In preparation for the new shows, they've been on the road to Dallas, Miami, Chicago and New England, always hunting for the next treasure that just might turn up.
(Note: Season three is now in full swing.)
It's been one giant road trip.
It might look like fun, but also sounds like a lot of work. Find the units, network to find the local experts, sell some of the items, and take back some of the smalls. When they're traveling they don't always have the resources in the different cities to either move/sell the stuff or take it back home with them. After all, it would be hard to move that player piano found in New England back to Los Angeles. So that's when the local networking comes into play and things often get sold before the duo moves on.
Allen and Ton talked about how each area on the road trip has been different. In the Boston area, there were a lot of buyers that were knowledgeable - tough competition. The midwest was a little easier in terms of competition from the buyers. In the Los Angeles area, their home turf, it's a whole different story. There's a very large educated group and when going head to head -- it's like the eye of the tiger.
"Our shows, and those like it, have changed the field of play. In Miami one woman told them how the show changed the business we just hate the show, the cat is out of the bag".
Allen and Ton said they had mixed feelings about doing a show like this, worrying that it make change their niche. But Allen said there are still plenty of bargains out there, but "you might have to spend an extra $200. than you did before".