Okay, you all know Mike and Frank of the History Channel’s American Pickers show, right? What?! You don’t know who these two funny guys are? Well, go here first. I’ll wait….
Okay, you must be back or you already know who these guys if you’re reading this sentence. And if you didn’t take the time to visit the link, here’s the quick low-down. Mike and Frank travel around the country meeting collectors, hoarders all in hopes of finding some great picks for clients or for their shop in Iowa . The popularity of these two crazy guys and their adventures has spawned another major cable network show called “The Untitled Antiques-Collectibles Competition.” I recently received an e-mail with the following ad seeking pickers to audition for the show.
click on ad to see application
Now I like the thrill of the hunt and all, but on my own terms. I set limits on the amount of territory I’m willing to travel to find the things I like. But maybe fuel will be paid for. Now I’m really not all that knowledgeable about the big items that many pickers go after. I use the internet to search for facts concerning the little treasures I uncover, but I don’t know how willing I’d be to search for stuff that doesn’t really interest me. The assignment for picking items could be something I know absolutely nothing about. I’d certainly have to have my mini-laptop on for the ride with me, that’s for sure.
But I did think it is an interesting concept to let the average Jane or Joe have as much fun as Mike and Frank have. I do have one concern, though- who selects the team partners in this competition? Surely not everyone going into this has a ready-made partner. I guess the producers know what they’re doing. Maybe they think all pickers have the same type personalities and mentalities. A good team has to mesh well for negotiating, ya know. Good guy, bad guy type of thing…. And if you’re riding along in a truck with this person, he/she better be compatible to you! I stop for lots of potty breaks when I’m drinking my Coke or Dr. Pepper!
*** I just re-read the advertisement and it reads “….both you and your partner should fill out the application.” *** I should pay better attention….
All in all, I think it’s a pretty fun idea. What do you think- would you like a camera crew along on your picks? I think I’d actually consider it if I had the right partner. Any takers out there?! LOL