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Market Warriors

Market Warriors

Photo Credit:  David Aaron Troy / WGBH
  • Premiered: 
    July 16, 2012
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: auction, antiques, collectibles

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Plot Synopsis

Four antiques pickers travel across the nation to compete against each other, as they scour flea markets for above average antiques and vintage valuables with the winner determined at auction. In each 60-minute episode, the four pickers head to one market, take part in that week's challenge to purchase certain items on a fixed budget during a specified period of time, and then make their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of each episode when their items are sold at auction. Plus, the show's off-screen host offers wry commentary, using his know-how as a collector. [Note: On July 19, only three days after the show's premiere, PBS dropped Fred Willard as the series host and narrator following his arrest for alleged lewd conduct at an adult theater in Hollywood, and the network instructed its affiliates to stop airing the program until Mark L. Walberg could record narration for previously filmed programs.] The pickers travel to: Renningers Adamstown, a large indoor/outdoor flea market in Lancaster, PA, where they are challenged to find mid-century modern items amid the Pennsylvania Dutch antiques, with their purchases -- an Eaes chair, Moss floor lamp and Tiffany jelly jar -- up for auctioned at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles, CA; the 60-vendor Phila Flea Market in Philadelphia, PA, where the crew must find costume jewelry to be auctioned off at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles, CA; Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Atlanta, GA, where the group must find vintage advertising, where their wares -- a rare Red Rock Cola piece, a Sterling Card case and an antique hobbyhorse -- are sold at Cowan's Auction in Cincinnati, OH; the largest outdoor market in the world with 6,000 vendors in Brimfield, MA, where the pickers are teamed up and tasked with finding art glass to be auctioned at Cowan's Auction in Cincinnati, OH; and 16 more locations in Season 1. The pickers are: Kevin Bruneau, the proprietor of Bruneau Antiques specializing in upscale antiques and Asian art, who has been in the antiques business for more than two decades and is fluent in the world of buying and selling investment-quality antiques and collectibles; Bob Richter, owner of interior design company Richter Design, who was inspired from an early age by old movies, attic treasures, and his grandmother's design and business skills, soon followed by his growing love of flea markets, garage sales, and thrift shops; Miller Gaffney, founder of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory, who is a graduate of the Sotheby's Institute of Art and has worked with leading auction houses, galleries, and museums as a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America; and John Bruno, operator of Flamingo Eventz, one of the largest antiques show promotion organizations in the Northeast, who has been an antiques and collectibles dealer for more than 40 years as well as an appraiser for more than 25 years, specializing in appraising 19th to 20th-century American home furnishings, glassware, dinnerware, pop culture memorabilia, and vintage clothing.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by WGBH Boston