Antique Collectors Discover A Secret Fortune Hidden Away In A Cluttered Old Attic

Most of us have troves of old belongings in our attics and basements that we no longer use. We’ve either bought replacements for them, or we’ve simply outgrown the stuff.

Besides the sentimental value, most of the clutter we keep is pretty much worthless. However, every once in a while, something we initially think to be junk is actually worth a fortune.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of History Channel’s popular TV show American Pickers, are professional antique collectors. While rummaging through a Michigan loft one afternoon, they came across an unexpected gold mine…

It’s not unusual for our attics and basements to accumulate a lot of old belongings over the years. Besides the sentimental value they may carry, most of the stuff is pretty much useless. Every once in a while, though, some very valuable items can be found mixed in with the rest.

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Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe are professional antique collectors and the hosts of History Channel’s popular program American Pickers. They spend their time traveling the country in search of elusive treasures that will make them a ton of money.

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Most of the treasures they find come out of ordinary garages and attics. They know fortunes can be discovered in the most unassuming of places. So when the pair heard about a home in Michigan that needed raiding, they jumped at the chance—but they had no idea what was waiting for them…

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Since the show began in 2010, Frank and Mike have visited dozens of locations that have housed incredible antiques. However, not every trip is worthwhile. For instance, in one memorable 2012 episode, the hosts lost nearly $8,000 on a train set.

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Frank and Mike travel all over the country, and the biggest lesson they’ve learned is that looks can sure be deceiving. Sometimes, they’ll think they hit the jackpot with an item, but it turns out to be absolutely useless, and vice versa.

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In 2014, Mike and Frank received a tip about a home in Michigan with a plethora of antiques and old knick-knacks just waiting to be rummaged through. The hosts contacted Brian, the owner of the house, and he gladly welcomed them over.

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Frank and Mike were in awe when they entered Brian’s loft. There were seemingly endless stacks of boxes in the space, and the hosts couldn’t contain their excitement. There was so much more to investigate than they originally thought!

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The men had a lot of work on their hands. As fun as their job was, it often took a grueling amount of effort to comb through every last item in someone’s storage space. They knew this particular project could take hours—or even days—of work.

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Despite the hosts’ initial enthusiasm for the project, after several hours of rummaging through boxes, they still hadn’t found anything of real value. They weren’t about to give up, though; their instincts told them to keep going.

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Even though the loft contained plenty of boxes that they could comb through, Mike seemed to be fixated on one corner in particular. It was almost as if his instincts were taking over and he knew exactly where to look…

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In an interview with Mike after the rummaging spree, he said his gut told him to focus on that one particular corner of the loft even though there was plenty more to search through. Over the years, Mike said, he’s learned to trust his initial reaction in situations like those.

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While Mike was transfixed on the pile of boxes in one corner of the loft, he heard Frank let out a howl of excitement. Frank had stumbled upon a number of pearl necklaces that were carefully stored in a plastic container…

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As Frank carefully pulled the pearl necklaces from the containers, Mike saw something inside one of the corner boxes he had been eyeing. After some finagling, he lifted a tattered box that appeared to be full of treasures.

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When Mike finally placed the old box onto the floor and opened the flaps, he was in shock at what he saw. He called to Frank, who hurried over as quickly as he could. Both men stared down into the box with enormous smiles on their faces.

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Inside the tattered storage box was a plethora of jewelry. There were pearl necklaces much like the ones Frank had found on the opposite side of the loft. The box also contained other accessories, such as pendants and bracelets, just waiting to be investigated.

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After Mike and Frank laid out the entire box of jewelry, it was time for them to ask Brian how much he was willing to sell it all for. Amazingly, Brian only wanted a fraction of the total cost; he sold it to the hosts for a measly $50!

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Brian had no problem selling Mike and Frank the contents of the box for so little. He saw the jewelry as nothing more than junk that was taking up unnecessary space in his already overcrowded loft. He was more than happy to part with the belongings.

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Unbeknownst to Brian, however, Mike and Frank knew that what they found was worth well over $50. Mike hoped if they brought it all back to their shop, cleaned it off, and put it up for auction, they’d be able to make upwards of $500!

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While this outcome might’ve seemed great, it was nowhere near the fortune that the hosts have uncovered in the past. In 2010, Mike and Frank paid $700 for some old carnival banners they came across. After an appraisal, the pair sold them for a whopping $5,000! Now, that’s a deal!

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Mike and Frank thanked Brian immensely for the deal he gave them. They excitedly shook his hand and headed out to have their newly acquired treasure appraised. This experience certainly proved the old saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

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It sure pays to have your old stuff appraised, doesn’t it? You might just have a fortune buried somewhere in your home and you don’t even know it!

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