A father and son team who deal in “cool kitsch” antiques from a warehouse in Rockland are the focus of a new cable TV series: “Born Dealers.”

The show follows Jerry and Jeremiah Pasternak – who live in Florida during the winter and Maine during the summer – as they buy and sell everything from vintage jukeboxes and barber chairs to classic cars and airplane propellers.

The hourlong “Born Dealers” will premiere at 10 p.m. Saturday and run for six episodes, also at 10 p.m. Saturdays. Locally, it can be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 107.

The Pasternaks run their business mostly on the Internet, they say, with their Rockland warehouse open by appointment only in the summer. But the show follows them as they travel the country to both buy and sell all manner of stuff.

“On other antiques shows you see someone buy something, and you see how much it’s worth, but our show is not just about the thrill of the hunt, it’s also about the art of the deal,” said Jeremiah Pasternak, 28. “We want to show people that what we’re doing is something that basically anyone could do.”

The episodes will show the father and son dealing with various conflicts. In one episode, Jeremiah Pasternak opens a temporary store in Florida, against his father’s advice. In another, Jerry Pasternak’s patience is tested when his son wants to chase down the history of a car that may or may not be the inspiration for the original Batmobile. Some episodes were filmed in Rockland, others followed the Pasternaks on the road from Florida to Maine.

Jeremiah Pasternak said he pitched the idea of a show about his family business to a TV production company a few years ago, and it eventually got picked up. He thought the family dynamic would be interesting, as well as the fact that he and his father don’t go after your standard antiques.

“It’s not 18th-century furniture we deal with – it’s jukeboxes, neon signs or barber chairs,” said Jerry Pasternak, 57.

On one episode of the show, viewers will see the Pasternaks buying a 20-foot stained glass image that had hung in a Chicago restaurant, and dates to 1912.

“We like unusual antiques,” Jerry Pasternak said.

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