Paul Brown is a modern-day treasure hunter.
It’s not necessarily the loot he’s interested in, but the hunt.
“There’s still treasure in this world and plenty of it,” said Brown, the star of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings and owner of Gallery 63 auction house in Sandy Springs, Ga. “There’s still treasure out there, and you’ve just got to go look for it.”
Brown is headed to the area Saturday for Columbia County’s Columbus Day Antique and Art Festival at Evans Towne Center Park.
He’ll share his history – Brown is a fourth-generation antique dealer – along with anecdotes on running his own auction house.
“I love to chat with folks and hear their stories,” Brown said. “I love to learn and share mine. ... I’m sure there’s some great stuff down there.”
Brown will speak at noon at the family festival, which will also include inflatables, a petting zoo, a farmers market, arts and crafts vendors and food provided by the Augusta Italian-American Club.
Brown will channel a little Antiques Roadshow as he gives informal assessments and appraisals for items brought in by people who signed up ahead of time. That list is full, said Virginia Atkins, Columbia County’s community events specialist.
Brown, whose father owned Red Baron’s Antiques in Atlanta, has been around the antiques auction business his entire life. Brown started working in his father’s business in 1989 and branched out on his own with Gallery 63 in 2006.
“I think an auction house, in general, tends to take on the personality of the people running it,” Brown said. “For whatever reason, we kind of like oddball, unique, one-of-a-kind or very-few-of-a-kind items. That’s the kind of things that appeal to me.”
The third season of Auction Kings recently aired, and Brown is taping the fourth.
Brown said he has visited Augusta once before but does appearances regularly. On Saturday, as with most other appearances, he expects to see a variety of people and antiques.
“You name it, I get it,” Brown said. “I never know what I am going to get; I never know what people are going to bring.”
In addition to Brown and the children’s activities, Atkins said the Cane Creek Bluegrass Band will perform from 2 to 4 p.m.