The first Storage Warz Auction at Spall Storage Centre in Spallumcheen raised more than $10

The first Storage Warz Auction at Spall Storage Centre in Spallumcheen raised more than $10

Charities win from Spallumcheen Storage Warz

Inaugural charity storage auction at Spall Storage Centre raises more than $10,000 for North Okanagan charities...

Did North Okanagan charities benefit from a charity storage auction?


Spall Storage Centre hosted its first Storage Warz, based on the popular television show Storage Wars, on May 5.

The company donated 10 empty lockers to local organizations, who filled the lockers with goods.

Auction-goers had a chance to inspect the lockers – just like on the television show – without going inside them, then place a bid.

Monies raised went to local charities.

“The day was fabulous,” said Patti Wood, organizer and co-owner of Spall Storage Centre. “We ended up raising more than $10,600 in about four hours. The lockers sold off and our spot auction items went well.”

With auctioneer Paul Ricca of Valley Auction leading the charges, the highest locker went for approximately $800.

A couple of special spot auction items – black ball hats with the word “Yuuup” emblazoned on front, an homage to Storage Wars star Dave Hester, who uses the word on the TV show everytime he bids on a storage locker – raised nearly $200.

“The 10 lockers sold off and eight special spot auction items, plus the silent auction and barbecue all helped raise the money for charity,” said Wood.

“The businesses who bought the lockers have been presenting the charities with the cheques.”

Wood said Ricca did a fabulous job with the auction, and Ricca was so taken with the event he volunteered his time for next year, which Wood confirmed there would be a second annual charity auction.

Also enamored with the original event is main corporate sponsor Valley First Credit Union.

“Valley First head office in Penticton came on as the event sponsor, and they were so impressed by how well everything went, they committed as event sponsor for next year,” said Wood, delighted with the inaugural auction that drew close to 400 people.

“We were thrilled,” she said. “We had a fabulous group of volunteers that helped make everything run smoothly.”