Jul. 17, 2012 at 3:19pmWill Market Warriors cash in on treasure?

Tune in Monday evenings

Market Warriors, a new program developed by "Antiques Roadshow" producers, premiered this week on Monday evening. And if it’s anything like the hit Roadshow series I predict it will also be a big winner.

 

First off, I have to say I think they made a mistake with the gender split in the group … it should have the same number of females as males. But since they didn’t ask me … guess I’ll wait and see what others have to say.

Anyhoo … the four pickers are on a nationwide treasure hunt, shopping at flea markets and antiques shows for specific vintage items determined by the producers -- which are then sold at auction. 

The goal? To make the biggest profit in each show’s final auction scene.

Over the next 19 weeks of one-hour episodes, we’ll get to know the individual pickers … their style, knowledge, expertise and watch as they compete with one another to find the best buys.

One of the best things going for the series I think, after watching Monday evening’s episode, is that it’s hosted by Fred Willard most recently well known as Phil’s dad in “Modern Family.” Willard has a natural sardonic wit and is himself an avid sports memorabilia collector. He also has a great sense of humor. Didn’t I already say that?

Each player starts with a bank of $1,000 that varies with the venues involved. The pickers can’t spend more than their bank but they can spend less. It’s going to be interesting to watch the amateur pickers try to outdo one another in what is even a challenging situation for veteran antiques and collectibles experts, in this economic marketplace.

You can catch the first episode online here. Meet the cast here and find out lots more about “Market Warriors” here.

The show will be broadcast in Spokane on Mondays from 9-10 p.m. on KSPS.


 

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