Mike Wolfe is the producer and host of the hit History Channel television show “American Pickers.” His enthusiasm stems from a profound love of America’s culture, traditions, and stories. He seeks items with a backstory that fills up some of the gaps in America’s history. Antique baby carriages and retro jukeboxes and old cars, and peeling metal advertisement signs are examples of such products.
Mike Wolfe has been looking for lost treasure since he was six years old. He’s built a reputation as one of the country’s top foragers, going coast to coast in search of rusty gold. Where some see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Wolfe considers the charm of long-lost objects and the stories of the people who created, used, and rescued them. We’ve come to recognize him as a picker, an item finder, and a rescuer.
Debt Advice (1999), Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk Into Treasure (2013), Art of the Pick(2013), Debt Advice Handbook: 11th Edition (2015), Debt Advice Handbook: 12th Edition (2018)
I’m a businessman, so I’m gonna make hay while the sun’s shining. I’ve been self-employed for 23 years. That’s an accomplishment in itself. You gotta be out there hustling. If you’re not, you’re not gonna make it. … Everything has an expiration date. I’m a realist. Do I think I’m Pickin’ Jesus? No. That’s ridiculous.
Awards & Nomination
Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis “Who’s Who,” (2018) Wilbur Award, Best Book of the Year on a Religious Theme (2004) Lowell Thomas Award Best Cultural Tourism Article (1998) Society of American Travel Writers (1999)
Mike is the second of three children raised by a single mother.
His anonymity ended in January 2010 with the premiere of “American Pickers,” a television idea he sold to numerous networks for almost five years before being picked up by The History Channel.
“American Pickers,” Mike’s first TV show idea, premiered on The History Channel on January 18, 2010, with 3.1 million viewers. It was the year’s highest-rated new non-fiction show on television for adults 25-54. It drew 4.7 million viewers a week during its fourth season.
He co-produced Music to Pick By, a collection of picking-friendly tunes produced by iconic Nashville artist Brian Ahern. Mike and country singer/songwriter Dale Watson composed and recorded three new songs for the album.
Wolfe spends as much time as he can on the road, always with his 20-year friend and fellow picker Frank Fritz in tow.
According to Him, Mike first time met his wife Jodi in 2004.
Mike Wolfe made a name for himself as a professional treasure hunter, traveling around the country searching for “rusty gold” to purchase and sell in one of his two Antique Archaeology shops. The shops located in Le Claire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee, feature authentic vintage and antique treasures Mike has found on the road and official merchandise associated with the Antique Archaeology brand.
Mike’s popularity has allowed him to broaden his humanitarian efforts. He regularly holds events and promotes fund-raising campaigns for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Operation Smile, the ASCPA, and animal shelters.
In 2012, Mike introduced Kid Pickers, a children’s program.
Mike Wolfe was a professional cycling rider in his early twenties. He was Cat 4 and Cat 3 from 1989 to 1998.
CBS revealed in September 2012 that it had purchased Mike’s most recent TV project, a filmed, multi-camera office sitcom set in an antiques and collectibles store. Mike’s life and experiences as a picker will be the basis for the show, directed by actor-turned-director Fred Savage. Mike is a co-executive producer.