Who is American Picker Mike Wolfe?- Biography
Mike Wolfe is an American businessman who born in Illinois. He is popular as one of the co-hosts of American Pickers a reality Tv Series. His fellow co-host is his partner Frank Fritz. The duo discovered their talent in collecting antiques and decided to pursue it as a career. They eventually opened and Antique Shop in Iowa, USA.
However, they were sermoned to host the first ever American Antique collecting Reality TV Show American Pickers that became a hit all over the USA. The show made them rise to fame boosting the sales of their antique shop titled Archeology Antique. Since 2010, the show has had ratings until now with various types of Antiques being collected.
Mike Wolfe Age
Mike was born on June 11, 1964, in Illinois, USA. As of 2018, he is 54 years old.
Mike Wolfe Height
Mike stands at a height of 1.83 m tall.
Mike Wolfe Marriage | Wife
Mike was first married to his Jodi Faeth in 2012. Before they got married they had a daughter by the name Charlie Faeth who was born seven months before her parent’s wedding.
Mike Wolfe Daughter
Mike has a 6-year-old daughter who was born in 2012. Mike’s daughter was born 7 months before he wedded her mother Jodi in September 2012. Mike and his wife have dedicated their lives to raising the daughter by leading a sound relationship with his family.
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Mike Wolfe American Pickers
This is an American reality television series that premiered in January 2010. It is hosted by Frank and Mike Antique Shop Partners who were summoned by A&E Television Networks. The series focuses on the adventures of collecting antiques and refurbishing them.
Mike Wolfe Death
Mike is still alive and kicking. He is currently working on new projects for the Series.
Mike Wolfe And Frank Fritz
Frank Fritz is a long time business partner and friend to Mike. The duo opened their first Antique shop after nurturing their hobbies in collecting Antiques as a living
Mike Wolfe Net Worth
Mike’s estimated net worth is$5 million dollars which he earns after discovering his talent of collecting antiques and refurbishing them. Mike opened his first antique shop in partnership with Frank Fritz that made them sermoned to host the American Pickers show. Since then they became popular and their antique shop turned into a gold mine.
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An Interview With Mike Wolfe of American Pickers
American Pickers, the History Channel show and the men themselves, have become a phenomenon with more than five million viewers who are enthralled with the life of a picker and the thrill of the hunt. American Pickers was the No.1 new cable show of 2009, and it is helping to reenergize the collecting field.
I recently had a chance to speak with Mike Wolfe about the show and some of his experiences.
Interview: How was the show created? Did you go to the History Channel and pitch them or did they come to you?
Mike Wolf: I pitched the show for five years. Before then, I was always on the road finding great stuff. I shared some of my experiences with my friends, and they said, “You should buy a video camera,” so I did. I put it on the dash and talked into it as I drove around. I made videos and posted them on my website. With those videos, I started pitching the concept, and I finally sold it to the History Channel. It was a five-year process.
Interview: What collections have you seen that have really blown you away?
MW: A judge I met in Florida has an incredible collection of petrobilia, signs and gas pumps. A lot of people have beautiful collections that are clean and on display. This guy, his stuff was piled on top of each other.
For me, I want to know why people go down this path, why they buy all high-quality stuff. For this guy, it was because he worked in a gas station when he was 13. Just that one experience changed his path. That’s what interests me. I go in, and people have one hundred or one thousand of one thing, and it’s the back story that is intriguing to me.
Interview: Which people really touched your heart or affected you strongly?
MW: I recently picked a guy who was the “curator of his life.” Since he was a boy of about seven, he preserved things and categorized them. He went to a Boy Scout Jamboree in 1973, and he had all he collected there in a bag – T-shirts, pennants, patches. It was all in a bag, categorized like CSI. He had been doing this since he was a little kid. It was a great thing. It really pulled on my heart strings, how he loved his stuff so much and couldn’t let it go.
People never want to let go, and it ends up deteriorating. Like Hobo Jack, he started collecting Victorian-era stuff, and he kept it in an old building. Now, it is rotting. I don’t know if he will ever understand.
Just watching that unfold, it really drags you in. That is why I started this project. I wanted to tell their stories and show their items. I also wanted to show that a picker gets to see something firsthand. It is the best job in world. We take things and sell them and put them in their place.
Interview: Some people can get a little, shall we say, eccentric with their collections. Have you ever visited people that you could have referred to some other show like Hoarders or the OCD Project?
MW: I watched Hoarders last night. The hoarder talked about the thrill of hunt, that they were excited to find something on a hunt. That’s the same thrill we get. But the people we come across are collectors; they are proud people who are proud of their collections. On Hoarders, no one was proud.
Even when you look at collections that are stacked on top of one another, the collectors are still proud of them. That’s the separation between a collector and a hoarder. A hoarder may start out proud, but they aren’t in the end.
Interview: You have met some interesting collectors, like the guy who dug tunnels under his house.
MW: The Mole Man, his whole house was underground. He started digging in 1968, and he is probably still digging now. He was a good guy with great stuff. It was the weirdest situation, though. I wouldn’t have gone in there without a film crew. We could only show a quarter of what we filmed. We shot for two days and only showed six minutes of film.
Are you planning a spinoff of the show, something like American Pickers in Great Britain? I would love to see you guys traveling the back roads of Wales and knocking on the door of a stone hut with a moss roof.
MW: We have talked about it. The History Channel is now filming Canadian Pickers, which will be shown on History Canada. They show American Pickers on History Canada now. One reason why I came up with this name and format for the show was so it can be done elsewhere. History Channel owns the name and the show so it can be delivered in any country. I don’t know how far they’ll take it.
Interview: Has the success of the show with millions of viewers per week surprised you?
MW: It blows me away. I didn’t know the show would grow so deep or that so many kids would watch it. Kids in their early 20s, that’s the CPR needed in this industry. I am 45, and Frank is 46. When we go to [antiques] shows, we are the youngest ones there. Three shops have closed here [in LeClaire, Iowa] in the past three years. But now, we get email from auctions, shops and people talking about the industry and caring about it again. It is breathing new life into collecting.
Interviewer: How many weeks are you on the road for the show?
MW: Two to three weeks per month. Next month, I will be home three to four days.
Interviewer: Before the show, what was the farthest you have traveled to pick?
MW: I have picked all over the U.S.; what you see me doing is what I’ve always been doing. I have picked the West Coast and the East Coast. I have made a living on the East Coast for the last 10 years, just because of the barns out there. It is not unusual to see three or four generations of stuff laying in there.
Interviewer: Do you or Frank have wives and children?
MW: Neither of us is married or have kids. I have two dogs. Frank has a cat.
Interviewer: When you aren’t filming or on the road picking, what do you do?
MW: I get to the shop early and do stuff. So many people come into the shop each day that I get out early. Tour buses come, and we get 300 people per day in the shop in this little town in Iowa.
It is a totally new experience, having a shop. I had warehouse before. I will be opening a shop in Nashville in the spring. I have a house there so it makes sense to open a shop and do more property rental for movies and so on.
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