Okay, so this “review” may not be all that current since this show aired last week, but I have this amazing time-shifting, wormhole driven doohickey called a DVR that lets me watch shows whenever I want (translation: whenever the kids let me).
If you’re not familiar with it, American Pickers is a show for anyone who loves junk. Boy that sounds bad — It’s a show for anyone who loves looking for treasures in other people’s trash. It’s also a show dedicated to taking advantage of old people, but we won’t go into that today.
In this episode, we meet Ron. Ron is an old guy who wears a purple hoodie with the draw strings pulled tight, so all you see is his large, pointy nose and and his toothless gums. Ron likes to dig tunnels underground and reinforce the walls with cinderblocks, old doors, furniture, and anything else he can scrounge. Ron collects plungers. Ron is very frightening. The show made him look kind of cute and cuddly, but seriously, if I was his neighbor, I’d be moving. This sequence made me think there is something Silence of the Lambs-ian going on in those Pennsylvania hills.
The Mole man portion of the show was more about hoarding than it was about picking, but the light at the end of the tunnel was a brightly colored, cheerful room Ron had decorated with amazing old signs and fixtures. Everything was balanced precariously so if you weren’t careful, you would topple countless items.
After they left the mole hill, Frank and Mike went into the nearby town and looked through a retired antique dealer’s personal collection. I could have spent days there. This guy had some amazing things and the pickers left with a nice antique wind-up toy worth around $800.
Later in the show, we meet a woman who buys barns–contents and all–tears them down and then sells all the pieces. She offers some of the items she finds in her current project to Mike and Frank. Now that would be a job I would enjoy. Not all the grueling work involved in tearing down a barn, but looking around in old stables and haylofts. I could do that.
I love this show. The offerings on TV are few and far between for collectors, so I hope this one sticks around for a while and dives into a few more rabbit holes, or mole hills.
You can catch the full episode over at the History Channel’s web site: