Homeland, California is home to a quiet, upscale retirement community…and the latest skirmish in Storage Wars.
Barry figures that retirees have older things, antiques, collectibles, exactly the kind of stuff he likes to deal in. Jarrod and Brandi are out to fill up their thrift store with merchandise once again, looking for furniture and household items in particular. Dave says his thrift shop is well-stocked so he’ll be concentrating on collectibles while Darrell will keep his eye out for military items, jewellery, and the like.
But we can tell it’s going to get personal when Darrell has printed up a T-shirt for his son Brandon to wear, with a message slagging the thrift shops of both Dave and Jarrod. Dave, of course, vows the Sheets will pay for their insolence.
The first unit comes up which contains a lot of old furniture, including some quarter-sawn oak pieces. Dave figures it’s only worth about a grand so he’s not really interested. He’ll leave the unit for the “pooper scoopers” as he calls them, but not before he runs up the bidding a bit.
Darrell puts up young Brandon to do the bidding for them. He battles against Jarrod, with Dave jumping in only to run up the price, but eventually Brandon takes it for $1,450.
The second unit is only a quarter full, with a few pieces of furniture and piles of old newspapers. Both Barry and Dave feel there might be some historical significance to the papers which they guess might have been printed in the 70s. But Dave wants it more, taking the unit for $750 and sending Barry home empty-handed. Meanwhile Brandi shakes her head in disbelief that anyone would pay that much for a pile of old newspapers. (Live and learn, Brandi!)
Jarrod leaves Brandi behind and continues on his own to another auction in a more rundown, industrial area of town where he hopes the competition will be thin. But wouldn’t you know it, Darrell and Brandon both show up soon after.
The first unit is open, revealing a couch and chair, and a lot of shoe boxes. With the other buyers egging him on, Jarrod winds up paying $875 for a unit he really didn’t want to pay more than $600 for. But even if he overpaid, that win puts him in the mood to buy, and he picks up a couple of other sparsely packed units as well, one for $45 and another for $125.
When Jarrod phones Brandi and tells her how much he’s spent, she goes ballistic. So Jarrod starts combing through his unit, hoping to find something of value beyond the couch. Most of the boxes are empty, and a few are full of foodstuffs that have obviously been gnawed at by vermin whose droppings are clearly in evidence. When he’s convinced that he’s paid $875 for a bunch of “rat sh*t”, he uncovers a heavy old safe in the corner which swings open to reveal…that it too is empty. Just his luck!
But wait a second. Jarrod seems resigned to his fate when Darrell drops by, now seemingly in a mood to make nice. He makes Jarrod’s day when he points out that although the safe is empty, it’s an antique and in good condition, and likely worth a couple grand. So between it and the furniture, Jarrod ends up making a $2100 profit and keeping the wife happy for another week.
On the other hand, Darrell refuses to let Jarrod check out the first unit of oak furniture that the two battled for at the top of the show. Perhaps he’s upset that his son overpaid for it? But anyway he too goes on to sell the contents of their unit for a $2,000 profit.
But it’s Dave Hester who really hits it big in this week’s episode, with that pile of yellowing newspapers. It turns out it was 3,000 copies of the Memphis Press and 3,000 copies of the Commercial Appeal – all dating back to the day that Elvis died. And their worth according to a dealer specializing in Elvis collectibles? Up to $90,000!
The lesson to be learned for Jarrod and Brandi? Even an empty safe is worth something…and even the crappiest looking storage unit can lead to a huge payday!