American Pickers Guide to Picking: A New Book About Finding Rusty Gold

American Pickers Guide to Picking: A New Book About Finding Rusty Gold

Junk is beautiful. And so is the new book, American Pickers Guide to Picking, written by Libby Callaway with Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and Danielle Colby, the stars of one of my favorite TV shows, American Pickers, which comes on Monday nights on the History Channel. Libby, a freelance writer with publication credits that include the New York Post, where she worked as a writer and editor, and Glamour, where she penned a fashion advice column, is also a native of Cleveland, TN, which is home to my mom, Faye Bailey, and my sister Leanne Benson and family. A little over 30 years ago, my late dad, Don Bailey, a native of Athens, Georgia, reported to the Cleveland, TN post office to take over as postmaster. The retiring postmaster my dad replaced was Libby’s granddad, Robert Easterly.

Mike received many questions from young pickers at his Cleveland museum talk and says there is a “Kid Picker” show in the works. The current American Pickers show was the most successful reality show introduced on TV in 2010. I’m sure, judging from all the excited junior pickers at the museum, a young picker show would be a big hit.

Mike also talked about his partner in rusty gold on the show, Frank Fritz and their assistant, Danielle Colby. Frank joined Mike as a full time picker after being downsized from a long time job. Mike met Danielle at a yard sale several years ago when he bought something she had her eye on. Their disagreement quickly turned to friendship and when Mike succeeded in selling the American Pickers show to the History channel and needed an assistant to run the shop and help scout out picks, he thought of Danielle. Producers at first weren’t enthusiastic about the tattooed burlesque dancer. But after seeing her and watching her interact with Mike and Frank, they quickly agreed that she was a perfect addition to the show.

“If you can think of a purpose for something, it’s not junk,” Mike said, near the end of his talk. “It becomes a part of you.”

Mike’s show has already become a part of our family on Monday nights. His book is now in a treasured place on our bookshelf and we’re savoring every page of reading about hunting and picking “rusty gold.” Coming soon: a full review of American Pickers Guide to Picking, if I can stop picking long enough to write it!

For more information on the American Pickers show, go here. To read more about Libby Callaway and her new book, visit her website.

Big Pumpkin and Followers Spotted in Winterville, Georgia!

Breaking news in Winterville, GA: The GREAT PUMPKIN  is spotted near Town Square. The city of Marigolds has been invaded by a giant orange melon as big as a storage building and numerous smaller collaborators!
Linus believed in the Great Pumpkin in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. Anyone passing by the huge display of pumpkins on the grounds of Winterville United Methodist Church near the depot on

Pumpkins in Winterville

Pumpkins in Winterville

N. Main Street can actually see the Great Pumpkin now through October 31. For church members, the annual “Pumpkins R Us” project is a fundraiser. Schools may schedule class field trips. All visitors can have their photos taken and will receive a free handout. On October 22, the church will sponsor a Fall Festival among the pumpkins. The festival will include baked goods for sale and other activities.

These pumpkins, which are perfect for carving or making into delicious pies and breads, are for sale. Miniature pumpkins go for just $.50 and many other sizes are available at various prices.

The Great Pumpkin and his/her minions rule right now in the little town of Winterville, Georgia. But only for the next few days. If you’re interested in staking your claim to the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season, get to the WUMC pumpkin patch soon. This is a limited time invasion. Sometime between now and Halloween, the Great Pumpkin and all the other pumpkins will disappear!

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

For more information, visit the Winterville Pumpkin Patch page on their website.

To read more about the Great Pumpkin, go here!

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