Storage Locker Auctions 'Like Going to Vegas'

"I don't even know what he wanted in there. What was in there? A desk, maybe, that he wanted? I don't know." she said. "... Back off bud. I obviously want this."

Puckett won, paying $140 plus tax and $100 deposit on the locker.

But among the curious and the amateurs are a handful of seasoned professionals who know what to look for and how to make money.

"A couple of dump loads and maybe I'll make a million dollars," one veteran storage bidder told ABC News.

Still, the profitable auctions are few and far between. In California, storage companies generate hardly any money from auctions. They often receive less than the delinquent rent and are required to give anything more than that amount to the county.

The bidders do stand to make some money. But the thrill of finding a profitable unit is often dampened by a sense of digging through strangers' lives.

"The first one I did, I didn't know what I was doing," said Chuck Jansen. "...The first one I bought, the first thing I came across was toys, and pictures of kids. And it's really crummy."

But in the business of storing the contents of a life, it all goes to the highest bidder, only to be cleared out and replaced by a new set of someone's stuff.

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