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American Pickers in Nashville

Antique Archeology, Nashville

In the beginning of 2010 American Pickers debuted on the History Channel with over three million viewers. I guess a fair portion of them were from Nashville, because it is where the second Antique Archeology store is found. It was in the second season that the Nashville location was opened and featured in several episodes as they found staff, stock to fill the new store and the perfect location. They chose a building in the 1300 block of Clinton Street, it was an old auto plant that produced a car called the Marathon around the year 1913.

Our yellow page phone app and GPS got us to the door front without any problems. The neighborhood is clean and respectable, with a lot of new construction. It seemed more residential, but we did see a tourist trolley in the area and assumed that the Pickers Store was a stop, but can’s say for sure. The old factory has been refurbished and converted into several storefronts. The street parking was full, but there was more than enough parking in a lot just across the street. The American Pickers Store is flanked by other touristy outlets such as a candy and sandwich shop and an outlet for musical instruments; very Nashville.

Inside we found a comfortable atmosphere with friendly staff. Rusty gold was all around us. Many of the items we recognised from the television show. Naturally there were several motorcycle related items, and oil cans, but there was a lot more to see. The store was as much a museum as it was a retail outlet. The staff allowed photos as long as customers were not in them and encouraged us to take our time and look around. We relived several episodes as we checked the tags and saw that many of the artifacts featured on the show were for display only. We know that the pickers are collectors and like to keep some of their finds, but perhaps they will be for sale at a later date.

Old Marathon Factory

There was a large selection of Antique Archeology t-shirts and picker gear ranging from gloves to key tags, or coffee mugs. They had all the usual fare for a souvenir shop, even if it didn’t really seem like a tourist location. To be more accurate, it was a museum of the pickers, and I will return again and again as the seasons continue to be filmed, and more rusty gold is brought to Nashville.

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5 Responses

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