TV show to seek rich pickings
A Sydney television production company, Shine Australia, is may bring a team of "pickers" to Lismore, for a local version of the History Channel's American Pickers show.
To be called Aussie Pickers, the show follows two second-hand dealers as they travel around the country visiting people and "picking" through their piles of stuff, bargaining for any bits and pieces they think look interesting.
"Northern NSW is firming up as one of the regions we're likely to visit," Shine researcher Sara Williams told The Echo.
"I'm sure there'd be some great characters up your way and we would love to hear from them."
Sara said the show was looking for people with collections of just about anything that might be of interest to the pickers.
"We're on the hunt for real Aussie characters with sheds full of stuff, yards full of junk, rooms full of bric-a-brac - or any other large collection of things that they might be willing to sell a few pieces of for a new TV show," Sara said.
"Our hosts will be travelling the country on the hunt for bargains and pieces of national history, as well as to meet some interesting people with great stories to tell.
"In our eyes, treasure could be lying anywhere you least expect it … a rusting old junk heap, a dusty farm shed - the treasure itself might be an old tractor, a kid's toy, an oil can or a piece of colonial furniture. The program does buy things - we have them appraised to find a suitable price for the items we are buying"
Sara said the show's producers are particularly keen to find people in rural and regional areas.
"If you know of anyone who fits the bill, we'd love to hear from them," she said.
"They don't necessarily have to be professional collectors or bonafide hoarders - just people who've lived in the same place for a long time, and have accumulated a whole bunch of stuff that they'd be happy for us to pick through."
If you'd like the pickers to come to your place, phone Sara on 02 9413 8621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org