Time Machine Thursday: Picker, Hoarder, Pawn Star, Storage King

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I am having a garage sale this weekend. It’s amazing how much stuff you can collect. It’s also amazing how for some reason people like to watch other people collect stuff. There are a lot of television shows about folks and their old stuff. American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Hoarders, Storage Wars, Antiques Roadshow are all very popular. I have to admit I like to watch both the Pickers and the Pawn Stars. So as I work on picking through my own old stuff (mostly junk), here’s my question:

Do you watch any of the above mentioned shows, and why do you think shows about old stuff are popular now? Do you think it’s nostalgia or the art of the deal that attracts us?

2 thoughts on “Time Machine Thursday: Picker, Hoarder, Pawn Star, Storage King

  1. My mother-in-law was a hoarder and after she passed, cleaning out her home was both overwhelming and fascinating. Mixed in with the garbage (think fossilized crabs and mouse droppings) was a lot of cool stuff, some of which dated back to the early 1800’s. As fascinating as it was, I don’t want to relive it, so I can’t make myself watch Hoarding, Buried Alive.
    I’m addicted to Storage Wars, though. I think part of the attraction is that it gives us a little window into other people’s lives. I always wonder what happened to the people who rented the locker and why they lost it. Great fiction fodder.


  2. I’ve watched Storage Wars a few times. It is fascinating to see what people thought was important enough to pay someone to store it. I think the other facet of the popularity of these shows are the strong personalities that drive the show. When you mentioned Storage Wars, I thought right away of Dave; don’t really like him, but he’s a strong personality who keeps things interesting. Interesting people and stuff with a history attached to them equals addictive entertainment. LOL


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