Fans of “American Pickers” know Danielle Colby as the facilitator. She’s often found at the Antique Archaeology office, coordinating locations and clients for Mike and Frank while they’re out on the road. These days it’s just Mike, but in the absence of Frank Fritz, Colby has continued in her role. When she’s not helping Mike find great picks for the show, what does the TV star do with her time? Better yet, where does she live?
There’s a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is the “American Pickers” star is currently based out of Puerto Rico. There, she is actively involved with several causes that are close to her heart. According to History.com, she helps out at orphanages, volunteers with animal shelters, and does her best to call attention to the ongoing horrors of human trafficking.
The long answer is that Danielle Colby lives anything but a sedentary life. Yes, she is a mother of two children from her first marriage to Chad Cushman. But that doesn’t stop her from leading a busy life which includes frequent travel for work. While filming for “American Pickers,” there’s a good chance one can find Colby in her native Iowa. After all, the state is home to the flagship brick-and-mortar Antique Archaeology store.
Due to its proximity, it came as no surprise in 2018 when Colby purchased a home in Erie, Illinois. Just 40 minutes up the road from Davenport, Iowa, Colby’s 1,584 square-foot home is situated on a 4.5-acre property. The forested home features private trails and a pond, not to mention a full spa in the master bath.
Mike Wolfe Chose Danielle Colby For ‘American Pickers’ For A Specific Reason
Anyone familiar with “American Pickers” knows how fascinating Danielle Colby is as an addition to the crew. Her tattooed, vintage style flies in the face of what one typically expects from an antique dealer. And that’s precisely what Mike Wolfe had in mind when he chose her for the show.
Not taking anything away from Mike and Frank, but they’re two run-of-the-mill Iowa guys. So the addition of Colby had the desired effect.
“I saw what she was capable of, and she’s got the edge, she’s got the look. One thing I wanted when I hired her and I knew she was going to be on camera, I wanted someone that did not look like they would work in any antique shop because I wanted our show to be looked at in a different way. I wanted people to look at antiques like they’re fun, they’re rad, they’re killer, they’re awesome. I wanted people to know that they didn’t have to have a blue blazer and ten cats to be an antique dealer,” Wolfe told Yuppie Punk in 2010.