Who remembers Big Moe? He’s a no-nonsense collector who appeared on a Season 13 episode of “American Pickers.” And man, did he mean business. Moe had Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz in a mental pretzel when the pickers finally drove off his lot. The best part is they didn’t even know it.
This guy was such a character that the entire episode was titled “Big Moe” in his honor. The intimidating collector appeared to be nothing but fair with the two famous antique hunters. But he also knew that Mike and Frank had money. And he told the cameras as much. Moe had the “American Pickers” stars eating out of his hand from the beginning of the interaction.
Of course, it helped that Moe’s collection was pretty awesome. Plenty of stops on “American Pickers” only have an item or two that Mike and Frank would want to buy. That was not the case at Big Moe’s place. The man had an old garage filled with antique oil cans and signs galore.
When Mike and Frank handed Moe a list of the types of things they were looking for, his response was simple.
“I got most of this s**t,” Moe said.
When he led the pickers into his garage, he had no interest in haggling price. Moe let Mike and Frank throw numbers at him, and he accepted. Mike didn’t even dare counteroffer when it came time for the big-ticket item—a vintage used cars sign. The $500 price stood, and all parties went home happy. Though it certainly felt like Moe won the day.
If there’s one lesson we can take away from this moment on “American Pickers,” it’s that a bushy, white beard lends authority to a man.
‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Has a Selective Memory When it Comes to Antiques
Mike Wolfe won’t forget Big Moe any time soon. But there’s a pretty good chance he’ll have trouble recalling what he ate for breakfast. It’s just the way his life is as a result of his selective memory.
After decades of researching, hunting down rare pieces, and negotiating over price, the “American Pickers” star has adapted to only remember the important stuff. By “important stuff,” we mean details about antiques.
“Yeah, we’ve been doing it for 30 years now. But to be honest with you, we – I have [what] my wife calls ‘selective memory,'” Wolfe told the Vegas Film Critic. “Because I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I can remember, you know, when the first year of Indian and who created it. It’s an interesting place to be.”
What else does Mike Wolfe need to remember? As long as he can keep flipping rusty gold for a profit on “American Pickers,” he doesn’t have much need to worry.