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Feb. 28—The History Channel's hit television series "American Pickers " is coming to West Virginia in April, and its crew is looking to pay a visit to individuals with unique antique items.
"It's a great look into the way America came to be where it is now, and learn some interesting facts through items, " said producer Sarah Perkins.
The show features a team of pickers who travel coast-to-coast in search of antiques to purchase and restore. In its search for hidden gems, the show also looks to tell the stories of the interesting characters met along the way.
This will not be the show's first time visiting the Mountain State, with some episodes dating back as far as 2011 and as recently as 2019. The cast has visited several locations in West Virginia, including Huntington, Matewan and Elkins.
"West Virginia always has some great collections for us and it's been a number of years since we have been there " Perkins said. "We thought we might as well return there and see what new things we can find."
The show will be taking all necessary COVID-19 safety precautions. Perkins said the cast will be tested prior to filming, masks will be worn at all times, social distancing will be used, and any other precautions outlined by the CDC or state will be followed.
"American Pickers " is searching for leads on antique collections in the state. The show only visits private collectors, so owners of stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything that's open to the public are not eligible to apply.
"We really want to uncover some incredible items and tell the history of those items as well and really tell the stories of the people who own them, " Perkins said. "Everybody has a unique picking story and how they got into it is always really important for us to feature as well."
Alongside West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland will also be filming locations in April. Perkins said the show is not looking for any particular items, and anyone with something unique or never-before-seen on the show is highly encouraged to reach out.
Those interested in applying can send their name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos via email at americanpickers @cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST.