Hundreds come out for Storage Wars auction

Over 400 people showed up at National Storage on Saturday to debate whether or not to bid on the contents of six storage units.

Hundreds of people contemplate whether or not to bid on various storage units during Saturday's Storage Wars type auction at National Storage in West Kelowna. In total

None of the actual celebrities from A&E’s hit reality series Storage Wars showed up at National Storage on Saturday; however, that didn’t stop over 400 people from turning out to take in the auction action.

Don Faye, owner of National Storage, said that Saturday’s turnout was “beyond expectations.”

He was also happy with the high bids from the massive crowd.

“We didn’t recover the full cost (of delinquent lockers), but we got a good portion of it,” said Faye.

At 11 a.m., auctioneers from Western Star Auctions herded the crowd inside National Storage to view three indoor lockers.

The first locker seemed to have nothing more than a croquet set, a dining table and a few records. It sold for $375.

In total, six units were auctioned off—the most expensive locker sold for $1,900.

The buyers of the priciest unit were a couple from Nelson, B.C. They own Positive Apparel: A thrift store that benefits local charities.

Aviva Steele said that she and her husband were disappointed to have to pay $1,900 to get the unit; however, they didn’t want to leave Kelowna empty-handed.

“We didn’t want to leave here without something—it’s a long way to come. We didn’t expect so many people,” said Steele.

She said that the quantity of items in the locker is what appealed most to her.

“We figure that we can probably flip what’s in there for $2,000.”

Tom Johns, auctioneer with Western Star Auctions, said that the sheer number of people was probably because this was the first type of event of its kind in the region.

Both Johns and Faye are hopeful that they can provide more Storage Wars type of events in the future.

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