‘Storage Wars’ Star Brandi Passante Channels Her Inner British Royalty Over Vintage Tea Set

by Chris Haney
(Photo by Andy Kropa/WireImage)

Before Tuesday night’s episodes of Storage Wars, auctioneer Dan Dotson shared a sneak peek of an amusing scene from the show.

Tonight, two brand new episodes of the hit reality series will air on A&E. As is often the case, Dotson posted a clip of the show for his fans and followers on Twitter. In preparation for tonight’s pair of shows, Dotson shared a clip of buyer Brandi Passante. In the preview, Passante hilariously channels British royalty while getting a vintage tea set appraised.

During one of the storage unit auctions, Passante came across a white and gold-trimmed tea set. Since she didn’t know much about it, the buyer decided to call in an expert. The Storage Wars star went all out when getting advice from the owner of Pamela’s Tea Room and British Shop. Passante is introduced by a British butler, and even dressed the part as she met the shop owner to talk about the vintage tea set.

The expert confirmed that the set is indeed fine bone china, but it’s not one of the highest grades. However, she valued the intricate design of the tea set, which she called “art nouveau.” In addition to the tea set, Passante also had a copper kettle and warmer that sat on a stand that formed the word “5 O’Clock.” The shop owner called it a rare piece created in the late 1800s.

While putting on her best British accent, Passante then asked the expert how much her items were worth in total. The tea set and copper kettle set combined were valued at $500 to the Storage Wars buyer’s delight. To see what else Passante found from her storage auction purchases tonight, make sure to tune into A&E for back-to-back episodes at 9/8c.

Brandi Passante Explains Why ‘Storage Wars’ Isn’t a ‘Get-Rich-Quick’ Treasure Hunt

Brandi Passante didn’t make a ton of money off her recent finds. But she and the other Storage Wars buyers occasionally do hit it big. While speaking to Distractify in April about the show, Passante opened up about the good buys and bad buys on the series.

Passante conceded that Storage Wars doesn’t always feature storage units that contain items of little significance. It makes sense that the network highlights lockers with high-dollar items. It simply makes for better TV. Further, Passante noted that buyers on the show don’t bid on storage lockers as a get-rich-quick treasure hunt.

“You’re going to get good ones and bad ones, and I don’t think the show really highlights the bad ones as much … but it definitely happens,” Passante explained to Distractify. “From the very beginning, I think when people saw the show, they just assumed that this was some kind of get-rich-quick, modern-day treasure hunt. And in every unit, you’re going to find something great, but that’s just not how it goes. You just have to try your best to make a guesstimate as to what’s going to be in there.”