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Blog entry by shinju posted 01-02-2012 07:17 PM 2156 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hello, well just seen a show on american pickers, they where in a old gentlemans barn looking around and standing amoung two walls of wood moulding planes and metal planes and other woodworking tools,which most of use would drool over. and what do they pick up ! a samuria sword. come on all the things there and they pick up that. guess old woodworking tools just dont impress them that much. sorry just had to say something. they must not now what was there or dont think there is money in old tools….... would like comments or your feelings on this thanks…. shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 07:35 PM

I watch that show regularly, and I have never seen them buy a plane or hand tool, which seems a bit odd. If they could buy planes for a couple bucks each, no doubt there would be a solid profit margin.

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 07:38 PM

I guess he was not a woodworker…but on the opposite side of the coin a samari sword collector has no interest in woodworking tools…but I would not give a second look at a samari sword. It is good that everyone is not interested in woodworking tools…if they were then us woodworkers would never find good deals.

What is an american picker? Samari swords are not american products.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 08:13 PM

This show is really phony-baloney. The REAL pickers are the old-timers who have amassed their large hoards of Americana over the decades of their lives and stored it on their property, not those two rubes who drive around in their Mercedes van looking for a quick hit. It nauseates me, for years I’ve brought stuff to market from what I’ve purchased from auctions, yard sales, and my own ads offering to purchase entire contents of homes. I was always bumping into people who wanted to skim my finds with ridiculous offers. I was the guy that people could turn to for doing the entire job, including disposal of mattresses and other crap, and I resented people who would approach me with offers of $20 for the piano or antique furniture items. I see this same dippy star-struck smile on these ‘Pickers’ faces. I see ‘em come, and I see ‘em go. Shinju: You are so right about those who walk right past the items of REAL value, in order to find items that make for good television. I just hope that TV audiences do not get their perception of ‘Values’ skewed by what they see on these shows.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 08:45 PM

I’ve only seen the camera pause on handplanes maybe once on that show. And they know nothing about them, obviously. The stuff they’re interested in is pretty narrow. My sons and I laugh at the predictability: oil cans, bicycles, toys and signs. It’s still a fun and informative show for what it is…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 09:30 PM

I watch the show regularly and find it entertaining. My guess as to why they dont go for the planes is that they peple they seel to arent in the market for tools. To quote the all time funniest movie, Joe Dirt “Its not what you like its what the consumer likes”.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 12:36 AM

thanks guys keep up on the comments , well i think we are not mainstream enough for some people. but i look at the fantastic folks out here and the great work seen too, well i am glad we are not main stream enough. it may ruin the atmosphere off it all. it is true money talks and the rest walks. thanks again…. shinju

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 12:46 AM

I watched it once, when they were playing up a Civil War angle. I was completely disappointed. We have a saying in the reenactor hobby “far be it form reality’, or farbie. Pickers is farbie, I never watched it again.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 12:58 AM

I watch it because I 1: like the girl with the tattoos 2: am sick of cop shows 3: cannot believe there is two guys that go around buying “junk” in a 60k van with a camera crew. 4: my wife likes it 5: there are no woodworking shows on at that time slot 6: it’s too late to be in my shop 7: I’m sick of almost every channel having “a news blast from Iowa”...some politician went to bathroom. 8: it’s almost bed time and I need something to put me to sleep.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 12:58 AM

well said thanks …shinju

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 03:19 AM

You are all correct. They must really have a lot of time on their hands for these types of show. Then again, cable will show anything

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 03:42 AM

My wife likes that show, but she also likes Holmes on Homes which airs at the same time on another channel. It’s a toss up every week because she has the remote.

While she was surfing between channels I saw a program called “9 Bra Blowout” I thought we should check out to see if anyone got hurt or maybe learn some emergency medical technique, but she didn’t think that if had any value so she skipped over it.

Go Figure!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 04:44 AM

I don’t care if it’s real or not I find it entertaining. Let’s face it all reality shows are scripted.

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#13 posted 01-04-2012 01:41 PM

thanks guys, well it shows that you are all winners out here….. shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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