Fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the loyal bidders that frequent their storage unit sales are back for more STORAGE WARS. Aided only by the beam of a flashlight, the bidders get a quick peek inside the units, then have mere minutes to decide if they re going to take the gamble, make a bid and see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash… or true treasure. Storage addict and 32-year bidding veteran Darrell and his son Brandon Sheets, secondhand store owner Jarrod Schultz, entrepreneur Dave Hester and antique collector Barry Weiss return for more high-stakes fun as they try to outbid one another in the pursuit of storage treasure. Part gamblers and part detectives, these seasoned veterans negotiate the fascinating and obscure world of storage auction and consignment, with personalities as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover. In STORAGE WARS: VOLUME 3, the buyers are introduced to the world of vault auctions, Dave goes all in for a unit that hasn t been opened in 20 years and Barry has a brush with his own mortality.
DISC 1: I’m the New Mogul / Driving Miss Barry / Winner Winner Chicken Dinner / Auction Sesame / Stairway to Hemet / Scoot-A-Toot, Toot / The Empire Strikes Out / Make It Rain, Girl
DISC 2: Smoke Em If You Find Em / The Drone Wars / Brandi’s First Time / Hooray for Holly-Weird / Don’t Bid So Close to Me / Not Your Average Bear / Hook, Line, and Sucker / Operation Hobo
Fallen behind on your Storage Wars viewing? Here’s an update: Barry paid $900 for a locker and there was nothing in it; Dave said “yuuuup!” and picked a fight with someone; Darrell made a couple of non sequitur asides to the camera; Brandi and Jarrod fought over a unit, but they weren’t really fighting. No matter which episode or DVD set you’re watching, consider yourself caught up with that recap. Nevertheless, rabid fans of this addictive show will still want to include volume three for some binge viewing, whether it’s a guilty pleasure or an unabashed obsession. The premise of this irresistible reality show gathers a gang of four second-hand-goods dealers as they trek around Southern California plundering the thousands of storage lockers that go on the auction block each year after the renters default or disappear. They’re allowed a quick peek with a flashlight when the lock is cut and the door raised, then it’s on to the cutthroat bidding between the main characters as they gleefully and often greedily describe what treasures they think might be inside. Is it a fortune in expensive electronics? A cache of rare coins? Jewels? Antique furniture? Some bizarre medical device? Shrunken heads? It could be any of the above or just as likely a few musty cardboard boxes or plastic containers filled with nothing but dust. The show’s structure provides a nicely devised feeling of suspense–it really could be anything inside these dark closets that hold weird secrets from other people’s lives. But it’s the personalities of the bidders that keep you coming back for more Storage Wars and its can’t-look-away formula. Barry is “the Collector,” a flamboyant, charming, sixtyish gentleman with style and personality galore. He’s not so much interested in striking it rich as finding something crazy or unique. Barry is a funny, likable guy who also tends to be a soothing, comic mediator when things get heated. Dave is “the Mogul,” an aggressive, brash, serious entrepreneur who is all in for the money, not the sport. Dave has the annoying catch phrase (“Yuuuup!”) and is easily antagonized, especially when his ongoing feud with Darrell flares into an angry exchange. Darrell is “the Gambler,” a big burly bear of a blue-collar workingman who’s always looking for the big score. He particularly enjoys getting Dave’s goat and will frequently engage in a bidding war either man might escalate only to give the other guy a reason to start steaming. Jarrod and Brandi own a small shop and are always looking to keep their shelves stocked with tchotchkes and collectibles that aren’t just scrap or throwaway Goodwill-type household goods. Always involved in some sort of dispute, each one thinks that they’re the one in charge. It’s clear they’re a loving, devoted couple and that the sniping is pretty much an act, with Jarrod as the crazy and Brandi as the voice of reason. This Volume Three two-disc set contains 16 episodes from season two and is as good a place as any to dive into the oddly compelling blend of performance art and trashy reality TV that is Storage Wars. –Ted Fry
Specification: Storage Wars, Vol. 3