Antique toys are sought at the annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, Minn.; and the pickers have a chance to boost their profits by auctioning items on eBay. Among the finds: a vintage pinball machine; a Trifari bracelet; and a trolley seat.
The pickers search for metal things at the Elephant Trunk Country Flea Market in New Milford, Conn. Among the found items: a pyrography chair and a slant front desk. Also: John Bruno and Bob Richter battle over an antique butter churn.
The pickers search for items from the 1970s during a visit to Chicago's Randolph Street Market; and also try to sell things bought at a previous flea market. Among the finds: mid-century fiberglass chairs; a modern coffee table; and an Aunt Jemima clock.
The pickers return to Canton, Texas, for the First Monday Trade Days, where they search for items from the 19th century. Among their finds: a blue railroad lantern; carved Chinese figures; a Japanese hibachi; a German wall clock; and a folk-art cabinet.
A search for unique lighting at the Burlington Antique Show in Burlington, Ky., turns up mid-century lamps as well as a Marilyn Monroe thermometer, a pair of mid-century modern chairs and a chrome headboard.
The pickers look for Native American wares at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, Cal. Among the found items: a forgery that is turned over to the U.S. government; a Whitney Houston collectible; leather gauntlets; and Picasso dominoes.
The pickers search for art pottery during a visit to the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Mass. Among the items they find: a Rookwood vase; a painted blanket chest. Also: One of the experts unintentionally purchases a forgery; and the pickers split into two teams for a quick turn-around contest that has them seeking out an item to buy and re-sell in the same day.
The pickers search for valuable costume jewelry on the cheap at a Philadelphia flea market. Included: a set by French costume-jewelry designer Marcel Boucher; a Playboy ice bucket; a Japanese mixed-metal vase.
A visit to a flea market in Lancaster County, Pa., kicks off this series about four collectible experts in search of treasures they can resell for tidy sums at auction. Found items include an Eames chair, a Moss floor lamp and a Tiffany jelly jar.