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History’s ‘American Pickers’ pick Minden area

by Minden Press-Herald

American Pickers Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe will be in the Minden area between Dec. 1 and Dec. 23 to scout locations for an upcoming show to be filmed in January.

American Pickers is a series that explores the world of antique ‘picking’ on the History Channel and documents Wolfe and Fritz as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

Hitting the back roads from coast to coast, Wolfe and Fritz earn a living by scouring the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns. They say the best part of their journey is meeting the unique characters along the way, each with a story to tell about the history of their collection and their own lives.

Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. They use their determination, expertise and charm to strike the ultimate deals and discover just what it takes to re-sell a newly found antique in a competitive market.

Anyone with a large collection or a referral for Wolfe and Fritz, email a name, number, city, state and a description of the collection. Include photos if possible to [email protected] or call and leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

American Pickers is produced by Cineflix Productions. New episodes air Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CDT.
Fritz and Wolfe are not looking for farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

Items they are seeking:

-Motor scooters:
Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman

-Old advertising signage -Motorcycles

-Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the century)

-Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron -Pre 50’s vending machines -Pinball and slot machines

-Old Movie Posters

-Unusual radios: transistor, tabletop, etc.

-Antique casino/gaming machines -Vintage movie memorabilia -Vintage advertising Items -Taxidermy

-Vintage concert posters & T-shirts -Early Boy Scout items

-Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles -Pre 60’s TV merchandise

-Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear -Classic motorcycle memorabilia -Sports memorabilia

-Casino tables

-Houdini items

-Old rodeo items -Airline collectibles:
Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.

-Late 70’s & earlier military items -Extraordinary mobster memorabilia -Vintage police officer collectibles -Firefighter collectibles

-Pre 40’s telephones

-Folk art

-Vintage BB guns/cap guns

-Early Halloween items

-Pre 40’s Christmas items -Hawaiiana/Tiki Collectibles

-Vintage sports collectibles

-Vintage election memorabilia -Musical instruments

-Civil War antiques

-Vintage gas pumps

-Pre 70’s old neon signs

-Strange woodcarvings

-Vintage collegiate collectibles

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