Past Hence: What are you Watching?

As sellers, we know how much time and energy is put into our business, so much running around finding inventory and packing supplies, researching acquisitions, crunching numbers, sometimes it seems like we never get any down time. But we also know that were we to get that down time, we would spend it thinking up new places to get inventory, or how best to word that listing for Grandma’s old sock stretcher, the brain is always logging time. We can’t escape the business even in relaxation mode, so why fight it? Get your Tivo set up (or VCR for those of us who will always be more connected to the vintage way of doing things), here is a list of current TV programs that let us acceptably allow the business into our rest time. I have included what info I could from the stations’ websites. If you know of other programs, please add the show title, station and air time if possible to the comments section. Pass the popcorn please!

American Pickers -- History Channel

This isn't your grandmother's antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner's land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person's trash into another's treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind--and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.” –

Mondays @ 9PM, full episodes from past seasons and clips from current season available online.

Antiques Roadshow – PBS

In each hour-long ROADSHOW episode, specialists from the country's leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.” --

Times vary by locale, episodes available online.

Auction Hunters – Spike TV

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.”

Appears to be scheduled Tuesdays @ 9:00 PM but replays are available other times, such as Sundays @ 9 AM. Episodes available to watch online.

Auction Kings – Discovery

AUCTION KINGS showcases one of the country's most storied auction houses, Gallery 63, and its owner Paul Brown. Delve into the world of unique items — from vampire-hunting kits to meteorites to jewel-encrusted pencils — and the emotional process of their acquisition and sale every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.” –

Video clips available online.

Auctioneer$ - TLC

Auctioneer$ pulls back the curtain on the fast-paced world of auctions at one of the busiest auction houses in the country. Unusual items, hopeful sellers, and desperate bidders collide in a high-stakes event where no one knows where the money will stop.” –

Premiered in October, I haven’t seen it since.

Hollywood Treasure – SyFy

Get an inside view from the life of Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world's largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture relics.

Hollywood Treasure, follows Joe as he navigates his way through the intricate world of collecting showbiz and pop culture memorabilia: from the Wicked Witch of the West hat and the vintage Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car to Mary Poppins' carpet bag and other unforgettable props and costumes.

Each week, you'll travel the globe with Joe and his crew as they search for the most compelling, rare, and sought-after Hollywood memorabilia. A true adventure seeker, Joe tracks leads that send him to a variety of unlikely places— like combing through dusty basements and attics or meeting with world-renowned celebrities to peruse through their personal keepsakes.

One man's prop is another man's treasure so Joe is willing to do whatever it takes to get a piece of Hollywood history.” –

Season 1 episodes available online, Season 2 starts in January, no schedule posted yet.

Pawn Stars – History Channel

Long before banks, ATMS and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. Pawn Stars takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family--grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey--jointly run the family business, and there's clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It's up to them to determine what's real and what's fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone's mind, "What's the story behind it"? and "What's it worth?" –

Mondays@10PM, full episodes from past seasons and clips from current season available online, past season DVDs available.

Storage Wars – A&E

A&E presents the new original real-life series "Storage Wars," which follows four professional buyers and their teams as they scour repossessed storage units in search of hidden treasure. Part gamblers, part detectives, these auction pros have found everything from coffins to the world's most valuable comic book collection, paying as little as ten dollars for items valued in the millions. The 12-episode half-hour series premieres on A&E, Wednesday, December 1 at 10PM ET/PT.

Each episode of "Storage Wars" follows a group of bidders as they get a quick peek inside the units, aided only by the beam of a flashlight. They then must assess on the spot if the unit is worth a bid and how high they will actually go to grasp the gold. The high-stakes fun begins as we see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash... or true treasure. Driven by Dan Dotson, one of the most successful and outrageous auctioneers in the country, the cast of buyers is as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover.” --

Wednesdays 10 PM EST

What the Sell – TLC

Brand new, I saw it once and can’t find much else, but it is about three generations of ladies who own an antique store in Chicago. I definitely would like to see more episodes, scheduled for Dec. 21 @ 9PM, or Dec. 22 at 1:30AM.

I also found this British website for Antiques TV, I haven’t had a chance to delve into it yet, but here is the info:

"Welcome to Antiques TV a web site which brings together people interested in antiques. Here you can buy antiques, sell antiques, talk antiques & watch antiques!"

By Diana Behlmar

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