Mary Padian is a reality television star most well known for her appearance in the TV series Storage Wars, which airs on the A&E network. She is also a journalist and business woman, and she earned the nickname The Junkster on the Storage Wars series because of her ability to turn pieces of junk into nice pieces of artwork.
Her Early Life and Beginning
Mary Padian was born on August 24, 1980, in Dallas, Texas, to parents John and Teresa Padian. When she was young, her father was a manager of a junkyard. She has one brother, whose name is Luke. She graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and she began her career as an intern at a publication known as D Magazine.
Padian has reddish-blond hair and gray eyes, and she is a very petite woman, standing at only 5’ 1”. She is extremely creative and has a keen eye for details, which helps her in her many varied interests. While on Storage Wars, Padian became the owner of Mary’s Finds, established in 2011. She also worked for the magazine Architectural Digest from 2006 to 2010.
As of early 2019, Padian is still unmarried, although an episode of Storage Wars gave everyone the impression that she is now dating a man named Dylan. This rumor, however, cannot be denied nor confirmed, especially since the couple has yet to be seen together in public.
Padian’s net worth has been estimated to be between $600,000 and $1.4 million. She earns approximately $450,000 per year for her work on Storage Wars. She is also very active on social media, and her Instagram posts earn her up to $655 per post.
Getting Started in Her Career
Mary’s Finds is an online store that Padian created, and its products include various trinkets, jewelry, artwork, games, and a lot of the items seen on Storage Wars. She started a section in Architectural Digest while she was working there of the same name, so it is a store and idea that is near and dear to her heart.
After she quit working for the magazine – at the same time that her mentor retired in 2010 – Padian began concentrating more on her online store. Thanks to this store, the producers of Storage Wars took notice of her, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Padian became a full-time cast member during the sixth season of Storage Wars. While on the show, she decided to make her business an international one. In addition to the items she’s found on the television series, a lot of the products found on her store come from flea markets and estate sales. Some of her more unusual finds from the TV show include a ceramic grenade from the Byzantine Empire, an old trunk filled with memorabilia from World War II, and a pair of camel saddles from Asia that dates back to the 18th century.
She is determined to both make her store a success and keep performing on Storage Wars, and she certainly has enough creativity and determination to do both of these things.
Some Interesting Facts
There are several interesting and almost quirky facts about Mary Padian, including:
- She is of Irish and Lebanese descent.
- She has a large family, with over 40 first cousins.
- While at Architectural Digest, she made it all the way to Assistant Editor.
- Her store was originally a brick-and-mortar store in Dallas, then she decided to put it online.
- She is notorious for discovering very interesting and unique finds when she goes shopping for items to put in her online store.
Padian is definitely an interesting individual, and her knack for business is unmatched. She is likely to continue on Storage Wars for quite a while, and her store is already seeing a lot more business thanks to her participation on the TV series.
This and That
Mary Padian is known to be eccentric and a very free-spirited person. She is willing to do anything to find something unique enough to go in her store, including digging through dumpsters or going through storage units with unclaimed items in them. When she finds an item, even an item that most people would throw away, she sees potential in it, and she can take items that others consider junk and turn them into something everyone wants.
At first, Padian had the intent of selling her refurbished findings to interior decorators, until she saw the potential for making money through an online store. Even today, she continues to find items and turn them into something extraordinary, much to the delight of her many online fans.
Even as a child, Padian had a talent for taking junk and making it into something useful, and she has used this talent and turned it into a hefty way to make a living. Because she is so talented and productive, it is unlikely that the world will stop hearing about her anytime soon.