Thursday, January 19, 2012

Storage Wars

The other night I wandered into the family room where Ron was watching an episode of Storage Wars on television. If you haven't seen it, it's a weekly program about people who bid on the contents of abandoned storage lockers at public auctions, in the hopes that there will be something of real value hidden inside.

I sat down to read, but my attention quickly turned to the show when I heard the word "canes." Glancing up, I saw an assortment of canes that the winning bidder had purchased and was having appraised.

I couldn't find a film clip of that episode, but I did manage to locate the script. Here is the dialogue, transcribed as it was spoken. It sometimes isn't exactly clear who is speaking - the owner or the appraiser - but you'll get the idea.

I found several canes in a locker that I supposedly overpaid for.
I'm taking these canes to a friend of mine...who deals in high-end merchandise.
There's some nice pieces.
And I just--i just got some canes in.
This came out of a great estate around Baltimore.
Carved ivory.
Mechanical canes.
What does something like that sell for?
Oh, I'm estimating in the auction about $8,000 to $10,000.
$8,000 To $10,000.
So if his canes are worth $8,000 to $10,000, I can't wait to see what mine are worth.
Great, very nice.
Well, hopefully mine are worth a little bit more than that.
Well, let's look at yours.

This is kind of interesting.
Uh, these are a little different.
This particular cane, this is probably a whale tooth that's been put on this cane.
And this is actually a walking stick.
It's very unusual.
You know, it's got some damage.
It's a composition of maybe plastic.
This is really interesting here.
This is actually a plantation cane, commonly known as a slave master's cane.
Very good condition.
Well, it's good that my dad didn't have one of these, because he didn't mind giving me a good ol' whoopin' every once in a while.
You probably needed one once in a while.
I needed several.
Didn't we all?

This is probably walrus tusk on this one.
And this is more of a folk art cane.
A little crude, the carvings.
Got the alligator on it.
That's kind of interesting.
I would estimate these canes ..$150, $250 apiece for 'em.
$250 apiece means an extra 1,000 bucks.
With that and the furniture, I'm looking at $5,000 on this unit.

[laughs] - And it's a nice little collection of canes.

These aren't the actual canes from the episode, but aren't they pretty?

From Hermione's Heart


sunnygirl said...

Yes, pretty to look at but I'm too much of a wimp to go beyond that.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting...the things I learn from your blog!


ronnie said...

They are pretty Hermione. Sounds like it was a very interesting episode, wished I'd seen it.
Thanks for sharing.


Hermione said...

Sunnygirl - Canes aren't for the faint of heart:)

Kitty - I'm glad you liked it. Are you tempted to watch the show?

Ronnie - The canes in the picture are actually made of glass. I don't think they would be used on anyone's bottom.


Daisychain said...

(shudders) Don't do canes. Don't like 'em at all...they have no place in my life.
Can you find a storage locker full of leather paddles, please?!

Hugs xxxxxx

Little Butterfly said...

Daddy watches that show, and I remember seeing that episode! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd like to watch it...we have sat., so I'm sure I will find it and watch it.


Jackie said...

I wish I could have seen the episod, and those are pretty.

Hermione said...

Daisy - That would be a wonderful find! I wouldn't want to part with any of them.

Little Butterfly - Wasn't it fun to see a startle in the show?

Kitty - Good luck: I hope you find it.

Jackie - I thought they illustrated the post nicely.


A'marie said...

That show cracks me up. Would have been fun to stumble upon that lot. :)