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The Auction Hunters Are Crazy For Carnival Loot

by AaronAhmadi   December 02, 2011 at 8:00PM  |  Views: 33,092
This week was big business for Ton and Allen as they traveled to Stanton, CA for a one-of-a-kind early morning auction. Stanton is a huge manufacturing center so the finds here were big, shiny, and expensive. Did theAuction Hunters find some goldmines in the Orange County city? Read on to find out.


So what exactly was on the menu for the boys during the early morning auction in the city of Stanton? Well, they arrived on the scene for the first time to see some faces that weren't so threatening. Ton and Allen took a look around and all they saw were older couples, and a "nice mom" - sounds like an easy fight, right? With nine storage units to go our heroes were ready to go, and scurried to Unit 1 quickly, seeing a gun case. Here's the thing though: when a gun case is out in the open and looks valuable, every other local sees it too and is probably salivating like a dog eyeing a juicy steak, so that just spells trouble. The locals began to bid on this unit, throwing out bids quicker than the Auction Huntershad ever seen before. As the bidding race narrowed down, it was just Ton and the nice mom, but she zooms past Ton with a bid of $800 and takes the unit. Even worse, the nice mom then goes on steal Units 2 through 6, leaving Ton and Allen in the dust. Well, well, well, maybe she wasn't so nice after all? When Unit 7, the "Company Unit", rolled around, however, Ton beats nice mom to the punch and takes the unit for $300. Looks like that saying is true: nice moms finish last! The auctioneer then revealed the "Shrink Wrap" Unit. Note to self: shrink-wrapped stuff means expensive stuff. It was time for Allen this time to turn up the heat, so when nice mom bid $325, Allen shot a mega bid of $500 and shut her out, winning the unit.


Sold For: $2,400

After all that hustle and bustle it was time to see what this $500 unit had to offer. First, Allen finds a golf case…not too shabby. But then, the Auction Hunters uncover parts of a body kit for a Toyota Celica- getting warmer, boys! Last, but definitely not least, some fighting pads for mixed martial arts are dug up. It looked like they discovered a whole training gym when they found a dummy too, and what looked like a big ol' practice cage. This stuff could be worth huge bucks to the right guy, so Ton and Allen rendezvoused with Ted, an owner of an MMA training facility and a martial arts trainer himself. Ted tells the Auction Hunters that a MMA training cage, complete, can go for $20,000, but this one has some missing parts and frankly it isn't looking too pretty, so it's really worth about $500 or $600 tops. Thought the Auction Hunters would be left hanging? Think again! The MMA dummy itself was pretty pricy, about $3,500 retail, according to Ted. $1,500 is what Ted wanted for everything, but Ton fired back with $3,000. Ted wasn't having it, and came back with $2,000, but Allen convinced him to take it for $2,400. Phyew! Thought for a second Ton and Ted would have to go head-to-head in the MMA cage to settle this….maybe next time.


Sold For: $4,500

The next storage unit for Ton and Allen was a carnival scavenger hunt it seemed: first Ton picked up a pair of BB guns, and then Allen dug up some big milk cans. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out you got carnival loot on your hands. After the boys scraped together all the carnival game parts they could find, they got to work with some tools and elbow grease and restored the carnival game to brand new. As awesome as it was to just stand there in awe of the great carnival game, however, it was then time to put the fun and games aside and find a serious buyer. Down at the amusement park awaited Leamon, a carnie junkie...err...an arcade owner and veteran carnival worker who was interested in the game. His accent threw Allen off a bit, as he only understood his laugh, but Allen knew he was willing to fork over some dough for their sweet find. Leamon spared no time and suggested they try out the game before they talk turkey, so Allen grabbed a BB gun and hailed bullets at a target. Leamon immediately said he'd take the carnival game for $1,500, but Allen goes above and beyond that offer and said he wanted $6,000. Leamon laughed off Allen's counter-offer like he was a circus clown, and stated he could do $4,000 at the most. Luckily, Ton stepped in and tells Leamon they should cut the difference and settle at $4,500 – we got a deal! Interesting finds sure do bring in interesting buyers, let's remember that.

Stanton was a great place for Ton and Allen to practice their martial arts and show off their carnival game skills, but of course they also made some serious cash this week: they dropped just $800 on two storage units, sold their awesome items for $8,430, and raked in $7,630 in profit.

Carnival games aren't easy as you'd think, take a looksie at how Allen did with shooting a target by watching this week's episode "Early Bird Special" now available on Spike.com. Be sure to stay tuned for the latest Auction Huntersnews and updates on Facebook, as always.