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Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore is at Walsall Recycling Centre, where she saves a set of stools and an oak table.


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What are you throwing away?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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I like the look of that.

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The answer could be hiding in over 20 million tons of household waste

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thrown out by us every year.

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Hmm, what else are you throwing away? Anything exciting?

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get her hands on things

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before they hit the skip.

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Finding, transforming and selling stuff we throw away is an obsession,

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and it's that obsession that I've turned into a moneymaking business.

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I make new stuff out of the old stuff, and I sell it for a profit.

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And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...

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You've got a bucket of fun for me?

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-It's a big one.

-Is it?

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..she can transform her finds into desirable...

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They are amazing.

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..valuable...

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I've never seen anything like them.

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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-That's a lovely job, thank you.

-Thank you.

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she can hand the profits back to the very people who had no idea

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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-£165 here.

-No!

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Walsall Recycling Centre, near Birmingham.

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A nonstop hive of activity.

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Sarah's on a mission to turn your trash...

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..into hard cash.

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I'm on the hunt for items

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that I can turn into something really desirable.

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I'm looking for tired old tables, chipped chairs and manky metalwork,

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because once they're transformed,

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they can all make some money for nothing.

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But before you make a beeline for your local tip, take note -

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Sarah's been given special permission to seek out three items

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that she can rejuvenate, re-purpose and sell on for a profit.

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Although he doesn't know it yet,

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first up to offer some possibilities is Ian,

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arriving with some furniture that may not be all that it seems.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello, there. All right?

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I like the look of your legs!

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Oh, thank you!

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THEY LAUGH

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Hold on. These are cool.

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-Are these yours?

-They're my dad's.

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-I'm emptying his house out.

-OK.

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Were they always stools, or have these been chairs?

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Probably chairs, back in 1970-something.

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Wow! They're cool.

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And that's... Look at that.

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What is that? 1950s, do you think?

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Late '50s, '60s, I would've thought.

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They're a sweet little collection.

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You don't see fabric like that no more.

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-They're retro, aren't they?

-Oh, yeah.

-They really are.

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So have you got a house full of this stuff?

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Yes, I have. Yeah, it's my father's house.

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He's all trapped in the '70s.

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I've thrown loads of stuff like this away.

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I know exactly why you're throwing it away. Because these...

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You know, put that next to some modern stuff,

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and unless you're going to give it an update,

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it's tricky to get it in the house.

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-Yeah.

-But three little things like that for me? It's my lucky day.

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I can take it somewhere and give that a proper old makeover,

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and get it so even you might like it again.

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-Probably.

-Really?

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Well, I tell you what, would you mind if I took your stools away?

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-I do not mind at all.

-Lovely.

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It'd be nice that they've got a second life -

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-or probably third or fourth!

-Yeah.

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Brilliant. I'll take those away and say thank you so much.

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You're welcome.

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If I manage to transform them into something fabulous,

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-can I come and find you and show you what I've done with them?

-You certainly can, yes.

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Seems like Ian's delighted that

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Sarah has taken those old things off his hands.

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I'm very surprised that Sarah took the stools.

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I didn't think they were worth anything, just in the skip,

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ready to be crushed up for something else.

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But it would be nice to see them used again.

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For what, I don't know. It would be very interesting to see.

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What a sweet little set of seats,

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and these have been in the hands of an avid upcycler.

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There's four layers of fabric on these stools,

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and they used to be chairs,

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but I reckon they've got one more transformation left in them.

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I think you might be right, Sarah.

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And, luckily, she knows just the man to take on this challenge.

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Anthony Devine, the upholsterer with the most-erer.

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Anthony takes his two decades of design experience

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and passes it on to the younger generation

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in his school of upholstery.

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Anthony's work is loud, exciting, and experimental.

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So I've been an upholsterer now for 21 years.

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I started straight from school.

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That's me ever since, really.

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Now I teach people who want to become upholsterers,

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and through that then I get my self-satisfaction.

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I still enjoy the passion of it,

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but now I pass that knowledge and passion on to all our students.

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Don't pass on too much of your passion, Anthony.

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You may need it for this project!

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With one item found, Sarah's still on the hunt

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for two further opportunities to find a diamond in the dump.

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But please don't tell me she has plans for this little fellow!

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That's nice, isn't it?

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It's really quality.

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No, it's not, Sarah.

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I'll leave you two to it.

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I'm going to find some rubbish.

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Thank goodness for that.

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Hopefully there will be something much more suitable

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in the boot of William's car.

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Oh, no, what have you done with it?

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Unfortunately, I've broke it up.

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I couldn't get it in me car.

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-You should have called. I've got a van!

-Oh!

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So, your table, is it?

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No, it belongs to me daughter, actually.

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-OK.

-It was.

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-It was, the late table.

-Yeah.

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-So has it been stored in the garden?

-It has.

-Love it!

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Just put it out there. It's done quite well, though, considering.

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Well, it is oak. It'll stand the weather.

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Do you think it's got any potential left in it or not?

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Well, you'll probably find something.

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-Are you going to let me have it?

-Of course I will, yes.

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Right, I'm going to try and take it away.

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Thank you so much for letting me have it.

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You're welcome.

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It might be a jumbled up, sawn-in-half jigsaw at the moment,

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but does William think it's got legs?

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I haven't got a clue what's Sarah's going to do with it,

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but she might turn it into something wonderful,

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and it could be beautiful for somebody else to look at.

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Something beautiful to look at.

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Well, that might be a tall order.

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What's the plan then, boss?

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Well, it's such a shame that it's all been broken up, but actually,

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even salvaging the top of this table is going to be worth it.

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Cos though it's been left outside for days and days,

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and it's been out in the wet, it's got so much potential,

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because I know where to take it to, and I've got a fair idea about

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what they might be able to make out of it.

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So I'm going to take it just like it is,

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and hopefully make some money out of it.

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Say hello to Josh and Oli.

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Designer makers, business partners and best friends.

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These boys use natural and recycled materials to create

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handcrafted furnishings and high-end interior pieces.

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We kind of joined forces in 2013 and started working together.

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The best thing about working here is probably when you have a new idea

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for something and you just come in, you've got all the tools you need,

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you can kind of sit down with your sketchbook.

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The feeling that you get when you make something actually original

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and it's come from your mind,

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and you then take that idea and bring it into the physical world,

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yeah - it's an amazing feeling.

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Josh and Oli may like a challenge,

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but they might not be so keen when they see Sarah's pile of old tr...

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Well, table, I suppose.

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Two items loaded into the Money For Nothing van.

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Now it's time for Sarah to search for her own pound-making project.

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Just going to drum up a few more customers.

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You say "drum up", I say "scare away".

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Which is exactly what I hope you haven't done to Jimmy,

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who's about to add some colour to today's proceedings.

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-Hiya.

-Hello.

-What are you doing up here today, then?

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I'm just having a big clear-out of a few different things.

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-Bits of old wood.

-OK.

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I've been doing a bit of work,

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so I'm just getting rid of the leftovers.

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I like the look of these.

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Have the kids just had enough of those, then?

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-Yeah, the youngest is six today.

-Oh, really?

-So just getting rid.

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I've asked a few people and nobody seems to want them.

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-Can I have a look at them?

-Yeah, yeah.

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There was more than that originally, but a few have been lost.

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-I know, yeah. I can imagine why.

-Yeah.

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I think they're really appealing.

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I reckon there's something that could be done with those.

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Would you mind if I took them away

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-and tried to make something out of them?

-No, that's fine.

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-I'm only throwing them out.

-I don't know what I'm going to do with them,

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but I'm going to have a good think, and hopefully, if I make something,

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can I come and show you and the kids what I've done with them?

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-Yeah, that would be great.

-Lovely. Excellent.

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-Well, thank you so much for those.

-OK, no problem.

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I'll have to start thinking now.

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-Have a good day.

-OK, thanks.

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Hmm, you may have to break out the extra large thinking cap

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for this one, Sarah.

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Help her out, Jimmy. Any ideas yourself?

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I'm not really sure what Sarah's going to do with the balls.

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Maybe some sort of decorative item for the kids' bedroom,

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or something like that.

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There are plenty of colours there, bright colours.

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I'm thinking maybe she'll string them together,

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or somehow put them all together.

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Not a bad shout, Jimmy.

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Sarah?

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Well, you probably think I'm a bit mad taking these.

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Correct.

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But I reckon they've got potential.

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I mean, there must be probably, what? Nearly 100 of them?

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And 100 of anything, I've got to be able to make something out of them.

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In fact, I've got a little idea that might work.

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I'll show you later.

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Fantastic.

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I can hardly wait(!)

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There it is, then, three items found.

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Anthony will take the lead with Ian's stools,

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the weather-beaten old oak table will be handled by Josh and Oli,

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and Sarah will get creative with Jimmy's multicoloured play balls.

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We've had a great time gathering.

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Now we're going to go and make some beautiful things.

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Manchester - once famous for its cotton mills and textile factories.

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Now a whole new generation of fabric fanciers are bringing that tradition

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into the present.

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And not least among them, our kid Anthony, the upholsterer.

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Well, I've got three stools, 12 legs,

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and no idea of how to turn a profit.

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But I'm here to see a man who will.

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-Hello?

-Oh, hello!

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-How are you?

-I'm good, how are you?

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-What have you got?

-Help!

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Help me. I need help.

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What do you reckon?

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Very nice.

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And...that.

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-Nice.

-I like them.

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-For what reason do you like them?

-They've got great legs.

-They have.

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These have been at the hand of a serial upcycler,

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because I think they're supposed to be chairs, aren't they?

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Yes, they are chairs.

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And they've got layers and layers of upholstery on them already.

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These are the bases to the exact dining chairs I have at home.

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So we just need to put the back on.

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If you can put the backs on the chairs,

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that's beyond my expectations.

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Something fresh, something smart.

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But I think this little stool could actually be the icing on the cake.

