My daughter and son in law had my husband and I go with them to an auction of a couple of storage units. There were a few people that showed up & there was only two units up for grabs. They cut the lock and we were able to peek into the first unit, but not allowed to touch or go inside the unit (as in the TV shows). There was really nothing in this unit that we wanted, the bidding went from $25.00 up to $100.00. The second unit was a no go for us either, it went for only $50.00, it looked as though it was left unopened for months as there were cobwebs on the door.
It was a fun time though and we enjoyed at least trying it! I can see how some people make a business out of it - some dealers were there with their box vans at the ready.