The television series “American Pickers” is heading to Indiana, and residents hope to lure hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz to Jackson County to find their next big pick.
Producers with the show are looking for areas to film in the Hoosier state and have enlisted the aid of the Greater Seymour and Brownstown chambers of commerce.
Filming is scheduled to begin in September.
Maria Powell with Brownstown Chamber of Commerce said she was contacted by Cineflix Productions last week and was asked if there were any places in the county that might have antiques or unusual items for sale.
She then got in touch with Carl Shake of Brownstown, who said he has come up with seven or eight potential places for the show to visit.
“American Pickers” is a reality show that airs on the History Channel that explores the world of antique hunting.
Wolfe and Fritz travel the country in search of valuable antiques to buy and resell as part of their business, Antique Archaeology. Along their journey, they share the history and stories of the items, the people who own them and their communities.
A team is supposed to be here this week or next week to follow up leads for Wolfe and Fritz and see if they want to film segments here, Powell said.
Powell, a fan of the show, said she knows there is lots of potential in Jackson County.
Shake agreed, saying there are plenty of “hidden treasures,” waiting to be found.
Scouts for the show are looking for people with barns, garages, buildings or sheds that contain antiques and other vintage items they are willing to sell for cash.
Besides looking for unique items, Wolfe and Fritz also like to make friends with the people they meet along the way.
“They are looking for people with a lot of character,” Powell said.
Both chambers have been trying to get the word out about the opportunity.
“We’ve had a lot of people respond and submit names,” Powell said.
Powell said she hopes to be able to meet Wolfe and Fritz if they decide to visit and get to see the Antique Archaeology van, which the two travel in to haul their treasures to LeClaire, Iowa.
Antique items they are looking to buy include motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-1950s Western gear and other vintage memorabilia.
Things they find aren’t always in the best of shape, but Wolfe and Fritz often seek out those who can restore them.
Powell said she and her husband watch the show regularly and appreciate Wolfe and Fritz.
“We think they are very fair,” she said.
New episodes of “American Pickers” air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
List of items “American Pickers” is looking to buy:
Motor scooters including Vespas, Lambretta and Cushman; old advertising signs, vintage advertising memorabilia and pre-1970s neon signs; motorcycles; bicycles, pre-1960s to turn of the century; old toys, including tin, wind-up and cast iron; pre-50s vending machines, pinball and slot machines; old movie posters and other vintage memorabilia; unusual radios, including transistor and tabletop; antique casino/gaming machines and equipment; taxidermy; vintage concert posters and 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; Houdini items; old rodeo items; airline collectibles, especially from Pan-Am and TWA; late 1970s and earlier military items; extraordinary mobster memorabilia; vintage police officer and firefighter collectibles; pre-1940s telephones; folk art; vintage BB guns and 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; strange woodcarvings; and vintage collegiate collectibles.
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