Created by Timothy Curley
A dying antiques dealer must hunt for the hidden treasures that he hopes will save his reputation, his family, and his community's endangered way of life.
THE JUNK BUSINESS is a drama in the tradition of SIDEWAYS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.
In old New England there are people who make their living by buying and selling antiques. They call their way of life "the junk business".
Arthur O'Ryan is a stingy man with a tight wallet and a closed heart. He has spent his life building a business, O'Ryan Auctioneers. This scrappy, father-and-son outfit has survived the leanest of times thanks to Arthur's talent for profit. "Take in more than you let out." That's the simple wisdom that "Big" Arthur has tried to pass on to his son, "Little" Arthur. But now the world is changing. The junk business is changing, too. This face-to-face industry is being strangled by Ebay, big box stores, and a bad economy. As his community is figuratively dying, Big Arthur discovers that he is literally dying.
For the future of his long-suffering wife and his son, Big Arthur pushes onward for one final score. It has to be the greatest sale that anyone has ever seen. Unfortunately, Big Arthur faces the greatest failures and losses of his life. But in doing so, he discovers the true heart of the junk business: the connection among people. Profit was never the point. The exchange of junk is simply a way to find the true treasures of life: community, friendship, and the most valuable of all, family. Facing the extinction of his way of life, Big Arthur gives everything of himself, expecting nothing in return. He shows his family and his whole community something they have never seen before. And he gets back more than he ever thought possible.