Here Today, Destroyed Tomorrow

Brian and Lee of Danley Demolition are in Manchester, N.H., at an abandoned boarding house.It’s a giant house with multiple rooms, and what they can see is a huge pile of toilets, which pretty much means all the good salvageable stuff is gone.

In an effort to beat out their competitor, Boston Jim, they bid lower than they’re comfortable with, which only increases the pressure on them to find good stuff hidden away. Unfortunately, because Brian and Lee are under so much stress to find treasures, they completely overlook a tank in the basement with more than 50 gallons of oil in it. At the last minute, the oil tank is spotted, averting an environmental mess. At the end of the day the team discovers a handful of random items, profiting a couple thousand dollars from an antique silver salt and pepper shaker set and a tiny old collectible teddy bear makeup kit. Add those to an old Harley Davidson and a Coke sign, and they turn a tidy profit.

The treasure part is where Donna comes in. She’s been a friend of the guys for a while, and she’s the one they call to appraise lots of the hidden treasures they find.  She even gets first dibs at buying some of the artifacts!

Appraising antiques is something Donna Welch does every single day, but to do it for a National Geographic television show was a bucket list experience for her.

You can catch the first episode of Bid & Destroy on the National Geographic Channel October 10, at 9:00pm.

Donna has been the owner of From Out of the Woods Antique Center located in  Goffstown, New Hampshire for 26 years.  Besides appraising she is a licensed auctioneer and columnist for a local paper The Hippo (Treasure Hunt).   (Photo courtesy of NATGEO - Donna Welch in action on appraisals)