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Series looking at the value of household junk. Liz Howard spends all her time involved with local community groups, and wants to raise some cash for a break in Scotland.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that finds treasures in your home and helps you sell them.

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Today I'm in the heart of the Cotswolds here in Gloucestershire and this is the Somerset Monument,

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known locally as the Hawkesbury Monument.

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It was built to commemorate the life and achievements of General Lord Robert Somerset,

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the son of the Fifth Duke of Beaufort and a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.

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This impressive landmark was built in 1846 in a bold, Italian style

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and stands proudly on the ridge of the Cotswolds escarpment.

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The national trail here stretches for more than 100 miles from

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the historic city of Bath to the Cotswold market town of Chipping Camden.

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The tower is still privately owned by the Beaufort family,

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who famously have their ancestral home nearby in Badminton.

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Well, if you're a seasoned walker, it's just a stroll down the hill

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from here to my destination today, the village of Hawkesbury.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic...

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an antique that leaves me slightly baffled.

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So is this for a human and not for an ox or two?

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..another that really tugs at the heartstrings...

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I don't think my dad would ever forgive me if I sold that.

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..and not all our items find new owners at auction...

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-You could take it home and do your ironing on it!

-Yes, on the train!

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So how will we have fared when the final hammer falls?

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Well, I've made it to Hawkesbury and I'm about to meet

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a very hardworking lady who's longing for a break.

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It seems she wants to swap the rolling hills round here

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for the rugged landscape of Scotland.

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This period cottage in South Gloucestershire is home to retired head teacher, Liz Howard.

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She is a passionate supporter of the local community, from the WI and gardening groups

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to taking part in amateur dramatics with her friend, Jenny, who lives nearby.

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Liz has a wonderful collection of inherited antiques

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and she's called us in to help turn some of them into cash

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for a well-earned holiday.

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Hey, you look very at home!

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-Come on, yes, come on in!

-Oh, thank you very much!

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-What a fantastic house!

-It is picture-perfect, it really is!

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This is a lovely part of the country.

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What I know about the lady we're going to see is that she used to be a headmistress, so...

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-OK...

-Yeah, you've got to behave today!

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Otherwise it will be detention. I'll try and find some good stuff.

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-Let's do that.

-OK.

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What a lovely, lovely garden!

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-Hey, who's Liz, which one is Liz?

-Hi, Jennie, nice to meet you.

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Hi, and you are?

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Hi, I'm Jenny, Jennie!

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Jenny, Jennie... this is going to be a good day. And you're the gardener, are you?

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-Yes, yes.

-This is fantastic!

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I love gardening. It's all been re-landscaped about three years ago and it's just about at its best.

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Why have you called me in?

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Well, I'm hoping to raise some money to go to Scotland.

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It's 25 years since I visited Scotland for the first time

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and I fell in love with it and Killin, Loch Tay, that sort of area

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and I hope to perhaps spend some money on a really nice hotel overlooking Loch Tay

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and also do some, perhaps, hill-walking.

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How much money do you think you need?

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Well, probably about £500 would cover it, but if it is anything extra, it will be a bonus.

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Has Liz got some nice pieces, do you think?

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-Is she a bit of a hoarder?

-Yes, I think she is.

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She is, definitely. There's some really nice things...

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nice tables and chairs which I quite fancy and yeah, some nice antiques.

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-And do you know much about antiques?

-No, not at all.

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Aha! Well, I know a man who does and I think we ought to go and find him!

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-Oh, great!

-Paul's here already, so let's get cracking.

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Let's get cracking.

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Getting this busy lady some time away sounds like a good idea to me,

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and with such a beautiful home to search through,

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I think we're in for a treat and I'm sure that Paul will feel the same.

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In fact, it looks as if something has already caught his eye, although I'm not exactly sure what it is!

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-Hello!

-You found him!

-How many pints?

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-A few gallons either side, I think!

-What a great thing!

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-It's brilliant, isn't it, yes!

-What is it?

-Do you know what it is?

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-Oh, yes, yes.

-There we are.

-What is it?

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Been used many times. It's a yoke.

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You put it around your shoulders and you have your pails of water

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or milk there and it's a nice, easy way of carrying water and milk...

