By Jennifer Hallmark
You’ve heard the expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure? Never has that been more true than today. Numerous reality and television programs have sprung up promoting these modern-day “treasure hunts.”
Programs like Antiques Roadshow have been around in the U.S. since 1997. Antique and sometimes junk enthusiasts bring in their treasure to be appraised. Some find their inherited item worth thousands while others discover there is only sentimental value to be found.
There are several reality shows along the lines of Storage Wars. When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. Storage Wars follows several buyers as they purchase storage units and dig through the household items and clothes, hoping to find a safe full of money or antiques worth a mint.
My last example is American Pickers. The show follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel primarily around the United States, buying (“picking”) various items either for resale, for clients, or occasionally their own personal collections.**
Once again, we follow people on their treasure hunt from the comfort of our living room. No stress and strain on our part, though we don’t get the treasure either.
Join in the fun! Name some television programs you watch that showcase treasure hunting in some form or fashion. Or maybe a fun thrift store or dig store you like to hunt through for your own treasure. Leave a comment and maybe we’ll join you in your treasure hunt…