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Reality shows hurting local business up north

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You've probably seen the shows "Pawn Stars" or "American Pickers." Well, some businesses in the North Country say shows like that are hurting their bottom line. Our Brooke Selby has more on the potential reality these reality shows are having on the local economy.

NORTH COUNTRY, N.Y. -- They say one man's junk is another man's treasure.

"We look in barns, attics, cellars, garage sales, estate sales, dumps, dumpsters, wherever we can find it, that's where we go,” said David Denton.

Local business owner David Denton has spent his lifetime building a career in search of a good find, suddenly he says those pickings seem a whole lot slimmer since reality TV shows about antique and pawn shops have become a hit.

Denton said, "Like ‘Pawn Stars,’ that's in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, not Fort Edward and the prices they can get there are a lot higher than here. The prices are regional.”

Leaving many of the dealers up north feeling the reality of these reality shows at home.

General Manager of Glenwood Manor Antiques, Paul McMore, said, "It's kind of gives people a false sense of the value of some of the items."

Denton said, "It's getting harder and harder. Because of the overexposure, people have inflated their prices at estate sales and garage sales.”

Some of these dealers have even noticed TV hosts on “American Pickers” literally jump over dollars to get to pennies.

"Mike was standing on a Stickley Mission Desk that was probably worth a couple thousand dollars to get to a hundred dollar ice cream advertising clock and there was never any mention of the desk.”

But the exposure has generated interest from an unlikely fan base.

McMore said, "We're seeing a lot of interest with really young people, eight, 10, 12-years-old that want to collect and I find that exciting. I think the reality programs are instilling an interest in younger people."

At the end of the day, whether on TV or in up north, people are just trying to find another way to strike it rich.

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