American Pickers coming to Alabama
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Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard
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Mike Wolfe (left) and Frank Fritz from The History Channel's 'American Pickers.'
Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard

Mike Wolfe (left) and Frank Fritz from The History Channel's 'American Pickers.'
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The History Channel reality TV show American Pickers will be searching for treasure in Alabama in Feburary, and producers are looking for leads throughout the state.

Childersburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pete Storey said the show contacted his office to share information about the upcoming visit.

According to a flyer the show sent to Storey, “We’re looking for leads – interesting characters with interesting items and lots of ’em. Our favorite picks feature multiple buildings crammed with piles of cool stuff.”

Getting a visit from pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz begins with a visit to the show’s website, http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers. Scroll to the bottom and click on the “Want to Be on American Pickers?” link.

“Email us a text description of your junk or collection. If selected, you could be on American Pickers,” the website says. “You are sending an email to Cineflix Productions, the producers of American Pickers. You will be contacted only if they are interested.”

The website says Wolfe and Fritz “are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind – and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.”

Biographical information on the site says Wolfe has been combing through junk since he was 4. “Over the years, he’s earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost foragers, traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Where other people see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Mike sees potential goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.”

Fritz also started picking early, collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. “He worked for many years as a fire and safety inspector but always had a passion for antiques and junk. These days, he spends all his time on the road with Mike, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America,” the website said.

Wolfe’s clients include interior designers, art directors, photographers and collectors. He also owns Antique Archaeology, a specialty shop that sells antiques, vintage items and folk art in sleepy Le Claire, Iowa, the website said.

“As Mike sees it, pickers do all the dirty work, but dealers and collectors get all the credit. But that doesn’t mean he’s any less passionate about his chosen field. ‘I love to find stuff,’ he says simply.”

Storey hopes people from this area will be selected for the show.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for people in our state and our area,” Storey said.

He added that he’s seen some interesting barns and sheds around South Talladega County, and believes people here could pick up some spare cash from items that have been stored away for years or decades.