The popular A&E TV series Storage Wars, has expanded to Texas. The new spin-off series, Storage Wars Texas, premieres Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 10:30 Eastern/9:30 Central. This new show introduces seven new people. Lesa Lewis is a thrift store owner. She works with her so called “right hand man”, Jerry Simpson. Jerry has been working with Lesa since 2008. He is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Another bidder, Ricky Smith, is an oldtimer when it comes to storage unit auctions. He has been participating in storage auctions since he was 14 years old. His nephew, Bubba Smith, has been by Ricky’s side for the past 20 years. Ricky and Bubba operate a successful warehouse where they sell the items that they win at storage auctions. Bubba is quite familiar with computers and electronics, and he helps Ricky with his high tech knowledge. He regularly visits museums and art galleries and hopes to have a nice collection of his own someday.
Then there is Victor Rjesnjansky, who made the big move to Texas from Long Island, New York. Victor operates two businesses, a clothing consignment store, and an estate sale business. He stocks his store with the items he acquires from storage unit auctions. He also has lots of items at home such as motorcycles, golf carts, and boats purchased at storage auctions.
Morris “Moe” Prigoff operates an antique store, the “River Regency Modern” which is full of classic antiques and art. He has been a collector of art and furniture for the past 30 years. When Moe is not attending storage auctions, he has a private practice where he performs podiatric surgery.
Walt Cade is the show’s auctioneer. He performs hundreds of auctions a year. He prides himself on the amount of people who attend his auctions, sometimes as many as 300 people. He has sold at least 30 storage units in a single day. He has built his reputation and loyalty among people by travelling all over the state of Texas.
If these characters are as interesting as the characters (Brandi Passante, Jarrod Schulz, Darrell Sheets, Barry Weiss, Dave Hester) on the original Storage Wars series, this may turn out to be a big hit as well. The original Storage Wars series premiered in 2010, and has been one of A&E’s biggest hits. It has attacted many viewers and has introduced the world of storage unit auctions to millions of people. Since Storage Wars first debuted, the attendence at storage auctions has skyrocketed. When there used to be only 5-10 people at an auction, some auctions have had a hundred or more people attend in a single day. One storage unit facility in New York had a record 450+ people attend an auction immediate after the debut of Storage Wars. Another storage facility in California had over 300 people. This has made it difficult for seasoned storage auction bidders. Units would sell for as low as $5, and some for only $30. Now those same units go for hundreds of dollars because the newbies drive up the prices with their inexperience. Oldtimers who used to make a good living off of storage units auctions are not happy. Many of them cannot wait until the Storage Wars franchise rides off into the sunset, and for the popularity of storage auctions to eventually reside.
Also See: Storage Wars Texas Episode 2