TAYLOR COUNTY—Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have made a living by making their way across the United States visiting communities, searching through collections and buying items to sell in their shops.
The duo made their way to West Virginia in May 2017 to peruse through piles of “junk” to find forgotten relics that would stock the shelves and showrooms of their Antique Archaeology stores.
Wolfe and Fritz are on the search for residents who have unique items from history that come with interesting stories. The duo will be making their way through the state in April and are looking for leads that will be featured on their famous show, American Pickers, that premiers on the History Channel.
The show is a documentary series that follows skilled pickers in the business and explores the fascinating world of antique “picking.”
“They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them,” explained Sarah Perkins, Producer of American Pickers. “As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the Pickers are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics.
The American Pickers will once again be hitting the back roads of the Mountain State in an attempt to turn one man’s junk into another man’s treasure.
“Please keep in mind, we are looking for different, unusual and unique items,” said Perkins. “We hope to find something we’ve never seen before and with an interesting story!”
With a mission of recycling America, the Pickers find and rescue forgotten artifacts along their journey.
“They hope to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way,” voiced Perkins. “The Pickers have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.”
And while they are scheduled to make their way to West Virginia in April, they know that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could force plans to be rescheduled.
“We understand that with the proliferation of COVID-19, we are all facing very uncertain times,” Perkins noted. “While we plan to be in West Virginia in April, we will continue to re-schedule if conditions change for the worse.”
She added that they are excited to continue to reach the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming.
Do you or someone you know have a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through? If so, be sure to reach out to American Pickers, and you could be featured in an upcoming episode.
“Please note that the Pickers only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public,” Perkins disclosed.
Interested individuals may reach out to the show by calling 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or by emailing [email protected].
When contacting producers, please include the name, city and state, contact information, and a brief description of the collection of the stops Wolfe and Fritz should make along the way.
For more information, be sure to like and follow the American Pickers’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GotAPick.
To check out some of the merchandise that is available for purchase, both antiques and fan gear, or to see examples of the types of items Wolfe and Fritz typically hunt, be sure to visit www.antiquearchaeology.com.