The Hit Show ‘American Pickers’ is Coming to California!

American Pickers

If you watch the History Channel, have an interest in antiques, or just enjoy the banter between the two funny guys on the hit show, American Pickers, then get ready for some exciting news! The dynamic duo, Mike and Frank, are coming to pick California in February 2015! They are currently looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them! We would love to see Santa Cruz County featured on the show, so if you know someone or are someone who has some goods to show, share and SELL to these two, then see the information below!


-Motor scooters: Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman
-Old advertising signage
-Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the century)
-Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
-Pre 50’s vending machines
-Pinball and slot machines
-Old Movie Posters
-Unusual radios: transistor, tabletop, etc.
-Antique casino/gaming machines
-Vintage movie memorabilia
-Vintage advertising Items
-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
-Sports memorabilia
-Casino tables
-Houdini items
-Old rodeo items
-Airline collectibles: Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
-Late 70’s & earlier military items
-Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
-Vintage police officer collectibles
-Firefighter collectibles
-Pre 40’s telephones
-Folk art
-Vintage BB guns/cap guns
-Early Halloween items
-Pre 40’s Christmas items
-Hawaiian/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

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


If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email your name, number, city, state and a description of the collection. Include photos if possible.
Or call and leave a message at

We hope to see some of our local Santa Cruz County folks make the show!

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