BIG EASY MONEY
Ton and Allen knew that The Big Easy crowd was going to be big, big, big, and that's why they stepped onto the auctions with their eyes scanning every local to see who was serious and who was not. Steven, the auctioneer, got the ball rolling by revealing the first unit. Ton and Allen took note of a lot of 60s antique items in the unit, but before they knew it, the bid was upwards of $1,300, then $1,700, then finally snagged for $1,900 by a local. The Cajun competition was heating up. The next unit had Ton's name on it, since it included a sweet little gun case, which had to mean big bucks. Luckily, Allen won the unit for $575, but the worst thing happened next: they found out the gun case was empty (or so they thought). Try and hold back them tears, boys. The second unit the Auction Hunters snapped up cost a cool $1,000, but they knew they had gold in their hands this time around.
Sold For: $7,500
Opening the first unit, the "Gun Case Unit," our heroes saw that their much-anticipated gun case actually held a brass telescope. Easy come, easy go, fellas. After fooling around with a plastic garden gnome for a few minutes (that's right), the boys uncovered an old wooden case that held something that got their adrenaline pumping: dueling pistols. They tracked down a local firearms expert, Joe, hoping he would have some glorious news for them. Joe definitely didn't fail to disappoint, telling Ton and Allen that the pistols were over 200 years old. The pistols apparently could run between $12,000 - $15,000, but Joe wasn't no regular southern gentleman – he wanted these babies cheap. Ton and Allen decided to show off what the pistols could do to sell him on a higher price, but unfortunately for them only one of the pistols actually fired. Half-impressed, Joe offered $5,000 for the dueling pistols, but Ton fired back with a counter-offer of $10,000. After a fierce few minutes of negotiations, the gang agreed on a final price of $7,500. I say Ton and Allen slap a local with a glove next time and say "I challenge you to a duel!" Yeah, that'll scare'em.
Sold For: $3,700
Sure, maybe the first thing the Auction Hunters found in this "Trailer Unit" was a plastic duck, but that was just a sign of good things to come. After boxes and more boxes were lugged around full of tools, our heroes finally got their hands on something humongous: a propeller. But that was just the appetizer, the main course was an airboat right behind it! Nothing's says "Louisiana" like swerving around in gator-infested waters on a good ol' fashioned airboat. But how much did this southern contraption run? It was time to find out, so Ton and Allen headed over down to the bayou to meet with Mark, an airboat dealer. The airboat was about 30 years old, with a clean finish, and a rare engine, and that meant it could've been worth $7,000- $8,000 tops. Mark threw out a tiny offer of $2,500, but Allen said he wouldn't take less than $4,500, so they met halfway at $3,700. A few squeaky startup noises later, Mark took Ton on a ride on the airboat, speeding through the swamp faster than you could ever believe. Hold on those those dollars ton!
Was Bayou country a good visit for Ton and Allen this week? You better believe it. With some clever bidding, our heroes bought two units for $1,575, sold the contents inside for $12,430, and skipped down New Orleans with a bag full of $10,855 in total profit. Now that's southern hospitality!
Did you catch Ton riding that awesome airboat? Visit Spike.com for this week's episode "Big Easy Money" now available online and see all the amazingness that is bayou country. As always, check out the Auction Hunters Facebook fan page for the latest news and updates about the show, and tune in to all-new episodes with Ton and Allen on Wednesdays at 9/8c.