Canadian Pickers

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Canadian Pickers, airing Mondays at 10 PM ET beginning January 9th, follows professional pickers Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens as they tour across Canada searching for ‘rusty gold’ – or, valuable items that many people would mistake for junk.

But the perfect pick isn’t easy to find – so Sheldon and Scott are searching through barns, yards, basements, and stores across the country to unearth the unlikely treasures of Canadian history.

For some insight on where these items can be found, Sheldon and Scott have each provided a list of their favourite locations to pick.

Scott and Sheldon chose these cities based on the incredible items they picked, the rich histories of the sites, the hospitality of the communities and the beautiful scenery of the locations.  

Sheldon Smithens is an antiques dealer, auctioneer and appraiser by trade. Some of his best picking locations include:

§  St. Thomas, Ontario

§  Hudson, Quebec 

§  Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland

§  Oshawa, Ontario

§  Creston, British Columbia

§  St John’s, Newfoundland

§  Mississippi Mills/Almonte, Ontario

§  Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario

§  Vilna, Northern Alberta 

 

 Scott Cozens is a full-time lawyer and life-long picker who started in the business as a collector. Some of Scott’s favourite cities to pick in are: 

§  Hudson, Quebec

§  Winnipeg, Manitoba

§  Montreal, Quebec

§  St. John, Newfoundland

§  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

§  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

§  St. Thomas, Ontario

§  Ottawa, Ontario

§  Sherbrooke, Quebec

§  Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Visit the Canadian Pickers online at http://www.canadianpickers.com/

Canadian Picker airs Mondays at 10 PM ET, beginning January 9th

History Television invites viewers to follow Canadian Pickers’ hosts Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens as they cross Canada on a search for ‘rusty gold’ – an assortment of wonderful objects that many people might mistake for useless junk.

Searching through old barns, messy yards and abandoned attics, Scott and Sheldon are keeping an eye out for objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value. Each pick explores the history and stories behind these objects, providing viewers a Canadian history lesson like no other.

Sheldon and Scott have provided a sneak peek of their best picks of the upcoming season, and a list of tips for aspiring pickers.

Sheldon Smithens is an antiques dealer, auctioneer and appraiser by trade. His top picks of Canadian Pickers season 2 include:

1.       Incredible Rail Road engine Bell 

2.       Twelve Ferris-Wheel seats, circa 1905

3.       Cast brass Beavers

4.       Neon “MEATS” sign from rural Alberta butcher shop

5.       Airplane propellers from an old Arctic bush pilot in remote Northern Saskatchewan

6.       Look Bucket (a Newfoundland invention to see clearly into water)

7.       Dog sleigh from Labrador

8.       Brass Ship’s Wheel

9.       Chrome Drive-In movie speakers

10.   Fifteen man ‘War Canoe’

 

Scott Cozens is a full-time lawyer and life-long picker who started in the business as a collector. Some of Scott’s favourite picks from Canadian Pickers season 2 are:

1.       Torpedo pocket tobacco tin

2.       Inuit carving

3.       Figural Optometrist trade sign

4.       Laurier Cigar seal framed tin sign

5.       White Rock Mineral Water self frame tin rolled edge sign

6.       Beaded native gauntlets

7.       Beaded knee length bearskin mukluk\moccasins

8.       War Canoe

9.       Lunenburg Foundry Ship’s Wheel

10.   Store display horses

 

Want to give picking a try for yourself? Here are Scott and Sheldon’s rules for picking:

1.       Buy what you love.

2.       Buy the best quality you can afford.

3.       Always check condition (Chips, cracks, repairs, restoration).

4.       Buy the best original condition (rather than restored).

5.       Buy what was made in small numbers at the time.

6.       Keep track of what was loved by the generation or generations before you (Christmas, Mickey Mouse etc.).  If every new generation loves it, those items will always be popular.

7.       Watch trends to see what may be collectible in the future (Lego, Transformers etc).

8.       Group to reduce the price per item.

9.       Sell when the time is right (e.g. sell your Lord of the Rings books when the movie comes out).  You can always get it again (two years after the movie comes out for half price)!

10.   Always carry enough cash.

 

Visit the Canadian Pickers online at http://www.canadianpickers.com/

Canadian Pickers airs Mondays at 10 PM ET, beginning January 9th

Pawnathon Canada follows an exciting four-day event in Toronto during which Canadians brought in their precious antiques and quirky memorabilia to be appraised, and potentially purchased, by the Pawn Masters: a team of expert appraisers on the lookout for hidden treasures, and with stacks of cash to buy them!

Coveted collectables ranging from sports memorabilia to a samurai sword, a civil war pistol, and even Bruce Springsteen’s harmonica were all brought to the Pawn Masters who were ready to pounce on the prized possessions that caught their eye.

With a special appearance by Canadian Pickers Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens, this special four-part series showcases quirky Canadians and the stories behind their fascinating items.

Don’t miss out on which gems had the history and high-dollar value to engage the Pawn Masters into full-blown bidding wars when Pawnathon Canada airs on History Television.

Pawnathon Canada (4x60mins) premieres Monday, July 18 at 9pm ET/PT only on History Television

Canwest Broadcasting announced today the start of production for Canadian Pickers, a new Canadian original series that follows ‘pickers’ Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens as they search Canadian back roads, basements, sheds and barns for unlikely gems and forgotten national treasures.

Based on the format of the massively popular series, American Pickers, Canadian Pickers (13x60mins) is slated to premiere in Spring 2011 on History Television.

Canadian Pickers follows two highly-skilled pickers – Sheldon Smithens, an antiques dealer, auctioneer and appraiser by trade, and his partner Scott Cozens, an ex-pro hockey player, part-time lawyer and life-long picker – as they rummage through old barns, messy yards and abandoned attics in search of objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value.

Sheldon and Scott scour towns across Canada in search of ‘rusty gold’ – an assortment of wonderful objects that many people think is just useless junk. Each pick explores the history and stories behind these objects – from a hand-painted Depression-era circus poster and a massive butcher block table in Ontario, to vintage Charlottetown theatre seats – and introduces a variety of captivating people from all across Canada with fascinating stories to share.

“Our vast country is ripe for the picking and it’s a thrill to embark on the coast-to-coast production of Canadian Pickers,” said Christine Shipton, SVP Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Canadian Pickers weaves together the fascinating history, culture and stories of everyday Canadians from Halifax to Kitchener to Calgary, and truly celebrates the spirit of our great country. History Television viewers can look forward to a fun and entertaining look at Canadian history, one pick at a time.”

The production of Canadian Pickers comes hot on the heels of the recent audience success of American Pickers, currently the #2 series on History Television this Fall. Canadian Pickers is produced by Cineflix in association with Canwest Broadcasting.