DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Sheila Davison gets the attention of TV antiques picker Frank Fritz during a March 13 snowstorm when the cable TV show arrived unexpectedly in Lansford.
The towns of Lansford and Coaldale will receive national visibility when a national cable television show airs a segment filmed here five months ago.
According to a list of new episodes released by The History Channel, an upcoming segment of "American Pickers" titled "Going Hollywood" will reveal that "a Pennsylvania couple has filled two sprawling warehouses with their mammoth collection."
That specific show will premiere August 5 from 9 to 10 p.m.
The Pennsylvania couple presumably would be Les and Loretta Sackin, Saylorsburg, who hosted the stars of American Pickers at the Sackin's Lansford and Coaldale properties on Saturday, March 16.
On that date, the reality television series arrived unannounced in Carbon and Schuylkill counties and hit pay dirt.
Stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the antiques-buying duo, discovered and purchased interesting finds and greeted excited fans in both towns, then continued on to other East Coast destinations such as Staten Island.
The production team of the Midwest-based show drove to Pennsylvania in their iconic, white "Antique Archaeology" Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. For comfort, the stars also utilized a motor home.
Local residents immediately recognized the van. Within moments, word spread like wildfire on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, drawing a crowd of well over 100 to the former Frantz Garage, Abbott and Coal streets, Lansford.
There, the Sackins hosted the well-known guests for over five hours as the pickers climbed through a ceiling-high conglomeration of collectibles.
Fans of the show kept vigil outdoors, waiting for hours in a snowfall to greet the stars during film break.
The Sackins also took the buyers to the former Elk Lighting Building in Coaldale where the hunt continued.
The Sackins are themselves buyers and dealers. They collect Mid-Century Modern style antiques, although their collection is eclectic and includes Retro and Art Deco, as well.
"We collect everything," said Loretta Sackin in March. The couple allowed the TIMES NEWS access to the Lansford building while the activity was under way.
The Leskins were seen earlier this year selling items from their collection at the Kutztown Antiques Extravaganza.
The Frantz Garage was at one time a popular Lansford Buick garage or dealership, say locals.
As for the Coaldale filming site, the Leskins purchased the former Elk Lighting Building in August, 2008. As with their Lansford location, they use the property for storage.
Due to typical nondisclosure agreements in the television industry, the stars and film crew would not discuss specific results of the hunt at either location. Those details will be revealed in the show. In fact, the crew went to great lengths to ensure privacy, purposely hiding their finds from public view.
However, the pickers were seen exiting the Coaldale facility with a child's rocking horse and a pentagram-shaped clock, plus other small items.
The segment also will feature a New York man named Jackie Hollywood and his Staten Island body shop art gallery, thus the name of the segment "Going Hollywood."
"American Pickers" debuted on TV in January, 2010, with Fritz and Wolfe searching America for what they call rusty gold.
The premiere episode had 3.1 million viewers, making it the highest-rated History Channel debut since "Ice Road Truckers" in 2007.
The History channel is owned by the A&E Television Network.