Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fetch And Kvetch: What Does It Take To Be An Antique Dealer? Ask The American Pickers

Shlepping Along With The American Pickers

Fetch And Kvetch
"The Back Breaker" is the name of this week's episode of American Pickers on The History Channel. It seems that all that shlepping is beginning to take it's toll on Mike Wolfe. But Mike can't afford to take time off to recover and like a fool he continues to fetch and kvetch as he picks through piles of junk in old barns and buildings.


Mike, like many of us in the biz, is constantly lifting, moving, and carrying vintage stuff. Well this week, Mike yells ouch....his back is sore! And he knows he has to seek some help....BUT not before he comes home with some more stuff.

Shop Till You Drop

And don't we all do the very same till we drop. O'K. it is not everyday that we are going to stumble across a neat old Jukebox, like Mike and Frank did this week, but we all have had our share of heavy loads. We shlep, we move, we carry, we climb, we crawl, we do it all. We may not all be bona fide pickers, but don't we all know how to pick and pack.

Mighty Junkers That We Are

But the mighty junkers that we are.... we refuse to set limits on our capabilities. For example, I am afraid of height.....BUT I have no trouble climbing atop the last step of a stepladder to retrieve a vintage kitchen cannister or other treasure I may have discovered. Yet, if you asked me to change a ceiling light bulb, I would be shaking in my boots. It's phenomenal how much we can all compensate when we are motivated to bring home the gold.

We Fear Not...We Feel Not...We Are Invincible

Yes, as I have discussed before, when our junking engines are running, we are operating on adrenaline. We fear not...we feel not.....we simply fetch and kvetch!

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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