Whether they are in a barn or outside, some antiques are about to get a new lease on life.
And the process will be open to anyone who wants to watch.
The History Channel’s American Pickers documentary series is coming to West Virginia to film in May, and staffers are already looking for hidden treasures to investigate.
Show hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are excited about coming back since it’s been more than a year since they’ve spent time in this state, said team member Jessica Epstein.
The pair specialize in finding “sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.”
Their goal is to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning about America’s past” as they travel from coast to coast.
“They are excited about going back to West Virginia because they always find good stuff to pick there, because they are always looking for something they haven’t seen before.” she said.
How you can be a part of it:
Now’s the time for people to let staffers know what they have and why it should be featured on the show.
Producers are interested in hearing from anyone who knows about or has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the duo can spend the better part of a day picking through.
Interested individuals should sned their name, phone number, location and description of the collection along with photos via e-mail by clicking here or calling 855-OLD-RUST.
Former legislator Mike Manypenny, a Taylor County business owner who is also acting president of the Tygart Valley Chamber of Commerce, got plenty of reactions on his Facebook page after a post announcing the show’s return.
More than 200 people had responded in just four hours Thursday afternoon, including a fan who lives in the United Kingdom. Others are excited about getting autographs, while one woman lamented having moved before Pickers came back.
One man said he has old coins, another woman suggested they visit a Preston County property where there are old metal gas station and soda pop signs in the yard.
The show’s visit to Mingo County in 2012 was popular with in southern West Virginia and beyond. In it the pickers spent time at an old general store that had a lot of Hatfield customers around the time of the legendary feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.
Louie Youngblood, owner of Youngblood Antiques on U.S. Route 9 just east of Berkeley Springs, was thrilled to have a chance to share his many stories. And the show also purchased several items from him including a Pontiac and Dodge sign, Rocket More Oil cans and two roasted peanut machines.
Last summer the show visited Preston County residents Tom and Debbie McKee in Terra Alta to see his collection of vintage planes and motorcycles.