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American Pickers

TV treasure-hunting duo looking for Kershaw County collectors

Posted: December 16, 2011 4:42 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

They’re experts at finding the needle in the haystack. At spotting a diamond in the rough.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz aren’t afraid of a little – or a lot – of dust and cobwebs. They’ll step bravely into leaning, weathered barns and climb thin, rickety ladders reaching up into darkness.

It’s the lure of the hunt that leads them and many others like them known as antique pickers. Wolfe and Fritz lead the pack as stars of The History Channel show, “American Pickers,” which features the pair crisscrossing the country, picking through basements and barns and warehouses and junkyards in back roads and byways for hidden gems and buried treasures.

These “American Pickers” are looking for a hot trail to follow right here in Kershaw County, according to Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Director Liz Horton. Someone affiliated with the show passed through the county recently, Horton said, and then suggested the community as a prospective location for treasure hunting. Horton was contacted last week of the show’s interest.

But “American Pickers” needs leads on local sources of antiques and collectibles. It is accepting suggestions for locations to visit in Kershaw County. Its focus ranges from old motorcycles, bikes and cars to vintage memorabilia.

“They’re looking for people with unique items who are interested in selling them,” Horton explained. “And they’re looking for ‘characters’ … people who’ll really add flavor to the segment.”

Suggestions, including name, telephone number, town, state and items along with photos, may be emailed to JFriedman@cineflix.com. Callers may also leave a message with this information at (646) 493-2184.

Horton said she is excited at the prospect of a visit by “American Pickers.”

“I think it would be very positive exposure for our community that draws national attention,” she said. “Anything that highlights our community in a positive way is good for us, and this could bring attention to our antiques industry here as well.”

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