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'American Pickers' Hunting for Valuables in NJ; August Expedition to Garden State Seeks to 'Recycle America'

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Frank Fritz. left, and his "American Pickers' cohort Mike Wolfe are coming to New Jersey to hunt for antique treasures. Credits: history.com
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SUMMIT, NJ - American Pickers, a documentary series on the History Channel, is coming to New Jersey in August to hunt for valuable antiques.

Among the items they are looking to buy include:

- motor scooters including Vespas, Lambretta, and Cushman

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- old advertising signage, motorcycles, pre-60’s to turn-of-the century bicycles

- old tin, wind-up and cast-iron toys, pre 50’s vending machines, pinball and slot machines

- old movie posters, unusual radios, old casino and gaming machines

- vintage movie memorabilia, vintage advertising items, taxidermy, vintage concert posters and tee shirts

- early Boy Scout items, pre 60’s vintage diner collections, pre 60’s TV merchandise, pre 50’s western gear

- classic motorcycle memorabilia, sports memorabilia, casino tables, Houdini items, old rodeo items, airline collectibles,

- late 70’s and earlier military memorabilia, vintage police and firefighter collectibles, pre 40’s telephones, folk art, vintage BB and cap guns, early Halloween items, pre 40’s Christmas items, Hawaiiana and Tiki collectibles

- vintage election memorabilia, musical instruments, Civil war antiques, vintage gas pumps, pre 70’s neon signs, strange woodcarvings, vintage collegiate collectibles.

Bryan Powers of American Pickers states that “we're looking for leads throughout the state, specifically, interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them.”

The show American Pickers follows expert pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel across the country in search of antiques. They state that they are “on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.”

The show has been aired since 2010 and presents a face of the “picking” movement. Mother Earth News describes picking as “the art of buying antiques from auctions and sales and people and selling them at a profit to antique shops. People who do this are known as Antique Pickers.”

Interested parties who have a large collection -- or want to refer someone to Wolfe and Fritz, are instructed to e-mail: their name, telephone number, address and description of the collection and photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com, or leave a message at 1- 855-OLD-RUST.

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