American Pickers Look to Salamanca

American Pickers TV Show personalities Mike and Frank

American Pickers TV Show personalities Mike and Frank only pick private collections, meaning no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. They are looking for anyone in the area with large, private collections. Help spread the word!

Be on the lookout for treasure hunters seeking some of America’s best picks right here in Salamanca, NY.

That’s right, the team from “American Pickers,” a documentary series on the History Channel, is making its way to the area within the next few months.

“I got a call from the producer saying that the show was fascinated by our rich history and would like to come to Salamanca,” said Jenny Ingrao, Member Services and Events Manager for the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. “They needed our help to spread the word to get leads to come and pick. Once the leads are gathered, they will be setting a specific date to come to the Salamanca area.”

The fourth season of American Pickers premiered in December on the History Channel. It follows two highly skilled pickers - Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz - who travel across the country seeking unique antiques. Their mission: to find America’s “most fascinating and valuable antiques - treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and in barns across the country.”

American Pickers tracks the team as they search high and low with determination and drive to find the stuff this country is made of … good or bad. While fishing for finds, Mike and Frank chat up collectors, talk tales of treasured tokens, and highlight our history.

While watching, you’ll also discover how to strike the ultimate deal, and ways to pick out the perfect antiques for personal keepsakes or to renovate and resell.

“This has created quite a buzz for the area within the community already,” Ingrao said. “We know how special and unique the relationship between the Seneca Nation of Indians Territories and Salamanca are, and for a national show on the History Channel to stumble upon it is fantastic. Not only will they have a great time picking, there will also be a great story to tell about our area.”

The American Pickers are hunting for hundreds of items, including:

• 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

• Old movie posters

• Unusual radios (transistor, tabletop, etc.)

• Antique casino/gaming machines

• Vintage movie memorabilia

• Vintage advertising items

• Taxidermy

• Vintage concert posters and 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

• Houdini items

• Old rodeo items

• Airline collectibles (Pan-Am, TWA, etc.)

• Late 70’s and earlier military items

• Extraordinary mobster memorabilia

• Firefighter 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

• Casino tables

They are currently not looking for: farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

Spread the word! Email your name, number, town, state and the items along with pictures you think Mike and Frank will be interested in to orr call and leave a message at 646-873-6528.

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