Cindy Shook is the sassy office manager from Gallery 63 on Discovery Channel’s latest breakout hit TV series, Auction Kings. Last week I sat down with her to talk about the success of Auction Kings, her favorite moments from season, one and how her life has changed since the show began airing in October of 2010. Our exclusive interview was an enlightening and entertaining look at one of Discovery Channel’s newest reality stars.
“This is so new to me,” Cindy Shook told me about her newfound fame after appearing on Auction Kings. “I can’t go to Wal-Mart anymore without being recognized,” she added. She also explained that she likes the attention and is happy when people get excited about seeing her in person. “It’s exciting to see people’s reactions. I never imagined this would happen.”
Tough, caffeine-loving Cindy is the heart of Gallery 63 from Auction Kings. Responsible for handling all inventory, Cindy tags every piece that the auction house takes in. She's also responsible for collecting money from winning bidders. Cindy and Paul Brown have worked together since the early 1990s, when she started at Red Baron as a furniture cleaner…and quickly progressed to the position of head of inventory. Then, years later, Cindy happened to be on personal leave from Red Baron when Paul was assembling his Gallery 63 team. He asked her to come work for him, and she agreed. According to Paul, "Thank God she did. It would be exceedingly difficult to function without my right arm. She is a fine person and among the most loyal I have ever met."
Cindy shares the same sentiments and told me about Paul Brown, her boss and owner of Gallery 63, “He’s fair and I look forward to coming to work every day.” These days, Cindy has a lot more on her plate because business at Gallery 63 is booming since Auction Kings began airing. Viewers have really caught onto the show and its cast of sometimes quirky, but always lovable characters, like Cindy Shook. In fact, Discovery Channel has already greenlit new episodes for season two of Auction Kings.
When I asked Cindy about some of her favorite moments from season one, she replied that she loved going up in a hot air balloon that the Gallery auctioned off. “That was a thrill.” She also said she loved when Paul bought an antique Coca-Cola cooler and surprised her with the gift. “It sits proudly on my porch at home,” she explained. As far as her favorite items coming into the Gallery during season one, Cindy said the signed Johnny Cash guitar was awesome. “I have a passion for everything Johnny Cash.” One of this season’s funniest moments was when Cindy played a drum set for days, driving her co-workers a little nuts and causing them to hide the set. “I loved those drums!" Cindy told me during our interview. To the delight of her co-workers, the drum set was sold at auction.
Auction Kings has two more new episodes for season one that air on Tuesday, January 25th and February 1st at 10/9c on Discovery Channel. If you haven’t yet caught an episode, it’s great TV that follows the happenings of Gallery 63 and its genuinely entertaining staff, including office manager Cindy Shook.
About Gallery 63 from Auction Kings:
If you live in the Atlanta area, you can attend a Gallery 63 auction. Below are the upcoming dates for auctions as seen on Auction Kings:
- Sunday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, February 17th at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, June 9th at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, June 30th at 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 63 is located at 4577 Roswell Rd., Atlanta GA 30342. It is usually open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s also open for auction preview the week prior to an announced auction from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. For more information, call (404) 252-2555.
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