Boo, Blessings, Ho, Ho, Ho

Isn’t it fun to see all the holiday decorations–on a Halloween drive finding ghosts, witches, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns: a Thanksgiving drive seeing Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkins; and the best is a Christmas drive spotting Santa, sleighs and reindeer, lighted trees, candles, and a manger scene.
After it is over, where do they put all those wonderful decorations for next year? Do they stick them in the basement, or attic, or maybe the garage? Many have found the best solution is to take them to a storage unit. A storage unit means the decorations are safely out of the way but so handy when needed for next year. A unit at one of the Dino’s Storage locations might be just the ticket for your holiday decorations.


Storage Auctions

Storage auctions have increased in popularity over the last decade due to the various TV shows. If a lessee defaults on the payments, the storage facility has the right to legally auction the items in the unit. Dino’s Storage holds auction every month for units in default for non payment or abandonment. There will typically be between 15-25 attendees and while there are regular bidders, we do occasionally have new people that attend our auctions or call to inquire about the auctions. I would like to take this opportunity to share a few of the more common questions that are asked by storage auction attendees.

The most frequent question is, “How many units do you have?” That varies from facility to facility. I typically will have 3-5 units on a monthly basis that default into the auction process, whereas, another of our Des Moines locations rarely has any units for sale. The lessee that has defaulted technically has up to the time of auction to settle their debt and reclaim the unit, so it would be best to call the property the day of the auction and ask the manager how many units they anticipate selling.

Next, we get asked “What size units are you selling?” Again, that varies month to month and most managers will announce the unit size just as the door opens before bidding starts. We have units ranging from 5×5 all the way up to 10×30. And it is hard to judge by size alone until we open the door for you to peak in. I have auctioned a 10×20 unit with only a couple items, then turned around an auctioned a 5×10 that was packed to the brim.

A lot of people will ask, “Do you have anything good today?” This question really is a matter of perception. What I think is “good” might be completely different from what yours is. Or perhaps you are looking for something in particular or have a certain taste in style. I have been a storage manager for 5 years and I have seen many auctions. I have seen buyers come out way ahead and I have also seen buyers bust on a purchase. Since you can not see what is in every box or bag, buying units is often a surprise and you take the good with the bad.

For those of you that have attended a live storage auction or have at the least seen the process on TV, you know that we open the door and give you a few minutes to view that unit without touch anything or going into the unit before the bidding starts. I have had people ask me if we sell individual items out of the unit and that would honestly take all day in most cases, so no, we sell the unit as a whole.

That brings me to the next question, “How long do we have to clean out the unit?” The Des Moines auctions are usually held on the last Friday of the month and we will give the buyer 24 hour access to remove all the items by Monday morning or we will be happy to lease the unit to the buyer if more time is needed.

I try to keep my comments to a minimum during the auction process to ensure everyone is playing on an even field. Of course you will have the regular bidders that come every month and know a little more about bidding, winning and re-selling the units but we also have new bidders or people that just come out to see what storage auctions are all about, but everyone deserves a fair shot at winning a unit. So, if you are a small business owner that buys units regularly or a first time bidder, bring your credit card and try your luck at one of our storage auctions…Happy Bidding!!

Dino’s FAQ’s


The majority of the customers we serve have never used storage before. Here is a quick and simple guide to some of our most frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.


The Power of Volunteering

 As the seasons are changing, the days are getting colder, the holidays are approaching, and we need to step back and look at those that are in need during these times. I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Des Moines Homeless Shelters and Services in the past and during the holidays. Being a volunteer is one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had and seeing the look on the faces I have helped is priceless.

Whether it is going to a nursing home and spending some time with the elderly, visiting children at the Children’s Hospital, working at the soup kitchen, or even just donating items to a shelter can help. Sharing your time and talents as a volunteer can bring happiness to those around you and to your own soul.

Some places to volunteer in Des Moines, Iowa are:

Central Iowa Shelter & Services
Amy Olson, VISTA Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter
Jana Daisy, Community Activities Manager

Hope Ministries

Hawthorn Hill

As Mother Teresa states, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Giving Back


Here in Papillion I am running an awesome special to help give back to the community. The Food Bank is running low on supplies and with the holidays coming up I believe it is very important to give back to those in need. Right now if you come in to sign a new lease and bring 10 dry food items, I will remove the $10 processing fee. If you bring 15 or more, I will remove the processing fee and take half off of your 2nd months rent! We are trying to replenish the food bank so every little bit helps. If you are not interested in renting a unit and would still like to help you can drop your items off at :
921 Cedardale Rd. in Papillion.

