A new TV show debuts tomorrow night, Dec. 1, on A&E in the newly popular “treasure hunting” genre. “Storage Wars,” on at 10 p.m., 9 p.m. central, joins “Auction Hunters” on Spike, with a very similar premise. Bargain hunters bid on unclaimed storage unit contents, then sell off the valuables. One twist makes this show different, evidently, from the Spike offering: “Storage Wars” pits four competing hunters against each other.
There’s one more notable twist, this time. Two of the competitors are actual swap meet vendors with booths at Kobey’s Swap Meet in San Diego. David Hester is described on the A&E show site as a “consignment mogul” who makes a $40,000 profit in one day. Darrell Sheets, described by A&E as a “storage addict,” finds a unit literally filled with silver and gold. Both are proudly claimed as “our vendors” on the Kobey’s Swap Meet Facebook page.
And, according to Anthony Pretto, a manager at Kobey’s, “the ‘Storage Wars’ production team came out to our flea market and filmed part of one episode that is supposed to be shown as part of season 1.”
The new show has gotten a share of media attention already. In addition to the two shows in this genre currently on the air, FleaMarketZone has reported on a slew of others that are in production.
Dec. 1 Update: A couple factual errors in this post were corrected Wed. morning, Dec. 1. Many thanks to David Hester for helping us get our facts straight.
Photo credit, with thanks: A&E.