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Did anyone watch American Pickers last night and see the blow molds the first guy they went to had. You had to watch as they panned around the rooms and you would see various blow molds. Wondered if any one else saw the show.

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These guys are about 1/2 hour from me on the Iowa side. We are going to their shop sometime soon to check it out. The show gets a lot of bad comments on the History channel forums, but I think it's a pretty good show!

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These guys are about 1/2 hour from me on the Iowa side. We are going to their shop sometime soon to check it out. The show gets a lot of bad comments on the History channel forums, but I think it's a pretty good show!

The people that leave the bad comments are the ones that are jealous. That is how all Antique dealers work. If you watch most of the time they ask the person if they"Would" take X amount of dollars for an item. It no different if someone here, or should say "have", bought an item or items and sold they for an inflated profit. Such is live and it will continue you that for ever!

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I saw (for the first time) and like American Pickers but I missed the molds. It seems like a good thing to watch until Deadliest Catch comes back on . . . there are No Molds there.

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American Pickers is pretty cool, but Pawn Stars is much better. I love watching the idiots think they can get some ungodly amount of cash for their junk. Like that one dude with the deerheadchickenleg spiritual indian thing.

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yeah I could have left the gas pump there and took those molds instead lol

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watched the second to last and they next newest last night and saw some soldiers and some poloron looking deer. I wish I could ride around with them..

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