Most-Needed Food Items:
Peanut butter
Macaroni and cheese
Canned tuna and chicken
Pancake mix
Canned fruit and vegetables
Pork and beans
Pasta and sauce
Boxed meals

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill

For more information or other locations to drop off your donations please check out the food banks website at


5x10-with-furniture-2    In the years that I have been operating storage facilities there remains one consistency…..people always think they need a bigger size storage unit than what is actually needed.

Before using storage, it is a good idea to think things through, and decide what you would like your storage unit to do for you. For example: if you are going to be leaving your belongings stored away while out of town or just not using them, then you want to get the smallest possible unit, and pack everything tightly. If you have decided that using a storage unit will be part of your new lifestyle either from not having enough room, or moving from a large house into an apartment or condo, you may want to get a storage unit 35% bigger than what you had expected just to allow yourself the room inside to make seasonal changes, or to locate stored items much easier. Whatever the end result is for you, either bigger or smaller, you will enjoy your storage experience much more if you think these things through, and work with your property manager to make the right decision.

I would really enjoy getting some feedback from you readers out there, concerning my blog. Those of you who take the time to write a comment will receive 1/2 off of their application fee when leasing a unit from me. Hope to hear from you!


Fall is Upon Us

  There are always times when you do not have enough space in your home, garage or office to store your items such as Christmas decorations, lawn furniture, yard equipment and other seasonal items. Dino’s Storage in Elkhorn offers many different size units in both of our climate controlled storage and non climate controlled storage. Our facility is safe, secure and clean. We are always ready to help you with your needs. We have large units for anyone who may need storage while they are in the process of moving or staging their home. We offer 24-hour access to your units. It is a gated facility with security cameras. Manager is available Monday thru Saturday and by appointment.
Dino’s rents Penske trucks at a reasonable rate to help with your move. We sell packing supplies in our office such as locks, boxes, mattress covers, bubble wrap and other items. Dino’s in Elkhorn is located at 20800 West Dodge and we can be reached at 402-289-0923.

We Are Looking For You

  Are you in the process of building a new home? Maybe you are in the military or a college student? Do you have a business short on space or have seasonal storage needs? Our customers vary from individuals, groups to businesses. If you are in transition, relocating, or have limited space we can meet your needs.

Dino’s Bondurant is a 24/7, non-climate control facility with a security gate, lights, fencing, and cameras. We offer a variety of sizes with month to month leases and any kind of packing supply you can imagine.

Check us out at or call to discuss your situation at 515-967-9346.

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa

Dino’s on SE 14th in Des Moines, Iowa

Hello I would like to introduce myself; my name is Jill Madonia. I am the Property Manager at the Dino’s Storage located at 5327 SE 14th in Des Moines, IA. (515) 953-3466.
Dino's Storage SE 14th

I have recently joined the spectacular Dino’s team a few short months ago. I am really proud to manage such a great facility. Like ALL Dino’s facilities, my facility is kept clean and secure! Those of you that are familiar with my south side Des Moines location, know us not only by our great storage reputation BUT also know us by the “Spiritual Quotes” that we put up weekly on our outside reader board. This is something Dino’s takes seriously and is honored to receive the wonderful comments we get from people on these quotes. I even get phone calls from people who are unable to drive by to read the board and they want to know what the quote is for the week. This is truly wonderful! With that said, you will find at my facility a warm welcome and eagerness to help you with any storage questions. I believe in treating people with kindness and respect.
My inventory on units range from 5×5, 10×4, 10×5, 5×10, 5×15, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20 or 10×30. I have climate and non-climate controlled units available. We require NO DEPOSIT, ONLY a $10 Application Fee. Your unit is pro-rated for the month when moving in. We rent on a month-to-month basis so you are never stuck with a long term lease! The facility is fully gated and secured with cameras with audio. I also carry about every item needed when packing to move or to store your items. My supplies include: boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, mattress covers, chair and sofa covers, picture pouches, disc locks and much more…
Give me a call or stop by and let me show you some storage units and take the worry and stress out of your storage experience! Don’t forget to ask about our monthly special!!
Now I will end with this by -Aesop
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”