‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Explains His ‘Emotional Affairs’ with Objects Works

by Keeli Parkey

“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe has made a living knowing what items have value to some people and what items don’t. He is also talented at understanding what items appeal to different people.

And like anyone who deals in collectible items, Wolfe has pieces he prefers and those he doesn’t. He talked about his feelings about certain pieces during a 2015 interview with the Lebanon Democrat.

“I’m like everyone else – I have an emotional affair with things. And after a while, I break up with it,” Mike Wolfe said as the crowd laughed.

How long the “American Pickers” star’s “emotional fair” with the things in his life lasts varies. “But, uh, sometimes I’ll have things for six months and I’ll get tired of them. Or, sometimes I’ll have things for 20 years and I get tired of them,” Mike Wolfe also explained.

As to why Wolfe decides to give up some items and keep others, he really doesn’t have an explanation.

“I don’t know what triggers it, you know. I just sold a motorcycle the other day that’s been bugging me about it for a while. And I don’t know, I just woke up one day and I’m like, ‘I’m going to sell it, you know,'” Wolfe also said.

‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Places Value in Items Based on the ‘Person That Owned It’

Interestingly, the value he places in items is often based on the people who earned those items before the “American Pickers” star did.

“So, um, really, uh I think for me, whatever resonates the strongest in regards to how I found it. I think that’s a big thing. Um, it really depends on how you find it and the person that owned it,” Mike Wolfe also said.

Some of his favorite items weren’t expensive pieces. And Wolfe keeps these pieces in his home.

“I’ve got some things in my house that, you know, they’re probably worth $25 to $50, but I’ve kept them because I remember that person. Um, there was an older gentleman that I bought a little plow off of that he had made years ago. And he wouldn’t sell me anything,” the “American Pickers” star also recalled.

Wolfe went on to have a friendship with this “older gentleman.”

“I would just always stop by because he had such a primitive lifestyle and, uh – he made his own rope. This guy had a well, no electricity, had every vehicle that he had ever owned and, uh, he was just – a lot of people in town called him the, they just didn’t understand him, you know. But I thought he was a genius. And he would tell me stories,” Mike Wolfe also said.

You can watch “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe talk about his “emotional affairs” with the Lebanon Democrat in 2015 below. He discusses several other topics in the interview. His comments on the “emotional affairs” begin around the 7:40 mark of the video.