In this episode, Danielle sends Mike and Frank to the hills of Pickens, South Carolina where they meet up with a couple of other pickers. Nathan and his 14-year-old son, Dakota, are two generations of dumpster divers. This picking duo have some really great stuff for the guys to pick through, but the crown jewel is a creepy clown vending machine that spits out devil baby toys. Now, that would look great in my man cave!
There are quite a few items of pop culture interest on this pick but most of them are half-second glimpses. There is a cabinet full of vintage tin toys I wish they paused to peruse, but at least they highlighted a cool plastic Creature from the Black Lagoon, which Mike buys for $5. Mike iss happy to find a (surprise) rusty old bike. This one is a goofy looking Moulton racing bike, which he buys for $45.
We get another nice look at Danielle’s tattoos this week. I think the good folks at the History Channel are reading my reviews (or reading my mind). Danielle tells Mike and Frank that she wants to go on a pick. After they finish laughing at her, she mutters, “Wasted talent, that’s what I am.” Truer words have never been spoken, Danielle.
The next stop is a 300-acre farm owned by Mary and her son, Johnathan, who inherited the property and all the outbuildings filled with stuff from an uncle. The highlights of this pick are some old hanging lights from a local church, a large school bell from the 1800’s, and a few pieces of stoneware pottery. Mary is genuinely happy with all the prices she is offered. I guess since she has never even been in some of the buildings and has no idea what is in them, it’s easy to part with the items, especially while Mike and Frank are throwing money at her.
Mike has a moment with a stoneware jug.
The guys joke about bringing Danielle on a pick, and suggest she would be useful to distract big dogs. Way to stay classy guys.
The best “honey hole” so far on American Pickers is a treasure trove in the middle of a cement plant. Gordon is 89-years old and has been collecting all his life. His place is freaking amazing! I could spend weeks in that building, looking through all his amazing things. Mike and Frank rapidly deplete their funds buying a WWII pilot skull cap, peanut and gum machines, motorcycle signs, a cast iron banjo player, and a canoe, among other things.
My favorite item is the A.C. Gilbert James Bond Aston Martin tin toy car. Frank offers $40 for the car which is really low, in my opinion, and Gordon doesn’t seem too pleased with the offer either. They settle on $75, which is still a pretty great price. Frank keeps lowballing his offers, but Gordon doesn’t take any of his crap, and any offer Frank makes after that is rejected for a higher offer. Go Gordon!
Gordon is a neat old guy with kids who don’t have any interest in his amazing collection. Those ungrateful louts! I’m interested. Gordon, if you’re listening, you can adopt me, and we can play with all your toys. Call me.
Another great pick is a Gripmeter strength testing machine for $200. Frank tests it out and registers just above “sissy.”
Like last week, the pickers take some of their finds to a local appraiser to see how they did. Frank bought a glass gum machine for $500, after Gordon forgot what he had asked for it (he wanted $600). It turns out to be a 1902 glass Mansfield’s Gum dispenser with a bell that rings when a penny is inserted, valued at $900. The cast iron black banjo player that Mike picked turns out to be a fireplace andiron worth $600-800.
The show ends with Mike and Frank teasing Danielle in a fairly scripted scene. Come on guys, you can do better than that.
I like how this season Mike and Frank visit an appraiser rather than just guessing at what they will be able to get for an item. What do you think? Anyone else see anything you would have “picked” in this episode?