Sometimes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In the case of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” it’s his reality show. And soon, this reality show might 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 tour Minnesota this month to feature Minnesotans with interesting antique collections.
With each episode of the show, the hosts “choose” new assembly parts, sorting them out for what they call “rusty gold” – anything with an interesting story or that could turn a profit. But the 11-year-old show, which last visited Minnesota in 2019, is more than just buy-and-sell, said “American Pickers” producer Sarah Perkins.
“We really want to go out there and tell the story of America through things and artifacts that people own, and the people who own them,” she said. “Each person we choose with has their own unique story to tell and unique items that help them tell it.”
In late May, the show’s producers issued an open call for those in Minnesota and Wisconsin whose collections might be of interest to pickers. According to Perkins, the team received hundreds of calls from Minnesotans and Wisconsinites.
“We still have incredible participation from those two states, so it’s definitely a tough competition,” she said.
Producers have cut their bids, but you don’t have to worry if you missed the window.
“We keep 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 come by, and we’ll be sure to contact you,” she said.
“American Pickers” will follow all CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines, Perkins said, and the crew is being tested regularly. Because the show has a relatively small crew and much of the work is done outdoors, it was able to operate for most of the pandemic after a short hiatus at the start.
Although they did not finalize their arrival in July, Perkins said they are looking forward to coming.
“We’re just super excited to be back across the Midwest,” she said. “Most of our ‘Pickers’ team members 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.