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Storage auctions exposed

A recent story in Business Today showed how different storage auctions are in Western New York than what is portrayed on popular "reality" television shows such as A&E's "Storage Wars."

Storage facility owners here say it's rare to find anything of value in an abandoned, auctioned storage unit. Usually, bidders end up with old clothes, mismatched household items or worthless papers. But on the show, bidders regularly find rare collectables, valuable antiques, even cash and gold.

Though it looks like it on TV, reselling storage auction items is not an easy way to make money. Even fan favorite Barry says so:

 

 

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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