Gibson City man to be on 'American Pickers' in May

Gibson City man to be on 'American Pickers' in May

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City resident Ray Leisure and his collection of antiques will be featured in an episode of "American Pickers" that is scheduled to premiere May 27 on the History Channel, the show's producers said this week.

The show filmed a segment at Leisure's home on South Church Street in September, after a call for candidates in August.

Leisure, 73, said that until the show airs, he is not permitted to talk about what items were purchased by the show's hosts, Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe — two of the most skilled "pickers" in the antique business — or for how much money. But Leisure said they "hardly scratched the surface" during their search for some of his most interesting items.

Leisure plans to schedule a viewing party at his house when the show airs.

"I really can't wait to see it," Leisure said, "because they were here for eight hours, and if you make the show at all you might get five or 10 minutes — so how they can cut it down to five or 10 minutes, I don't know; but I do know they do a good job of it."

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parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Mr. Leisure should be realistic and totally aware that the prices they pay for things are not kosher at all.  He would do well to contact someone locally who is knowledgeable, trustworthy,  and willing to give him a much more competitive price because these "pickers" have too much overhead to compete with local offers on merchandise at any place in the US..  SELLER BEWARE!!!

ronaldo wrote on February 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Funny you should say that.  Anyone who's anyone in the antiques field will tell you they grossly overpay for the crap they buy, the vast majority of which will never, ever be sold in the condtition in which it's purchased.  Even more delusional are the prices which they claim they will get.  They appeal to those living in dreamland.

EMT wrote on February 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Chip on yo shoulder?  Congratulations to the guy for having the opportunity.  It's not always about tip top dollar, friend. 

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

What specific merit or positve aspect is "pickers" all about that trumps the "money" issue?

Does it rank as sophisticated entertainment within the reality program genre.  The issue in not one of a chip on one's shoulder; but quality or fakery.