Last night's episode found the "Storage Hunters" in the horse and wine country of Temecula, Calif. The auctioneer, as always is Sean Kelly, who knows all the regulars and has a fun time giving nicknames to the newbies.
This is a wealthy area, and the first auction is for a horse trailer with stuff inside covered by a tarp. Laurie hopes that it is saddles or something worth lots of money. The auction goes over $5,000 and finally goes to Lori for $9,500. Sean went with Lori & Brandon to check out the horse trailer. It had to be worth at least $10,000 for the trailer alone. Under the big tarp was a hot-air balloon, that they took for appraisal. The balloon was worth $10,000 as the couple have a chance to try it out.
The next unit contained some furniture and large items wrapped in brown paper and taped up very well. There is a croquet set, patio furniture and someone mentioned that it may have come from a hotel. Sold for $1,600, it brought over a $400 profit because of the two tall wooden chess pieces that were hidden under the wrappers.
The third one contained what everyone believed to be wine, but the smell was overpowering and Lori told Brandon not to bid. Two huge jars of olives, a large wheel of cheese, hanging dried meats, a large heater and the unit was lined in black plastic sheeting. Sold for $950 to a diminutive man who Sean referred to as a leprechaun, who made $1,050 on the food and the black lining was for drying mushrooms.
The last one contained furniture, a tall item covered in purple velvet, that Brandon and Lori believe is a large statue. Lori and Brandon got it for $1,400. The statue was religious; it was Saint Lazarus, the leper who was cured by Jesus Christ. It was at least seven feet tall, there was also a goat’s head that was mounted inside a cabinet, with candles and paint cans. Lori reminded Brandon that they are Irish-Catholic, and this stuff belongs with worshippers of Santeria. She wants nothing to do with it, even though Brandon knows he will make a good profit.
The last bin of the day had small wine barrels, a large green tarp in the corner hiding something that may have been a vehicle of some sort, with lots of wine crates. Jesse got it for $3,000. Under the tarp was a distillery for making brandy. There were even some bottles in a cabinet that were very strong-smelling. A wine press and a few buckets were included, but the bin gave Jesse a loss of $300 on this episode of "Storage Hunters."
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