NEW YORK — The American Pickers are returning to Maryland and want to look through your hidden treasures.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the TV show that airs on The History Channel have no specific location in mind but the producers at Cineflex USA want to hear from those who have a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of a day looking through.
The plan is to film episodes in April, pending the situation with COVID-19, or reschedule if conditions are necessary.
“We won’t pick unless everybody is safe, so if we cannot make those dates, nobody’s time is wasted as we will reschedule to a date when conditions allow filming,” wrote associate producer Maggie Kissinger.
“However, we are excited to continue to reach the many collectors in your area to discuss their years of picking!”
American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking.” It follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They especially enjoy giving historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.
If you or someone you know has a large number of items from times past that the pickers can consider for purchase send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: email@example.com or call 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or on Facebook @GotAPick. Other states being solicited are Virginia and West Virginia.
Messrs. Wolfe and Frank were in Somerset County in August 2015 picking through the former Burgess Early Americana Museum for part of an episode that premiered in February 2016. Their hosts were Patti Bell Butler, granddaughter of museum founder Lawrence Burgess, and son-in-law Maurice White.
Some of the items purchased were a “mangles” clothing press, an early electric motor and a four-slice toaster with isinglass sides. There was also a clockface pump, bicycle inner tube repair kits, and an alligator toy. Not all of the transactions were in the broadcast but the pickers spent $2,575 that day with Mr. Wolfe the bid spender plunking down $2,200.
Since then many items in the three-story chicken house that contained the collection now owned by the county have been deaccessioned or transferred to other historical groups. A core assemblage of local items is being retained for display in the new Burgess Rural Living Center which is being built behind the county visitors’ center in Princess Anne.