Storage Wars Victor Rjesnjansky Bio

Known as “The Outsider” amongst the Storage Wars Texas cast, Victor Rjesnjansky is a New Yorker out of water in Texas. During the season’s pilot, Victor is seen hurtling down the road in his car, complaining that you can’t get a decent cup of coffee or any meat that doesn’t have mesquite on it in Texas.

How much of this is played up for the sake of the show and how much of it is really Victor himself? We can’t know for sure. Victor and his anti-Texan sentiments are certainly at odds with some of the lifelong residents of the state that he’s bidding against. Ricky and Bubba Smith, for example, are proudly Texan and drive all over their state in search of good buys, and even early on in the season we begin to see antagonism between them and Victor.

A&E TV is known to throw X-factors and odd elements into their reality shows in order to make for more entertaining television. We’ve certainly got that in Victor. Impatient, quick to anger and constantly getting involved in little squabbles over units, he’s interesting to watch to say the least.

And it doesn’t stop there. Victor is famous for referring to his competition in Texas as “yokels” or “rednecks”. He’s certainly cutting a dashing stereotype for himself, with his mafia-style clothing, flashy BMW and impatience with locals.

victor from storage wars texas shooting a gunOne of Victor’s favorite sleazy moves is to “drop a unit” on one of his competitors. This means that he will bid up a unit that he’s not personally interested in just to increase the cash outlay of his competition. Dave Hester from the original seasons of Storage Wars was also a big fan of this technique.

While it’s certainly possible for this to backfire if the person trying to drop the unit on someone else ends up bidding just one too many times, when it does work it can be a good shock to the person that gets stuck with the higher bill.

So what is Victor’s personal stake in the world of storage auctions? He operates two retail stores in Texas with a partner and his total net worth is currently estimated at $1 million from sales, TV appearances, real estate sales and miscellaneous storage auction findings.

When he’s not trying to drop units on rednecks, Victor enjoys spending his winnings on motorcycles, boats and luxury goods. He’s certainly enjoying the fruits of his efforts and making the lifestyle look appealing to those of us who are still waiting for our big break.

 

 

Storage Wars Texas Bio: Morris Prigoff

Morris is one kooky character. Stepping out of his antique car in sneakers so brightly colored they can be blinding, Morris is anything but your typical “old man”. In addition to running a successful antique and collectibles store known as “The River Regency Modern”, Morris is a practicing podiatric surgeon!

Being the owner of two successful businesses has certainly lined Morris’s pockets, which explains why he has the greatest net worth of any of the bidders on the Texas chapter of Storage Wars. At an estimated total value of $4 million, it’s easy to understand why Morris spends so much time smiling.

Known as “The Doc” on the show, Prigoff may be able to bring his sunny disposition to each episode because he doesn’t have as much on the line as Lesa who is trying to supply a new retail store with goods. Morris also brings a refreshing presence to the show because he doesn’t engage in the petty interpersonal sniping that often dominated the first seasons of Storage Wars.

Moe likes to focus on the bidding and the units as opposed to getting wrapped up in mind games with the other contenders. Whereas Victor loves to try to trick the “yokels” around him at every turn, Moe is focused on trying to find quality art he can collect and display in his gallery. However, he’s not above dropping a unit on Victor now and again to give him a taste of his own medicine.

Moe looks stumped by a giant unit full of boxes

One of the other advantages Moe has as the wealthiest buyer on the show is the ability to spend more money on units and take bigger risks or muscle up the price when he wants a given locker badly enough. Other buyers like Ricky and Bubba have to be a bit more careful with the cash they throw around.

However, Moe’s not just ready to accept any unit that comes his way. He’s looking for very specific categories of items. Anything retro, antique, old, collectible or possibly original is certain to get on his radar. So how did the Mad Doctor of Texas storage auctions get his start? It was a natural outgrowth of his activities in the antiques sector.

