This isn't your grandmother's antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner's land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person's trash into another's treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind--and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.
In upstate New York, a fellow picker and former firefighter gives the guys unprecedented access to his jam-packed barns and sheds. Later, John Atwater Bradley has lived a celebrity-studded life and has amassed a glittering collection of oddities and memorabilia to prove it. Back in Iowa, the guys get their first glimpse of the new store addition.
A costume shop in upstate New York is an unlikely place for a pick, but owner Nicky and her husband have also amassed an entire barn full of awesome stuff. Later, Mike climbs over a wall of chairs to uncover a stash of Art Deco cigarette machines. Back in Iowa, an appraiser is awestruck by a recent find, and Mike's coveted 1911 Harley is finally ready for its first test drive.
Mike and Frank find themselves in paradise when they unearth an elephant, an alligator, and a life-size sculpture of Elvis in rural Vermont. While freestyling in New York, an awesome rusted-out trailer leads to a treasure trove of folk art finds and rare military memorabilia. Back in Iowa, Danielle gets encouraging news from an appraiser, but construction on the store is causing a headache.
In Colorado, a fast-talking negotiator is determined to get top dollar for every last piece of her collection. Down the road, a local artist has a killer collection of atomic age lamps and pricey glow-in-the-dark sculptures. Later, a lone mountain home features its own jailhouse, an underground bomb shelter, and an awesome collection of Western ware.
A 135-year-old Colorado opera house is packed with vintage Americana and Mike and Frank are determined to buy whatever they can. Down the road in Colorado Springs, the boys visit a fellow picker's junkyard home. And while the property is a bonanza of rusty gold, his prices are through the roof.
A Colorado property turns out to be a mega-pick; the guys visit a one-of-a-kind classic car collection; Danielle lines up a potential buyer for the rare Fiat cutaway car the guys shipped back from Italy.
Scouring a mind-blowing collection of vintage petroliana in Massachusetts, Frank breaks a sweat and the bank when he uncovers the holy grail of oilcans. Later, in Rhode Island, the guys get a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to a mammoth Newport mansion where they bid big money on a series of rare gems.
Time has stood still on a sprawling Connecticut dairy farm, and after a slow start the picking is fast and furious. Down the road in Vermont, the guys pick one of the biggest barns they've ever seen and uncover ultra-rare skis for a Model T Ford.
Danielle and the guys kick it into overdrive when they land a high-profile custom pick for Dollywood, the theme park owned by legendary country music star Dolly Parton. A tribute to the Smokey Mountain Fire Patrol of the 1930s, the park's brand new roller coaster wouldn't be complete without some key pieces of vintage petroliana. And the team has just two weeks to uncover a long list of hard-to-find items.
Frank and Dave's road trip through Florida gets stranger at every turn, from a creepy collection of kitsch to a tugboat that's home to a Captain and his unusual pet. And back in Iowa, Mike readies the new shop for its Grand Opening.
Picking the South pays off when Alabama turns up a jackpot of unusual items, including a pricey relic from a legendary plantation home. A small-town Chevy dealership is a time capsule of classic car nostalgia. And the guys get some Southern hospitality at a freestyle stop that turns into a mega-pick complete with its own general store.
The guys hit pay dirt in Alabama while freestyling at a retro automotive warehouse owned by a true blue racing family. They hit a dead end negotiating against the county's former police chief. And Mike hatches a strategy to walk away with a must-have Lambretta scooter
Eccentric Prince Mongo answers to an other-worldly power and commands Mike and Frank to buy, but refuses to quote them any prices; a man cave full of rare cars, and a freestyle stop in Kentucky reveals two surprise finds.
At an awesome California garage, Mike goes nuts for a must-have retro boat and then falls for a BMW micro car that could be worth some serious coin. Down the road, the guys pay a return visit to a totally rad radiator shop where they comb through the late owner's huge stockpile.
It's make or break for the Virginia blitz strategy. Mike and Frank meet a real-deal motorcycle legend ready to clear out some of his high-octane stock, and a VIP pass to a unique mancave turns up a rare item that's old and odd.
Mike takes a gamble on a 1935 Auburn that's either a diamond in the rough or a total dud. The guys tread dangerous ground while picking an Iowa Harley enthusiast. And Dave unveils a project one year in the making that's also Mike's biggest-ever investment.