Weirdest items found in auctioned furniture storage

September 5, 2022

Self-storage solutions have only grown in popularity in recent years. While most people might use self-storage for large furniture, precious items, or business equipment, there are some who decide to store some seriously unusual items in them! Here, we take a look at three of the weirdest items found in auctioned furniture storage.

Why do self-storage auctions happen?

Because of the nature of storage units, they can hold all kinds of items, and in some cases, the units go unpaid by the original owner of these possessions. If the owner cannot be found, the storage company will need to recoup their losses and empty the unit. In this case, the items are auctioned off and the unit is cleared.

A rocket

Some storage units have been found to be housing cars, motorcycles, and even parts of planes - but a bidder got more than they bargained for when they cracked open an abandoned unit to find a real NASA rocket! Not only that, but the countdown clock was also inside…. just waiting for blast off! This unlikely find was placed in storage due to a NASA project drawing to a close, and after an expert inspection, they were proved to be the real deal.

Actual live snakes

Keeping living creatures in a self-storage unit is, of course, not permitted. However, that doesn’t stop some people from bending the rules and using the facility as their own private farm. Such a unit was discovered on the set of Storage Wars when an auctioned bid was cracked open to reveal a large number of snakes. While not quite the winning unit the bidder was hoping for, this is definitely a strange item! As it turned out, the self-storage unit had been used by the previous owner for breeding Burmese pythons which, when abandoned, were able to live without food until they were discovered.

A hand grenade

The last thing you want to find while opening a storage unit is something dangerous or even deadly, and a live hand grenade certainly fits the bill! This unit was discovered by a bidder in Michigan, USA, who found the grenade hidden in a gun case. While this was no doubt a shock, the bidder took the unlikely item to his local fire brigade… only to have the bomb squad called in to ensure the hand grenade was safely taken away before anyone could get hurt.

While you might be unlikely to want to use self-storage for any of these three items, you can utilise furniture storage for a range of personal and professional items either in the short or long term.


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