The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 19, 2013

TV's 'American Pickers' visit the Valley

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— DORNSIFE - Central Pennsylvania has officially been “picked.”

Rumors that Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of the History Channel’s “American Pickers” television show, and their distinctive white van were spotted across the Valley are true, said show producer Jodi Friedman.

Reports have said that the History Channel stars have been spotted late last week and throughout the weekend in Rebuck, West Milton, Sunbury and Turbotville.

However, Friedman would confirm only that Wolfe and Fritz are in the state, looking for stuff.

“I can’t reveal too much before the show airs,” she said. “The History Channel likes to keep it as much of a surprise as possible.”

There has been numerous confirmed sightings in the Valley.

The pair spent most of the day Thursday at the old Messiah Lutheran church in McEwensville, next door to the Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library, library director Meghan Evans said.

“We had people coming in all day saying ‘Did you know that the American Pickers are next door?’ ” she said. “So we were all going out the door to look and saying, ‘You’re right, it is!’ ”

The church no longer has a congregation and is used for storage by a private owner, Evans said. However, the library’s staff didn’t get to meet the famous twosome.

“One of our patrons had wandered over there and they asked people not to come over while they were filming,” she said. “They did talk to people afterward, though.”

Friday night, Sebastian Paul, who works at Marvin E. Klinger’s in Dornsife, said he thought a man who came into the store after getting fuel looked familiar. It was Wolfe.

“Mike came in first,” he said. “He had come in and was looking around the store and I asked if he knew who he looked like ... I argued with him about two minutes about who he really was, then he called Frank in and introduced him.”

The men were very nice, Paul said.

“I got a handshake from Mike and a fist bump from Frank when he came in,” Paul said.

On “American Pickers,” Wolfe and Fritz, natives of Iowa who own the company Antique Archaeology, “scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories,” according to the History Channel website.

“They’re looking for places with large collections and with quality items,” Friedman said.

The show has been on the air since 2010, according to the History Channel.

The show featuring the Pennsylvania stops should air in about three to four months, Friedman said.