Aficionados of the History Channel will recognize Mike Wolf from the show American Pickers, where he searches through the eons of trash collected in people’s barns and backyards to find the few items of treasure worth salvaging. What you might not know is that Mike Wolf, picker extraordinaire, hails from the Quad City’s own Bettendorf. What also might come as some surprise is that Mike Wolf takes his found treasures, fixes them up, and sells them at his store in Le Claire, Iowa. Only about 15 minutes from the QC, Antique Archeology sells a wide variety of forgotten treasures picked and pulled from junkyards and derelict buildings across the USA, each one lovingly refurbished and restored to its original glory.
Because they no longer sell through their online store, you have the perfect excuse to load the family in your car and take a road trip to drool over vintage and collectable items, from choppers to china. Getting there is as easy as hopping on route 67, on the Iowa side of the river, and following it all the way to Davenport St. in Le Clair. You can easily spend hours in the show room, and everyone in your group will find something to fall in love with. Antique Archeology isn’t just a store: it’s a historical landmark.