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Newberry store chosen for cable series

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NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - A popular cable series made a stop in Newberry, but it's far from the type of place you'd expect to see in Hollywood.

The popular history channel series, American Pickers, chose a store in Newberry last week.

The premise of the show is two guys travel the country and pick old items from hardware stores, people's houses and personal collections to figure out what is valuable and buy it.

A ride through downtown Newberry is like riding back through time.

Bill Shull runs a hardware store there. His great grandparents opened it in 1884. Many of the antiques in this building have been here before they became antiques. He's got everything from the traditional like chain, rope, cabinet hardware and wood screws to a copy of his father's 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics, which isn't for sale.

Shull says the show's hosts spent the day here and spent more than $1000. Among other relics, they picked up a Shell gas station sign from the 30s.

Shull says he has a reason to hold on to such a unique collection. "I'm really worried about the future of history", Shull said. "Like a signature. That's a thing of the past."

When it comes to his business, Shull says he's quite proud of the things he sells but prouder of the personal touch that comes with them. "Instead of (telling you to) read the back of the package, no. I'll tell you how to install it without you reading the back of a the package, because that's just not informative."

The episode featuring Shull's store will air in the spring.

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