‘American Pickers’ episode filmed in Derby to air Monday

Jan 31, 2019 2491

BY: Ethan Fry

More than a century of Italian family history will be on display Monday night during an episode of “American Pickers” filmed last summer in a former downtown market. The show follows “pickers” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they scour properties across the country to find valuable antiques in places like junkyards, garages, barns and basements — then haggle with the owners over a fair purchase price.

Stratford resident Matt Catalano said the pair struck paydirt in their hunt at a former Italian grocery store once run by his great-great uncle, Antonio Voccia, in a converted barn on Derby’s Hawkins Street dating back to the late 1800s. The neighborhood was once a vibrant Italian enclave in downtown Derby, with some vestiges still intact, like Altimari’s Little Italy nearby on Elizabeth Street.

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SOURCE: https://www.ctpost.com

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