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‘American Pickers’ returning to Illinois, seeking treasure collectors

americanpickers“American Pickers,” cable television’s ode to treasure hunters everywhere, is making a pitch to again film in Illinois.

Producers of the History Channel show have notified officials of their intent to film scenes in the state on May 27 to June 9, inviting residents to contact the show about their potential for being a part of the bargaining.

The show features stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, picking through the goods of many off-the-road residents looking for potentially valuable antiques.

The show focuses on interesting characters and their remarkable relics.

A letter from show organizers was sent recently to chambers of commerce in Southwestern Illinois, among other places, to drum up interest.

“We’re looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them!” the letter said. “The way we find people and collections for our show is through getting the word out so that people know we’re coming to town and can reach back out to us.”

If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send the name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call (855) OLD-RUST.

PHOTO: Frank Fritz, right, and Mike Wolfe, of History Channel’s “American Pickers,” which has notified outlets in Southwestern Illinois that it’s wanting to again film scenes in the state.


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