‘Storage Wars’ team embarking on new Calif. flea market venture – Update: Event on hold

*6/12/13 Update: This expo and flea market has been cancelled. It may be rescheduled for a date sometime in the fall, but details have not been made available. For more information visit www.theyardsaleexpo.com or call 909-222-0924.

POMONA, Calif. – Dan and Laura Dotson, the husband-and-wife celebrity auctioneers who’ve risen to fame in their co-starring roles on A&E’s hit TV show “Storage Wars,” are moving into new territory. Together with their longtime friends and fellow collectibles experts from Justuff of Redlands, Calif., the Dotsons are launching a new one-day mega-show – The Yard Sale Expo & Flea Market at the Fairplex At Pomona.

A family-friendly event that merges yard sales with antiques, vintage and commercial items, the Yard Sale Expo & Flea Market will debut on Saturday, June 29 on 50 dedicated

Laura and Dan Dotson

Laura and Dan Dotson

acres of the conveniently located Fairplex in eastern Los Angeles County.

The idea behind a mammoth swap meet that welcomes yard sale, flea market and antiques vendors came about after discussions between the Dotsons and members of the related Pierce, Heard and Matthews families, whose four generations jointly operate Justuff the Yard Sale Store.

“Throughout southern California, it has become increasingly difficult for people to hold yard sales at their homes,” said Karen Pierce, co-owner of Justuff and a partner in the new operation. “Between municipal and homeowners associations restrictions and the fear of being cited or fined for parking or sign violations, it’s just not possible for most people in our region to sell the items they no longer need. We’ve started the Yard Sale Expo to give everyone an affordable place where they can sell all sorts of things.” Note: Vendors may not sell firearms, explosives, food, automotive or illegal items.

A special highlight is the live lunchtime auction of antiques and quality collectibles to be conducted personally by Dan and Laura Dotson.

The Fairplex At Pomona is located at the junction of I-10, I-210 and the 57. General admission (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is $5. Children under 12 enter free with paid adult. Early bird admission (6-8 a.m.) is $8. A parking fee applies at Fairplex At Pomona.

For vendor and consignor information, visit www.theyardsaleexpo.com or call 909-222-0924. “Storage Wars,” starring Dan and Laura Dotson, airs on A&E Tuesdays at 9 p.m.