Lucas Callaghan of ‘Aussie Picker’ fame is back on A&E in his new series Road to Riches, a fresh, fast paced, energetic look into the skill of identifying household valuable antiques and collectables next month.
Road to Riches follows Lucas as he visits everyday peoples’ households to help them convert their unwanted collectables into cold hard cash. He’s the antithesis of the antiques industry vultures who take pride in finding cheap treasure and selling it at a vast profit for themselves. Lucas shows everyone how to achieve top dollar for their wares.
He’s on a mission to find hidden treasure in every Australian house, and turn it into money. Lucas specialises in “unique collectable objects from the postwar period” finding rare collectables and restoring some items to their former glory to sell for profit.
Heading out on his vintage motorcycle, Lucas is invited into homes to cast his eye over pieces and determine the best way to sell them. “It’s all about making the most money for the owners”. From mid-century furniture to clothing, toys and collectables, every house has about $5000 worth of unwanted goods that can be moved on – and Lucas is just the man to do it!
Some of the highlights of Lucas’ hunting is a giant Star Wars collection that has to be seen to be believed, rare designer chairs, exclusive pottery, a 2 metre high brown bear, historic football jerseys, and caps worth tens of thousands, authentic Arthur Streeton watercolours, football card collections, classic cars, fine wine and convict coins. Lucas takes them to auction to qualify their real value once and for all for the owners.
Lucas’ unique skill is sorting through the often hundreds of items that families have gathered over generations, and determining which are the best pieces to sell. It’s not always easy – discarding the sentimental, damaged and out-of-fashion pieces can be heartbreaking for people who thought they were sitting on a fortune. But the flip side is when Lucas finds a piece they thought was cheap or of minimal value – and it’s worth a fortune.
Road to Riches will stream on Foxtel and screen on A&E from Tuesday November 12 at 7:30pm AEDT.