‘American Pickers’, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ visits New Mexico | Local News


The New Mexico office supply store in downtown Española is unremarkable from the outside — but inside, antique cash registers, typewriters and other office equipment obsolete offer customers a journey through time.

“My father started the business in 1959 as a typewriter service, and we’ve been collecting ever since,” said store owner Marlo Martínez. “Remington, Royal Standard, SmithCorona. I have close to 200.

Martínez, 64, also collects old phonographs, telephones and trophies. He heard American Pickers was coming to New Mexico and said he would like to host the show.

The show, which has visited New Mexico three times since its premiere on the History Channel in 2010, returns to the state in March.

The show’s hosts visit people’s homes, barns and sheds in hopes of finding antiques to buy, while uncovering stories about how the collections came to be. Items purchased are for resale, Customers, or Hosts’ personal collections.

Amateur and serious collectors, hoarders and people who have inherited antiques can invite collectors into their homes. The show also veers into the occasional “freestyling,” as the hosts stop at spots along the way that could fetch treasure.

It’s one of two opportunities for residents to showcase their collectibles to a national television audience in the coming months. The PBS show Antiques Tour announced this week that he will visit Museum Hill in

Santa Fe on June 14, offering antique appraisals.

This show will produce three episodes of the one-day event, which will air in 2023.

Admission to Antiques Tour The event is free, but those hoping to attend should request a ticket by March 21 at pbs.org/roadshowtickets. Ticket applicants will then be selected by lottery.

Johnnie Meier, owner of the Classical Gas Museum on NM 68 in Embudo, said American Pickers contacted him about five years ago.

Meier has been collecting antique gas pumps, road signs and travel memorabilia for over 20 years.

He said he loved the show and watched it from the start.

American Pickers private collection stores only — no stores, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or places open to the public.

But Meier does not count his collection.

“I’ve watched episodes where they visited museums, so I’m not sure the politics are that tough,” he said. “I think it would be a fun episode,” he added, hinting at the possibility of an episode featuring his museum. “There’s a lot of crazy stuff here.”

The show’s hosts have a preference for old cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but watch all sorts of other collectibles. In their explorations, they hope to uncover American history.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz were the show’s hosts until Fritz left abruptly in July.

Wolfe then brought his brother, Robbie Wolfe.

Joining them is Danielle Colby-Kushman, who generates leads and runs the office of Wolfe’s company, Antique Archeology, in Le Claire, Iowa.

The show, which has produced more than 300 episodes, first came to New Mexico for an episode titled “Space Oddities,” which aired in August 2015.

Wolfe and Fritz went to a recreated Old West town in Las Cruces. There they haggled with Joe Soebbing, the attraction’s owner, and scored a cigarette slot machine, a neon sign, and a roulette wheel.

They also saw a tintype photograph of Billy the Kid and Dan Dedrick, which they believe could be worth up to $1 million.

Wolfe and Fritz then drove to Roswell, where they picked up an old car collection and left with two 1931 Ford Model A’s.

In another episode titled “Daredevil Duffey“, which aired the following week, the two met motorcycle rider Bob Duffey and pored over his decades-old collection of bikes and memorabilia.

And in “The Ghost of the West,” which aired July 2020, Wolfe and Colby-Kushman traveled to Springer and visited Carrie and Mike Hobbs, who had purchased a nearly 2-century-old livery stable along from the historic Santa Fe Trail.

The property, named RH Cowan Livery Stable, was full of maps, books, photos, furniture, auto parts, flags and other antiques.

The two traveled to Cuchillo, a town outside of Truth or Consequences, and visited a historic adobe village that is now a rustic bed and breakfast. They also visited a private residence filled with antiques and an old bar, business, post office and hotel that told the story of the town.

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