If you’re wanting to learn about how – and where – to find unique antiques, the reality television series “American Pickers” can be an excellent resource. Not only are items available through the Antique Archaeology stores owned by star Mike Wolfe, but the cast has also often shared tips about “picking” over the years.
During a recent appearance on “The Sailor Jerry Podcast,” Wolfe’s “American Pickers” co-star Danielle Colby discussed tips for antique picking. Thanks to a question by the podcast’s host, Colby discussed one of the largest states in the country.
“Is there anything good in Texas still? Or has Texas been picked through?” Sailor Jerry asked Colby. “Texas, yeah, you can get a lot of stuff,” the 45-year-old reality television star answered.
The “American Pickers” star then said that finding unusual items will require antique hunters to go looking for them. “You can still get – kind of out off the beaten path, you can still get some inexpensive stuff,” Danielle Colby also explained.
However, there are some parts of Texas where antique hunters will be charged more for items than in other parts of the Lonestar State. “But, you got oil money. It’s like Nashville. You’re going to be paying up,” Colby explained.
She then talked about the difference in paying for items in small towns versus big cities. She specifically compared Le Claire, Iowa, to Nashville, Tennessee. Colby did so because those two locations are where “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe has established his Antique Archaeology stores.
“We’ll sell (an item) in Iowa. And I’m shocked that we’ll have something similar (but) in Nashville things just, like, they go for more money. It’s crazy,” Colby also said.
‘American Pickers’ Star Danielle Colby Also Discussed Picking In Other Locations
“American Pickers” star Danielle Colby didn’t limit her discussion of the best locations to go “picking” to Texas. She also talked about other locations. She even divided locations up between where she likes to go when she has extra money versus when she is low on funds.
“But my favorite place in the world to pick – if I have money, I like going out to the East Coast (of the United States) because that’s where the rare s**t is, right? The rarest in the country you’re going to find out east, normally,” Colby also said during the podcast.
When she is low on funds, Colby goes back home to Iowa. She said that “the vintage stores there, they’re inexpensive still. And (they have) really cool s**t. You can find really cool stuff there. Most small towns have a good scene.”
As her fans are aware, Colby now calls Puerto Rico home. However, she doesn’t search for antiques there because the pieces she has come across “needed to be in museums …”