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Well, it was, 150 years ago, not so much now when you've got taps.

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So it is for a human and not for an ox or two?

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No. I'll give you a demonstration here.

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It goes on your shoulders and you're right...

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either side here we'd have two buckets and it's a great way of carrying things.

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Often used by ladies.

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They used to sell milk, door to door and the farming ladies

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would go around the village and try and sell the milk.

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It's a great country item,

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it's very visual, and if I said at least £20 up to £50,

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I would expect it to go for that sort of price?

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Yes, that sounds good.

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If you could get it to 50 or more,

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that would be even better, but that's sounds great.

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That was a good start. I think you're being mean with your estimate.

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It's going to make more.

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-It would be great if it did!

-Let's go and find some more things.

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Yes, let's.

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Well, what an unusual item to start our day

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and give us our first few pounds towards that trip to Scotland.

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Upstairs, Jenny has found a gorgeous teddy bear.

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Liz has had it since she was just 10 years old,

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but she's decided to part with it

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and Paul sends it to auction with a price tag of £30 to £60.

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Next door, Liz has another item she thinks our expert might like.

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-Paul.

-Uh-huh?

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What do you think about this?

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Oh, wow! Look at that!

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Has that come with the house? It looks ancient, doesn't it?

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Almost as old as the house.

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Yeah, look at that!

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Well, if you have a look at the construction of this, it's wonderful.

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It's very sturdy, very durable, it would outlive me and you

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and it's lasted 300 years, and it will last another 300 years

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and it's known as a stretcher table for these four planks along the bottom...

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They're the stretchers, they hold it together and give it its strength.

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And if I open the drawer here, you can see just the age.

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For the last 300 years, people were putting things in that drawer,

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you can see across the top, and this is actually oak-lined

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and what you'll find with copies is they put a pine lining in the back and just do the fronts.

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This is all original, it's dead genuine.

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What a cracker, it really is!

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That's a very functional piece of furniture

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and it's absolutely perfect for a room like this and for a house like this,

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so I think you must be looking at £300, maybe £500, that sort of price, then.

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Yeah, that sounds good!

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Is it sentimental? Are you sure you're willing to part with it?

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Yes. Like anything, you know, furniture, you're always sad to get rid of any furniture,

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particularly things like that has memories when you were young

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and it was at the cottage, but you can't take it with you,

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so I might as well sell it and use the money now

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for the family and for myself while I'm still here and alive.

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That's just the right attitude.

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The 17th-century table really is an amazing find, and Paul comes up trumps as well

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when he finds these signed original paintings which he hopes could make £20 to £30 at auction.

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He seems on top form, so I leave him to it and catch up with our two busy ladies.

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You two seem very involved in village life?

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Yes, too involved sometimes, Jennie!

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They say you need an eight-day week in this village, and you do.

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Yeah, I think since Liz has been retired, she's never been as busy, she's so involved.

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-How long have you been retired?

-Last July.

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Oh, I see! It's quite new?

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Took early retirement.

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I bet you wonder how you ever found the time to work!

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Exactly!

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What was it like being a school inspector, which you were at the end.

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Yes, an adviser and education consultant.

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It was fun, I used to enjoy working with colleagues, head teacher colleagues and advisers.

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That's what I miss, actually, talking to interesting colleagues on education.

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Tell me a bit more about this love of Scotland?

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Well, I went 25 years ago for the first time.

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It's somewhere you go and you feel as if you've been there all your life, but you haven't.

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I just love it, particularly up in the Highlands, the mountains and walking, hill-walking.

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As it's 25 years, I thought we could go up, my friend Sam and I,

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because she's Scottish, from Paisley

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and we'd stay in a really lovely hotel we've had our eye on,

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on the side of Loch Tay.

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-Aah, you know where you're going!

-Yes.

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-Perfect.

-Right opposite Ben Lawers, one of the Munros in Scotland,

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which we climbed and stay there for a couple of nights

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and go and climb Ben Lawers, hopefully...

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Well, part way up, I think!

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I don't think we've got the energy to go right to the top.

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Well, we need all our energy right now if we're going to get Liz that £500.

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Luckily, Paul has spotted a lovely oval tilt-top table

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which he values at a very respectable £30 to £40.

