Representatives of a reality TV show are offering individuals in the Wilkes County area with large private collections (or accumulations) of antiques a shot at worldwide publicity.
Episodes of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” produced by A&E Television Networks in collaboration with Cineflix, are scheduled to be filmed in North Carolina in March, said Maggie Kissinger, one of the show’s associate producers.
Kissinger said Friday that the primary target is large private accumulations of Americana antiques from the first half of the 20th century. She said “interesting characters with interesting items — and lots of them” are needed.
In “American Pickers” episodes, partners Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are filmed as they visit these large collections, discuss them with the owners and negotiate for buying what they like for re-sale.
The series premiered in January 2010, and has been described as “Antiques Road Show” meets “Hoarders.”
Kissinger said people with private collections large enough to occupy a team of antique pickers for the better part of a day are being sought.
She said potential subjects for the shows can be submitted for consideration by phone at 1-855-OLD-RUST or email at AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. Provide names of the owners and locations, descriptions and photos of collections. On Facebook, go to @GotAPick.