Top Secrets of American Pickers You Didn’t Know Yet

Published on 11/21/2020
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The famous American TV show, American Pickers recorded how Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz went to various regions of the country. They were looking for rare relics, gems, and memorabilia that had been forgotten. There were 21 series, and they also encountered a lot of different people. Reporters said that the program had some controversy with its capital. Some people claimed that there was a money issue with it. If you want to know what happened, read more.

Top Secrets of American Pickers You Didn't Know Yet

Top Secrets of American Pickers You Didn’t Know Yet

The Overseas Spinoffs Did Not Last

Co-hosting the show is not the income source for Mike Wolfe. It is known that he also established a vintage antique shop called Antique Archeology. The person who was in charge of the shop was Danielle, the store manager. Mike also had a cafe, a sweet shop, a photography studio, and clothes for other companies.

The Overseas Spinoffs Did Not Last

The Overseas Spinoffs Did Not Last

Not His Only Source Of Income

Co-hosting the show is not the income source for Mike Wolfe. It is known that he also established a vintage antique shop called Antique Archeology. The person who was in charge of the shop was Danielle, the store manager. Mike also had a cafe, a sweet shop, a photography studio, and clothes for other companies.

Not His Only Source Of Income

Not His Only Source Of Income

Playing Himself On NCIS

American Pickers were very popular among Americans. The show’s success made Wolfe a part of the NCIS play. Some viewers, however, had a different opinion about the show’s success. He appeared in an episode titled “One Man’s Garbage.” You should watch him play at the NCIS!

Playing Himself On NCIS

Playing Himself On NCIS

A Complaint Brought Frank To Court

There was one event in which an auctioneer-collector, Jerry Bruce, attempted to sue Frank Fritz. Frank sold an old farm instrument called polarimeter for $300 to Jerry Bruce. The two had an issue with their contract, however. Bruce had spent over 1,000 dollars because Frank did not cash the check and transferred the equipment.

A Complaint Brought Frank To Court

A Complaint Brought Frank To Court

He Was Also Arrested For DUI

There was one circumstance in which an auctioneer-collector, Jerry Bruce, attempted to sue Frank Fritz. Frank sold an old farm instrument called polarimeter for $300 to Jerry Bruce. Unfortunately, the two disagreed with their contract. Bruce had to pay over one thousand dollars because Frank did not cash the check and transferred the equipment.

He Was Also Arrested For DUI

He Was Also Arrested For DUI

Ever Since He Was Young

Since he was a young kid, Mike Wolfe already discovered his passion. He was still a child when he started collecting things. When he discovered that he was able to sell a discarded bike for $5, his passion for discovering things started. He tried to hunt for more damaged bikes, repaired them, and sold them to earn extra income after his first success in selling the item.

Ever Since He Was Young

Ever Since He Was Young

Hobo Jack Is Now A Star

Jack J. Sophie was also a part of the cast of American Pickers, a popular show. He was famous to the fans who watched the show. His original recordings are one of his main contribution to why the show had many viewers.   Jack composed a full album that his fans enjoyed.

Hobo Jack Is Now A Star

Hobo Jack Is Now A Star

Rumors Of A Secret Relationship

Mike Wolfe had a delightful married life with Jodi Faeth. They were ecstatic living together. Their love for each other produced a child. However, there were gossips that Mike also had a scandalous relationship with his co-host, Frank Fritz. This was just hearsay, but the two men were best friends.

Rumors Of A Secret Relationship

Rumors Of A Secret Relationship

Raking In The Cash

A lot of people respect Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. These two hosts, many believed, were modest men who live a decent life. We should not fall for their trick, nevertheless. Many of us were unaware that they had a huge amount of money. In reality, Mike got nearly four million dollars in net worth.

Raking In The Cash

Raking In The Cash

Even Before The Show

Mike and Danielle were the best of friends. They have collaborated on many projects for over twenty years. They started working together even before their show gained popularity and became famous. That’s one factor why they had great teamwork while working.

