Growing up, my father took me to about every yard sale, thrift store, second-hand store, and garage sale you could imagine. He has always been a collector and strong believer in “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” When you grow up in that kind of environment, one of two things happens: you either embrace “junk” collecting, or you are repulsed by it. My older brothers I would say tended to stray to the latter; however, me and my young brother have embraced the “treasure hunting” lifestyle. So, when I found out about the shows Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, I was immediately intriqued.
Both shows carry, essentially, the same premise. They do differ a little in exactly how they are presented, but both revolve around people who buy storage units at auction. When a storage unit’s rental price has not been paid for three months, the facility has the legal ability to auction off the entire units’ contents in hopes of regaining some of the back rent. At the auctions, the locks are cut off the unit and buyers are allowed to look at the contents from the threshold for a few minutes before bidding commences. Buyers are not allowed to pilfer through the contents or step over the threshold. Because of this, there can be many unknown treasures in these units; however, on the flip side, there could also just be dirty laundry and garbage inside. It’s definitely a gamble, but fascinating to watch what these risk takers can find in some of these units. From pinball machines to bobcats to jewelry to Picasso sketches, some of the things the stars of these shows find is mind boggling.
If you’ve ever had an affinity towards finding that one diamond in the rough, then you will probably enjoy these shows. Maddie and I have burned through nearly every episode of both Auction Hunters and Storage Wars in the month or so since we started watching. I’m so hooked, it’s making me want to save up and get out to some auctions soon! Who knows what could be found, or how much money could be lost on the bid. Like all risks, the most fun seems to be in the thrill of the chase.