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Greenville pair competes on antique 'picking' show

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Greenville pickers Shelby Robinson and Christie Maull shop at local antique store. (June 5, 2012/FOX Carolina) Greenville pickers Shelby Robinson and Christie Maull shop at local antique store. (June 5, 2012/FOX Carolina)

They say one man's trash is another's treasure, and a new History Channel show called Picked Off forces contestants to take that saying to the bank.

The show squared off teams of pickers, or those who buy vintage and resell for a profit. The show contestants competed with $10,000 prize money on the line.

A pair from the Greenville area made it onto the show, and they will make their national TV picking debut on the History Channel in August.

Shelby Robinson and Christie Maull are amateur pickers. Thursday they met FOX Carolina at a local antique shop, Shinola in Greenville, to offer tips to be successful at purchasing vintage items and reselling them for profit.

In Shinola antiques are piled to the sky. There is also a thinking garden, filled with chickens and goats on the store property.

"We're not your typical grandmother's antique store," said owner Ben Mcdaniel. 

Shinola is right up Maull and Robinson's alley for purchasing collectibles. At Shinola, they see treasure to be picked up that will pay off.

The two buy vintage and restore it, or just sell it back as is for a profit. They've made up to a few thousand dollars off of one purchase.

"It's the needle in the haystack that gets me going, I love it," Robinson said.

The pair's hobby got the attention of television producers, landing a spot in the History Channel's Picked Off as a duo with flavor.

"They referred to us as the 'Spice Girls,'" Maull said. "Shelby was scary spice, I was Ginger."

In Picked Off, the two went up against three other teams, armed with $100. They battled to nab the items that could sell for the most money.

"With anything you pick, you may make $5, but you never want to loose," Maull said. "You may make $500."

Maull and Robinson's advice to new pickers is do some homework. Focus on one area that's already a hobby, and study it.  

"Look online, see what's selling," Robinson said. "What's hot, what's not."

Picked Off begins July 11 at 10 p.m. on the History Channel. Maull and Robinson's episode airs Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. They will host a viewing party open to the public at CT's Grillin and Chillen in Greenville that night.

When they aren't picking, Maull runs Hot Rod's used furniture store in Greenville. Robinson runs her own business on, under the name BeBopProps.

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