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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts with £200 each...
-I love that!
-..a classic car and a goal, to scour Britain for antiques.
-My heart's slightly racing.
The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
So will it be the high road to glory, or the slow road to disaster?
Jonny, are we going to end up in a dead end?
This is the Antiques Road Trip!
SKA VERSION OF BOND THEME PLAYS
It's the penultimate leg of our jaunt in a little 1964 MG
with Jonathan Pratt and Anita Manning.
It's been quite a thriller!
Jonathan, going to be very careful here. We're very near the edge.
-And it's a long way down!
-This is not Monte Carlo.
I'm getting vertigo.
Auctioneer Anita, let's just call her Miss Moneypenny...
Broom! Broom! Broom-broom!
Has been setting the pace all week with her "auction man" rival,
the slightly clumsy Johnny English,
who's shaken but rarely stirred.
Yes, you look lovely!
But although diamonds are forever,
in this business, you're only as good as your last assignment.
You bought the boring old brown furniture and I bought a lot of rubbish.
-THEY BOTH LAUGH Yeah, that's true!
-And we both lost!
OK, things could be better.
But they're heading in the right direction.
Jonathan began with £200
and he's so far managed to turn that into £370.39. That's not bad!
Anita, who also started out with £200,
now has an even more respectable £420.41.
Oh, no! It's raining again!
-You've got your hood up now, Jonny!
The thing about hats is, it causes your hair to fall in a certain pattern for the rest of the day.
-You're a big sissy!
-Yeah, I know.
Anita and Jonathan are travelling over 400 miles,
through Scotland, England and Wales,
From Glasgow all the way to Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey.
We're starting out at Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire,
heading for an auction at Mold in Flintshire, North Wales.
Hebden Bridge is a lovely old town in the valley
and was once full of mills, weaving the wool from the hills around and about.
It was known as Trouser Town.
Jonny, we're both in the same place this morning.
-I don't want you following me around.
You'll be following me around.
Jonathan's first to get stuck into the cabinets.
After the bad result I had last time,
I'm going to try and go for jewellery and silver and little objects.
Mm! Interesting. Upstairs, Anita seems to have an entirely different tactic.
I quite like this.
It's from the 1930s. Magazine rack.
And it's got this lovely carved handle here
and the carved sections.
Now, that's so reminiscent of the Art Deco period,
where you have these circular, sympathetic shapes.
It's functional. People will like that.
And it's got a dog there and I know that people do like dogs.
So I've got three sort of good elements there.
I doubt she'll be so enthusiastic about it in front of the dealer, Steve, though!
The ticket price is £22. Stand by.
-It's not the greatest of quality. I think this is just plywood.
-I think it is, yes.
-But quite a nice, clean, wee, functional item.
It would appeal to dog owners. Do you think that is a Welsh wolfhound?
I'm not too up on dogs, but, er, probably.
-You're a great salesman!
Yeah, looks more like an unusually vicious labrador to me.
I'd be looking to pay in the region of £10, £12.
Well, we could do it for £12.
-I think that's a good buy for 12.
-It's a deal. Lovely! Do you think I'll make a profit?
-I'm sure there will be.
-Come on, Fido.
Now how's our jewellery hound? Is he on the scent yet?
This is a gold and zircon ring.
This is the problem with jewellery -
it takes absolutely forever to be sure what you're looking at.
Zircon's a natural stone.
But it's very, very obvious what it is on a big stone.
But on a small stone, it's much harder to tell.
Zircon can occur in a variety of shades
and the colourless stones can be good, cheaper substitutes for diamonds.
And you've got a 9-carat gold ring with a cluster of zircons.
It's worth a punt because it's quite a pretty little cluster ring.
The price on the box is...
This is a gold stick pin.
It could be rolled gold. It's quite pretty.
A little squirrel.
He's got a little nut in his hand which is a little seed pearl.
On with the squirrel! What-ho, old bean!
It's rather cute, isn't it? Don't you think?
-If you say so, JP.
I wonder if dealer Trish will be impressed.
So I was wondering if you'd do the two together, perhaps for £20?
-So it's a total of 40.
-32 and 8.
The two of them for 32 would be all right.
-Nice and easy! I'll take that. Thank you very much.
Very happy with that.
And he's sticking with jewellery, as he finds something else.
I rather like this little chap here.
It's just a nice little Victorian wheelbarrow.
It's a late 19th-century, silver-plated,
It probably is a salt cellar.
It probably started off life with a glass liner perhaps
and the quality of the details - I think the little screw heads are a nice little touch.
You can see the lines are nice and dark, which is where the silver coating has tarnished,
and it's been left buried in the corners.
You can't fake that. It can't be done just like that. It certainly gives it the age.
I like that a lot.
Ha! At £55, it's over to you, Trish.
-It's got style about it. If it was silver, it would be hundreds of pounds anyway.
-It's a one-off.
So what's the best on that? Would you do 40?
-Erm... I think 40's a little bit low for me.
-Yeah, let's stick with the twos and say 42.
OK. Och, I'm on fire this morning! £42!
-Oh, Lordy! Are you really?
-Thank you very much.
