A&E presents the new original real-life series "Storage Wars," which follows four professional buyers and their teams as they scour repossessed storage units in search of hidden treasure. Part gamblers, part detectives, these auction pros have found everything from coffins to the world's most valuable comic book collection, paying as little as ten dollars for items valued in the millions. The 12-episode half-hour series premieres on A&E, Wednesday, December 1 at 10PM ET/PT. Each episode of "Storage Wars" follows a group of bidders as they get a quick peek inside the units, aided only by the beam of a flashlight. They then must assess on the spot if the unit is worth a bid and how high they will actually go to grasp the gold. The high-stakes fun begins as we see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash... or true treasure. Driven by Dan Dotson, one of the most successful and outrageous auctioneers in the country, the cast of buyers is as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover.
It's a showdown in the high desert as the buyers crack open a trove of abandoned storage lockers. Barry Weiss unearths the personal possessions of rap magnate Suge Knight. Jarrod Schulz and Dave Hester throw down their bankrolls in hopes of scoring a classic organ. And Darrell Sheets reveals a historic, one hundred and fifty thousand-dollar find. Classic items, wily personalities--let the storage wars begin!
The buyers venture to the labyrinth-like Self Storage Center in Cerritos. Jarrod and Dave set their sights on a locker filled with handcrafted bamboo fishing rods. Brandi tries a little feminine wit to outsmart her macho competitors. And the financial future of Darrell's granddaughter, Zoe, hangs in the balance. From solid silver to a locked safe, the buyers duke it out in the hunt for hidden treasure.
Chaos ensues throughout the storage units of Westminister. A secret weapon is brought out by Barry Weiss to dwarf the competition. Two bitter rivals, Dave Hester and Darrell Sheets, go toe-to-toe for a locker with a twenty thousand dollar payout. After Jarrod buys a suspect unit, a lover's quarrel breaks out between he and Brandi. But after inspection, the bickering pair find something even Brandi didn't expect. It's Russian Roulette in a facility wrought with both trash and treasure.
In Huntington Beach the buyers are picking up anything but good vibrations. Dave Hester leaves Darrell Sheets hanging out to dry with a pump fake approach. But Darrell's wrath costs Dave dearly in return. Barry Weiss finds a twelve inch piano, but there's a chance this small wonder could be more than just a child's toy. And a rip tide of cash is spent on the highest winning unit of the season.
Since the Port of Long Beach, Calif., boasts high-end imports but low-income housing, the buyers know they can either go boom or bust today. When the storage units finally swing open, they reveal surfing and cowboy items, maintenance equipment, and even some flare guns. The tension mounts as the buyers bid for stuff that might make 'em or break 'em.
When the auction action goes to Homeland, Calif., an upscale retirement community, the bidders start to dream of scoring big. Darrell lands a locker filled with furniture, and Jarrod gambles on a safe. Have they bought treasure--or trash?
When the locks are blasted off the storage doors in a California town rich in historic Spanish-American culture, our intrepid buyers discover an unusual mannequin phone, a bootlegger's moonshine still, and some enticing office equipment. Nice stuff--but is it worth anything?
Welcome to the eerie side of storage. When Barry hires two psychics to "see" inside the units at Gardena, Calif., they say they've got a "dark" feeling about the place. But that doesn't spook Jarrod and Brandi, who decide to roll the dice on a unit that could save their store. It's a creepy, pressure-packed look at the storage business.
The buyers head to Norwalk, California for the latest round of storage unit auctions. One buyer and his wife find they have much in common with regards to their opinion of another buyer.
In Fullerton, California, buyers look for textbooks and rare university artifacts.
The buyers go to Las Vegas to attend auctions.
Secret locker; sign from the 40s; rare bonus in a hidden compartment.
Perris, California is SoCal's adventure capital. Our buyers' strategy: search high and low for hiking, camping, and skydiving gear. Jarrod and Barry vie for a unit filled with power tools and high end potential. Darrell Sheets sends a message by bringing a fleet of trucks. And Dave Hester reveals his trade secret to storage auction success. After buying in high volume, will Darrell find the "wow" factor or will he be stuck with a truckload of garbage?
In the LBC, there are two ways to strike it rich--imports and oil. The buyers dig deep in search of antiques and industrial merchandise. Jarrod and Brandi uncover what appears to be an antique wine rack. Dave Hester and Barry Weiss test each other's knowledge of oddities, while Darrell Sheets is just looking to make some gas money. Will the Mogul's vast resources prove too much for the Collector? The drill is on in the search for the storage motherload.
Rumors run wild in Orange, California when 6 lockers--owned by one tenant--go up for auction. Dave and Darrell vie for a unit with a 12 grand payday. Barry Weiss stumbles across a vintage magazine. One buyer nearly breaks a hip. And Jarrod is forced to ask Dave Hester for an appraisal. The question remains, who was this previous tenant? An antique dealer? A local business owner? Or perhaps something worse?
The buyers head to the "antiquers" town of Torrance, California. At this high-end facility, the competition has never been stiffer. Dave and Jarrod bid on a unit with a classic Jaguar. Barry Weiss buys a locker to satisfy his adventurous spirit. And Brandi challenges Jarrod to a battle of the sexes. Who will find the money and who will break the bank?
In Riverside, Jarrod and Barry are greeted by a mob of eager newbies. With their financial futures at stake, the buyers must choose to fight or befriend the crowd. Barry Weiss buys a "mystery trunk." Jarrod and Brandi battle for a unit filled with household goods and classic signs. And Darrell Sheets finds a box of turn-of-the-century books. If these books are valuable Darrell could make thousands. If they're not, he'll be just another victim of the mob.
Tempers flare! The buyers attack! In Yucaipa, California Darrell Sheets crosses the line with a stab at Dave Hester's Newport Consignment Store. Brandi and Jarrod argue over the worth of a bizarre looking horse head. Barry Weiss bids on a locker littered with antique furniture. And Dave Hester makes his strangest discovery ever! But when all is said and done, will Darrell get the better of Dave? Or will the Mogul overcome the Gambler's antics?
In the hippie-town of Encinitas, the buyers comb for seventies memorabilia. When Darrell declares this facility his "home turf", the other bidders are forced to fight for their claim of the treasure. Barry finds a relic from his past. Darrell Sheets stumbles upon a lucrative medical device and Dave Hester teaches his son about the family business. But it's a unit selling for an unprecedented $5500 that ensures no peace for these storage warriors.