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On June 30, 2018, Antique Archaeology hosted their 2nd ever Kid Picker Flea Market in downtown LeClaire, Iowa where the roles were flipped and the kids were the vendors and the adults were the customers. A total of 31 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 traveled with their families from all over the country to sell their antique/vintage/handmade treasures to the public—despite the sweltering heat index of 106 degrees! That didn’t stop the crowds of locals, tourists, Mike Wolfe, and his family, from coming out to support these young entrepreneurs.

Below are moments captured during Kid Picker Flea Market 2018 by LeClaire photographer, Kevin E. Schmidt/Maquoketa Studios.

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The event kicked off with a motivational speech from the American Picker himself. Holding his 6-year-old daughter, Charlie, in his arms, Mike spoke to the crowd about celebrating a child’s mind and why it’s important to encourage a kid’s interest in collecting treasures, especially in the disposable/tech-saturated generation they’re growing up in. He also spoke directly to the kids urging them to follow their picking passions because they’re the ones who will be responsible for telling the stories of American industry and history for the next generation.

063018-LeClaire-KS-051Mike declared the Flea Market open with a loud yell as the kids ran down to the levee along the Mississippi River. They assumed their positions at their booths which they had decorated themselves with homemade signs, business cards, and displays.

063018-LeClaire-KS-054Picks ranged from traditional rusty gold and vintage advertising to toys and furniture.

063018-LeClaire-NS-010During market hours, local businesses hosted events, bike races (provided by the River Valley Optimist Club), food and drinks (provided by Big Dave & Holly’s), a history exhibit of the telephone (presented by the Buffalo Bill Museum) and an upcycled craft with old keys (presented by Unique Creations and Fancy Pants Boutique) made possible by the donation of the members of Picker Nation. Even the LeClaire Fire Department fire truck came by to deliver some sweet relief from the heat with a bit of water.

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Mike stayed for the entire event walking around visiting each booth, asking questions, and buying picks.

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Flea market goers enjoyed LIVE music from Finding Home — a kids only family band.

063018-LeClaire-KS-032Even Mike’s daughter Charlie had a booth set up with a little help from her Grandma Rheta, (Mike’s mom!)

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The weather was hot, but the crowds were out in full force searching for their new favorite treasures.

063018-LeClaire-KS-050Mike added this foam gator head to his collection of oddities like Wolfe Boy, Gypsy Gramma, Oddfellows skeletal bust.

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The Twilight, a lavish Victorian riverboat and LeClaire gem, chauffered Kid Pickers and their families on cruises up and down the Mississippi River all afternoon.

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The Kid Picker class of 2018 group photo!

For details of the event and inspiration on how to host one in your town visit Antique Archeology’s Kid Picker Flea Market Page 

 

 

Show your pride for being an All-American Picker with our American-Made tee!

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27 Comments

27 thoughts on “KID PICKER FLEA MARKET 2018 WRAP UP”

    1. Jim Moulton

      American Pickers is my favorite TV show. I have chronic pain and can’t do a lot right now. American Pickers is a great Amercana TV show. If I am feeling bad, reruns cheer me up.
      Jim Moulton

  1. Murray Dinneen

    Hi all from New Zealand. Just been watching some re runs and was wondering what happened to the BMW Bireta. The red and white one purchased for $13000.
    Luv the show

    Murray

      1. Murray Dinneen

        I agree David. I would be collecting heaps. I’m into motor memorabilia and have a room full of colletables. Best show ever!!!

        1. David W

          Where do you hail from in New Zealand? Know of any good towns to stop to find collectables? If you are ever close to Tauranga I recommend stopping in Waihi, KatiKati and Paeroa. Good spots for antiques.

          1. Murray Dinneen

            I’m in Auckland. Not much around here. Paeroa, Waihi etc I would say WOULD BE a great place for antigues. Unfortunately I don’t get out of Auckland much anymore. I go up north occasionally when able and from Warkworth to Dargaville there are a few places. Have a lot of fun.

  2. William Tuzik

    Love the Kids flea market. Mike, you gave the viewers a real, home town, American touch. I wish I were there. I live in Connecticut and hope you might make a swing back here, again. Love your show, Bill

  3. Steve Stout

    I started picking in 1970 just after I got out of the Army. I had many things that I carried over from my earlier years but I just still keep on adding to my one man, one person collection. I just love to pick old country stores in the Midwest. Stores that served a limited farmer customer base. Straw hats to beverage coolers which were ice powdered.
    Thank you all so much that comprise of American Pickers. I just love it and have learned so much from watching all of you. Keep on Picking and rediscovering our history. One of my favorite pieces is a 1911 Sears and Roebuck catalog. It is so much fun to look at items and the prices.

    Happy 4th of July,

    Steve Stout – Louisville, KY

  4. Gail Elaine Scaife

    I love this idea of having the kids set up their booths to sell their treasures!!

    love your show! I can watch re-runs all the time, never get tired. I think my son and I could have been pickers, but alas too old now.

    Carry on the good work!

  5. John Taft

    I am enjoying watching the show tonight, the model T pick the Bonnie & Clyde pick. I really enjoy the show when they pick old tools. I own a small HVAC company so anything about tools or anything mechanical I love.
    John

  6. William Howard

    Would it be possible to list all of the kid vendors name and hometowns in order for possible customers in their areas to become customers? Just an idea! Loved the story and photos of the flea market.

  7. Judith

    seems like the weather was overbearing but the crows came out, How about putting up sprinklers to cool the air

  8. dorothy aronds

    a picker fan from year one…loved idea of Kids Pickers flea market last year…keep up the good work Mike, Frank , Danielle !

  9. John Jordan

    love watching your show and every thing you guy’s do keep it up what more can I say John perth australia

  10. Larry Ellis

    A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of a !951 lawnmower made by Indian Motorcycles, it looked like quite a rig.

  11. RICHARD WALKER

    Hi Mike, Frank, Danny D, Dave.I was planning a trip to Iowa , but unfortunately I have Cancer And Hospital Advised Me Not To Travel, When will the American Pickers Be Coming To The UK to meet all their UK Fans.
    Love the show and recorded all the episodes…….
    Richard…..UK.

    1. Sarah Buckholtz Post Author

      Richard we wish you well and know we’ll keep on fighting! No plans to come to the UK any time soon but you never know! Just sent the guys out picking in PA and NJ this week.

    2. Murray Dinneen

      Hi Richard. Wish you well too. Keep fighting.
      Let’s hope they do get to the UK as they have a huge following around the world.

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