Well, he's certainly come over all decisive today.
Tactical, too, it seems!
I'm going to stick to small things and quite simply buy five objects that I could fit into my pockets.
Really?! Oh, it looks like Anita's finally got her hands on some smalls! Ha!
-Is this your cabinet?
-It is, yes.
Look at this little pencil here.
This little propelling pencil and the lid is still there.
Now, that would fit in a pocket.
It's quite plain and it's quite straight forward.
I also like the fact that it's made by Sampson Mordan & Company.
Sampson Mordan filed the first patent for a mechanical pencil in 1822.
And the family company continued to manufacture highly collectable items
until 1941, when their London factory was destroyed in the Blitz.
-56. Can you come down a bit from there?
-What were you thinking of?
In the region of 30.
-I could go to 40.
-Could you go to 40?
-Are happy with that?
-40 would be the best, yes.
-OK, thank you.
Right. Time for our pair to hit the road.
They're travelling from Hebden Bridge across the border to Burnley,
The two mill towns, just 15 miles apart, have quite a lot in common.
In fact, they were once both linked by a pack-horse route,
although, nowadays, most people prefer the A646.
Time for Jonathan to go solo.
-Have a nice time!
-Have fun, too.
Well, with some 9,000 square feet of space, they certainly think big round here.
Who on Earth would buy that? My word!
How about Phil Serrell?
This is the Perfect Fit, Form-O-Matic Dress Form.
I should watch where I put my hands, actually. Erm...
-This is quite fun, actually. I quite like this.
-Do you like it?
-I suppose this is for dresses and things?
-Yeah, you're right!
You just pull these pins out and then twist from behind.
And then you can adjust it accordingly.
It's unusual. I can't say I've come across one before. It's quirky.
It sort of conjures up the nostalgia of the 1950s.
Hang on! You'll never get THAT in your pocket, lad.
It was not really what I was looking to put my money into. £65.
It does seem a little steep for me. What would you sell this for?
-Mm, for you, special customer, £40.
-That's a real bargain, trust me.
-I'll have to take her waist in a bit.
-Oh, yeah! Depends how you like your ladies!
I think he's smitten. Who wouldn't be?
-How about £30?
-32. How's that for you?
Do we have a deal, Jonathan? Come on. You know you want to.
-£32. Do you know what? Why not? OK.
-Thank you very much.
Ha! Don't they make a lovely couple?
Jonathan and Anita are back together again.
They're on their way to Darwen in Lancashire.
Er, Jonny, just in here to the right.
-Aladdin's Cave. Is he a lad in a cave?
-Is that what he is?
-Well, he's a bit of a lad!
-Is he a genie?
-Aye, he's a genie!
-It's interesting, yes.
-Hi, Steven. I had such a good time the last time that I brought Jonny along.
-Great. Nice to meet you.
Ah, old chums, eh? This could be interesting.
Well, the name of this place certainly fits,
although I have seen caves arranged with a little more care and attention.
Our Anita is first to grab dealer Steven.
Come on. You help me to get a bargain.
..and is hoping to make familiarity count.
I think that's so sweet.
It's a little country...cot.
-A little rocker.
-Nice old paint inside.
-Yeah! That's the original stuff, isn't it?
-I think it is, yeah.
-Nice colour as well.
-How old do we think this is?
-I think about 1870, 1880. I don't know. What do you think?
-Probably made by the...?
-The father. I think the father would have made it
when the mother gave birth, for the baby.
-A big baby.
-Tall baby. Plenty of room to grow!
-Plenty of room to grow, yeah!
I like this. I like this, Steven.
I would hope it would be the type of thing that would appeal within a rural community.
Not that you'd put a baby in it these days, but you could put plants
or teddies or whatever.
-How much is this, Steven?
-I'd like about 110.
What's the very best that you can do on that?
-Oh, I'd better sit down, hadn't I?
-I'll hold your hand.
What's the very, very, very, very def on it?
-It's a deal on that.
So Anita's the proud owner of some brown furniture and Jonathan found himself a cabinet.
You'd really want it to say "toast". That's the thing!
Cos people don't really have letter racks any more.
How old is it? Not very, probably.
You'd like to think it was early 20th century. The quality's there.
But is it silver?
It's almost like it's... It is silver. Can't be.
It's too stiff.
The ticket price is £59.
It almost has a homemade feel about it.
-Yeah, I thought that. It's an interesting piece.
-A bit of fun.
-"Letter" for a letter rack.
-Yeah. It might be 60 years old.
-I was thinking more like 20. STEVEN LAUGHS
-I'll split the difference with you. 30.
30 quid, that's your very best?
Er... We'll come to some agreement.
And Jonathan asks Steven about something rather interesting.
-You could have probably sold this a million times, cos it's there in front of you.
-It's a fabulous piece, I think. It's hand painted.
-It's on wood.
Yeah, a lot of people wanted that over the years. I've had it a few years now.
-It's a smart thing.
-200 for that.
-Don't step backwards, by the way.
That would be TV gold, wouldn't it?
Phew! That was close, Jonathan.
You wouldn't take 150 for it, would you?
Go on! Right, OK.
-Grieves me much, but...
