Solon auctioneer on "Storage Wars" and being a woman in the industry

Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 6:29 PM CDT
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It took years of practice but a Solon auctioneer has made it onto a popular TV show.

Emily Wears is going to appear on nine episodes on the A&E network show "Storage Wars." She's in elite company for another reason. Only three percent of auctioneers are women. Wears said she's happy to pave the way for others.

"I'm one of very few women so getting to represent that is pretty cool for me" said Emily.

But Emily said she didn't always love the business she was born into.

"I didn't get to do extra sports on the weekends and fun stuff like that. I didn't get to have a lot of time with friends and do sleepovers so I kind of loathed it because it was this necessary evil, I didn't have a choice" said Emily.

Finally her dad's love of auctioneering caught up to her and she went to auctioneering school.

"It can be a lot of fun. People come because of the chase. They're after an item. Then it's all the interaction with all the other buyers who are there" said Brent Wears, Emily's father and owner of Wears Auctioneering, Inc.

That was at age 17 - fast forward to today and she's filming episodes on the show "Storage Wars."

"You cut the lock, open the door, can't go in but I found it hard to promote something that I couldn't see what it was. They kept saying talk about the stuff more. I'm like all I can see is a stack of boxes. I don't know what's in them" said Emily.

She said she loves seeing the stunned looks on people's faces.

"I don't know what they expect but when I start auctioneering their jaws drop and their eyes get wide and it's pretty cool to see that and experience that, know that's going to happen because it happens every single time" she said.

She gets to work with her dad so she said she has the best job in the world. She said filming Storage Wars was fun but she's looking forward to things getting back to normal working with her dad.