ORWELL — After being canceled by A&E in 2013, the reality show “Hoaders” is back in production — and owners of a local business say a film crew for the program made a recent stop in Orwell.
Christian Amato, owner of Till the End of Time, 10 E. Main St. in Orwell, said a “Hoarders” crew filmed at his store on late Saturday afternoon as part of a last-minute production change.
Amato said he was told the show was filming a woman from Huntsburg whose problem is buying too much and they needed some film of her shopping. The crew had intended to shoot at a location in Geauga County, but that store was closed.
The producers stopped for coffee across the street at about 5 p.m., saw Till the End of Time, which is open on Saturdays until 8 p.m., and checked it out, Amato said.
“I was on a job. Mom called and said there’s a film director here,” he said, adding, “They needed shots of her shopping, that’s what her addiction is.”
Christian’s mother, Gayla Amato, was running the store that day with her aunt Lotus Vitt and said she was stunned when the crew arrived.
“I was speechless that it really happened,” she said.
Gayla said a man walked in and she thought he was a customer before he said he wanted to ask her a question and launched into his explanation that he was from “Hoarders” and wanted to know if they could film there. After he said “Hoarders” she said she “couldn’t speak or hear.”
“When he got done, I asked, ‘what was your question?’” she said with a laugh, later adding, “I just lost it.”
After checking in and getting the OK from Christian, the crew set up and followed the Huntsburg woman around for between a half hour and hour and filmed the outside of the shop as well.
The Huntsburg woman arrived in farm clothes and got out of a limousine or stretch SUV, which Christian Amato said would be “quite a sight in Orwell.”
Gayla said it was a “good experience” but strange. She couldn’t believe they were filming in Orwell on one of the coldest days of winter.
“They thought our shop was cute and quaint and very unique,” she said.
Till the End of Time opened about a year and a half ago. Christian Amato said they sell antiques, collectibles, and furniture among many other things. He does buyouts and cleanouts of estates or people downsizing or trying to do architectural salvage. He also buys items at foreclosures, and he said they can find “good, quality stuff.”
As part of the show, the Huntsburg woman wasn’t allowed to buy anything. But Lotus, who got a chance to speak with her briefly, said she “loved the store” and told her “she’d be coming back.”
Officials from both the series’ production company, Screaming Flea Productions, and A&E Networks confirmed that new episodes of the show are in production but said they could not comment further.
Gayla and Christian said they were told the episode featuring their store could be on the air as early as sometime this spring or summer.
The exposure has been good for word of mouth. Amato said he put something about the filming on Facebook and has gotten hundreds of new likes in the week since.
Till the End of Time is open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.