Sometimes one man’s garbage is another’s treasure. In the case of History Channel’s “American Pickers,” it’s his reality TV show. And soon, this reality show could feature your neighbor.
“American Pickers,” which features hosts Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby traveling the country in search of antique collectors with unusual items, will travel to Minnesota in July to showcase Minnesotans with interesting antique collections.
In each episode of the show, the hosts “pick” new assemblies of parts, sorting them out for what they call “rusty gold” – anything that has an interesting story or could generate a profit. But the 11-year-old show, which last visited Minnesota in 2019, is more than just buying and selling, said Sarah Perkins, producer of “American Pickers.”
“We really want to go out there and tell the story of America through the objects and artifacts that people own, and the people who own them,” she said. “Each person we choose with has their own story to tell and unique items that help them tell it.”
At the end of May, the show’s producers launched a call for applications from those in Minnesota and Wisconsin whose collections may be of interest to pickers. According to Perkins, the team has received hundreds of calls from Minnesotans and Wisconsinians.
“We still have an incredible turnout from these two states so it’s definitely tough competition,” she said.
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The producers have ended submissions, but you don’t have to worry if you missed the window.
“We’ve been retaining people over the years, so if we don’t catch you this time around, we’ll try to save your information for the next time we go by and then make sure to contact you.” ,” she said.
“American Pickers” will follow all CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines, Perkins said, and the crew are tested regularly. Because the show has a relatively small crew and much of the work is done outside, it was able to operate during most of the pandemic after a short shutdown early on.
Although they have not yet specified when they will arrive in July, Perkins said they are eager to come.
“We’re just super excited to come back to the Midwest,” she said. “Most of our ‘Pickers’ team are from the Midwest, so it’s always good for them to be back in the backyard of their own home. We’re excited to see what Minnesota and Wisconsin have to offer, and we’re going to have a great time with everyone.