The clutter in your home, shed, or barn may get you "picked" to appear on a TV show.
The film crew for "American Pickers," the reality television series on the History cable channel, will roll through Vermont this fall when it fills part of the show's 16th season. And the crew seeks Vermont residents with interesting collections of items to appear in a future episode.
The show is casting a wide net in the Green Mountain State, according to Cat Raynor, casting associate for the show.
"We're really open to talking to anyone who has large, interesting collections and have worked hard at building their collections," Raynor said on Friday.
The show follows the stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the country to sort through and buy, or "pick," items from garages, barns, sheds, and anywhere else people may have stored items. Both men run their own antiques businesses.
Items picked during past episodes include vintage, antique and collectibles, from oil cans, gas pumps, and vintage motorcycles, to old signs, vintage cups, and art. And, in one of the series' more bizarre moments, a 65-million-year-old dinosaur bone.
Fritz and Wolfe "love items that have a story and history to them," Raynor said, and the show is looking for people who are great at telling those stories.
The film crew has stopped in the northeastern states for previous seasons. The late Stephen Mirke, of Adams, Mass., was featured in an episode that aired last February. Several episodes have featured stops in upstate New York as well as Vermont.
"A lot of times in towns like Bennington, we find a lot of hidden gems," Raynor said. "We're hoping some people reach out to us."
Anyone who has a large collection of items, or knows someone who does, should contact the show. Leave a voicemail at 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or send an email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com, with your name, location, phone number, and description of the items.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.