'American Pickers' coming to Michigan to hunt for treasures - including Ypsi-Arbor Bowl sign
"American Pickers" is bringing its treasure-hunt version of an antiques roadshow to Michigan in mid-April.
"We love it," said Jeff Eggleston, producer for the series on The History Channel, about the sign.
But right now, Eggleston and the "American Pickers" team is scouting out other locations where the show's stars could "pick" more vintage items to buy, restore and sell in Michigan - and they'd need leads for more in Washtenaw County to keep the bowling alley in the plans.
The trip to Michigan is planned for April 10-25, Eggleston said, and he recently put out a notice on Facebook seeking suggestions of cities the show should visit.
"We're trying to get as many leads as possible," he said. "... No one has any idea where they're going to be just yet."
Rich Glomb, owner of Ypsi-Arbor Lanes, said he was in touch with the production staff last week after a customer suggested that the sign could be a good fit for the show, which details the hunt and eventual purchase of vintage items in varying ranges of condition.
Glomb has other items in the bowling alley that the show's stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fitz want to see, but he's hoping more people in Washtenaw County offer suggestions so the bowling alley remains a stop on the show's Michigan itinerary.
"(The sign isn't) enough to schedule an entire TV show around," Glomb said. "... "The more things they have to look at in the 2-week period, the better."
So what items could get onto the "American Pickers" radar?
"Anything unique to the area," Eggleston said. "And large, eclectic collections."
Items that they suspect would be particular to the area include autos and auto-related items, rock and roll memorabilia and items identified with Detroit. (Think Sanders, Faygo and long-lost auto manufacturers like Hudson and Kaiser Fraser.)
They also could end up "picking" through area barns, in the hunt for cast-offs that could be valuable when refurbished.
Eggleston stressed that nothing about the visit except the timing is confirmed. And he's hoping that readers will email potential "pick" locations to them.
Eggleston also wouldn't say whether the purchase of the Ypsi-Arbor sign is a done deal.
Glomb said no purchase price has been discussed, since the offer is part of the on-camera dialogue.
"Their goal is to put it in a museum," Glomb said he's been told.