NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 22:  American Picker Mike Wolfe attends Ovation VIP Groundbreaking Celebration on October 22, 2014 in Franklin, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Ovation)
TV - Movies
American Pickers'
Mike Wolfe Reveals
The Disappointing
Fate Of His
First Ever Find
The infectious enthusiasm of "American Pickers" star and creator Mike Wolfe is a big part of why the show has been one of the History Channel's most beloved original series over the last 12 years. However, Wolfe began picking a few decades before his fateful TV deal fell into place, and has opened up about a find he still regrets not holding onto decades later.
In a 2014 interview, Wolfe talked briefly about the fate of his first pick, openly lamenting that he no longer possessed the item; "I wish I did [still have it]," Wolfe said, adding, "I sold it like two weeks later." That item was apparently an old bicycle Wolfe came across in a garbage pile; adding: "I was 4 years old and I pulled a bicycle out of the garbage."
What Wolfe did next would prove a pivotal moment in his life, "And I sold it to an older kid in the neighborhood for like 5 bucks [...] I thought I was rolling." That transaction would indeed serve as a blueprint for his professional endeavors and Wolfe still gets a kick out of simultaneously preserving someone else's discarded treasure and turning a profit in the process.