Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"American Pickers" coming to California seeking applicants with unique antique collections

(Originally published in the 2/2/16 edition)

   The stars of “American Pickers” are coming to California, and they could be digging through your junk.
   The hit reality TV series, which airs on History, stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as a pair of antique pickers who drive across the U.S. in their Ford Transit and show up at people’s houses to buy their antique items, which are often resold at their shop Antique Archaeology in LeClaire, Iowa. The items are usually very rare and valuable, ranging from an old Rock-Ola jukebox to a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle. 
   “We've picked everything from oil cans to a real dinosaur bone, and just about everything in between,” casting associate Tamar Herman said. 
   The duo will be making their return to California in March, and they are looking for interesting characters with interesting items in all regions of the state. Among the articles they look for include vintage vehicles and toys, movie memorabilia, old advertising, military paraphernalia, folk art, early firefighting equipment, pinball machines, automotive items and more. 
   “We are interested in hearing from anyone with interesting, large, private collections,” Herman said. “That said, they love finding anything of interest that they've never found before.”
   If you or somebody you know has a large, private collection or any unique items, send your name, phone number, location and a description of the items to AmericanPickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST. 

   New episodes of “American Pickers” air 9 p.m. Wednesdays on History. 

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