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Two national shows give attention to three Kansas businesses

WICHITA — "American Pickers" came to Kansas recently, and now Bearly Makin' It Antiques in Marion is going to be featured on an upcoming episode.

The History channel show features a couple of guys who travel the country buying antiques for the best prices they can bargain for.

Bearly Makin' It owners Marion Ogden (yes, Marion from Marion) and Dennis Maggard have seven buildings full of antiques.

"We've been picking since 1993,” Ogden says, “we're just not getting paid for the show.”

And they didn't get paid much — only about $75 — by the pickers.

"They didn't buy too much because we pretty well know what the price of things are," Ogden says. On a scooter the pickers were interested in, Ogden says, "They knew that I was right on the money, so they didn't bother . . . to go any further."

Ogden didn't mind not selling much to the pickers.

"Anytime you get publicity, well, you're hoping for more traffic."

Ogden says they also had an "absolutely great time."