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Entertainment Weekly recently shared the news about Mike’s guest starring role as himself for an upcoming episode of NCIS. We’re excited to share it with you! See the original piece HERE

NCIS just cast an “American” treasure.

EW has learned exclusively that Mike Wolfe of History’s American Pickers will play himself in a March episode. He’ll come to the rescue of Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Ducky (David McCallum), both of whom are busy watching Wolfe on TV when they see him handling a 200-year-old war stick that could be a match from a decade-old cold case.

Gibbs tracks down Wolfe, who (natch!) bought the stick from some seller. And voila! The case is re-opened.

The episode will air March 13.

For those who aren’t familiar with American Pickers (and could you not be?), the History show follows antique collector or “picker” Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they comb the countryside for precious items to keep or re-sell. The show’s been on since 2010 and was created by Wolfe. It airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

NCIS, by the way, airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Written: LYNETTE RICE

 

This winged wheel raglan is inspired by a tattoo on Mike’s wrist and represents his love of all things transportation. Shop on Antique Archaeology 

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Born in the digital age on a mission to connect with the past

The average number of people creating a social media account increases every day. As you read this, 2.46 billion people around the world are uploading pictures and sharing thoughts about what’s most important to them.  It used to be that if you wanted to share stuff like that with someone you’d call the landline, send a letter, or pull out a photo album of your recent vacation to Mount Rushmore and sit in a conversation for hours.

But it’s different for the 80 million Millennials who never lived in an analog world. They were practically born with an email address, a username and a set of passwords. Armed with appropriate hashtags and engaging content, many Millennials are using their established online presence to turn historical subjects of unique interest to them into today’s trending topics.

Taylor McGuire, for example, uses her posts to advocate for vintage textile preservation.

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At just 23, Taylor has her own online vintage apparel shop called West of the Barbary Fig, which she manages out of Corona, California. Her inventory is not ordered from a catalog. Everything was picked by her own two hands out of yard sales, thrift stores or estate sales she visited on the Two Lane back roads of America and brought back to California to sell to her almost 50,000 Instagram followers. Each piece is a testament to the history and craftsmanship of American-made clothing.

“I’ve always had a genuine interest in era clothing, but I struggled to talk to others about it because of my social anxiety,” explains Taylor. “I began picking as a way to collect what I am passionate about while forcing myself to speak up and negotiate deals with other pickers. I built up my confidence and created an online market for advertising and selling my finds where I can be expressive and share the journey of how they came to be.”

Taylor started out small and simple, collecting vintage quilts that brought back happy memories of time spent with her grandmother.  Once she had a dozen of those, some dating from the late 1800s, she started collecting 1950s denim, canvas mailbags and old farm dresses. She would pick items in any condition but was particularly drawn to the pieces that others would typically discard but which she felt could be preserved.

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“Repairing has become such an addiction! I’ve taught myself how to patch and darn to save bags and clothing that would otherwise get tossed. I just completed a complex repair on a 1950s green sweater that I am quite proud of. It’s all to honor the original piece and bring it new life.”

When stock is running low, it’s time to hit the road. Taylor pulls a map from her glove box and begins to scope out her next adventure. She has already traveled across America twice, meeting like-minded friends along the way.

“When we go out picking together, we prefer to roll down back roads that weave through the unique small towns of America because they not only have the best picking potential, but they also have the best stories, many of which have yet to be shared with the world. That’s why I get so excited when I discover a new pick or place because I get to share them with my followers and bring attention to some overlooked communities and the treasures they hold.”

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Although Taylor’s store is thriving on the opportunities the digital age provides, her traveling and methods remain true to the generations that came before her. Taylor and her back road crew kick it old school, following a paper map instead of talking to Siri, camping out instead of making a hotel reservation, and playing pool with locals in dive bars instead of sipping drinks in fancy cocktail bars.

“Traveling is a great way to get to know yourself and discover something new. It’s liberating to toss a duffle into the back of a car that’s full of only what you need as you’re on the road to find what you want.”

