Why are we so enamored with celebrities? I cannot answer that, but the pure and simple truth is that we really are. Having said that, I can vividly remember back in November 2010 when I walked over to the Clarence T. Summer Hardware and met Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of the popular television show American Pickers.
Mike and Frank had come to Newberry due to an invitation from Bill Shull, who might also be called a picker (or collector) of items of historical value. Mike and Frank’s film crew were busy filming the fabulous finds they sorted through at the hardware store, culminating in purchasing a few items from Bill.
Soon after, Mike and Frank got in their van and left town, but as they parted, they said they knew there were lots of treasures they had not seen and vowed to return. The Newberry segment of American Pickers aired in March 2011, and Newberry received national exposure.
The excitement surrounding the show eventually quieted down in Newberry — that is until last week when we received a call from the producers of American Pickers wishing to discuss their promised return visit to Newberry County.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be returning to South Carolina from Oct. 6 through Oct. 19 and certainly wish to spend time in Newberry as they previously promised. However, they are requesting our help. As you should know, nobody just drives through an area and locates the treasures Mike and Frank find without help, and this is where we come in. The following is what the American Pickers producers are asking of us. They are looking for certain items and, just as important, the people who over many years have collected these items.
So, if you possess or know of somebody who might have collectibles that would help make a great American Pickers episode, we are asking you to contact your Chamber (276-4274) and let’s see if we can make this visit one of the greatest episodes of American Pickers in the history of the show.
A partial listing of items they are looking for are: classic motorcycles and memorabilia, early Boy Scout items, vintage advertising items, old toys, unusual radios and early TV merchandise, Civil War antiques, firefighter collectibles, old airline collectibles, old rodeo items, musical instruments, pre-40’s Christmas items, just to name a few.
Again, if you know of an interesting collector or collection, call the Chamber and let’s see if we can provide a list of places for Mike and Frank to visit and sort through some fabulous treasures from the past. Please call Liz, Michelle or me and let us give you additional information. One word of caution: the show’s producers are mapping out their visit at this very moment, so you need to contact us quickly.
Your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is always working for you to help promote a better place to live, work, and play. Another way you can help make a difference is through your investment in a Chamber membership. We believe you can never find a better investment. Call 276-4274 or simply stop by Community Hall for a visit. We hope to hear from you soon.