After being pushed back a week, a new flea market and swap meet reality show is set to debut June 17 on the National Geographic cable channel. “Flea Man” stars veteran dealer Jimmy Kaplow as he coaches everyday folks through the art of picking, pricing, and selling all kinds of merchandise at a flea market. The first night will feature two episodes, Estate Sale Addict at 8 p.m. and Big-Bucks Bible at 9 p.m., according to TV Guide.
The show is starting to get noticed in the press, including a note in USA Today. One insightful report comes from a blogger who interviewed Kaplow at his booth at the Ocean Grove Flea Market in New Jersey. The show also has a new, content-rich Web page at the National Geographic channel site, with episode info, photos, videos, and more.
FleaMarketZone.com will be publishing a profile and interview of Kaplow and the new show next week, and in that interview, Kaplow talks about why he is so enthusiastic about the series. “The thing about this show is that it’s a real show. I would call this the most realistic show of any reality show ever made,” he says. “National Geographic was very very clear that they wanted no fake buys, no fake sells, no set-ups. There is nothing that’s rehearsed. Every once in a while I will be thrown an adjective by the director. When I’m selling something he might say, ‘Be a little more exuberant. Give us a YES.’ But the show really is about learning how to sell at flea markets, which exist in every nook and cranny of this great country.”
June 17 update: The show’s debut was pushed back to today, June 17. Also, click to read FleaMarketZone’s in-depth interview with Jimmy Kaplow.