Most recently, on a two-week road trip from Milwaukee back to the West Coast, Taylor and her friends stopped in Lyman, Iowa because it was their friend’s last name. It led to not only discovering a unique small town but to meeting a retired beekeeper living in a 1940s grocery store who had an impressive collection of welding hats — something that was special to her friend. Serendipitous moments like that add meaning to a piece and value to its story.

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“There’s a soul connection you feel when you meet the people that have held these pieces for decades. It’s through these experiences I am able to connect the pick to a future buyer. Since my store is purely online, it’s not possible for them to touch the piece before purchasing. I make it a point to have an Instagram conversation with my followers about its origin and where I picked it.”

Some people collect license plates or oil cans, others restore antique cars, old furniture or textiles. Whether you keep them in your barn or share them with thousands of people on social media, you are connecting the past to the present by preserving the craftsmanship of a bygone generation. For Taylor, the technology she grew up with allows her to spread her passion for the things that came before her time and to give those things a new relevance.

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“If I can steer my generation in the right direction it would be towards the older, less traveled Two Lane roads for they hold the greatest treasures. Jump on one, meet people along the way, and document your experience to share online. It will inspire others to do the same, and keep the important stories of yesterday alive in a time when we need authentic connection more than ever.”

Inspired by the back roads, take Mike Wolfe’s American-Made adventure brand Two Lanes along for the ride!
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Should you find yourself in the Southern California desert January 20th and 21st, you may feel like you’ve time-warped back six or seven decades to the heyday of American motoring.  Are your eyes deceiving you?  No, that really IS a 1949 Mercury convertible cruising past you. What’s going on here?

Vintage motorcycles and classic cars from every corner of the country are gassing up for the trip to Palm Springs to celebrate the glory days of speed and style. This is the Paradise Road Show.

The annual show, created by Adri LawChase Stopnik and Lana MacNaughton, invites drivers, riders and makers and their families to the restored Ace Hotel for an unforgettable weekend honoring the craftsmanship of pre-1970s rides.

 

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There will be a lot of ground to cover over the weekend, so to help you out, here’s a breakdown of how to make the most of the show:

1.) If you have a ride or bike you’d like to enter in the show, do that FIRST!

You MUST apply to participate. Remember: The only rule is that the bike or vehicle be pre-70’s! You’re also encouraged to dress the part to add more authenticity to the event.

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2.) Book a room in a restored hotel to stay close to the action

The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs is where you can hang your hat AND hang with the rides. This restored desert inn will keep you close to the show and local attractions like Joshua TreeSalvation Mountain and the Salton Sea. (Grab a bite at the hotel’s on-site diner– a converted Denny’s!)

Check into your room, swing open your patio door, and you’re front row at the show! Go outside to find the bikes lined up on the sand walkway of the hotel sharing the space with the flea market vendors. Speaking of whom…

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3.) Here’s your chance to support American heritage brands

Not only is the Paradise Road Show all about celebrating old school rides, it also salutes artisans and makers. Lindsey Ross is set up to snap a wet plate photo of you like it’s 1860; Brian Blakey is ready to chain stitch whatever you’d like onto your favorite jacket; and talk to Blackboard Al who might have just what you need for your next bike build! If you’re feeling like it’s time for some fresh ink, there are also four tattoo artists coming with custom tattoos designed exclusively for the show.

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4.) This is a family/pet-friendly event

Bring your crew and check out the four rockabilly bands on the bill.  Dig through the unique finds at the flea market, enjoy all kinds of food truck grub, and when you’re ready for dessert in the desert, slap on a bib for the annual pie eating contest! (Heads up: Last year they accidentally froze the pies… no telling if that was a one-time mess-up or the start of a new tradition. Either way, you’ve been warned!)

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Remember the Paradise Road Show — Palm Springs, California,  January 20th & 21st.  There’s still time to book a flight, or better, jump on Two Lanes with your best travel buddies for a weekend of gears, motors, and memories.

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Traveling to the Iowa shop this weekend? There’s a lot going on when you get here! Here’s a rundown of some fun happenings in our little LeClaire that we don’t want you to miss.