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-Right.

-I thought you could use the legs

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to make a lovely, big foot stool

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to go with them.

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But I think it has to be in scale with the chairs,

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and if we put the same sort of fabric on all of it,

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then I'm thinking it can be sold together as a lovely trio.

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So, Sarah has got a clear vision for our tip rejects,

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but is Anthony feeling it?

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Looking at it all, I mean, we've got quite a bit of work to do with this,

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quite a bit of work to do with this.

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We've basically got everything to do, bar the legs, on this.

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The fabric is going to be mind-blowingly spectacular,

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but obviously it costs a reasonable amount of money.

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But we're only using small amounts of it, which is going to be good.

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Stop beating around the bush, Anthony.

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What's it going to cost Sarah?

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Cutting to the chase...675.

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675 quid sounds like a lot of money,

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but I've got this vision that you're going to make it look fantastic,

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-so go for it.

-Brilliant.

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Thank you for believing in me.

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If you can come in under budget, though, that would be amazing.

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Well, we'll see what we can do. One less biscuit.

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Biscuits?! I don't get any biscuits.

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Can someone get my agent on the line, please?

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Well, we could have gone down the safe route.

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We could have just covered the chair seats

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and maybe shoved the foot stool aside - but we haven't.

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I've commissioned over 600 quids' worth of furniture,

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but I think it's going to look really impressive.

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I think so, too, Sarah.

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Anthony has a budget of £675 to give this confused trio a new identity.

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No easy task, so you may need that extra biscuit, Anthony.

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In deepest West Sussex, close to the sleepy hamlet of Halnaker,

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lies the workshop of Josh and Oli.

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Which is where Sarah has brought her bits of old oak table

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to leave with the boys.

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I'm sure they'll be delighted!

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It's at times like this I wonder what exactly was it

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that I saw in this table at the tip.

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I'm hoping that Josh and Oli have got some good ideas,

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cos at the moment this is not looking like a moneymaker.

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Sarah brings us things that are quite kind of niche,

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and she already has a bit of an idea where she wants to take them.

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But then we kind of like say...

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-We usually just do our own thing.

-Yeah - "We don't want to do that,

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"no, we're going to do something completely different."

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But that's what we like, doing the thing that isn't really so obvious.

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Yeah.

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-Hiya.

-Hello.

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-How are you doing?

-Good.

-How are you?

-Yeah, good.

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-How are you doing?

-Yeah.

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Don't look at the trolley. Don't look at the trolley!

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Step away from the trolley!

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-Oh, OK.

-Nice.

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Is it? I wasn't quite sure.

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That's some oak.

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Um, what do you think?

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-I think it's all right.

-It's nice wood.

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Yeah, it's certainly nice wood.

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-Quite heavy, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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So it is oak, isn't it?

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-I thought, that's why it weighs so much, isn't it?

-Mmm.

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Other than sort of a really funky restoration,

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is there stuff that immediately springs to mind

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that you could make it into?

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I mean, I can't see us ever putting this back together

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-into a table or anything.

-It's not that stylish, is it?

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It's just not really our cup of tea.

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But we can certainly use the wood for something,

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because they're nice boards.

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We just started making a range of skateboards as well.

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Skateboards sound mad! Is it big enough to make a few, then?

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How many do you think you'd get out a something like this?

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There's probably...

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-four or five skateboards in there, I reckon.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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I think that sounds like a total transformation.

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That, for me, is really exciting.

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I just can't imagine what they're going to look like.

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We just use nice hardwoods to create a beautiful deck to it.

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And then you just get these little trucks

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and they're good for getting around and cruising places.

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So this old oak table is about to become five upmarket skateboards.

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So how much does a handmade, bespoke skateboard cost these days?

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-What about, like, 110 per board?

-OK.

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I mean, there are some people who are going to think I'm bonkers

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saying 550 quid on skateboards.

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But if you love them, and they're your thing,

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I know they're going to be amazing.

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Get to it! Get to it!

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-Thanks, Sarah.

-Thank you.

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550 quid to turn an old table into skateboards.

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I must be bonkers.

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-Skateboards.

-Yeah.

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Yeah. Good, actually. Yeah, it's good, because...

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-Any opportunity to make a skateboard, really.

-Yeah.

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It's quite current for us as well, so...

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Yeah. We're kind of in that zone anyway.

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And it'll be fun to make some more skateboards.

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So, it'll be cool.

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Sarah's looking at five skateboards at £110 each.

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That's a whopping £550 in total.

0:17:200:17:24

I can't wait to see if Josh and Oli can flip this one around.

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Just ten miles from Josh and Oli,

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Sarah is about to take on her own challenge.

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And it will ho-ho-hopefully be a successful one.

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There's one for you, look!

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Ooh!

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Marble loves a tip find.

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These ones are for me, though. Don't touch these.

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Well, the moment I saw this lovely bag full of play balls, I thought,

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"I know, I'm going to make Christmas decorations out of that lot."

