Date ArticleType
5/30/2012 General
The American Pickers Are Coming!

Do you have a large private collection of "rusty gold" stored in an old barn, garage, shed, trailer or any other storage building?  Then you may be in luck!  The American Pickers are heading to Wisconsin, and they’re looking for leads in our area—great characters with interesting, unique and rare items . . . and lots of them!!! 

One of the most highly-rated shows on the History Channel, American Pickers stars two of the most skilled pickers in the antique business—Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz.  As they travel on an epic road trip across the United States, the show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground on the frontlines of the antique industry.  The Pickers don't go to antique shops, flea markets, auctions, museums, businesses or any other places that are open to the public.

The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques–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 they get their hands dirty in the search of weird and wonderful hidden treasures. The show examines how determination and amazing instincts drive the pickers to salvage the good junk from the bad junk. On the adventure, they 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, striking the ultimate deal and renovating and re-selling a newly-found antique in a competitive market.

On their want list are: 

Motorscooters (Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman); old advertising signage; motorcycles; bicycles (pre-60s to turn of the century); unusual radios: transistor /tabletop; old toys: tin, wind-up and cast iron; pre-50s vending machines; pinball and slot machines; old Movie Posters; antique casino/gaming machines; vintage movie memorabilia; vintage advertising Items; taxidermy; vintage concert posters and 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 and earlier military Items; extraordinary mobster memorabilia; vintage police officer collectibles; firefighter collectibles; pre-40s  telephones; Folk art; vintage BB Guns/Cap Guns; early Halloween items; pre-40s  Christmas items; Hawaiian/Tiki collectibles; vintage sports collectibles; vintage election memorabilia; musical instruments; Civil War antiques; vintage gas pumps; pre-70s old neon signs; strange woodcarvings; vintage collegiate collectibles and casino tables.

They are currently NOT looking for farming/agricultural items, tools, glassware, appliances, crocks, stoves and other country primitives. 

So, if you have a large private collection of those "rusty gold" items stashed away and would like to be considered for the show, email your name, contact information, town and a description of your collection to  HINT:  Pictures of your entire collection are also extremely important and a much better way to get the show’s attention rather than pictures of just one or two items. 

We will forward your information to the American Pickers' production staff, who will review your submission.  Please be patient.  The production staff receives hundreds of emails a day to review, and they will contact you directly if your collection piques their interest.   

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