The “American Pickers“ Mike Wolfe has opened a new Antique Archaeology store in Nashville. The original Antique Archaeology store in LeClaire, Iowa will remain open. But it was so small it just could not handle all of the wonderful things that Mike finds when he is on the road picking with his co-star Frank Fritz on “American Pickers”. The new store will also have the same name, Antique Archaeology.
American Pickers Store In Nashville Is Larger
The new store in Nashville is now open and is about 2,000 square feet, about two thirds the size of our store in Dallas. This will allow Wolfe to set the store up the way he wants and also allow him to carry a much larger inventory. It will give more people a chance to purchase things found on the show. For those of you visiting Nashville, Antique Archaeology is located at 1300 Clinton Street in Marathon Village. The store’s hours are 10 a.m.-6p.m. Monday though Saturday and 12-5p.m. Sunday. Their web site can be reached at this link for Antique Archaeology for more information about the new store. I will warn you that you should expect the store to be pretty crowded, especially on weekends. The store in the small town in Iowa attracted 300-400 visitors a day according to Wolfe. So you can imagine that the much larger Nashville with all of its tourist trade will have much higher traffic. I have not had the pleasure to visit the store yet, but will report back with photos when I do, if they allow photos to be taken in the store. It is always polite to ask if you are allowed to take photos when you are in a store. Most dealers and store owners don’t care, but a few really frown on this. So it is better to be safe than sorry. The photo is courtesy of sundaysisters.blogspot.com.
American Pickers Mike Loves Nashville
Mike has a love affair with the city of Nashville. It started with a motorcycle trip down the beautiful Natchez Trace that ended up in Nashville. He said the people of Nashville just seem to understand and like his stuff. He has set up sat the Nashville Flea Market and also been a picker for several antique dealers in the area.
Wolfe recalled how, after coming up with the idea for the show, he thought he could just call up the History Channel and pitch the concept of the show and they would be delighted and pick up the show. Unfortunately it is just not that easy. He bought a video camera and started filming the picking adventures of him and partner Frank Fritz. He showed footage of the videos to different dealers in Nashville and all were impressed with that easy going personality and the way he could bring the trips to life. What might seem boring to film a couple of guys out on the hunt for hidden treasures has turned out to be the most successful show in the history of the History Channel. It has developed an almost cult following which anxiously looks forward to new episodes on Monday nights. Because of its huge success, you can find many replays at other times. The coming season will be their third season.
Before Wolfe opened his new store in Nashville, he and his long time girlfriend, Jodi Faeth live part time in Leiper’s Fork. The had been visiting the area for nearly ten years before closing on their vacation home. So it was natural, after the estimates for expanding the store in Iowa didn’t make financial sense, that Wolfe would turn to Nashville as the location for the second store.
If you think you might like to try your own hand at picking, you might want to get your copy of the new book coming out in September, titled American Pickers Guide to Picking., now available for preorder. Besides giving advice and tips on picking, there are some tales about the different people the guys meet on the road.
If you get a chance to visit the new Antique Archeology in Nashville, please leave your impressions in Comments below this article. If not, check back on this site, Buying and Selling Antiques, where I will leave my review of the new American Pickers store.
Our Visit to Antique Archaeology In Nashville
We had gone to the Nashville Flea Market in the morning and thought we would check out the new Antique Archaeology in Nashville. Thank goodness fro GPS or we would never have found it. It was in a cool old building (see the first photo) where they built cars early in the twentieth century. It is set up almost like a museum, rather than an antique store. I must admit that they get tons of visitors here, so things probably get picked over pretty quickly when they bring in new items from their picks. But most of the things for sale, from their picks, were pretty expensive. There were lots of caps, t-shirts, and similar items for sale. They have to generate income to pay for the place. But I felt more like I was in a museum gift store than in an antique store. And there is nothing wrong with that. Since this is meant as a review, just wanted you to be aware of what you can expect to find. You get a feel for “American Pickers” but don’t plan on taking home one of their picks unless you catch them right after they unload new things.