Barry Weiss has traveled all over and has befriended the most rad people in the world. Life is about experiences and putting yourself in situations you typically wouldn't find yourself. He has it figured out, lives life to the fullest and is someone all young entrepreneurs should look up to.
Barry is known for collecting antiques. He tried his hand at the storage auction game in Storage Wars, and has his own series Barry'd Treasure that follows him on a cross-country road trip discovering hidden collectables. He is the type of dude that I would open up my wallet for and buy him as many beers as he would like to consume. The knowledge and stories alone would be absolutely worth it.
(Continue reading for Barry's exclusive interview with ShareTV below.)
At what age did you start collecting stuff?
"Oh man, I started collecting when I was around 15 years old. From there, I got into collecting cars, motorcycles, and all sorts of cool stuff."
How did you get picked to be on Storage Wars?
"The guy who created the show is a real good friend of mine, Thom Beers (Creator of Deadliest Catch & Monster Garage). He was over at my house about four years ago and had a new idea regarding these old abandoned storage locker auctions. Thom then said, 'We're going to do a pilot, do you want to be in it.' I was not familiar with storage auctions. I have been to numerous state and antique auctions but had never even heard of these. It was interesting and I fell into something really cool, man."
Do you still go to yard sales?
"All the time, Blake. I actually stopped by one yesterday haha."
What was your biggest profit you have ever made off of a locker?
"A couple years ago I bought a 10x20 locker that was completely filled with motorcycle parts. The locker had like 30 engines but no complete bikes. I made a good $10,000 on that one. If I pieced it off I could have made a lot more but I sold it to one guy."
What was your biggest loss?
"Too many to even count."
You looked like you had a lot more fun than all of the others. Why is that?
"Well if it looked like I didn't take it as serious as the others, It's because I didn't. They do, and they should because they have businesses to run. I would run through hell with gasoline pants on before I owned a thrift shop. It sounds like a stressful gig to me."
Did you know the other cast members before the show started?
"No. I actually met everyone the day we started filming. I felt like it was my first day of school all over again. They all knew each other before hand because have all been doing this for years."
Are you originally from Los Angeles?
"Yeah man, I was born and raised in LA."
Is there one thing "The Collector" has yet to collect and is still searching for?
"You know what, because my interest is so broad I feel like you really limit yourself if you're looking for one thing. I try to just collect everything that's cool."
Quite the car selection you have. If you had to choose one car, which one would it be?
"It would probably be my Cadillac. That car is all new underneath, man. It could go to New York if I wanted it to." (One of Barry's most impressive possessions is his customized 1947 Cadillac which he has dubbed the "Cowboy Cadillac" shown below.)
Keep cruising Barry!