Meet the 'Storage Wars' Stars
March 03, 2012
The Insider's Matte Babel takes a behind-the-scenes look at A&E's Storage Wars -- one of cable's top ten reality hits.
One of the show's most colorful characters is 61-year-old antique collector Barry Weiss, who explains that one reason the show has become so successful is because it's essentially a modern day treasure hunt. "When the door goes up, you don't know what's behind it. We don't know what's behind it, so there's that aspect. And then I guess you've got the different characters, all of us are way different."
During each episode, the various Storage Wars players bid on the mostly unknown contents of abandoned storage units.
Series star Darrell Sheets says the reason he's been buying storage lockers for 33 years is the "addictive" nature of scoring big payoffs. He explained that in the past he found one of the world's most valuable comic book collections and also four Picasso paintings. The single that brought him the most money was a solid gold letter opener from the 17th century that he sold for $27,000.
The show also features the husband and wife team of Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz, who explains his approach to working everyday side-by-side with his Brandi. "Fortunately for us in our relationship, I kinda just do whatever I want and then take the rap when I get home. It's kind of how we do storage units. I buy whatever I want and she is just mad at me the whole way home. But it works out. Sometimes we agree, but most of the time it's that."
Watch the video to see the storage warriors doing battle against each other and to also get a glimpse of the show's famous auctioneer Dan Dotson's his fast-talking skills.