Tonight’s episode of “American Pickers” was titled “The Doctor Is In.” 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 “American Pickers” are still in Wisconsin and get Danielle on the phone to help them find leads while they are far from home. Forced to do free-styling, they see a sculpture of junk that is just awesome. It is the home of Dr. Evermore’s junk sculpture called “Forevertron.” This looks like an amusement park of sorts with the creations of a man with a vivid imagination. The doctor is a collector/hoarder/sculptor with more parts than one can imagine. Then they found the locker of stuff that they do not want. Frank and Mike were in picker’s heaven. Lady Eleanor is the doctor’s wife, and she made the deals; she was a tough customer and had great negotiation skills. They had the sketches of the planned park in another location, but the operation was never relocated. Among the sculptures were birds, animals, people and items of a mysterious imagination and although single sculptures were priced high, Frank got one for $100 that made his day.
Danielle found a guy named Charlie, who owned a bed & breakfast nearby and sent them there. He bought the remains of a ghost town with a general store that has inventory from the 1950s. If he can sell the contents, he can set up a new business. The interior was complete with older items that caught Mike’s eye. Peeling paint and rust were his attraction, mainly a medical cabinet, but Charlie wanted to think about it for a while. A vintage neon clock sold for $201 and broke the ice. A Cushman scooter, the precursor of a golf cart was another attraction that Frank bought for $300. As the items went off the shelves, the pickers and the customer were very happy. There was an item that was very popular called “Rat Nips” that were in a colorful box and Frank wound up getting the entire ten and lots of other great stuff, including the medical cabinet.
Danielle sent them to one more stop, a hoarder’s paradise on the way home. Roger and his girlfriend Kay invited them in to hoarderville. Items of all descriptions, including Bing Crosby’s shirt from the “Road to Morocco.” They wanted $1100 for the shirt, and the pickers decided to wait for a while. Much of the stuff was items that had no interest to the pickers. Then they heard to story about Roger’s childhood, how he grew up in an orphanage and had nothing. He joined a carnival as a teenager and had lots of fun. Mike found two old desk lamps, old advertising signs, a weather vane with a car on it and then back to Iowa.
When Mike pulled up, he was looking for the old Chevy truck that his brother had been working on. When he pulled it into the lot, Mike gave it to him for all the help he had given them over the years. What an awesome gift and his brother was thrilled. What a sweet gift from the “American Pickers,” and a true sign of brotherly love.
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