Bidders never quite know what they’re going to get when they throw their money down for a storage locker, and while some units have been filled with riches, other Storage Wars lockers have contained collections of truly bizarre finds.
The popular A&E series, described by the network as “modern-day pirates blindly bid on abandoned storage units that may contain junk or treasure,” is currently in the midst of its 12th season. Throughout the course of that lengthy episodic run, some bidders have gotten more than they bargained for.
With some units containing jewels, treasure troves of rare and high-priced items, and even lump sums of money, the bidders are occasionally faced with a locker full of weird and strange items, ranging anywhere from living creatures to mysterious objects with potentially dark pasts.
Keep scrolling to see some of the strangest Storage Wars finds.
Barry Weiss’ $1,525 storage unit turned up something peculiar. Hidden in a box in a corner behind large furniture, Weiss discovered a large wooden head, the ‘noggin boasting real glass eyes, real dentures, and a small window pane in the back that peered into a scene going on in the man’s head.
After consulting an expert, Weiss learned that the strange find was a piece of art by California-based wood sculptor and painter Mike Medow. The piece turned out to be valued at $6,000.
Not a fan of snakes? Then this locker purchased by Brandon Sheets isn’t for you. Upon placing his winning bed, Sheets, an original Storage Wars cast member, saw his riches turned into slippery, slithering creatures when further inspection of the unit revealed albino Burmese pythons in transparent boxes.
It turns out that the storage unit had secretly been used by its previous owner as a snake breeding facility, with the pythons being sold as exotic pets.
So much for snakes on a plane, this was snakes in a self-storage facility.
It’s every Storage Wars bidder’s dream – place your bid and discover a locker full of not items, but cash. Unfortunately for one bidder in 2011, their $400 storage unit purchase transformed into a literal trunk full of money, containing a grand total of $24,000. The faces of every single bill, however, was either cut or torn out.
Thankfully, the money, which still had intact serial numbers, was deemed legal tender.
Brandon Sheets seems to have a string of luck when it comes to finding the truly bizarre in his storage locker buys. One purchase earned him a jar full of, as he so eloquently put it, “crap from a whale.”
The not-so-pleasing find went on to be tested by experts to discover just how it had melted. As for how it ended up in the locker, well, that’s still a mystery.
Another creepy find, Storage Wars bidder Brandi Passante purchased a storage unit for $900, and after pulling out a tool chest with roughly $100 worth of tools, a heater worth $80, and a number of other odds an end, she pulled out a single box containing a slew of strange items.
The “voodoo stuff” found included a deer skull, human hair, chicken bones, statues, and various items made from animals parts.
The “bad juju voodoo” locker ended up paying off, with Passante making a decent profit.
One bidder, Jesse McClure, got a few extra sets of helping hands when they opened the door of their newly-bought locker.
Hidden away in the unit was a large sculpture of a hand. Behind that giant hand were more hands, including small doll hands, a clock with a picture of a hand, a number of posters featuring hands on them, and even a jar containing what seemed to be a real human hand in formaldehyde. Thankfully, the hand turned out to be fake.
In one of the creepier storage locker finds, Malcolm McDowell and Gary Busey found themselves starring in their own horror movie.
Hidden away in their winning bid locker was a single coffin, which, by some scary coincidence, was padlocked. Any questions that were raised by the find weren’t answered when the coffin was eventually opened, revealing an empty suit and an empty urn.
Another one of Brandi Passante’s winning bid lockers may have previously belonged to a Brony.
After purchasing the locker with husband Jarrod Passante for $50 in season six, the coupe hit the My Little Pony jackpot. Stored away in the unit was a treasure trove of the My Little Pony memorabilia, including a box full of figurines and toys and a giant pink My Little Pony plushie.