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.
The heat is on as the buyers return to the high desert, and a lot has changed. In this episode, Darrell Sheets finds a macabre oddity, Dave Hester discovers an antique toy, and Barry Weiss asks one of his buddies from Aerosmith (no big deal) for an appraisal. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, who will be left standing as the competition comes full circle?
A storm is brewing in Whittier, California. When it rains in the auction business, only the best bidders come out to play. Darrell Sheets tries to bat down his competition when a locker with a twenty-seven thousand dollar payoff opens up, Dave Hester bids on a unit with a stockpile of antiques, and Barry Weiss lands himself a locker previously owned by a man with an... antique weapons fetish.
When auctioneer Dan Dotson calls in sick, his wife Laura is forced to take the reins. But with a crowd of unenthusiastic buyers, Laura will have to pull out all the stops to sell these lockers. Barry finds a "knock out" unit, Dave goes after an electronics locker, Jarrod tries to up his street cred with a "gangsta" unit, and Darrell uncovers a classic movie prop. Will Laura's unbridled enthusiasm pull in big bucks from the buyers or will she end up letting down her auctioneer hubby?
The buyers head to Dave Hester's old stomping grounds in Santa Ana, California. Though the units look trashy, their low rent suggests a secret gold mine filled with goods placed by wise consumers. Jarrod and Brandi find the ultimate guy's unit, Darrell and Dave duke it out for an antique worth three thousand bucks, and Barry is just hoping to find a flashlight for the auctions! From kayaks to golf clubs, the buyers break the bank in this tough town.
The buyers square off in Costa Mesa, California. Dave's estranged brother surfaces and challenges the Mogul over a unit filled with rock memorabilia. Barry uncovers a wooden rendering of a head (and refrains from making tasteless jokes). And Darrell vies with Jarrod for a century-old slide projector. From antiques to bad blood, personal items from the past are about to dictate these buyers' futures.
Trouble comes to Mission Hills, California when a mysterious new bidder aims to dominate the competition. Darrell fights for a drum set, Jarrod and Brandi face a three thousand dollar loss, and heavy-bidder Dave Hester is pushed to his limit in a duel with his new nemesis. From light shows to peep shows, could this be the day the Mogul loses his crown?
The buyers are back in Mission Hills, California. The new bidder is back, along with his man-purse full of cash. Barry's lured into a locker with a mysterious hole in the wall. Dave Hester goes toe to toe with his nemesis again, while Darrell finds it hard just to stay in the ring. Meanwhile, Jarrod pulls an old trick and sneaks in a winning bid. But will his plan pay off, or will it all come crashing down?
The buyers are back in San Bernardino, and Barry brings a good luck charm that yields a tasty reward. Darrell has a case of bidder indecision, while Jarrod and Brandi find out that big wins just may come in small packages. And Mark Balelo is back, but will his bravado break records, or will it be game over?
Surf's up when the buyers head to Huntington Beach. Darrell goes fishing for a locker, Barry sets his sights on some antique Militaria, Dave "The Mogul" Hester strangely has trouble just getting in the game, and Jarrod and Brandi eye a jewelry box - but is it worth $2,700?
The buyers head back to Santa Ana, California and the reunion is anything but fruitful. Jarrod and Brandi quickly see their profits roll away, Barry becomes an organ donor, Dave proves that sometimes not making a deal is good common sense, and believe it or not, Darrell's hopes for a Santa Ana upside rest in the balance of a coin toss... scout's honor.
The auction turns into a three-ring circus as the buyers head to Irvine, California. Tensions finally boil over between Dave and Jarrod, Barry heads to the big top dreaming of a big lick, and Darrell wonders if Dave's gone broke. After outbidding on one of the biggest lockers in Storage Wars history, will it be retirement for Dave or is he just fiddling around?
Things are up and down for the buyers as they head to Upland, California. Barry winds up going a little cuckoo, Darrell gets shut out all together, and Jarrod & Brandi fall in love with a furniture locker and roll into the 19th century world of leisure. Meanwhile, Dave goes all out on a jewelry unit that might just turn out to be a buyer's best friend.
The buyers go south to Laguna Nigel, California. Jarrod and Brandi uncover rare depression era art, Barry's art goes all the way back to the ancient Mayan culture, and Darrell uncovers a possible rare Wells Fargo stagecoach gun, but it's authenticity turns out to be anything but a foregone conclusion.
The buyers head to the upscale retirement community of Laguna Hills, California. Dave wins a furniture unit that points him in the direction of Chinatown, Jarrod and Brandi take a trip down memory lane, Darrell finds his rhythm and some 70's sound equipment, and Barry uncovers something vintage and finds out that sometimes art really does imitate life.
The buyers venture into Downtown, Los Angeles, where they find themselves in a new kind of auction, called a vault auction. It's pallets and crates instead of lockers, and Darrell Sheets thinks it's a perfect place for a showdown with Dave Hester. Jarrod and Brandi put all their marbles in some mystery boxes. And Barry Weiss flexes his auction muscles, which leads to memorable trip to Venice Beach.
The buyers head to the wealthy beach neighborhood of Westminster, CA. Darrell brings his bravado and a wad of cash, and leaves with both of them intact. Dave finds classic car parts, Brandi goes rogue with a giant-priced locker, and Jarrod is more than skeptical. Meanwhile, Barry finds an antique medical device and brings another antique to appraise it. But will the doctor be in?
Family tensions ping as the buyers head to Ontario, California. Darrell wants to take son Brandon to the next level of auction buying, and he's willing to do it at Jarrod and Brandi's expense. But Jarrod and Brandi are expanding, and nothing - and no one - will get in their way. Meanwhile, Barry takes a chance on a locker that turns out to be anything but chicken feed.
