American Pickers coming to Alabama

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, November 30, 2016

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

History Channel’s American Pickers is coming to Alabama this winter.

The show chronicles Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz journey as they dig through collections to pick items they know they can sell.

Stops are being scheduled as those with collections ready to be picked contact the show.

Chilton County could be a stop for Wolfe and Fritz, if someone contacts them with a collection that piques interest.

“We encourage people with large and rare collections to call or email us as soon as possible,” Supervising Producer Ben Epstein said.

So, just what are they looking for?

According to a Cineflix Productions press release, “As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.”

The show is looking for “large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of a day in.”

“Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public,” according to Cineflix.

Epstein said the duo are interested in rare pieces as well as “Items that tell a story about a time, a place, and the people who once used them.”

“Every region has its own unique history, so Mike and Frank try to visit as many areas of the country as they can. The people of the south are so incredibly warm, and have such a rich history, it’s always an interesting place to pick!”  Epstein said.

Those who think they have a collection fitting what American Pickers is looking for are encouraged to send their name, phone number, location and description of the collection (types of items and size of collection) with photos to or call 855-old-rust.

“There is a good chance that people with viable leads will get a reply asking for more information,” Epstein said.