Friday, May 20, 2011

"American Pickers" visit Pierce's Pumpkin Patch

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An article covering this story appeared in the Chariton Leader, May 17, 2011, written by Bill Howes.

TV Show "American Pickers" placed Pierce's Pumpkin Patch in the spotlight recently when it paid a visit to John and Joy Pierce's Pumpkin Patch, one of  our local landmarks in Lucas County.  The purpose for the visit was to film an episode and to wander around and buy some unique antique items.  Pierce's Pumpkin Patch is located 12 miles north of Chariton along Highway 14.

John and Joy loved meeting "The Pickers", Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and found them to be very down to earth and enjoyable people.  No one was quite sure when the episode will air and said that it may be in the next three or four months.  The new season for the show starts in July.  It did finally air on September 26, 2011 at 8pm on the History Channel.  Also some members of the Columbia Fire Department appeared.

"American Pickers" airs on the history Channel Monday evenings at 8pm central time.  Mike and Frank search for unusual antiques, purchase them and restore them back to their original state.  The filming at Pierce's took four hours last Tuesday, May 10, from 2-6pm.  There were people from the show at their operation for eight straight hours.  They filmed the operation and asked a lot of questions.    Mike and Frank are both Iowa boys and they were just super and down to earth.  Mike and Frank have a resale shop in LeClaire, Iowa called Antique Archaeology.

Mike and Frank came rolling into their farm with five vehicles including a motor-home, a U-haul truck and three vans including their trademark van.  There were at least 10 people from the show present.  Two finance people keep track of the things Mike and Frank buy and how much they cost.


John and Joy's 50 pound bronze Tom Turkey was very impressive to the show's crew.  They have had Tom for five years and he's on display for kids to look at during pumpkin season.  The crew filmed that turkey for 15 minutes.  The cameramen got in the pen with it and got as close to it as you could with the turkey strutting the whole time.  They said the Tom would make the show.

A fold-down bathtub and some advertising signs got Mike and Frank's full attention.  The tub is from the 1880's.  This is a tin bathtub in a wooden frame that fits up against the wall.    They bought a couple of the signs advertising businesses in Chariton.  The hanging license plates that belonged to John's granddad also were liked.  The plates span 60 years from 1914-1974.  Some framed newspaper articles which hang on the wall in a shed and are from World War II also drew their interest. 

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