‘Storage Wars’: How Kenny Still Made a Profit Bidding on Trash

by Taylor Cunningham

Storage Wars star Kenny Crossley is committed to bidding low in hopes of scoring big. And on Tuesday’s season opener, he had a stroke of luck.

A&E’s Storage Wars is back, and the cast is as vibrant as ever. Many of our favorite staples came back for the new season, and a lot of old fan favorites made a return. Dan and Laura Dotson, the minds behind the series, are the show auctioneers once again. And Barry Weiss made an epic return after an eight-year hiatus.

Three-year Storage Wars veteran Kenny Crossley is also back on the show, and he’s still using his original bidding tactic. Kenny doesn’t like to take chances, so he rarely offers more than a couple hundred dollars for a storage locker. So he usually gets the lockers that no one wants—because, at first sight, they’re only filled with trash.

But Kenny hopes that some of his low ball offers will yield high results. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, after all. And on Tuesday, he made a major profit off of a seemingly worthless locker.

Kenny won three bids during the latest episode of Storage Wars. His first cost him $165, and the following two cost $25 each. When he dove into the first storage room, he found nothing even remotely valuable. And the second locker was only worth a couple of dollars.

But the third locker housed a vintage recorder. After taking it to a professional, the reality star learned that it was an iconic Belgium machine made in the 1960s. And it was in mint condition. The professional appraised the machine at $449. And by the end of the episode, Kenny had made a $740 profit.

‘Storage Wars’: Dan and Laura Dotson’s Best Advice for Going to an Auction

Dan and Laura Dotson know practically everything about getting rich off of abandoned storage lockers. The two are the brains behind A&E’s Storage Wars, and they’re back this year as the show’s on-screen auctioneers.

So during an interview with Monsters and Critics, Dan offered some pointers for all the budding bidders in the world. And his most important bit of advice is for people to take it slow.

“I would tell [someone looking to buy] a couple of things. I would ask them to go register and subscribe to our companies online, StorageAuctions.net and AmericanAuctioneers.com,” he began. “Then I would say that instead of just rushing right out with your hard-earned money and buying the first thing you see, I would look at several units. I would try to guess what I think they are going to bring, and then I would follow those units and see what they ended up bringing in money-wise.”