Why ‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Considers Himself a ‘Bit of a Hoarder’

by John Jamison

American Pickers star Mike Wolfe and Marie Kondo, the star of Netflix’s 2019 show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, are polar opposites on the surface. Wolfe collects things, and Kondo declutters things. Wolfe even goes so far as to consider himself “a bit of a hoarder.” But is it really hoarding if all of the stuff Mike Wolfe holds onto has meaning to him?

The longtime American Pickers star is constantly on the hunt for valuable and meaningful antiques across the country. Many of his picks are quickly flipped for a profit or put up for sale at one of his two Antique Archaeology stores. But it’s easy to forget that one of Wolfe’s primary motivations is seeking out antiques with great stories.

Mike Wolfe often keeps those items for himself. And it has led to, well, a fair bit of clutter around his home. In a 2019 interview with Fox News, the outlet asked Wolfe if he had seen Marie Kondo’s show about minimizing clutter and getting rid of all the stuff that doesn’t “spark 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.

Wolfe doesn’t see anything wrong with such a philosophy. But the collector admits that much of the stuff he keeps does have meaning to him.

“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,” continued Wolfe. “When people decide to get rid of things because they’re too cluttered, I hope they might call me.”

Do You Have Valuable Antiques in Your Home Right Now? ‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Says It’s Likely

It’s a trip to think about, but certain items from the 1970s, ’80s and even ’90s are becoming increasingly valuable. We’re accustomed to seeing the really old stuff on American Pickers. But Mike Wolfe insists that things like early electronics are starting to fetch some serious cash.

“I’m 54 years old, and people are collecting stuff from the ‘80s, and some of that stuff’s getting really expensive. So anything from electronics to clothing, to maybe even poster art. The thing that’s great now is all your knowledge is at your fingertips,” Wolfe continued in the interview.

Take an old game system like Atari, for example. The machine could bring in anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand dollars, depending on the version. Of course, that’s just one instance. But the American Pickers star points out that people no longer need experts to tell them an item’s value. It’s easy as whipping out a smartphone and looking something up.