A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It shows how a community looks to a radio show to help them connect with folks who are buying, selling, and swapping goods. It also highlights the dealmaking process. There's limited discussion of what makes items valuable or collectible.
Positive Role Models
Folks are polite and friendly, but ultimately everyone is looking to buy low and sell high.
Featured dealers are mostly male and Caucasian. The co-owners of one nostalgia and vintage store are Black and Latino.
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Violence & Scariness
There are some mild disagreements and talk about throwing things at each other, but nothing violent. Some collectibles feature skulls, weird taxidermy, strange-looking clowns, and other creepy items.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are very occasional joking references to having orgasms when finding great deals.
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Religious exclamations like "Jesus" and "oh my god" and words like "damn" and "crap" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the "Swap Shop" radio show and station WRGS. Antique dealerships like West Main Antiques, JD Realty and Auction, Bob Mart, Versus ATL, and other establishments are prominently featured; logos for these business are sometimes visible on signs, cars, hats, and shirts. Ford Mustang and other classic cars are visible. Vintage items feature logos for a range of companies like Nike. Local restaurants are sometimes featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Vintage items include ashtrays. No one is shown smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swap Shop is a reality series featuring collectors and dealers buying, selling, and swapping items after learning about them from a popular local radio series. There's some mild innuendo, occasional strong words ("damn," "crap") and lots of brand logos. The overall series is a promotional vehicle for the "Swap Shop" radio show and station, as well as the featured antique dealers and establishments.
Is It Any Good?
The unscripted, formulaic series highlights an age-old tradition of buying, selling, and swapping that began long before folks began using Craigslist. It highlights the role the radio show has played in the Appalachian community, and how collectors, antique dealers, and car restorers look to the radio series as one way of finding new inventory. But a big part of Swap Shop is showing the process by which purchasing decisions are made, and deals are negotiated. Granted, there are some staged moments, and those who aren't interested in antique dealing and vintage shopping won't find it very exciting. But it's worth the watch if you like to spot a deal.
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