A true adventure story and the go-to guide for “picking” American treasures from anyone’s backyard, straight from the stars of History’s American Pickers
In these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their road trips across the American countryside in search of “rusty gold” to buy and sell among the picking world’s one-of-a-kind characters. Whether you are a fan of the show or just like finding hidden riches, you will love seeing what Wolfe and Fritz dig up and enjoy meeting the devoted collectors, extreme stockpilers, and elite dealers who they encounter along the way.
Wolfe and Fritz do not deal in fine antiques. Their secondhand treasures are of the down-and-dirty and sometimes even bizarre variety, from old bicycles and vintage tools, to sun-bleached cars and handmade furniture, retired carnival games and unusual taxidermy. Assisted by Danielle Colby, who helps out at Antique Archaeology, Wolfe and Fritz buy on the cheap and then sell to dealers, art directors, interior designers, or anyone looking for a little bit of authentic Americana. The three now share their secrets to finding hidden gems, offering helpful hints that will show what average Americans can do to find the treasures that await them.
From American Pickers Guide to Picking:
Junk is Beautiful
When we knock on a door, 90 percent of the time the things we find are junk. But we don’t care about the odds; a picker never turns down an opportunity, no matter where it is. We’ve picked pickup trucks. We’ve picked flat beds. We’ve picked dumpsters. We even picked a Mercury Sable. We’re looking for the unusual, the impossible, the funky, the different, the bizarre-things we have never seen before. And we’ll go anywhere we have to go to find it.
No location is off-limits to a hard-core picker. And there’s plenty of things to be found at antique stores, thrift and consignment shops, flea markets, estate sales, and swap meets, and a lot of the tips in this book apply to finding treasures at these joints. But that’s not really the kind of picking we do anymore. We look outside the box to find our junk-a word we use almost like a term of endearment: to us: junk is beautiful.