Heading To Highwood, Real Life Picker Gives Analysis of Popular Antiques TV Shows Real life picker Frederick Klass Jr. is heading to the inaugural Highwood Street Market June 26 and 27, bringing the fruits of his labor and sharing a bit about the reality of “picking.” It’s a realit
to a show where he might fetch twice that amount because it’s not his specialty and a buyer wouldn’t be as trusting of a dealer carrying one pin.
Klass says more realistic depictions on television are found in Pawn Stars, also on the History Channel, and PBS’s The Antiques Road Show. In regards to Pawn Stars he says “those guys are a little bit nice compared to the pawn brokers I have known,” and as for the Antiques Road Show, Klass complimented the honest nature, but added it sometimes gives the impression most antiques are very valuable. The average value of items brought to one show was estimated to be at only about $14, he says.
Where’s a good place to pick? We asked Klass. Most pickers he says visit shops and malls as well as private homes. Retail markets like Randolph Street Market and Highwood Street Market, he says, are also a good bet.
“I find deals everywhere I go. My goal at a show is to pick my booth rent in profit,” Klass says. “If I can sell it while I am at the show then I am really happy.”
The views expressed in this story are those of Frederick Klass Jr. and not necessarily the show promoters or their employees.
About Highwood Street Market Festival
Located in the town of Highwood, Illinois, the inaugural Highwood Street Market will be held June 26th and 27th. Hours are 12 noon to dusk on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Tickets are available for $8 in advance at http://www.randolphstreetmarket.com/highwoodstreetmarket/ of $10 at the door.