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So I thought I'd channel a little bit of Victoriana,

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cos they were the original Christmas fans,

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and use some old eiderdown fabrics, a bit of vintage wedding dress,

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and dress these lot up to be a set of heirloom Christmas baubles.

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I want them to be saleable and the kind of thing that people want to

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hang on to, and use year after year.

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Not only were the Victorians crackers about Christmas,

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they played a huge part in laying the foundations for the way

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it's celebrated today.

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Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to the Royal Family.

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And the idea of baubles grew from the family custom of handing out

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decorations filled with sweetmeats to nibble on.

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First things first for Sarah - cutting the fabric.

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So the basic idea is to cut little slightly eye-shaped

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pieces of fabric, like that.

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That will stretch from...

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The top to the bottom of each ball, leaving a little gap at the bottom.

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I'm going to paste them in place.

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When they start building up,

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hopefully I'm going to cover the bauble all the way round

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in this pretty fabric.

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And then I'll put a little ring at the bottom and the top,

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and a...loop on the top to attach it,

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so it can hang from the Christmas tree.

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So once you've got a good number of those segments cut,

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it's time to glue.

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Now that is PVA glue.

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It's children's glue, it's non-toxic.

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It's easy to wash out of your clothes.

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And it dries clear, which is essential for this.

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So all I'm going to do is paste a little bit of the glue

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on the section one of these balls.

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And then attach a bit of the fabric.

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Once they're all nicely in place,

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put plenty of glue over the top,

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and that'll just make sure they're tightly stuck on,

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and the whole bauble is sealed.

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It is a messy business.

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Indeed. But messy equals fun.

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Sarah's breaking down the job to six balls at a time.

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Once the first bits of fabric are glued on,

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it's time to break out the scalloped-edged scissors.

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"The what?" I hear you say?

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It's for making things look pretty.

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So now's the time to finish them off with some pretty festive trimmings,

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like this old wedding dress is really doing the trick.

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It only cost four quid at the car boot.

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Now...

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It's going to be a really pretty little rough

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to go on the top edge of these.

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Like that.

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SHE SIGHS

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Only 50 more to go.

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Well, we'd better leave you to it, Sarah,

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or Christmas might be cancelled.

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But having spent £30 on material so far,

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will there be a reason to be jolly?

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Let's hope so.

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While Sarah cracks on, it's time to head to Manchester,

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where upholsterer Anthony has begun work on the trio of old footstools,

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which he plans to make into two chairs and a bench.

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So we'll get all that sanded down and cleaned up.

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And then we're just going to kind of touch over it with wax

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to make them all nice.

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While the bases of the chairs are being sanded,

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Anthony will work on the third seat, which will help form his bench.

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So this is the frame for the bench,

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which matches the two stools/chairs that Sarah's dropped off.

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So what Tom is doing is just measuring up for the plates

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so we can angle the legs

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to replicate the legs of the chairs/stools.

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With the height and length of the new bench done,

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it's time for Anthony to work his magic with the upholstery.

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The span of the seat frame is stapled with webbing.

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Burlap material is then attached to give it an even surface

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to fix the foam to.

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This seat padding foam is secured with spray glue and staples.

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So this is dacron.

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This, here, is to take out the friction from your foam,

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to allow your fabric to glide.

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Oh, made for it!

0:22:540:22:57

So now we have the fire retardancy on,

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what you can notice as well is the shape that's starting to develop.

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So that is all the hard work and the stress and strain done.

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So I'm going to decide upon the actual choice of fabric. Bink!

0:23:060:23:10

"Bink" is the universal upholsterer's sound effect

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for "job done".

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So, with the bench now ready to be covered,

0:23:160:23:19

Anthony turns his attention to the chairs.

0:23:190:23:22

Anthony has decided to use a flexible plywood for the backs.

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Measured and screwed into the existing frame,

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the flexibility of the plywood allows the back to bend

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with the curve of the frame, without it breaking or cracking.

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Very cool.

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What I've done is I've now shaped the back.

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So we'll have a pair like this, and then we've got the bench,

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which will also have a back on it, like so.

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And like the bench, foam is attached to the back.

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Followed swiftly by dacron and fire retardancy layers.

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So I'm happy with the back now, we've got good shape.

0:24:060:24:08

It's going to be nice and comfy.

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So now I'm going to turn my attention to the seat.

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So far, so good, Anthony, but there's still a long way to go.

0:24:150:24:19

More importantly, fabric has yet to be chosen.

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Will Sarah be pleased with the result?

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I do hope so.

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From Manchester we head south to West Sussex where,

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in the workshop of Josh and Oli,

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work is about to begin to turn an old oak table into skateboards.

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-Right, work out how many boards we can get out of this.

-Yeah.

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Let's have a little measure up.

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We can get two strips out of each.

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Where we've got...the original hinges on there,

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that's one more thing that we're going to have to work around.

0:25:000:25:03

I'm sure there will be quite a bit of wood in it,

0:25:030:25:05

but we've just got to bear in mind things like that.

0:25:050:25:07

Because you don't want a hole on the bottom of your skateboard.

