Yes, Mike Wolfe has been pecking for a long time. And in a 2014 interview with Stage Right Secrets, the American Pickers star spoke briefly about the fate of his first pick and openly lamented that he no longer owned the item. “I wish I had [still have it]’ Wolfe said, adding, ‘I sold it about two weeks later.’ That item was apparently an old bike that Wolfe came across in a dump. Per Wolfe: “I was 4 years old and I pulled a bike out of the garbage.”
What Wolfe did next would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life, as the little screen star said, “And I sold it to an older kid next door for about $5… I thought I’d roll that transaction.” would in fact serve as a blueprint for his professional endeavors as an antique dealer, with Wolfe still getting a kick out of preserving someone else’s discarded treasure and turning a profit in the process. Per Wolfe: “It just kind of took off from there… I always felt like a little detective on a history hunt, and it never left me.”
The need to give a second life to other people’s long-forgotten artifacts not only never left Mike Wolfe, but it has probably made him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, as it has landed him a lucrative television gig and a booming antique business. And it all started before the “American Pickers” frontman was even in kindergarten.