MAYVILLE - Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards received news recently History Channel's "American Pickers" is coming to New York State and its producer Cineflix Inc., is looking for any leads in Chautauqua County of people with large private collections which could be featured in their show.
"American Pickers" drew 3.1 million viewers on its debut in January 2010 and the show, now in its fourth season, explores the fascinating world of antique "picking." The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. The show follows the pickers on their truck as they go on a mission in search of America's most fascinating and valuable antiques-treasures long forgotten in junkyards, basements, garages and barns across the country.
"We're looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them," said Cineflix Inc. Producer Jodi Friedman.
Wolfe and Fritz only pick private collections and are not looking for leads to stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. They are also not looking for farming or agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.
Some of the items the American Pickers are looking for are: motor scooters - Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman; old advertising signage; motorcycles; bicycles pre 1960's to turn of the century; old toys - tin, wind-up, cast iron; pre 1950's vending machines; pinball and slot machines; old movie posters; unusual radios - transistor, tabletop, etc.; antique casino or gaming machines; vintage movie memorabilia; vintage advertising items; taxidermy; vintage concert posters and T-shirts; early Boy Scout items; pre 1960's vintage diner collectibles; pre 1960's TV merchandise; pre 1950's western or equestrian gear; classic motorcycle memorabilia; sports memorabilia; Houdini items; old rodeo items; airline collectibles -Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.; late 1970's and earlier military items; extraordinary mobster memorabilia; vintage police officer collectibles; firefighter collectibles; pre 1940's telephones; folk art; vintage BB guns or cap guns; early Halloween items; pre 1940's Christmas items; Hawaiiana or Tiki collectibles; vintage sports collectibles; vintage election memorabilia; musical instruments; Civil War antiques; vintage gas pumps; pre 1970's old neon signs; strange woodcarvings; vintage collegiate collectibles; and casino tables.
Anyone with any of these items or who know someone with barns full of old stuff waiting to be explored should contact the County Executive's Office at 753-4211 for more information.