Storage Wars stars' new venture: June 29 Yard Sale & Flea Market Expo in LA Storage Wars stars Dan and Laura Dotson have announced a new venture: a June 29 Yard Sale & Flea Market Expo in LA. Gourmet food trucks, entertainment, live auction
News-Antique.com - May 02,2013 - POMONA, Calif. – Dan and Laura Dotson, the husband-and-wife celebrity auctioneers who’ve risen to fame in their co-starring roles on A&E’s hit TV show Storage Wars, are moving into new territory. Together with their longtime friends and fellow collectibles experts from Justuff of Redlands, Calif., the Dotsons are launching a new one-day mega-show – The Yard Sale Expo & Flea Market at the Fairplex At Pomona.
A family-friendly event that merges yard sales with antiques, vintage and commercial items, the Yard Sale Expo & Flea Market will debut on Saturday, June 29th on 50 dedicated acres of the conveniently located Fairplex in eastern Los Angeles County. The show’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The idea behind a mammoth swap meet that welcomes yard sale, flea market and antiques vendors came about after discussions between the Dotsons and members of the related Pierce, Heard and Matthews families, whose four generations jointly operate Justuff the Yard Sale Store.
“Throughout southern California, it has become increasingly difficult for people to hold yard sales at their homes,” said Karen Pierce, co-owner of Justuff and a partner in the new operation. “Between municipal and homeowners association restrictions and the fear of being cited or fined for parking or sign violations, it’s just not possible for most people in our region to sell the items they no longer need. We’ve started the Yard Sale Expo to give everyone an affordable place where they can sell all sorts of things.” Note: Vendors may not sell firearms, explosives, food, automotive or illegal items.
The Expo offers owners of antiques, collectibles and mom-and-pop shops an additional venue in which to market their merchandise to the right types of buyers. Not only will it provide them with an additional place to “turn” their merchandise, the show will also help attract a new clientele to their own bricks-and-mortar stores.
Dan Dotson said there’s yet another type of vendor he and wife Laura expect to see at the Yard Sale Expo: the regulars who buy at their storage locker auctions.
“Everything from A to Z can turn up in a storage locker, but most of the time the buyers don’t have a permanent location where they can sell the goods,” said Dotson. “At this show, everything has a chance to sell, from household items to fine antiques. We think some exciting discoveries could turn up. It’s bound to happen.”
In addition to the freedom it provides sellers, the Yard Sale Expo is expected to draw far more potential buyers than the average family could ever attract at a traditional yard sale. “People from all over can bring their yard sale items to one venue and have them seen by potentially thousands of people. They operate their businesses the way they wish, but without the worry of having to deal with advertising, signage or providing parking space for shoppers. We take care of all of that,” said Pierce.
Buyers will like the idea of so much merchandise being in one