American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe reaches young collectors with

Guest column by Reyne Haines

Do you remember the things you collected as a child? For me, it was arrowheads found in the backyard of my grandparents home, Matchbox cars, Barbie and all the shoes they made for her, and Garbage Pail Kids (yes I just saw the episode of “Pawn Stars” with the guy that brought in an album full of them!)

I have heard countless stories about how “mom” threw out the sports card and comic book collections. Sound familiar? I don’t know if I should have kept any of those things for any other reason than sentiment, but isn’t the nostalgic attachment priceless?

Mike Wolfe, host and creator of your favorite HISTORY show, “American Pickers,” found his calling as a picker when he was a kid. When he told me about his latest endeavor,, I was somehow not surprised.

“I believe kids are born pickers” says Wolfe. “They are curious, adventurous and thrilled by discovery. That instinctively makes them drawn to a pile of junk!”

Wolfe hopes to share his passion for collecting and trading with the KidPickers website. will be the stepping stone for kids to learn more about history, their family, and collecting in their community.

Kids are encouraged to create a profile and share their stories about their collecting and picking adventures. The site also provides tips for young collectors such as where to find things, where to go online to learn more about the items they have found, and tools they should bring with them when out “picking.” The site is geared towards kids ages 8-12. It’s extremely entertaining, but also quite educational.

It’s hard to get kids away from the computer these days. So if they are going to spend time online, let’s sneak a little learning in there. You can learn more at or visit “American Pickers'” Facebook page. Wolfe may be found on Twitter.

Appraiser, media personality and author Reyne Haines is a specialist in 20th century decorative arts. She is the author of VIntage Wristwatches (2010, Krause Publications) and Warman’s Watches Field Guide (2011, Krause Publications). As the host of The Art of Collecting on KPRC, Houston’s NBC, Reyne hosts a weekly program spotlighting trends and news items in the world of antiques & collectibles. As a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Reyne blogs on the most current topics and industry events. She has been a repeat guest on CBS’ The Early Show and can be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Network. Her website is

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