GREAT AMERICAN CASHTIME
Like any city, San Diego has its fair share of locals who are here to snag the best auctions they find, and Ton and Allen were ready for that. Scanning the guys surrounding the auctioneer, Ton and Allen spot a guy called René, who is allegedly a big bidder – he apparently recently dropped $4,100 on a single storage unit – yikes! The boys also spot a more low-key individual that they nicknamed "Shades"….the strong and silent type, no doubt. The games begin and Allen and René start shooting bids at a "Generator Unit." Despite the crowd cheering him on, Allen lets René have the unit for $775, and it's never a good day when the boys lose a storage unit they really liked, but hey, you win some, you lose some. Things heated up when the "Organized Unit" is up for bid: René takes a $250 bid to $500 quick, and then "Shades" almost instantly bids $1,000 – Allen and Ton are shocked, was this guy serious? After realizing these locals were tougher than they thought, the Auction Hunters decide to finish this bidding war off, grabbing the unit for $1,300. Later, when the "Loft Unit" was up for grabs, Ton was geared up for this won, taking the high bid to $900 and winning the unit – looks like ol' René lost his steam.
VINTAGE PITCHING MACHINE
Sold For: $4,500
Inside the "Organized Unit" Ton finds a boat motor, and Allen rummages through an old baseball cap collection, but these were just small fries, the real toy was a vintage pitching machine! Looks like a nice ballgame batting machine from the 1970s, heck maybe the 1960s – that means a ton of dough. Ton and Allen go to meet with Cordell, who is a vintage sporting goods collector. Cordell started using words like "classic" and "in great shape", music to Ton's ears of course. He tells the boys the pitching machine could be worth about $8,000, but he offers $3,500 – talk about lowballing. Allen's not having it, so they agree on a sale of $4,500 if this dusty old wooden pitching machine actually performs like it should. So, there was only one way to settle this: Allen steps up to the plate and lets that badboy fire baseballs at his practice swings. Luckily enough, the machine works and the boys walk away with some nice money.
JAWS OF LIFE
Valued at: $5,000
Aluminum ladders? Camping chairs? Ehh…not bad, but where's the big haul? No need to worry, Allen finds a metallic monster tool: the jaws of life! Ton absolutely knows that this thing's gotta bring in some serious cash for them, and so they meet up with a local firefighter named Bryan. Bryan is a passionate rescue gear collector who the boys just know will appreciate this life-saving item. Bryan tells them that it can be sold for $5,000 or $6,000 perhaps, but he wants to first see Ton turn a regular car into a convertible with it first – wait, destroy a car and get paid? Can life get any sweeter than this? After a little "remodeling" of a junk car, the boys are ready to collect, but realize that it would be better if a special too like this were donated to a firefighter who could use it to save lives. So instead of turning a profit from the jaws of life, they donate it to Bryan, and walk away feeling good.
San Diego had some characters and some amazing items up for grabs, and the Auction Hunters did well this week, no doubt about that: they spent $2,200 on two units, sold their items for a total of $5,840, and this resulted in a juicy profit of $3,640 – and best of all, they donated the jaws of life to a real-life hero, a firefighter.
Wanna see Ton rip a car apart with the jaws of life? Head over to Spike.com for this week's episode "Great American Cashtime" now available online. As always, stay tuned to the Auction Hunters Facebook fan page for the latest news and updates. Don't forget, new episodes featuring your favorite auction hunting hosts air Tuesdays at 10/9c.