Move over Antiques Roadshow, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and American Pickers, the new reality show Thrift Hunters is joining the fray to provide a glimpse into the life of a pair of zany guys who travel the US in search of bargains to resell on eBay. Thrift Hunters uses music and editing to enhance the thrill of treasure hunting! If you can relate to the bumper sticker, “Caution This Vehicle Stops at Garage Sales” you will enjoy this show.
The series features Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman, affectionately known as “The Boys” from their website and facebook group, “Thrifting with the Boys” AKA “the Thrift Hunters” seem to possess some unique skills in finding undervalued crazy items at thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls, yard sales and the like. Jason and Bryan became so successful in identifying treasures and reselling them on eBay, that they were able to quit their day jobs and become full time professional treasure hunters and eBay sellers.
The series, Thrift Hunters premieres on the Spike channel on January 18th 2014 and it promises to be full of surprises. I had a chance to watch the teaser videos for the series and thoroughly enjoyed the pacing and the personalities. Jason, the guy with the striking beard, says, “The more weird, the more money”.
When visiting an antique store on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the pair looks skeptically around them, doubting that they’ll find anything. The video goes into a fast forward speed up technique with music and viewers watch the guys in their quest for hidden treasures. They playfully compete with each other, finding deals on mugs. Jason looks in a display case and a Van Halen button catches his eyes. Here of all places? What’s this rock ’n’ roll relic doing here in this store that looks like grandmas gift shop? Jason wonders and they both shake their heads in disbelief.
Excited and motivated by Jason’s find, Bryan looks casually around the store checking out the vintage clothing. We see his eyes light up, and hear him exclaim, “Oh Wow!” Undoubtedly he’s found something unexpected. The frame freezes and we are left wondering what was that? Hmm, it looks like a red shirt and the letter M is visible. Doesn’t look like an M&M logo. Guess we’ll just have to tune in to the series to find out what he found.
In one of the clips the boys look around a store, get excited about several items but they decide to spend nothing. Why? Because they do some homework, researching the values of items on their cell phones and deciding that the items they found are already priced too high to leave them any reselling margin.
Next episode features their visit to a huge community garage sale in a giant parking lot. The guys seem ecstatic to discover what’s there. Jason seems very excited about Hard Rock Café T shirts that he scores for $2 each. He’s particularly impressed with the Eric Clapton and the John Lennon, he tells the camera with a smile. I love the camaraderie between them. This show has promise.
From SnapPost.com Team