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American Pickers headed to Virginia in search of treasures
SoVaNow.com / October 02, 2013Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, also known as the American Pickers, are coming to Virginia in November to seek out a few good hoarders to feature on their History Channel TV series. Wolfe and Fritz are interested in buildings crammed full of cool stuff, such as movie and music memorabilia, old sporting goods and collectibles, Western-themed items, and basically any other oddball, one-of-a-kind, or interesting historical objects.
The Pickers are most interested in collections of:
Motor scooters such as Vespas or Lambrettas
Old advertising signage
Vintage motorcycles or bicycles (1940s or earlier)
Unusual radios: transistor /Tabletop
Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
Pre 50s vending machines
Pinball and slot machines
Old movie posters
Antique casino/gaming machines
Vintage movie memorabilia
Vintage advertising Items
Vintage concert posters & T-shirts
Early Boy Scout items
Pre 60s vintage diner collectibles
Pre 60s TV merchandise
Pre 50s western/equestrian gear
Classic motorcycle memorabilia
Old rodeo items
Airline collectibles - Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
Late 70s & earlier military items
Bizarre mobster memorabilia
Vintage police officer collectibles
Pre 40s telephones
Vintage BB guns/cap guns
Early Halloween items
Pre 40s Christmas items
Hawaiiana/ Tiki collectibles
Vintage sports collectibles
Vintage election memorabilia
Civil War antiques
Vintage gas pumps
Pre 70s old neon signs
Vintage collegiate collectibles
Although the Pickers are not limited to this list, only large collections will be considered for their show.
American Pickers is a documentary series that explores “the fascinating world of antique picking” by following Wolfe and Fritz as they hopscotch across America in search of “interesting characters with lots of interesting items,” explains their publicist, Sarah Moore of Cineflix Inc.
The Pickers don’t go to shops, antiques malls, or flea markets, and Moore said “we’re not currently looking for any fine furniture, agricultural or farming items/equipment, depression glass, or pottery.” But, if you have any of the items on their “wanted list” and an “interesting story to tell,” you just might find yourself on American Pickers.
The show, which appears on the History Channel, is in its fifth season, and offers insight into what it’s like to be on the frontlines of the antique industry searching junkyards and barns for long forgotten, valuable antiques.
Moore says of the show, “Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. On the way, we explore how our pickers strike the ultimate deal and discover just what it takes to renovate and re-sell a newly found antique in a competitive market.”
CommentsFrom what I've seen on their show, all they do is low ball people on their stuff. You'd be better off selling it on EBay or to a local antique place instead of dealing with these jokers.
- By Poor Boy on 10 / 03 / 13
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