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Meanwhile, Liz and I are tackling one of the bedrooms.

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I see you found the music box!

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I have! Isn't it lovely? It looks so old.

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Yes, it is. I think it must be, oh, last century sometime, I think.

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-Does it work?

-Yes, it does. Let's see if we can get it going.

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MELODY PLAYS

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-It plays four tunes.

-Oh, I see, yes... one, two, three, oh!

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I think it's lovely; it's really, really nice!

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-Can I hear some music?

-Yes, you can!

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You'll love this, you will, it's gorgeous.

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These are one of my favourite things.

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I think these are wonderful items, they are, and this one is running.

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It's been a while since I've seen one working. Normally they've all frozen up.

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Well, that's great. It's called a cylinder music box.

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So is this like a family heirloom, then?

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Well, I've inherited it. I think it was through my grandfather.

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He worked for the Liverpool City Mission

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for many years and in his role as minister, he used to be given gifts from his parishioners

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and I think this might have been one of the gifts.

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-Wow!

-But I'm not absolutely certain.

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This is great to find, an old original like this, a good, genuine, late-19th-century box.

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The one I picked up recently was about £130, so if I said around that sort of figure, sort of £80 to £120

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and see how that goes. I mean, does that sound all right with you?

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-That sounds very good, yeah.

-Is that music to your ears?

-It is!

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He couldn't resist, could he? But with another £80 towards the Scottish trip,

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I'll let him off for now.

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Liz also decides to send this large drop-leaf table to auction.

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It used to belong to her grandmother

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and Paul values it at a fantastic £180 to £250.

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In the study, his artistic eye has helped him make another find.

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I've had a real shock here. I thought this was just a print, but it's an original painting!

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-Oh, yes!

-Where has this come from?

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Well, it's come from my mum who inherited it from this lady herself.

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Never! So you actually knew who the lady was?

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Yeah, yeah. Her husband was artist Phil Hyde from the Liverpool School.

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He looks very competent.

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The way that the artist has done the face or features here is fantastic, I think, I really do.

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-You've never had it valued before, or...?

-No, no.

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Right, well it's a difficult one, really. I mean if I was to err on the side of caution,

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I think its value as a decorative piece, it's a nice watercolour,

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-it's a great subject, I think you're looking around the £100 mark.

-That sounds fine.

-Right.

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-Perhaps put a reserve on something for that, and see if we can get a bit more.

-Yeah.

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I'd like to find out more about the artist.

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We'll get it into the auction for now, get a reserve of £100 on it

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-and then hopefully see more on the day.

-Brilliant!

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Well, it's not often I get taken by a painting, but I am taken with that one.

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Well, Paul is certainly a fan and with another £100 in the holiday kitty, I think I am too.

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This house is a real treasure trove and there is another addition to our coffers

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when Liz decides to sell this Georgian pine chest,

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which Paul values at £50 to £70.

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It's almost the end of our day in Gloucestershire, but not before Paul has made one final find.

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Ah, now then, Liz, Jennie.

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What you got?

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Well, I've found a grandfather clock. I bet you haven't seen that before, have you?

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Wow, that is very, very handsome, isn't it?

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I did notice it earlier and I wondered if it was something which would catch your eye.

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Well, it certainly is. I mean I love these grandfather clocks.

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Is this like a family piece or has it been in the family a long time?

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Well, it's got quite a few stories attached to it.

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My dad used to be an estate agent in the Wirral in the '50s

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and he used to haunt the auction rooms

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and I think he was at one auction

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and this clock was left and the auctioneer said.

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"For goodness sake, Frank, give me half a crown for it!"

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which he did, and he came home with the clock,

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which he very proudly got going and it's been going ever since.

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The technical term for it is actually a "long-case clock"...

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we only refer to them as being a "grandfather clock"

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for the simple reason there was a story actually in the Victorian times where there was a clock in a pub

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and there were two brothers who owned this pub and owned this clock and one brother died and the clock stopped,

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so they wound it up again and it went for a little while.

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The second brother died, the clock stopped and never went again

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and they made a song about it called "Grandfather's Clock".

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-Yeah.

-And that's where the term comes from!

-Right!

