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Bubba Smith Bio

Bubba Smith Storage Wars Texas

Ricky Smith's nephew, Bubba is every bit the Texas gentleman of his uncle. He didn't grow up around the auction industry, but decided to pursue the lifestyle after spending a few unsatisfying years behind a desk. He's been in the auction industry since 1991 and has learned everything he knows about the trade from Ricky.

Bubba's worth a half-million on his own due in part to his role in Storage Wars: Texas and the work he does with his uncle in maintaining their distribution warehouse. Unlike other auction hunters, Bubba and Ricky don't run a consignment store; instead, they sell items to a wide network of private buyers.

Bubba helps his uncle with the technological aspects of the job, and he's quite proficient with computers. He's also an appreciator of fine art, and he hopes to maintain his own private collection or gallery some day. He does, however, get uncomfortable in tight spaces like storage units due to his extreme claustrophobia. Nevertheless, there's plenty of other work to do, and he and Ricky make a formidable tag-team opponent during auctions.

Storage Wars Texas: Unexpected Meet with Bubba


Let me start out by apologizing for the photo. I had to take it quickly while Bubba was sleeping. I'm just kidding. He was awake, but this is what you get when you try to take a photo in a hurry with your camera phone. I guess it's better than no picture at all, right?

All kidding aside, I was at a small auction in Killeen, TX on September 21, 2011 and there were only a handful of people there. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the city of Killeen; it is a medium sized town located next to Fort Hood, which is about 250 miles southwest of Dallas.

Right before the auction, I was in the managers office when I overheard someone claiming they were going to be on Storage Wars Texas. Even though he was wearing sunglasses and a ball cap, I realized that it was Bubba Smith, one of the guys on the show, Storage Wars Unlocked.

"If you can't beat them, you might as well join them."
I talked to him and he is a pretty nice guy. Bubba was very humble and down to earth. I sort of got the feeling that he was worried that others felt that he was selling out. He kept saying, "If you can't beat them, you might as well join them."

As though he was trying to justify his participation in the show.  I'm sure he has received some criticism from the regulars in the Dallas area. Bubba, if you're reading this, nobody blames you for what happened to the storage auction business. The damage was done way before you came along.

Bubba did mention that Storage Wars Texas will premiere in December. When I asked how much they were being compensated per episode, he had no comment.

There were only two units at the auction and the same lady paid retail for both of them. Bubba then left by himself in a 10-12 year old, burgundy Ford F-150. I'm sure he'll be driving a Corvette soon!

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