History Channel show hunts for Bushkill treasures

Posted Monday, December 6, 2010 12:11 PM | Contributed by Jeff

When he heard from a friend that Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of "American Pickers"-fame wanted to "pick" Bushkill Park in Forks Township, former owner Neal Fehnel was surprised. He had never heard of the duo or their hit History channel show. But on July 21, Wolfe and Fritz pulled up in their "Antique Archaeology" van to rummage through the old rides and memorabilia from the amusement park's glory days.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:26 AM

I made my opinions as the show was running, before they posted any info. However, in the collection business, it takes someone special who wants an old canvas sign, and who also would shell out that much money. I would rather have a nice new one made, all bright and cheery.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:57 AM

Yeah, but obviously they have the connections! They practically had the banner line sold before they even got it on the truck!

I missed the first ten minutes of the show...

What I thought was interesting is that when they were going through the storage locker and pulling out the kiddie ride parts, there was no mention made of the Whip car that was sitting right behind the pony cart. Okay, so Whip cars are big and heavy and probably won't fit in the van and what-not. But when they went back to Bushkill they mentioned that they hoped the split on the banners would help to get the Whip running again. I wonder if they told the guy that they knew where to find at least one car in good shape...!

For the record, I really don't have a problem with what these guys do. They convert junk into antiques, and it isn't necessarily that they are taking advantage of the ignorance of the people they buy from...it's that the people they buy from are more than likely surprised that their junk actually has any value.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:59 PM
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I've been watching the show for quite a while now. They're pretty up front with the sellers. They say time and time again that They are looking to buy at 1/2 the estimated value.

Just as they helped Bushkill, the boys often put value on items that owners would Just as well throw away. I've never seen an episode where I thought they were being unfair to a buyer.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 5:21 PM

In a perfect world. it would take far more than Neil's quote of $3,000 to $6,000 to get that Whipo back in action. In another perfect world, Neil would sell all that junk, banners, extra vehicles, old parts, signs, whatever, give that place a major clean up, and try to open something.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 6:02 PM

I wonder if those Lusse auto scooter cars are in good condition... if so, he should try to sell the rest of them to Knoebels if he's not gonna try to restore it.

I thought it was AWESOME how they went back and gave him $5k.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 9:05 PM

I Dick didn't know they were there, he does now. Knoebels and Dutch Wonderland both use Lusse. there are still lots of parts available, if you know where to look. I think they made about 1 million cars.


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