First up: There are eagles here, and we have the best spot in the country to view them!

The bald eagle was chosen as our national bird in 1782 as a symbol of strength and longevity. Seeing one for the first time is unforgettable, not just because of what it represents but also because of its size. (We’re talking about a 3-foot tall bird, y’all!) Right now, eagles, with their incredible eight-foot wingspans, are flying above LeClaire at speeds of 75 miles an hour. They are looking for places to build new nests and to return to their existing ones along the Mississippi River, nests that can measure anywhere from five to nine feet wide and tip the scales at two tons! They’re easy to spot – just look for trees bowed from the top by all the weight. Eagles prefer to remain close to water–that’s what makes nests high above the Mississippi so ideal.

When they aren’t nesting, they can be seen near LeClaire’s Lock and Dam No. 14, where water flow is interrupted and allows wintering eagles to scoop fish right out of the river. Mike has even reported picking up fish heads in his backyard, dinner leftovers dropped by eagles from flying overhead!

LeClaire has such a reputation for eagle-watching that photographers from all over the country head to the river town for the opportunity to snap the perfect photo, and now you have the chance to join them!

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Here’s some advice for safely observing these magnificent creatures. 

  • Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve is the best spot for viewing and is open 24/7
  • If you’d like to get the best photo, we recommend viewing them after 12 pm.
  • To beat the larger crowds, get out during the weekdays vs the weekends.
  • Layer it up! Iowa has been experiencing negative temperatures this season. Pick up a pack of those handy activated hand warmers!
  • You don’t need fancy equipment for bird watching! Binoculars or the naked eye will serve you well.
  • Can’t believe we have to say this one, but DO NOT try to chase the eagles! No close up photo for Instagram is worth the consequences.

If you’d prefer to observe with a pro, come to the LeClaire Civic Center at 2 pm on January 14th for Bald Eagle Day where local wildlife photographer Burt Gearhart will take you to Lock & Dam No. 14 to view and photograph the eagles!

All that bird watching is going work up your appetite for something hot. Swap out those binoculars for a fork and follow us to a party on downtown Main Steet for “Taste of LeClaire.”

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To help combat cabin fever that sets in during this season, select businesses all around the Quad City area are offering coupons and specials–inviting locals to come out and stretch their legs and “Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard.” LeClaire is set to host its own FREE event on January 14th from 1-4pm called “Taste of LeClaire”. There will be food and beverage samples from various shops and specials at several restaurants and bars! Grab details for the Bald Eagle Day and Taste of LeClaire HERE.

We’ll have the heat on for ya! Safe travels and we’ll see y’all when you get here!

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Eagle photography provided by Burt Gearhart

 

Layer up in some Antique Archaeology cold wear gear before heading out to see the eagles!

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When it comes to winter recreation you have your standard skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. But today, we’d like to add one more to the list: hot springs soaking.

You have a few options when it comes to enjoying these natural wonders: soak at the source or in a controlled spa. We’ve got a little bit of both here, guaranteed to warm your bones this winter. Pile into the car, pack your suit, and see how many you can find on your Two Lane road trip!

Soak Safely! Remember that the average temperature for home hot tubs is about 104° F. Natural hot springs temperatures are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Be sure to test the water with a thermometer before climbing in because some wild springs have been recorded at upwards of 150° F. (Skin is scalded within three seconds in 140° F!) 

OK, let’s jump in! Cautiously of course…

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Dunton Hot Springs

Location: Dunton, Colorado

Getting There: Drive

Overnight Accommodations: Rent a room

About the Springs: During the late 1800s, Dunton was the place to be if you wanted to make some mining money, but when the industry died, so did the town. Years later, the mountainous landscape and natural springs (which date all the way back to the1500s) allowed Dunton to transition from a deserted town to a rustic resort for some peace and a steam. Today, folks travel from all over to experience the healing iron and magnesium-infused waters. We recommend exploring the Rockies on horseback, then taking a dip in the hot springs before retreating to your cabin. Soak in a restored 19th-century bathhouse, in one of six therapeutic pools, or out under the stars.

