Dedicated to Making Excellent Auction Sales

The son of a Marine Corps lifer, Dave was born at Camp Pendleton Marine Base near Oceanside, CA. His parents started buying and selling tools, antiques and collectibles – anything of value, really – at auctions, estate sales and garage sales to supplement his father’s military income upon returning from Vietnam in 1969. When his father retired in 1979, Dave and his parents had been buying and selling for 10 years. At 14 years of age, Dave was attending auctions himself, buying tools and machinery to sell to the shops that supported the two nearby military bases in Orange County, CA. In 1986 he attended his first self-storage auction, bought a few units, and he’s been buying ever since. In the early 1990s he started working as a bid catcher for a local auction house.

Dave later started buying for them, running house calls buying one piece or an entire houseful, eventually he became an auctioneer for them in 1992. He bought and sold millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise yearly.

Becoming a Known Auctioneer in the Industry

From 2003 to 2012, Dave owned the Newport Consignment Gallery and Rags to Riches Thrift Store, located at 1941 Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. Then, from 2010 to 2018, he was featured on A&E's hit show, "Storage Wars."

Since then, he has proven himself in the industry, with over 35 years of experience. Having owned several businesses, he understands how to recover money and earn it in the most ingenious ways.


  • Antiques and Collectibles
  • Art (once sold a painting for $155k!)
  • Audio Equipment
  • Commercial and Industrial Inventory
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Computers, Copiers, and Printers (Reprography)
  • Designer Clothing and Accessories
  • Imports and Exports
  • Medical Equipment
  • Memorabilia
  • Musical Instruments
  • Networking Equipment
  • New and Used Household Furniture, Décor, and Goods
  • New and Used Office Furniture, Modular, Telecommunications, and Case Goods
  • Outdoor Furniture, Statuary, and Decor
  • Restaurant Equipment
  • Retail Displays and Fixtures
  • Sporting Goods and Equipment

Hire Dave As Your Auctioneer

If you want to find out how Dave Hester can help you make successful sales
during your upcoming event, you can send him a message. He’ll get back to you with proposals and resolutions.