"Storage Wars": Trash or Treasure?
Each and every day I get in my car to drive somewhere, I am sure to pass a storage facility (or three). Storage units are big business, with new ones often popping up in growing areas. I have never given much thought to what's behind those gates, until I watched an episode of A&E's Storage Wars.
The show follows four professional buyers and their teams as they bid on abandoned storage units in hopes of scoring it big. Sometimes their efforts pay off, and sometimes they don't. But one thing rings true: a storage unit stuffed to the brim may look like "trash" to the untrained eye, but it may contain a valuable "treasure".
Since I enjoy shopping at garage sales and thrifting, I appreciate a great bargain on a previously owned item. But Storage Wars takes this concept to a whole new level.
Suspenseful and with a touch of drama between the bidders, the show is fairly addicting. The fast-paced auctions demand skill and a sharp eye. Since the bidders cannot go inside the units or touch anything, they rely only on what they see from the outside. And as the show reveals, looks can be deceiving. One winning bid netted the buyer nearly 30,000 dollars in profit!
I enjoyed watching these skilled entrepreneurs in action and celebrating their successes. But I must admit that I couldn't help but think about the unseen party involved in this endeavor: the original owner of the storage units. Some "lockers" contain entire households. Precious memories, pieces of a life, all left behind. Where are they now? It made me think about the things that I am storing even in my own home. Is it trash or treasure?
We fill our lives and homes with things, some useful, some not. Storage is big business for a reason: people have a lot of stuff. That stuff is worthless sitting in a storage unit, until it is returned home or purchased by a bidder, only to be resold for a profit. What you buy today could sit in a storage unit tomorrow. I was reminded how important it is to make wise spending decisions.
Have you ever purchased something that ended up in "storage"?
"Storage Wars" airs Wednesdays at 10/9c. If you missed the premiere of the second season on July 20th, be sure to watch it online here.