It looks like he’s doing just fine. In 2010, when Storage Wars premiered, collector Barry Weiss, 66, became the unexpected sex symbol on the show. (He’s single and wears well-chosen vintage apparel – plus he has a great head of hair.) Women of a certain age bombarded him with fan letters and marriage proposals. Barry says he started collecting vintage stuff (especially cars) years ago, while he was running his wholesale produce business. After he retired he became a reality star on Storage Wars. He left the show in 2013 but he’s still collecting. Above, he had an attractive date for lunch at The Palm in Beverly Hills. We just wonder what kind of car the valet brought around….
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Four years ago when Storage Wars debuted on A&E, Barry Weiss happened to be a buddy of one of the producers and agreed to appear on the show as a favor. Like everyone else, he was flabbergasted when the series took off like gangbusters and he got a kick out of becoming famous overnight. Between seasons, Barry visited other cities and made a ton of money making appearances and promoting the show. He and his startling collection of vehicles and his spiffy vintage clothing delighted viewers. Last season Dave Hester left after blabbing about the inner workings of the show. (We saw him selling stuff at the Rose Bowl Flea Market a few months ago.) According to RadarOnline, now Barry wants out so he can travel more. (He doesn’t really need the money) Can the series survive without Barry’s comic relief? We doubt it.
After three successful seasons, Dave Hester indiscreetly made some accusations that the show he appeared on – Storage Wars – is “fixed,” and the next thing he knew he was fired. Nobody had heard of Hester before he appeared on the hit show as the egotistical bidder on storage lockers who made “Yuuup” a household word. Fame brought business opportunities for Hester and he made even more money doing personal appearances. Maybe he’s as obnoxious in real life as he was on the show, because he lacked gratitude and criticized his own series. This was quickly followed by a lawsuit for wrongful termination. So far he’s had no luck with his lawsuit but he WAS seen on Sunday at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. He’s still trying to cash in on his fleeting TV fame – he unloaded sale items (including “Yuuup” t- shirts) from a huge truck with “Yuuup” written on it in the parking lot and posed for photos with fans. Lesson to be learned: Don’t take your good luck for granted.
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Storage Wars star Barry Weiss, 61, is far too busy to have a girlfriend these days. Before the show became a hit, Barry was frequently seen with the same younger woman at flea markets and auctions. Now that he’s risen to rockstar status, Barry has no time for relationships. He likes to take off on one of his motorcycles or vintage cars and see the country at the drop of a hat. He’s invited to make personal appearances at resorts and casinos across the country and these events are packed with Barry Weiss “groupies” eager to show him a good time. Storage Wars made the dapper Barry a chick magnet and he’s enjoying every minute.
Storage Wars fans might be amused to hear that we had a celebrity storage unit auctioned off here in Los Angeles. Sean “P Diddy” Combs’ baby mama Kim Porter lost her storage unit when she didn’t pay the rent for some reason, and the contents went to Orill’s auction house. Bargain hunters (including our source) were thrilled to find rack after rack of furs, leather jackets, and designer clothes – Cavalli, Versace, Hermes, Gucci, Prada – despite being expensive, the women’s clothes were described as “slutty looking and very short.” There was also an abundance of Sean John designs for men. Many of the outfits were new with tags. Yes, there were YSL, Dior, and Hermes handbags too. The furniture was particularly gaudy – described as “Vegas style.” Lots of gold, alligator printed vinyl, and purple crushed velvet chairs with rhinestone trim. A nice peek into the private life of a celebrity couple. It makes you yearn for a new show called “Celebrity Storage Wars.”
Storage Wars’ unexpected sex symbol, Barry Weiss, had a “meet n’ greet” appearance recently at the Seminole Casino in Hollywood Florida, and over a thousand fans mobbed the place for autographs and photos. He stayed over four hours to please every one of them. Barry and his collection of vintage shirts seem to be popping up in cities across the country promoting the hit show. According to Starcasm.net, he may even be hosting his own game show called “What Are You Worth?” if the pilot sells. We’d LOVE to take a peek in his closet.
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Breakout star from A&E’s top rated reality show “Storage Wars” is 60ish Barry Weiss and he’s proved to be catnip for women of a certain age. Female fans already started a Facebook fan page for their snappily dressed guy. (He admits he’s been single for the last 28 years.) Barry’s got oodles of style – he wears vintage clothing and drives amazing collectible cars, and he’s quick with a wisecrack. A cool cat. Just what women want. Above, he’s strolling in Beverly Hills with a buddy – note the shoes.
Nicolas Cage’s life is riddled with idiosyncrasies. A few years ago, he was a regular at high-end auctions in Los Angeles, and he always bought strange stuff like prehistoric rocks for a lot of money. Cage had the first Superman comic framed on his wall for years, but back in 2000 he had so many houses that he lost track and it was stolen. In April,it was recovered when someone bought the contents of an abandoned storage locker (what an episode this would have made for Storage Wars!) and Cage got it back. His comic is exceptionally well preserved and was just auctioned off for $2,161,000 – a new record! He must be kinda broke to part with it.