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East Texans pack Hallsville facility for filming of A&E's 'Storage Wars: Texas'

By Richard Yeakley
Nov. 8, 2012 at 10 p.m.

When "Storage Wars: Texas" came to Hallsville to film an episode Wednesday, more than 100 East Texans joined them, hoping to make an appearance on the TV show or even steal a locker from the professional buyers.

Several workers associated with the show characterized the local turnout for the storage unit auction as large, and brothers William and Roger Rhyne, who have attended similar non-televised auctions for years, said the crowd was different from the usual auction gatherings.

The more than 100 bidders at Acme Storage more than doubled the standard auction turnout, William Rhyne said.

"A lot of people are here, not to buy, but just to be on television," William Rhyne said.

Roger Rhyne highlighted the number of women in nice clothes and makeup.

"If they were planning to dig through a locker, they would not have dressed as nicely," Roger Rhyne said.

"Storage Wars: Texas" is filming its third season on the A&E network.

In the show, several featured buyers travel across the state to various storage auctions hoping to find treasures.

Auctions are held to sell off the contents of foreclosed-on storage units and have become much more popular since shows such as "Storage Wars: Texas" and its predecessor, "Storage Wars," were launched.

Many, such as Jerry Bailey of Longview, considered themselves faithful fans of the television show and were excited to see the behind-the-scenes process of filming.

"I am a fan of both 'Storage Wars' shows. I watch it all the time," Bailey said. "It loses a little bit of the magic. It is so much slower pace in person."

Bailey said he was given tickets by a friend of the show's auctioneer, Longview native Walt Cade.

Bailey said he didn't know if he would purchase any lockers.

Other fans, such as Renee McDaniel, made a conscious effort to avoid the camera and simply wanted to watch the filming of the show.

"I have never been to an auction, but I see them a lot on the television," McDaniel said. "I was just curious how it actually worked, how real it was."

The Rhyne brothers, who also attended a self-storage foreclosure auction Wednesday in Marshall, said it was much harder to buy a unit with the number of people who attended the auction.

"The units are going for hundreds of dollars more than they would if they were not filming," William Rhyne said.



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