‘Storage Wars’ Star Laura Dotson Reveals How Idea for Show Came in Her ‘Dreams’

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic

If you have ever wondered where the idea for Storage Wars came from, boy oh boy, do we have a story for you!

We love the show Storage Wars. And we’re sure that plenty of you Outsiders at home do, too. The reality TV competition series aired on A&E for 12 seasons from December 2010 to January 2019. And to everyone’s pleasure, a 13th season premiered earlier this year. After a hiatus thanks to COVID-19, the show returned to A&E on Tuesday, November 2.

For those who aren’t so familiar with the show, we’ll give you an idea of what Storage Wars is all about. In the state of California, the contents of a storage unit can be sold by an auctioneer if rent is not paid for three months. The show follows professional buyers who visit various storage facilities in the state and bid on the things inside inside these unpaid units. Before each unit is auctioned off, the buyers have five minutes to look at the contents from the doorway. But they can’t go inside or touch anything.

After the day’s auctions are complete, the winning bidders get to sort through the units. The estimate the prices they will set on the items. All the while, running totals are displayed on the screen that summarize the buyers’ net profit or loss.

The Idea for ‘Storage Wars’ Came in Laura Dotson’s Dreams

Pretty interesting, right? So, how did the idea for such a cool show come to be? It turns out that Laura Dotson had been having dreams about creating her own auction show. Dotson is the auctioneer on Storage Wars. She told Monsters & Critics that she had been having dreams of seeing TV cameras lined up during an auction.

“About 15 years ago, I’d been having all these dreams where I kept seeing television cameras around us while we are at an auction,” Dotson explained. “And I’m thinking, ‘Who wants to see auction stuff? Or this underground world of stuff which you never know what you’re going to find?'”

At first, she didn’t think that the show would be a big hit. After all, who would want to see auction stuff in a television series? Well, evidently there’s a huge audience that loves the content.

“And it turns out that it’s just this exciting thing that I didn’t even know if anybody was going to be interested in it,” she said.

Who could have ever imagined that dreams could be so impactful? Storage Wars auctioneer Laura Dotson turned her dreams into a literal television show. So, next time you are wondering about what your dreams mean, just take this story as an example that you can manifest them for real!