Have you watched HGTV’s Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.? If so, you would have enjoyed the humour and creative ways in which Winnipeg’s own “Neon Brothers,” Joe and Mike Wolchock, turn ordinary into extraordinary.
Buy It, Fix It Sell It is a reality-based show that follows collectors from different parts of the country. Featured teams start their adventures by acquiring a product at auction. That’s where the fun begins.
Joe and Mike from The Neon Factory are no strangers to collecting stuff – just visit their neon studio, which is like a museum of old, refurbished neon signs, arcade and coin-operated machines. Located in a historic building at 594 Main Street, The Neon Factory played host to the opening night party of the show’s second season.
I had an opportunity to meet the Neon Brothers and to ask Joe and Mike how they got started on the show.
“We applied to an ad in the paper looking for people who want to be part of a reality show,” said Joe. “It’s a show about going to auctions and refurbishing stuff, which is what we love to do,” added Mike.
On the show, those who can combine creative skills to repurpose old junk and sell it for the most cash win. It’s a true test of artistic means with capitalist ends, combined with humour and clever ideas. Now in its second season, Buy It, Fix It, Sell It just gets more entertaining.