Last night’s episode of “American Pickers” followed Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters who travel the earth picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age on this episode titled, “Law and Hoarder.” As the episode begins, the guys are in Western Texas when Danielle calls to send them to see a guy named Greg who is a county attorney. As the guys wonder what he could possibly have, they approach his property that has a giant sculpture made from bicycles. He knew that bikes become trash after fulfilling a child’s dream; so he wanted to keep the dream alive. Some of his collection has been hit by a tornado, but they guys checked it out anyway. After the tornado knocked his barn down, he realized that he just had too much stuff. He just loves to repurpose things and when Mike saw some drainage tubes, he got all four for $80. On his property sat the Childress Cotton Oil Mill Inc. with the original sign still hanging on the wall. The place is a piece of living history.
Many years ago Greg dealt in ostriches, and Caesar a long-necked ostrich was mounted on his wall. The ostrich was the meanest bird, and Greg kept him there as a reminder of all the times he attacked him. Mike bought it for $250. They bought more and more eclectic items that were never seen before on any pick. They even found a steam engine that used to run a popcorn machine and considered this one of the most interesting picks ever!
In Southeast Arizona the guys found Colleen who inherited her uncle’s treasures. He loved estate sales, auctions and just plain stuff. She warned the guys that she just killed two black widow spiders before they arrived. As they picked through the large estate, the found plenty of stuff they loved. When Mike found a large piece of canvas with colorful designs, he asked Colleen what it was. She told him that her uncle was Iron Eyes Cody’s manager and handled his estate. Iron Eyes was a popular Indian actor in many Western movies and especially one public service ad where he shed a tear because trash was thrown from a vehicle. The giant canvas was Iron Eye’s teepee that was a prop. Colleen then revealed that Iron Eyes was actually Italian and when Mike found his personal scrapbook, he paid $1,000 for it.
Before they arrived in the shop, they stopped at the Buffalo Bill Museum to see Bob and show him the Iron Eyes Cody memorabilia. Bob knew about the relationship between Cecil Fletcher and Iron Eyes in LeClaire, Iowa and Mike donated the teepee to the museum on this episode of “American Pickers.”