0:25:070:25:10

We'll just have to cut our strips around those points

0:25:100:25:12

and hope that we've got enough.

0:25:120:25:15

If I remember rightly, it was five skateboards that Sarah's expecting,

0:25:150:25:20

so I just hope that when all the hinges are removed and the holes cut around,

0:25:200:25:25

there's enough good wood left to glue back together.

0:25:250:25:29

I think we're about to find out.

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Although it looks really rough on the outside,

0:25:330:25:35

you can tell it's still really nice oak in the middle,

0:25:350:25:38

so some nice wood.

0:25:380:25:40

Well, that's some good news at least.

0:25:400:25:43

So we're going to use a machine

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to cut the shapes of the skateboards out.

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So we need to make our rectangular blanks.

0:25:460:25:50

So Josh has cut the strips out and I need to work out...

0:25:500:25:53

Because we're going to glue them up with a contrasting wood,

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so I need to work out how much of...

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What size strips we need to make up the right size rectangle.

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Once the calculations have been made,

0:26:040:26:06

Oli can begin to join the strips together using

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a mortise and tenon method,

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which involves routing matching slots in each piece of the wood

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to be joined using a pre-prepared wooden biscuit.

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I prefer to dunk mine into my tea, personally.

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The pieces of wood can then be sandwiched together

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and clamped until the glue is dry.

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These blanks can then be trimmed and sanded,

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ready to be cut into a skateboard shape.

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This is the CNC machine, then.

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And from the computer we've taken our vector diagram

0:26:390:26:43

and then put it into the machine.

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And then it's going to cut it out on board there.

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Plenty can go wrong with this machine,

0:26:500:26:51

as we've found out in the past!

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If you don't get some of the settings right,

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then you can bend or break the tools.

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And then it's just wobbling all over the place, and it's kind of doing

0:26:570:27:01

loads of damage to your work and the board underneath.

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It's quite scary when that happens because there's this big, loud,

0:27:050:27:08

powerful machine just going really wrong.

0:27:080:27:10

But hopefully that won't happen now.

0:27:100:27:12

We might have to evacuate the building, I think, if it goes wrong.

0:27:120:27:16

I'll tell you, and we'll just run for our lives!

0:27:170:27:20

Skateboard!

0:27:240:27:26

Not far from the boys at Sarah's house,

0:27:320:27:35

it's finishing touches time for the plastic play balls

0:27:350:27:39

turned Christmas decorations.

0:27:390:27:41

I'm hoping the little roughs are going to add

0:27:410:27:43

that kind of Victorian charm to the top,

0:27:430:27:45

and a bit of value, because I think if it was just a plain bauble,

0:27:450:27:49

I don't think I'm going to get as much money for one like that.

0:27:490:27:52

When Sarah found these play balls, they were destined for the skip.

0:27:520:27:56

Now I think we should be very proud of her efforts on this occasion.

0:27:590:28:05

Showing wonderful creativity in turning unwanted plastic

0:28:050:28:09

into reusable pieces of Christmas decoration.

0:28:090:28:13

Beautiful on their own, and all boxed up,

0:28:130:28:16

they'll look great on the tree - and under it, too.

0:28:160:28:19

Even Santa would be impressed.

0:28:230:28:25

I'm really pleased how these have turned out in the end.

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They don't look like a play ball now, do they?

0:28:320:28:34

But what I've tried to do is package them so they look really appealing.

0:28:340:28:37

I want to sell these as heirloom Christmas decorations,

0:28:370:28:39

the kind of thing you keep and use every year,

0:28:390:28:42

you put away and you treasure them.

0:28:420:28:43

So I've packed them up into these little tins, a couple of quid each,

0:28:430:28:47

with all the trimmings.

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And I'm hoping that that way they've got the maximum amount of appeal.

0:28:480:28:52

Sarah first caught sight of these kids' soft play toys

0:28:560:29:00

as Jimmy was about to finally chuck them to make space for new toys.

0:29:000:29:05

So have the kids just had enough of those, then?

0:29:050:29:07

-Yeah, the youngest is six today.

-Oh, really?

0:29:070:29:11

And I've asked a few people, and nobody seems to want them.

0:29:110:29:14

Until, of course, our Sarah saw the potential,

0:29:140:29:18

from balls of children's fun to balls of Christmas fun.

0:29:180:29:21

And it is the season to be jolly,

0:29:240:29:26

as Sarah sold all the decorations to The Pack House -

0:29:260:29:31

a vintage and antique store in Surrey.

0:29:310:29:34

Sales assistant Annie believes they're surprisingly versatile.

0:29:340:29:38

Because they are unique, they can be used in all sorts of different ways,

0:29:380:29:43

and still look fresh.

0:29:430:29:45

A good time for me to add a gentle reminder that great care should be

0:29:460:29:50

taken when placing any decorations close to lights.

0:29:500:29:54

Now Sarah is en route to Jimmy's to hand over some cash.

0:29:560:30:01

Hiya, how are you doing? Nice to see you again.

