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BIRTHPLACE: Joliet, Illinois
Significant Other: Jodi Wolfe
ON WHOSAY SINCE: May 19, 2011
HOMETOWN: Joliet, Illinois
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

  • I love old school country
  • My daughter, Charlie, makes me smile everyday
  • My mom Rheta inspired me to follow my dreams... I did!
  • I like nothing more than spending day riding one of my vintage motorcycles on a country road
  • I use to be sponsored bike racer


If you would have told me twenty-five years ago that I'd be picking for a living, I wouldn't have believed you.

That said I've been looking for treasures in the trash forever. When I was five, I had my first big score when I found a pile of old bicycles in my neighborhood on trash day. And I was always bringing home old bottles and other random stuff. I never thought of it as junk: to me, it was beautiful.

I’ve always loved bikes. I raced competitively in my twenties, which led me to open a bicycle store and repair shop in Bettendorf, Iowa, my hometown. But I never stopped picking.

Because of the store, people were always telling me about cool vintage bikes for sale, which I'd buy and flip for extra cash. When I added Italian scooters and motorcycles to the mix, picking became more than just a hobby. So I closed the shop, bought a van and hit the road. Antique Archaeology was born.

I have the best job in the world. I get to travel the country, constantly meet new people, and, almost every day, I get to experience the magic feeling that comes when I pick something truly amazing. Now through the TV show American Pickers, I can share the experience with millions of people.

It doesn’t get better than that.

Your picker, Mike Wolfe

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