Two of Todd Lattimore's passions came together when the Auburn native and Broadway performer was recently featured on the reality TV show "Flea Market Flip."
Lattimore was featured with his husband of 13 years, Brian Merrill. Together, they own the new antique shop Found in Providence, Rhode Island, where they also sell MacKenzie-Childs items.
As purveyors of the secondhand market, the two made ideal contestants on "Flea Market Flip," Lattimore said. The show, which is hosted by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Lara Spencer, asks two teams to buy three items at one flea market, transform them and then sell them at another flea market in New York City. The team that makes the greater profit on the items wins.
Lattimore said he and Merrill filmed "Flea Market Flip" over the course of three 12-hour days this summer. First, they bought their items at a market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The show assigned them themes for each: "A Leg to Stand On" (a table with a unique base), "East Meets Modern" (an item with Asian and modern influences) and "Yardage" (something with an abundance of material).
The second day, Lattimore and Merrill upcycled their purchases in the Bridgeport, Connecticut area. The third and final day of filming took place at the LIC Flea & Food market in Queens.
The episode, "Battle of the Burlap," has already aired once on the Great American Country channel, but it will reair there at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. (Channel 660 [HD], 160 [SD] on Verizon Fios.) Since the Great American Country channel belongs to the same family as HGTV, Lattimore said, it should eventually air there, as well.
Appearing on the show was a "perfect combination" for Lattimore, he said. The Auburn native, and son of Peggy and Cayuga County Legislator Tim Lattimore, has performed on Broadway ("42nd Street," "La Cage aux Folles") and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse ("A Chorus Line," "Anything Goes"). Currently, he performs regularly under a drag persona in Providence.
Found is the second shop opened by Lattimore and Merrill, a creative director at T.J. Maxx. Lattimore believes their team name on "Flea Market Flip" says it all about them: "Function and Fabulous."
"We're just creative people," he said, "so we love the show."