by MHofstatterJuly 21, 2011 at 1:30PM
The only good clam chowder is New England clam chowder, and New England is where Ton and Allen took off to in this special episode of Auction Hunters. Settling into Worcester, Massachusetts 40 miles west of Boston, the Hunters sought out the best in storage units in this the second largest city in all of New England.
Last year a piece of antique pottery found at a storage auction sold for nearly $30,000. After you hear something like that, you gotta get excited! Facing off a local nicknamed "The Fly" thanks to his neck tattoo, Ton and Allen were determined to be careful with only four rooms up for grabs and over 40 bidders to stand up to. When bidding started on the first room, the Hunters had a ceiling of $2,000 and it was a ceiling they kept, even after the Fly pushed them to their very limits. Despite having to contend with existence of a very smelly unit, Ton and Allen walked away from the buy portion of their adventure well prepared for the dig and eager to make some serious cash thereafter.
Sold For: $5,000
Right out of the box, it wasn't looking well for our Hunters. Nothing was impressing their military expert, Andy; an entrenching tool, a dime a dozen tanker helmet, even the tank tracks couldn't impress him because they were incomplete. It was never going to be a loss, though, for Ton and Allen because they had their ace in the hole, er, tank barrel. However, its value all depended on whether or not someone took a torch to it to prevent it from being fired. Dating back to WWII, this relic was only worth anything if it could fire a live round. Luckily for Ton and Allen it was still in well working order. Forget the five Gs that the guys got for the barrel, what about the fun of getting to fire a live tank round?!? Now you tell us, what's worth more?
CIGAR HUMIDOR AND COLLECTIBLES
Sold For: $1.900
No, cigars are certainly not good for your health, but nothing's to be said about them being bad for your wallet! As Ton and Allen walked into their Worcester cigar shop, they knew they had something special they were bringing with them. A humidor, vintage lighters, wooden cigar boxes. Separately, the items were worth only so much; together they were worth a lot more, including at least $800 for the 1800s humidor. Like we said -- bad for your health, good for your wallet.
Ton and Allen conquered New England and they didn't even have to come out of it with a wicked accent. They threw down a manageable $1,875 for three units, but it was the returns that made it all worth the investment.The Hunters grabbed an impressive $5,000 for the tank barrel and military gear, another $1,900 for the antique humidor and cigar collectibles and when you add in a final $2,000 for the antique safe and $1,550 in miscellaneous items . . . you're looking at a hefty $10,450 in cold hard cash. Of course, you can't forget what the guys put out for the room, but even then it's a respectable $8,575.
There's no denying that Auction Hunters is back in full effect. Check out your favorite episodes from the first and second season and be sure to watch this week's episode, "Smoking Ton," now available online. As always keep an eye on the Auction HuntersFacebook fan page for the latest news and updates.New episodes air Tuesdays at 10PM/9c.
auction hunters, storage auction, ton jones, season two, allen haff, Boston