Photos by Drew
American Pickers is a favorite show of mine, though sometimes I think I like it mostly because the guys are located in Iowa, and all the scenes of their white van driving on very very flat roads through cornfields reminds me of where I grew up in Illinois. I like the antique hunting aspect of it too though. I imagine that all those sorts of treasure hunting shows are staged to an extent, but American Pickers always seems a bit less so, and it’s always fun to see what crazy old hoarders in the country have stored away in their barns.
The season premiere was on the other night and it was all about the Pickers’ trip to Tennessee and their hunt for a store building in Nashville, and it made me remember that I had a bunch of pictures from a trip we took there a few months ago. When Drew and I were with my mom at the Loveless Cafe we started talking about American Pickers, and my mom told us that one of the guys, Mike (the excitable one), supposedly has a house around Leiper’s Fork now and that Antique Archaeology opened up a store in Nashville. So as soon as we finished our biscuits we went to see it.
The store is inside an old brick car factory from the 1900s, and since we happened to go on a weekend it was pretty packed with tourists buying t-shirts and show souvenirs. But there were lots of antiques for sale too, including things we’d seen on the show (that Hopalong Cassidy sweater made an appearance on the latest episode). Some of it expensive, some of it not; I didn’t buy anything but I imagine that if I lived nearby I’d be going there a lot just to see what made it in from my favorite episodes.