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Date Posted:01/18/2010 10:59:36Copy HTML

I meant to post this last week sorry gang.

There is a new show on the History channel tonight named American Pickers, from what I can tell it is just up our collecting alley.

They search barns, antique shops, all over looking for collectibles and antiques.

Check it out maybe we can rally around this show.

I am not sure if they have a web site on History but if the show turns out to be pretty good we will see what happens, maybe recruit from their message boards lol.

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Re:American Pickers

Date Posted:01/18/2010 11:51:37Copy HTML

we dont get the history channel anymore :(
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Re:American Pickers

Date Posted:01/19/2010 12:00:59Copy HTML

Thanks for the info
I may not get HGTV or Food network anymore
but I do get the History channel
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Date Posted:01/19/2010 07:32:52Copy HTML

I watched it and it was fun! It should spur good discussions as there will be those who think they might be taking advantage of folks they buy from.

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Date Posted:01/20/2010 11:29:45Copy HTML

Did anybody watch and if so what did you think?

I was not that impressed myself.
They seemed more like junk men out for a quick buck.

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Date Posted:01/21/2010 06:46:12Copy HTML

I caught a few minutes of the show last night and it looks like a fun program.  It's the ultimate in dumpster diving with two guys traveling the country looking for unique collectibles.  If they see something in someone's yard, driveway or whatever, they ring the bell and offer to buy.  Two items they scored last night were an animated Phillip Morris/Johnny the Bellhop 3D sign and a carnival ride from the 50's.  Kovel's Komments had a blurb in their last newsletter:

We haven't seen it, but we hear the new History Channel show, "American Pickers," is good television, especially for collectors. The two hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, make their living searching for antiques and collectibles to resell to dealers. They are followed by a camera crew while they hunt, buy, and sell and throw in history and humor. Watch them find the place we all dream about--the barn chock full of stuff that hasnt been touched for years. We know from the days of our TV shows that it takes hard work, long hours, and dedication to survive a series. Watch this one if you can. The show will only go 10 episodes if there isnt enough interest. It debuted on Monday, Jan. 18.

I hope those of you who get the History Channel will watch this program.  It's been too long since there was a good antiques/collectibles show on TV.  I set my DVR to record the series so I won't miss it.
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Re:American Pickers

Date Posted:01/22/2010 01:47:30Copy HTML

For all who don't have history channel or missed the show earlier this week head on over to their website for the section for this show:

http://www.history.com/content/american-pickers

And you can watch the episode there!  History or not on your cable won't matter.

I haven't watched it, as I'm watching something else on TV but plan to come back to it.

Then, once we've watch online we can have more of a discussion!

Happy viewing (and I'm already itching to get back - they open with some great old signs.....)

Kate

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Date Posted:01/22/2010 08:34:32Copy HTML

OK so I have this show posted to record for this coming Monday
I think after reading some reviews on line that
Kates:"Then, once we've watch online we can have more of a discussion!"
may be a good thing as orginally I found a site that blasted the show
with the 2 main guys ripping off unsuspecting hardworking folks out
there who had no idea of the worth of their STUFF
today I read some very positive comments
I am going to wait until I view the show ... by next Tuesday I will form
my own opinion

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Date Posted:01/24/2010 05:51:56Copy HTML

I have been keeping up with the "BUZZ" over at the history channel site and boy is it ugly.

I do agree that these people are not "Collectors" but imho a bunch of leaches.  They swoop in and practacly take what they want.  If you say NO they just keep after you.

I have learned that PICKERS are considered bottom feeders only out to make a buck not like collectors who appreciate what is being offerd and willing to pay a fair price.

I am going to watch the next episode on Monday but to be honest I wish History would put on a quality show such as Treasures in the attic and other shows which we have been happy to support.

Please go to History.com and check out the posts over there this is not a communkity I want to be associated with.

Saudi
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Re:American Pickers

Date Posted:01/26/2010 12:03:36Copy HTML


A new episode is on tonight.

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Date Posted:01/26/2010 03:13:36Copy HTML

Finally got to watch this show...BTW ... it is on again about midnight and next/each Monday the
show repeats again in the AM and about 7pm... so if you missed a show you can catch -up..

After seeing just one show  ... I did not feel that the greed was as big as many have claimed.. that is
if you have read up on comments from google... BTW.. I did see them pick out a stainless canister set from the 50's... looked like the same one that I bought my Mom for her new 50's kitchen... I still have that set!

