Storage units are handy places to keep a variety of things. Most of these belongings are quite ordinary, such as cars, furniture, clothes, and knick-knacks. However, in certain instances, some rather intriguing, valuable, and downright shocking items find their way into storage units. People from all ends of the spectrum and all walks of life make use of these spaces, and as a result there are some pretty crazy things found in storage units.
All types of people use storage units, so you’re bound to find all sorts of things. Adding to this is the fact that storage units are unoccupied most of the time and they are private places, with few people having access to any one particular unit. As you might imagine, some folks have tried to take advantage of this. The result: some pretty incredible (and occasionally shocking) finds.
Might as well get this one out of the way! It has happened; dead bodies have been found in storage units in rare instances. One fairly recent incident occurred in Florida in 2012, when a family discovered the body of their deceased grandmother in their storage unit. Allegedly, some weather and vehicle problems delayed the initial burial, and then the daughter of the departed couldn’t bring herself to part with her mother’s body. It was in the storage unit for over 15 years.
When a storage unit is abandoned, it is common practice for the owner of the facility to auction off its contents. But in Miami in 2011, two men purchased the contents of a storage unit for $1500 without seeing what was inside. What they found was—if you’ll indulge me—out of this world. An actual NASA rocket was found within the unit. Needless to say, the rocket was worth far more than $1500. This find was televised on Spike TV’s Auction Hunters.
In 1989, for less than $100, a man in Long Island bought the contents of a storage unit. Inside he found a white sports car with no wheels underneath several blankets. Though he had no idea what it was, it didn’t take long for people to inform him that it was one of the submarine cars James Bond drove in The Spy Who Loved Me. This was later confirmed, and the car was purchased for around $1 million. Pretty good return on that $100 investment! How the car ended up in Long Beach, however, is a mystery that might leave 007 himself scratching his head.
Nicolas Cage is an avid comic book reader. In 2000, one of Cage’s prized possessions, an original copy of Action Comics No.1, was stolen from his home. This comic is famous for being the first comic book ever to feature Superman. Eleven years after it was stolen, the comic was found when a man in San Fernando Valley tried to sell the contents of a storage unit he’d just purchased, which contained Cage’s copy of Action Comics No.1. The comic was then returned to Cage. (Fun Fact: Did you know that Nicolas Cage almost played Superman on the big screen in the 90s? Seriously, check it out.)
Storage facilities can be used to house a wide array of items, which is why there are crazy things found in storage units from time to time. If you find yourself in need of a space to store your possessions—crazy or otherwise—we here at Eastway Storage would be happy to assist you. You can check out the services we offer on our websiteor contact us online with any questions. We hope to hear from you soon!