Even Before The Show

Even Before The Show

The Truth About Reality-TV

We understood that Reality TV shows would like us to watch real-life content. However, usually, their performances were fake or scripted. It was not the case for the show American Pickers, because they made an effort to make a legit reality show. We could see the hosts purchase an item in their show, but they would be negotiating behind the scene.

The Truth About Reality TV

The Truth About Reality-TV

How To Strike A Deal

It is fascinating to watch the host negotiate with a seller. However, it was already scripted and planned by the producers beforehand. Before filming, they would talk to the seller to give a price higher than their asking price. It would give the host more allowance to negotiate for a lower price. It is why they can come up with a very “low” price after haggling.

How To Strike A Deal

How To Strike A Deal

They Also Plant Items

The negotiating process was not the only scripted part of the show. The producer would also decide on a rare item to be featured. The host would talk about the particular object while on air. Anyone would think that these unique items were just randomly found in various places. However, this was not the case.

They Also Plant Items

They Also Plant Items

Danielle Is An Important Part Of The Show

In the show, it’s easy to tell that Frank and Mike were the “pickers.” However, Danielle also had an important role. She manages the shop when the show is not on-air. Danielle also works to manage her boutique store named 4Miles 2Memphis. She is a good, hardworking woman.

Danielle Is An Important Part Of The Show

Danielle Is An Important Part Of The Show

Owing Back Taxes

There are many things you need to know about the antique shop’s manager. In 2013, Danielle received a collection notice from the IRS. This letter was informing her of a huge debt of taxes worth a thousand dollars. It came from selling old items. However, it is not the only notice she received.

Owing Back Taxes

Owing Back Taxes

Mike Wanted To End The Show

We were shocked that Mike wanted to stop the show that made him famous and brought him a lot of money. The host of the TV show decided to put an end to it in 2016 to give his daughter all his attention. We did not know, however, what he thought when he decided to continue the show. The American Pickers is still one of the best shows we will ever watch right now.

Mike Wanted To End The Show

Mike Wanted To End The Show

Starting Them Young

Mike wanted to create a project that would encourage children to search for precious things and be creative. Kid Pickers’ flea market in LeClaire, Iowa, was that venture. It would inspire children to be curious about a hobby. We should not forget that when he was still little, he was involved in discovering useful stuff as well.

Starting Them Young

Starting Them Young

An Episode About Star Wars

There was also a whole episode devoted to Star Wars! This occurred when the crew encountered a former employee of Lucasfilm who owned a super rare piece of memorabilia. And how cool is it? We are sure that fans of the sci-fi series enjoyed watching the episode in question when it came out.

An Episode About Star Wars

An Episode About Star Wars

Prince Mongo For Mayor

And who would not miss Price Mongo? Even though he was one odd character in the program, we cannot help but keep watching him! At his house, you can find a lot of unique, fascinating objects. However, there were things about him that we were unaware of. Many do not know this happened, but he tried several times to run as the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee. How cool was that?

Prince Mongo For Mayor

Prince Mongo For Mayor

Time To Give Back

Mike Wolfe also gave donations to a  charitable group called “Operation Smile”. The organization assisted children who had a cleft palate or lip. This was a disability that his daughter had too because of this. The host wanted to support every kid he can and made sure that everyone would be aware and educated of this condition.

Time To Give Back

Time To Give Back

Moonlighting As A Dancer

We might have known Danielle as a talented performer. We know that she was also a brilliant shop manager. However, managing a growing business was not the only thing she was good at. Danielle has also developed mastery in burlesque dancing as well. We were glad that she shared some facts about her personal life. She said that her life had changed when she learned to be a dancer because she gained confidence.

Moonlighting As A Dancer

Moonlighting As A Dancer

Hobo Jack Is An Author

Another famous member of the hit American Pickers that we all can recognize show was Hobo Jack. Every audience admired him. He was also a published author. We might want to read the “Amazing Adventures of the Tramp Prince” if we wanted to check out his work. It was about a historical fiction novel published in the year 2014.

Hobo Jack Is An Author

Hobo Jack Is An Author

Not Always A Professional

We can tell that Frank Fritz was a popular co-host of American Pickers, but before he joined the TV Show, he wasn’t an expert at all in this profession. Only when he became a part of the team did he begin this work in this field. It was one of the secrets that shocked the fans. Nevertheless, Mike Wolfe was the real expert and had a lot of experience with the work.

