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Aussie Pickers – A Short Review

Aussie Pickers was pleasant viewing which did not deviate from the format of the popular US version of the show.

The premiere episode saw hosts Lucas Callaghan and Adam McDonald go to the Riverina to “pick”. Picking is when they look through peoples junk to find a treasure which they sell on. Half of the people they visited could have been a candidate for an Australian version of hoarders.

The hosts were likeable and knowledgeable however Lucas needs to toughen up first he was worried about high tight spaces and then he was quaking at a sheep. Quite frankly I would have been more worried about a snake or pack of rats jumping out of them as they went through the stuff.

Adam McDonald clearly has a fetish for industrial lights as he was picking up a few but not sure his Sydney clients will be thrilled when they see the mark up he is putting on.

The pickers have been well cast and are engaging particularly with the banter between themselves and people they are visiting.

One of the weirdest places they visited was a farm where the ladies father-in-law died 30 years ago and they had not emptied or done anything with his homestead. In fact there was vegetation growing throughout it. You would have thought they would find some gems. However all they bought was a teddy bear and a cricket bat for a total of $35.

Will I watch it again? Maybe on a light viewing night possibly. For people who like Bargain Hunt, Antique Roadshow and the American version of this show they should really like Aussie Pickers.

What I do know is that I have now series linked the show after it Duck Dynasty as that was hilarious.

Aussie Pickers on A&E TV on Thursday nights at 7.30pm. Also look out for repeats during the week.

May 10, 2013   13 Comments

Australian Pickers Starts Tonight On A&E

The Australian version of American Pickers starts tonight Thursday May 9 on A&E channel.

It shows pickers Lucas Callaghan and Adam MacDonald going around the country looking for antiques or unique items in peoples premises.

Now apparently if you like the items you can buy them via Gumtree.

Here are the details:

Foxtel, zeebox and Australia’s number one free classifieds Gumtree.com.au are making some of the weird and wonderful treasures from each episode of Aussie Pickers available for viewers to purchase.

Every week A&E will select the “Gumtree Pick of the Week” highlighting the best find. Viewers can either click to buy this item through the zeebox app during the show, taking viewers straight to Gumtree, or search for Aussie Pickers directly on Gumtree.com.au.

Kicking off Thursday May 9 at 7.30pm, Aussie Pickers is an eight part series which follows pickers Lucas Callaghan and Adam McDonald as they travel around Australia looking through attics, backyards and sheds searching for forgotten relics.

Picking their way through Toowoomba in Queensland, Wagga Wagga in The Riverina, through to Victoria and Tasmania, the Pickers meet some of Australia’s most iconic characters with more than a good yarn to tell and captivating items to sell.

Episode one treasures for sale on Gumtree include a collectible Glass Fishing Buoy, a vintage Smith’s Crisps Sign, and captivating Tigress Prints – these items are available to the first bidder offering the right price, so be quick.

Zeebox is available as a free download through iTunes, Google Play and zeebox.com.

Australian Pickers on A&E on Foxtel at 7.30pm.

May 9, 2013   4 Comments

Allegations of Rigging On Storage Wars

Vexatious employees also occur on reality TV shows, and David Heston, former star, on Storage Wars has filed a lawsuit saying the show is rigged.

He alleges objects are planted in the storage containers. No surprise the auction company behind the show is denying it.

TMZ reports:

Storage Wars” — the hit A&E show — is deceiving viewers by making it seem contestants are bidding on unseen items, when the best goods are actually planted inside … this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

The lawsuit — filed by the former star, David Hester — claims he was axed when he complained to producers about the alleged rigging practices.

Hester claims in one case producers planted a BMW mini car under a pile of trash.  In another case, Hester alleges producers planted a pile of old newspapers that announced the death of Elvis.  For some reason, that’s a valuable commodity.

And Hester goes on … claiming the show even gave less than photogenic cast members money for plastic surgery to “create more sex appeal.”

Hester claims in the suit he was wrongfully terminated because he blew the whistle.

But Dan Dotson — the guy behind the show’s auction company — disagrees, telling TMZ, every unit seen on the show is legit and has a seal on it before they open it … making it impossible for A&E to tamper with the units before filming begins.

Dan adds, “We only sell legitimate units on Storage Wars. Every unit goes through a 64-day legal process and no one has access to units prior to auction.”

A rep for A&E tells TMZ, “We do not know about a lawsuit being filed and we do not comment on pending or threatened litigation.”

Storage Wars is screened regularly on A&E TV.

December 12, 2012   4 Comments

Aussie Pickers Announce Hosts And They Look Like Hipsters

Aussie Pickers is the Australian version of American Pickers being made for A&E channel on Foxtel. The show is about going on the road to find forgotten relics or trash to turn them into treasure.

The hosts have now been announced and they are Lucas Callaghan and Adam McDonald. They both look like hipsters or maybe I should not think that everybody with a beard is a hipster.

Here is what the press release had to say about them:

Born into the industry, Lucas is one of countries most prolific Pickers. His specialty is “unique objects from the postwar period” that he restores to their former glory for profit. Renowned auctioneer Andrew Shapiro describes Lucas’ collection as “one of the more eccentric design collections he’s seen, spanning four or five decades.”

A Picker for 25 years, Lucas once Picked a 50c Cat In The Hat book and sold it for $18,000. Recently finding more permanent storage for his finds, Lucas has opened up a shop in Paddington, Sydney, and is on the hunt for even more stock to add to his picks.

Originally a Bricklayer and hip hop MC, one rainy day Adam helped a mate working at an Auction house and he’s never looked back. After 10 years working as an auctioneer at Lawsons Auction house in Annandale selling 250 items a week, there is nothing this man hasn’t sold. His most profitable pick was a $3 bus conductor’s ticket book he sold on for $2,750. With his diverse knowledge of collectables and passion for ‘Industrial Antiques’ or as he likes to call them ‘Mantiques’, Adam is the perfect picking partner for Lucas.

Also joining the Aussie Pickers line up as resident auctioneer is Cecily Hardy, the mate that hooked Adam onto picking that fateful rainy day long ago at the Auction house. Hailing from a family of auctioneers and collectors and growing up surrounded by antiques and collectables, Cecily has worked in and around auctions since she was 5 years old and by the age of 21 became the youngest female furniture auctioneer in Sydney. Auctioneering and collecting are in her blood and she is the perfect person to complement Lucas and Adam.

Aussie Pickers, will be an eight part Australian series for 2013 on A&E. American Pickers is one of the channels most popular shows. For those without Foxtel American Pickers can also be seen on 7MATE, however you can only see the Australian version on Foxtel.

 

December 11, 2012   Comments Off on Aussie Pickers Announce Hosts And They Look Like Hipsters

Aussie Pickers Coming To A&E Channel On Foxtel

Foxtel told me a couple of months ago that they were commissioning a local version of a show that is screened on A&E. I thought it might be Storage Wars, however it has been announced it is Aussie Pickers, based on the format of you guessed it American Pickers.

The premise of the show is two “pickers” hit the back roads and barnyards of Australia, earning a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure.

A&E  are commissioning a 10 part series with Shine Australia producing it.

The series will follow the Australian pickers as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and sheds, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories.

The hosts of Aussie Pickers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Aussie Pickers will be on A&E in 2013. 

November 12, 2012   1 Comment