Sunday, March 14, 2010

My new TV addiction: American Pickers

I love me some History Channel. Other than the MLB Network, it's the one channel I watch the most. Their newest show, American Pickers, is instant gold. "One man's trash is another man's treasure" has never rang so true. Traveling from one rural back alley to the next, the folks from Antique Archeology uncover nuggets of Americana that may or may not have acquired a little dirt, rust, and God knows what else, over the decades. A little wheelin' and dealin' later, cold hard cash changes hands, and a once-lost relic is back on the open market.

This ain't no run-of-the-mill, stuff-shirt, girlie antique show - motorcycles, cars, bicycles, industrial equipment, various gadgets, toys, vintage advertising, (even carnival rides!) are the treasures sought. Though, at times, even cooler than the items themselves are the people who have collected these items over the years. From a kindly, old WWII vet who still had a samurai sword from his tour of duty in the Pacific; to a recently retired "Carny" who still had items from when his Dad was a "Carny" in the early 20th century; to a wacky, old fella who created (and was still creating) an underground labyrinth out of everything that he had been collecting since he was a teenager (seriously, that underground "lair" was amazing!) - it's all just a kickass slice of America, easily overlooked by most, that serves as a neat reminder to what has always made our country a unique and great collective.