‘Morning Shows the Day’ seems to be very true in the life of Mike Wolfe. Affection for junk since his childhood has made him known world wide!
Facts of Mike Wolfe
|Full Name:||Mike Wolfe|
|Age:||57 years 3 months|
|Birth Date:||June 11, 1964|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Leo, Aquarius, Libra|
|Birth Place:||Joliet, Illinois, United States|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Jodi Faeth|
|Height / How tall? :||6 feet 0 inches (1.83m)|
|Net Worth:||$5 million|
I started racing pretty heavy, from like '89 until '98. I did road racing and criteriums. I was a Cat 4 rider, and then I moved up to a Cat 3 for a little while, and then I kind of got out of it. When you run a bike shop, you never really get out of it, though, because you're around it so much. ... I liked the Italian stuff. I rode Bottecchias. My first really high-end bike was a Viner and that was my first handmade frame, and I always rode Campagnolo. Even when I was in high school, I had a Super Record Campy bike, which was a very expensive bike back then. I had an Atala, which is another Italian bike. I raced that quite a bit, did really well on that one. When the balloon-tire craze was hot, I was buying Phantoms and Panthers, anything with a horn tank. I love the Schwinn stuff. But I was a purist. I grew up watching these pros and they were all riding handmade Italian Colnagos and Medicis and all that stuff. And everything was Campagnolo, and it was all exotic and amazing and beautiful. I wanted that, so when I started racing and had my own shop, those were the kind of bikes I rode.|
[on his first pick] I was walking to school one day and saw all these bikes in the garbage. I was just amazed because I didn't have one and I found it incredible that anyone was throwing them out. So I gathered up as many as I could and put them all in our garage. They were mostly banana-seat bikes from the '60s, maybe one was a Schwinn. There was a girl's balloon-tire bike, too. That was the first bike I learned to ride because there was no bar in the middle-I was little, so I would ride it almost right above the cranks. ... Then I sold one. It didn't take much to get it going. I put air in the tires and cleaned it all up and stuff, and then I sold it to an older kid down the street. I think I was six then. I was always fascinated with bikes because when I was young I was very small and slow, but I could go fast on a bike.
[on seeing a motorcycle for the first time] I was 13 when I saw my first motorcycle. I was walking down the sidewalk when this guy who was like the high school champion stud-he was the team quarterback, got all the chicks, everything-did this incredible burnout on his Honda 900. I can remember the day so clearly, how warm it was, and him looking at me as I walked by. I thought, "Oh, man. That is the coolest thing in the world." That's what started me on my journey of wanting a motorcycle.
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The reality show, American Pickers on the History Channel that follows antique and collectible pickers. Mike Wolfe is a collector, a television star, and a true picker of rusty gold.
Passion for junk Since his early days
Mike Wolfe has been made famous for that television show but he’s been picking antiques of all kinds for years. Interest in picking started at a young age and has never died down.
When he was very young Mike’s passion for junk started. He found an abandoned bike one day, and he sold it for $5. After that, he was hooked. He started walking around houses and looking for anything that he could bring home and sell. He even started harassing the local farmers.
Mike made his first big score when he was just a kid. He found a bike, While looking through a barn one day. The farmer was offered $50 for the bike. The farmer took the deal, they shook hands, and Mike took the bike home. After that, he cleaned up the bike. Therefore sold it for $5,000. First earning was a huge profit for him.
Sees more potential
A lifelong American picker, Mike has been combing through junk since the age of four. As one of the country’s foremost foragers, Mike has earned a reputation. He loves traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Mike sees potential goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories at dilapidated barns and overgrown yards,
Mike with Frank Fritz (his friend of 20 years and picking partner) spends as much time as he can on the road. Wherever they go, the two guys discover hoards of unique items and spend some quality time there.
When Mike started doing American Pickers, he had just one store. The money started rolling in after the show became successful. After that, he opened the ‘Antique Archaeology’. He even launched his brand.
He used his fame to approach CBS with a scripted sitcom about life in an antique store.
Y'all get in! The crew and I are getting ready to go dig up some fresh picks for ya. Until then new episodes of @americanpickers will return April 9! See y'all on Two Lanes! @AntiqueArchNash pic.twitter.com/fPf3DqIEhl
— Mike Wolfe (@AmericanPicker) March 19, 2018
What exactly does Mike look for?
“Anything I can make a buck on, That could be anything from antique baby carriages and vintage jukeboxes to old cars and scrap metal.”
Mike’s clients include interior designers, photographers, and collectors. It seems Mike likes all the pickers’ work. He is passionate about his chosen field. He says simply,
“I love to find stuff”.
Mike as a Husband and a Father
On September 8, 2012, Mike married a woman named Jodi Faeth. In Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, they got married and they had a themed ceremony called ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’. After the birth of their daughter, Charlie Faeth Wolfe, The couple got married. She was born on January 30, 2012.
After each season that it is on the air, American Pickers gains more popularity. If you have seen the show and have always wanted to know the man, you know all there is to know about him now.
— Mike Wolfe (@AmericanPicker) October 18, 2017
Mike Wolfe home does not have all the junk he collects
Despite all the junk that Mike takes from the show, we might think that he has a crowded home, resembling all of them. His home is the exact opposite.
He interviewed with the New York Times and he told the reporter that while he loves the stuff, he would never live in a place that looks like some of the places that they have picked. At the interview, he owned a building right by the river in downtown LeClaire, Iowa.
Not only was it neat and tidy, but he didn’t have anything like the things that he picked in his home. His current home, however, that’s a different story.
Mike Wolfe is active on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He has gained more than 167k followers on Twitter, more than 315k followers on Instagram and over 974k followers on Facebook.