Pickers return to Virginia
American Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming back to Virginia this Spring and although the announcement does not specifically say that Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be visiting Mecklenburg County, the show has longstanding connections to Chase City.
During the Spring of 2014, it was announced that 4 scouts from the popular History Channel series had traveled to Chase City to visit the South Side Roller Mill and look over the collection of then owner Henry Click. Although the visit did not result in a visit to the town by Wolfe and Fritz or a segment on the show, the “pickers” were not done with Chase City.
In May of last year, the iconic what van with the “Antique Archeology” logo seen every week on the show and an army of technicians arrived in town. News spread quickly that the show was in Chase City to film a segment and a large crowd of fans were soon milling about the parking lot in hopes of catching a glimpse of the “pickers.”
While fans waited outside, Mark Colgate of Colgate Electronics, showed off the collection of signs, memorabilia and more his father accumulated over half a century in the electronics, appliance, juke box and other assorted businesses in the town.
After filming was complete, Wolfe and Fritz held an impromptu “meet and greet” with the fans. The pair stopped to take pictures, shake hands, hold conversations and answer questions. The pair remained in the parking visiting until each
of the fans had gotten a chance to meet them and have their pictures taken or autograph signed.
Speaking afterwards, Wolfe said that they always try and meet the fans who have come out to see them.
“Some of these people waited out there all afternoon to see us,” said Wolfe. “We weren’t going to just drive off. Those fans are the reason the show is on the air in the first place.”
In the press release dated February 23, officials with the show stress that the program is “looking for people in your area with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them.”
Anyone with “interesting multi-generational family properties, or anywhere the guys can spend the better part of a day picking good stuff get in touch with us ASAP!” The statement adds, “Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.”
Anyone who thinks they may have something of interest was invited to call 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.