By Luke Phillips
Holtville residents and others around the region could get a chance to be on national television and maybe make some money too as the History Channel show ‘American Pickers’ heads our way in the near future.
“This program is looking for collectors in our area that might be willing to sell to them, and participate in the program,” Imperial Valley Film Commissioner Charla Teeters said in an email to the Tribune. “Please spread the word and if someone or somewhere you know in our valley seems to fit the bill.”
For those unfamiliar with the show, ‘American Pickers’ is a documentary series about two ‘antique pickers’ named Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel all over the country looking for rare, collectible and interesting antique items.
According to a press release issued by the History Channel and shared by the Imperial County Film Commission this week, the show “offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry.”
“The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia,” the press release reads.
“We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” says Wolfe.
There’s no word on exactly when the pickers will be in the area, but they have released a list of items they will be looking for and are urging any collectors in the area to contact them if they own anything on the list. As anyone who watches the show already knows, the pickers often offer large sums of money for interesting antiques.
Items on the pickers’ ‘wish list’ include motorcycles, motor scooters, bicycles (pre-1960s), old toys, pre-1950s vending machines, pinball and slot machines, old movie posters, unusual radios, antique casino/gambling machines, vintage movie memorabilia, vintage advertising items, taxidermy, vintage concert posters & t-shirts, early Boy Scout items, pre-1960s vintage diner collectibles, pre-1960s TV merchandise, Pre 1950s western/equestrian gear, classic motorcycle memorabilia, sports memorabilia, casino tables, Houdini items, old rodeo items, airline collectibles, late 1970s & earlier military items, extraordinary mobster memorabilia, vintage police officer collectibles, firefighter collectibles, pre-1940s telephones, folk art, vintage BB guns/cap guns, early Halloween items, pre-1940s Christmas items, Hawaiiana/Tiki collectibles, vintage sports collectibles, vintage election memorabilia, musical instruments, civil war antiques, vintage gas pumps, pre-1970s neon signs, strange woodcarvings and vintage collegiate collectibles.
The pickers are specifically NOT looking for farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to the ‘American Pickers’, email your name, phone number, city and state, along with a description of your collection to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include photos if possible. You can also call and leave a message at (646) 493-2184.
By Luke Phillips