Today, Moe’s store has wacky, wild and strangely beautiful pieces of furniture for sale, ranging in price from $500 to well over $3,000 per piece. If you’re in the mood for something retro, otherworldly or just downright different, you should check out his River Regency Modern website to see current pieces or to purchase them online.

Moe’s got everything from dresser drawers to funky love seats and ottomans and you can peruse his stock through his site or stop in to visit the store locally if you’re in the Dallas area.

So what does Moe do when he’s not whipping up one of his wacky outfits or driving a different collectible car each day? Moe’s laundry list of extracurricular activities is so long it’s amazing he gets anything done at all.

In addition to filming episodes for Storage Wars Texas and overseeing his shop operations with the help of an assistant, Moe is still practicing foot surgeon. Having built up his experience working in a veteran’s hospital, Moe now has his own practice and is certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association to perform various heel and foot surgeries.

Certainly a man of various interests! Moe Prigoff adds a welcome note of good humor and individuality to the  cast of Storage Wars Texas.

Storage Wars: Texas

The Longhorn state is the scene of the latest installment of Storage Wars, and it’s packed full of new cast members, plenty of new units, antiques, collectibles and odd ball miscellany. Walt Cade, a veteran auctioneer with a famous “Caribbean chant” calling style is the new head honcho when it comes to moving units quickly and efficiently.

Walt has been well-known and well-liked in auction and self storage circuits for many years. He brings professionalism, knowledge and a passion for auctions to the show and will provide a steady presence as he oversees the sales of the delinquent units. Walt Cade’s net worth is currently $1.5 million. In addition to his appearances on the program, he also owns his own local auction company.

walt cade on storage wars texas

The Texas cast is drawn from all walks of life and age ranges, just like in the original seasons of Storage Wars. Ricky Smith and Bubba Smith, also known as “The Rangers” are two good old boys that pride themselves on driving all over the state in search of profitable storage lockers up for grabs. They may speak slowly with a Texan twang, but they have combined decades of experience buying up lockers. Ricky has been dealing in auctions since he was a young boy and he’s clearly been doing well for himself. Today, Ricky Smith’s net worth is: $2 million.

ricky and bubba smith outside a storage locker

Another newcomer to the auction buying scene is Victor Rjesnjansky, who relocated to Texas from New York. His call-sign? “The Outsider”, of course. Victor is headstrong, impatient and aggressive and claims to have been in the buying game for over 20 years.

Victor is pegged early on as grating against the Texan lifestyle and can be seen complaining about the food, driving and coffee in Texas. Victor has a strong New York accent and we can only imagine it’s going to get him into trouble with the other cast members. Victor’s current net worth: $1 million.

Victor The Outsider from New York flexes some muscle

Then there’s Lesa Lewis, who is known as “The Boss”. Having recently opened her own thrift store called Again and Again Resale, she is looking to stock her shelves with discounted merchandise that can draw in a loyal client base and keep them coming back so her business can stay afloat.

Assisted by her employee Jerry, Lesa is known to be more emotional than some of her competition. She is seen tearing up when her new store is first opened. In this business it takes a stern exterior to hang with the big boys. How will her sensitivity come into play? If nothing else, her current net worth can console her in even the darkest of moments. Lesa is currently worth: $2.5 million, boosted by successful auctions and retail sales.

Then there’s Moe Frigoff who introduces himself as an antiques aficionado. He has a quirky, humorous and somewhat random style that’s reminiscent of one of the most popular storage auction hunters of all time: Barry Weiss. He runs an antique gallery on the outskirts of Dallas and proudly beams that it’s stuffed with wonderful and strange pieces of furniture, collectibles, toys and old gadgets. Moe weighs in as the big earner here, with a net worth of $4 million.

But the basic formula remains: people get testy in the hot sun after walking around all day and getting outbid on units. These wildly diverse backgrounds and temperaments clash now and again and make for good reality television.