American Pickers, hosted by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, aired on The History Channel Monday night. The two headed to the Deep South, and found a number of interesting items in Louisiana and Mississippi. American Pickers is an hour-long show that has been airing for the last couple of months. Fans of the The History Channel program never know who or what Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are going to find next. This time though, the collectors had to deal with some real shrewd Southerners. I wrote about the premiere episode at this Associated Content article here.
American Pickers on The History Channel: Adventures (This Time) in the Deep South
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz found the wintry weather in Iowa too much to take, so they headed south, and their first stop was at a large red barn owned by “Gringo Al”, who’s been buying and selling treasured junk for more than 30 years. He was quoting high prices to the American Pickers, for he’s got “business sense.” But finally, the duo got some things at prices they could stomach, including picking a glass mail box for $30 (valued at $65); some Motor Magazines for $20 (valued at $60) ; a Lincoln Drape lamp that Frank spotted for $35 (valued at $100). Wolfe was really “gaga” over a bicycle rack that had “Uniformed Messengers/Western Union” advertising on it, which set the business back $350, but which was expected to profit some $450.
American Pickers viewers then got to take a television journey to Mississippi, and the first stop of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz happened to be at “Pudding’s” place, where he showed off his river finds: old Ice Age bones, dinosaur eggs, and woolly mammoth teeth. But what interested the Iowa duo was a 1900s copper weather vane, which they bought for $400 (valued at $650). “Pudding” referred The History Channel hosts to another collector named Phil, who had a ton of “junk” strewn on his property. They thought he’d be unfriendly, but Phil told them he needed to get rid of some of his junk that’s he’s collected on his property for half a century, and he was open to selling, and congenial. The big items they bought there were a set of 1920s visible gas pumps, which they obtained for $1000, and later sold them to a restorer named Jacoby for $1600, saving a long trip back north with those heavy items.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz Are Swarmed by “Hogs” and Bikes on the Latest Episode of American Pickers
While in Louisiana, the duo was directed by their office manager Danielle to a 5-acre motorcycle, bicycle, and automobile graveyard. Vic, the owner, said he has some 2,000 motorcycles, as he collects “two of everything.” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz were especially stymied by all the motorcycles and motorcycle parts on site, and were able to get Vic to part with some things. The local authorities have been threatening him with removal of his prized possessions unless he fences up his stuff so drivers won’t have to look at it. The money the American Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz gave him, including $300 for a fork and handle bars (which were expected to bring the “Antique Archeology” business $200 in profit), and $70 (valued at $200) for some motorcycle frames, were to help put some money into Vic’s fence kitty. Even Frank was able to deal for an old Royal Crown Cola sign for 30 bucks, hoping to make $45 profit off it.
The History Channel show American Pickers concluded in “The Big Easy” as Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz took in the sights and sounds on Bourbon Street, and they even sprang for a tarot card reading.
“5 Acres of Junk”, American Pickers, March 15, 2010, The History Channel, Mountain Time feed