American Pickers comes to 417-land

American Pickers crew visits workshop of local craftsman

By Stephanie Towne Benoit

Aug 15 2016 at 11:22 a.m.

Photo courtesy American PickersMike Wolfe and Frank Fritz (right) of American Pickers look for treasures in the workshop of Ed Witte (center) and his son Mitch (far left).

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of The History Channel’s hit nationally televised show American Pickers, scored big at the workshop and salvage yard of Aurora, Missouri resident Ed Witte. Witte, who reclaims antique items from junkyards, warehouses, flea markets and other locations, specializes in using what he discovers to create industrial furniture, artwork and other retro-inspired treasures. Watch the episode, which aired August 10, here.

Witte and his son, Mitch, who builds furniture from reclaimed wood, are also working on opening a store on the square in downtown Aurora highlighting their pieces. They plan to debut the shop, Ozarks Custom Creations, September 24 at 5 W. Pleasant St. In the meantime, check out some of Witte’s antique finds and custom furniture and artwork here.