 

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Spencer Hot Springs

Location: Austin, Nevada

Getting There: Hike

Overnight Accommodations: Pitch a tent

About the Springs: Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in America (300 and counting!). You’ll find a good cluster of these geothermal miracles tucked behind the sagebrushes in central Nevada’s Big Smoky Valley off of U.S. 50, “America’s Loneliest Road.” Because Spencer’s Springs are located on public land, folks have taken it upon themselves to make a few modifications for travelers to enjoy, like installing hot spring tubs crafted out of cattle troughs and concrete. Take a dip, then make camp right there. It’s free and nothing sets the tone for the day like a sunrise soak.

 

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Mammoth Lake

Location: Mammoth, California

Getting There: Hike or Drive

Overnight Accommodations: Pitch a tent or rent a room

About the Springs: About 760,000 years ago, a massive volcano exploded near Mammoth Lakes, creating a mess of springs, and it’s your moral imperative to explore as many of them you can. Breathe in the steam beneath the shade of a cottonwood at Benton Hot Springs, take in the rolling Sierra Nevadas at Travertine Hot Springs, or take a dip in the 27 mineral waters of Keough Hot Springs, which served as a medicinal health retreat way back in 1919. If you can’t handle the chilly weather for camping out here, there are rental cabin options nearby.

 

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Mystic Hot Springs

Location: Monroe, Utah

Getting There: Drive

Overnight Accommodations: Rent a Room

About the Springs: These springs have been flowing continuously for centuries, creating bright red and orange mineral mounds. The Ute, Shoshone, and Paiute Indians believed that the warm springs here had protective and healing powers. Might as well test that theory for yourself this winter.

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Umpqua Hot Springs

Location: Umpqua National Forest in Oregon

Getting There: Hike

Overnight Accommodations: Pitch a tent

About the Springs: These bubbling beauties are available year-round inside the Umpqua National Forest in central Oregon. If you’re up for a two-mile hike through the snow, you’ll get your choice of three warm, cascading pools to dip into as you soak overlooking the North Umpqua River. Just look at the view! Worth it.

What’s been your experience with hot springs? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

 

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It’s no secret that Mike has a thing for motorcycles — especially the antique ones. That same shared appreciation brought him and musician/producer Butch Walker together six years ago, taking rides down the historic highways and no-name back roads of America.

Butch inherited his love of vintage from his dad, Butch Walker Sr., an antique collector who matched Mike’s passion for history.

“Knowing his dad and I had a lot in common,” says Mike “Butch arranged us to have dinner together. We spent the evening swapping stories of our favorite finds and the ones we still hoped to discover. Right away, I felt connected to him.”

If it was that easy to connect with Butch Sr. over one dinner, you can imagine the unbreakable bond developed over the years between him and his son. Especially after all those miles logged together on a tour bus with fast food, stinky socks, and zero personal space.

Back when Butch just started playing shows, Butch Sr. would travel with the band to their gigs and even run their merch table. He was very popular with the fans — a real working groupie.

“Those late nights spent together sitting on a hotel floor counting merch money and talking about the show that night over cheap whiskey, are some of my favorite memories with him.”

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As Butch’s career grew to nationwide tours playing sold-out shows for rock-loving fans, his favorite part of every show was busting out his flip phone and calling his dad from stage.

“No matter where in the country we were playing, I would call and wake him up so he could talk to the crowd. I’d say ‘Dad, whatcha doing, you awake?’ then hold the microphone up the speaker and he’d always answer with, ‘I’m mowing the grass! What do you think I’m doing?’ Every crowd I played for got to have that moment with he and I. It was so special every time.”

It’s really something special to see a man pause in the middle of a high energy rock show amongst leather, tattoos, and string-breaking guitar solos, to make a sentimental call to his dad. Here’s what that looks like.

It was a complete shock in 2013 when Butch’s dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was immediately hospitalized. After only being diagnosed 24 hours prior, 71-year-old Butch Sr. lost his battle without even a chance to fight.

