Monday, November 8, 2010

Thrift TV? Catch Auction Hunters Tomorrow Night

You, too, can profit from salvaged antiques. The prospect of thrifted items and antiques bringing in the big bucks is what makes shows like American Pickers and Antiques Road Show so popular. Surprisingly, Spike TV is adding another show to the list of Thrifter-Friendly programming:

Auction Hunters. Auction Hunters is about the adventure and discovery that comes with junking and thrifting. Suddenly, you're an archeologist, unearthing long-lost treasures. The allure of thrifting isn't only money and low prices, it's the thrill of discovery that has us hooked. Auction Hunters captures that enthusiasm.

The premise:

Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction. Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.

This eight half-hour episode series follows two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton "Ton" Jones and Allen Haff, in their quest to win auctions, acquire treasure and sell it for profit.

From the previews I can tell Ton and Allen know the biz. Like my friend Selena at Apron Thrift Girl suggested, it would be a wise idea to sit down with a clip board and take notes on the value of the antiques the duo will find in the show. I know I will! Not just for ideas on what to sell, but how to film "Thrift TV." I want to produce Thrift Core video content. But in the future. When I have time. (Precious time.)

How to Hunt: Shows like this are fascinating for more than the potential for huge profit the hosts reveal. I love the fact that treasures are being salvaged from dusty obscurity and given a second chance. History is preserved.

When to Tune in: Auction Hunters premiers on Tuesday November 9 at 10P/9C. Catch it on Spike TV.

Disclosure: This is a paid review. Despite this fact, these are my honest opinions about the upcoming show. I will never review a product or show I am not interested in or passionate about. Them's the rules!
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  1. SWEET!!! thanks for the heads up!

  2. You're welcome! I'm already planning to watch this with some thrift-obsessed friends. Like the Geeks we are :)

  3. I haven't heard of this one yet, thanks. We just watched "Oddities" for the first time on Discovery, and I bet you'd like that one, too. Many of their finds are too strange for my taste, but it's a fun show regardless.

  4. Trish- "Strange" finds sound perfect to me! I'll have to take note and investigate that one as well!

  5. I will need to look up Spike tv for this one. Sounds interesting! Just watched an episode of Auctioneers the other day for the first time. And that other show from the Hollywood auction house. I'm just still waiting for a show with female Etsy vintage sellers! or should we write that pitch ourselves? ;)

  6. Ismoyo- I thnk we do need to pitch it, it's crossed my mind before! There's a lot of antique-tv from a testosterone-drive male perspective but not much from the female perspective.

    We have to prove it can be entertaining like the boy's tv and not just fluff and girly-junk.

  7. Yes, or if it would be full of girly-junk, prove that there is a market for that!

    I think we all are waiting to get that female perspective. I love all the new shows coming up, but definitely very male dominated.
    I read that Mike of American Pickers really had to work long and hard to get his show on the air. He definitely opened a lot of doors.

  8. There is DEFINITELY a market for that. Girly-blog stats DO NOT LIE.

  9. Gotta listen to This American Life, episode 399, aired earlier this year. They dedicate one act of the show to people who go to storage unit auctions.

  10. My husband and I LOVE this show. So funny AND interesting.


  11. I am totally watching this tonight but more importantly..Thrift Core video content?! Yes!

    Also you should most def check out that Oddities show. Here is their blog:

  12. As an avid thrifter, I once considered trying to get into storage auctions. I was told it's a very cut-throat business. There's an actual science to scaring off new people. I decided against it. I would love to see this show!

  13. Amanda: I love that site! I definitely need to check out the show next!


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