‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe’s Antique Archaeology Store Selling Special Antiques for His Birthday

by Jacklyn Krol
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American Pickers star Mike Wolfe is celebrating his birthday by offering special antiques at his store.

Antique Archeology will be selling unique antiques on November 5, Wolfe’s big day.

“Listen UP! To celebrate @mikewolfeamericanpicker’s birthday, the team decided to put together a special round of antiques online just for you! The collection goes live TOMORROW (Nov. 5),” the store wrote. “Make sure you are on our email list to be notified of exactly when the items are available.”

You can join Picker nation by signing up for their email list here. They didn’t give any hints so be sure and sign up to see their offerings!

Getting Kids Involved With ‘American Pickers’

For Mike Wolfe, kids are the future and an inspiration to him through his own children. He hopes to inspire a new generation of history enthusiasts. At one point, he even pitched an American Pickers kids version. He told Script that he gets fan mail from kids and loves seeing the young antique pickers at work. He would have named the show “Kid Pickers.”

“That’s my way of paying it back… and my legacy,” he said of the pitch “‘Kid Pickers’ has more potential than ‘American Pickers’ in a lot of ways. It’s insanely popular around the world because people love the treasure hunt.”

Unfortunately, no network wanted to pick it up. However, he won’t stop his mission. He created literature on the concept.

Creating a New Version for Children

“‘Kid Pickers’ book is going to change everything,” he explained. There’s nothing like it out there. It teaches children when they find things, they can learn about their family’s history and history in general. It’s teaching them to repurpose and recycle. These kids are even decorating their rooms in vintage.”

Aside from creating a children’s book he adapted the concept into something that people can teach and learn from online. He helped a third grade teacher create a website that was essentially a “Facebook for kids who pick.”

History has a department on educating children,” he added. “They now have put ‘American Pickers’ show into a curriculum format, so kids are learning all about history through it.”

Along with a book and website, he has still continued in his mission. He helped judged a national contest for antique pickers. It was called “Pick & Tell.” Student contestants were tasked with finding an antique and then writing an essay about it. The winners ended up getting a one of a kind experience.

“I gave the prizes to the three children who won at the Smithsonian in DC this year,” he shared. “They’ve never had a show that connects with kids the way ours does, and they’ve never had so many children respond to a contest before.”