Note: The following was submitted to us as our first guest blog post by Lisa from Houston, Texas.
Two days ago, the first episode of Storage Wars: Texas premiered on A&E, and over 4.1 million Americans watched. This premier became the most-watched in A&E’s history. Although the cable television network has increased in popularity over the last few years due to the success of hit reality shows like Intervention and Obsessed, the network hit a goldmine with Storage Wars. The show was one of the most popular on cable television during its first season and is only increasing in popularity as it ventures into unchartered storage territory in Texas. As a result of the show’s popularity, an increasing number of people are attending storage auctions, from Boston storage auctions to Kansas City storage auctions.
As a storage auction enthusiast, I love watching Storage Wars. However, I am a little concerned about the attention being paid to storage auctions. I’ve been going to storage auctions for several years, and most people didn’t used to know what storage auctions were. Those of us who did know about them often felt as though we belonged to a fun kind of secret society. Our hobby was esoteric, like using Ham radios. Now that the majority of Americans are aware of storage auctions, I fear that an extremely large number of people will begin to attend them.
More people at the auctions could mean more competition. And more competition might mean that it will be more difficult for middle class storage auction enthusiasts (like myself) to place the highest bid on items at auctions. I’ve seen quite a few new faces at the storage auctions I’ve attended in the past few months. And, as previously mentioned, there have already been reports of an increased number of people attending storage auctions across the country. The effects of the increased popularity of storage auctions are still unclear, but many of us are hoping that storage auctions don’t become too crowded.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be one of the millions of Americans tuning in to Storage Wars: Texas every week. The show never fails to entertain me. I just hope it doesn’t change the way I can participate in the storage auctions I love.
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