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Have hidden treasures? History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ is heading to Florida

Release Date: November 30, 2012

TAVARES — The History Channel’s hit television series “American Pickers” is planning to begin filming its fifth season and is looking for locations in Florida to feature.

The documentary-style show follows professional “pickers” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on adventures that bring them to small towns across the country in search of unique Americana and fascinating people with exciting stories.

“We're looking for interesting characters with interesting items…and lots of them,” said Jodi Friedman, Producer with Cineflix, Inc. “Mike and Frank only pick private collections, so [we are not looking for] stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.”

Anyone in the community who has a treasure-trove of historic and vintage items, and is interested in possibly being featured on the show is encouraged to contact Friedman as soon as possible, as the show is currently mapping out its filming schedule. Friedman can be contacted by email at or by phone at 646-493-2184. A contact name, phone number, city, state and a description of the collection, including any photographs should be included when contacting the producers.

Some items being sought after include:

  • Motor scooters (Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman)
  • Old advertising signage
  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the century)
  • Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
  • Pre 50’s vending machines
  • Pinball and slot machines
  • Unusual radios (transistor, tabletop, etc.)
  • Antique casino/gaming machines
  • Vintage movie memorabilia
  • Vintage advertising items
  • Taxidermy
  • Vintage concert posters & t-shirts
  • Early Boy Scout items
  • Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles
  • Pre 60’s TV merchandise
  • Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear
  • Classic motorcycle memorabilia
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Casino tables
  • Old rodeo items
  • Airline collectibles (Pan-Am, TWA, etc.)
  • Late 70’s & earlier military items
  • Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
  • Vintage police officer collectibles
  • Firefighter collectibles
  • Pre 40’s telephones
  • Folk art
  • Vintage BB guns/cap guns
  • Early Halloween items
  • Pre 40’s Christmas items
  • Hawaiiana/Tiki collectables
  • Vintage sports collectibles
  • Vintage election memorabilia
  • Musical instruments
  • Civil War antiques
  • Vintage gas pumps
  • Pre 70’s old neon signs
  • Strange woodcarvings
  • Vintage collegiate collectibles 

Items not being considered at this time include farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

Lake County media contact:
Kelly LaFollette
Communications Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445

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