FANS of American Pickers are concerned that longtime antique team Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have split up amid the COVID-19 pandemic..
The popular show reached 5.7million viewers in 2016 and remains one of the most-watched reality TV shows since its inception in 2010.
Mike Wolfe on American Pickers[/caption]
What is American Pickers?
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz travel across the country finding “forgotten old relics” and restoring them to their original glory.
Sometimes, Wolfe and Fritz resell the relics for a profit.
Other times, they keep the relics for themselves.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are antique salesmen[/caption]
“American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories,” says the show’s official page.
“If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind–and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.”
Is Mike Wolfe still on American Pickers?
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz opted to quarantine in different states when coronavirus hit the US.
Mike is currently at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., which is about a 40-minute drive from his Antique Archaeology store in Nashville.
“Becoming a dad late in life is never a dull moment but I know how special these moments are with her,” the 56-year-old wrote on Father’s Day.
“I cannot believe how fast she is sprouting up. I [love] being a dad to my brown-eyed baby girl.”
Despite the pair living far away from each other, neither has stated that they’ve quit the show.
It’s not clear when the American Pickers crew will return to filming after their Covid break, but Danielle Colby did reveal that she was “back on the road again” in an Aug. 25 Instagram post.
Where is the American Pickers store?
LeClaire, which sits on the Mississippi river, is home to fewer than 4,000 residents. It is best known as the birthplace of Buffalo Bill.
The store, which was once a fabrication shop, is located close to Bettendorf, Iowa, where Wolfe was raised.
There are two American Pickers store locations in Iowa and Tennessee[/caption]
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Opened in 2011, the second store resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where Wolfe currently calls home. It was once a Marathon Motor Works car factory from the late 1800s.
Both spaces are designed to be half-shop, half-museum, and are filled to the brim with antiques, collectibles, and unique home decor.
Wolfe travels more than 70,000 miles a year across the United States hand-picking items for Antique Archaeology.