-I'm going to shake your hand on that one.
-I think it's fantastic. Thanks. You'll do well with that.
What about a little chaser?
-The letter rack, you'd do for what?
I'll go for that. And then I'm absolutely finished shopping.
-I may as well pay you now.
-Yeah. please! And clear off!
Well, he's certainly got a lotta bottle.
You're free to go and try and fleece Anita now.
See if you can get as much as you can out of her. Thank you very much.
Was that a cry for assistance?
Steven! Steven! Wherefore art thou?
-I've found something up here which you might be dying to get rid of.
-Oh, I hope so!
I'll come up now.
-I found this big dud of gnarled wood.
-It's a root.
-It's a root?
-It's a root, a-ha.
It's a wonderful piece of natural art.
-So it's taking an enormous amount of space up...
-..in your warehouse.
-But I have had it a while.
-You've had it for years?
-Er, a couple of years perhaps.
-I am willing and happy to take it off your hands...
-Oh, that's great.
-..for a tenner!
-Oh, oh! Oh, I couldn't.
-You couldn't do it for a tenner?
-I'll sell it, for a huge loss, for 40.
-Every day it's sitting here, it's costing you money.
It was a twig when it first got there!
-And I'm willing to take it off your hands for a tenner!
It's a bit like chopping away at a tree, this.
-40, that's a good price, really.
-Steven, it might not even get a bid.
Will you let me take it off your hands for £10?
Could this be TIMBER!
Thank you very much. Are you happy that I'm taking if off your hands?
I have mixed feelings, really, mixed!
Bye-bye Aladdin's Cave!
That was a fruitful bit of shopping.
Now it's time for Jonathan to leave Darwen and get down to St Helens.
The fortunes of this town were built upon coal
and on the heavy industry that needed that fuel.
Nowadays, the talk in St Helens is all about regeneration
and this giant sculpture stands on the site of the last colliery.
But the town still makes glass and has done for almost 300 years.
-This is an amazing building.
Hi, Jonathan. I'm Hannah, the curator. Welcome to the World of Glass.
The entrance of the World of Glass museum is a replica of the huge furnace
located elsewhere on the site.
It was constructed by William Windle Pilkington
for the around-the-clock manufacture of glass.
Pilkington based its HQ here in St Helens back in 1826
because of the raw materials and skills located here.
But as the exhibits show, the story of glass is much, much older.
This is the Glass Roots gallery with the Pilkington collection.
3,000 years' worth of glass.
I know they discovered glass when lightning hit sand.
-And you get what they call angels' tears, or something.
And it's little globules of natural glass and they took it from that.
-This is a Roman piece.
-Isn't that fab?
-The Romans invented glass blowing in the 1st Century AD.
-That's wonderful. 2,000 years old, or thereabouts.
Also in the collection are hugely valuable pieces by some of the great glass designers,
like Rene Lalique and this cameo glass by the British manufacturer Thomas Webb and Sons.
I mean, I absolutely adore that. I think that is such an amazing piece. Absolute skilled work.
Although designers like George Woodall took etching and carving
through fused layers of glass to new heights,
it was, essentially, a Roman technique.
Pilkington pioneered the industrialisation of glass manufacture,
but the basic method remains roughly the same.
In the hot-glass studio, you can see the ancient craft in action.
-That's so clever. I've never seen it done before.
OK, and it happened instantly.
-So centrifugal force is pulling it down.
-Wow! That's amazing.
You quite simply just bring it out, spin it and let gravity do its work.
-That's lovely. Isn't that lovely?
-Would you like to have a go?
-Oh, no! Er... I can try.
Oh, I see. Right.
Just very gently breathe down the end there.
Don't suck whatever you do, Jonathan!
Oh, it's a light bulb. I've invented the light bulb.
Ha! Not bad, but I don't think they'll be displaying your work
alongside the greats just yet.
But while Jonathan's been getting all creative,
Anita's anxious to finish off her shopping
and is making her way from Darwen over to Ormskirk.
-I'm Anita. It's lovely to be here.
Typically, Anita has her eye on something very buyable, although hardly a classic.
-It's rather a strange, wee box.
-Yes. It's been made in the Far East within the last five or six years.
We have these little geometric squares here.
-I like the fact that it's been hand done.
-Yes, it has, with a chisel.
-You can use it as a little stationery box or a sewing box.
Put a little lock on that, you could use it for your love letters.
You've got £15 on it. It's not a lot of money.
I would like to be buying it for in the region of ten.
-Is that at all possible?
-Let's do a deal at ten.
-That's lovely. Thank you very much, Alan.
It was a pleasure doing business.
Good work, young lady!
And here's a reminder of this leg's shopping.
Anita started out with £420.41
and she spent £147 of it on five auction lots.
Jonathan began with £370.39
and he spent £286, also on five auction lots.
Come on, you two. Spill it.
Tell us what you really think of one another's stuff.
The Sampson Mordan gold pen is an absolute steal.
She'll double her money that, for sure.
But she's bought a tree. Totally out of character!
She might get £15, but how many people will be willing to pay it?
I love Jonathan's items.
