The Ultimate Treasure Hunt

1 December 2010 by

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of delish food and fun times with family in friends. With the start of the holiday season there’s a ton of holiday traditions that I look forward to, such as hanging lights, decorating the Christmas tree, baking cookies and other yummy holiday food. However, my favorite part of the holiday is the premier of new television shows. Tonight on A&E, Thom Beer’s, producer of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars premiers.

Storage Wars follows four California men, Darrell, Dave, Barry and Jarrod, as they purchase repossessed storage units in hopes of finding treasure. When someone defaults on their self storage rental payment their possessions in the storage unit become the property of the self storage facility. The facility breaks the lock on the storage unit and sells its contents to the highest bidder.

The thrill of the search is what has these four men hooked on purchasing self storage units. Wading through trash just to stumble upon a little piece of treasure, such as a priceless vase or a valuable collection of baseball cards, makes it all worth it.

Before the bidding begins, the bidders are allowed five minutes to look inside the storage unit for five minutes, you’re not allowed to go inside of the unit or touch anything. So how do you know when to bid, I guess it’s a bit of blind luck.

In tonight’s episode, Dave and Jarrod see what they believe to be a Hammond B3 organ, and the bidding war begins, reaching to the amount of around $800. I am no expert on musical instruments so I checked on ebay to see what a Hammond B3 organ would go for, I was shocked to see that they run anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000. So if Dave and Jarrod are right about the storage unit having a Hammond in it, $800 is a small price to pay for one of these.

This hobby if that’s even the right word for it seems a lot like gambling, it’s the luck of the draw. Each of our guys have big scores that they are more than happy to boast about. Some of them even brag that if the contents of the self storage unit are decent, they can purchase the unit for $900 and flip it for 10 times that.

Although if every score was that big everyone would be lining up outside of self storage facilities on auction day bidding with the best of them. Just like gambling every day has it’s ups and downs, which is why these guys stay in the game. The right score can get anyone hooked.

We’re excited about Storage Wars and hope that they have as a successful run as Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers.

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