“I held his hand, closed my eyes, he closed his, and he was gone,” says Butch. “That’s the thing about pancreatic cancer. It doesn’t give you a chance to reconcile with it, it doesn’t let you make plans, or let you prepare for the ending. It sneaks up on you and gives you no warning until it’s too late. It’s the most reclusive and elusive killer in this inhuman family of diseases.”

After the sudden passing of his dad, Butch decided he wanted to help others battling pancreatic cancer. Named after his dad’s favorite season in the north Georgia mountains, he founded The Autumn Leaves Project. A free resource for families and individuals living with this illness to help alleviate the financial stress of the day-to-day fight with cancer. They believe it’s the little things like gas cards, nutritional meals, and personal care that make a world of difference during that difficult time.

“It can be financially crippling when a two-person income home becomes one after a diagnosis,” says Butch. “No one should have to make a decision whether to feed their families or put gas in the car to go to an appointment. We exist to eliminate that barrier.”

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Earlier this year,  Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry and more came together thanks to Nathan Fawley of Duesenberg Guitars for the Annual Imperial Ball Charity Concert where Autumn Leaves was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries to receive a portion of the ticket sales. Most recently, Butch played a sold out benefit show for the Autumn Leaves Project in Topanga Canyon, CA inside a Shakespeare theater in the middle of the woods.

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“Friends came out to perform late into the night and kept the energy up by snacking on dad’s cherished pickled green tomatoes,” shares Butch. “We had a beautiful experience out there. It was incredible to see people gravitate towards something so negative in such a positive light. I could feel dad there making sure everything went off without a hitch.”

Thanks to the passion of all involved, Autumn Leaves raised double what they expected that night.

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Not only did Butch Sr. support his own family, he perpetually gave back and looked out for all those around him. Now, Autumn Leaves partners with like-minded organizations, some with personal experiences driving them, to amplify their outreach for aid as another way to honor his generous heart.

The biker and music communities have given an outpour of support through fundraisers and donations. The founders of Rock and Rides for the Cure based out of Yardley, Pennsylvania ride to help raise awareness about pancreatic cancer. After losing a brother to the disease and seeing how it can affect a family financially, they pick a patient to receive all their proceeds for the year.

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Pants Off Racing is another organization Autumn Leaves partners with. These high energy, sports enthusiasts connect patients with resources to meet various needs and really form personal relationships with patients. They’ve even been known to deliver Christmas trees!

Autumn Leaves has also teamed up with Hattie Jane’s Creamery in downtown Columbia, Tennessee on a custom ice cream flavor–it’s vegan, black charcoal and topped with 23-carat gold flecks as a nod to Butch’s latest Stay Gold album title. During December 2017, a portion of every scoop goes to Autumn Leaves so don’t be afraid to make it a double!

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HOW TO DONATE

Donating to Autumn Leaves means directly providing relief to those fighting against this dreadful disease. All proceeds go right into the pockets of patients and their families who need help getting through the daily struggle.

“It feels good to make a difference on an independent level,” says Butch. “When you focus on the humanity of it and its immediate impact, instead of strictly financial, you feel good about contributing.”

Because Mike and Butch have been friends for a long time, this holiday season Mike wants to help give back to the cause inspired by a man he greatly respected.

In his honor, to help raise funding for this incredible organization, Mike wanted to give you all the opportunity to win a piece of American Pickers history from the very first season of the show: The Piggly Wiggly head. The winner was announced on January 4th, 2018 on Mike’s Facebook page.

 

Watch Mike find the Piggly Wiggly head in Season One in the clip below!

 

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Catie Curtis’s most unforgettable childhood memory was exploring the Saco, Maine dump with her father, Phil Curtis, during the 1970s. To anyone else, this sounds more like punishment than paradise, but from her perspective, it was the greatest treasure hunt ever.

Show of hands: How many other picker-raised children are out there?

“We’d take regular trips to the town dump not because we were poor, but because dad appreciated the value of things and encouraged us to do the same,” says Catie. “He created the most magical childhood for our family, using discarded junk and its unique history as his props. Dad hated seeing things that have a certain charm, personality, or history thrown away.” (Reminds us of the story of how Mike used to dig in the trash as a kid.) 

