Dickenson County man to be featured on American Pickers


You'd never believe the treasures Hyder Kiser has packed within his walls.

"I can't believe how much I've gathered in the last 50-years," Kiser said while looking at his pieces.

He's spent a lifetime collecting rare artifacts and has rooms filled with forgotten relics.

"It just kept piling up, piling up," Kiser exclaimed. "I don't have a place to put it anymore."

Hyder got his passion for picking in the 1970s when he started his own garbage service. He gives the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" a whole new meaning.

"That's the reason I've always saved all this junk," he said while looking at NASCAR King Richard Petty's old tool box. "I've figured someday it would be worth a little something besides just throwing it away and forgetting about it."

It's through his business he met bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.

Stanley couldn't store all of his memorabilia in his home, so he gave it to Hyder. Old tapes, banjoes, guitars, jackets, shoes, and letters all stored in a room that takes you back in time.

"I've got a lot of good antiques, but the Ralph Stanley stuff is more important to me." he told News 5. "I had dog collars and his toothbrushes or whatever. I just always saved everything of Ralph's."

"American Pickers," one of the History Channel's biggest shows, got word about his secret stash.

For those of you not familiar, the show is about two men who travel across America to find national treasures.

They visited Hyder at his Southwest Virginia home in the middle of May. Although he can't reveal too much about what went on, he told us the hosts were impressed.

"They bought some," he told us. "They said that they would like to be here for a week to go through this stuff."

To find out what Hyder sold you'll have to watch for yourself! An exact air-time hasn't been set just yet, but it's expected to run sometime in the fall.

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