Monday nights at 8PM Central time we are glued to the History Channel's new show American Pickers! It's two antique dealers who take to the road on the most hilarous hunts for treasure that you can imagine. This isn't your Grandma's antiquing though, looking through flea markets for silver and china.
Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, diving into piles of grimy junk or getting chased off by gun-wielding homeowners. They hit the back roads from coast to coast, searching for trash that can become another's treasure. They scour junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting odd-ball characters and hearing their amazing stories.
The people they meet along the way, the savers, are a part of Americana. Last week's show had them driving down a rural Iowa road when they pass by an old farm. A quick turn around and they are at the door asking the old gentleman if he might have some things to sell. He says he just might have a "few" things! The trip to the barn yeilded a saddle that he had once used on the farm, bought for $75 the pickers were able to refurbish and sell to a collector for $500. The bicycle was bought for $20 and sold to a California decorator for $2000.
Some people love what they do for a living, these guys were made for this! They are making a living telling the history of America one piece at a time!