For Ariel Tyk, owner of the Stor-It Place in Vernon, it’s trying to make something good come out of a bad day.
The Stor-It Place (2504-43rd Street) will hold a storage auction Thursday, starting with registration at noon and bidding at 1 p.m., to recoup money from customers who haven’t paid their bills.
And they will base the auction on the hugely popular television show Storage Wars on A&E.
“These are the lockers that, unfortunately, we could not recover the money from the customers,” said Tyk. “It’s not a happy day for us.
“We try to collect from people. Some we can’t get a hold of, or we try collection agencies. We try all possible methods to recover the funds but unfortunately we can’t, so we have to vacate the units and keep doing business.”
So, on Thursday, people interested in bidding can sign up starting at noon. As of the weekend, there were 14 lockers that will be up for bids.
“It’s just like the TV show, people look at the lockers, they have five minutes to do it and they can’t go inside,” said Tyk. “Then the bidding starts and somebody buys the entire unit. They then have 24 hours to get the unit vacated. They haul the stuff out and do whatever they want with the contents.”
Conducting the auction will be well-known Vernon radio personality, deejay and auctioneer Kevin Rothwell, of Rothwell Auction Entertainment.
“It appeals to the gambler in lots of people, not knowing what might be there and hoping to find something valuable,” said Rothwell. “I have conducted a few in the past year and have seen everything from a couple of mattresses to a vintage car when the door rolls up, that’s the fun you never know what’s waiting for you.
“Sometimes it’s really obvious what’s inside, other times it’s a pile of boxes and really anyone’s guess.”
It’s not the first time Tyk has used this format. He’s done it twice before, drawing as many as 400 people out to the auction, and people have found some treasures.
“Last time we did this there was a dune buggy in a unit, and somebody found some antique books and bibles that, apparently, were worth thousands,” said Tyk. “That locker went for about $300. It’s amazing what you find inside.”
There will be a charity aspect to the storage auction.
A barbecue will be set up on site and admission to the event is $2. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the barbecue and admission will go to the Upper Room Mission.