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'American Pickers' look for treasures in Vermont

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COVENTRY, Vt. -

What's normally a quiet road in Coventry was filled with vehicles and onlookers Wednesday, trying to get a behind-the-scenes sneak peak.

"Social media is a very powerful thing," Mike Wolfe said.

The hugely popular History Channel show "American Pickers" was filming at collector Fred Webster's home. The show follows hosts and expert antiquers Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe around the country as they scour junkyards, basements and barns for hidden gems that they try to buy from homeowners.

Show host Frank wasn't much of a talker, but Mike wasn't camera shy.

Reporter Gina Bullard: What do you think of Fred Webster?

Mike Wolfe: He's incredible. He's the reason I pitched this show, people like him-- great stories, awesome collections and a vast knowledge of local history. That's what's cool about it.

WCAX News wasn't allowed in Webster's barns since the show was filming, but we've been in them in the past to see his extensive collection of farming antiques.

The pickers have made other stops in Vermont, but they aren't telling where.

"The reason we're out here, we've been working on this area for a few months and we got enough leads to come out here," Mike Wolfe said.

"American Pickers" runs on secrecy. Webster had to sign a contract saying he wouldn't spill anything that they talked about or what happened.

"We haven't been able to buy too much from Fred, but he's let a few pieces go," Mike said.

"I didn't buy it to sell, I bought it to keep," Fred Webster said. "I have a motive; I'm out of money."

Soon, Fred Webster will be nationally known, but he's still our Vermont boy, known as a Super Senior and featured in many of our stories. And I have a feeling the attention won't go to his head.

Show officials couldn't tell us the exact air date of the Vermont show, but say it will most likely be in about five months.

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