Over the last decade, there has been a boom in storage related television shows. The subculture of buying and selling unclaimed storage space had existed for a long-time before it ever entered mainstream consciousness, but the notion of opening a potential treasure chest of forgotten and abandoned items really resonated with people. The concept has spawned a range of spin-off and related shows, but here are 4 of the best that have been on television in recent years.
“Storage Wars”. First aired on A&E in 2010, Storage Wars follows a group of professional buyers and their teams as they square off against one another in locations across the United States, making offers on repossessed storage units in the hope that a small outlay of cash will garner a huge return on investment. Show participants often shell out as little as 10-20 dollars only to find that a unit contains thousands in collector memorabilia, antiques, or one-of-a-kind kind instruments.
“Auction Hunters”. Also first aired in 2010, but on Spike TV, “Auction Hunters” follows a duo of business partners around the United States as they similarly bid on repossessed storage units hoping to find their fortune among the often derelict remains of forgotten units.
“Storage Hunters”. Broadcast for 2 years in the U.S. on TruTV, from 2011 until 2013, “Storage Hunters” was the third variation of the above two shows that also gained popularity in the UK and is still carried by UK digital channel Dave with a UK cast.
“Auction Kings”. Although not specifically a show about storage units, or repossessed storage units, “Auction Kings,” which has aired on Discovery since 2010, is about one of the United States’ most successful auction houses in Sandy Springs, Georgia and its owner Paul Brown buying and selling rare and collector items. Many of the items are ones whose previous owners found in storage units, either repossessed, or passed down, or simply forgotten about and who suspect might have some extraordinary value.
The wave of storage related shows that took pop culture was without a doubt linked to our obsession with discovery and the unknown (and the chance to make some money if fortune is struck). On top of being entertaining, they provide some great insight into how the storage business is run, how not to organize a storage unit and some of the things that people place into storage that either shouldn’t be, or should be cared for and monitored a bit more prudently.