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Now this really is a lovely clock.

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I mean it's got everything going for it. It's in nice condition,

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the dial is original, it's running, it's late-19th century.

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-I mean value-wise, it's gone from being half a crown today...

-Yes...

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So at today's value, a good quality visual clock like this with the double weights will bring around

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the £1,000 mark, so if you said sort of £600 to £1,000,

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a big chunk of your target if you wanted to do it.

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-It's up to you.

-I'd have to think about it carefully.

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I don't think my dad would ever forgive me.

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I would be surprised to see it here.

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However, that does actually bring us to the end of our day's rummaging.

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Well, if Paul's right, and he normally is, I have to say,

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then we hope that at auction you will actually make...

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£810.

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Oh! That's excellent!

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-Fantastic!

-Yeah!

-That's great!

-Very good.

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So let us know about the clock and we'll see you at the auction.

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All you have got to do now, ladies, is pack everything up,

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-because we don't do that, do we?

-No, we don't, come on!

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We've had a brilliant day here with Liz and Jenny

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and what a wonderful items we're packing off to auction.

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There's the 19th-century music box,

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which we're hoping will charm with its estimate of £80 to £120,

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and the unusual wooden yoke,

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which Paul valued at a rather modest £20 to £50,

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but we'll have to wait until the auction

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to see whether Liz parts with that beautiful clock,

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with a whopping £600 to £1,000 estimate,

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it could turn a humble hike into a five-star holiday.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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some last-minute auction advice from Paul.

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Don't scratch your nose... That's sometimes taken as a bid.

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And Liz has to face taking some of the items home...

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-It's worth more than that.

-Yep.

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-So he's right not to sell?

-Yeah.

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But will the successful sales be enough to reach our target when the final hammer falls?

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It's a few weeks since we were at Liz's lovely cottage and today we've brought everything

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we've found here to Chiswick Auction Rooms in West London.

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Now, Liz is after £500 if you remember,

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so she can go for a walking holiday up one of the Munros of Scotland...

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That's a big hill, or a small mountain, whichever way you look at it.

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Anyway, I'm hoping we won't have an uphill struggle today when our items go under the hammer.

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Well, we seem to have some early birds here today, and they're all looking pretty keen.

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One man who is always on time for auction is our expert, Paul Hayes, and today is no exception.

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-Hi, there!

-Hello, how are you?

-You're looking at the little lady?

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Yeah. I think this is beautiful.

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I've tried to research the artist.

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He did do exhibitions at the Walker Gallery, which is in Liverpool.

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But there's nothing outside the Liverpool area

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and it is really all about the artist, but I think she's lovely!

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I think we might need it, cos I don't think Liz will bring that clock.

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No. Do you know what?

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I wouldn't be surprised. I mean I found with clocks and watches they do tend to become part of the family...

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People get very attached to them. It's not like a dinner set or an old painting or something.

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-It's something personal.

-Yeah, it is.

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Anyway, let's see. Maybe I'm wrong...

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and I think they might have arrived, so let's go and find them.

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As the dealers and collectors continue browsing,

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we find Liz and Jenny saying their goodbyes to one of Liz's much-loved items.

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Good morning, Liz.

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-Hi, there.

-And Jenny.

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-Morning.

-This is my favourite item of yours, the music box.

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-I think it's just stunning.

-Yes, it is.

-Lovely!

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Oh, dear, Liz, you look a bit sad.

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Well, only because it's a bit of...

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part of you that's now going to be sold to somebody else, that's all, really.

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-Are you having second thoughts?

-No, no.

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Good girl! Now, Paul wanted to ask you...

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Yes. We were wondering whether you brought the grandfather clock?

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-No, I haven't.

-We're not really surprised, actually, but I assume everything else is here?

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No, not the teddy, I'm afraid.

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You decided to keep that, did you?

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Yeah, well I rang my sister in Australia

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and although it's mine, it's hers emotionally

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cos she loved it to bits when she was little and she said,

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"You can't sell Biggy Bear!" she said, "You can't."

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Biggy Bear!

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How old is your sister?

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About 48!

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-Oh, dear. And how are you feeling, Jenny?

-I'm excited.

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This is my first auction, so yeah, really looking forward to it.

