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Lansing’s Hector Caballero to be featured in American Pickers

Air date: Monday, March 12, on the History Channel

by Melanie Jongsma

Hector Caballero
LANSING, Ill. (March 7, 2018) – Hector Caballero is a little nervous about the prospect of being on TV, but he’s excited too. In an episode of American Pickers titled “Slam Dunk Junk,” hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visit the warehouse owned by Caballero’s business, Junk Vets. The episode description says, “Mike and Frank find a massive warehouse in Chicago [aka, Lansing] filled with castoff treasures, including some superstar sports memorabilia that are a total slam dunk.”

Caballero is a veteran, and he describes Junk Vets as “a veteran-owned junk removal company; we pride ourselves in giving back to the community we service and offer special discounts to active military, veterans, and seniors.” The company provides a cost-efficient and convenient alternative to dumpster rentals. Their Facebook page posts photos of some of their clean-up adventures.

Most of the junk his workers remove is actual junk, but occasionally there are some treasures in the trash. The American Pickers series is all about finding such treasures.

Tune in to the History Channel on Monday, March 12, to see what Mike and Frank find in the Junk Vets warehouse.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Mr. Caballero, God bless you and thank you for your service and your continued service to our veterans. Thank you for my freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom of from fear.

  2. I wanted to watch it, but I could not find the history channel. Wish someone would post video of this episode on Facebook or You Tube.

    • Check The Lansing Journal’s Facebook page—we posted a link to the episode after it aired. And if you Like our page, those notices will show up in your Facebook newsfeed.

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