When the producers of the Marilyn Denis Show first pitched the “Ultimate Garage Sale Challenge” to Michael Penney, I knew it would be a fun segment for him—he is a pro at shopping thrift.. What I didn’t know was that they asked me to join him. In true Michael fashion, he kept the news to himself until just before filming (probably for the best—less time to get nervous!). So without much time to overthink it, I joined the Penney Team and we were off to Mississauga to film the first half—competing to find the best garage sale pieces. The sales were small to say the least, and we were feeling a bit panicky that we would not find enough stuff to fill a full room vignette. Luckily, Michael is great at finding treasures and pulling the trigger (there was no time to hum and hah). After visiting three locations, we felt confident that we had our vision.
Next step was re-working the pieces we bought and turning it into a room vignette. With a few coats of paint, some good old fashioned cleaning and a few DIY’s we had ourselves a guest room/office!
The final phase was filming the in-studio segment with Marilyn and the live audience. I have been with Michael many times on set, and let me tell you, he makes it look easy! I can’t bring myself to watch it (we are our own worst critics!!), but I hope it showed how much fun we had doing it. It really is “just another day in the life working for Penney & Co.”
Click HERE to watch the segment!