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'American Pickers' gets to ‘Raze the Roof’ on History Channel

The crew of American Pickers, Mike, Danielle and Frank
The crew of American Pickers, Mike, Danielle and FrankPhoto courtesy of History Channel used with permission

Tonight's History Channel episode of "American Pickers" was titled "Raze the Roof," starring Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe. The professional pickers that travel across not only the United States, but over the world picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age, and love every minute of their hunt as cobwebs and dead animals don’t scare them a bit.

As the episode begins, the guys are in West Virginia when they get a call from Danielle, who is sending them to see a guy named Tim, who has been a pack rat all his life. When they pull up, he is already waiting for them.

Tim’s pack rat abilities were inherited from his mother and grandmother. Tim is married and knows that if something happened to him, his wife would be stuck with this big mess; so he wants to get rid of as much as he can. Mike spotted an Irish Mail; it was made to run on railroad tracks; he believes this one was for someone handicapped and got it for $225. Frank found an old tin train that had a locomotive, and about eight cars and Frank paid $100.

They found lots of old metal signs that they loved and an old metal fence with posts; Mike got it for $850. As the pick got bigger and bigger, Tim took them inside his house, where they found more treasures.

Back in Iowa, Danielle sold the English phone booth that the guys brought back from England. She called Robbie, who helped deliver it. The motorcycle museum in a nearby Iowa town wanted it for their English display to add authenticity.

After the guys went through two of his buildings, he told them there was one more, a log cabin. They found a tin sign from an old bourbon distillery worth $450. Tim was very pleased with their visit, and invited them back again. Frank feels that it is worth another visit, because his prices were reasonable, and they did not even scratch the surface.

In Kentucky, a man named Robert Wright, an insurance agent, has a building filled with stuff, but the roof is ready to fall in. If he can salvage anything before the roof caves in, it will be a bonus for both. Mike tried to walk in the building, but with the unstable floors, it was a disaster in the making, and Mike did not pursue it any further. They did go upstairs and found a few items, a shoeshine chair that came from a local barber shop. Frank found some stained-glass windows, and got them for $400. This was a great pick because there was no emotional attachment on the seller’s end. Mike found comic books from the 1950s and paid $150 for a box of about 100 with plenty of Super Heroes among the lot on this episode of "American Pickers."