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'American Pickers' Want to Pick Through Illinois

The "modern archeologists" who star in the History Channel show plan to be in Illinois in September, according to a show producer.

You know Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz - the duo on the History Channel's American Pickers? The guys who find great joy and a little adventure in treasure-hunting through rural barns and out-of-the-way shops?

They are coming to Illinois in mid-September, and producers are looking for good picking grounds.

They want colorful characters who value collections and the stories behind them. Specifically, they are looking for old movie posters, unusual transistor or tabletop radios, pinball and slot machines, antique casino or gaming machines, bicycles from the 1940s or earlier, old rodeo items and early Halloween items, among other things, according to producers.

They are not interested in farming and agricultural items, tractors, crocks, stoves, glassware or appliances, according to producers.

Producers encourage applicants to submit several pictures of the collections and where they are stored. For more information or to submit an application, please see this website from the History Channel. Informational flyers have been attached to this article as PDFs.

You also can e-mail Cineflix Inc. at Americanpickers@cineflix.com or call the hotline at (646) 493-2184.

J. Allen August 01, 2012 at 03:18 AM
That would be awesome stop in Oswego I will let you come pick at my mothers house Iam sure you will find some things in her attic. My family watches the show all the time we would love to have you
Becky August 01, 2012 at 04:13 AM
There is a house off 71 in Norway that looks perfect for them. All sorts of stuff piled in the yard. To me it looks like a hoarding situation, but to Frank and Mike, I'm sure it's "rusty gold"!
Megan Johnson August 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I was just at their LeClaire, IA location this weekend!! While there, Frank pulled up in his van with some items for the place. The film crew was there too. It was very cool to see the things in person that they have picked while watching the show. Frank was super nice and talked to us and took several pics!! Hope they come near our area!!

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