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Kootenay men on Canadian Pickers

Kelly Kobayashi, (left) and Don Michalsky will be featured on two different Canadian Pickers episodes coming up shortly. - Photo submitted
Kelly Kobayashi, (left) and Don Michalsky will be featured on two different Canadian Pickers episodes coming up shortly.
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The Canadian Pickers show will soon be airing episodes featuring Kootenay antique finders.

Don Michalsky and Kelly Kobayashi had a chance to meet with the stars of the show and part with some of their treasures.

“I got a call from them,” said Michalsky. “I thought it couldn’t hurt—maybe they would buy something.”

A few years ago, Michalsky decided to leave work to take care of his wife, who had suffered medical problems. During that time, he started a business cleaning up back yards and garages, finding a lot of unique items in the process.

“I had a lot of them stored outside,” said Michalsky. “When they came, all of a sudden these four vans showed up and the host was mad at me. He said, ‘You let these rust in the yard?”

Kobayashi said that the film crews spent a lot of time with him and managed to take the cream of the crop from his vast collection—after some haggling.

“They do wheel and deal,” said Kobayashi. “They’re pickers, just like us.”

Kobayashi started in the picking business by buying antlers, eventually moving into anything that had value.

To find out what Canadian Pickers purchased from Kobayashi and Michalsky, watch the February 27 and March 5 shows. More information can be found on www.canadianpickers.com.

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