avenue, Apopka, FL
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I'm a single mother of two and recently found out that my storage unit #2045 located at Noah's Ark Storage 831 N. Park Avenue in Apopka, FL was auctioned due to non-payment. My children and I have been living in transitional housing because my ex was abusive while I was expecting my second child. We were only able to take a few items of clothing so I placed the little that I owned in this storage unit. I ended up losing my job shortly thereafter and gave birth prematurely because of all the stress. I tried to communicate with the owner my situation but found out my items were auctioned on November 13, 2014. So many special memories were in photos, keepsakes, diplomas, my daughters toys and bedroom set, winter clothing (it's getting cold now). I'm willing to part with the furniture and household goods however I would PAY to have my special keepsakes back. If you or anyone you know may have knowledge of this unit, please response to this ad.

- Devastated Single Mom
add to favorites So many Memories and Items Lost
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My best friend of 20 years, Mari Ann McMahon, passed away recently. I lived with her family in Florida until Nov. 2012. I had fallen on hard times economically by then and returning to my family in Massachusetts was the only intelligent option. She and her family were evicted from where they were living a month after I left. She moved in with her brother for a while, and most of her belongings, including lots of precious memories of several decades were moved to Extra Space Storage in Hollywood. I payed the initial $30 to open the account, but they being totally indigent (and not having transportation), were unable to make any payments from that point on.
Their lot consisted of the following categories:
- Dozens of irreplaceable cassette tapes from our band. Mari and I formed a band in 1994 and these tapes contained dozens of our jam sessions and even some gigs that we did over two decades. Some of them even included tapes from Mari's father, who was also a great singer. My dream was to convert these to CD to promote them online. I was able to take a handful with me up North but so little compared with the entire lot. So much GREAT musical material has been lost!
-Mari's husband was an avid collecter, and he had hundreds of baseball and other types of cards, disney items, and many other types of collectibiles. They would have fetched thousands of dollars, and they tried sell them to different dealers. But by then, he had suffered a major stroke and the family fell on hard times.
-Dozens of Catholic religious items, statues of saints, books, old Bibles
- Countless paintings, watercolors, chalk drawings, and psychedelic art. They used to cover the walls of her house. She was such an artist. I would love to get a hold of this art to keep as memory of my friend.
-Tons of family photos and videos, including many of our trips to Disneyland.
-So many other items but I can't recall them at this point
After returning to New England I was in constant contact with the family and kept asking if they would take care of the storage, to no avail. They were in total poverty and the storage fees and monthly charges kept adding up. Since I had opened the storage account for them, Extra Space called me around May of 2013 and warned me that the lot was in danger of being lost to auction. I begged them to hold onto it as long they could but they were adamant that only money would save it. I explained to the manager about the family's dire situation but they were unmoved. So I paid them about $300 of my own money to delay it for another month or so. I explained the gravity of situation to Mari's daughter but saving her family's memories was never a priority for her. On the due date, I called Extra Space for another extension, but rules were the rules and they would not make an exception for me. They explained that the lot would go up to auction, and there was no way I could contact the auctioneers. But the manager said he would leave my number for them, and it was their discretion to call me back. Now I sit and wonder what became of all these items. Losing all those memories and items is an injustice. Now that my friend has passed away, I have been grieving deeply. I would be profoundly grateful to anyone who could locate and return these very sentimental items. Please help!!! If you know the whereabouts of any of these items call me at 754-204-7894 or send an email to

The lot was stored at:
Extra Space Storage
430 N Dixie Hwy
Hollywood FL, 33020
add to favorites family pictures & memorabilia
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I live in Murrieta, Ca and I lost my storage at Extra Space Storage in Murrieta, Ca off Winchester Road, but more importantly I lost all my pictures of my deceased father and grandmother and a lot of other irreplaceable family photos. I also lost a chest containing all different family memorabilia that was collected over the years. I'm really trying to get these items back because they are extremely valuable to me and my family. If anybody can help I would greatly appreciate it.
add to favorites Lost photos/ china dolls/ and home videos
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My mom passed away in 2004 leaving a storage unit of all our precious belongings videos of first walk/ birthdays other relatives that have since past, also photo albums and a massive china doll collection... I was 14 when she died and un aware of this loss until recently
add to favorites Sold October 28 or 29, 2014
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My items were stored with a family members and sold the end of October from a storage unit on East Main Street in Mesa, AZ. My husband was killed in an accident, and our home was foreclosed. We were married for over forty (40) years and had a lot of stuff. I also had inherited dishes and antiques from my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother which were also stored. I was not aware of the late payments or that it had not been paid. I found out the day what was left of my life was sold. I am heart broke about this and will be greatful for any help. Round oak table with sideboard. Boxes/spacebages of baby items and clothes. at
least 3 boxes of Halloween decorations, years of Christmas decorations. So many things that have no
meaning to anyone but me. Lost now but I hope not