|About the Book|
A true adventure story and the go-to guide for picking American treasures from anyones backyard, straight from the stars of Historys American PickersIn these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their roadMoreA true adventure story and the go-to guide for picking American treasures from anyones backyard, straight from the stars of Historys American PickersIn these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their road trips across the American countryside in search of rusty gold to buy and sell among the picking worlds one-of-a-kind characters. Whether you are a fan of the show or just like finding hidden riches, you will love seeing what Wolfe and Fritz dig up and enjoy meeting the devoted collectors, extreme stockpilers, and elite dealers who they encounter along the way.Wolfe and Fritz do not deal in fine antiques. Their secondhand treasures are of the down-and-dirty and sometimes even bizarre variety, from old bicycles and vintage tools, to sun-bleached cars and handmade furniture, retired carnival games and unusual taxidermy. Assisted by Danielle Colby, who helps out at Antique Archaeology, Wolfe and Fritz buy on the cheap and then sell to dealers, art directors, interior designers, or anyone looking for a little bit of authentic Americana. The three now share their secrets to finding hidden gems, offering helpful hints that will show what average Americans can do to find the treasures that await them.From American Pickers Guide to Picking:Junk is BeautifulWhen we knock on a door, 90 percent of the time the things we find are junk. But we dont care about the odds- a picker never turns down an opportunity, no matter where it is. Weve picked pickup trucks. Weve picked flat beds. Weve picked dumpsters. We even picked a Mercury Sable. Were looking for the unusual, the impossible, the funky, the different, the bizarre-things we have never seen before. And well go anywhere we have to go to find it.No location is off-limits to a hard-core picker. And theres plenty of things to be found at antique stores, thrift and consignment shops, flea markets, estate sales, and swap meets, and a lot of the tips in this book apply to finding treasures at these joints. But thats not really the kind of picking we do anymore. We look outside the box to find our junk-a word we use almost like a term of endearment: to us: junk is beautiful.