Synopsis: The saying goes, "one man’s junk is another man’s treasure" and that is certainly the case for expert carpenter and collector Jay Chaikin. He makes a living scouring the nation for abandoned buildings that may hold unexpected “gems” of history with shockingly high values. Follow Jay and his buddies Dan and Mark across the country on their ongoing quest to find their next big paycheck. Along the way, they’ll find classic items like Coca Cola memorabilia, an Edison phonograph, and a Zenith radio, as well as surprising discoveries like an early microwave oven and a top secret manual for a Boeing B-52 bomber.
Season One Episode Guide
1-01 Maryland Gristmill
Jay Chaikin and his team find an old bell, a valuable collection of tiles and an early microwave oven when they visit a dilapidated barn, house and mill in Westminster, Md.
1-02 Philadelphia AME Church
The guys visit Philadelphia to see a historic church that's scheduled to be demolished. Among the items discovered are stained-glass windows and a vintage set of parallel bars.
Scranton Lace Factory--10/03/2012
If making lace in the early 20th century was like printing money, then the guys will be rolling in dough after they explore the abandoned Scranton Lace Factory in Scranton, Pa. As they cross the immense factory, the guys collect a check protector, a pair of doors and a vintage tampon dispenser. When Jay spots a single shoe and Mark finds a bowling score sheet, the guys follow the clues to a four-lane bowling alley full of American-made bowling pins and balls.
Connecticut Ghost Town
It's an extraordinary opportunity to explore not just an abandoned building, but an entire town. Johnsonville, Conn., was purchased by a millionaire who planned to turn the mill and the surrounding village into a tourist attraction, only to shut it down in 1994. Jay, Dan and Mark expect to find well-preserved properties, but are shocked by excessive mold, mildew and disrepair. After struggling to negotiate fair prices, Jay decides to make an unprecedented offerto buy an entire schoolhouse.
Georgia Cotton Gin
In the South, cotton is king, so when the guys head down to a cotton gin in Georgia, they're hoping to head home with the crown jewels. From a vintage Coca-Cola machine and Dino gas pumps to a Depression-era portrait and a Zenith radio, the guys truly uncover relic royalty. But it's a home-made hot-rod that really gets Jay's motor running.
Hot Springs Hotel
Known for hosting Babe Ruth and Al Capone, the historic Majestic Hotel closed its doors in 2006. At the abandoned hotel, the guys do some serious room service and find bathtubs, chaise lounges and a mosaic tile fountain. When Ricki gains access to what was formerly the tallest building in Arkansas, Jay gives Dan and Mark a chance to do some bargaining. Now, Jay must negotiate with the owner to take home at least one of his big finds, or he'll be in hot water when he gets home to Ricki.
Maine Paper Factory
At an abandoned paper factory the size of several football fields, the guys hope to score a touchdown with an assortment of historic objects. Jay, Dan and Mark find antique fire hoses, a Fairbanks scale, customized lockers and a pair of temperature gauges. Just when the score is in their favor, Ricki warns that the job might get sacked: The property owners are planning to turn the factory into a museum and may hesitate to sell certain objects.
Maryland Silk Mill
Jay and his buddies take a ride to rural Lonaconing, Md., where they dig through a shuttered silk mill that's been abandoned since 1957. When the guys get in, they discover that the entire mill is totally preserved. With just six hours to dig, Jay, Mark and Dan scramble to find one-of-a-kind items, including a washbasin, a wheeled cart and a custom-built bench. But the building's owner is a tough sell, and Jay must convince him to lower his prices.
Jay, Mark and Dan travel to a property so old, it doesn't even have an address. The Owens Homestead is rumored to have items belonging to settlers from the 1830s. The guys hit the jackpot when they explore the cottage, discovering a Windsor icebox, an Edison phonograph - worth $1000 when restored - and a top-secret manual for the Boeing B-52 bomber. The owners are willing to sell many items, but to secure the ice box, Jay needs convince Ricki that the purchase is worth going over budget.
New York Masonic Lodge
After failing to find valuable goods at a Tappan, N.Y., Masonic retirement home, the team explores two barns set for demolition in nearby Newtown, Conn. Jay is blown away by the automotive relics stored in one barn, including a restored tractor, porcelain signage and a Chrysler Saratoga. Now, Jay must convince the owners that he will successfully restore and resell the entire contents of both barns, but only if they can agree on a fair price.