Nothing about that remembrance has changed for Phil, now 79. Seven days a week you can find him in his flannel and jeans, cruising around town, headed to an auction or a sale, looking for something that captures his attention. It could be anything from a piece of art to a gym floor (and we’ll get that in just a minute). His salvage reputation put him on the fast track to being the local catch-all of the town, and it became common knowledge in Saco that whatever you needed, you could find it in Phil’s place.

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Phil would never have guessed that Catie would grow up to be a musician and that her best-known and most-loved song, Dad’s Yard, would be inspired by those childhood adventures in the town dump and her treasure hunting days sifting through piles in her father’s backyard.

The first time she ever performed Dad’s Yard was at Phil’s retirement party after more than 30 years as a high school math teacher. Needless to say, the entire room connected to the song because they too knew the humor and truth behind its lyrics.

“I remember so clearly singing it at the party,” says Catie, “and the way I felt looking at him after all those years spent spelunking through history with him. That song was the beginning of my career. I’ve toured for 35 years and Dad’s Yard is still the most requested song. I know people connect with it so strongly because they’ll come up to me and say how the song reminds them of their father, husband, even themselves. It hits a chord with people.”

“I remember sitting there with tears of humor and honor,” says Phil. “I guess I do have more apple ladders and antique hardware than the average guy.”

Ask Phil how he became a picker and he’ll tell you that while he was always a curious child, his appreciation for “junk” came shortly after marrying his college sweetheart, Catharine.

“When we bought our first apartment, the only thing we could afford to decorate it with was antique furniture,” he recounts. “During that time, I met a few collectors who taught me to appreciate the dovetailing and the marks under the drawers. I began thinking about all the other ways we could furnish a home for ourselves through salvaged and unique pieces and from then on, I was hooked for life. Bless my wife– she never fought me on it during the 56 years we had together.”

Over the years Phil built a reputation in the community for being able to match the person with the pick. His collection is well stocked with pieces that have a story.  All you gotta do is take a walk through his backyard and his barn and then take a few minutes to tell him yours.

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And speaking of barns, even his barn was a pick!  Found in Woodstock, Maine, it belonged to a casket manufacturer who was about to level it. Phil rescued the barn and transferred it piece by piece 70 miles south to Saco where it now lives in his backyard, filled to the gills with treasures.

Inside are two floors of just about anything you can think up. During Phil’s early days as a high school baseball coach, the switch from wood to metal bats began.  Drawn to the old equipment by their nostalgic value, Phil collected and held on to a lot of those wooden ones made locally by the R.G. Johnson Company. You can also find a selection of chairs suspended from the ceiling, dusty books, vintage tools, oil cans, salvaged architectural material and much more.

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Speaking of salvaged material…let’s talk about that gym floor we mentioned earlier.

Phil had pulled out an old section of the gym floor from the Thornton Academy High School (where he taught and later retired from). He stored it for years thinking it would have a purpose someday, and it definitely did.

“It’s now our bathroom floor,” boasts Phil. “Pretty proud of the free throw line placement in front of the toilet if I may say so.”

The Academy provided that pick but was also the recipient of Phil’s largesse. Once while on a pick, he found two dump trucks’ worth of beveled glass from a business that went under.  He donated the glass to the school where it was used to build trophy case shelves.

“There’s a certain serendipity that occurs with picking,” explains Phil. “You don’t ask to find anything in particular, things just have a divine way of finding you.”

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“The main connection I think people have with the song, is the way Dad doesn’t want give up on an object finding a home or helping his community,” says Catie. “There isn’t a single piece on the property that he couldn’t tell you the story of, and he lives to educate others on where everything came from, its use, and how you can use it today.”

Such goes the true mission of the American picker. Who else grew up with a picker parent? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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“And that’s the fun of it, it’s that mystery
In all these things bearing other people’s history
You can look at this stuff, wonder where it’s been
You can pick it up and you can use it again”
— Catie Curtis lyrics from Dad’s Yard

 

Photos by Ted Hess-Mahan

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Remember how much fun we had playing in treehouses as kids? In our minds, a treehouse was more than just a clubhouse or an escape from a room shared with an annoying sibling. It was our own little hideout where we could create our own world and play how we wanted.

