Imagine it… an American Pickers episode turned potentially harmful horror story.
This is what happened when host Mike Wolfe and former host Frank Fritz during Season 12 Episode 13. The pair were with a man named Dick who showed him through the items he’s procured over the last fifty years. The building they approached was made of cinderblock and had numerous signs to keep out.
The second you walked in the door, a metal spear was sticking out of wood pieces. There was so much stuff that it basically was an avalanche down the stairs to the door. When they begin to move the pieces, two pitchforks were strung together ready to ward off any potential invaders.
Once they moved items and made sure they didn’t hurt themselves, they found something epic. They found a treasure trove of retro motorcycles and various parts.
Watch the wild moment, below.
How Danielle Colby Was Added to ‘American Pickers’
How did Danielle Colby join American Pickers? The story is just as unique as you’d imagine it to be. Colby met Wolfe at a local Iowa garage sale back in 2000. She was about to grab a beautiful lamp when he walked in and snatched it up. He gave her a piece of advice, to go in for the grab the second you have your eye on something. Oddly enough, Dani was intrigued by her fellow Le Claire citizen and wanted to meet him properly.
Dani went to work for him and currently manages the flagship Antique Archeology store. She also helps schedule places for Wolfe to pick from.
Wolfe revealed the reasons that he chose to bring her on as a co-host. During a question and answer event in their hometown, Wolfe spoke about Colby. It took him ten years to hire her for the series, but not a minute too late.
“When we sold the show to History [Channel], I needed to hire somebody that did what we did with the research,” Wolfe said. “And just dissecting things as far as where we were gonna go. And I asked her to do it, and she’s like ‘Are you guys nuts?”
Wolfe noted that he wanted history to be fun and appealing to all demographics. With her attitude and look, he believed that she was the perfect fit for American Pickers.
“I saw what she was capable of, and she’s got the edge, she’s got the look,” he explained. “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.”