“American Pickers” on the lookout for treasures in eastern Maine; August visit planned

Left to right, Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby-Cushman and Frank Fritz

Left to right, Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby-Cushman and Frank Fritz

“American Pickers,” the popular History Channel program about ‘pickers’ — people who travel around looking through people’s basements, barns and attics for antique and vintage treasures — have been to Maine before. Lisbon in 2012 and Portland in 2011, to be exact. Now, they finally plan to visit the rest of Maine, if the picking is good.

Next month, the cast and crew are planning a visit to eastern Maine, though producers are open to any good picking anywhere in the state, if the opportunity arrives. Producers contacted Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce director Sharon Mack, asking her to spread the word that Mike Wolf and Frank Fritz, the pickers, are coming to town. They are slated for a visit sometime in August; specific times and dates have not been set yet, but will depend on what good stuff they find.

A list of the items Mike and Frank are looking for is attached below. The show only picks from large private collections — no stores, malls, flea markets, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. Any Washington County resident who thinks they might have something the show would be interested in can email AmericanPickers@Cineflix.com with your name, number, town and state and items you think are of interest, as well as pictures of those items. You can also call 646-493-2184.

Producers note that farming and agricultural items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves and country primitives will not be considered.

The list of items the pickers are searching for includes:

  • -Motor scooters: Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman
  • -Old advertising signage
  • -Vintage Motorcycles
  • -Bicycles (1940’s or earlier)
  • -Unusual radios: transistor /Tabletop
  • -Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
  • -Pre 50’s vending machines
  • -Pinball and slot machines
  • -Old Movie Posters
  • -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
  • -Old rodeo items
  • -Airline collectibles
  • -Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
  • -Late 70’s & earlier military Items
  • -Bizarre mobster memorabilia
  • -Vintage police officer collectibles
  • -Pre 40’s telephones
  • -Folk art
  • -Vintage BB Guns/ Cap Guns
  • -Early Halloween items
  • -Pre 40’s Christmas items
  • -Hawaiiana/ Tiki Collectibles
  • -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
Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.