NEW YORK — The "American Pickers" team will be in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania from September 11 thought 24, looking for large private collections, characters and items that haven't been seen before by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz.
A mainstay of the History Channel, "American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique "picking." The hit show follows Wolfe and Fritz — the guys who invented archaeological antiquing — as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.
A lifelong American picker, Wolfe has earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost foragers, traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Where other people see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Wolfe sees potential gold mines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.
Wolfe spends as much time as he can on the road, usually with Frank Fritz, his friend of 20 years and picking partner. “A picker’s kind of like a nomad,” he explains. Wherever they go, the two guys unearth hoards of unique items and spend some quality time with the offbeat characters who own them.
Wolfe looks for antique baby carriages and vintage jukeboxes to old cars and scrap metal. His clients include interior designers, art directors, photographers and collectors. He also owns Antique Archaeology, a specialty shop that sells antiques, vintage items and folk art in sleepy Le Claire, Iowa.
As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Wolfe and Fritz are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. This is no search for your grandma's collector plates. Relics, as shown on the show's website include classic wood paneling and other building materials, motorcycles and neon signs. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Wolfe and Fritz have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before.
Along the way, the pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.
"American Pickers" is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send them your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-OLD-RUST.