‘American Pickers’: Why Mike Wolfe Says Everyone is ‘Born as Pickers’

by Courtney Blackann

“American Pickers” frontman Mike Wolfe tends to see the world a little differently. He always has. Since his youth, he’s been very curious about making the old into new. This spurred his love of antiques and all things of a historical nature. That being said, the famous junker believes there’s some “picker” inherently in all of us.

While speaking at a Barnes & Nobles in 2013 for his book signing, Wolfe addressed audience questions about what it takes to become a picker. The History Channel star made it clear that it’s about curiosity over anything else – which is something that exists within us all.

“I think were all born as pickers because we all have that sense of curiosity and adventure, wanting to discover but as we get older we tend to lose some of that. Because we have obligations, you know we have mortgages and we have children and car payments and we have all these things going on in our lives,” he says during the open talk.

He makes his point, saying:”We still have that picker bug in us, but there’s so many different layers to it…but when a child sees something and they have such a young, vulnerable and clever eye…” to makes the point to ask the child why they liked the item they picked up. From that, Wolfe says, we can learn in the simplest way what makes something fascinating.

Wolfe has established himself as an avid picker. He, along with co-star Danielle Colby, travel about 70,000 miles across the United States each year in search of unique goods. They sometimes have to heckle with farm and estate owners in order to make a deal. But this is okay – as long as they’re getting a deal in the transaction.

“American Pickers” Star Mike Wolfe Shares Rentable Tennessee Home

Further, Mike Wolfe doesn’t just want to bring people his up-cycled ‘junk,’ he wants people to experience small town America in a way that he loves. In this case, that comes in the form of an Airbnb. The “American Pickers” star recently posted a super cute, Tennessee property which people can rent. It’s complete with items, of course, seen on the show.

“Some people may not know, but for the past 30 years, I have been selling to designers and decorators,” says Mike. “It has been a major part of my business. This is the first time that I’ve been able to utilize that experience inside my own space for other people to experience. I’m on the road six months out of the year,” Wolfe said.

Further, Wolfe says he understands what kind of experience people are looking for in a small town – and he aims to offer that.

“I check-in to a lot of hotels and Airbnbs, so I understand what travelers need when they’re looking to relax after a long day in a space that feels like home. This entire project is all about creating an experience in Columbia, not just for a few hours in town, but for a long weekend.”