First I must admit to have been a very low level picker myself... all of my stuff collected at garage sales etc.  I was in business with my SIL in the early '90's (lol my hubby thought that my "hobby" was cheaper than a pyschiatrist when our son was first diagnosed)...  of course I did keep a bunch of stuff for myself..... the items I remember most was the Stangl ABC baby dish that I paid 50 cents for and sold for $75... and a cute '50's canister for $1 sold for about $35... best deal was the pair of glass dresser lamps for $15 the pair that I had marked at $75 for the pair... a friend said that I should change to $75@ and about 5 minutes later they sold for that new price... they actually were on a movie set but never could find them...lol ever watch a movie 2x's just to spot a lamp or 2... bummer was that they re-sold the props and I never got to buy them back again :-))

I may change my opinion on these American pickers but most of their victims seem to be hoarders
who may or may not know the value of their junque!... if those collectibles/antiques are just going
to be there in the woods and rust away.. maybe not such a bad thing..& what happens to this mostly junk when the owners die....
I do not however believe in cheating folks out of their family heirlooms!!!!

I will continue to watch this show

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Date Posted:01/26/2010 10:30:40Copy HTML

I agree with Foof.  Those Pickers have a resale business and there is nothing wrong with buying an item that can be resold at a profit.  Folks do it on e-Bay, at auctions and other places all the time.  In fact, the company I work for is in a somewhat similar business, they just buy larger items.  They resell large manufacturing machinery, often for ten times or more of the purchase price.  We have people who travel the country and work the phones and internet looking for machinery for sale, no matter if it is a single item or a plant that has gone out of business.

I haven't read the program's message boards and won't since I don't have the time but I don't see them browbeating Grandma into parting with family treasures; they're just making a deal for what most people would consider useless junk.  On last night's program it appeared that at least two of the sellers were enjoying the negotiations as much as anyone.  And I sure would like to see more of what they had stored!  It brought to mind a funky business that was a landmark around here years ago.  Kohler's Trading Post was a big barn of a building packed from floor to rafters with stuff.  You could find anything from an old baby buggy to the insides of a coffee pot to a crank for a model T to a skate key but you had to climb over and thru everything to find it which was more than half the fun.  Very few items had a price.  You just took your finds to the guy at the desk and made an offer.  If it was too low, he'd counter and so on until a deal was made.  I often wonder what happened to all that priceless junque when the property was sold.  Those American Pickers would have been in heaven!
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Date Posted:01/27/2010 04:06:53Copy HTML

Kovels Komments said their article about American Pickers generated a huge response on their site and are asking people to watch a couple more episodes and let them know their thoughts.  Good or bad, this show seems to be prompting a lot of interest.  Just thought you'd like to know.

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Re:American Pickers

Date Posted:02/01/2010 03:49:09Copy HTML

 I really enjoy the show and I hope it gains interest in people bringing out more good stuff for others to enjoy marveling at or wishing they had  it!
I am a serious collector myself: I have over 2000 radios!
What a sickness!
Happy Collecting!!
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Date Posted:02/01/2010 08:07:18Copy HTML

   I can't decide about the morality of American Pickers.   Being neither a junk picker or a particularly avid collector, it's hard for me to decide if I approve or disapprove of this way of accumulating stuff.  I don't think it's morally wrong to buy low and sell high (after all, bargaining is done for almost every commodity in other countries), and yet I know I'd never be able to be as ruthless as those guys if I was doing it myself.  I sense, however, that in most cases the sellers as well as the buyers felt they got a good deal.   Interesting conundrum.....

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One critic of American Pickers has posted a spoof video titled “American Swindlers.” The same critic is even producing a line of “American Swindler” T-shirts.

American Swindlers

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Date Posted:02/13/2010 02:12:21Copy HTML

interesting read and video...i havent watched it online yet though
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It seems to me that "pickers" facilitate "collectors".

When at a yard sale or flea market or even an auction, aren't we all "pickers" looking for something we consider "good" for a low price?  Do we ever say--"aw shucks, I know you knocked off that item at auction for $20, but since I know it's worth $100 please let me pay that instead?"  Do we ever offer someone a higher price for a "find" at a yard sale?  Actually I might have--lol--or at least asked if they were SURE they wanted to sell, but in general, I think we all tend to love telling the stories about our great buys.  And I'm sure ebayers love buying low and selling high and that collectors love getting their items for what they view as a bargain.  I guess the exception would be those collectors for whom money is no object.

I've only caught the show once,  but I kind of enjoyed it and will probably watch again.

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Date Posted:03/08/2010 09:21:30Copy HTML

scott caught it online finally one snowy day while i worked from home  he thought the show was ok but liked pawn stars (or whatever its called) better
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Date Posted:03/08/2010 02:27:25Copy HTML

I think another side of the coin is that many of the folks who appear on the program probably don't have the means or desire to sell any of their stuff on eBay, an auction or anywhere else.  They may not even have thought about selling until the Pickers came knocking on their door with cash in hand.  I've probably donated items to charity that could have brought in a few bucks elsewhere but didn't want to go thru the hassle. 




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