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Swap Shop Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
In the first episode, Tori, who owns West Main Antiques in Johnson City, and her store manager Larry hear about a sale of all the contents a farmer has stored in his barn over the years. But on their way to that, they find a yard sale that has a bunch of interesting finds, like bar stools that need some restoration. At first Larry thinks Tori is wasting time that will let other sellers get to the barn, but when she finds a religious statue — one of Larry’s specialties — he gets interested. The homeowner lets them have at it in her attic, where they find an Our Sister of Guadalupe statue, which Larry has been looking for for 3 years.
Jason and Bob are an interesting team: Jason owns an auction shop that sells fine furniture and curios, while Bob owns “The BobMart,” which essentially sells whatever he can pick up. They hear about a grain scale for sale, and Jason is convinced he can get it for $500, not the $1500 the seller wants. He tells Bob about negotiating steps like “the flinch,” and bets him that $500 to buy whatever he likes if he can’t get the scale for that much.
Dale and Scott own Kyker’s Extreme Automotive, and they hear about a 1968 Mustang for sale; Dale wants to get it and restore it for one of their friendlier — but budget challenged — customers. When they get to the collector who owns it, they find that it’s mainly a body and some wheels; no drivetrain, and seats that look like they’ve been eaten by rodents. Dale agrees to take it for $5000, over Scott’s objections.
Why do we say we’ve “seen too much” when it comes to Swap Shop? It’s because we know that the finds these pairs of bargain hunters look for aren’t spontaneous at all. In fact, it feels so set up that giving the pretense of the radio show is almost superfluous. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t enjoy the show.
It comes down to the personalities, and all of the pairs we saw in the first episode had a laid-back chemistry with each other, giving each other the business and also working together to make sure the items they find can really be turned for a profit. The items that they look at are also interesting, albeit the segments are somewhat light on descriptions and why they’re so valuable.
But let’s be real here: If the radio show wasn’t a part of this, the show could still exist just fine. For all the praise the radio show gets in the first few minutes of the first episode, it’s just there as a delivery system for these set-up situations. We don’t even see the show’s host, or get any identifying information about the show, other than the fact that it’s on six days a week at 9:30 AM. It’s not even all that far off to speculate that the “radio show” we’re hearing not only isn’t an actual over-the-air broadcast but doesn’t even sound like the real World Famous Swap Shop.
That’s the most disappointing part; the show has been on the air for 67 years. You’d think just the show’s endurance alone would be a good topic for a reality series, showing the program’s hosts and regular callers, and then talking to people who do the buys and swaps. But, for the most part, the radio show this whole thing is based on is given short shrift in favor of the pairs of buyers it features.