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July 8, 2013

‘American Pickers’ makes its way through south-central Kansas

The barn-hopping, antique-buying team from the History Channel’s television series “American Pickers” is moving through south-central and southwest Kansas.

The barn-hopping, antique-buying team from the History Channel’s television series “American Pickers” is moving through south-central and southwest Kansas.

The show’s Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz stopped in Greensburg on Sunday, and will be at M.T. Liggett’s property outside Mullinville on Monday morning.

They did not “pick” any items during a visit to Matt Deighton’s warehouse in Greensburg, but “they gave us values,” Deighton said.

“A lot of this stuff we didn’t have any idea what to price it at,” Deighton said.

“They were basically just a referral, a reference for us today, and they did a great job,” he said.

For example, a pair of motorcycle fenders was valued at $350, Deighton said. A Scheaffer pen glass showcase, about 3-by-3 feet, was appraised around $650 to $700, he said.

The “American Pickers” duo was in Wichita on Saturday, Deighton said, and the Kansas footage is expected to air in the fall, he said.

Early Sunday afternoon, Liggett, creator of roadside art that doubles as social and political commentary, sounded dubious that “American Pickers” actually would stop at his place.

An associate producer from the show toured Liggett’s property previously, and Liggett was told to expect a crew July 8.

However, when there was no follow-up contact, he suspected the Mullinville stop wasn’t on the schedule.

Late Sunday afternoon, Liggett was contacted: “American Pickers” would be at his place at 9 a.m. Monday.

Liggett said he has items over 60 acres.

Deighton said the crew drove around Greensburg, which is rebuilding after a 2007 tornado.

Deighton described Wolfe and Fritz as “gentlemen,” and said the film crew was “out of this world.”

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