One of the most appealing elements about watching Storage Wars is that the buyers are real people, aside from their encyclopedic knowledge of collectibles and memorabilia. Not embellished for TV, the series shows her true everyday life full of treasures and failures. Like average people, the show’s characters have to make a living, and warehouse auctions are mostly their main source of income. However, unlike his competition, Jarrod Schulz was still a newcomer to the second-hand scene when the show first aired. In fact, the young buyer had tried on a few hats before bringing a wad of cash to his opening auction.
One of Schulz’s better-documented past careers was running a carpet cleaning business in the late ’90s, where he met future partner Brandi Passante. In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Schulz admitted that their relationship broke some rules: “We were colleagues in the same carpet store. Technically, I was her boss… and you shouldn’t be.”
Subsequently, as documented in the couple’s appearance on The Mystery Men podcast, the camp companions have differing ideas about who was courting whom at the carpet company. Despite this, Schulz switched from carpets to his own boss. According to Outsider, some of his earliest ventures included branching out into mortgage brokerage and real estate.