0:30:010:30:04

When we last met, you were dropping off some of your old children's toys

0:30:040:30:08

-at the tip, weren't you?

-That's right, yeah.

0:30:080:30:10

Did you wonder what might have happened to them?

0:30:100:30:12

Yeah, I wondered what you might have made of them, really.

0:30:120:30:14

-Decorations was pretty much the route I went down.

-Oh, yeah?

0:30:140:30:17

I thought they were round, I thought

0:30:170:30:19

I've seen these before, I'm sure I can do something with them.

0:30:190:30:21

So I've actually got some pictures here to show you how they ended up.

0:30:210:30:24

I went down the vintage route.

0:30:240:30:26

Inside these Christmas baubles are your children's play balls.

0:30:260:30:30

-What do you reckon?

-Yeah, I wasn't expecting that.

0:30:300:30:33

Very nice, very smart.

0:30:330:30:34

And an interior design and fashion shop,

0:30:340:30:36

who specialise in vintage stuff in Farnham,

0:30:360:30:39

thought that their customers would love them,

0:30:390:30:41

so I've sold them and I've got some profit from them.

0:30:410:30:44

I don't know quite what you were expecting, but there's £115 here

0:30:440:30:49

that I made after I updated your play balls, so that's for you.

0:30:490:30:53

Oh, that's great, thank you. I wasn't expecting that, really.

0:30:530:30:56

What might you spend £115 on?

0:30:560:30:58

Maybe a day out somewhere.

0:30:580:31:00

-Oh, fantastic. With the children?

-Yes.

-And are they here?

0:31:000:31:03

Oh, yes, the children.

0:31:030:31:05

Of course it's vital that all parties

0:31:050:31:07

are satisfied with your workmanship.

0:31:070:31:10

I made them into Christmas decorations.

0:31:100:31:12

What do you think?

0:31:120:31:14

Seal of approval.

0:31:140:31:16

Result.

0:31:160:31:17

-Thank you ever so much. Bye, guys!

-Bye.

0:31:170:31:20

Sarah spent £30 on materials.

0:31:230:31:26

The decorations were sold for £145, giving Jimmy a profit of £115.

0:31:260:31:32

Merry Christmas - when it comes!

0:31:320:31:35

In Manchester, Anthony's putting the finishing touches

0:31:410:31:45

to what were those sad-looking old stools.

0:31:450:31:48

And it's been a toughie.

0:31:480:31:50

So this one was a big challenge.

0:31:500:31:52

She left us with a couple of things that represented stools

0:31:520:31:56

and, basically, we had to pretty much start again.

0:31:560:31:59

A big challenge, this one. I really hope she likes it.

0:31:590:32:02

Well, I'm back in Manchester to pick up the two broken chairs

0:32:040:32:07

and a tired old footstool.

0:32:070:32:08

This could be three pieces sweet, or one project sour.

0:32:080:32:12

Sarah dropped off these DIY footstools,

0:32:180:32:21

knowing that Anthony was facing a very difficult task.

0:32:210:32:25

And boy, oh, boy, the man has delivered.

0:32:280:32:31

Keeping only the legs,

0:32:340:32:35

Anthony has used mind and muscle to create a natty little trio.

0:32:350:32:40

And he showed off his skills with the flexi ply-backs,

0:32:430:32:47

married with that funky fabric.

0:32:470:32:49

But what does Sarah think?

0:32:510:32:53

-Hey!

-SHE GASPS

0:32:550:32:58

-I can't believe it.

-Neither can I!

0:32:580:33:00

Is that really what I left you?

0:33:000:33:02

No! No, it isn't what you left us at all.

0:33:020:33:05

You left us...this.

0:33:050:33:08

I have been so excited about coming to see what you've done with these,

0:33:080:33:11

because I thought they were so bad when we left them

0:33:110:33:14

that you wouldn't be able to do anything with them.

0:33:140:33:16

-They were pretty bad.

-They've come out beautifully.

0:33:160:33:19

So dark, so exciting.

0:33:190:33:20

-Do you like it?

-Yeah, I think it's beautiful.

0:33:200:33:23

-Good.

-I'm overwhelmed.

0:33:230:33:25

I have to admit, your response is justified.

0:33:260:33:29

I love them, too.

0:33:290:33:31

They look really classy, don't they?

0:33:310:33:33

Yes. I think it's the fabric

0:33:330:33:34

that's really kind of pulled it all together.

0:33:340:33:37

You should be really proud of that.

0:33:370:33:38

I think you've seen a vision and really pulled it off,

0:33:380:33:41

because they are looking amazing.

0:33:410:33:43

Here, here! Good job, Anthony.

0:33:450:33:48

So what do you think we sell this at?

0:33:480:33:50

Is it dining set height, is it coffee table?

0:33:500:33:52

Where are we putting it?

0:33:520:33:54

I think it's like a kind of small apartment...

0:33:540:33:58

Kind of a dining set that's not too imposing on the room.

0:33:580:34:02

Like a nice table height, everything will sit underneath it.

0:34:020:34:05

Nice little square table - blink!

