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Market Warriors: Antiquing In Canton, Texas - Part One

Airs Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The MARKET WARRIORS antique pickers John Bruno, Miller Gaffney, Bob Richter and Kevin Bruneau.

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.

From left to right: MARKET WARRIORS pickers John Bruno and Bob Richter.
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Above: From left to right: MARKET WARRIORS pickers John Bruno and Bob Richter.

MARKET WARRIORS picker Kevin Bruneau inspects a potential flea market find.
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Above: MARKET WARRIORS picker Kevin Bruneau inspects a potential flea market find.

MARKET WARRIORS picker Miller Gaffney.
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Above: MARKET WARRIORS picker Miller Gaffney.

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This series follows antiques pickers—Bob Richter, John Bruno, Kevin Bruneau, and Miller Gaffney—on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets for antiques and vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for 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.”

"Antiquing In Canton, Texas" (Part One) - This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head out to Canton, Texas, home to First Monday Trade Days — a large outdoor monthly market with a mixture of antiques and new wares. The challenge to find authentic Mission Oak furniture amid the recently made crafts puts one picker up against the clock.

Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg injects quick wit and a collector’s know-how as the pickers scour the market for key finds, which include a pair of Knoll Chairs, a Bostrom Brady Surveying Tool and an antique document box.

The winning picker is determined at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles, California, where chosen items go under the hammer.

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Preview: Market Warriors: Antiquing In Canton, Texas - Part One

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Above: This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head out to Canton, Texas, home to First Monday Trade Days — a large outdoor monthly market with a mixture of antiques and new wares.

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Market Warriors: Behind the Scenes with John Kalish

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Above: Learn about what it takes to film MARKET WARRIORS, the new series from the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. This behind-the-scenes video follows the team on a rainy trip to Brimfield's Antiques Show, a famous flea market in central Massachusetts.