Tolland Couple On Flea Market Flip

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fleamarketNow if you need an immediate reality show fix featuring Connecticut people, tune in to the Great American Channel Sunday, Aug. 17, for “Flea Market Flip.”

More than a year ago, Merry and Albert Garrett who own Thrifty Treasures Estate and Auctions Services in Vernon and live in Tolland, were one of the two teams featured in an episode filmed at one of the show’s most popular venues, Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford.

And while they had all but given up hope of seeing themselves on television, the new season featuring host, creator and executive producer Lara Spencer, finally premiered Aug. 3 on the Great American Channel. The episode with the Garretts is scheduled to air on Aug. 17.

If you are not familiar with the show which had previously aired on HGTV, teams are given $500 to buy “finds” they then turn into “treasures” that meet the criteria on the “Flip List.” After the restoration, teams must sell their rejuvenated projects and whoever makes the most money wins a $5,000 prize.

Java happened to be at the Elephant’s Trunk when the Garretts were being filmed and they were masters of the bargain and the “flip.” The two managed to sway a dealer into selling them a dated Lane bedroom set for practically nothing. And as far as the refurbishment that occurred in a warehouse in Stamford and what happens next? Well just tune into the show and see!

The couple plans a premiere/birthday party at their home to celebrate their appearance on the show and Merry Garrett’s birthday.

It will not, however, be her first time on tv.

“I was a dancer on MTV in the 80s, she admitted. “I was a B list actress who worked on “Club MTV” but I couldn’t afford to stay on it because I got paid $25 per show and it didn’t even cover the train fare to New York for the taping,” she said smiling. She also worked on a couple of tv shows including “The Cosby Show.”

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