It’s official, the Long Beach, CA location of Now And Then, the second-hand shop owned by Brandi and Jarrod closed its doors.
Last night on STORAGE WARS, the episode “LBC CU LTR” opened with a scene of the couple meeting with the shop’s employees and breaking the news.
Jarrod did the talking and although he got through it, you could see it wasn’t easy.
“Brandi and I have come to a decision. We can no longer fund this losing store here. We’re gonna have to close the doors. We’re gonna do our best to keep you on. Some of you will lose hours and some have to lose your jobs. We tried to make it work, we gave 100%. We’re not failing because we didn’t try.”
But that was only the beginning of the store-closing story.
The episode took place at a storage place in Long Beach and the usual gang was there. Rene told wife Casey that he didn’t think Brandi and Jarrod would let anyone else get a locker since their store was in the city.
Brandi and Jarrod had no intention of letting anyone know they closed the store. Their mood was dark, but they forced themselves to attend the auction.
That’s when Laura spoke up.
“They don’t have their store here anymore. That’s what I just heard.”
Oops, well the cat was now out of the bag. It’s not like she did it on purpose to hurt anyone, but she ended up doing it anyway.
The couple was none too pleased. They went home without a locker and to nurse their wounds.
Recap of premiere episode of this season’s STORAGE WARS continues below.
STORAGE WARS hit the air with its first episodes of season 5 and Darrell “The Gambler” Sheets cleaned up, until one of his most valuable finds was destroyed by Brandon.
In Montebello, Darrell found what he called a “bad ass” remote control plane, in pristine condition. When they took it to a professional for an appraisal they learned it was worth $2,000. Then Brandon took the controls of the thing and promptly crashed it.
Think Daddy Darrell was pleased. Yeah, you know the drill. “I just went from being a king (of Montebello) to a pawn.”
Brandi and Jarrod began the first show in Montebello on a buying tear, with Jarrod telling his wife that they needed inventory for their store in Long Beach.
But, wait…the news of the night was Jarrod’s full beard, not close-cropped either and not necessarily a good look for him.
Back to business, however. The couple’s Long Beach store opened a year ago and it’s in great shape, according to Jarrod, so three lockers later, Brandi learned the truth. The place has not turned a profit since it opened. When the truck returned to Long Beach with all the inventory, there was no place to put it. It got taken to the other location, leaving Brandi and Jarrod a few thousand in the hole.
UPDATE: After the most recent episodes of STORAGE WARS (“For A Good Time Call…Ivy” and “The Return of “The King of Montebello”) we watched as Jarrod flailed around trying to figure out how to cure the ills of the Long Beach location, opened just a bit more than one year ago.
Brandi was tired of Jarrod not taking time to care about their original location in Orange County and took the big box truck on her own to an auction. She decided to buy what she thought was appropriate. The couple ended up the two new half-hour shows being in the dumps about the prospects of Long Beach.
Jarrod acted like a gambler who was already in the hole but doubled-down anyway. They lost money on the last locker of the night and faced reality.
In scenes from next week’s shows, it appears that we’ll learn the fate of the Long Beach store. Brandi is more concerned about it, as is typical of the couple. We’ll see how it goes.
Meanwhile Rene Nezhoda was getting antsy that he didn’t outbid the others in Montebello. Not only did he go home without any merchandise, but his big truck backed into the storage place’s gate, causing damage.
Rene was on Twitter during the episode and informed his followers that the truck then promptly broke down on the way home.
He had just a bit of better luck in the second show, filmed in Lake Arrowhead. There he found fun items, a bike meets sled and a hotshot snowboard. Both were brand name items but only worth $100 a piece.
Casey, his wife is there to support him in all things. “You look ashey,” she told her hubby, as she promptly hit him up with a spray tan on his legs. That got a rise out of the gang.
Ivy Calvin was the most workman-like bidder and kept his eye on the prize: buy what he could sell quick and get the heck out of there. In Lake Arrowhead he found a box used for bat conservation, sending him to an expert to check it out. Ivy and the bats…what a combo!
His special find of the night came from Montebello, an apparatus used in figure skating to keep skaters upright when they are learning jumps. Got him to a skating rink for an evaluation and we learned that Ivy Calvin has a crush on Michelle Kwan.
She wasn’t there but the skating harness got a try on a young skater before Ivy heard the best news: the item was worth about $1,200.
Catch season 5, all new episodes of STORAGE WARS on A&E, Tuesday nights starting at 9:00 p.m. ET Image credit: A&E