I think he's let his feminine side lead him this time. Apart from the big bottle of whisky, of course.
I think he might beat me this time!
After starting out in the Pennines at Hebden Bridge,
this leg of our journey concludes in North Wales
at an auction in Mold.
Is this going to be your day, Jonny? Are you going to win today?
Oh, I'd like to think so, but who knows, who knows?
We're at Dodds Auctioneers
and Anthony Parry is in charge of proceedings today.
-Are you nervous, Jonny?
-Yes, I am nervous.
Pull yourself together then. You're up first.
Starting off, we have Jonathan's silvery letter rack.
10 I've got. £10. 10. 15. 15.
20. 25. 25's up the room. 25.
-Do we have 30 anywhere else?
-Come on! Come on!
-All done at £32?
-It washed its face, as they say.
-It washed its face.
-say, actually, but a loss after commission.
What will Mold make of his wheelbarrow?
This is a rural area. People love their gardens.
They've got lots of wheelbarrows, these guys, but none that small!
£10. 10. 10. £10.
12. 14. 16.
Well, you heard him say, "One more." So he won't go another!
24... There you are. He said, "No." 24. 25.
Are you having 26? Oh, dear me! 26 over here!
No more for the wheelbarrow then!
Oh, dear! Jonathan's quality plan's not off to a go start.
You mean bunch!
But I did think that was one that might struggle.
Anita's gold pencil. Everyone seems to agree it's a belter.
This is rather a nice lot. 30 I've got, £30. £35.
£45. 45. £50.
£55. £60. 65.
-90. Are you having 92.50, sir?
92.50. £100! Thank you.
It's gone then at £100.
-Oh, shut up!
Quite a contrast. She's straight out of the blocks.
Certainly was. Now for Jonathan's ring and pin. Nice nails!
£20 I've got to start. £30. £40.
75. Where's 80?
75. Any more?
Are we all done at £75?
And done at 77 then!
-Ah, thank you.
Yes, a bit of recovery from an awful start.
-That's more than we thought.
-Thank goodness for that!
OK, who's ready for some sculpture? Don't laugh!
-Nobody knows how much that's worth.
-Most people would walk past it.
On a dog walk, their dog would stop, lift his leg and carry on walking!
What shall we say for it?
-Thank you, sir!
-Well, there we are. £10!
-Who's going to have 50?
Are we quite sure we can't get any more money?
-Do you want to ask outside?
-Ask outside! Ask around, Jon.
£50 and this lady is winning this. All done at 50 then?
You're mad, all of you! You're mad!
Well, she hoped to find people of like mind.
-You are amazing, Anita.
What about her doggy magazine rack? Might it have its day?
£10 note. £10.
All done at 27 then?
-I'm happy enough with that.
I'm sure she is.
Now for Jonathan's big one.
80's there. 90.
90. It should double this, easily.
£90's here. 90.
100. And 10. 115.
All done at £120 then?
Are you quite sure?
I knew it. Oh, man!
Oh, dear! It's enough to drive you to drink, Jonathan.
Well, I'm bitterly disappointed with that.
Can his shapely friend help out?
£20. 20. £25.
£50. All done at £50 then?
-Jonathan, well done!
-Wasn't that excellent?
Not bad! But probably not enough either.
Now for Anita's brown box.
10 I've got. 12 I've got. 14.
-Oh, God! Here we go!
28. Thank you.
-A loony bin!
-30 coming back. 32 at the back.
No more? All done at £34 then. You're quite sure?
-They like the brown stuff in this auction.
Yeah, Anita's in tune again.
My last item is coming up. It's the pine rocking cradle
that really was the item that I was worried about.
If you make a profit on it, then you have to sing
"She Wears Red Feathers And A Hula-Hula Skirt".
All done at £30 then?
Thank goodness for that!
Well, at least we won't have to put up with Anita's singing.
Despite that little wrong note,
Anita's easily the winner today.
Jonathan began with £370.39.
And after paying auction costs,
he made a loss of £32.62,
leaving him with £337.77 to spend on the next leg.
Anita, however, started with £420.41.
And after paying costs made a profit of £50.62,
giving her £471.03 and a substantial lead.
Well done, that girl!
Very well done, Anita. I'm a bit disappointed about that cradle actually.
The opportunity to hear your dulcet tones...
# She wears red feathers and a hooley-hooley skirt
# She wears red feathers and a hooley-hooley skirt... #
And onwards we go for the final adventure
with Anita, Jonathan and their little 1964 MG.
# Bread of heaven
# Bread of heaven, feed me now... #
# Feed me till I want no more
# I want no more
# Feed me till I want no more. #
That's right, we're in Wales.
They're travelling over 400 miles from the city of Glasgow
all the way to Llangefni, on the Isle of Anglesey.
But first stop is the town of Colwyn Bay.
And they will auction later in Llangefni.
-Don't you love the sea?
The seaside town of Colwyn Bay is the birthplace of former
007 actor Timothy Dalton,
and is the location for Anita's next shopping assignment.
And she is like a whirling dervish who is licensed to spend
all of her £471.03.
I'm feeling a wee bit dangerous today.
Is this the shop I could spend all my money in?
