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Wanted: Trash and Treasures

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:31 am

The popular television show “American Pickers” is coming to the Southern Tier and is looking for folk who might have some interesting stuff for the hosts to investigate.

The show “American Pickers” focuses on hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel America looking to lost treasures in people’s barns, sheds and basements. They drive the back roads of America knocking on doors, digging through barns and basements, and sifting through junkyards and warehouses. The dirty, rusty treasures and antiques they pull out of these places are not just given a new life; they're saved for future generations to appreciate. Along the way, the guys meet the amazing people and interesting places that make America great.

The hosts offer to purchase the items from the owners in order to restore them or sell them to collectors or

As of now there is no set location the show will visit, but the show is looking for people with barns, warehouses, buildings full of odd, unique, and interesting collections, as potential stops for the show. To that end the show has sent out information to local tourism offices and other organizations on what they are looking for and how individuals can get on the show’s radar. What they are currently not looking for is farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves, and country primitives.

There is however, a long list of items they are looking for. Among the things they’re looking for are motor scooters: (Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman), old advertising signage, motorcycles, bicycles (pre 60s to turn of the century), unusual radios (transistor/tabletop), old toys (tin, wind-up, cast iron), pre-50s vending machines, pinball and slot machines, old movie posters, antique casino/gaming machines, vintage movie memorabilia, vintage advertising items, taxidermy, vintage concert posters and t-shirts, early boy scout items, pre 60s vintage diner collectibles, pre 60s TV merchandise, pre 50s western/equestrian gear, classic motorcycle memorabilia, old rodeo items, airline collectibles (Pan-Am, TWA, etc.), late 70s and earlier military items, extraordinary mobster memorabilia, vintage police officer collectibles, firefighter collectibles, pre-40s telephones, folk art, vintage bb guns/ cap guns, early Halloween items, pre 40s Christmas items, Hawaiiana/ tiki collectibles, vintage sports collectibles, vintage election memorabilia, musical instruments, civil war antiques, vintage gas pumps, pre 70s old neon signs, strange woodcarvings, vintage collegiate collectibles and casino tables.

If you have any of these items, or you think you have something like these items that the show might be interested in you can send your information in. If you live in Tioga County or know someone who might fit the bill in Tioga County, the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is taking suggestions, call 687-7440 or email For everyone else who is interested in being on the show, you can contact the production company directly. Email your name, number, town, state and the items along with pictures you think the hosts will be interested in at:, or call and leave a message at (646) 493-2184. If you’re lucky or have some interesting items, you could represent the Southern Tier on “American Pickers.”