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They are fun, sometimes a roller coaster.

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They can be. One little tip, don't scratch your nose... That's taken as a bid!

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-Particularly your ears.

-You might get a bike!

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-Let's go and find a good place then we can watch it. Come along.

-OK.

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Now, if you fancy buying or selling at auction, then don't forget that the sale room will add charges

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such as commission to your bill, so make sure you check the details with your local auction house.

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The bidders are all ready and waiting

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so we find a spot in the corner and prepare for the action to begin,

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and our first lot is soon up.

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I love these oils on card, because you actually found these at an auction, didn't you?

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Yes, they were in an old chest, which is full of artist's materials

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and prints and pictures which we sat on, so none of the girls could look in it. We got it for 15 shillings!

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So it's real recycling!

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Back to the auction they go, OK. We want £20.

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I mean, they're a nice lot.

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Someone would buy these just to mess about with them, maybe frame them up so yeah, £20 upwards.

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Let's see if you can make a profit.

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Start me at £20, see how they go.

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£20. I'm bid at £20, give me 22, at £20, take 22, 25, 28, 30,

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32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45.

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£42 there. 44, 48, 50, 5, 60. Your bid at £55. Take 60.

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At £55 all done at 55 and going...

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at £55 then, your last chance.

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Sold at £55.

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-Woo!

-That's good, that's brilliant!

-That's a real result!

-Yeah!

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That's a great return for Liz's 15-shilling investment

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and the first step towards our target of £500.

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Second under the hammer

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is one of our favourite and most unusual items...

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it's the wooden yoke that Paul valued at £20 to £50.

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Now's your chance.

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£20 for it. I'm bid £20. Who will give me 22? At 20, 22, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38?

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Yes, or no? At £35, your bid at £35. I'm selling at £35. Are we done? Last chance.

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-Oh!

-That's all right.

-That's all right.

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It's another good result

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and another few pounds banked towards that Highland holiday.

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So, will our next lot also get the sale room buzzing?

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It's certainly an emotional lot for Liz.

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This was part of your childhood.

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Yes. I can remember playing "Oh, Come All You Faithful" on Christmas Day.

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So how do you feel about the fact it's going out of your life, we think?

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A bit sad, but as long as it makes a good profit, I shall be pleased.

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Lot 59 now. We have the music box, now, the 19th-century mahogany music box and start me at £100 for it.

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Come on, start me at £50 for it. We're in at £50, 55, 60, 5, 70, 5, 80, 5...

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At 85 looking for 90 £85. 90 back in. 5... £90 are we done?

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At £90 and gone then.

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Last chance and gone at £90.

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There you go! That's in the middle there, isn't it?

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-Yes... it was a good bargain there.

-Yes.

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It's not a bad result, but I think it tugged at Liz's heartstrings,

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and a few more pounds might have eased the blow somewhat...

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but there's no time to dwell on it, as that lovely painting

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by the Liverpudlian artist is about to be put on the rostrum.

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Will it reach Paul's valuation of £100?

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The Phil Hyde watercolour.

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£100 to start me.

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£50 for it.

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£30 for it, see how it goes. I'm bid £30, £30, take 32.

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32 there, take 35.

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38, 40, 42, 45, 48... You're at £45.

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Do you want 48? 48, 50?

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Yes, or no? At £48, here with me at £48, take 50, at £48. Are we done at £48 and selling all done.

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Ooooh!

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Well, that is disappointing, isn't it, £48, but...

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Well, we'd all hoped for more

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but the painting just didn't catch the bidders' attention today.

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With any luck, it's just a blip

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because we've still got four lots to go

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and it's the furniture section up next.

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We're hoping to sell your dining room table, now...

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-Yes.

-But this is quite special, isn't it?

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-Yes. It's one my granny did her ironing on!

-Oh!

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I know you're quite fond of it, so you've put a reserve on, haven't you?

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Yes, a flexible one, so it's up to the auctioneer's discretion really if it goes.

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£180, so, fingers crossed.

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OK, so you reckon, Paul, 180?

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Yeah, I mean that's the minimum really.

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I think you're right.

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It's a good-quality item, it's got nice hairy-paw feet!

