‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe Reveals the One Antique That ‘Haunts’ Him

by Samantha Whidden
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Although he has collected hundreds of items over the years, there is one antique that “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe says haunts him.

While chatting with Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine in 2011, Mike Wolfe revealed that the one antique that haunts him is an early 20th-century bike. “A pre-1915 bike haunts me,” the “American Pickers” star declared. “That’s what keeps me on the road.”

When asked if he continues to purchase items from a seller after they see the value of the items on “American Pickers,” Mike Wolfe recalled one example. “Do you remember the saddle story? It was the first saddle I ever bought. I don’t know why that guy appraised it for $5,000. I put it on eBay, and it did not sell. I sold it in my shop for $150 and that was because the buyer wanted me to sign it.”

The “American Pickers” host further explained that with appraisals, the item is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. “I have gone back and given people more money for items I bought from them. My business before the show was based on leads and referrals. Going back and giving the seller more money, that’s good for your mojo.”

Mike Wolfe then spoke about how he finds places to pick. “We get 10,000 emails a week from people who want us to pick their collections. Before the show, I ran ads in small towns. It worked. And I would go talk with the local chamber. With Museums. And with people who had collections.”

Mike Wolfe Shares What Had Been the Highlight of “American Pickers” for Him 

While continuing to chat with the publication, Mike Wolfe spoke about the highlight of “American Pickers” for him. “Just making a difference. We now get letters from kids and families who love the show. Who tell us it makes a difference in their lives. And that’s a powerful thing. We must be doing something right.”

Mike Wolfe also revealed what he does when he’s not filming on “American Pickers” or on the road picking. “I get to the shop early and do stuff. So many people come into the shop each day that I get out early. “

The “American Pickers” host further explained that at the time the shop was getting 300 visitors per day. “It is a totally new experience. Having a shop. I had warehouse before. I will be opening a shop in Nashville in the spring. I have a house there. So it makes sense to open a shop and do more property rental for movies and so on.”

In regards to how many weeks he is on the road for “American Pickers,” Mike Wolfe added, “Two to three weeks per month. Next month, I will be home three to four days.”

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