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Television Show Review: The Picker Sisters On Lifetime
Just for fun, let's talk about another television show, the Picker Sisters. Has anyone seen this one? It is on Lifetime, but the schedule seems to be sporadic. They just seem to pop up now and then.
This features two young women, Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen, who travel the country looking for "goodies" that they purchase, then take back to their shop in southern California. They both are designers who have a talent for converting their finds into some very interesting items.
They are very personable, attractive, and sometimes funny. While I hate to make any kind of remark that might be considered sexist, their attitudes and manner of dress (short shorts) definitely make the most of their feminine charms. In almost every encounter with men in old farms, shops, boat yards, etc, they often become coy and flirtatious, taking advantage of their obvious charms. And does that work to their advantage? Of course it does.
It is interesting to see what all they buy. Sometimes it can really stretch the imagination to see anything of value in their "finds". Then, at the end of the show, you see the fabulous imagination of their vision as expressed through their contractor, Alan Luxmore. Most of their projects are really quite interesting. Some are fabulous.
I actually enjoy the show, but the flirtatious attitudes tend to get a little old. It is interesting to see what they find and how creative they are. And they are definitely creative. That is the best part of the show.
While they do occasionally get some bargains, they also often pay way too much for things. Now and then they get things for practically nothing. Just like real life. However, they really do not bargain very well. Their flirting and light teasing sometimes works to their advantage, but overall, they are only fair negotiators.
That said, the items that they create and the value the creations bring, more than make up for their deficiencies in bargaining.
One complaint that is commonly "heard" on the internet is that many women viewers are disappointed because of the the things they "pick". When they heard about the show, many women thought women pickers would be picking "womanly" things. Instead they are crawling through old sheds, barns, etc and picking old iron, wood, tin, etc. While some women love it, apparently many women don't find it appealing.
So overall, I find the show interesting. Unfortunately for me, I find it a bit boring. As mentioned, the flirting and teasing get a little old and there really is very little excitement with what they are doing. They aren't finding treasures, but rather worn out seemly junk that they turn into really attractive things. While mildly interesting, it just isn't that appealing. I watch, but I don't go out of my way to see it. Still it is much better to me in many ways than The Pickers (which I will write about soon).
Check it out though. You may enjoy it.