American Pickers


Alot of Sunday afternoons we spend at my parent's house, since we usually end up going to church up near there. We do a variety of things - sometimes we watch a movie together, sometimes we play games, and we usually have good things to eat.

It's mainly just a time to relax after a church and a busy week. Nice lazy Sunday afternoons - it doesn't get much better than that really, does it?

Anyway, today I spent most of the afternoon on the couch with my dad, glued to the TV. Which is a little more unusual, just because alot of Sundays I spend more time just visiting with my mom and sisters.

But today my dad turned on the History Channel and a show called "American Pickers" was on the History Channel. Have any of you seen that show? We were fascinated.

My dad and I are kindred spirits in that we both get pretty interested in Discovery Channel or History Channel shows - and this show was like a perfect mixture of the two channels. Basically it's these two men who travel around the country and look for antiques. They buy them at good prices and resell them to "clients" who I'm sure include rich people who will pay outrageous prices for old stuff, because they sure sell some of those things for crazy prices.

Those of you who have ever driven through a rural residential area will, I'm sure, be able to testify about those people who are just junk collectors. You can tell just by looking at their yard. You drive past and they have all kinds of old cars, tires, furniture, and just all kinds of stuff just sitting on their property.

I always used to look at those yards and get slightly disgusted, wondering why they can't just get rid of all that stuff. One or two days and you could have it all hauled off to the junkyard. But that's just the point - they don't want to get rid of it. They get attached to all that stuff and just won't throw it away.

And those are the kinds of places that these "pickers" on the show find all kinds of antique stuff to sell. You'd be surprised at some of the things they find in those places, and how much they sell them for!

My dad and I had a great time watching the show yesterday, and it's totally putting me in the mood to go to the antique mall and see what's there. The only problem is that those men on the show knew what they were looking at - they knew their stuff. They knew how much they could sell something for, and they had to differentiate between junk that could possibly be valuable or just plain junk. If you don't know what you're looking at when it comes to old stuff, you could end up paying way too much for something that isn't even worth anything.

Maybe I need to read up on antiques (particularly teacups and books) before I go back to the mall so that I don't get taken buying something worthless. But then, I would mostly be looking for teacups I thought were pretty or old-looking books that I wouldn't mind reading, because I like to decorate with that stuff. So I guess it wouldn't matter too much if it was worthless as long as I liked it, no?

I guess I'm just like those "clients" that I criticized earlier, just buying old stuff to decorate with. Except I'm not rich; I would only buy a bargain, so maybe I'm not like that after all! That makes me feel better.



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LeAnna said...

I'm so with ya, girl. I buy things to decorate with! Occasionally I've bought to resell, but I'm like you, I just don't know enough about antique stuff! Do you ever watch the Antique Roadshow? I always like the "I paid $2 for this at a garage sale and it's worth $20,000!" stories.

AmyK said...

We watch that show all the time, lol. That and Pawn Stars. Pickers is fun 'cause it reminds me of garage saling with my mom. And flea markets! Hubby and I go to a huge flea market twice a year and it's so much fun--though you have to sift through a LOT of junk to find good stuff!

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Never seen the show, but I love 'old' vintage stuff! Old books and the best! And teacups! :) I don't care how much something is worth, as long as I like it then that is what matters.

katie said...

Sounds like a good show. My husband always says something similar about people who have tires, etc. hanging out in their yard.

I like antiques but know nothing about them. I say if you like it and think its a good deal, it doesn't matter if you would have made tons of money selling it right?

CAC said...

someone was just telling me about those shows! we don't have cable, but maybe i can find them online.

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