If you’re an avid watcher of A&E’s Storage Wars Texas, then you might remember Mary Padian from season one. This quirky, spirited, southern woman made an appearance when Morris “Moe” Prigoff visited her shop. She’s been his go-to fixer for a while whenever he wants to create a real masterpiece from some of the stuff that he’s found in his storage unit.
Padian seemed to like being part of the show rather than just sitting back in her shop because in season two she’s coming back; and this time not as Moe’s helpful and creative guest. Padian is going to be one of the new crew members for Auction Wars, alongside the southern gal, Jenny Grumbles.
Graduating from the University of Texas in 2003, Padian holds a degree in photojournalism. She had a short internship at D Magazine before moving to New York City. This is where she landed the job with Architectural Digest. She held the position of assistant editor and was in charge of creating monthly videos that she dubbed “Mary’s Finds”; a name that seemed to have stuck and followed her afterwards! These videos showcased her finds of well-priced and very unique home furniture pieces and accessories. We’re certain that Padian didn’t find these pieces at auctions but she showcased her unique sense of creativity mixed with business nonetheless.
Coming back to the south from the Big Apple, Padian made sure that she kept moving forward with her dreams – even after five years away. She bought a retail space in Dallas with the help of her father and opened up Mary’s Finds. This is where she continues to offer the unique furniture and home pieces in a stylish and affordable range. You can even find vintage clothing and home décor at prices that don’t break your bank.
Padian manages the store by herself, show casing her hard-working skillset and her business savvy. Still, she keeps the feel of the south alive in her friendly Paintin’ and Drinkin’ events held at her store that she hosts herself! Padian is great at mixing business and pleasure.
Storage Wars pins her as being someone with an eye for potential. She had the dream of turning trash into treasure and that’s something that she continues to do – and will continue to do with the storage auction units that she’s sure to win!
Padian has the advantage of already attending several storage auctions. Dr. Moe invited her and she accepted gladly. Padian immediately recognized the new source of raw materials and didn’t stop at just the one attended with Moe. She continued to head to them on her own, collecting supplies for her eccentric but popular home décor designs.
Padian stands ready for the start of the show with a business strategy of buying ‘trash’ underneath the other buyers and then turning this into her own personal treasure that she can sell for profit. This could very well be Padian’s chance to take her business to an entirely new playing field.
Good luck Mary!