Drew Pritchard is best known for his show ‘Salvage Hunters’ in Quest TV. He is a well known antique dealer with the ability to spot antiques that seems past their prime to others, but he turns them into a moneymaker.
Passion for the restoration of antiques was in Drew’s family; his father was always restoring cars and motorbikes and had parts as well as repair kits lying around. Drew purchased his first car at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since.
He started antique business professionally in 1993 but acquired experience in this area as a restorer of stained glass, designer, and conservator. According to him, background or education doesn’t matter in matters of antiques; it is all based on merit. He learns every day and says that he loves his profession very much and can’t imagine doing anything else.
Drew’s passion for cars and motorbikes is not limited to only restoring and selling them, but he loves driving them too. In fact, Drew has an international race license and stated that if he hadn’t been so successful as an antique dealer and restorer, he would have been a racing driver.
Apart from furniture, painting, and other knick-knacks, he also has a gift of spotting amazing cars or motorbikes and selling them. Besides dealing in antiques, he had his 1958 featured in Octane magazine.
His passion for cars and motorbikes led him to create DP Classics in 1987, and he runs it with Clive Holland, whose attention to detail, passion, and knowledge made him the perfect partner to run the business with. At present, Drew is busy with restoring multiple projects such as 52 Sunroof Volkswagen Beetle, ’67 911 Porche and Vespas.
His gift for spotting a diamond in the rough is evident even in the story of how he started his business. Drew discovered some William Morris stained glass windows, bought and restored them, and made a profit of £108,000, which enabled him to start his own business.
Drew’s show ‘Salvage Hunters’ premiered in 2011 and is now in its 14 series. The show is still ongoing, and now Drew has the reins of it.
Salvage Hunters follow Drew around when he is off to purchase antiques in fairs, manors, shops, etc., his haggles with the sellers over stocks, his return to his headquarter in Conwy with his purchase to show it to his team members, as well as restoring of the antiques, photographing the antiques, a quick look at the deal and the profit made after the sale.
Also, Drew Pritchard has made a fortune from things that others consider worthless just because they are not in pristine condition. Not only does he get a significant salary from being the star of ‘Salvage Hunters’, but he also earns from DP Classics and his antique shop. All these have increased Drew Pritchard’s net wealth, which is now estimated to be $8 million.
Drew Pritchard Age
Born in 1970 in Conwy, Wales. As of 2020, his age is 49 years.
Drew Pritchard Wife
Though he made himself a fortune, he has been unfortunate in his personal life. He and his wife, Rebecca Pritchard, divorced in 2017. Rebeeca is Drew Pritchard’s first wife. Viewers of Salvage Hunter are aware that Rebecca is a business partner of Drew, and they have remained friends after the divorce and still work together. The couple is also stated to have children together.
Drew Pritchard Divorce
There are so many rumours about Drew Pritchard and his wife split. The actual reason for the divorce is unclear, but it is mentioned in several wiki websites that Drew’s extramarital affairs may have caused the couple to split. Drew was attacked in a pub by the husband of the woman he was having an affair with. As a result, Drew’s attacker, Mr. Janus Thomas, was fined £1,440 and banned from the pub.
Initially, Drew Pritchard was banned or put on ‘Pubwatch’ temporarily, but now he has been banned for an indefinite period. He has also put his house of 20 years up for sale. The house, which was an 18th-century chapel, was also a restoration project done by Drew. It consists of a holiday cottage, three stables, and a large pond, all situated in this 13-acre property.
For £795,000, anyone can be the owner of this house, which has Mick Jagger’s previously owned toilet, a wine cooler from the Roman times, a neon ‘curry’ sign, stained glass windows, etc. Whether you are a fan or a hater of Drew Pritchard, he has made himself a success in the world of antique dealings.
According to Drew, no one can expect to succeed in antique dealership with any sort of education; rather he says that people who want to succeed in antique business should read, visit fairs, museums, and auctions, talk to people who deal with antique, read, read and read some more.
One has to understand that just because something is dirty, looks ugly, or is falling apart does not mean it is of no value. Drew is a big believer of ‘quality’, and he maintains it in his collection as well. He always buys things not because they are trendy or in demand but because they are unique, interesting, steeped in history, or they are simply fun.
Moreover, he also is not afraid to haggle as he believes in saving even a little is good for business. He also never becomes sentimental for any antiques that he had bought over the years as he knows he might have to sell it if the right price comes along. He also says that he gives everyone in his family antiques as gifts at Christmas.
Although plagued by personal problems, his ability to spot superb and unique antiques remains excellent as ever. His passion, intuition, and eagle-eye for spotting diamonds in the rough have made his show quite a success among viewers in the UK and abroad. Salvage Hunters was also available on Netflix for a short period. You can visit Wikipedia to know more about Salvage Hunters.
All in all, Drew Pritchard has proved to the world that one man’s trash can literally be another man’s treasure as he has amassed both fame and wealth by dealing antiques, cars, and motorbikes.