It seems Anita is on a mission,
and her first task is to cosy up to owner, Frank.
-Good luck, Frank!
-How are you?
-Is this your shop?
-It is, yes.
-Oh, it's a great shop.
-You like it?
It's usually small, sparkly jewellery Anita falls for.
But there's nothing tiny about this chandelier.
Oh, no, just look at it, it's a brute.
When I look at it, it is moulded glass, it's not quite crystal.
But there's nice quality to it. It's a lot of weight, you see?
Yeah. Yeah. Hold it up, Frank.
If there were two of them, you could use them as earrings.
It'd be a big lady who could wear a pair of earrings that size!
No need to say it like that, Frank.
Quite a lot of quality there, isn't there?
Well, it's not bad, but it's not the best.
Maybe we can do something with that for you,
if you've got your eye on that.
Well, I'll tell you, there's another couple of items.
-What I want to do, Frank...
-Is marry a few things together.
-I want to spend, spend, spend!
Oh, Lordy, he looks frightened.
I fancy this wee table,
because I like the idea that it is like a miniature.
I like the idea that you can use it as a single table, or you can
-separate it out.
-I like these things.
And I like the idea that it's functional.
Another item that I was looking at,
and again, I'm thinking for function...
What's she up to now, then?
Very unusual for Anita to get so excited about furniture,
but she has found yet another decorative table.
I hope she's all right.
-This is... It's a Louis Cannes style.
Louis XVI style, I reckon.
It looks a lot more than what you'd be expecting to pay for it.
These plaques, for instance, you see on here, are porcelain.
-And as you say, it's got that Louis look.
And the thick marble, so it's not going to just be knocked over,
you know, it's a good all-around piece.
Now, it looks like Anita is going in for a multi-buy.
The original ticket price on the chandelier is £150.
£75 for the twin pedestal table
and £85 for the marble-top table,
giving a combined total of £310.
Wow, this is chancy.
I was thinking...
To help you to sell them, and I can more or less guarantee
-you'll make a good profit on these.
Not a pound or so. I'll do 200 for the three for you.
200 for the three? You're a darling!
Oh. You're enjoying that, Frank.
Well, we got there in the end with a masterclass
of smiley negotiations from the alluring Anita.
Jonathan, meanwhile, is in nearby Rhos on Sea.
How's our young gun getting on with the old shopping, eh?
He's got £337.77 to spend.
OK, so a little brooch. It's got a '50s style about it,
doesn't it? It is sort of like a... almost a Scandinavian influence.
Stamped 18K, so it's continental.
A brooch, eh?
Well, the lad's done well on jewellery before
and owner, Shawna, has a cabinet full of the stuff.
Would you mind if I see this gold and diamond circular brooch?
A few diamonds in. Nicely made, isn't it?
This sort of beadwork, I wonder why it has got a milled edge, though.
Isn't that funny? It's almost like a coin.
It does look a bit like a coin, doesn't it?
Diamond is a nice colour, but it's internally flawed.
-Yes, it's just a dress brooch.
-But it's a pretty thing.
Seems Jonathan's in brooch heaven today.
And he's not finished shopping yet.
He's on the prowl for more booty.
I'm going to step away from the cabinets for a moment
and have a look around.
The little spill vase with the sort of 1970's style,
with the rustic base.
It's by Deakin and Francis, by the way, is it, D&F?
I mean, you'd call it a spill vase.
It would be for something like putting a little flower in.
I think spill was something else,
I think it was like rushes for lighting fires and things,
but you've got this lovely little rusticated base.
It's weighted all right and it's got a little bit of age.
And he's got his eye on something else.
Crikey, Jonathan! There's no stopping you today.
I quite like that design. It's quite sweet, isn't it?
It has a sort of almost carpet pattern,
sort of Spanish-Mexican or something.
Basically, what we've got here is a vesta case.
Vesta case is a matchbox case.
And you'd carry your matches around with you.
It's a sort of 19th century thing.
So, Jonathan decides to go in for a job lot
on the Victorian gold brooch,
the '50s gold brooch
and the silver vesta case and vase.
The combined ticket price on all four is a whopping £520.
-Make it 290 then.
And that will do me just fine. That's what I was going to ask.
£290 - thank you very much.
Four items, one shop!
£290 blown already.
The boy's certainly going for it. God!
And Jonathan even has Auntie Anita providing a chauffeur service.
She's taking him onwards and upwards to his next shop
in Llandudno Junction.
And it looks like she's taking the scenic route, look at that.
How did we manage to go the wrong way, Jonathan?
It's your blethering. Your blethering has put me off.
Of course it has, Anita. Of course it has(!)
Oh, he's such a chatterbox, isn't he?
Well, Anita, well driven. Even if you did go the wrong way.
Watch it, Johnny!
Drive safely. Do you know where you're going now? Do you want a map?
-You all right?
-Yes, you tell him, Anita.
-Have a good time.
-And you, see you.
We'll catch up with Jonathan later, but for now,
Anita is travelling to Conwy
to visit a splendid and ancient townhouse.
The town of Conwy is enclosed within a ring of 13th-century walls
and protected by a mighty Norman castle.
