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American Pickers History Channel Show
American Pickers is a reality TV show on the History Channel. A picker is someone who buys items(usually antique items) and sells to make a profit. The show follows two men named Mike and Frank and there assistant Danielle is also featured on the show. They drive around rural areas while Danielle gives them leads to possible picking locations. Mike and Frank try to get antique items for a good price in which they can resell them. This show has a similar documented style to Billy the exterminator. Danielle does not actually go with them, but calls them from home base and tells them where they can go. Most of the places are old farms with old folk who have a lot of stuff in which a lot are antiques sometimes. Some of the people are a bit hesitant and selling there stuff. Mike and Frank try to make the best deal with them.
The areas are mostly rural areas which can be considered a gold mine because a lot of people have old stuff laying around there property which can be worth a pretty penny. Some people may be hesitant to sell stuff while others are intent on selling there stuff. Mike is always says you never know what you can find with all the nook and crannies. They search old sheds,barns,stores, and other places for possible antiques. A lot of items can be old car parts that are worth a lot of money. Its kind of funny how these old folk can have all this stuff laying around and a lot of stuff they forgot they had. Mike and Frank will get permission to pick and the land owner often says I didn't even know I had that. Theirs a lot of old signs Mike and Frank will look for to buy as well. These can be signs from many many years ago. Such as old beer signs,car company signs, and many more. They can only carry so much in there van though so they got to be careful.
The show may remind you a bit of Pawn Stars when it comes to Antiques. Not everything on the show is necessarily a big antique, but can often have quite a lot of value to it due to how old it is. Think of the show as Pawn Stars on the road. The difference being is that they drive around to new places to buy stuff to take back to there shop and resell.
American Pickers cont.
The show is pretty interesting call it a Billy the exterminator/Pawn Stars Hybrid. They always meet different folk who have a lot of items laying around there property. You never know what they might find. They just have to be careful they don't buy something for to much. Mike and Frank will give them an offer price and they go from there. Sometimes they can make a deal and other times they can not. The thing is a lot of people have a lot of emotional attachment to the items and do not want to part with them. Even if they forgot they had the item seeing it brings up new interest. The value in which they buy the items is about 50 maybe 60 percent of its actual worth. For example: they buy an old John Deer sign for 100$ and sell it for 200. This is the same way the Pawn Stars have to work. They need to buy an item and resell for profit. Many people sometimes don't understand that the pickers need to get antique or other items cheaper because its there job and how they make money.
Anyone who enjoys Pawn Stars will probably enjoy this show. There are many old items from long ago. American pickers look for long discarded items that are often "riches"....
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