‘American Pickers’: Why Danielle Colby Says Picking Is ‘Not for the Faint of Heart’

by Amy Myers
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While shows like American Pickers create a huge fanbase for unusual jobs, they also create a population of DIY pickers that want to restore their items themselves. Of course, stars like Danielle Colby and Mike Wolfe encourage viewers to explore Americana items around the country, but this could also create competition for the collector duo.

But Colby isn’t afraid of what competing antique fanatics might result from the show’s popularity. In fact, the American Pickers star is fairly certain that not many can do what she and Wolfe accomplish on a regular basis. While Wolfe travels the country in search of unique and historic items, Colby will either accompany him to help shed some light on objects she’s familiar with or hang back at their shop, Antique Archaeology, to provide research as needed.

In both roles, she knows the extent of the work that happens both on and off camera to recondition a rusty piece of history. Because of this, she feels that not many are up to the true task of being full-time pickers.

“I don’t think that enough people have enough drive to do – it’s a very hard job,” Colby told interviewer, Sebastian Tabany. “So, I think that a lot of people who probably start doing it realize how dirty and sweaty and demanding the job is and at that point will just probably back away from doing it. And then we come in.”

“It’s not for the faint of heart,” the American Pickers star cautioned.

Listen to the full conversation in the video below.

‘American Pickers’ Star Explains How Roles in Picking and Burlesque Complement Each Other

Outside of her role on American Pickers, Colby dabbles in another profession – burlesque dancing. Colby described her gig on stage as a “vintage form of striptease” that evoked past American costumes and culture. Because burlesque dancing was such a huge part of Americana, she found that the two roles complement each other perfectly.

When she’s out with Wolfe on the road, Colby has a keen eye for any costume pieces, dresses or music that were from that era. These little treasures fuel her passion for her side job, as she learns even more about the first burlesque dancers in the country. Likewise, when she performs on stage, she has even more motivation to find these items that speak to her while on the road. For the American Pickers star, both jobs are a huge part of her identity.

“It’s important for me to be able to go out and find these items,” Colby said. “And so, they kind of go together very well because it’s the burlesque that keeps me picking, and it’s the picking that keeps my burlesque looking good and fresh but still have that traditional feel.”

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