** Update: We've added in transcription of some of the questions because Dan just talks TOO fast for most of us to keep up with! You'll see SH for Storage Heroes (or Brian/Rebecca), DD for Dan Dotson, and LW for Lance Watkins, of Storage Treasures.
If you don't know who Dan Dotson is, you probably are wrong and you just haven't placed the face with the name. Dan has very quickly turned from successful auctioneer and doting husband and father to successful all of the above WITH a hit TV show, Storage Wars. Dan and his wife Laura can be seen on every episode of Storage Wars on A&E. Here are a few pictures of them in action:
Dan Dotson is a 3rd generation auctioneer, and was wildly successful even before Storage Wars, as one of the best auctioneers in America. After Storage Wars premiered, we've really gotten to know a little more about Dan, but a lot more about his wife, Laura. We asked Dan how he and Laura met:
Seeing as how one of his bidders was his wife, that brings us to our next question. Does Dan give preferential treatment to bidders that he is friends with?
At this point in the conversation, Brian enters, and well... here's an interesting conversation about pajama choices!
I guess it's easy to wear money on your pajamas when you are rich. We ask Dan about what changes he's made since becoming a superstar. He also tells us the secrets behind his famous hair!
Along those lines, we ask him what it's like being famous:
Everyone knows that Dave Hester does YUUUUUP! -- We were kind of wondering what types of calls other people may make when trying to bid on a unit.
Speaking of Dave, here's what Dan said when we asked how he REALLY feels about Dave Hester:
It was late for them in California and even later for us here, so it was definitely time to go, but we made sure to tell Dan to visit us if he ever comes down to New Orleans!
We hope you enjoyed the interview! 100 blogs down, 100 more hopefully to go. Thanks so much for sticking with us so far! In the meantime, check out the endorsement Dan made for us to bring more traffic to our site!
Our thanks to Dan Dotson, of American Auctioneers, for being so kind as to interview with us, and Storage Treasures who made this all possible. Storage Treasures is probably the single most important resource for someone new to this business, so you definitely want to make sure you sign up on their website -- they provide great auction tips and compile them in a way that makes them easy to find and easy to network with other people in this business, whether it is the stay-at-home Mom who lists her items on eBay or the picker from Texas who has his own store, or people like us. There are forums for advice, figuring out what your item is worth, connecting with other auction goers in your area, and even forums where you can ask Dan Dotson, Dave Hester, The Redneck Picker, and other celebrities in our industry whatever questions you would like! Storage Treasures is also one of the only sites that provides information on auctioneers, facilities, and dates and times of auctions for free-- giving you a dashboard where you can bookmark and pin your favorite locations for future reference. Additionally, there are a ton of contests -- most recently an iPad was given away, and there are all kinds of goodies from Storage Wars! There's a contest going on now, in fact, on Twitter, one lucky reader who retweets ST's latest tweet will win their own signed Elvis newspaper (found in a unit by Dave Hester and featured on an episode of Storage Wars)-- so get right on that! Throughout the interview, you'll hear the voice of Dan Dotson, and also the voice of Lance Watkins of Storage Treasures. We're glad that we're friends with both of these gentlemen and expect nothing but even greater things from both of them in the future! (Even if they AREN'T Saints fans!)
Until next time,
PS - We've received lots of feedback on this blog that Dan just talks TOO FAST for most of you to keep up with! We'll be adding transcript to certain questions soon, so make sure to check back to this blog... ADDED!
PPS - If you're a new reader to this blog, welcome! You can see a pretty good conglomeration of our tips and posts here: Best of Storage Heroes Compilation