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CHILDRESS – Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the American Pickers team are looking for leads to explore hidden treasure in Childress and surrounding areas to film episodes in November, according to a press release from American Pickers.
“It seems like I have watched the American Pickers forever, and I thought that Mike and Frank seem so nice and wondered what they were really like in person,” said Childress’ own Greg Buckley, who was featured on the hit series several years ago. “Then crazy as it seems, they came to Childress.”
Buckley said they were 10 times nicer in person. He hopes they come to Childress again, and he’s not alone.
“It would be great to have them here,” said Mayor Cary Preston. “It would be great for people across the nation to watch us on national TV. It’d be great for our wonderful little community.”
To make this happen, American Pickers needs residents to send them names of people who have a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through. The release stated people can submit a person’s name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to
firstname.lastname@example.org, call 855-OLD-RUST or on Facebook @GotAPick.
For those who haven’t watched American Pickers, it’s a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History channel. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques, the release stated.
“They’re super individuals, kind, thoughtful and funny with a deep love for history and preserving the past,” Buckley said. “Mike said he got involved with antiques to stay in his hometown where he was also a volunteer fireman.”
According to the release, Mike and Frank are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. 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 release stated 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.
“Once they came to my place everything was live,” Buckley recalled. “They just let the cameras roll and edited down for a show. I had more fun that day just joking and haggling with a couple of down to earth junkers.”
Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before, the release stated. They understand with the proliferation of COVID-19, everyone is facing uncertain times.
At American Pickers, they are taking the pandemic seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming as outlined by the state and CDC, the release stated. While they plan to be in Texas in November, they will continue to re-schedule if conditions change for the worse.