Step into The Pickers Junction, tucked away in quaint Sellersville, and you might feel like you’ve found a secret treasure, with its vintage charm and treasures dating back to the 1700s.
But this hidden gem is about to get a whole lot more attention since it caught the interest of the team behind The HISTORY Channel’s Pawn Stars over the summer.
“I got a phone call from a producer, and they asked if they could film at our store,” said store owner Leslie O’Brien. “They searched for Valley Forge antique shops in Quakertown and chose ours.”
Two weeks later, Leslie and her husband, Timothy O’Brien, were visited at their store by Austin “Chumlee” Russell of Pawn Stars and a film crew from the show’s new spin-off, Pawn Stars. Do America.
They will appear in the show’s second episode, which airs Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. on HISTORY.
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Pawn Stars Do America is an eight-part series in which Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee leave Las Vegas and hit the road, visiting eight different cities across the United States in search of historic finds and rare collectibles. common.
“Over the years, some amazing stuff has passed through my doors, but there’s even more to discover outside of the shop,” Rick Harrison said in the opening credits of the show’s premiere episode that premiered. November 9. “And to help weigh in on the stuff we find in each city, we’ll be meeting some of our favorite experts, as we seek out those cool treasures that might not make it to Vegas.
Pickers Junction, located on North Main Street, a stone’s throw from the Sellersville Theater, opened in 2013. Its 6,500 square foot space is filled with antiques and curios, including a Revolutionary War musket and a 1973 yellow Schwinn bicycle hanging from the ceiling.
“We’re the only store you can haggle at,” Leslie said. “New items arrive every day and it’s a picker’s dream. There are treasures everywhere.
The shop is made up of five large rooms offering everything new and old, from custom painted furniture and handcrafted gifts to vintage musical instruments and antique record players.
“There is always something new to find. If you start at one end, it would take you over an hour to watch and walk around,” Timothy said.
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The store attracts visitors from across the country, Leslie said. But having a TV crew come to their store and follow them with cameras was brand new for the couple.
“I was really nervous, but it was also very exciting. They told us to just be ourselves. They made us feel at home,” she said.
Timothy had the pleasure of getting the full Pawn Stars experience by going back and forth on a few items purchased by Chumlee, who brought in expert selector, Spencer Victory.
“I had to do a lot of haggling with Chumlee,” Timothy said. “But he was down to earth, really nice and very professional.”
The whole encounter has given the couple a greater appreciation for their soon-to-be-not-so-hidden gem as they look forward to watching the episode at home with their 4-year-old son.
“All of our family and friends will be watching too, so we’ll probably get a lot of phone calls that night,” Leslie said.
“For them to love us and choose us, that makes us really happy.”
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