NEW YORK, NY - Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and the "American Pickers" team, who have brought the 'art' of archeological antiquing to the masses, will return to New Jersey and plan to film episodes of the popular series throughout the area in September.
"American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the world of antique 'picking'. The Wolfe and Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques, finding sizeable, unique collections -- and learning the interesting stories behind them -- in the process.
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 goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories. He spends as much time as he can on the road, usually with Fritz -- his friend of 20 years and picking partner -- in tow.
“A picker’s kind of like a nomad,” Wolfe 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, IA.
As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the duo 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. Together, they 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 to find the next hidden treasure. For those who have, or know someone that has, a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send the appropriate name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-OLD-RUST.