0:34:050:34:07

All praise for Anthony at the moment.

0:34:070:34:10

But did he stay within the budget?

0:34:100:34:13

They look like a million dollars.

0:34:130:34:15

Tell me you did them for 675 quid?

0:34:150:34:17

Yes. Unless you want to pay me more, of course.

0:34:170:34:20

I'm going to quit while I'm ahead, say you've done a great job,

0:34:200:34:23

and come back and get those couriered away.

0:34:230:34:26

They're fantastic.

0:34:260:34:28

Well, that is more than a massive relief.

0:34:310:34:33

I cannot believe what Anthony has achieved.

0:34:330:34:35

I left him with literally some sticks of furniture,

0:34:350:34:38

and he has created something stylish, sleek.

0:34:380:34:41

And I think they might be saleable, too.

0:34:410:34:44

The upholstered stools belong to Ian,

0:34:470:34:49

who found Sarah's approach quite unexpected.

0:34:490:34:53

I'm very surprised that Sarah took the stools.

0:34:530:34:55

I didn't think they was worth anything.

0:34:550:34:58

And you would have been correct, Ian.

0:34:580:35:00

But that was before Anthony waved his magic tools.

0:35:000:35:04

And bing, job done!

0:35:040:35:07

The three-piece was snapped up by a home furnishing emporium in Chorley.

0:35:080:35:13

For owner Donna, purchasing the chairs was a no-brainer.

0:35:150:35:20

These are just beautiful. I love the colours.

0:35:200:35:22

I love the blues and the greens. It's just so current.

0:35:220:35:25

And then with the luxurious-looking black velvet as well, it's just...

0:35:250:35:30

I think these will appeal to quite a few people.

0:35:300:35:33

And now it's left to Sarah to hand over the profit.

0:35:330:35:36

-Hi there, Ian.

-Hello, there.

-Hi, nice to see you again.

0:35:390:35:41

-All right, thank you.

-How are you doing?

-Great. Great.

0:35:410:35:45

Now, you were dropping all sorts of stuff off at the recycling centre,

0:35:450:35:50

and in particular those little stools that you dropped off.

0:35:500:35:53

And did you wonder what might happen to them after I took them away?

0:35:530:35:56

No, no...

0:35:560:35:57

I was just puzzled as to what you could do with something like that.

0:35:570:36:00

I was going to throw them in the skip.

0:36:000:36:02

I've got some pictures here to show you what happened to them.

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Here's pictures of them how you probably remember them.

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Yes, oh, ooh... Yes.

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And here's how they ended up.

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Oh, you're joking? I'm just shocked.

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-I don't know what to think. They're brilliant!

-Yeah?

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-Are you surprised?

-Very. Very.

-I did manage to sell them, actually.

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-You're joking?

-I've got £75 here for you.

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From the sale of your old stools

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transformed into a little dining set, so that's for you.

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-Oh, thank you!

-Complete pleasure.

-I didn't think they was worth a penny.

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Well, I'm so pleased we managed to make a little bit of profit for you.

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-What might you do with £75?

-I've got my three children.

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-I know with three children, there's always something that one of them needs.

-Never ends!

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-Lovely to catch up.

-Thanks ever so much. Thank you very much.

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-OK, bye-bye.

-Bye, then, bye.

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Anthony charged £675 for the makeover.

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Sarah sold the three-piece for £750.

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The £75 of profit passed on to Ian.

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With profit provided by today's first two items,

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Sarah's back at the workshop of Josh and Oli

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to find out what became of that old oak table.

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Definitely an enjoyable one, making these skateboards.

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We're really happy with how they've turned out.

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It's really nice they've got this kind of old school feel to them.

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They don't only look good, but they're good fun to ride, as well.

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I've come to see the kings of cool, Josh and Oli,

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to see if they've managed to kickflip that old table

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into some fabulous skateboards.

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Kickflip?

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HE SIGHS She's gone all down with the kids.

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Before, the old table was legless.

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But now...

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Josh and Oli have created five bespoke skateboards.

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By using strips of the oak table and adding a few extra pieces of maple,

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they've created a two-tone effect.

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Penny trucks are the metal components that hold the wheels,

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and a nonslip surface has been added to the top.

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I must admit, they do look the part.

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But will Sarah think so?

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-Hiya!

-Hiya, how are you?

-Yeah, really well, how are you?

0:38:180:38:21

-Good, thanks.

-Where's the big one?

-Er...

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Now, have you done a risk assessment doing that?

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-Yup, of course!

-You're really good at it, aren't you?

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So, was that something that you made out of the table down there?

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Not this one, but maybe some under here.

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-So it worked, then?

-Yeah.

0:38:350:38:37

-Come on, then!

-Want to see?

-Yeah!

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They look... Well, I know they're brand-new.

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They're amazing. Aren't they cool?

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-Beautiful.

-So we've mixed the old oak with some new maple.

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-OK.

-Just to give these nice kind of stripes.

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And then... Yeah.

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Aren't they cool?

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I mean, just 100% edgy.

