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Up, Up And Away With Cash

by AaronAhmadi   April 22, 2012 at 12:30AM  |  Views: 4,212
30 containers up for auction, a local named "schmedly", and one of the best cities to hit up for auctions - all in one episode. That's right, this week the Auction Hunters travelled to Ventura, CA, looking to crack open some shipping container units that had been collecting dust.


It looked like clear sailing until Ton and Ellen encountered a T-Rex sized crowd of locals and spotted a fellow they knew by the name of "Schmedley." With a name like that he may sound harmless, but this guy was known to swoop in on auctions in a snap. To make things even more complicated, 10 units were being auctioned off at a time since there were 30 in total (sounds like 'speed auctioning'). In the first row of units, the boys spotted one unit that housed a subzero fridge (that's big bucks). Allen thought he was so close to having the unit that he could taste it, but Schemdley stole it in the very last second for $650. Round one, Schemdley. With the second row of units, Allen and Ton saw an antique suitcase so were pumped this time, and sure enough they took it for $425. Lastly, when the very last unit came along, Allen grabbed it for $25 – that's right, $25!


Sold For: $8,500

Nothing like starting off the day by finding some uranium glassware and antique playing cards right? It was a good start, but the boys weren't through this "Suitcase Unit" just yet. Ton uncovered an antique Swiss Army-ish knife (definitely over 100 years old according to Allen). Allen carried on the good news when he cracked open an old case and uncovered a gun with special engraving all over it. The more custom, the more moolah, of course. After Ton and Allen met with Ernest, a weapons expert, they realized the gun was in fact an old German Schuetzen Rifle. Foreign is always fantastic, as we know. $400 is what this baby could fetch, but Allen stopped Ernest right there to reveal the knife they had. Some fancy negotiation tactics later, Ton and Allen walk away $8,500 richer.


Sold For: $3,500

When you start finding an autographed hot air balloon poster, and then topographical maps with hot air balloon graphics on them, you know you're on the right track. This "Office Unit" definitely wasn't as boring as the boys first thought: after a few file cabinets were tossed out, Ton and Allen began to realize they had a full-blown hot air balloon on their hands! But not so fast, boys, you need the balloon first. Steve was the man the Auction Hunters needed to see to get this baby appraised, since he was a local hot air balloon pilot and owned his own company (let's just say the man knew his stuff). Apparently the hot air balloon was from 1984, so this classic beauty landed Ton and Allen $3,500 in cold hard cash right then and there.

The sky's the limit when you got a hot air balloon and are having a fabulous time in Ventura County. The Auction Hunters spent just $450 on two units, rolled up their sleeves and made some sweet deals to sell their goods for $12,940, and took home an enormous profit of $12,490.

Can a hot air balloon lift a Ton? Find out by going to Spike.com for this week's episode "High Flying Ton" now available online. Be on the lookout for updates and news on the Auction Hunters Facebook fan page and tune in to all-new episodes on Wednesdays at 9/8c.