BRIDGEPORT - For those bargain hunters looking for just about anything collectible, they now have a store in the village to browse through.
Attic Pickers has opened its doors at 223 N. Lincoln Ave., next to Wilson's Furniture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week.
"I started going to auctions and just started collecting," co-owner Denise Wycherley explained how she got into the business some three years ago. "When my piles became mounds, I thought, 'well', I might as well open an antique store."
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ATTIC PICKERS, 223 N. Lincoln Ave., Bridgeport, held a ribbon-cutting at its new location recently. Pictured, from left, are: Chamber of Commerce members Robin Bursee and Ann Gallagher; Attic Pickers co-owner Denise Wycherley; Bridgeport Mayor John J. Callarik; Chamber of Commerce President Vince Gallagher; Attic Pickers co-owner Jack Scarpuzzi; Chamber of Commerce members Gordie Longshaw and Sarah Panek; and Debbie and Vince Stemkowski.
Attic Pickers had been located on National Road adjacent to the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District's Central Office for 14 months, but that site soon became too small.
"This building is a lot bigger than the other one," she added. "Business has been great so far."
Attic Pickers buys, sells and consigns a variety of antiques, quality used furniture, collectibles, jewelry, glassware, oddities, vintage toys, unique items and much more.
"We buy entire estates or individual pieces," Wycherley added. "We also do in-home tags.
"We will pick attics, garages, barns ... you name it," she stressed. "We're not just antiques, we're memories."
With the new structure increasing the size of the business, Wycherley acquired a partner in Jack Scarpuzzi, who is no stranger to antiques and collectibles.
"Jack has kind of been my mentor," Wycherley said.
Scarpuzzi said he has been in the business since the early 1980s.
"The higher priced stuff always holds its value," Scarpuzzi noted. "The biggest change over the years has been the economy get worse and worse."
Scarpuzzi said he got into the business after retiring.
"I wanted something to do with my time, and my wife, Elizabeth, had been buying and selling stuff for years," he explained.
According to Scarpuzzi, the new location brings so much more traffic into the store.
"I really appreciate what Jason Wilson has done for us," Scarpuzzi said. "He has been tremendous."
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