Thanks to America’s hugely successful television programme, Storage Wars, self storage has become a somewhat surprisingly popular topic. With bargain hunters blindly bidding for abandoned units in the hope of finding valuable treasure, viewers all over the world have become hooked on the concept.
Believe it or not, some people have even decided to make a living out of this and although it may sound crazy, they earn a very decent salary doing so. Below are some of the richest storage hunters in the world.
Brandon and Lori Bernier
Brandon and Lori Bernier first took an interest in self storage over 13 years ago and haven’t looked back since. Infamous for being two of the toughest buyers in the whole of America, the duo started with just $300 between them and now has a net worth of $1 million. Their relentless persistence has seen them enjoy success with many items from unusual antiques to more bizarre goods such as resurfacing trucks.
Clinton ‘Ton’ Jones
American reality television star and auction collector, Clinton ‘Ton’ Jones has gained notoriety as a cast member of TV show, Auction Hunters and as a result has secured himself a net worth of $1.5 million. Having developed a passion for collecting antiques, jewellery, guns and knives at a young age, Clinton’s move into searching for treasure at abandoned self storage units was a natural move. The collector is now a widely respected storage hunter and has a particular expertise with swords, rare coins and other forms of weaponry.
Business owner and Storage Wars television star, Dave Hester has earned himself a very impressive net worth of $3 million. Despite being the owner of the Newport Consignment Gallery and Rags to Riches Thrift Store, Dave’s fortune is hugely credited to his appearance on the hit television show. His 25 years worth of experience as an auction hunter has no doubt paid off because it’s at his popular shops that he sells the items he wins at storage auctions.
Professional storage-treasure hunter, Barry Weiss has well and truly worked his way up the career ladder and is now worth a staggering $9 million. Barry has become famous for being the eccentric superstar of the television hit, Storage Wars and is now fondly known as ‘The Collector’ thanks to his vast collection of valuable antiques. Perhaps his unique techniques of using night vision goggles and taking psychics to auctions with him are the reason behind his success.