Business of History

5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian

From one of Henry Ford's experimental tractors to Planters' iconic Mr. Peanut mascot, a look at some of the objects in the museum's upcoming American Enterprise exhibit.

Geoff Weiss

· 2 min read

Marathon Man: The Driving Force Behind a Community Revival

How one determined developer is helping restore the creative spirit of Nashville's downtown scene.

Jason Ankeny

· 4 min read

A New Breed of Antiques Dealers Specializes in Retro-Chic

Philadelphia's Three Potato Four keeps things personal while staying ahead of vintage industry trends.

Jenna Schnuer

· 3 min read

An Eclectic Treasure Hunter Lends a Vintage Touch to Modern Homes

A California transplant helps the past come alive for patrons of her small-town Tennessee antiques store.

Margaret Littman

· 3 min read

Mike Wolfe of 'American Pickers' Is the New Americana Idol

Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the TV show American Pickers, is leveraging a popular passion for the past to build the multimedia empire of the future.

Jason Ankeny

· 13 min read

Four Tips for Getting Started in a Collectibles Business

The ability to discern treasure from trash is only one aspect of succeeding in the antiques and nostalgia market.

Jason Ankeny

· 3 min read

Behind the Scenes With 'American Pickers' in Nashville

How a commercial shoot for the History Channel's hit show brought several blocks of downtown Nashville to a halt one hot summer afternoon.

Jason Ankeny

· 2 min read