If you’ve got a barn full of old bicycles, or you’re a collector with lots of odd things in your shed, the producers of “American Pickers” are looking for you.
The History Channel’s big hit, with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, is coming to California in search of oddball items, fascinating characters, and interesting historical collections to rummage through in their search for “rusty gold.”
Jodi Friedman, producer from Cineflix Productions, which produces the show, is reaching out to Chambers of Commerce, townships, local media, individuals, and any other outlets in California to track down interesting “picks” for the guys.
If you’re not familiar with the show, here is a little background –
This isn’t your grandmother’s antiquing…
“American Pickers” follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S., this time to the backroads of California. The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be on the front lines of the antique industry.
Part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians, Mike and Frank embark on adventures that bring them to small towns across the country in search of weird and wonderful Americana. Each treasure hunt leads them to fascinating, quirky characters – everyday people with stories that open a window onto American life.
As professional “pickers,” these childhood buddies comb through memorabilia and artifacts, hoping to find treasures among the trash. Sometimes they make a few bucks; and sometimes they walk away with little more than the history of an item.
“We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” says Mike. Traveling along with the duo, viewers will meet an assortment of American originals and watch as a patchwork of history unfolds, one treasure at a time. Treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country.
The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.
The series follows the highs and lows of the trade as Mike and Frank get their hands dirty in their search for weird and wonderful hidden treasures, and examines how determination and amazing instincts help them salvage the good junk and leave the bad junk.
On their adventure, the guys meet fascinating characters along the way, each with a story to tell about the history of their collection and their own lives.
Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. On the way, the show explores how their pickers strike the ultimate deal and discover just what it takes to renovate and re-sell a newly-found antique in a competitive market.
If you’ve watched the show, and seen the guys hand a flier to someone after knocking on their door, here’s what it says –
So if you know someone, or perhaps you are someone with a hidden cache of California treasure, contact the show, and maybe we’ll see the film crew and that “Antique Archaeology” van rolling through town!
(Please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public)