Not Always A Professional

Not Always A Professional

Using Mole Man For Their Personal Gain

Many viewers loved Ron too, who was famous under the name “Mole Man.” The American Pickers spent their time in Ron’s tunnel for one episode.  A person declared that a TV show participant was trying to plan something, but it wasn’t true, and people thought they were being tricked.

Using Mole Man For Their Personal Gain

Using Mole Man For Their Personal Gain

The Network Did Not Initially Want Danielle

We might consider Danielle as one of the important people in the show, but the History Channel did not intend her to be part of the project. However, Mike and Frank were committed to make her a part of the show. It changed her life in the best way because she gained fame and also became successful. Now, we can not imagine the show without her.

The Network Did Not Initially Want Danielle

The Network Did Not Initially Want Danielle

Life Is Not All That Smooth

Most of us who have been intrigued by antique collections can know about Pawn Stars. It was a television show hosted in Las Vegas by a family who owned a pawn shop. In 2009, it aired and also became a hit show. However, ups and downs have also been encountered by the famous member of the show called Austin Lee Russel or viewers who knew him as “Chumlee”.

You Won't Believe What Chumlee Of Pawn Stars Does Behind The Scenes

Life Has Not Been All That Smooth

The Star Of The Show

You can find Pawn Stars in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Its success was because of Chumlee, the star of the show. He was the man who makes everyone, may it be an audience or his team, smile and laugh. It was also the reason why the show became a success and grew in popularity even outside America. The host, also known as a “funny man” who would make our day happy.

The Star Of The Show

The Star Of The Show

Not The Best Student In High School

We would like to share his life before the show began before we know the story behind this show. The people close to the famous host know that he had a hard time in life when he was growing up. He also had a rough time finishing his studies.

Not The Best Student In High School

Not The Best Student In High School

He Never Graduated

In high school, Chumlee was the kind of kid who would go to copy his mate’s homework and pay them with some cash. Because of his attitude, his colleagues thought that he would not graduate and basically expected him to drop out of school. Imagine their surprise when they turned out to be wrong!

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He Never Graduated

The Story Behind It

For Chumlee, having difficulties trying to meet the academic requirements at school was one thing, but there was also the fact that he was bullied and was called humiliating nicknames. ‘Chumlee’ probably doesn’t sound too bad to some; quite the opposite in fact. However, the real reason behind all this, in truth, was very mean and humiliating.

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The Story Behind It

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

His nickname came from a ’60s cartoon character titled Tennessee Tuxedo and His tale. This cartoon was about a fat walrus called Chumley. Because of his body, nearly everyone around him called him by that nickname. His nickname did not have a pleasant meaning.

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Friends From Childhood

Chumlee had experienced numerous issues and had a rough time living as a child. Fortunately, he had a friend who remained by his side even during the bad times. Suppose we were a fan of his life or one of those who looked into it. Corey Harrison was the name of his trusted buddy. Corey was the person on whom he could rely, and he was soon the part and co-stars on Pawn Stars as well.

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Friends From Childhood

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

During their younger days, the two men liked to spend their pastimes at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop was Rick’s father, Corey. In any way that he could, Corey would support his mate. He was working at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop after Chumlee turned 21 years old.

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A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Not What He Expected

It was tough working in a pawn shop. You need to check the pieces of jewelry or the item needed to be pawned accurately. It was also necessary for the individual to be humble. Like other exciting jobs, it might be an exciting career. At his first “real job,” Chumlee was employed, and he did not expect it to be difficult.

Not What He Expected

Not What He Expected

Five Short Years Later

We may have been disappointed in the life of Chumlee when he was young. After five years working on-air and doing the same occupation, however, he became successful. If we were to watch his show, we could say he was a TV employee rather than a pawn shop employee because of his ability to entertain many people.

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Five Short Years Later

Can’t Help It

Pawn Stars became a famous show that was profitable. The prestige of the program has been rising every season. The person who contributed the most to the show was Chumlee. He was the star people liked watching. The star was excellent at making people laugh, and watching it was also entertaining. Chumlee liked sharing some jokes, too.

