Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Second season of Baggage Battles starting on Tuesday, 9 September at 20:00 on Travel Channel with double episodes.

The second season of Baggage Battles starts tonight on the Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 20:00 with double half hour episodes.

The show follows the three auction experts - Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and the married couple Laurence and Sally Martin - as they attend auctions, try to make winning bids on unknown unclaimed property, and just maybe a nice profit.

Of course even winning a bid at an auction doesn't guarantee authenticity, nor that the suitcase, safe or container would even contain worthwhile or valuable treasure, but sometimes even a fake Stradivarius can be worth more than what they paid for it.

There's 14 half hour episodes in this season of bags, bidding and battles as they attend lost baggage auctions and police and seizure auctions, airport auctions, unclaimed freight and shipping auctions, vehicle auctions and even estate auctions.

Laurence and Sally Martin are a married couple who co-own Studio Antiques in El Segundo, California; Mark Meyer is a young entrepreneur in the auctioning business from Long Island, New York; and New York City's Billy Leroy is the owner of the iconic Billy's Antiques and Props, one of the last eclectic props and antique stores.

"This new season we'll be showing audiences where the 'big' stuff gets auctioned off and how our team of experts navigate through unclaimed property auctions that feature items that don't necessarily fit in a suitcase," says the Travel Channel.

In the second season's first episode of Baggage Battles the auction experts are in Brooklyn, New York. 

Every year, the United States imports nearly $2 trillion worth of goods, which is more than any other nation in the world.  Ninety-five percent of those goods come by ship. But when incoming freight goes unclaimed, it is sold at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Auction.

The Martins travel to Leroy and Meyer's backyard of New York to compete for this valuable international freight.

Items up for auction include a solar panel from a water heating system, a mystery sculpture and a solidly-built wooden crate with undisclosed contents. With bids ranging from $200 to $1700, the auction experts are out to out-bid each other and win the highly-desirable goods.

Baggage Battles is produced by MY Tupelo Entertainment with Michael Yudin and Joe Townley as the executive producers.