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Ingersoll featured on Canadian Pickers television show in June 0

JOHN TAPLEY INGERSOLL TIMES

Ingersoll has been picked.

An Ingersoll warehouse filled with antiques and collectibles will be featured in an episode of Canadian Pickers that is expected to air in June.

Scott Cozens and Sheldon Smithens, stars of The History Channel show, came to town in November 2010 to pick the warehouse owned by Marty Gebel of London.

The visit came about after Gebel, who is a picker and a fan of the show, contacted producers of the U.S. version of the program, American Pickers, suggesting they make a trip through Ontario. From there, producers of Canadian Pickers got in touch with him.

"They ended up coming down for the day," said Gebel, who retails his finds online and privately through his company Modern Hipster ( www.modernhipster.com)."It was a lot of fun."

Gebel said he specializes in large and unusual items, including old industrial pieces, from the 1950s and 60s through to the modern era. People from as far away as Toronto, New York, Chicago and California have purchased his finds, he said.

Gebel's family has been in the antiques and collectibles business for 30 years and he said he has been involved in it full-time for six years.

"I was dragged around as a kid to antique shows (etc.) and it stays with you, somehow," he said.

While he can't say too much about what happened during filming due to contractual obligations, he said he took Cozens and Smithens on a walk through of his Ingersoll warehouse and did some "wheeling and dealing" on camera.

The men purchased "one big ticket item" of significant Canadian historical significance and a few other pieces, Gebel said.

"They were friendly and upbeat," said Gebel about Cozens and Smithens. "The whole crew is a bunch of good people. There were lots of jokes, on and off camera."


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