POINT PLEASANT — “American Pickers” came to town, and they’ve picked Point Pleasant as a destination to feature on this week’s show.
Tim Clendenen, of Point Pleasant, describes himself as a “pack-rat” and said he is excited to have his finds featured Wednesday night on the History Channel’s hit show “American Pickers,” which showcases the findings of pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Danielle Colby Cushman.
The trio travel the back roads of the country to find, restore and purchase antiques from individuals who think they might have something worthy of purchase for the pickers. The knock on doors, dig through storage barns, attics, crawl spaces, warehouses, junk yards and anywhere else they think they can find forgotten treasures.
The hit TV series initially contacted the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce in March of this year about looking for candidates for the show, and the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau began seeking interested individuals as well.
Clendenen said someone gave the show’s personnel his name, and a scout was sent to look at his “pickings” in March and decided that Clendenen was worthy of a visit from Wolfe and Fritz.
Wolfe and Fritz, along with a camera crew and the official “Antique Archaeology” van, arrived from Tennessee to meet Clendenen at his Point Pleasant home April 1. The duo picked and purchased a few of Clendenen’s items.
“They like to go into places that’s piled up, and I have a building downtown that’s full,” he said. “They just bought kind of a combination of things.”
Clendenen said Wolfe and Fritz bought an iron fence with a gate, a couple of old toys and lawn items.
“I was happy with the prices they gave me for stuff,” he said. “There was one item I told them I wanted $100 for, and they told me they thought I was too cheap. They thought it was worth $400-$450 and they offered me $200.25.”
A fan of the show and excited to be chosen, Clendenen received word that his episode was going to air last week.
“They just told me it’d be three to four months before (the episode) airs and I’d know up to a week in advance,” Clendenen said. He officially received word last Thursday that the show is scheduled to air Aug. 6.
Clendenen’s stash will premier on the show Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on the History Channel.