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Storage Wars Review

Storage Wars Review - Like Syfy's Hollywood Treasure, the men of Storage Wars gamble with history, shelling out big bucks for the chance to get their hands on strangers' cast-offs. They’ve mastered the shorthand of glancing at a storage locker and locating the corner of a hidden organ, or memorizing the shape of certain boxes to discern their possible contents. They know to search for footprints (no) and dust (yes).

The treasure hunters get five minutes to peek at a storage container--no stepping in or touching!--and then bid, on the spot. In the first two episodes, single containers went for anything from $200 to $800, and they've even sold for more. The real win, you see, is how much they can sell the objects inside; with a good get, it can be $100,000 for just one part of the collection. These men are wrestling for the chance to nab comic books, baseball cards,

Because the collectors and sellers run in small circles, we're treated to the same eccentric bunch every episode. Looking every bit the patriarch is Michael Douglas doppelganger Barry Weiss, who's not above hiring a little person on stilts to get a better look into the storage container. The most enthusiastic is sunburned Darrell Sheets, who sports a glasses tan and cutthroat tactics.

I think our Everyman is the Patton Oswalt lookalike Dave Hester, especially since his seeming jackpot, a classic organ, turns out to be some schlocky thing with plastic keys. But never fear! In an old bag he finds a stash of baseball cards from the '70s, and therefore makes up the hundreds he put into the container. The most seemingly normal of the bunch is Jarrod Schulz, but he's had some bad luck with recent stashes: He has a penchant for buying vehicles that don't run, something that doesn't sit well with his wife.

The dynamics among these four make up the fun of the show: Their harebrained schemes and personal vendettas--like jacking up the price just to f*ck with the others--keep the bidding interesting. And of course, just as we enjoy the impossible buildup of stuff on A&E's hit Hoarders, we like to see the inverse, when all that junk changes hands. Thanks to peoples' varied tastes, there's no end to what treasures the guys (and us) will discover in future episodes.

Storage Wars Review

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