Storage units can be treasure troves for people who purchase the contents of units who have lapsed in payment on their lease, allowing the storage unit company to sell the contents to the general public.
PetaPixel reports that two business partners were lucky enough to stumble upon one of those rare storage unit finds, and what a find it is indeed. The pair purchased an industrial lot with all of its attendant storage and items only to find one truck contained multiple, brand-new circa 2003 35mm film processing machines worth an estimated $USD 40,000 a piece.
The author of the article, Ben Carufel, describes the shock his friend felt when he uncovered a fleet of brand new Kodak 35mm film processing machines in one trailer, saying the man “knew enough about cameras to be dangerous.” The machines were apparently obscured behind piles of otherwise worthless electronic equipment.
The author of the article is a photographer and has even worked in film processing, so he was somewhat familiar with the equipment his friend described to him. Imagine his surprise when he discovered that not only was his friend’s description accurate, but also that there were 30 “brand-new, palletized C41 film processors” which weighed approximately 50 lbs a piece.