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There are no “dumb chicks” on Storage Wars Canada

- August 23rd, 2013

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Early in the first episode of Storage Wars Canada, Ursula Stolf – known as “The Knockout” – has this to say about her strategy:

“Often times when people see me, they take one look and they think, ‘Okay, dumb chick,’ ” says Ursula, who is pictured above, third from right.

“Well, let them think that. Because I’ve got the look and I’m gonna work it. I hope they underestimate me. They won’t know what’s coming.”

Ursula is one of the six stars of Storage Wars Canada, which debuts Thursday, Aug. 29 on OLN. It’s a Canadian version of the popular reality series, where real-life buyers bid against each other for real-life abandoned storage units.

If people don’t keep up the rent on their storage units, they become fair game after a shockingly short amount of time. Auctions are held, and potential buyers have only a few minutes to examine what’s in a unit from the vantage point of the open door, without stepping foot inside.

Sometimes the units contain hidden treasures. Other times, well, not so much. The key is knowing the difference and ultimately turning a profit.

Here’s a closer look at the six people (making up four separate bidding teams) that you’ll be following on Storage Wars Canada.

Ursula Stolf – “The Knockout”
Best Deal: Bought a pair of $1,500 boots for $65, resold them for $600.
Motto: “Don’t tell me I can’t, ’cause I can; and don’t tell me I won’t, ’cause I will.”

Cindy Hayden and Rick Coffill – “The Veterans”
Best Deal: Bought a $1,350 locker and found an antique diamond ring worth $50,000.
Motto: Cindy says, “I’m usually a good girl, but if you cross that line at an auction, I’m coming after you.”

Roy Dirnbeck – “The Instigator”
Best Deal: Bought a locker for $3,200 that contained a $17,000 Rolex.
Motto: “You know what, Canada? Start paying your bills or I’m gonna own your s—!”

Paul and Bogart Kenny – “The High Roller and The Kid”
Best Deal: Bought a china set for $750 and resold it for $30,000.
Motto: Paul says, “My wife tells me, ‘Don’t be caustic, sarcastic or demeaning to anybody today.’ Sometimes I make it through the day, sometimes I don’t.”

The four teams each have roles to play for the purposes of hopefully making an interesting TV show. Ursula is the newbie. Cindy and Rick are the cagey ones. Roy is the jerk, no disrespect intended. And Paul and Bogart represent classic father-son tension.

In the series premiere, the buyers travel to Aurora, Ont., a town where all they do is “play golf and count their money,” according to auctioneer Don Reinhart. Ursula quickly learns that “there are no friends at auction.” But then again, the same thing can be said for just about any competitive endeavour

While people basically are the same everywhere, as Storage Wars Canada continues, it’ll be interesting to see if there are general or specific differences between what you might find in an abandoned Canadian storage locker and what you’d uncover in an American unit. More hockey gear and snowmobiles in Canada? More guns and motorcycle parts in the U.S.?

Either way, no matter what you’re bidding on, you never should underestimate anyone when there’s money at stake. As Ursula Stolf knows, even the prettiest faces have eyes for value on Storage Wars Canada.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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1 comment

  1. Jenna | August 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    You realize that Ursula has the worst best deal out of the other cast members? I am sure she will show us all, though. Well, she will show those who care, which is a very, very small percentage of Canada.

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