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American Pickers seeking places to visit in the area
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of the History Channel’s show “American Pickers” will be in the Central California in December looking for rustic artifacts and products from private collections.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of The History Channel's show “American Pickers” will be in California in December and perhaps Stanislaus County if they come up with prospects for the show.

The show visited the Pixley-Bakersfield area in February 2015 and Oakdale in March 2016.

“We're looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them,” said Sarah Perkins, a casting associate with Cineflix for the American Pickers show in New York. “The way we find people and collections for our show is through spreading the word far and wide so that people know we’re coming to town. So, we would love to spread the word about our upcoming trip in your area.”

Producers for the show would like leads for those who may have items which the famous duo can pick from. They are on the hunt for “characters with interesting and unique items.” Some of what they look for are: vintage bicycles and toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising signs, military items, folk art, pre-50’s western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items, and clothing.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Wolfe and Fritz continue their mission to rescue forgotten relics and giving them a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about American history along the way.

“We understand that with the proliferation of COVID-19, we are all facing very uncertain times,” said Perkins. “We at American Pickers are taking the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming as outlined by each state. While we plan to be in California in December, we will continue to re-schedule if conditions change for the worse. Regardless, we are excited to continue to reach the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking. Please keep in mind, we are looking for different, unusual, and unique items too – something we’ve never seen before and with an interesting story.”

Those who may have a large, private collection or have tips on someone who may participate in the show should call (855) OLD-RUST or email Emails should contain a contact name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos.

American Pickers debuted in 2010 and is now in its 21st season.