Celebrity Interview: Darrell & Brandon Sheets
WROM Radio wants to thank the Father and Son team of the Sheets for being on the Jimmy Star show and WROM Radio, They have a big following and a great on air persona on the most watched A & E TV Show. Hope to have them on again soon.
Storage Wars, on A&E, is the network’s highest-rated series of all time, with nearly 5 million viewers per episode. It’s even birthed a spin-off, Storage Wars Texas. Joining Darrell and Brandon are some other interesting characters. “Brandi [Passante] and Jarrod [Schulz], I like them. They’re a young couple—remind me a lot of me when I was young. Barry [Weiss] is just a crazy, cool old dude,” Darrell says. “But Dave Hester is the biggest asshole I’ve ever met in my life—on the show [and] off the show.”
With this kind of on-air (and off-air) drama, it’s nice to have someone in your corner. Darrell’s son, Brandon, joined the show after a few guest spots. He grew up going to auctions with his dad to buy storage units. “I saw that you could buy this stuff and make a quick profit by selling it at swap meets,” Brandon explains. “I was hooked.” The father-and-son team share almost everything, including a love of tattoos. “The connection with buying storage and tattoos is that they’re both very addicting,” Darrell says of the Sheets family ink. Darrell sports a jester on his arm and a woman who represents “things I want to be cautious of in my life.” Brandon is adorned with a Day of the Dead skull, “San Diego” in bold script, and a dirt bike sprocket.
Darrell Sheets: Ever the gambler, Darrell has been addicted to the “high” of storage auctions for 32 years. While others have turned the gambling side of storage buying into steady businesses, Darrell is always going for the “big hit.” Boasting a big game, Darrell is quick to tell you about the four Picassos and the world’s most lucrative comic book collection that he has scored through storage auctions. With his son Brandon, Darrell has a small operation based on low volume, no overhead, and high value. If a locker doesn’t have the big score, Darrell will sell it away before he picks through it. After years in the business, Darrell no longer collects: “The only thing I collect these days is dead presidents.” Darrell takes pride in the adventure and education storage buying has provided him. It’s a lifestyle and skill set he hopes to pass on to his son.
Brandon Sheets: Opting for a GED instead of a formal education, Brandon chose to get his smarts from the storage auction world. Though he’s young, Brandon knows more about antiques and artifacts than most history majors. Having learned the trade from his father Darrell, Brandon hopes to establish himself in the auction world. “It’s a tough game to get into, more senior guys will try to run you out of the business if they don’t like you. They’ll trick you into spending all your money on things that just won’t sell.” Brandon respects the older class of buyers; when he’s not helping his father or buying his own lockers, Brandon is the constant observer. “I’ve seen my family’s life change from just one locker. I’m life-committed to this now.
December 4th, 2012