‘American Pickers’ set sights on Panhandle

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM.

CHIPLEY — The History Channel show “American Pickers” may be coming to Northwest Florida in search of antiques.

Jack Wilkinson, a producer for the show, said Tuesday that the program is coming to Florida to look for “interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them.”  

“Our favorite picks feature multiple buildings crammed with lots of cool stuff,” Wilkinson said in a e-mail. “We love for our hosts to really work for what they find, digging through piles and coming up with treasure.”

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show, search the back roads, junkyards, and filled-to-the-brim barns in America for “rusty gold,” according to a description of the program provided by the History Channel.

The show airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. CST on the History Channel.

“Part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians — Mike and Frank’s adventures 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.

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