Glendale has a ton of high-end stores, so the boys were definitely excited at the prospects there, but their smiles wore off when they saw "The Blatant Brothers" in the crowd of locals. These guys had money to burn and meant business. 6 juicy units were up for auction, so when the first unit was showcased Ton said he was ready to bid. The first unit always gets a lot of attention, and this time was no different: it seemed like everyone was bidding on this unit, but in the end Ton's bid of $400 worked in his favor. When the next few units were disappointments, some locals started to leave early (and stay out!), but the sixth unit was definitely something the boys had their eye on, so Ton and Allen didn't back down and grabbed the unit for just $650.
Sold For: $1,700
Ton and Allen's second unit was just a treasure trove of musical instruments and equipment. Major, major, major money, to say the least. Los Angeles has a rich rock history, so they boys knew they were definitely gonna get some fantastic appraisals on their goodies. After taking a vintage cymbal and a sweet drum set to a drum shop nearby, Ton and Allen were ready to negotiate with Stan and Jerry, the owners. Alright, so the drum set was a flop, only worth $350…but when the blonde bombshell came out (the cymbal, duh), things just got real. Stan and Jerry told the Auction Hunters that the cymbal was made in the mid 40s and was from Turkey. Antique and foreign? That's money! The boys had to prove the cymbal wasn't just for show, so Allen played the cymbals like a rock star (an up and coming rock star, that is), and the store owners agreed to buy their cymbal and drum set for $1,700: music to Ton and Allen's ears.
Sold For: $4,500
It was time to see what $400 bought Ton and Allen. After they rummaged through a few power saws, they opened a metal case with what looked like a control board in it. What could this device possibly control? Upon closer inspection Allen realized the control board had some age on it and controlled something…explosive, so they decided to meet up with Mike, a pyrotechnician who could possibly offer them a sweet deal for their find. Mike broke it down for the boys and let them know that apparently the control board was one of the best computerized firing systems ever made for fireworks. After Mike and the Auction Hunters put the control board to the test quickly, lighting up the sky in seconds. Was Mike impressed? You betcha! Mike handed over $4,500 in cash moments later, ending their Glendale trip with a bang.
Could an episode get more fun, explosive, and profitable than this? I don't think so. Ton and Allen spent $1,150 on two storage units, sold their finds for $8,305 and strolled out of Glendale with a profit $7,155 in cold hard cash. Now that's a fat wallet.
Fireworks are stunning, but they're even cooler when you're gonna get paid thousands of bucks moments later. Head over to Spke.com for this week's episode "Drumming Up Cash," now available online, to see all the magic happen. Always keep an eye out for the Auction Hunters on Facebook and stay tuned for Ton and Allen's new adventures on Wednesdays at 9/8c.