PBS and WGBH join forces to launch a major new, prime-time series
Ch. 5.1 – Monday 7/16 at 9:00 pm &
Ch. 9.1 – Wednesday 7/18 at 8:00 pm
MARKET WARRIORS Brings The Bustle, Energy & Competition of a Live Flea Market To The Screen
From the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, the hit PBS series and the forerunner of television’s popular antiques and collectibles genre, comes a new adventure for treasure seekers: MARKET WARRIORS.
Following ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, MARKET WARRIORS shadows antiques pickers—Bob, John, Kevin, and Miller—on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets for antiques and vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for profit at auction.
In each episode, the four pickers travel to different markets across the country to purchase items with a set amount of money, and use their knowledge and skills to see who can make the most profit at auction.
Over the course of 20 one-hour episodes, viewers will get to know the pickers, enjoy an up-close look at the fierce competition in each episode and obstacles they face in the marketplace each week, and make their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of each episode.
“With MARKET WARRIORS, we wanted to turn the lens on the antiques pickers themselves,” says series executive producer Marsha Bemko. “Our pickers aren’t your amateur weekend-flea-market hobbyists. They are pros looking to turn a profit in a highly competitive setting where the element of chance and a little luck sometimes trump expertise.”
“MARKET WARRIORS is a perfect complement to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, building on our audience’s passion for history and antiques. Together they offer an addictive two hours of flea markets, antiques and unique finds,” said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive.
Meet the Pickers:
Kevin Bruneau has owned and operated an antiques business for more than two decades and is fluent in the world of buying and selling antiques and collectibles in the online marketplace. When he’s not travelling with his fellow MARKET WARRIORS, Kevin is on the road hundreds of miles per week in search of antiques and the next, great find. Kevin lives and works in Rhode Island.
John Bruno is an industry veteran: an antiques and collectibles dealer and collector for 40 years, and an appraiser for more than 25 years. Along with his wife Tina, he runs one of the largest antiques show promotion/management organizations in the Northeast. John is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New Hampshire.
Miller Gaffney has honed her eye for antiques and collecting over the years at places such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and the proprietor of an art advisory which she founded in 2006. Miller is a native of South Carolina.
Bob Richter comes to MARKET WARRIORS as a lifelong collector and with the sensibility of an interior designer. Bob lives in New York City where he is a regular at local flea markets and furniture shops. Bob is originally from Pennsylvania.
Viewers will learn not only about different objects and their history; they’ll also see the competitors apply their knowledge and skills to real financial transactions. Along the way, we will get to know our pickers, learn about what they bought and why, through individual interviews, and discover the current value of the objects as only the marketplace can determine.
The sale of our pickers’ items takes place at an auction on a different day, in a different location.
All four competitors will watch the auctioneer take charge of the bidding and the picker whose objects earn the highest total profit at auction is the winner of that episode.
The MARKET WARRIORS web site on PBS.org is the online platform for engaging and informing MARKET WARRIORS fans. The site will highlight the broadcast, with tune-in information, streaming full episodes, and episode guides. The site, found at pbs.org/marketwarriors, will extend and enhance the broadcast experience through web-exclusive videos and profiles with the series’ expert pickers—Bob, John, Kevin and Miller.
The MARKET WARRIORS blog will provide the latest behind-the-scenes news from the series, articles about featured objects from the episodes, plus insights and tips from the world of antiques and flea markets. Polls, quizzes, and questions will prompt site visitors to share their thoughts, and a “winners and losers” feature will further encourage audience participation by tracking each picker’s season-long successes and failures. MARKET WARRIORS web content will be shared via social media channels, and fans can contribute to conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and share their own favorite flea market finds on the series website.
First Four Episodes
Antiquing in Adamstown, PA (7/16 & 7/18)
Join the pickers as they search for mid-century modern items at Renningers Adamstown in Lancaster, PA.
Antiquing in Philadelphia, PA (7/23 & 7/25)
Accompany the pickers as they search for costume jewelry at Philadelphia’s Phila Flea Market.
Antiquing in Cumming, GA (7/30 & 8/1)
Follow the pickers to Lakewood 400 Antiques Market near Atlanta as they look for vintage advertising.
Antiquing in Brimfield, MA (8/6 & 8/8)
See if the pickers can find art glass in Brimfield, MA, home of the largest outdoor market in the world.