PBS, WGBH joining forces to launch ‘Market Warriors’ July 16

New show brings the energy of a live flea market to the screen

BOSTON – From the producers of “Antiques Roadshow,” the hit PBS series and the forerunner of television’s popular antiques and collectibles genre, comes a new adventure for treasure seekers: “Market Warriors.”


This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Market Warriors Miller Gaffney and Kevin Bruneau

Miller Gaffney (far left) and Kevin Bruneau scour the fields of the Brimfield antiques markets in May 2012. Photo by Eric Bradley

Premiering Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m. following “Antiques Roadshow,” “Market Warriors” follows antiques pickers – Bob Richter, John Bruno, Kevin Bruneau and Miller Gaffney – on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets for antiques and vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for profit at auction.

Over the course of 20 one-hour episodes, viewers will get to know the pickers, enjoy an up-close look at the fierce competition in each episode and obstacles they face in the marketplace each week, while making their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of each episode.

Fred Willard (“Best in Show,” “Modern Family”) is “Market Warriors”’ off-screen host, offering wry commentary throughout the show. As host, the show is filtered through his eyes.

“With ‘Market Warriors,’ we wanted to turn the lens on the antiques pickers themselves,” says series executive producer Marsha Bemko. “Our pickers aren’t your amateur weekend-flea-market hobbyists. They are pros looking to turn a profit in a highly competitive setting where the element of chance and a little luck sometimes trump expertise. And who better to guide viewers through the challenges our pickers face than Fred Willard, who brings to the series both his signature improvisational skills and the eye and know-how of a collector.”

“Market Warriors” is a perfect complement to “Antiques Roadshow,” building on our audience’s passion for history and antiques. Together they offer an addictive two hours of flea markets, antiques and unique finds,” said John F. Wilson, senior vice president and chief TV programming executive.

Meet the Pickers:

Market Warriors John Bruno and Bob Richter

John Bruno (left) and Bob Richter scope out the treasures at Heart O The Mart show in Brimfield May 9, 2012.

Kevin Bruneau has owned and operated an antiques business for more than two decades and is fluent in the world of buying and selling antiques and collectibles in the online marketplace. When he’s not travelling with his fellow “Market Warriors,” Bruneau is on the road hundreds of miles per week in search of antiques and the next, great find. He lives and works in Rhode Island.

John Bruno is an industry veteran: an antiques and collectibles dealer and collector for 40 years, and an appraiser for more than 25 years. Along with his wife Tina, he runs one of the largest antiques show promotion/management organizations in the Northeast. Bruno is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New Hampshire.

Miller Gaffney’s eye for antiques and collecting was honed over the years at places such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a licensed appraiser and the proprietor of an art advisory service that she founded in 2006. Gaffney is a native of South Carolina.

Bob Richter comes to “Market Warriors” as a lifelong collector with the sensibility of an interior designer. He lives in New York City where he is a regular at local flea markets and furniture shops. Richter is originally from Pennsylvania.

In each episode of “Market Warriors,” four pickers travel to different market locations across the country to purchase items with a set amount of money. Viewers will learn not only about different objects and their history, they’ll also see the competitors apply their knowledge and skills to real financial transactions. The sale of the pickers’ items takes place at an auction on a different day, in a different location. The picker whose objects earn the highest total profit at auction is the winner of that episode.

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