Antiques shop The Whatnot, on Derry’s Bishop Street is set to feature in a forthcoming episode of ‘Antiques Road Trip’ this Autumn after bargain hunting expert Catherine Southen visited the shop yesterday to film for the new series.
The show sees antiques experts travel around the UK picking up items they later sell on in auction with the hope of making a tidy profit.
Simon O’Dowd, whose family own the quirky Derry emporium, said it was the second time an expert from the popular show had visited the shop - the first time being in 2011.
“She had a good look around and in the end I helped her to pick a piece for £30, which she hopes will sell on in auction for about £50 or £60. Although the experts have a £200 budget, they spread that around and don’t spend it all in the one shop.”
Simon said he was delighted to get the call last week from the show’s producers, and was only too happy to host them in the shop.
The treasure trove of antiques and quirky pieces has been open on Bishop Street for 35 years and under the careful ownership of the O’Dowd’s has survived many tough times.
Recently the fire at Poundstretcher has had a negative impact on footfall on Bishop Street but Simon says they “keep going”.
“The shop looks a bit different, and that attracts a lot of people in. You never know what is going to sell,” he said - revealing he spends a lot of time on the road sourcing stock.
“We are getting a reputation for selling quality jewellery, and that is a definite hit at the moment,” he said.
Antiques Road Trip returns to our screens this Autumn.