He transforms thousand of items from junk to gems
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||14|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Original release||14 November 2011 –|
Salvage Hunters is a British television programme in which decorative salvage expert and dealer Drew Pritchard travels across the country in search of antiques from shops, fairs, old mansions, and then sells them online or in his shop located in Conwy, Wales.
It has aired on Quest since 2011, for 14 series.
Each Salvage Hunters episode features Pritchard visiting two or more locations to find new and valuable stock to resell.
The format includes some travelling by van, the arrival at the location and meeting with seller, a hunt for interesting and quirky objects, some haggling on prices and items style explanation, the drive back to Conwy, showing the purchase to his team, the restoration process and items photography once ready, and a final summary of the deal and price achieved after the sell.
By travelling extensively and keeping a good network of contacts all over the UK, the series shows Pritchard reaching privileged estates, large and small antiques shops, car boots sales and markets, hunting for old and interesting decorative pieces to buy and sell.
Pritchard's team is composed of a number of restorers, including an electrician, a French polisher, a photographer and a number of shop and office staff including his now ex-wife Rebecca. Usually he travels with his long-time friend “Tee" (John Tee), who both acts as driver and strong-man in moving the furniture purchased.
The programme's mascot is his dog Enzo, which died in 2019.
Spin off programmes
Pritchard's favourite items and styles
- Best seller items
- Industrial lighting
- Large tables
- Enamel signs
- Favourite styles
- Favourite timber
- Favourite car brand
Foreign countries visited in the series
Pritchard has undertaken a number of buying trips abroad, to purchase foreign antiques items to resell in the United Kingdom.
- In progress - to be updated
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|14||11 September 2019||2020||15|
- "Restoration comedy: Salvage Hunter Drew Pritchard on his cottage overhaul". Metro Newspaper UK.
- Jones, Mari (1 September 2018). "Drew Pritchard on whether his Conwy shop gamble has paid off". northwales.
- Doughty, Eleanor (January 13, 2017). "Hunting for treasures with an expert antiques dealer" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.