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American Pickers History Channel Show

Updated on October 25, 2010

American Pickers

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.

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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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      Gerald G. plummer 6 years ago

      g I would like to talk to you guys about some of the thigs that I have seen on your show My name is Gerald G. Plummer and My phone is317 281 9715 I hope that you all get this note Thank You very much

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      Rita Kaye 6 years ago

      I am 72 yrs old and have a desk over 100 years old in fair condition. Other things I would like to know the value on. My children don't want any of them so I would like to sell them asap. Can you advise me

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a big fan of American Pickers. I try to catch every episode. Those guys seem like they are really enjoying their work. I've been a collector and junk/antique dealer for years, so this program is right up my alley. Enjoyed the read. Great Hub

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      SALLY PIERCE 6 years ago

      How many miles do Frank and Mike travel per year

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      Jackie Aston 6 years ago

      I have a discharge form filled out and signed by Thomas Chamberlain,Civil War General. I also have a condolence letter addressed to my grandfather signed by Douglas MacArthur. Can you tell me if either are worth anything?

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      SC gal 5 years ago

      I enjoy your show so much and watch every one. I even watch the reruns. Mike and Frank have a great chemistry together and they just make the show.

      I have learned a lot more about antiques. They share interesting facts. This show is a keeper!!

      With all the crazy places you dig around in, how many times have you come across a snake? You have never shown or mentioned that in your show.

      Keep up the great work and keep the shows coming.

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      sarah geroge 5 years ago

      hay pickers how do you buy stuff from you i want the vitroller record player e mail sarahjune55@yahoo.com

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nice review of the TV show. At one time I owned a collectibles store and still love all that vintage stuff.

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      matt parr 5 years ago

      I have boxes of Ho trains still in boxes. Years vary from the 1950s to 2010. Also a 1966 thunderbird 428 engine with less than 50000 original miles. Would like to know the value of these items. Please contact me at 779-770-1694

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      Ruth Baker 5 years ago

      I was at a Flee Market today and they had 2 huge light up signs for Texaco gas. They wanted 500 for each, just thought you would like to know. It is in Harrison, Arkansas.

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      Susan 5 years ago

      My Daughter and I have an 1966 Shovelhead motorcycle.. in South Carolina..and some other things would like to know how much it is valued at and would possibly sale ...8432872068

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      Mittysnook 5 years ago

      Hey guys you're killing this deal for all of us. We,re a 40 year plus s pickin family. You're show really ruins things , thanks for getting fat with your Nashville store etc. While the rest of us struggle ,

      We have more knowledge in our lil fingers then u twits do in ur whole repertoire

      , glad you got the break while the rest of s struggle , we know antiques and collectivize that I watch you guys leave sit! Heartbreaking brothers

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      Wendy 5 years ago

      Mike is tight with money you can hear him squeak when he walks. And Frank is just too cute!!!!!

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      LaVonda Martin 5 years ago

      I have a 1695 Franceseo Lugerri Violin! Is it worth anything?

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      Ernie Foister 5 years ago

      I have a few things. One is an Elsey the cow night light. And a stuffed animal from Bordens. My dad drove for them when I was 3. I am now 57. I also have a bayanet from the Civil War. I also have Blue Ridge pottery. You were not on on 2/6/2012 did u move?

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      T.J. Mattox 5 years ago

      Please tell me what letters Danielle has tattooed on her fingers. The suspense is killing me.

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