• Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe with American Pickers will soon be in Texas searching for hidden treasures.
  • Mike "Bear" Young, right, walks with American Pickers cast and crew as they search for interesting finds when they visited his place in Young County 4 years ago. The Pickers are looking to return to the area to "pick" other collections.

American Pickers could be headed to a barn near you

If you’ve got a barn or shed full of treasures, you might soon have an opportunity to make some extra cash and be on TV.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of “American Pickers” the History Channel reality television show in which they travel across the country searching for “picking” through dust and rust for interesting antiquities is returning to Texas this winter.

Mike and Frank enjoy the thrill of the hunt and are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

“As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and reuse forgotten relics,” according to a statement from the show.

“Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

“The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.”

The Pickers visited the area in May 2013 and made a stop at “Bearville,” the treasure-laden property of Mike “Bear” and Darlene Young located about halfway between Newcastle and Graham on US Highway 380 in Young County.

In a May 8, 2013 Graham Leader article following the visit, Young said the visit happened quickly.

“They contacted me two weeks ago, and they sent a scout out to see if I was telling the truth about all the stuff that was out there,” Young said. “And sure enough it was, so they come on pretty quick.”

Young said the production spent around 7 1/2 hours, the whole day, perusing his collection of rust and more. He had a good time with the hosts of the show but preferred Mike to Frank. Both were constantly trying to strike deals whether the camera was rolling or not.

“When we were walking around and I was showing them my place, we were talking the whole time,” Young said. “And they were trying to buy and I’d buck them a little and we’d argue back and forth ...

They do a lot of talking and hurraying trying to get you to sell something. But the producers told me to be tough, so I was tough, ‘cause I can be.”

He said they ended up buying seven items from him including a “beat up pedal car with no steering wheel.”

The episode featuring Young, “Grin and Bear It” aired Aug. 19, 2013. His collection was featured because he’s a picker himself. He and his wife Darlene are on the road all the time adding to their collection of old filling station signs, toys, trucks, tractors and more.

“I’ve got a passion for junk. The old stuff that you don’t ever see anymore,” Young said. 

The show is looking for any Texan with a “large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through” to email americanpickers@cineflix.com, post a message on their Facebook page @GotAPick or call and leave a voicemail at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

Leave them your name, location, phone number and a description of the items you have that might be available with photos.

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