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Yuuuup! Local storage wars

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PASCO, Wash. - You've probably seen the reality TV show Storage Wars. It debuted two years ago and at times it's been A & E's most watched program. Since then, local storage unit auctions have become very popular.

AAA Storage Depot is fairly new to the auction scene. Manager Lisa Beckman said they've been doing it for about a year and it's grown from about four people looking to buy to an average crowd of 30 or so.

"They have to be at least 46 days past due before we can cut their lock and they have to be 76 days past due before we can sell their items," said Beckman. "They're fun," said buyer Shannon Malone.

"It's usually older guys here us younger ones have to try and beat out because they feel they've been doing it for 20, 30, 40 years. Even way before the shows. They feel us young ones are just here because the show so to get their respect you have to keep going and out-bid them."

For many, these local storage wars are their livelihood.

"I do good," said buyer Kellie Campbell. "It started off as a hobby. I got addicted to it, so now I do it full time."

The average unit goes for $100 to $300 and you can often double or triple your money, depending on what you find.

"I have found cremations, sack fulls of hair, teeth," said Campbell. "Those are some of the unappealing things we've found. But we've also found treasures."

"He's digging through and I'm like oh, it's all gross stuff... What were we thinking," said Malone. "Then we found a vintage Tiffany's watch."

Buyers typically resell the items on EBay, Craigslist or at yard sales to make money off the units. They say it's nothing like the TV show, you won't see yelling or fighting and very rarely does a unit get auctioned for thousands of dollars.

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