In the summer of 2011, Spike TV announced that the cable network was renewing the half-hour series Auction Hunters for its third season. The show follows auction hunters Allen Haff and Ton Jones as they travel around the country, scouting for hidden treasures trapped in abandoned storage units.
For the last two weeks, the shows stars and production team have been in and around the Denver area, bidding on storage units in an attempt to find treasures representing the colorful history of Colorado for the upcoming season.
This reporter was granted the opportunity to meet and speak with the stars at the conclusion of their time in Colorado. Though just a sampling of their Denver finds were seen, the items represented a wide spectrum of our states varied history. Some of the items shown were a cattle brand from the late nineteenth century, a number of classic books detailing the history of Colorado, a number of rare military collectibles and even an unopened bottle of the Rocky Mountains’ own Coors beer from 1971.
Auction Hunters is not alone on the airwaves, the show is one in a number of series which examine antique and bargain hunting. Along with Auction Hunters, series’ like Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn explore the idea of treasure hunting from a number of different angles. Discussing the growing phenomena with the two experienced auction hunters, both agreed that Denver is a great town to learn the antique trade. However, both also emphasized the importance of educating oneself before jumping into the often cutthroat business of storage auctions. As depicted in the series, storage auction are fast paced, challenging events, not conducive to beginners luck. They recommended that anyone interested in learning the antique business start by frequenting garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores, all havens for finding rare and interesting collectibles.
Looking to start exploring the antiques and collectibles scene in Denver? Estate and garage sales around the metro area are easy to spot, websites like Craig’s List and the Denver Post classifieds compile an easily searchable list of events around the city. Simpler still, look for signs advertising garage sales around your own neighborhood. Frequenting events like this, future auction hunters can gain a feel for collectibles and their values, while learning about the nature of the business.
While still in production, the third season is set to debut on Spike TV (channel 59 for Denver area Comcast subscribers) in the spring of 2012. Tune in to find out what fascinating items they found during their Denver excursion. Currently, the series has yet to be released on DVD; as a result, those looking to catch up on the previous two seasons can only find reruns of Auction Hunters running on Spike TV, check out the networks website for a detailed schedule.