Beaufort is hitting the small screen as the setting of a reality show similar to "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars" and "Baggage Battles."
Beaufort Liquidation owner Jeff Lowe said his business and auction house will be the focus of an as-yet-untitled reality show produced by Firecracker Films and set to air on A&E. People interested in buying and selling liquidated goods at auction are being sought to audition.
Lowe said the project is led by Dan Snook, senior vice president of development for Firecracker, which created shows such as "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." Attempts to reach Snook through his Santa Monica, Calif., office were unsuccessful, but production crews have been filming in Beaufort.
The Oct. 20 auction at the former O.C. Welsh dealership on Robert Smalls Parkway will be filmed, Lowe said.
"They want to know what's on the next truck and what we do with it," he said. "They're going to follow us from the time I pick up the phone and say, 'Yeah, I want 13 trucks from Walmart, five trucks from Kmart.'"
Two plot lines will be filmed for the series, Lowe said. The first focuses on the liquidation business. The second deals with how someone can earn money by breaking a pallet of random items down and selling them. Semi-celebrities, including American Trucker host Robb Mariani, who has already been to Beaufort, will serve as personal coaches, he said. Lowe said the show probably won't air for at least six months.
Beaufort Liquidation, which has been open for a year in Beaufort, is the smallest of Lowe's approximately 10 stores in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.
This is the third reality TV show in the Beaufort area in about a year and a half. The Week the Women Went, a social experiment where the women of Yemassee left for a week, leaving the men to cope, recently aired on Lifetime. An episode of Extreme Makeover, House Edition, was shot in May 2011.
- Yemassee's The Week the Women Went: best subplot of the little town that could, Aug. 16, 2012
- Yemassee picked for reality TV show, July 28, 2011
- Beaufort episode of 'Extreme Makeover' to air next month; local party planned, April 11, 2011