John and Jimmy DiResta live and breathe flea markets. With the help of John’s son, Matthew (aka “Rat-Boy”), the DiResta brothers live by the mantra, “Find it. Fix it. Sell it!” Their treasure map? The Big Apple. The DiResta brothers set out scouring New York City – from the dumpsters of the Lower East Side to flea markets scattered throughout the five boroughs to various antique shops and collectors. Their treasure? Items they can completely renovate and reinvent to sell for profit. Whether it’s transforming a tattered old kids’ bicycle into a chain-saw powered, Evel Knievel inspired bike or taking a pile of wood and building a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Manhattan skyline bench, these brothers know how to create something out of nothing - or at least out of a pile of junk.
The DiResta brothers developed “the sickness” – an addiction to flea markets – as young children growing up on Long Island. Their father, known as the “Lord of the Fleas”, raised John and Jimmy as part of the flea market culture. They’ve used what they have learned as kids to create a successful family business. Between John’s witty sales pitches, Jimmy’s gift of artistry and creativity, and Matthew’s keen eye, these three dumpster divers will use the know-how attained from their father to turn garbage into gold.
DIRTY MONEY premieres Thursday, 13 October at 9pm (8pm BKK/JKT).