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They're fantastic.

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Yeah, they're penny-style skateboards,

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like old-school surfer style.

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Like, you can't do too many tricks on them, it's not like you can go

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down the skate park and do a kickflip or whatever.

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I wasn't expecting to be able to do that, but...

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They're for getting from A to B.

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They're for really smooth rolling around,

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down the promenade or whatever.

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Cruising along on these, they are cool, aren't they?

0:39:190:39:22

-Yeah.

-Really clever stuff.

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Did they come out on-budget?

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Because I think we had, with everything, £110 a board.

0:39:250:39:30

Yes, I think comfortably on-budget for these ones, yeah.

0:39:300:39:32

Yeah? They are beautifully crafted things.

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-Thank you.

-They look great.

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Crisp. Saleable.

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I'm going to go and share them with my coolest friends,

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and see what I can make out of them.

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Lovely. Well, I'm going to take my favourite one,

0:39:450:39:47

-and say, thank you very much.

-All right.

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-Cheers, Sarah.

-See you later, boys. Bye.

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Sarah's going to get in touch with her coolest friends.

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PHONE RINGS Oh, hang on, I've got a call coming through.

0:39:550:39:58

-Sarah seemed well chuffed with them.

-Definitely.

-Which was really cool.

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Yeah, it was a really nice project to do, just both being skaters,

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it was just nice to turn one of the items into these boards,

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so that's cool.

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Yeah, I think they've come out real nice, as well.

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Well, look what they've done with that dodgy old table.

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Such cool design.

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These skateboards are beautiful.

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Obviously I'd skate home on it, but I don't want to ruin the tracks(!)

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When Sarah saw William, he was dumping his daughter's old table,

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and the damage had already been done.

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Unfortunately, I've broke it up.

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I couldn't get it in my car.

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Undeterred, Sarah took it anyway.

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I haven't got a clue what Sarah's going to do with it,

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but she might turn it into something wonderful.

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It looks like a big loo seat at the moment, doesn't it? Look!

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Fortunately for us all, Sarah didn't make the table into a loo seat.

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But she was quick to advertise the skateboards on Instagram,

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and two sold instantly.

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The three remaining boards were snapped up as a job lot by Nick

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from Smithers of Stanford.

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Yeah, I really like these.

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They remind me of the '70s when I had a skateboard myself.

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I think they're going to make a great gift for somebody out there,

0:41:100:41:13

as well. Yeah, I really like them.

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Sarah has returned to Aldridge in the West Midlands -

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sadly not on a skateboard -

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to catch up with William,

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to show him what became of his daughter's old oak table.

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-Hello, Sarah.

-Hi there, William. How are you doing?

0:41:280:41:30

-I'm fine, thank you, you?

-Yes, very well, thank you very well.

0:41:300:41:34

-Now, I saw you being very busy helping your daughter, is that right?

-That's right, yes.

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There were lots of interesting things coming out of your daughter's

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shed, but it was that oak table was the thing that caught my eye.

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Did you wonder what I might do with it after I took it away?

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I haven't got a clue. Not a clue.

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Well, I work with some really lovely guys who specialise in using wood,

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and we find items of metal particularly for their things,

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and they are also great skaters.

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So I took them your oak table, and this is what they made out of it.

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Oh, those are marvellous. They are beautiful.

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They've chosen these special trucks on them,

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-so real skaters can really use them.

-Mm-hmm.

0:42:120:42:15

-What you think of those?

-Oh, they're beautiful.

0:42:150:42:18

All of the boards have sold,

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and I've got some profit to give to you today,

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-so I have £60 here for you.

-Oh!

0:42:230:42:26

For that old table.

0:42:260:42:28

Oh, that's brilliant, thank you.

0:42:280:42:29

Thank you very much. My daughter will be very pleased.

0:42:290:42:33

-Are you going to give it to her?

-Oh, yes, she's got a birthday coming up,

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and so I think that'll go towards it, most of it will, you know?

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I'm sure she'll find something lovely to remember her birthday by with that.

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It was great to catch up, and it was lovely to see you again.

0:42:450:42:47

-Thank you very much.

-Bye-bye.

-Thank you. Thank you very much, Sarah.

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The costs involved in creating the skateboards was £110 each,

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which was a total of £550.

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Sarah sold all five for £610,

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which left a profit of 60 quid to hand back to William.

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Sarah salvaged three items that were destined for the dump.

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Anthony did a fantastic job on the old stools.

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Josh and Oli worked wonders with William's oak table.

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And Sarah got festive with some play balls.

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Three items destined to be dumped

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have been transformed into three unique pieces.

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All of them worthy of their new lease of life.

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Sarah Moore is at Walsall Recycling Centre looking for three treasures bound for the skip. She enlists the help of upholsterer Anthony Devine to turn a set of stools into something stylish, and woodworking duo Josh and Oli put their creative skills to the test by attempting to turn an oak table into sleek skateboards. Sarah then turns her attention to her own project. Will her love of Christmas decorations come in handy for this very unusual find?