On tonight’s back to back first episode of “Auction Hunters,” Pawn Shop Edition, Ton Jones and Allen Haff who dug through hundreds of unclaimed storage units hunting for discarded treasure, now own a shop called Haff Ton Pawn Shop and must keep it filled, as they search for more on this episode titled, “Cashville, Tennessee.”
As the episode opens, the guys are in Nashville. With the inside scoop about some music memorabilia coming up for auction, they decided to redeem their shop’s topsy-turvy sales and get some great items. Their old friend Beth, who moved to Nashville was waiting as a friendly face always helps at auctions. As a couple of bikers with loud motorcycles came in, she told them they were heavy hitters, but the guys were not intimidated.
The first unit contained no musical items, but Allen got this tool shed one for $1,800 just to let them know they were serious. Inside they found lots of tools and a bronco riding saddle.
The musical extravaganza contained enough equipment to do a concert at a large venue. When Allen pointed to a guy who looked familiar, he was told it was Mark Slaughter from the metal rock band Slaughter that sold over five million records in the 1990s. But only having $20,000 with them, the guys were out soon as the bidding went higher and higher until Slaughter got it for $60,000 and left the auction.
The last unit was a do or die for the guys who spent $11,000 for it. It contained an M3 37 millimeter cannon small enough to tow behind a jeep.
So before they investigated the cannon, Beth sent them to meet Matt at the Lone Star Rodeo who was surprised to see the saddle. Matt told them it was worth no more than $1,250, but the guys were hoping to get $1,800, what they paid for the unit. Matt had one of his cowboys try out the saddle, and it worked perfectly. Now they have to make up the difference plus traveling expenses on the cannon.
When they took it to an expert, he told them it was worth $25,000, but the breach was missing. The breach is the part that screws on the back and prevents the person firing the weapon from being hit with the crew behind the cannon. He had a substitution breach, and Ton was able to fire the cannon at an old mini-van, that was demolished by the blast.
At the end of the day, they paid $12,800 plus $3,000 for travel expenses, costing them $15,800. They sold the saddle and the cannon and miscellaneous items for $13,375, giving them a loss of $2,425 and lots of overtime to look forward to at the shop on this episode of “Auction Hunters.”
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