6 Reasons To Check Out American Pickers On The History Channel

    May 4, 2011 at 5:00 am


    American Pickers

    Most people have a “go to” show that they watch when there is nothing better on television. It’s either DVRed, on demand or on DVD but the show is always there to help pass the time until there is something better to do than sit around and watch TV.

    American Pickers is my new favorite “go to” show. Here is the synopsis from the official website.

    This isn’t your grandmother’s antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories.

    The show is has a little bit of everything and is incredibly entertaining. If the backstory didn’t grab you, here are six good reasons to check out the show.

    You’ll learn something

    Mike and Frank make sure to teach people a little about their junk, even if they don’t purchase, meaning that the audience learns a little something as well. The show also has little pop-up facts on the screen to give a brief backstory of the products, manufacturers and history of each piece. It’s the History channel, they’ve got to teach you something. It’s the law.

    Do you watch Hoarders? Plenty of those people

    Hoarders is also a favorite of mine but after 20 minutes of viewing I start to get the heebie-jeebies. Right around the time they start cleaning up the junk and pull eight year old hams and missing cats from underneath all the debris. One of the things I find so amusing about that show is the amount of stuff in the house and the thought running through my head going “I bet there are some hidden treasures in all that crap.” American Pickers make their money off hoarders. They hoarders they visit aren’t always of the extreme of the show Hoarders, but Mike and Frank go through piles and piles of stuff looking for those hidden treasures. More often than not they come out with something of real value.

    It makes you rethink your junk

    Everyone has stuff laying around the house, garage or in storage that they swear “will be worth something someday.” It could be a value or it could be crap. A person just doesn’t know. That’s why it’s fun to watch Mike and Frank sift through piles of stuff to pull out pieces that a person wouldn’t really think would be of value. Light fixtures, tin cans, handmade trinkets and stuff that 9 out of 10 people would classify as junk are usually scooped up by the guys because they know what they are looking for.

    It appeals to a wide audience

    Anyone can watch American Pickers; people big on nostalgia (there is at least one salvaged car, bike or moped on each episode) older people that owned half this stuff, younger people that will probably get saddled with it when the old people pass on and just about anyone of any age will enjoy the show. I got my 67-year-old dad watching now and my 21-year-old cousin is hooked as well. Can’t say that about Intervention.

    Mike and Frank are entertaining

    I’m sure there are countless other people that do the same thing Frank and Mike do to make a living. I’m sure they are just as odd as the job. The guys just seem like normal dudes. They are friendly, kind of funny and just real nice guys to all the people they meet. Even when they are met with a door slammed in their face they are pretty cordial about the situation and laugh it off. Usually the jokes are at the expensive of Frank. Someone has to be the punching bag.

    It’s a reality check

    I’m all about a person being happy with their career. People shouldn’t do through life hating their jobs. Even if it’s a career that doesn’t make much money or doesn’t carry much prestige it’s better to be happy and poor than rich and miserable. I’m sure Frank and Mike make good money (even more now with the show) but they seem to genuinely love what they do and it never really feels like they are “working.” They travel the country in a truck and look through people’s junk. Beats punching a clock.

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