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The mahogany period Pembroke table, number 780A.

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780A for the Pembroke table.

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Is that worth... £100 for it? £100 for it, £100 for it?

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-They'll withdraw it.

-If no-one is going to start me at £100, I'll pass the lot.

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No-one's here to £100, then?

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No bids of £100, surprising!

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-That's a bit of a disappointment, isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

-What are you going to do?

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Perhaps leave it in next week and see if it will go.

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I'll have a word with the auctioneer and with Paul afterwards and see what they advise, really.

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-You could take it home and do your ironing on it!

-Yes, on the train!

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Oh, well, it is a bit of a hole in our target.

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-Yes, it is!

-Never mind!

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Liz is putting a brave face on things,

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but it is a big blow to our Highland fund.

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Will our large Elizabethan table suffer a similar fate?

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17th-century oak side table.

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Is that worth £200 for it? Start me for it. £200 for it.

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£200 for it. I'm bid at £200, give me £210, at £200 take 10.

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That's the bid so far at £200. Take 10 at £200, 10 or not?

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-At £200 are we done?

-He won't sell it.

-At £200 disappointing.

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Any interest at £200, then?

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Are we done at £200? Come and see me after.

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Well, he hasn't sold it.

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-He hasn't sold it.

-Yeah, it's worth more than that.

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-Yeah.

-So he's right not to sell?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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We've had two unsold furniture lots today

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and have another two furniture lots to go.

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Our highly-valued tables may not have sold,

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but perhaps our more modestly-priced tilt-top offering

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will be what the bidders are looking for.

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We're hoping for just £30 to £40.

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Tiny little table, is that worth £50?

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£50 for it, should make that.

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£50 for it, £30 for it?

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I'm bid at £30, £30, give me 32. At £30, bid me at 32, take 2.

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32, 35,

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38, 40, 42, 45, 48, yes, or no?

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48, 50, 5. I'm bid £50.

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At £50 then last chance. At £50 all done, £50 and going.

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Your bid at £50 all out.

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-£50, that's good.

-Within the estimate.

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Yeah. Phew! That's a long overdue addition to our holiday fund.

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We've just one lot left...

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the large wooden chest which Paul valued at £50 to £70.

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A Georgian pine chest. It's got the original paint and patination on

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which makes it quite desirable.

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£50 for it. Should make much more.

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£50 for it. £40 for it.

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I'm bid at £40, 42, 45.

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48, 50, 5, 60, 5, 70, 5.

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70 I'm bid, I'll take 5, at £70, 5 I'll take, all done.

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At £70 cheap, and going for £70. Are we done?

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-Very good!

-You did empty it out, didn't you, before you came?

-Yes!

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Excellent! Selling for the top-end estimate, it's a relief for us all.

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After those successful final sales, it's time to see

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whether our roller coaster day has ended on a high note.

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Now I know you've been quite worried about making your target.

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£500 you want to go up that Scottish Munro.

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Well, you haven't made the £500 I'm afraid. You've actually made £348.

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That's not too bad.

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With the items that have been sold, that's pretty good.

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-So, are you happy with your £348?

-Definitely, yes!

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-And have you enjoyed yourself?

-It's been fascinating. I've had a really good day.

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A few weeks later and Liz is finally taking that well-deserved Highland break at Loch Tay,

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60 miles from Glasgow, along with her friend, Sam,

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and it looks as if it's bringing back some happy memories.

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I came to Scotland for the first time 25 years ago and just fell in love with it,

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so this is 25 years going back to visit the places that I enjoyed most in Scotland.

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After a relaxing night in a luxury hotel, the ladies head off to explore the Scottish countryside.

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Liz is clearly loving having some time to relax and to reflect on her auction experience.

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Everything has turned out really well,

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you know, the rummage, the auction, the money it made has enabled me

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to come up here and it's turned out excellently, brilliant!

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It's going to be a holiday I shall remember for a long time,

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so perhaps we'll come back again in another 25 years

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and you can film us crawling on all fours up here, no, in our wheelchairs, I suspect!

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Retired headteacher Liz Howard now spends all her time involved with local community groups, and wants to raise some cash for a well-earned break in Scotland. She has called Jennie Bond and the Cash team in to help.