In the narrow streets, stands Plas Mawr.
It's a townhouse built for the influential Welsh merchant,
Wynn was a well-travelled courtier and trader
and the house stands as a symbol of a prosperous, buoyant age.
The style and design symbolizes Wynn's wealth and status.
This architectural delight is considered to be the finest
surviving Elizabethan townhouse in Britain.
Anita is meeting with property manager, Rachel Skelly,
-to learn more.
-It's lovely to be in Plas...?
Tell me, what does that mean?
Plas Mawr means "big house" or, as we like to say, great hall.
It is the finest example of an Elizabethan merchant's townhouse.
It has been compared to a modern day footballer's house.
It would have been the latest fashion of the period -
-So, it is a big bit of bling.
-It certainly is.
-Can we go up and have a look?
-You certainly can.
I'm looking forward to this.
Robert wanted to demonstrate his success and wealth
with the latest in 16th century design.
-Here we have Robert Wynn's bedchamber.
So he would have his big four-poster here.
He certainly would, in front of the fire.
-And this is his coat of arms here?
-This is the Wynn coat of arms.
And that is 1577.
And as we were talking about the footballer's modern-day house,
-here we have a garderobe.
-Oh, so this is our 16th century en suite.
-It certainly is!
-I wouldn't like to smell that, though.
-I can't see Wayne Rooney in there.
Wynn was proud of his Welsh ancestry and commissioned
specialist plasterers to create decorative schemes
that incorporated heraldic emblems of his family.
Again, this symbolized the might of Wynn's wealth.
Ah, now, Rachel, this...
-..this is the room that I can see myself in.
-It certainly is.
I think this is wonderful! And the first thing that strikes me
really, is this very colourful plasterwork.
I mean, what are these female figures all about?
These are called caryatids and they are what
we believe to be Robert's interpretation
of the Greek priestesses on the columns.
So, he was a well-educated man who had travelled
and what he wanted to do was show the world and his guests...
-that he was a travelled man.
-He was showing off again.
He was showing off again.
I mean, look at the ceiling, it's like a Christmas cake!
It is absolutely wo... It's very cheerful.
But, again, it's a bit over the top. There is no subtlety here.
-It's bling all the way.
And what I love, as well, is the light, the windows.
These windows are marvellous.
They certainly are and they, again, show his wealth.
And did you know, back in that day,
if you moved house, you took your windows with you?
-Because glass was very expensive.
While Anita enjoys the grandeur of this splendid Elizabethan
townhouse, let's find out how Jonathan's getting on
in Llandudno Junction.
Well, he doesn't have much money left in his purse,
but owner, Nicky, tries to points Jonathan in the right direction.
That's not bad. What about something like that?
I know it's a bit... Gaudy Welsh-looking.
Oh, I see what you are talking... Yes, yes.
I know it's not... But, in your budget.
This Staffordshire tea service is in this style of
Gaudy Welsh pottery, which was made in England and Wales
between about 1820 and 1860.
There's four pieces and a teapot and stand.
Would you take £20 for it?
-I'd take £30 for it.
-There you go.
-But it's not mad, is it?
Eh... Well, you know, the condition... It is a good look.
-You know, it's showy.
It looks like the sort of Crown Derby, that sort of thing.
-It's got a chance, hasn't it?
-Maybe it has got a chance.
OK, that's one item rooted out, what's next?
That's a big one. I haven't seen one that large before.
You probably know more about that sort of thing than I do.
Embossed metal badge for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
It's one hell of a cap badge, isn't it?
I've never seen one that big, have you?
Um, normally they're a quarter of the size. I rather like that.
-It has got the military touch, but it also was a Welsh Regiment then.
Actually, Jonathan, this is a pioneer's apron clasp.
The pioneer would lead the Fusiliers when on ceremonial duties.
Nicky must be taking pity on Jonathan -
he's dropped the price of the tea set by a tenner.
So, 20 quid...there.
And then how much is this chap here?
I'd do that for 20 quid, as well.
Uh... If I bought both, would you give me a better...
..would you give me a little more off? Would you say...
No, 20 and 20.
20 and 20, I'd do for you, wouldn't I?
-20 and 15.
-Oh, go on.
Splendid work, Jonathan!
Oh, dear! Anita and Jonathan are having to brave
the rainy weather of Blighty once again.
Our daring duo have travelled to the town of Penmaenmawr,
on the North Wales coast.
The town is famous for its spectacular mountain
and coastal walks and lies within Snowdonia National Park.
Anita and Jonathan are sharing their first shop of the day.
Mick, the owner, meets them as they arrive.
Let's join young Jonathan.
He already has five lots, so there isn't any pressure to buy.
But surprisingly, Jonathan has found something straight away.
I learnt to ski on skis this long, actually.
They would have seemed this long
cos I was probably only about that high when I learnt.
But now everyone skis on skis about this long.
They're not made of wood. These are made of oak.
That's in the realms of possibility, I'd say.
I can be persuasive if I want to be.
Oh! Fighting talk from JP.
-Would you take a tenner for them?
Oh, dear, I don't know if I could do that, you know.
OK, will you take the whole lot? If I give you £12.77...
