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'American Pickers' Want to Pick Through the Geneva Area

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.

Know anybody like that in Geneva?

Wolf and Fritz 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.

Tony Pronenko August 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
It must be nice to be Mike and Frank right now. To have your producers scouting ahead and putting out the word that you are coming to town and exactly what you are looking for. I sure am glad that I am not a competing "picker" because if I was there would be no way to compete fairly in this or any market they frequent.

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