Reality TV remains one of the most popular genres out there. There seems to be a show for every interest. American pickers is no exception. But part of what keeps fans coming back over the years is the friendship between creator/star Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby. Colby – who runs Wolfe’s Antique Archeology business – once shed some light on how the couple’s paths first crossed.
‘American Pickers’ debuted on History in 2010
American pickers debuted on History in 2010 and quickly won over viewers with his insight into collecting antiques and collectibles. The show follows Wolfe and former co-host Frank Fritz as they travel across the United States to find rare items for various reasons.
Typically American pickers runs two seasons per year ranging in length from 9 to 24 episodes. As a result, the series has gone through 22 seasons in just over a decade. And there’s no sign of Wolfe, Colby, or Antique Archeology stopping any time soon.
Danielle Colby and Mike Wolfe met at a garage sale
Though Wolfe and Fritz co-headlined the series, the former’s relationship with Colby has long proven integral to keeping his business — and indeed the show — going. In a 2019 interview with Freshly Inked, Colby detailed the circumstances under which she first met Wolfe.
“I first met Mike at a flea market. It was in Leclaire, Iowa, across from my mother’s house. I looked at a lamp; He bought the lamp, I got mad at him. He looked at me and said, ‘Sorry girl, time to buy it is when you see it.’ I liked his cheekiness…we were pretty much inseparable after that. As a side note, I lost my wallet with all my rental money that day. I was offended! But look how much I found in friendship that day, and I wasn’t even looking for it.”
Colby also describes how Wolfe came up with the idea for American pickers. Apparently nobody at Antique Archeology believed his “crazy stories” about hunting for a pickaxe and the events and people he encountered on his adventures. And Wolfe was convinced he should start filming it. Colby insists, “It actually worked out pretty well for him, didn’t it?”
Danielle Colby and Mike Wolfe have remained “inseparable.”
Working together for so long can put a strain on a friendship. Adding a popular reality TV show into the equation certainly only complicates things. As Colby admits, it’s not always easy.
“I think everyone who has ever worked with family or very close friends before I can understand goes through cycles. … We are quite lucky. We’re fairly forgiving of each other’s imperfections and celebrate each other’s strengths. It works fine for us. We are happily dysfunctional and we make the best of every situation we can. Most importantly, even on our worst days, we love and appreciate each other unconditionally. Our friendship is a wild journey, but we are born adventurers.”
American pickers Season 23 debuted on January 1, 2022 and will continue into the fall.
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