We don’t have cable or satellite TV at Chez Carol, so I’m really out of the loop when it comes to TV shows. However, over the last couple days my dad got me hooked on American Pickers on the History Channel. It’s way more interesting than Antiques Roadshow ever was, and the two guys have very likeable personalities. Basically, they drive around looking for old barns full of junk, yards full of junk, or houses full of junk. They do get tipped off for some visits, but a lot of times seems to be spent on cold calls. I love when they spend time talking to the people who own this stuff. I heard some great stories on the few episodes that I saw; I can only imagine how many amazing stories don’t make it into the show.
They types of things they pick out are interesting. They go after a lot of old signs and motorcycle/car parts, but I do think anything goes. Who knows — maybe one day they’ll pass through New York and they’ll try to talk to the guy down the road that has the Kohler kitchen sink next to the rusted-out station wagon in front of his house. At any rate, if you have any interest in antiques, Americana, or vintage items in general I think you’ll like this show!