This week, the League asked which reality TV treasure hunting show you would want to take part in for a week. Honestly, I’m a big fan of just about every treasure-hunting show on TV, and if I’m clicking through the channels and stumble across an episode of Pawn Stars or Storage Wars, I’m going to stop and see it through the end. (Now realize, these shows are on pretty much ALL the time, so this is a fairly unhealthy habit.)
While trying to decide which show I would grace with my presence, I had to run through the big boys before making my final decision, so here’s a little bit of the thought process that led to my final selection…
I’ve been to storage unit auctions, and the success of this show has cemented the fact that I will never go to another one. When I went to these auctions, there were maybe three other guys bidding (and not one of them looked like Brandi). Now, there are dozens of bidders eager to drop hundreds of dollars on a locker with nothing but a dirty mattress and an inflatable palm tree inside. This show is always enjoyable but it requires you to suspend disbelief a little more than the other ones I’ll mention in this article. Never mind the auctions though, I wouldn’t mind spending a week with Barry and Brandi — those two, I like.
Pawn Stars, the grandaddy of them all, is probably the most watchable show of the bunch because it requires the least amount of commitment. The show is a half hour and broken into 4-5 segments, so you can pop in and out after you get your quick fix. Rick and the “Old Man” are two guys I could definitely hang out with, but Chumlee and Hoss would grind my gears after about 12 seconds. Rick knows his stuff and I’m sure I could learn not only about about the business side of things and how to negotiate a deal.
When I first thought about this topic, American Pickers was hands down, going to be my choice. I would love to pick through some of the properties they visit on the show. While Mike and Frank are getting tetanus from all those rusty motorcycles, I would be going through the boxes of vintage ephemera and toys that they always pass up. Whenever I watch the show, I always spot things in the background that I would pounce on, while Mike is distracted by a lugnut from an old Studebaker. The thought of riding shotgun with Mike and Frank for an entire week isn’t all that appealing, but if Danielle were along for the ride, then I might have to rethink my decision.
Runner Up: Toy Hunters
This show has only had a pilot episode, but Jordan Hembrough is still on the hunt as the series was picked up by the Travel Channel. The subject matter is one that’s near and dear to me, so ask me in a year which show I would want to be part of, and my answer could very well be Toy Hunters.
WINNER: Hollywood Treasure
I absolutely love every minute of this show, and traveling around the world with Joe Maddalena and the Profiles in History crew would be amazing. I guess what sets this show apart from the others is that Joe isn’t (usually) searching through dirty attics and crawlspaces for flea market finds, but is rifling through storage vaults of incredibly wealthy individuals who have amassed truly priceless artifacts. These are items that I will never see outside of a museum, so the thought of actually “discovering” them in the wilds of the Hollywood hills would be an amazing adventure.
Movie props are not something I will ever be able to collect, but seeing and holding items from movies you have enjoyed all your life has got to be an incredible rush. So, if I could spend a week with one of these shows, it would definitely be Hollywood Treasure.
So, what show would you want to tag along with for a week? Add your comment below!
This is the latest post in response to the weekly blog challenge presented by the League of Extraordinary Bloggers.