Chase the real thrill for liquidator
Jeff Schwarz from OLN's new docu-series, The Liquidator, with one of his props, a seven-foot alien . (PINK MONKEY STUDIO)
A Ferris wheel? Jeff Schwarz has sold it. Life-size Oscar statues? Schwarz has found a buyer. Nearly 100,000 packets of noodles? Leave it to Schwarz to move.
These are just a few of the crazy things the 43-year-old deal maker has sold at his Burnaby business, Direct Liquidation, the subject of OLN's The Liquidator series. The show debuted Thursday.
"Every time the phone rings, it's a different deal," the Vancouver native said.
The show follows Schwarz as he attempts to buy anything under the sun and re-sell it at a profit.
His travels have led him to bargain for products that can't be found anywhere else.
With a laugh, he recalls a deal that led him to buy 40,000 sex toys that he re-sold to adult stores in the Lower Mainland.
At his Greenwood Street warehouse vintage Coke machines line the floor, alongside a statue of a seven-foot green alien. In another corner, a 20-year old punching bag from the PNE has taken up residence.
Movie and music props are also available, notably lifesize figures of Frankenstein, Michael Jackson and Al Pacino.
Just as memorable, Schwarz said, are the folks he's met along the way.
"There's all sorts of quirky and crazy people, all types of personalities you meet here."
When asked about them, a few clients came to mind.
"A guy that walked the walk and talked the talk" of Al Capone had an interest in buying pillows and sandals. There was also a group of burly bikers who purchased a Coke machine.
Whether it's meeting Capone look-alikes or selling Ferris wheels, Schwarz loves the challenges of the liquidation business.
"It becomes a bit of an addiction," he said.