‘American Pickers’: The Time Danielle Colby Refused to Let Mike Wolfe Sell a Spooky Item

by Taylor Cunningham

American Pickers starlet Danielle Colby grew so attached to a haunted footlocker that she refused to let Mike Wolfe sell its contents.

During this year’s Halloween episode of The Sailor Jerry Podcast, Danielle Colby told the story of a footlocker once owned by a woman named Mary Reaver.

According to Colby, Mike Wolfe brought the spooky piece back to his Antique Archeology storefront in Nashville, TN. And it was there that the star grew oddly attached.

Danielle Colby and her children love ghost stories and haunted houses. So when the kids were little, she made a habit of driving out to the store late at night in hopes of spotting a ghoul or spirit attached to one of the coveted antiques.

While looking for a scare one night, Colby uncovered the footlocker.

“We opened up Mary Reaver’s trunk, and the vibe in the air got so crazy,” she told host Matt Caughthran. “As we’re looking through the trunk — this is when [Wolfe] had just brought it in — there’s this stack of letters that says ‘Do not read. Private.’ and there’s also divination sticks, tarot cards, there’s, like, her whole life.”

Wolfe ended up selling a few of Mary’s treasures. But before he could empty the entire trunk, Colby convinced her boss to let her keep a few of the items.

“I still feel [Mary] to this day,” she admitted. “Because I take her with me everywhere.”

‘American Pickers’ Host Mike Wolfe Once Uncovered a Skeleton

Mike Wolfe has seen a lot of strange things while hunting for priceless antiques on American Pickers. But in Danielle Colby’s opinion, an Odd Fellow’s coffin was definitely the strangest of all.

While chatting with WREG News 3, Colby told hosts Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman the story of the find.

“[The skeletons] was never on TV. It was before the show, ” she shared. “He found an Odd Fellow’s coffin with an actual skeleton inside of it—like a real human skeleton inside of it. He didn’t pick it. I mean, he couldn’t. He was just like ‘Ah!’ But that was probably the weirdest thing that he had seen. They used to actually use real skeletons for colleges from the 1800s into the early 1900s.”

What is The Odd Fellows, you wonder? It’s a fraternal organization from the 19th and 20th centuries. The organization claimed to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan.” But for the most part, the group was shrouded in secrecy.

The Odd Fellows closed its doors after the Great Depression. But for some reason, people are still finding its famous coffins to this day. There have been reports of people finding them in attics, closets, and under floorboards in homes and abandoned lodges all over the United States.