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These St. Marys Kinsmen Club members pose for a photo in front of one of the lockers which will be auctioned off this Saturday. From left are: Dave Proudlove, Brian Nickle, club president Sean Connolly, project chairman Chris Swarthout, Tyler Maxwell and Jeff Nairn. (Payton photo)

‘Storage Battles’ auction set for this Saturday

Pat Payton
Staff reporter

The St. Marys Kinsmen are holding their first-ever and much-anticipated ‘Storage Battles’ this Saturday, Apr. 27 at St. Marys Mini Storage, 1894 James St. South.

Kinsmen member Chris Swarthout got the idea from the popular television show, ‘Storage Wars.’

“It’s not your average auction; it’s based on the TV show,” the project chairman says. “There is a bit of a mystery to it.”

Each locker is auctioned off as one unit, he notes. There are multiple lockers, with several items in each locker. When the individual storage lockers are opened, people will get five minutes to view the items before it is auctioned off. People bidding on the lockers will have to register prior to the auction.

Swarthout says the club has gotten “a huge response” from the community, with many different items donated for the auction, which begins at 11 a.m. —rain or shine.

“We have been collecting gently-used items since January, all winter,” Swarthout said. “We have a lot of interesting items.

“This is a new project for us; we’ve never done it before. We think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The contents in the lockers — such as furniture, musical instruments and household and sports items — will be auctioned off by Roger McKay, with cash or cheques accepted. The Kinsmen are also holding an on-site barbecue.

The club will accept more donations up to Friday night. Swarthout can be contacted at 519-949-0189 for more information.

The Kinsmen will also help deliver purchased items to people’s homes.

Proceeds generated will go back into the community, Swarthout says. The Kinsmen raise money for minor sports organizations in the community and for their main charity, Cystic Fibrosis.

“Everything we raise goes back into the community,” he said.

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