American Pickers

American Pickers is the latest addition to a growing list of television shows featuring antiques, collectibles and oddities on the History Channel. While other television shows may focus on the history and value of objects, American Pickers alone examines the thrill of the hunt and the art of the deal as Antique Archaeology owner Michael “Mike” Wolfe and friend Frank Fritz search the country for forgotten treasures.

What American Pickers is About

Mike and Frank are “pickers,” antique hunters out in the field looking for old and unusual items to supply antique dealers. While shows like PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, HGTV’s Cash in the Attic, and History Channel’s Pawn Stars delve a little into the history of objects and how the current owner acquired them, American Pickers focuses more on the personal histories of the people Mike and Frank meet, and records the moments of discovery where items transform from forgotten pieces of junk into prized treasures.

The job is not easy. Mike and Frank sometimes follow leads provided by their assistant Danielle Colby Cushman. Often, though, they will drive around looking for likely places to make finds. An ideal location is rural, overgrown, and has an old homestead with outbuildings. The pickers will battle through brush, bees, mosquitoes, rodents and filth. They will climb through gnarled, rusted, and unstable mounds of junk in hopes of turning up a valuable find.

The People of American Pickers

The show gives an interesting insight into human behavior. Some homeowners are unreceptive to the pickers; some are threatening. Some are life-long collectors, while others are better described as hoarders. Mike and Frank can walk through building after building piled high with what appears to be filthy, rusted, broken and abandoned junk, and be unable to convince the owner to sell a single item.

I have always dreamed about doing something like this. I can spend hours in junk yards, antique shops, second-hand stores, thrift stores, and stores that carry vintage items. I watch this show avidly and every time it is attention capturing. I really love some of the items they find. So please look up this show on your tv, and set the record button for your dvr it is worth watching.

Thanks for reading,

Skrach

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Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM  Comments (6)  
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  1. Our furniture is an ecclectic mixture of antique and new pieces. Antique Furniture

  2. if you will be in pocono mts in penna call me and you can pick my barn ,etc.thats the kresgeville area call 570-XXX-XXXX (Edited by Skrach 3-22-10 Reason: Did not display the number for privacy reasons)

    • I will email the Antique Archeology (the American Pickers) and I will give them your info. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. I have a Formost Ice Cream bar with counter&6 bar stools. Back display at one time lite up. Colors are mint green ,lettering in red with some really cool chrom work. This is stored in my garage,would love to find this a prefect home.PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • I will email the Antique Archeology (the American Pickers) and I will give them your info. Thanks for visiting my website. If you have any photos I will gladly add them to my post with a little blurb about it and how much your asking.

      • AT THE PRESENT TIME,IM SORRY I DO NOT HAVE ANY PHOTOS. BUT THIS IS A SWEET BAR! AT THE MOMENT MY THOUGHTS ARE FOCUSD ON FINDING THIS ITEM THE PERFECT PLACE,NOT SO MUCH THE $$$$. WHEN I PURCHASED THIS,I PAID 4500.00.PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH.BY THE WAY IM IN THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF W.VA. ALMOST HEAVEN. LOTS OF JUNKIN HERE!!!!! YOUR WELCOME TO CALL ME, FOR DETAILS.


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