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‘American Pickers’ films at century-old home in Oakdale

‘American Pickers’ make stop at Oakdale residence

In the case of American Pickers, a popular series of childhood friends traveling around the country looking for things to make a buck on, one man's trash is two men's treasure. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz were spotted filming their show in an Oakda
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In the case of American Pickers, a popular series of childhood friends traveling around the country looking for things to make a buck on, one man's trash is two men's treasure. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz were spotted filming their show in an Oakda

There’s a lot of history in a 113-year-old home on Oakdale’s West F Street; the hosts of the History Channel’s “American Pickers” went through all of it on Monday.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the popular reality series, and their crew came to Oakdale on Monday morning after getting a tip about the property on the edge of town filled with old car parts, farm equipment, wagon wheels and other stuff that might otherwise be considered junk.

Finding the value in the rusty is what Wolfe and Fritz do. They comb through barns, attics, garages, outbuildings and junkyards and make an offer on the items they think will sell at their Antique Archaeology shops in Iowa and Tennessee. Not everyone accepts but the items still become a vehicle to tell the owner’s story, Wolfe said.

Wolfe wouldn’t say what they found at the Oakdale property or if they bought anything but said the family has a good story.

“There wasn’t a lot for sale here but it was just a really neat story with (the owner), the cars he had here, the era of the cars, how long he’s had them … his son is here and he collects,” Wolfe said. “We are here because this guy had a great story and we thought it would be worthy of telling.”

We are here because this guy had a great story and we thought it would be worthy of telling.

Mike Wolfe, co-host of “American Pickers”

The crew is making a two-week trip through California that started in Eureka and will end in Los Angeles. They will be in Fresno on Tuesday.

Wolfe said some property owners are being forced by city ordinance to clean up, which sometimes results in an episode, but many are getting cleaned out before he can get to them.

“We can’t find things if people are making them clean it up,” he said. “It’s sad because these guys have preserved these things their whole lives and a lot of it is local history. These guys are like the community curators.”

Wolfe has been collecting for 25 years. He pitched the idea for “American Pickers” for five years before it was picked up by the History Channel and first aired in 2010, he said. It now airs in 63 countries; some, like Canada and Australia, have their own versions.

“It’s kind of neat that it resonates that well with the world just from one idea I had,” he said.

He recently created another show, “Nashville Flipped,” a show that will focus on historic architectural aspects of house flipping. It will debut on the DIY Network next month.

A date for the Oakdale-based episode of “American Pickers” has not yet been determined but Wolfe said it will probably be two to three months.

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