#5642308 - 04/30/1211:50 PMRe: 'American Pickers' in my home town!
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Loc: Oklahoma City
I love antiques. I love heading to the local antique markets and just looking around. I get a soothing feeling being around all those fantastic old items. I hardly ever buy anything but I love to just be in the shop and looking around. I love estate sales and I love to hit up the garage sales too.
I don't know why. I guess I'm just a collector.
I think the antique speculator frenzy will die down but there will always be the niche crowd that just loves to collect. Its evolving just like the comic collecting world is evolving.
American Pickers changed a bit from the pilot. The feel of the original show was very...um hostile may be a little strong but you just got a sleazy used car salesman vibe from them. It just appeared like they were ripping people off. I don't know if that was an editing decision that was changed or if the guys were asked to tone down the car salesman.
I don't know how their business model works, meaning do they have clients they look for specifically, do they stock the store with what they find etc. I know the store in Nashville is basically a tee shirt shop. The few antiques they do have are all marked Not for Sale. I know their new location hasn't been open long but if I was going to open an antique store I think I would have the stock ready for it when it opened.
With that being said they do know their stuff. In most of the picks, where its just piles and piles of hoarded stuff that some of these crazy people don't want to part with and it will probably end up in a land fill after the owner dies. I do feel that with the AP guys they are rescuing some of those items and hopefully getting them to a good home.
_________________________ If you have IT, you don't need IT. If you need IT you don't have IT. If you have IT you need more of IT. If you have more of IT you don't need less of IT. You need IT to get IT. And you certainly need IT to get more of IT. But if you don't all ready have any of IT to begin with, you can't get any of IT to get started which means you really have no idea how to get any of IT in the first place, do you? You can share IT, sure. You can even stock pile IT if you like. But you can't fake IT. Wanting IT, needing IT, wishing for IT. The point is, if you've never had any of IT, ever, people just seem to know.
The episode airs tonight. Due to time constraints I have not been on the boards all that much. There is an AF 15 in this episode. Please watch, as I grew up in Boyertown and know the individual(s) featured in this episode.
Question: "I was wondering how you deal with collectors and speculators who truly believe that the items they are buying now are going to be worth a lot of money in the future...?"
ANSWER: "The safest approach is to avoid discussing the topic of future collectability with these individuals: first, they know more than anyone else; second, they are deaf to any opinion that does not agree with their own; third, they are misguided optimists, assuming past practice could not possibly apply in their case."
-Harry Rinker; 'The Myth of the Guaranteed Collectible' (originally posted on WorthPoint and Harry Rinker's own website)