Self-storage surprises

If your home does not have a garage, you might be struggling for storage space. Many people need to rent a storage space to store all the big or important items that they do not want lying around the house all the time, but don’t want to part with either.

Self-storage units are used by all types of people from average families to celebrities and even make great television shows featuring contestants bidding for unknown storage contents. While some of these contestants are lucky to find something that is expensive, others end up bidding on a pile of old junk. Bet they have never found anything as strange as the items found in these storage units over the years:

A grenade – This is one finding that will have you running for the hills. Finding a weapon or ammunition is not rare, but recently a man in Michigan discovered something a little more explosive! Fortunately, no one was hurt and the bomb squad were able to safely detonate the live grenade.

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NASA equipment – one lucky bidder of an auction in Florida opened a unit to find an old rocket belonging to NASA and a clock used for countdowns. The items appear to have been placed into storage after part of the space programme was terminated.

Car – would it not be wonderful to find a unit with a rare car inside? Now in 2009, that’s what happened in England when a 57S Bugatti was found in garage storage. It had been sitting there for 50 years, untouched. Only a small number of these cars were ever made and it is estimated that the Bugatti could be worth more than £ 5 million. Harold Carr (yes that’s really his name) was a surgeon who had bought the car in 1950, putting it in the garage and most likely forgetting about it. He died in 2007 and two years later his nephew found it. Strange but True. Keep your units organized so that you do not ‘forget’ about or lose special items. For Chorley Self Storage, visit a site like

Show me the money – a man in California bought a storage unit at an auction and then realized that it contained thousands of dollars for rare coins, gold and silver! He paid $ 1,100 for a lot and ended up with a wealth of treasure worth more than half a million dollars.

Celebrity Clothing – legendary Aretha Franklin had a fire in her home so decided to put some special clothing into storage to keep them safe. She certainly did not miss them too much and eventually stopped paying the unit rent. To recoup the money, the company sold the clothing to the highest bidder so one lucky person got the Queen of Soul’s personal clothing!

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Celebrity songs – in an old storage unit belonging to the father of Michael Jackson, hundreds of songs never released were discovered. They were recorded while MJ was between contracts and not signed to any record company. Some songs have been recorded by Tina Turner and are worth millions of dollars. Now that was a lucky find!