Storage Wars: The money making units

Storage Wars is one of those reality shows that just keeps on getting better, with fans eagerly awaiting the next episode. The A&E Network introduced the show back in 2010 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since, and now 2019 sees the show in its 12th season. During the show, you can watch a host of entertaining characters such as “trouble causer” Dave Hester and the lovable Jarrod and Brandi, bid on storage lockers with the hope to scoop a lot that has a huge pay cheque inside. These treasure hunters know what they are doing and some even show up with a strategy that will utterly annoy any other participants. There have been some that have made millions on a locker that cost just $500 after they found a safe inside and one bidder even managed to find some famous paintings worth thousands of dollars. The lockers become available once the rent on the property has not been paid for three months, to which they are then handed over to Dave and Laura Dotson, who own the business.

Outstanding Profit

Back on Season three, the beloved Darrell Sheets scooped one of the biggest money makers the show has ever seen. Sheets is well known for his high bids, that often tend to intimidate the other cast members, and there is usually no in between. The bids tend to either really work out for him, or not, much to the entertainment of those watching. After all, this is what the show is all about.

Bidding $3,600 for a storage locker, he opened it to find an amazing stash of paintings by the famous artist, Frank Gutierrez, with the collection bringing Sheets a profit of $296,400!

The King

Fans have come to either love or hate Dave Hester. Often seen causing conflict amongst staff (and producers), he certainly brings a lot of entertainment to the show. When it comes to bidding, he absolutely has a strategy and it worked out rather well for him on the shows first ever season.

As he opened the door to his recently purchased locker, it appeared as though it was filled with nothing other than some tatty old newspapers, however upon closer inspection, the papers were dated, August 16, 1977. This date symbolized the day that Elvis Presley passed away. All together, the papers were valued at $90,000.

Comic Book Stash

People have been collecting comic books for as long as they have been around and those that tend to be a keen money maker are those written about superheroes and anything to do with cars. Luckily for Darryl Sheets, as he scoops yet another amazing locker, he won one that was full of old comics as well as antique toys.

It was in Season five, that he out bid other cast members, for what he called, the “Holy Grail of toys.” With a huge collection of around 3,000 books and a heap of toys, he made just over a total of $90,000 on this lot.

Video Game Win

Similar to comic books, video games and consoles have always been highly popular since they were invented, with kids as well as adults being able to enjoy them. If you are lucky enough to still have one of your old consoles at home, we recommend you to go and check out if it is worth anything – because it could well be.

In Season ten, paying $1,500 for a locker, it was Rene Nezhodo who won the game. With an NES and Sega Genesis amongst many others, the lot sold for $50,000.

One Thing To Another

No two storages lockers are the same, and the cast can never know what to expect, from one moment they can be selling Michael Jordan trainers and the next they can be looking for a vintage furniture collector to sell their contents too. Another win for Nezhodo proves just that, in season six, fans saw him win a locker that contained some stunning, in perfect condition furniture pieces such as a grandfather clock, an oil painting and much more.

Originally marked as if it had $8,000 worth of goodies inside, they ended up making $50,000 on it.

Hester’s Tactics

As the producers filmed the second episode of Season two, it was Dave Hester once again who was about to win big. Strategically turning other bidders off a lot, by saying it was full of nothing more than some broken old junk, he went on to win it himself and paid a bargain price of $1,300, since he had little competitors.

Once inside, he discovered a load of vending machines, that were not broken at all – just as he had thought. He made $27,000 on the lot.

Hidden Surprise

The antique collector, who never seemed to bother about gaining a giant win on the show was none other than Barry Weiss, known to fans as “The Collector”. Way back into Season one, episode four saw Weiss bid on a locker that showed little interest from other bidders, which he went on to win for a meisley $275.

Little did he know, that waiting inside of the locker was a stunning 1928 piano by Marshall and Wendell. The lot sold for almost $12,000. Now that’s not a bad deal at all.

Freaky Statue

Season two was also a rather good one for Weiss although, there was one particular locker that he came to be rather annoyed about. With his winning bid at $1,525, it looked as though he was going to be at a loss until he discovered a highly unusual wooden sculpture with real dentures, glass eyes and a window in the back of its head.

Oddly enough, this turned the locker win around when the item was valued at a great $6,000. This has got to be one of the oddest things the show has seen.

Mary Knows

Due to the show’s success, several spin-off shows happened with one being rather successful. Storage Wars: Texas, introduced us to Mary Padian, who quickly became known as “The Junkster.” On season three, Mary worked alongside a partner Jenny Grumbles, and the pair found a candlemaker which caused friction between them.

While Grumbles wanted to sell it for a mare $50, Mary had another plan, and it is a good job she did. The antique item was priced at $1,400, which is amazing considering it cost around $40 in the first place.

Life Of A Pirate

As some of you may know, there are actually bidders who turn up to win a locker however they choose not to be shown on Storage Wars, which is unfortunate because fans missed out on an outstanding win. Surpassing any other win ever scooped before, an anonymous bidder brought two lockers for just under $2,000.

Little did he know that when he rummaged through the locker, he would find real gold coins that amounted to an incredible $500,000.

Making A Millionaire

Now the next lot is almost unbelievable, and we are sure the bidder is still in shock. Dan Dotson is the one who has to report the wins, and it seems the anonymous sales are some of the best the show has ever seen. Selling a unit to a gentleman for just $500, Dotson received some startling news from the man’s wife.

Upon inspection, he had found a safe inside his recently purchased locker, with (are you ready for it?) a whopping $7.5 million of one hundred dollar bills inside. Yuuuup!

When The Bidding Is Worth It

During Season one, there was an episode titled, “Gambler’s Last Resort” and it certainly fits. With Dave Hester causing trouble at the auction, Darrell Sheets ended up paying much more for a locker than what he would have hoped. After spending $1,100, it looked as though it was simply full of junk.

Until he went on to find a box of jewelry that made it all worth it as it made a profit of $16,675.

Sometimes They Loose

Of course, as there are some great wins, there are also some heavy losses on the show. One cast member who never seemed to be annoyed when it came to losing money was Barry Weiss (mainly because he was already loaded and for him, Storage Wars was more of a hobby than a means to live).

On one occasion, Barry paid $2,000 for a unit, hanging his hopes on a stovepipe hat. When it came to having it valued, it only made $50! Ouch to a $1,550 loss.

Giving It A Go

We all came to love Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz and it was in season two that we got to see Brandi’s bidding skills for the first time, with the episode ironically being named, “Brandi’s First Time.” Getting into the rhythm of bidding after spotting a safe hiding at the back of a locker, she scooped the win for $2,600.

However, it wasn’t her day, and she ended up with nothing more than a locker full of junk that totaled just $300. Better luck next time.