A new PBS series set to debut in the summer or fall of 2012, tentatively titled Market Wars, will pit professional antiques dealers against each other as they travel to shops and flea markets around the country to find the best vintage valuables and score the biggest profits on merchandise. Airing back-to-back with PBS’s long-running staple Antiques Roadshow, Market Wars will have an initial run of 20 one-hour episodes.
“Antiques Roadshow has been the leader in the popular antiques and collectibles genre for a long time,” said Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow’s executive producer, in a press release announcing the show. “Market Wars turns its lens on the antiques experts themselves and the real, rough-and-tumble competition they face in the marketplace.”
The new series will follow antiques dealers as they look for the best merchandise, and the expert with the highest total profit at auction at the end of each episode is named the winner. The show will put numerous flea markets and swap meets front and center on American’s TV screens, giving viewers the knowledge how to search through markets to find the best treasures.
Market Wars is far from the first television program to feature flea markets and antiques dealers, as shows such as Auction Hunters, Storage Wars, American Restoration, Pawn Stars, and Dirty Money have highlighted the excitement of searching for hard-to-find second-hand deals.