Friday, January 30, 2009

Schur Sets New Record for Self Storage Auctions!

Colorado Springs, CO

January 30, 2009

Schur Success Auction Services has set a new record and is "leaps and bounds" ahead of last year's record-setting storage auction sales, according to CEO Shannon Schur. Schur said that she had record growth in self-storage unit auctions in 2008, with a year-end figure of well over 1200 units sold. She said that 2009 is already off to a record-setting pace. "In 2007, we finished the year with a record of more than 900 units sold. In 2008, we shattered that record with just under 1250 units sold, or an average of about 104 units a month. We finished the first month of 2009 with 235 units sold, more than twice the average of last year, and a 60% increase in units month-month over January of 2008".

Schur credits the growth to both higher levels of non-payment, most likely economy related, and to the increased number of clients that the company serves. "With three full-time auctioneers handling storage units, we're able to serve a broader client base" she added. The company handles accounts as far south as Pueblo and as far north as Cheyenne, with 99 locations currently under contract. Schur Success Auction Services schedules storage auctions in groups or "runs" that allow buyers to make a full day of buying, making the buying process easier and more efficient. According to Dax Gillium, Senior Auction Manager for the company, new buyers show up at nearly every sale, and the crowds have grown some in the past two years.

Bargain-hunters often attend storage auctions looking for that "hidden treasure" that may be lurking behind a bag or box. New buyers tend to bid a little higher than the experienced buyers, but learn the hard way that there may be hidden costs in the process including labor, dumping, and extended storage fees. Experienced buyers have learned to "read" the unit to help them determine value. Veteran buyer Randy Evans said "there are always clues to the value or hidden cost of a unit – it just takes a little time to learn what to look for".

Schur said that new buyers are encouraged to attend and watch before they start actually buying units. "They can learn a great deal by watching the professional buyers" she said. Wise buyers can make a great deal of money on E-bay, Craig's List, or through garage and yard sales. Schur added that "auctions do occasionally cancel, and buyers should check website schedules the night before they plan to head out". Renters may pay their outstanding bills and fees anytime up to the start of the auction.

For a list of storage auctions and other information about the process, click on the website for Schur Success Auction Services.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Schur Success Auction Services: Winners Again! What it means to you…

Denver, CO 1/13/2009

This past weekend was the 2009 Annual Conference for the Colorado Auctioneer Association (CAA). Not only did more than 60 of the State's finest auctioneers and staff attend great seminars, enjoy wonderful food and social time, but new champions were named. We have a new Colorado State Champion Auctioneer, Steve Linnebur, and the Runner-up is our very own Adam Kevil. We're very proud of both of them.

In addition to the auctioneer championship, there was a marketing contest. Auctioneers submitted advertising and marketing materials which were displayed throughout the conference. Fellow auctioneers reviewed the materials and casted their votes. This means the winners were selected by our peers. For the second year in a row, we came home with multiple awards for our marketing!

This year, we won the award for four-color marketing (industrial or commercial equipment) and for our website ( This means our peers chose us over our competitors as the best in each of these categories. For us, it means we get to take home a beautiful plaque for each award, and the pride that come with winning.

For you, it means our marketing efforts work, and your sales will get the best possible exposure. Marketing is what makes auctions work. It allows people to know that you have something to sell, and gives them a chance to get excited about buying. The better the marketing, the better the sale. It's that simple. When our peers recognize our efforts, it just shows that we're doing things right.

Our website is in a constant state of improvement. It's designed to allow buyers to navigate easily and find the sales and items they're looking for. Our print marketing materials are designed one at a time, to ensure each sale gets the best possible exposure and layout. We work hard to make your sales special, that's why we do it. Everything from our logo and colors, to our layout and the "look and feel" of each piece or web page, is designed for maximum exposure.

We're very proud of our awards, and we'll work hard to keep winning them. Our competition does good work. So do we. As we improve, so do they. As they improve, we'll improve more. One of our company missions is to win every possible marketing category each year. We want our efforts to stand out above the rest, and we think they do. Personally, I think we could have won more awards this year, but we were not allowed to win the same category two years in a row. But next year, who knows.

Looking for an auction company that will bring the buyers and give you the personal attention that you deserve? Call us. When we say "Our Process is Personal", it's more than a tag line – it's our way of doing business.

Have a safe and happy new year!