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Archeological Antiquing: "American Pickers" to Film In New Jersey Next Month

Mike and Frank want your stuff! Credits: History.com
Here's the information to contact the show and set your antiques free. Credits: History.com

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and the AMERICAN PICKERS team are excited to return to New Jersey and plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in September, 2017. So get your hidden treasures ready for the full-on evaluation by the guys who invented archeological antiquing.

A mainstay of the History Channel lineup (Channel 875 in East Brunswick) AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique "picking." The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

A lifelong American picker, Mike 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, Mike sees potential goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.

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Mike spends as much time as he can on the road, usually with Frank Fritz–his friend of 20 years and picking partner–in tow. “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.

Mike looks for antique baby carriages and vintage jukeboxes to old cars and scrap metal. Mike’s 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, Mike and Frank 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. Mike and Frank 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: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST.

C'mon, New Jersey!  Check out that garage and find an interesting something with a great story behind it.

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