Picking for antiques like hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on “American Pickers” can be done at any age. No matter how old or how young, you can always learn an appreciation for antique items.
Back in 2013, Wolfe and Fritz visited a man out in Paul, Texas. The guy’s yard was absolutely covered in what looked like junk but was actually several hidden gems. As Wolfe and Fritz picked their way through the trove of items, they were joined by the man’s grandson.
The grandson walked through the yard with the “American Pickers” hosts. During an interview, Frtiz said that the kid “at a young age, is truly interested in collecting. And he stayed real close by us. Hopefully, he can pick up some pointers.”
Wolfe then asked the grandson how much he thought an old chiropractor’s table would be worth “if it wasn’t all chewed up and we had this in our shop?”
“I don’t know, a hundred dollars maybe? Maybe $200?” the kid guessed.
“More like 400-500 bucks,” Wolfe replied. The grandson may not know a ton about collecting from the get-go, but at least he’s learning from the best.
“A lot of kids, they think recycling is all about plastic bottles, aluminum cans,” Wolfe said in an interview. “They don’t understand recycling as far as taking something and repurposing it.”
That’s exactly what they do on “American Pickers.” But the grandson seemed more interested in the novelty and wonder of picking. Especially when you find something you hadn’t seen before.
“I just like all this junk everywhere,” the kid said. “Every time I come I see something new.”
See the “American Pickers” star-in-training in the video below.
‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Once Pitched an Idea for a Kid Pickers TV Show
The kid in the clip above isn’t the only one who’s expressed an interest in collecting and picking. “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe told Script Magazine back in 2013 how they got “wheelbarrows full of mail from kids” who loved watching the show. It gave him the idea to pitch a picking show just for kids.
Wolfe pitched “Kid Pickers” to the History Channel, claiming two kids would host it. But the network axed the idea, and it never happened.
Instead, Wolfe turned the idea into a book for young reads. In “Kid Pickers: How To Turn Junk Into Treasure,” Wolfe “offers tips on collecting, sorting through flea market offerings, asking relatives about family heirlooms, and much, much more. In the process, kids will pick up history, research skills, and new hobbies galore (and maybe even help clean the attic).” This is all according to the book’s official synopsis, which released in 2013.
Before it was published, the “American Pickers” star told Script how it would “change everything” for kids.
“There’s nothing like it out there,” Wolfe said. “It teaches children when they find things, they can learn about their family’s history and history in general. It’s teaching them to repurpose and recycle. These kids are even decorating their rooms in vintage.”
You can buy the book on Amazon or through other book retailers.