American Pickers Guide to Picking

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Hyperion, Sep 13, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 240 pages
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A true adventure story and the go-to guide for "picking" American treasures from anyone’s backyard, straight from the stars of History's American Pickers

In these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their road trips across the American countryside in search of “rusty gold” to buy and sell among the picking world’s one-of-a-kind characters. Whether you are a fan of the show or just like finding hidden riches, you will love seeing what Wolfe and Fritz dig up and enjoy meeting the devoted collectors, extreme stockpilers, and elite dealers who they encounter along the way.

Wolfe and Fritz do not deal in fine antiques. Their secondhand treasures are of the down-and-dirty and sometimes even bizarre variety, from old bicycles and vintage tools, to sun-bleached cars and handmade furniture, retired carnival games and unusual taxidermy. Assisted by Danielle Colby, who helps out at Antique Archaeology, Wolfe and Fritz buy on the cheap and then sell to dealers, art directors, interior designers, or anyone looking for a little bit of authentic Americana. The three now share their secrets to finding hidden gems, offering helpful hints that will show what average Americans can do to find the treasures that await them.

From American Pickers Guide to Picking:

Junk is Beautiful

When we knock on a door, 90 percent of the time the things we find are junk. But we don’t care about the odds; a picker never turns down an opportunity, no matter where it is. We’ve picked pickup trucks. We’ve picked flat beds. We’ve picked dumpsters. We even picked a Mercury Sable. We’re looking for the unusual, the impossible, the funky, the different, the bizarre—things we have never seen before. And we’ll go anywhere we have to go to find it.

No location is off-limits to a hard-core picker. And there’s plenty of things to be found at antique stores, thrift and consignment shops, flea markets, estate sales, and swap meets, and a lot of the tips in this book apply to finding treasures at these joints. But that’s not really the kind of picking we do anymore. We look outside the box to find our junk—a word we use almost like a term of endearment: to us: junk is beautiful.

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User Review  - Jellyn - LibraryThing

This book reads like you're watching the show. And there's quite a lot of information and advice in it too. Definitely worth the read, whether you are a picker or want to be one, or just like watching the show. Read full review

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User Review  - Michele - Goodreads

I enjoy the show, but I enjoyed the book even more. The compassion Mike and Frank show for the people they meet is highlighted. I'd recommend this one to fans of the show and people who might be interested in the world of "picking". Read full review

About the author (2011)

Libby Callaway has contributed to some of the country's most widely regarded magazines and newspapers, including the New York Post, where she was employed as a writer and editor from 1997 through 2004. She also has written for Conde Nast Traveler, Style.com, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times' T Magazine, Budget Travel, Self, BlackBook, Nylon and Glamour, where she was a fashion advice columnist in 2006 and 2007. She's appeared as a fashion expert on national TV networks including CNN, NBC, Fox, E! and The Style Network and has worked as a media consultant for Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Whole Foods' Whole Body division. She lives in Nashville.

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