Tonight’s episode of “American Pickers” was titled “Bad Mother Shucker.” Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, are the professional hunters who travel across the country picking through rusty gold; those hidden treasures covered with rust from age. That rusty gold is what keeps them in business, buying low and selling high, but even they find things that they do not want to part with.
As the episode starts, the guys are in Arkansas, and they have a great lead. The man they are going to see is an auctioneer, and he is also a collector. Mike has confidence in this pick, but Frank does not. The man is John and immediately, Frank is not impressed. They went to an awesome auction hall where there are more collections than anyone can imagine. Mike spotted a sign from long ago that read M.S. Adams Furniture and Undertaker. John wanted $1,200 for the sign, but Mike knows that it is a fair price to a collector, but a picker has to make money, and this price is too high. John would only go down to $1,100. John grew up in poverty and learned how to do everything out of necessity.
John’s prices were sky high, and he would not budge. They just had to break the ice with him. Mike did precisely that when he found an old motorcycle jacket, that a woman sold him long ago. He offered it to Mike for $75. Mike told him it was worth $400, and gave him $200 for it. Once this was done, the ice was broken. Frank found two cardboard Western Ammo advertising signs, but John wanted full retail of $500 for each. Frank haggled with him, because he really wanted them, as the trio of fast-talkers haggled, he finally agreed to $300 each. The visit was profitable for both buyers and sellers and a great learning experience.
They called Danielle, and she had a great lead for an old general store. It was sad driving through an old town that was nearly deserted as shells of buildings stood without roofs. They found the store, and a man named Poindexter. He kept the place like the turn of the century, and it was clean and in good condition. A time capsule inside an old building was what they found. They spotted Boy Scout memorabilia from his late wife’s brother. He attended Jamboree in 1937 in Washington, D.C.
A woman decked out in American Legion regalia came into the shop to purchase American Legion globes that the guys picked a while back. She told Danielle how her group donated to Wounded Warriors and helped our veterans. They will be donating the globes, and funds are tight. Danielle gave them to her for $100 instead of $200 if she promised that the other $100 went to Wounded Warriors. The woman was elated and made the promise.
Mike found what he believed to be brass knuckles in a case at Poindexter’s shop that turned out to be an oyster shucker with a hidden knife patented on August 21, 1906. Mike bought it for $55; it was one bad mother shucker, because back in the olden days; it was also an awesome weapon if someone was looking for trouble. They found an old display for Red Goose shoes with actual old-fashioned shoes on them and got them for $160 apiece.
When they left Poindexter’s they drove through back roads to go free styling. They met up with Ellis and his wife Melinda as they spotted old signs on their property. They found the mother lode of toys inside the place. It was Ellis’ personal collection of toys since he was a child. Frank bought a climbing fireman windup toy that climbed a ladder made by Marx for $50. An old Firestone Tires sign that he got for $100 along with a Grapette Soda sign. Mike spotted a Coca-Cola billboard that Mike has never seen before, Ellis wanted $1,000, Mike offered him $900, and it was sold.
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