Every once in a while, Antique Archaeology acquires slightly creepy picks. Sometimes Mike’s taste tilt towards the unusual. (Like that one trip to upstate New York when he returned to our Nashville location with a load of clown heads and a gigantic old clown suit!) It’s only appropriate with Halloween getting closer, that we share some of the spooky antiques that the Master of Junk has collected over the past few years.

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This smiling, Oddfellows skeletal makes you wonder what’s so funny.

Mike Wolfe Picks
Photo by Meghan Aileen

Anyone recognize the clown on the left? You saw it on Season 7 when Mike purchased it in upstate New York. The paper mache clown head used to be propped atop a circus sign to greet the audience. The Bozo clown head on the right was off that same pick.

creepy clown photos
Photos by Meghan Aileen

Mike found Gypsy Grandma, a fortune-telling, coin-operated machine from the 1940s and 1950s, inside a Louisiana warehouse amongst self-playing piano and gabbling gumball machines. Feed her a dime, ask a “yes” or “no” question, then watch her reach over to open a cabinet where she’ll grab your fortune and drop it into a pot for you to read. Careful what you ask for…

gypsy grandma

Imagine walking into your next dentist appointment and seeing this old mold tool. Gives the phrase “Open wide and say ‘ah’ ” a frightening new meaning…

Antique dentures
Photo by Meghan Aileen

While pickin in Flordia, Mike uncovered a retired eye doctor’s eye-popping collection of optical-related antiques — including these glass eyes. If you look at them long enough you’ll swear one blinked at you…


Wolf Boy is undoubtedly one of the most famous picks in American Pickers history. He was displayed at circus shows as an attraction and was created by sideshow artist, Homer Tate (read more about him HERE!)

Honor Tate
Photos by Meghan Aileen

If we missed a spooky pick from the show, let us know which one in the comments below. Happy Halloween!


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25 thoughts on “Look (If You Dare) At A Few of Mike’s Most Creepy Picks!”

  1. Michael Kramer

    Love that you guys are saving the history and stories of Americana! Love the stuff ya’ll get and make available to those of us who love the old stuff but don’t have the time to search merica ourselves. Keep up the good work!
    P.S. Frank stop being so tight!

  2. Karen Jamison

    This really doesn’t have anything to do with the blog, directly. I want to complement you on the repectful way you handle the people you deal with on the show. Watching the clip of the AMC dealership. Not only did you handle the father and soon with honor and dignity, the videographer, showed the father-son relationship in a very beautiful way. Just small clips of the father and son. Hats off to you.

  3. Ron

    First, congratulations on 15 yrs.
    First time I saw your show I was hooked!
    I think it is most because of the way you handle the people and yours and Franks personalities. The education factor is tops also. I think others would agree that your job would be very cool to have but I also realize it is actually very hard work. I visited your Nashville shop and consider that off my bucket list…Iowa next?

  4. Christy Schadoff

    Mike the dental mold tool is actually a mold of a person’s mouth mounted on what’s called a Dental Articulator. I appears to also have a full set of old upper & lower dentures. I used to own a Dental Lab and when making crowns, caps & dentures, an articulator was always used after you poured a model of the person’s mouth. After the dental stone cured, the replica of their mouth was then mounted onto an articulator to give the technician an accurate account of the person’s mouth.

  5. Ron P

    Hiya, I watch you on Dave in the UK so maybe i’m a year behind, there is a very tame and corny version of your pickin’ travels here called Shed n Buried which in my opinion is crap. Why not do a US- UK pickin swop with both shows creators? Could be interesting?

  6. Ron P

    Hiya, here#s an idea, would you dare to pick a Ghost Adventures location ( if it’s rusty an’ crusty of course) while they’re setting up in the daytime?

  7. Linda Lowery

    Just want y’all to know that I watch every show & many reruns. One of my favorite shows! I like all the things y’all collect! These are cool things & great Halloween ideas! Keep on picking & letting me enjoy! Y’all Come back to Ga, want y’all to come by my house!

  8. Ron hdmanrider

    Hay ya , Always enjoy watching those Barn finds.
    The Best out there lies in the most challenging
    Of places. You guys are having sowww much fun!
    Sure wish I could in your back pocket!
    Come back to North Texas area and dive in my overstuffed garage waiting. Happy 15th. And Scary days of fun.

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  10. James J Dougherty

    I’ve watched every show I can find.
    I’ll stop by the store if I get up that way
    Do you put stuff on the internet?
    If so what’s the url
    Love the show keep up the good work

  11. Mary Porento

    Thanks for sharing the spooky Halloween finds. I agree with the previous comments about how sincere you are in handling people selling their life collections. And the education factor is why I watch. I especially liked the vintage Americana paper mache Jack O Lanterns you bought one time, a whole lot of them from one pick. You didn’t show those!!

  12. Daniel McHugh

    I love the show, but when I get to this site, I am a little frustrated that I can not find your inventory. You have so many things is there a location I can go to, to find what is actually being picked. This site only seems to have your self promotion items. Also if I am looking for a potential find ( like a head badge for a 1940 Plymouth )
    Thanks I would love if you would be able to respond

  13. Leo Schnapp

    What about the carnival dead lady on display. That was pretty creepy.
    Love the show. You probably don’t make the names and addresses available of people you pick, but I see you pass on some old vehicles I wouldn’t mind buying.

  14. Gail Chouinard

    LOVE the show,even watch re-runs. You guys are very respectful with people and they warm up to you for that reason. You have so much patience, I admire you for that. Keep up the good work!!!

  15. Duncan Vaughn

    Thanks for the work you do! It is so important to preserve our history. Love the show! I’ve watched since the pilot!!

  16. Marvin Elliott

    Mike thanks for being yourself. I love in Daytona Fl.Grew up in southern In. You ARE a terrific dude. Remember all Your famous one liners.Hanging in there like a hair in a biscuit was funny.Stay well Frank and Mike.Danny and all.Frank E

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