American Pickers coming to Alabama

By Michelle Mann mmann@southeastsun.com

American Pickers coming to Alabama
“We make a living telling the history of America...one piece at a time.”That is how Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe begin each of their reality television series programs that premiered in 2010 on the History Chanel.The documentary series television show features the antique and collectible pickers in their travels around the United States to buy or “pick” items of interest from rare collections. “We're pickers. We travel the back roads of America looking to buy rusty gold,” they say in their intro.Fritz and Wolfe look “for amazing things buried in people's garages and barns,” they say. “What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs.“We'll buy ‘anything’ we think we can make a buck on,” they claim. “Each item we pick has a history all its own.”Fritz and Wolfe are coming to Alabama this winter looking for leads to interesting people with interesting items. “And lots of them,” they say. They are looking for large, rare collections and things they have never seen before, said American Pickers Casting Associate Cat Raynor. “Tell us the interesting story behind your stuff.“Mike and Frank are two of the most skilled pickers in the business,” Rayor said. “They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.”“Mike and Frank are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before,” Raynor said. “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.”Fritz and Wolfe ask those interested in being considered to be on American Pickers to contact them at americanpickers@cineflix.com or leave a voicemail at 1-855-old-rust. Callers are asked to leave their name, town and state, phone number and description of the collection.Exploring people's homes, barns, sheds, outbuildings, and other places where they have stored antiques and collectibles is what Fritz and Wolfe do for a living. They visit casual collectors, hoarders and people who have inherited overwhelming collections of apparent junk in order to find antiques to sell at their retail business, Antique Archaeology.“They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them,” said Raynor. “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.“Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before,” Raynor said. “They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.”
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