New History Channel Entry in TV’s Collectible Craze

Jason McCoon assesses an antique radio on "Real Deal" (Photo: History Channel)

TV is continuing its love of old things with a new History Channel show called “Real Deal.”

The show, announced Tuesday and set to premiere Friday, Nov. 25, at 9/8c, will have dealers in antiques and collectibles evaluating old things brought to them by ordinary people.

The show extends a trend that has been widespread on TV in the past year or so – shows about antiques, collectibles, pawn shops, storage units, yard sales, estate sales and auctions. History Channel has been particularly active in the category with shows such as “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers” and “American Restoration.”

“Pawn Stars,” based in a sprawling Las Vegas pawn emporium, and “American Pickers,” featuring two guys who travel the country in search of collectibles stored in barns and attics, are two of the highest-rated series on History.

Understandably, the shows on History Channel incorporate the often fascinating histories of the objects they feature. Some of the other shows do too, such as “Storage Wars” on A&E.

Perhaps it has something to do with the economy, with people eyeing their belongings for possible sale in the collectibles’ market, but this “second-hand stuff” trend on TV shows no sign of slowing down.

Watch one of TV’s best collectibles shows, “American Pickers,” right here:

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