The buyers invade the best little city in the USA, Azusa, California. Darrell Sheets sees past the competition, by winning a timeless unit. Jarrod and Brandi continue their journey of quality over quantity, but hope that one item doesn't stain their momentum. And Barry Weiss' buying judgment comes into question, as he starts to wonder himself whether he can pull a rabbit out of his hat...one more time.
The buyers roll into the wide open desert in Hemet, California. Barry Weiss tries to kill Dave's "Yups" with kindness. Jarrod and Brandi make their mark on the competition with a tattoo locker. Darrell gets lost, gets irritated but in the end finds his locker zen. And Dave sails away with what he is hoping is one of his biggest paydays ever.
The buyers return to Long Beach, CA. Jarrod and Brandi have never done well here, so will their luck change? Darrell Sheets finally gets some exercise in Long Beach, buying for the first time and "wiggling" his way into the black. Barry Weiss laps the rest, finding a very unique kind of race car. And Dave Hester goes all out for a unit that hasn't been opened in 20 years. But when the dust settles will he find hidden treasures, or a big bust?
The buyers head back to Ontario, CA and if people didn't notice Dave Hester before, they won't have any trouble now. Jarrod Schulz reverts to his previous ways, overpaying on some toys that make it hard for him to break even. Darrell Sheets has a brush with "The Man," and Barry Weiss has a brush with his own mortality. From Goddesses to Warlords, Ontario is anything but boring.
The buyers invade the quiet town of Simi Valley, CA. Darrell and Brandon smoke the competition. Jarrod and Brandi find some safes, "release the Kraken," and walk away with literally a pirate's booty. Dave Hester again breaks down the competition but in the end it's his heart that is left broken. And Barry Weiss rides in on a vintage motorcycle, but will he drive off into the sunset the big winner... or with an empty backpack?
The buyers are back in Dave Hester's backyard of Newport Beach, CA and they have a visitor. A heavy hitter is on the scene with a story of buying one of the most famous units in storage buying history, and she has a long history with Dave to boot. Jarrod and Brandi find some "very interesting" antiques. And Barry pays a visit to the doctor, but will the visit pay off for Barry?
The buyers are back in Gardena, CA and Dave's rival Nabila is back as well. Jarrod and Brandi get in the game by grabbing a sportsman's locker, Darrell drops seven grand on a unit full of construction equipment hoping to build a nice nest egg, and Barry brings a secret weapon, but will it help him or break the rules?
The buyers are back in Santa Ana, CA with one notable exception, Jarrod Schulz. Construction on Now and Then is finally taking place, and it's forced Brandi to go to the auction by her lonesome. Dave Hester finds some vintage gaming machines. Darrell Sheets proves he's "the real thing", scoring some vintage bottles. And Brandi buys a locker, but will she make Jarrod proud?
The buyers are in "Tinseltown Adjacent", otherwise known as North Hollywood, CA. But first it's the grand re-opening of Jarrod and Brandi's store. Jarrod feels stressed to fill the new shelves, but will Brandi give him the license to bid? Dave Hester re-writes the auction record books. Darrell Sheets caves under the Hollywood pressure. And Barry Weiss finds an old top hat, but will there be any magic in it?
The buyers do battle in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Dave Hester arrives in a truck big enough to fit his ego AND a massive house hold unit. Darrell and Brandon try to get back on track. Jarrod and Brandi find a vintage mask, hoping to smoke out the competition. And Barry Weiss continues to march to the beat of his own drum, scoring big with a Rock and Roll' legend.
The buyers make a pilgrimage to the desert of Lancaster, CA. West side heavy hitter Nabila Haniss makes the trek and is richly rewarded. Dave Hester brings the fifth wheel and ends up feeling like one. Darrell Sheets "bears down" and wins a unit that makes him feel all warm and cuddly inside. And Barry Weiss proves that you really can catch more flies with sugar.
The buyers head west, to Inglewood, CA. It's Nabila Haniss's neck of the woods, but what she finds could end up shooting blanks. Darrell Sheets's bravado is on display, and not much else. Dave Hester proves once again that auction buying doesn't have to be pretty to be successful. And Barry Weiss gambles on unit with a gnarly mattress, but will he stink up the joint, or come out smelling like roses?
The buyers head to Harbor City, CA. Jarrod and Brandi get back to the business of buying. Dave Hester "Yups" his game as Nabila Haniss tries to bid the circus out of town. Barry Weiss looks like a hobo, and acts like a hobo, but buys like a pro. And Darrell Sheets goes big on the manliest of lockers, but will his unit hit the bullseye...or did Darrell totally blow it?
The Dotson's follow the money to Santa Cruz, CA and the buyers follow the Dotsons...right into a torrential rainstorm. Dave Hester finds some quilts to help keep dry and patch together a profit. Jarrod and Brandi leave just plain soaked. Darrell and Brandon find something that requires getting wet. And Barry unpacks a locker, un-corks a find, but will it get him out of the red?
The buyers stay up north and invade "the city by the bay"... San Francisco, CA. Barry finds an apprentice and an old pair of boxers. Jarrod and Brandi uncover something top secret. Dave Hester's "Yupp Armada" shows up as a show of force. And Darrell "The Gambler" Sheets goes all in, but will he take the pot...or bust?
The buyers head for the high desert in Highland, CA. Darrell buys on a hunch, and finds something that gets him out of the danger zone. Dave Hester never gets his money out of his man bag. Jarrod and Brandi experience some royal pains. And Barry Weiss follows the signs, but will they point to profit?