TV Show American Pickers: The Value Of Old Jeans

American Pickers is an American reality television series that premiered on January 18 in 2010 on the History Channel. The tv show is produced by A&E Television Networks in collaboration with Cineflix Media. It follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel around the United States to buy or pick various items for resale, for clients, or for their own personal collections. They originally traveled in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and now in a Ford Transit.

The 1st Episode Of Season 17

In the 1st episode of season 17 they came across a few old vintage jeans in Eastern Oregon. The jeans are hanging in an old barn at a country family house. They dates back to the 1930’s, ’40’s, ’50’s and early ’60’s. They’re not in a very good condition, so the value isn’t so high of the items. The worn-out looks of the jeans makes them less worth, but very interesting as it comes to the aged patterns of the previous owners.

The Two Most Interesting Pairs

The two most interesting pairs are both Levi’s 501’s jeans. The first one is from the 1930’s, which has a cinchback and suspender buttons. (Learn more about all the details of a 1930’s 501 pair here.) The second one is from the WW2 era and used to have painted arcuates on the backpockets, but they dissapeared with wear and washing.

If you’re into vintage jeans, or want to know more about blue gold treasures, watch it.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.