'American Pickers' coming to town to look for 'stuff'

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Mike Wolfe (right) and Frank Fritz CINEFLIX PRODUCTIONS

"American Pickers," the hit television documentary show on the History channel, is coming to the Lowcountry in January. It will be filming local treasures and chatting with their owners for an upcoming episode.

Stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be hunting for sizeable and unique antique collections that have interesting stories to tell in the Hilton Head area. The duo only pick through private collections and do not consider flea markets, malls, stores, museums, auctions or businesses.

"Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they've never seen before," wrote Cineflix Productions, the show's producer, in a press release. "They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them."

The popular documentary follows the duo on back roads around the country looking for forgotten relics and restoring them to their former glory. They scour junkyards, barns, garages and basements for hidden gems while meeting quirky characters and hearing some amazing Americana stories.

Season 20 begins Jan. 21. When the show premiered in 2010, it was the channel's highest rated debut with 3.1 million viewers.

If you think you might have some interesting hidden treasures with interesting back stories to tell about them, the show's producers would like to hear from you. If you are selected to participate, expect to spend most of a day with the duo and their production team.

Send your name, phone number, location and description of your collection with photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-653-7878.

Lowcountry resident Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.

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