Friday, May 20, 2011

Calling American Pickers

I'm taking a little break from my home tour today, but I will resume it next week.  My youngest son has been feverish and cranky the last 2 days, so I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the next area of our house.  Tune it for more next week!

Have you ever seen the show American Pickers?  It's one of our favorites!  It's one that John and I can both enjoy.  In it two guys, the pickers, travel around the country looking for unusual, interesting, or rare antique items.  The people they go to are what some might consider hoarders.  Usually they are older men who have been collecting stuff for decades and have filled barns, sheds, and other outbuildings with their treasures.  The pickers 'go on a pick' and get permission to hunt through these items and then negotiate prices on things they'd like to buy.

Well, let's just say that we have a barn that the American Pickers would probably enjoy rummaging through.  Actually, it's not our barn.  It belongs to my in-laws.  But, it is right beside our house and we do store some things in there too.

This barn houses almost everything imaginable - old tractors, tractor parts, old engines, bicycles, lawn mowers, about 3 old motorcycles, an old 1960's Pinto (my father-in-law's first car), old tools, miscellaneous household items, furniture, etc. etc.  There's really too much to list.  And, frankly I don't think anyone is really sure what all is in there!  Also, the barn is in serious disrepair and it falling apart in places.

It's got American Pickers written all over it.

The other day my father-in-law needed to make some room for some engines he had recently purchased.  He decided to clear out part of an area in the bottom part of the barn.  The boys were excited as he pulled out 'treasure' after 'treasure'. They loaded up a tractor wagon & a small trailer with junk and scrap metal.  And, of course I had to take pictures.  

I thought I'd share some with you.  Keep in mind this is a small portion of what was in one small section of the barn.  It might give you some idea of what the whole barn looks like.

This is the section they were working on POST-cleanup!

I had to include a picture of my father-in-law, a truly sweet man!  Some people say he looks like George W. Bush.  Do you see a resemblance?

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. He definitely looks like George Dubya...I remember thinking that at your wedding. :)

  2. We want that stuff....LOVE American Pickers!

  3. He does look like George a bit. But I also see your husband in him. That is a fun show to watch.

  4. It is a great show. It would be fun to have a job like that.

  5. I love that show, it is my dream job! I would love to come and rummage through your barn.


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