I can't do any more than that. Just will you take the lot?
-Go on then.
-OK, thank you very much. 12.77, thank you very much.
Well done, Jonathan.
Every last penny blown - I love your bravado.
Meanwhile, where is our lovely Anita?
Mick, these are just so beautiful.
And you've got a wee notice saying that they are Welsh tapestries.
-I mean, tell me a bit about them.
I didn't know they made this type of thing in Wales.
Well, they're double woven, so they're actually negative
and positive. If you look on the blankets,
-can you see it goes that way?
And turn to the opposite side and it's the negative.
I've got to buy one of these.
Welsh blankets have been produced in North Wales for centuries.
This one is named after the mill it was made in - Tregwynt.
The original ticket price on this blanket is £125.
-Is this one that you would let go?
-I would let go of this one, yes.
Would you let it go for 50 quid?
I tell you what I'll do, give me another tenner
-and you can have it, there we are.
-Another tenner? 60 quid?
60 quid and you've had a bargain. There we are.
I think that for 60 quid...
..we are buying something of beauty and craftsmanship.
Mick, it's a deal.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much. Thank you.
Aw, Mick obviously loves Scottish women and Welsh blankets.
Thank goodness Anita managed to prise one out of his collection.
There is a labyrinth of rooms through there.
They're all packed full of stuff, it's wonderful.
But this thing caught my eye and I really like it.
It's colourful and it's fun.
It's the front part of a gaming machine,
which has maybe been broken up but they've kept this bit here.
Viva Las Vegas. And it tells you there is a new six-pound jackpot.
That must have been a lot of money,
so we're maybe talking about 1960's, 1970's.
It's totally useless, but I like it.
It's got £17 on it. That's not a lot of money.
Anita collars Mick to go in for a deal.
-You've had it for years?
-Years and years.
-Could you make it cheaper than that?
-A little bit, yeah.
-What were you thinking of?
-I was thinking of...the jackpot.
Do you know, I'm feeling very generous,
so I think you should take it for £6, there we are,
-cos you've hit the jackpot.
-You are about to be embraced
-by a grateful customer.
-Oh, dear, again?
Oh, thank you so much.
Cor, she likes the fellas, doesn't she?
So, that's the Welsh blanket and the gaming machine fascia
for £66, but...
I don't like 66. It has either got to be 65 or 67.
-So what do you think we should do?
-I think we should go for 67.
-Are you sure?
That will do me then. It pays for the lighting.
-The extra pound...
-Another quid. Every quid counts.
He's a one, that Mick.
But Anita's now bought all her items.
And let's remind ourselves how they've been spending their booty.
Jonathan Pratt started with £337.77
and spent every penny on six auction lots.
Anita began with £471.03
and spent £267 on five lots.
I love this bit.
Let's hear what they think of their latest offerings.
The skis? Well, he is a skier, so he had to buy them,
but they're full of woodworm.
She's paid too much for the chandelier
and she won't be able to sell the modern '50s
awful Louis XV-XVI style table.
Mmm. The handbags well and truly out, then.
Let's get back on the road and head to auction.
Long old go, this, isn't it?
Cor, it has been an ambitious finale with Anita and Jonathan
battling it out, from Colwyn Bay along the North Wales coast,
to Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey.
This is the famous Menai Bridge that connects mainland Wales to Anglesey.
I wonder if Anita knows when it was built.
This was opened in 1826, John.
-Was it really?
-Yep. It said it up there.
Our pair of road trippers are travelling through
the Anglesey countryside, heading for today's auction, but, Lordy,
who will be the overall champ?
-This is your last chance to catch me up, Johnny.
Founded in 1964, Morgan Evans and Co
has a long-established reputation.
Simon Bower is our auctioneer in command.
Right then, quiet please! The option is about to begin.
Oh, oh! Here we go.
First up it's Jonathan's antique wooden skis.
£15 I've got. 15 bid.
You're in profit, you're in profit!
20? £20 bid? £20 bid.
22? 22 bid. 22 bid. 22 bid.
25? 25 bid. 25 bid.
£25 I have.
For a pair of skis, not dear, are they at 25?
Out the gate quickly.
At 25 and sold...
-That's a good start! That's a good start.
-Double the money.
Good-oh, Jonathan, splendid start.
I'm pleased, pleased that people like a bit of skiing style, you know,
a bit of vintage.
Moving on then, next it's Anita's big, sparkly chandelier.
Am I going to make 100 quid on this chandelier?
I'm starting to get a wee bit worried now.
£40 then. 40?
30 on the chandelier.
-The lovely sound of clinking glass.
-Hold it up!
15. Can't go any lower. Lovely chandelier, 15.
Ten, I'm bid, at ten. £10 bid. Ten, I'm bid.
20. £20, I'm bid.
Worth another? 25.
-30. At £30 bid.
30, I'm bid. Cheap enough at 30. In the back at £30.
32 did you say, sir? 35.
-When someone went 30, he went like that with his fingers.
£40, I'm bid. Not dear, is it?
Fair play, ladies' bid, all gents out then.
Hammer's up at £40...and sold.
-That's me down 60.
