It was war in Hallsville, but a very friendly war. Storage Wars: Texas made another appearance in the area, bringing a little bit of network television to East Texas.
Mark Coleman has a lot of irons in a lot of fires. One of them is the Acme Storage Facility in Hallsville. Sometimes bills go unpaid for too long, and he ends up with stuff that he really doesn't want.
That's when he calls in an auctioneer, and this time he called Walt Cade. Cade comes with lots of baggage.
"I invited him out here, and he brought the whole crew from Dallas," Coleman said. "They've got about 40 crew members. All the stars of the show are here."
There's Moe Prigoff and Mary Padian, Ricky and Bubba Smith, Jenny Grumbles, Victor Rjesnjansky, the East Texan. The production crew encourages plenty of communication between the characters and the locals, but they don't want to give anything away before it airs.
Then there's the guy sitting on a portable chair. He wouldn't reveal his name, but he's been doing this eight years.
"So did you buy that out of a locker?"
"Oh absolutely," he said. "I never pay retail.
"There's just a whole lot more competition when you've got all these people who get paid to come here and do this stuff," he added. "If you want a locker, you're going to have to shell out some cash."
Coleman cut through locks to reveal the contents I couldn't look at, to be auctioned off while my camera stayed off to people who couldn't talk to me.
Except for the one guy with the right idea, but he never would give me his name.