TV show ‘American Pickers’ looking for finds in California, could visit Nevada County |

TV show ‘American Pickers’ looking for finds in California, could visit Nevada County

From left, Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby and Frank Fritz. Wolfe and Fritz travel the country in the reality TV show "American Pickers." Colby stays in contact with the pair, giving them tips on where to find the next pick.
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Customers have asked Amy Houston about the price tag on some old Phillips 66 signs she has in her business.

Houston, who runs her antique shop out of a large garage in north Auburn, has yet to set a price.

“I don’t actually have a number on them,” she said. “See, I’m one of those people now.”

Houston has plenty of items for sale, which is one reason the self-described chick picker plans on contacting the TV show “American Pickers.” The reality show will come to California next month to film for the popular History channel show.

The show is searching for people, and their picks, to feature on the program. Anyone interested should contact show runners by email at or by calling 1-855-OLD-RUST.

The show is asking for people to give their name, phone number, location and a description of available items with photos.

If you’re selected, the American Pickers themselves, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, just might arrive at your door.

The reality TV show features Wolfe and Fritz driving across America in their search for antiques, with Danielle Colby usually guiding them by phone from their shop back east.

The pickers are looking for old bicycles, toys, unique radios, folk art, vintage musical equipment and more.

Houston figures she has some items at her store the famed pickers would want, like those Phillips 66 signs. Older, authentic signs often appear on the show.

Wolfe and Fritz regularly haggle over prices, a back-and-forth Houston knows well. Her haggling style depends on the situation. Some people sell treasures after a loved one dies. Other times Houston finds herself dickering with a reluctant seller who has an attachment to a particular item — an old gas station sign, for example.

“Sometimes you end up being able to work with people,” Houston said.

Shoppers likely can beat the American Pickers to Houston’s shop, on Cramer Road in Auburn. Her Facebook page is called “Auburn Amy’s Fresh Picks.” She can be reached at 916-474-1324.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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