It's only your first lot, Anita. Chin up, girl.
-But that for me...
..is a perfect start!
You naughty, naughty boy.
He IS a naughty boy.
Now, it's Jonathan's tea service next, the one he can't stand.
£10 I'm bid on the blue gilt Staffordshire pottery tea service.
At 15. Bid at 15. 18. 20. 22.
-There you go, profit.
28. 30. 32. 35.
Just the thing for this sale room!
£35. 38. New bidder.
Puts you all out?
At £38. Hammer's up at 38. And away then...
Just goes to show you, Jonathan, buy for the auction
and not for your own tastes.
Oh, you're catching me up!
It's Anita's beautiful Welsh blanket next.
£40, I'm bid.
40 bid. Five. 45 bid. 45, 50.
80. 85. 90.
£90, I'm bid.
Standing bid then. Still cheap, under 100. At 90 bid.
Lovely bedspread at £90.
Hammer's up, and sold at 90 then.
-See? Ye of little faith.
This is a first, Anita receiving counsel from Jonathan?
Anyway, a good local buy from Anita.
Next, it's Jonathan's silver lot.
-Will it push him further into the lead?
30, I'm bid for the two. £30 bid.
30, I'm bid. Two nice, clean bits of silver.
35. 35 bid. 40.
-You're in profit again.
-Not quite yet, though.
-Yes, we are now.
-There we go.
-Now it's going. 75 quid.
Standing bid then, at £75 for the two.
-Not dear, but away they go at £75.
Hammer's up, then...
-Well done, Jonathan.
-You are on a roll.
Jonathan is trying hard to hide his excitement. Yet another profit.
Can Anita win the jackpot with this unusual glass fascia
from a...gaming machine? Oh, Lordy, here we go.
Five. Five, I'm bid. £5 bid.
£5 bid. £5 bid.
A nice little fun item. Six, if you like.
At £5 bid. £5 bid. £5 bid. I'll take six.
Maiden bid, the one and only bid, at £5.
On the market, it's at £5. Hammer's up, five and away then...
-They didn't like it.
-That's a shame.
Well, at least somebody bought it.
Next, it is the pioneer apron clasp from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Can Jonathan continue his profit-making streak?
Bid from me, interest to start at £15.
15 bid. 15 bid. 15 bid.
18. 20. 22.
25. 28. 30.
At 30 bid for a lovely badge.
Fair play. At £30. Any more quickly?
Hammer is up then at £30 and away.
This young man is definitely on a roll.
It's usually Anita that's flying high.
Come on, girl, let's see if the miniature table
can help you up the profit stakes.
£10, I'm bid. £10 bid. £10 bid.
12, £12 bid. 15.
-There we go, now we're seeing it.
20. 22. 25.
32. 35. 38.
At £38, I'm bid, nice, clean, little table at £38.
On the market at 38 and away then.
Oooh... Seems they have adopted a new language, eh?
Oh, dear! Yet another loss to add to Anita's collection.
God, I've lost... That's another 12 quid I've lost.
Right, it is Jonathan's 1950's gold brooch next.
40 bid. At £40 bid. Lovely gold brooch at 40 bid.
£40. 40 bid.
40, I'm bid. 40 bid. Five. 50.
At £65, I'm bid. 70 now, then.
Sounds cheap, but away it goes on the market, then. At £75 and away.
Oh, dear. Jonathan's run of profit has just come to an end.
It's Anita's marble-top Louis XVI-style table next.
Can she claw back a big chunk of profit?
It's got to make 100 quid.
Lovely quality little table, isn't it? Starting at £50 on it.
50? 40 on that little marble-top table.
20, I'm bid. £20 bid.
£20 bid. 25. 30.
-At £30, I'm bid.
-Come on, come on.
30 bid. It'll be sold, should be more. At £30.
Hammer's up then, at 30 and away.
Oh, God, another loss!
That is Anita's last item, too.
So, can Jonathan push through to the finishing line?
It's exciting, isn't this?
It all depends on the very last lot.
That's right, Anita.
How will Jonathan fare with his Victorian gold brooch -
the one that is studded with diamonds?
-Are you all right?
100 bid. Down at the very bottom. £100 on bid. Lovely gold brooch.
Come on, come on, please!
110. 120. 130.
140. 150. 160.
170. 180. 190.
-At 190 bid.
-Come, don't stop now, don't stop now.
At 190. 200.
-200 bid. 210.
-There we are.
-You've done it.
230. At 230 bid.
Still room to go on him. At 230. On the market at 230.
The last lot!
Jonathan's won today's auction, but who will be the overall winner?
Let's do the maths.
-Shall we go and get some fresh air?
Anita started this leg with £471.03,
and, after paying auction costs, made a loss of £100.54,
bringing her final earnings to £370.49.
Jonathan, meanwhile, started with £337.77
and made a profit of £50.09, netting him £387.86.
Hey, Jonathan, settle down, that's almost scary.
So, the winner for this Road Trip by less than £20 is...
Oh, that is unbelievable, isn't it?
-I honestly thought I was going to be...
-Oh, I'm sorry.
-No, that's great.
-Well done, Johnny.
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