ALLEN HAFF AND TON JONES TO OPEN THEIR OWN STOREFRONT IN
“AUCTION HUNTERS: PAWNSHOP EDITION”
Series’ Fourth Season to Focus on Both Auctions and Newly Opened
Haff-Ton Pawn Shop and Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT
New York, NY, January 8, 2013 – Allen Haff and Ton Jones are back in business on Spike TV on Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT with back-to-back new episodes, and this time they have a surprise in store in the season premiere of “Auction Hunters: Pawnshop Edition.” The fourth season of Spike TV’s hit series will once again follow two of the best prospectors in the storage unit auction business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, but this season the stakes are raised, as the two try to keep their newly opened Haff-Ton Pawn storefront in business.
This season also introduces a new face, “Big Sis,” who manages Haff-Ton Pawn store while Haff and Jones are away. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Big Sis has bought, sold and collected vintage goods her entire life.
Haff and Jones uncover high-valued items this season, including a collection of century-old leather head football helmets worth over $10,000 and a desert land racing yacht worth $3,000. The duo also discover rarities such as a 1800s Japanese Tonto Sword used for Seppuku ritual suicide worth $3,500 and a rigged 1930s mafia slot machine valued at $2,500.
Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands. Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property. “Auction Hunters: Pawnshop Edition” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash, and also examines the dynamic at the storefront where Haff and Jones sell their discoveries.
Spike.com will also get into the behind-the-scenes action of “Auction Hunters: Pawnshop Edition.” In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, auctionhunters.spike.com currently features full episodes of the first three seasons. Fans can also connect to the series via the official Auction Hunters Facebook page and join in on the conversation on Twitter using @SPIKETV and #AuctionHunters.
Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field. By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online. He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles. In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.
Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry. Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills. Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 400 lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area. Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.
“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV and Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.
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