Can’t Help It

Can’t Help It

Not The Best Buys

Chumlee loved playing pinball, playing video games, doing rap, and collecting sneakers. We could tell that, regardless of what he usually bought, he was interested in those things. He was not only an impressive and handsome guy, but his company was not always as prosperous as it appeared. We ought to know what has happened to their business.

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Not The Best Buys

Making Many Mistakes

We could understand if we watched the clip, that Chumlee had made sloppy mistakes. It was all for fun if we were people, but it wasn’t. And if they weren’t being aired, it always happened. One time, he was only standing and leaning against a shelf, and it dropped and broke. The shelf had a value of $20,000.

Making Many Mistakes

Making Many Mistakes

 Popularity For His Mishaps

Chumlee may be unlucky at times, but other people in the episode mocked him. If we were to watch Pawn Stars, we would realize that it was the show’s style that made it fun. Some of us would say it made the show special and popular with people on The History Channel.

Popularity For His Mishaps

Popularity For His Mishaps

Quite The Popular Guy

Chumlee, because of the show, became famous and prosperous. It was the moment when he hired a bodyguard who when he appeared in public, would remain with him. In a short time, all of his fame and popularity happened. The way he lived, we might conclude that he became a lucky guy.

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Quite The Popular Guy

Enjoying The Fame

Chumlee was not bothered at the beginning of his new life that he attracted a lot of attention. He was pleased that individuals from various locations remembered him. Together with his assistant, they created their customized merchandise. The team and his followers welcomed his concept.

Enjoying The Fame

Enjoying The Fame

The Fan-Favorite

Chumlee was the one who sold the most, especially in comparison to everyone in the show. Clearly, he is the most famous member of the cast of Pawn Stars by far. Ok, all we’ve got to say to Chumlee is well done! But that’s not it. Believe it or not, the TV show star even opened a Vegas Strip candy store that he called Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard.

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The Fan-Favorite

Quite The Private Person

In his career, Chumlee may have been good, but he was not the kind of guy who wouldn’t talk about the money he got from his performance. Any of us may know that after he agreed to sell half of the Gold & Silver shares, he had a whopping $155,000 income. It was sold to Rick Harrison during the year 2010.

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Quite The Private Person

Surprisingly Business Minded

Why did Chumlee sell his share? Chumlee decided to concentrate on personalised merchandise. Most of us, however, did not think that the “klutz” had a lot of business experience like him. Fans and some of the audience may believe he made the right decision.

Surprisingly Business Minded

Surprisingly Business Minded

Time To Make A Change

After numerous things and challenges that happened to Chumlee, two weeks after playing an important role in Pawn Stars, he became a successful man. Something changed in the life and personality of the TV star after this incident. Some of us might not know, but his father was related to the problem.

Time To Make A Change

Time To Make A Change

A Healthier Lifestyle

Chumlee’s father passed away at the age of 54 in 2009. His father spent a long time battling pancreatic cancer. Chumlee did not live a safe lifestyle until his father died. After his father’s death, however, he changed, and he wanted to change his way of life and live healthily.

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A Healthier Lifestyle

The Mind And Soul

Chumlee began to eat nutritious food and exercise every day. The star even started practicing yoga and working out in the gym as well. He was conditioning himself not just physically but also psychologically. He became a follower of mindfulness and meditation that could help his mind and soul.

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The Mind And Soul

Taking The Necessary Steps

Chumlee set his ideal objective and concentrated on making it come true. There was a time when he went to the gym every single day. He also ate breakfast smoothies and reduced the red meat needed to follow his diet. We might assume that at that moment, he was living a lifestyle. In his search for healthy living, however, did he succeed?

Taking The Necessary Steps

Taking The Necessary Steps

Impressive Transformation

Many of us understood how hard it was to get a weight loss program. To have a satisfactory outcome, it took a lot of commitment and preparation. After his transformation, we could see how Chumlee became. After what he did, many people admired him. That just shows us that when we were committed, we could get anything we wanted.

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Impressive Transformation

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