From television star to burlesque performer to champion of all things lost and found, Danielle Colby is no one-trick pony. Alongside co-hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the Iowa native appears on the History Channel’s trash-to-treasures hit, American Pickers. But there’s more to this outspoken celeb than meets the weekly viewer’s eye. Fashion & Flea at Grapevine Convention Center. There, she’ll greet fans and hunt for finds – with an eye out for things both beautiful and outrageous. In the meantime, we picked Colby’s brain on the modern vintage boom, her on-stage alter ego, and more. As she explains, the common thread through it all is hope. Dallas television show that I used to watch with my grandmother Evelyn, propped up in the center of her floor in front of her fancy 12-inch TV set.” You’ll be visiting to participate in the Fashion & Flea in Grapevine. How did you become involved in the event? “It was a no-brainer. It’s like returning home, every time I get to go to a vintage market. It's also great to draw attention to the industry that made us famous, and give some recognition back to those folks who are out there every day salvaging history right by our side.” Speaking of salvage and history, with 300,000+ “likes” on your Facebook page, you’ve amassed a large following among American Pickers fans. What do you think appeals to viewers so much about the show? “I think American Pickers gives the gift of hope, because of the nature of the business. We started from literally nothing. We built a business on finding items that others didn't care about or want any longer. We found homes for these items, salvaged history, and in the process made a business. See what I mean by hope? “People are capable of great things if they can look for the value in what lies in front of them. Life is funny like that. We see exactly what we want to see: value, junk, love, hate, hope, disaster, etc. It's all perspective, and that’s something we all have in spades on the American Pickers crew!” Antiques Roadshow had a huge hand in it, and economic stresses made vintage hip. I think that’s where it all started. Some girl looked at her grandmother’s hand-me-down, and actually looked for the beauty in the silhouette, the lines, and the textiles, but more importantly, the story. She wore a hand-me-down dress to the prom, while all the other girls wore expensive new crystal-encrusted gowns. “That girl built her own world, saw the beauty in the history of that dress, and built an empire on that concept. I know, because I was that girl. Again, it's about hope - hope for feeling beautiful, even though you're broke. But, I just may be a hopeless romantic.” Finally, do you have any additional projects or performances in the works for coming months? “I am proud to announce that October 25 will be the second annual Iowa Burlesque Festival in Davenport, Iowa at The Adler Theatre. Our headliners will include my burlesque instructor, the "Reigning Queen of Burlesque," LouLou D'Vil! You can purchase tickets at IowaBurlesqueFestival.com.” American Pickers cast image, credit Amy Richmond. Inset image in red corset, credit Joshua Black Wilkins. Additional images, courtesy of Danielle Colby.