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.
Meanwhile, back in Iowa, Danielle Colby holds down the fort at Antique Archaeology. She spends her time getting leads, talking to sellers and doing research via trade publications and websites.
“We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” according to Wolfe. “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,” according to the news release.
“We're also looking for movie and music memorabilia, sports memorabilia, items from Florida history, and basically any other oddball, one-of-a-kind, or interesting historical item you can think of,” Wilkinson said.
“I should clarify that we're only looking for people with large collections, not folks with just a few items, and we don't go to shops, antiques malls, auctions, or flea markets,” Wilkinson said. “We're also not currently looking for any fine furniture, agricultural or farming items/equipment, depression glass, appliances, or pottery.”
For more information, contact Wilkinson at 646-873-6519.
Among the items the “American Pickers” are looking for are:
Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman
-Old advertising signage
-Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the
-Unusual radios: transistor /Tabletop
-Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
-Pre 50’s 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 60’s vintage diner collectibles
-Pre 60’s TV merchandise
-Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear
-Classic motorcycle memorabilia
-Old rodeo items
-Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
-Late 70’s & earlier military Items
-Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
-Vintage police officer collectibles
-Pre 40’s telephones
-Vintage BB Guns/ Cap Guns
-Early Halloween items
-Pre 40’s Christmas items
-Hawaiiana/ Tiki Collectibles
-Vintage sports collectibles
-Vintage election Memorabilia
-Civil War antiques
-Vintage gas pumps
-Pre 70’s old neon signs
-Vintage collegiate Collectibles