Storage Wars

10 Best Episodes of Storage Wars

When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. The show follows professional buyers who purchase the contents based only on a five-minute inspection of what they can see from the door when it is open. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 12, 2023.

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Storage Wars - S2E4

#15 - Santa Ana Street Fight (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The buyers head to Dave Hester's old stomping grounds in Santa Ana, California. Though the units look trashy, their low rent suggests a secret gold mine filled with goods placed by wise consumers. Jarrod and Brandi find the ultimate guy's unit, Darrell and Dave duke it out for an antique worth three thousand bucks, and Barry is just hoping to find a flashlight for the auctions! From kayaks to golf clubs, the buyers break the bank in this tough town.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 77 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E11

#14 - Almost the Greatest Show on Earth (Season 2 - Episode 11)


The auction turns into a three-ring circus as the buyers head to Irvine, California. Tensions finally boil over between Dave and Jarrod, Barry heads to the big top dreaming of a big lick, and Darrell wonders if Dave's gone broke. After outbidding on one of the biggest lockers in Storage Wars history, will it be retirement for Dave or is he just fiddling around?

The episode was rated 7.92 from 65 votes.

Storage Wars - S3E26

#13 - Portrait of the Gambler (Season 3 - Episode 26)

The buyers return to Montebello, CA. Previously Jarrod and Brandi lost money, and an employee. Will their luck turn around? Dave Hester finds some marketing Americana. Barry buys a sweet unit. And Darrell Sheets stumbles onto what may be the biggest find in Storage Wars history!

The episode was rated 7.94 from 69 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E19

#12 - Stairway to Hemet (Season 2 - Episode 19)


The buyers roll into the wide open desert in Hemet, California. Barry Weiss tries to kill Dave's "Yups" with kindness. Jarrod and Brandi make their mark on the competition with a tattoo locker. Darrell gets lost, gets irritated but in the end finds his locker zen. And Dave sails away with what he is hoping is one of his biggest paydays ever.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 59 votes.

Storage Wars - S1E14

#11 - Trouble the Oil (Season 1 - Episode 14)

In the LBC, there are two ways to strike it rich--imports and oil. The buyers dig deep in search of antiques and industrial merchandise. Jarrod and Brandi uncover what appears to be an antique wine rack. Dave Hester and Barry Weiss test each other's knowledge of oddities, while Darrell Sheets is just looking to make some gas money. Will the Mogul's vast resources prove too much for the Collector? The drill is on in the search for the storage motherload.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 79 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E10

#10 - Land of the Loss (Season 2 - Episode 10)


The buyers head back to Santa Ana, California and the reunion is anything but fruitful. Jarrod and Brandi quickly see their profits roll away, Barry becomes an organ donor, Dave proves that sometimes not making a deal is good common sense, and believe it or not, Darrell's hopes for a Santa Ana upside rest in the balance of a coin toss... scout's honor.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 64 votes.

Storage Wars - S1E17

#9 - Young with the Gun (Season 1 - Episode 17)

In Riverside, Jarrod and Barry are greeted by a mob of eager newbies. With their financial futures at stake, the buyers must choose to fight or befriend the crowd. Barry Weiss buys a "mystery trunk." Jarrod and Brandi battle for a unit filled with household goods and classic signs. And Darrell Sheets finds a box of turn-of-the-century books. If these books are valuable Darrell could make thousands. If they're not, he'll be just another victim of the mob.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 64 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E23

#8 - Smoke 'Em if You Find 'Em (Season 2 - Episode 23)


The buyers are back in Dave Hester's backyard of Newport Beach, CA and they have a visitor. A heavy hitter is on the scene with a story of buying one of the most famous units in storage buying history, and she has a long history with Dave to boot. Jarrod and Brandi find some "very interesting" antiques. And Barry pays a visit to the doctor, but will the visit pay off for Barry?

The episode was rated 7.99 from 69 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E21

#7 - The Empire Strikes Out (Season 2 - Episode 21)

The buyers head back to Ontario, CA and if people didn't notice Dave Hester before, they won't have any trouble now. Jarrod Schulz reverts to his previous ways, overpaying on some toys that make it hard for him to break even. Darrell Sheets has a brush with "The Man," and Barry Weiss has a brush with his own mortality. From Goddesses to Warlords, Ontario is anything but boring.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 64 votes.

Storage Wars - S1E11

#6 - Gambler's Last Resort (Season 1 - Episode 11)


The buyers go to Las Vegas to attend auctions.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 91 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E6

#5 - Enemy of the Enemy (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Trouble comes to Mission Hills, California when a mysterious new bidder aims to dominate the competition. Darrell fights for a drum set, Jarrod and Brandi face a three thousand dollar loss, and heavy-bidder Dave Hester is pushed to his limit in a duel with his new nemesis. From light shows to peep shows, could this be the day the Mogul loses his crown?

The episode was rated 8.05 from 75 votes.

Storage Wars - S1E18

#4 - Skullduggery (Season 1 - Episode 18)


Tempers flare! The buyers attack! In Yucaipa, California Darrell Sheets crosses the line with a stab at Dave Hester's Newport Consignment Store. Brandi and Jarrod argue over the worth of a bizarre looking horse head. Barry Weiss bids on a locker littered with antique furniture. And Dave Hester makes his strangest discovery ever! But when all is said and done, will Darrell get the better of Dave? Or will the Mogul overcome the Gambler's antics?

The episode was rated 8.05 from 73 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E9

#3 - Tanks for the Memories (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Surf's up when the buyers head to Huntington Beach. Darrell goes fishing for a locker, Barry sets his sights on some antique Militaria, Dave "The Mogul" Hester strangely has trouble just getting in the game, and Jarrod and Brandi eye a jewelry box - but is it worth $2,700?

The episode was rated 8.09 from 75 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E14

#2 - Fu Dog Day Afternoon (Season 2 - Episode 14)


The buyers head to the upscale retirement community of Laguna Hills, California. Dave wins a furniture unit that points him in the direction of Chinatown, Jarrod and Brandi take a trip down memory lane, Darrell finds his rhythm and some 70's sound equipment, and Barry uncovers something vintage and finds out that sometimes art really does imitate life.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 61 votes.

Storage Wars - S2E22

#1 - Make It Rain, Girl (Season 2 - Episode 22)

The buyers invade the quiet town of Simi Valley, CA. Darrell and Brandon smoke the competition. Jarrod and Brandi find some safes, "release the Kraken," and walk away with literally a pirate's booty. Dave Hester again breaks down the competition but in the end it's his heart that is left broken. And Barry Weiss rides in on a vintage motorcycle, but will he drive off into the sunset the big winner... or with an empty backpack?

The episode was rated 8.17 from 65 votes.

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