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‘American Pickers’ in San Diego, looking for your stuff

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The popular History Channel show “American Pickers” is headed to San Diego and they want to know what hidden treasures you have stockpiled in or around your house.

The network contacted San Diego Gay and Lesbian News in hopes to get the word out to local people who may have items of interest for the show’s hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz to gander through and possibly bid upon.

Wolfe and Fritz are ready to start their ninth season of traveling the country searching for antiques and collectibles.

The duo are also avid history fans and enjoy the many interesting characters they have met along the way, listening to stories about their collections and how they acquired them.

“I love finding items that have a history, a story for me,” Wolfe says in a promo video. “If anybody that collects anything, I don’t care if they’re collecting Fisher Price toys, Pokemon – whatever, they love the item, the story before them, the romantic notion of what this thing might have been, what it could have been, where it was, if it could talk. Those are the stories that collectors love.”

San Diego is filled with stories. Old Town is considered by many to be the birthplace of California, and the multitude of military establishments around the area are rich with personal adventures and antiquity.

If you are not sure whether your collection is worth anything, here are a few things the guys look for when scouting potential locations: Vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, pre-50’s western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items, and clothing.

And it doesn’t have to be a professional collection. Some people have a garage filled with items they just can’t throw away and have no idea what they are worth. In fact the show’s hosts go out of their way to rummage through old buildings and overgrown backyards to find its bounty.

There are also people who have inherited a relative’s estate and haven’t an inkling what treasures are contained within it. “American Pickers” will not only be able to help you understand what exactly you have, but may put a few dollars in your pocket along the way.

Wolfe and Fritz will be heading to San Diego in March to begin filming their new season and hope to find that one interesting individual or two, who may or may not know what he or she has, but also learn about the collection’s past.

These guys are not beyond looking inside rusted-out vehicles, a vermin infested ramshackle shed, or even digging in the ground to find their prizes. They tout themselves to be modern day archaeologists, so the more exploring the better.

If you or anyone you know has a sizable collection you think would make a great fit for the show, you are encouraged to send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: [email protected] or call 855-old-rust.

Timothy Rawles is Community Editor of SDGLN. He can be reached at [email protected], @reporter66 on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.

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