Much like the hundreds of thousands in Times Square, A&E is also kicking off the new year in the Big Apple with their latest addition to the Storage Wars franchise, Storage Wars: New York! The Empire City rendition of the popular show will feature two new individual bidders as well as two new teams of two, including bidding babes Courtney Wagner and Candy Olsen.
Described by A&E as “Brooklyn hipsters,” Courtney and Candy are co-owners of the C & C Pop-up Shop, which is a “mobile and roaming pop-up shop of vintage and up-cycled finds,” according to the C & C Facebook page. In other words, these two ladies accumulate and/or refurbish vintage, kitsch, and otherwise interesting objects and then load it all up in their bright banana yellow van and open up limited time retail locations. For instance, their most recent “pop-up” was at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar where this next photo of Courtney (left) and Candy in front of their trademark C & C light-up letters was taken:
So who are Courtney Wagner and Candy Olsen? As far as Candy Olsen goes, it remains to be seen because she has relatively no online presence at all. But Courtney is a bit more technologically gregarious, so I was able to cobble together quite the nice bio!
Courtney describes herself on her Facebook page as a “Daytime museum professional, nighttime CHERYL cat wrangler and part-time costume designer with a strong affinity for delicious food and drink.” By daytime museum professional, Courteny is referring to her job as Manager of Photo Services & Special Events at American Folk Art Museum, which she has performed since 2007. So what does that job entail? Here’s how Courtney described her duties on her Linked In profile:
• Organized and updated the museum’s digital image collection (5,000+ objects) though Gallery Systems
• Designed graphics for internet outreach
• Managed department budgets/ expenses
• Coordinated processing of all received contributions, transmitting gifts to Accounting Department on a daily basis, and circulating gift copies and correspondence to appropriate staff.
• Prepped and organized the museum’s high-resolution photography for the educational archival website ArtStor.
• Managed several social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr
As far as part-time costume designer, Courtney has quite the extensive resume! After receiving her BFA in Theater from California State University-Fullerton in 2000, Courtney had numerous costuming jobs, including (most recently) being the wardrobe supervisor for the Off-Broadway production The Marvelous Wonderettes in 2009-2010 as well as being a member of the wardrobe department for Jazz at Lincoln Center. You can see a sampling of her costumegery on her Tumblr blog “Craft Werk!”
Something else of interest with Courtney is that she lists herself as married on her personal Facebook page, although her significant other is not named and is not included in any of the many, many photos of C & C events. So I thought I would be the first to start the rumor… Are Courtney Wagner and Candy Olsen married? 😉
Want to know more about Courtney Wagner, Candy Olsen, and C & C Pop-up Shop? Here are all the links you need!
C & C Pop-up Shop Twitter: @CnCpopupshop
C & C Pop-up Shop Facebook: facebook.com/CnCpopupshop
C & C Pop-up Shop Tumblr: cncpopupshop.tumblr.com
C & C Pop-up Shop Etsy: etsy.com/shop/CnCpopupshop
Courtney Wagner Twitter: @WaggleNYC
Courtney Wagner Facebook: facebook.com/CourtneyLynnWagner
Courtney Wagner Tumblr: craftwerkit.tumblr.com
Candy Olsen Facebook page: facebook.com/candy.olsen.9