“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe is known for hunting down old treasures and breathing new life into them. He does this year round, traveling more than 70,000 miles throughout the country. He then restores them and puts them in his two shops, both called Antique Archaeology. So where are the stories located?
One of them is located in LeClaire, Iowa – not far from where Wolfe was raised. The town is fairly small, something Wolfe is really fond of. The professional picker has spoken about his love of small towns and quaint communities many times. The antique store in this location has been open since 2000. It is completely filled with unique items from all over the nation.
The second antique store is found in Nashville, Tennessee. This where the “American Pickers” personality currently calls home. Opened in 2011, the large store is also half museum in addition to selling rare antiques.
“American Pickers” on Show’s Mission
In the show’s description, it offers insight into the “American Pickers” key mission.
“Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land,” it says, via The Sun. “Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure.”
Though Fritz is no longer with the other pickers, Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby continue to hunt for the best restorable junk. They often see the value where others do not, finding ways to take forgotten items and make them into something really cool.
Mike Wolfe Says He’s Kind of a Hoarder
During an interview with Fox News, Wolfe was once asked about the show “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The point is to declutter your life and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring joy.
“I haven’t seen that show myself, but I have a friend that does that for a living, goes in and organizes people’s homes, and there’s a philosophy, obviously, behind that, and it’s almost a lifestyle change for a lot of people,” Wolfe told the outlet.
He went on to say:
“I’m a little bit of a hoarder myself, and I like to be surrounded by so many things that really give me energy. So obviously, there are trends that come and go. When people decide to get rid of things because they’re too cluttered, I hope they might call me.”
Wolfe has also collected old junk since he was really young. He once admitted that even without the show, he would still be traveling the nation in search of antiques. It’s something that’s become a true passion for him and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.