A few weeks ago I blogged about a new favorite show – American Pickers – about two childhood best friends from Iowa who comb the country in a van knocking on stranger’s doors, going into dilapidated barns and storage units to dig through piles (usually junk) in hopes of finding a treasure.  Or as they say, anything they can sell for a profit. 

American pickers_key art

It’s addictive, especially if you have even the slightest picking tendencies -(hello flea market, antique shop, garage and estate sale lovers!)  But the other cool thing is that you get to see the backroads of America that most of us don’t ever see.  It’s a lot like being on a cross country road trip since much of the show is shot from their van. Check them out on the History Channel on Mondays at 9pm. Here’s a clip.


Anyway about the giveaway! I was totally surprised and excited when I received an email from the History Channel offering my readers a gift of The American Picker’s – Season One on dvd!  Actually they sent me two (maybe one was for me, but since I’ve seen and tevo’d them all I’ll gladly pass it along so there can be two winners!) 

All you have to do is leave me a comment with your email address so I know how to find you if you win! No having to go surf around any other sites, do a backflip, friend me on facebook, subscribe to the blog, then leave a comment about your favorite color!  Just a comment with your email. That’s it.  

That said… it would be awesome (but won’t sway the scientific random selection widget that I have to figure out how to install) if you either tell about a favorite pick of your own and/or your favorite episode of AP. But in the interest of full disclosure, the History Channel did not ask for readers to do a thing!  I just thought it would be fun šŸ™‚  

Now to sweeten the pot, I’m throwing in a pick of my own to this giveaway as a gift to you all! A thank you from me to you for reading and supporting the urban farmhouse!  So in addition to the AP dvd, I will give both winners, something I ‘picked’ last summer while in Paris at the venerable Clinquencourt flea market.  


I fell in love with this antique linen drapery panel and had it made into pillows. It made many, some of which I sold in the store.  Fortunately, I saved a few so the winners will each receive a beautiful 20″ x 20″ pillow!


To get into the spirit, I thought I would share some of my most recent picks as well as my all-time-best-pick-ever.

The Alameda Antique Fair has been rained out the last two months, so I’ve had to find alternative ways to get my fix.  Luckily I have attended several great estate sales in the city as well as discovered a great ‘antique shop within a shop’ that just opened near my house.

I found these bowls at an estate sale, mixed in among a bunch of kitchen stuff. The bottom says they’re McCoy, but I’m not sure if they’re authentic?  Anybody collect McCoy and can tell me?

McCoy bowls


At the same estate sale, I found (heart be still) this set of Emma Bridgewater pottery which I have loved for seriously ever!

  Emma Bridgewater - cup and saucer

The set for 8 is complete and includes cups and saucers, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl, breakfast plates and bowls (which are not meant to be with the set since they say “Risotto, Pasta and Sorrel Soup”, but I am guessing they were purchased to be used for cereal or porridge and complete the breakfast theme).


For the entire set of Emma Bridgewater as well as the McCoy bowls I paid $80! Perhaps this is my new ‘best pick ever’?

My local antique source is a treasure trove of wonderful findings.  The newest acquisition is this chippy basket.


I love it and it fits perfectly in the new linen closet!  The perfect container for beach towels.

I don’t know much about it’s history, but the store owner mentioned it coming from Long Island.  It is beyond sturdy.  It could carry a load of bricks and not break.  

Last but not least, my best pick ever was a small limoges porcelain box.

I bought it at the Goodwill in Seattle (the big one on Dearborn) about 7 years ago.  I was looking for pretty teacups for my daughters 5th birthday – a tea party – and on the shelf was this dainty box. Inside it said simply ‘merci’.  It was $ 0.50.  Tragically, it broke about a month ago.  My storage for select earrings. I can’t part with the top quite yet so this is all I can show you.


I hope you all are enjoying some time off this holiday season and doing some picking of your own along the way!

Please do enter the giveaway!  It ends on January 4th, coincidentally my 1 year blog anniversary! Just click on the teeny ‘comment’ below, then follow the steps!

In the meantime, you can stay up to date with Mike and Frank on their facebook page.











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