A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

American Pickers - part 2

Le Clarie, Iowa

So I walked in to their old original shop.

First thing I notice is that Danielle is not there at her work station.  
Just as well for I'd probably embarrass myself staring at all her tattoos
instead of looking into her eyes when I talked to her.

Next thing I notice is that she isn't the only one working this operation.  I counted 4 or 5 other women working there.  This you do not see in the television show as it implies she's running the entire show.

Next I learn is that the boys are not here.  They are in California, north of Sacramento picking!  Here I am in their shop in Iowa and they are traipsing around in my neighborhood less than a 100 miles from where I live!  Oh the irony. 

So I ask about the van parked out front.  "Oh it is retired. They have a brand new Ford diesel van now." No doubt Ford practically "gave" it to them for the exposure on the show.  

Anyway, if you are a frequent viewer of the TV program a lot of the stuff in the garage will look familiar to you.  Notice the roll around cabinet.  It holds Antique Archaeology/American Pickers merchandise for sale.  Look at the second and third photos again - most all that is TV show merchandise for sale.

Earlier as I was excitedly looking forward to seeing Antique Archaeology, I was hoping they would have some sort of little trinket I could buy as a memento of my visit.  You know, something like a sticker, decal or a postcard.  Well they had those in abundance along with magnets, hats, t-shirts (too many styles to mention), coffee mugs (again many styles), shot glasses, travel mugs, beer can coolers, DVD's of every show, license plate frames, posters,  puzzles, games, books... it was endless. 

I started up the yellow stairs then saw it was an office of some sort with another woman at the desk.  
I turned back.  I suppose I could have wandered around up there but I was having serious overwhelming issues at the time with all there was to see on the ground floor.

With all the choices available in the souvenir department, I needed time to think about it.  Prices were not all that friendly either.  Like $2 for a wimpy postcard.  I was sort of taken back with all this merchandising - cashing in on their fame with the show and all, that I was beginning to think 
Do I really want anything?

I needed to get away from it all so I walked over to the new building they built last year,
which the drama of it all took up the better part of the TV season last year.

Once back home, I tuned in to the new season and sure enough, they are picking up a brand new Ford diesel van with more carrying capacity.  Naturally it is portrayed as a major investment not without a lot of research having been done beforehand in order to make the "right choice".  Of course we know better.  The old Dodge Sprinter van has over 275,000 miles on it and it is now just used for local around the town service. 

to be concluded tomorrow


Carole M. said...

I'm not familiar with the show at all but I enjoyed your commentary and it's a place I'd kind of feel overwhelmed in too ....

s.c said...

Good for you to think twice before buying something. It looks good here but at home you wonder why have I bought that.

biebkriebels said...

Well good that SC wasn't there, he would definetly have found something to take home.

EG CameraGirl said...

These guys have done very well for themselves and don't need you $2 for a flimsy postcard. I think your photos are excellent memorabilia.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Even though I don't know the show John it didn't stop me enjoying and appreciating your very diverse selection of images, merci beaucoup!

Halcyon said...

I have no idea what this show is, but the shop looks like an interesting place to browse. I bet you could find some real treasures there!

TexWisGirl said...

cashing in, for sure.

John W. Wall said...

I just asked a young co-worker (in her 20s) what she'd expect to pay for a postcard. She said (you guessed it) two bucks. :)

RedPat said...

I've only seen the show once but would enjoy rummaging around in there. I bet there were no bargains to be had! Postcards are soooo cheap to have printed.

Randy said...

Interesting place.

Rose said...

Oh, I can just imagine how overwhelmed you felt trying to make a decision on something to buy. I get that way a lot of times at flea markets and find that I might as just enjoy looking and forget about buying unless something simply jumps out and into my hand!

LĂșcia said...

You always find themost unusual places John!
Love your adventures! ;-)