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July 6, 2011

Another Thrifting TV Experience

Filed under: Creating Success,Reviews,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 7:25 PM

One way I have been trying to cut costs and find more time to spend on more interesting pursuits was to cut the cable television and stop planning my weekly schedule around “favorite” shows. (Read that as non-productive habits.)

No longer are evenings dedicated to American Pickers,  Cash in the Attic, Pawn Stars or any of the other pawn shows, anyone stalking storage unit auctions and being obnoxious at estate sales.
I will miss the marathon episode days but life goes on.

National Geographic channel offers up a trash to cash show this July,
a 6 part series, called Flea Man.  I ran across a travel blog that mentioned being a participant on this show.
(A fun story in itself.)

I have just learned that Nat Geo pulled the plug on this show, so it may not be aired. ???
For a brief look at the show’s concept, there is a Youtube video.

I am interested to hear your thoughts.
Would you watch this show?  Have you seen shows like this?
Would you participate in this type of show?
How realistic do you find this show?
Do you think having cameras affects prices and reactions?
Do you think the “students” on this show will return and duplicate the results?

Flea Man will be airing July 16th on National Geographic channel.
Check your local listings and let us know your thoughts.

I am hoping I may be able to catch at least one episode online.

Linked up to: Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville 
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home  
Thrifty Thursday at Born Again Crafter



  1. I love these kinds of shows but I am more interested in the stuff they find then the crazy antics of the stars. Oh well!

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — July 6, 2011 @ 7:33 PM

  2. I don’t have cable either – trying to limit TV all together as part of raising my kids – but this show looks fun. Street-smart people in their element are always entertaining and educational 🙂

    Comment by Nostalgic — July 7, 2011 @ 7:21 AM

  3. Uh oh, are you ready for a rant? Remember, you did ask our opinion! LOL I watch these shows from time to time but, for the most part I find them way overinflated price wise. Storage Wars for example. Shot in CA. Now do people really pay that high of prices for that kind of stuff? Not here in my world. I have purchased several auctioned storage units. I purchased my first on in 2001. Way before the “trend” started. The highest price I have ever paid for a packed full unit was $55.00. They don’t show all the stuff behind the scenes. I ended up with a lot of junk and I had to get it all cleaned out (they generally give you only 24 hours to empty a unit) and then you need to find a place to “dump” all the crap. I made a profit, but it takes a LOT of work and time. Also who are these “specialists” everyone seems to have a ton of? Those specialists are rarely free. That is part of their job and they dont work for free. But you never see that part. And all these people have a “staff” that works for them. Cleaning, fixing, research etc. All these things are very time consuming. The reality is that this kind of thrifting takes a LOT of time. It has to be your full time job and then you need help, truck, space to store, knowledge of product, know where to sell it, know how to fix it, be prepared to do a lot of nasty cleaning etc.. For the average person, this is not reality at this level. Now, with all that said, it can be fun to watch these shows. Once in awhile you can gain some good tidbits of information if you do like to thrift for a profit.

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — July 7, 2011 @ 9:48 AM

  4. Oh yeah, without a doubt, these people are working for the camera. It is totally unrealistic to go thrifting and have a camera crew with you and do a REAL thrifting adventure. Okay, I will shut up now. LOL

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — July 7, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

  5. I love these shows but they have changed things. Even common yard sale items are often priced high & the sellers mention the shows. That person usually has no idea how much time & hard work goes in to transport, cleanup, identification, storage, finding the right buyer etc.

    Comment by Deana Wood — July 7, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

  6. I’m coming clean here – I like to watch them all! (But, I like Swamp People, and Intervention, and Hoarders too!!!) I think I pretend that they are somehow educational so I don’t feel like I am wasting my time – Ha!
    Sometimes, as with most reality tv, stupid and mostly bad acting ruins the show. I am still trying to pretend that House Hunters families are seeing these houses for the first time.
    And, yes I would watch this show. Interesting post and I’m glad you linked to THT.

    Comment by Rhonda — July 7, 2011 @ 6:37 PM

  7. I loved the show and enjoyed every part of it. It shows that as on everything in life you have to have passion for what you do believe in yourself and have fun.! I do this all day long!

    Comment by Robyn Story — July 8, 2011 @ 8:04 AM

    • Sad that it was cancelled before people got a chance to evaluate it. Nat Geo could not have had true feedback at this point.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 8, 2011 @ 8:29 AM

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