Throughout all of the personnel changes in Storage Wars, what has remained the same is Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. Brandi and Jarrod are partners in real life as they are with their business. The show is back on television soon, so here is the chance to get the real scoop on Dave Hester, Barry Weiss, whether it was love at first sight and answer the age old question is Storage Wars real?
The two attend storage auctions to find interesting merchandise to fill their former Orange, California, thrift store called Now and Then. Anyone who watches the popular A&E show has to chuckle at their good-natured banter. Because Storage Wars is now being shown in Asia, the couple was there for promotional purposes and the Inquirer spoke to the reality stars.
The first question that everyone wants to know is what sorts of special treasures have the couple found in a storage locker. Their valuable loot is pretty impressive as Brandi lists out a few of their most memorable finds and how surprised they were to find out how valuable each of these items actually were.
“Along the way, we’ve found quite a few: Star Wars figures, a samurai helmet, bird boxes, the horse head. It was quite shocking that these things were worth a lot of money.”
Any regular fan of the A&E show has also seen Jarrod impress everyone, including Brandi, with his knowledge of denim jeans and other items of clothing and accessories. Proving that his biggest asset is his personal knowledge, Jarrod agrees that he may not look like the most fashionable person around, but he knows more than how he actually dresses.
“Just because I am not fashionable doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about fashion.”
As for the age old question of “Is Storage Wars real?” Schulz insists that the show is as “real” as the other television reality programs. This can be a good and this can be a bad thing.
“The best and worst part of our show is that it is as real as any reality series out there.”
Yet, what may not be so “real” is that there is some planning involved. Jarrod admits that there is effort made to get all of the different sellers to attend the auctions that are filmed.
“Well, it’s not a coincidence that we show up in the same place at the same time. There was some planning involved.”
Jarrod explains that the banter around the storage units is not scripted. This means if Dave Hester is bugging him, it is because Hester is really bugging him and not something that was scripted.
“But once we get there, whatever happens is whatever we do on our own. Nobody tells us what to do. Nobody tells us what to say. If it appears as if Dave is getting on my nerves, it’s because Dave is getting on my nerves.”
Now the big question is whether Dave Hester is as big of a jerk as he is portrayed on television? Brandi is monosyllabic with her instant and straightforward answer.
Dave Hester is really a jerk? This should be of no surprise to anyone who regularly watches the show.
On the other end of the spectrum, Barry Weiss is everyone’s favorite star on Storage Wars. Brandi says that “we like Barry” and it shows in their interactions with him. He has been on the show, then left after Season 4 to film his own program Barry’d Treasure and right now off of the show. While Brandi and Jarrod will not acknowledge whether Barry will be back on the show, they do admit that they see Barry a “few” times in the year and they keep in touch with him. Sometimes it is not always planned, as Jarrod explains.
“Barry is like 214 years old, and he always comes back. No matter how far away he is, you are in a crowd and, all of a sudden, there’s Barry.”
Now, the big question is whether it was love at first sight for this couple of 15 years? Brandi and Jarrod had met both working at a carpet store and ironically, Jarrod was her boss. Company rules did not allow the two to date.
Without directly answering the question, Brandi admits that Jarrod was “persistent” and that the romance was a process of him wearing her down. How did he wear her down? Sounds like Jarrod really turned on the charm!
“Obviously, I don’t get by on my looks! So I gotta be witty. I have to do things to compensate.”
Are you excited for the new season of Storage Wars that will be starting soon? Who is your favorite on the show? Brandi and Jarrod or Dave “Yuuuup” Hester?
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