As grown-ups, it’s tough to live without those magical places we had as children. That stops today!

We’ve put together a group of treehouses that will transport you back to that feeling of wonder, and, like us, these treehouses have grown up. Some are rustic escapes to an off-the-grid experience, while others offer luxuries like running water, a spiral staircase, a master suite and a sauna!

Get an eye-level view of the beautiful colors of fall from a whole new perspective, or at least one you haven’t had in a while… here are six of our favorite treehouses, located all around the country, and all available to rent at as little as $95 a night!

 

Treehouse in the Shire — $95 per night

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Location: Conway, New Hampshire

The Tree: There’s no better place to observe the colors of fall than in New England, or, more specifically, from this treehouse in New Hampshire. The Shire is a cozy escape resting on 200+ acres and should only be reserved by folks looking to truly disconnect. (We’re talking zero wifi, electric, or running water.) Never taken a bucket bath before? You won’t be able to say that after your stay! Town is only 20 minutes away in case you need extra batteries or another bag of mallows. Don’t forget to bring your bike because the Kangamaguas Highway, the quietest stretch of road in New England, is right down the road!

Pet Friendly: Yes.

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The Stump House —  $100 per night

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Location:  Seder- Woolley, Washington

The Tree: This yurt-style treehouse looks like it grew out of the old stump it lives on! Overlooking a peaceful pond in the Washington woods, The Stump House is a quiet retreat with your basic amenities: running water, electricity, and — we’re not making this up — a sauna. Cook your meals in the seasonal outdoor kitchen and enjoy a nice outdoor shower after exploring the 9-acre property.Fill up a cooler and get out here!

Pet Friendly: No.

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Whispering Wind Treehouse — $179 per night

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Location: Argyle, New York

The Tree: The most appealing part of this treehouse is that while you rest your head on a full-sized mattress in the loft, you can look up through the clear roof and feel totally connected with the nature around you. The treehouse is full of salvaged windows which perfectly frame the changing leaves outside. You’re sure to feel like you’re in a nest! Now that we’ve hooked you, you should know that this treehouse is totally off-the-grid, no electricity, and no wifi. Completely worth it.

Pet Friendly: No.

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Trillium Treehouse —  $195 per night  

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Location: Linden, Virginia

The Tree: Can’t you see yourself reading a book or enjoying coffee on that balcony? Perch in this tree, and you’ll have more than 200 acres of wilderness to explore as well as access to the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah Park, and a few wineries. After a long day of exploring, enjoy a spring-fed shower out back. There are battery-operated lights throughout and a gas stove for cooking your favorite camping meal. This treehouse also comes with its own four-legged welcome committee: three Anatolian Shepherd dogs! Sign us up!

Pet Friendly: No.

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Montana Treehouse Retreat— $250 per night

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Location: Columbia Falls, Montana

The Tree: You will by no means being “roughing it” here. Nestled on seven acres of private woods, this double-decker, 500 sq feet treehouse includes two custom Douglas fir spiral staircases, a full kitchen, and a master suite. This treetop canopy castle rests at the gateway of Glacier National Park, is minutes from the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, and close to the no-power town of Polebridge. Utopia in the trees…

Pet Friendly: Yes.

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Treehouse Retreat Bolt Farm— $265 per night

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Location: Walhalla, South Carolina

The Tree: What’s better than one treehouse? TWO. Decked out with a fireplace, chandeliers and antique furnishings, it also has access to a 40-acre farm. This luxury treehouse has romantic accents throughout and was designed by Seth Bolt of the band Needtobreathe, who grew up on the farm. They grow seasonal vegetables that are 100% organic. For $50 a person they’ll even deliver dinner to your tree! The ultimate honeymoon in a tree.

Pet Friendly: No.

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Who else is ready to retreat to the trees? If you have treehouse experience, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

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