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Welcome to the show that finds all those hidden treasures around your home and then, of course,

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we help you sell them at auction. Today, I'm going to be meeting a lady for whom these spoons

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from the Far East have a particular significance.

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Find out what it is later on Cash In The Attic.

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Coming up, a crate of late 20th-Century dolls may prove too sentimental to part with.

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There is still a tug on the heart strings here.

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And when John casts his eyes over these 1930s' coffee spoons, he certainly doesn't mince his words.

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They're not made of precious metal so they won't make huge sums of money.

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But when we get to auction, there's magic in the air.

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That's a result, isn't it?

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-Well done!

-Oh, that is really good.

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Find out how valuable these antiques turn out to be when the final hammer falls.

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Sold then.

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Today I've come to St Ives in Cambridgeshire to meet a lady

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who's called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help her raise some funds for a very special project.

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This beautiful house in St Ives was bought 30 years ago

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by Angie Dickinson's recently widowed mother.

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Ten years later, Angie and her family moved in.

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At the time, the family ran a business in the town centre...

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an art shop and gallery, which also sold home-brew kits.

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Angie divorced nine years ago and her three children are now grown up,

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so she lives here on her own.

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Today, her best friend Sue is on hand to help her realise her dream of making it a family home again.

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More about that in a moment. After a troubled few years,

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at last things are looking up for Angie, and that's where we come in.

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-What's the measurement, Sue?

-Seven centimetres.

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-Are you ready for this, John?

-I was born ready, Lorne.

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Oh, that's good to hear! Come on.

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John Cameron's our expert today.

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His two decades of antique know-how is just what we need.

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While he makes a start, I go in search of our hostess.

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-Ah, good morning.

-Good morning.

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Are you measuring up for a picture here under the picture light?

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No, we're going to knock the wall down.

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Right, and why are you going to knock the wall down?

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Well, I'm intending to foster, and what I want to do is knock this wall down so that the room

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can be made much bigger and much more friendly between the kitchen and the dining room.

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OK, and have you a figure in mind?

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I'd like to raise between £500 and £600 to start the project off.

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-So you've got dragged into this as well, Sue?

-I certainly have!

-Are you handy with a hammer?

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Very. Yes, we have to be.

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-We do.

-OK, so we need to raise between £500 and £600 for you so the renovations can get under way.

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Shall we go and see if we can find John Cameron? He's probably feeding the swans or something!

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Angie's house was built in the 1860s

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and backs onto a stream that's home to many beautiful swans.

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This peaceful retreat will make a wonderful home to the children she fosters.

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Inside, there isn't much clutter, but I'm sure our expert's eye

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will spot any prized possessions hidden away.

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And I'm right - John has wasted no time making the first find.

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Ah, John! Whoa, this is nice.

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This looks like a card table.

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It is indeed. A nice elegant piece as well. Where did it come from, Angie?

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It was my grandparents'.

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Did they use it as a card table or just as a table?

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They used it as a card table. I remember my grandfather playing bridge on it.

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Gaming tables have always been popular in this country, certainly since the restoration of Charles II.

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When he came back from exile in France, he brought back lots of habits,

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one of which was gambling. We start card tables evolving,

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certainly more in the early part of the 18th century.

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The style of this piece would suggest about 1790,

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very Sheraton or Adamesque in its sort of elegance

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and the decorative motifs employed here.

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But this piece dates a bit later than that, about 100 years later.

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It's in the Sheraton revival period of about 1900.

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It's a nice piece, very elegant, and nice use of hard woods here.

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We've got beautiful rosewood here

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and these lovely inlaid boxwood arabesques.

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But I've always loved this type of card table -

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the envelope-folding card table - just because of the way it opens up.

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-Ah, very clever.

-You turn it round like that

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and you open it up, and there we are.

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You can have a game of cards, and you can see...

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the real beauty of that rosewood when you open it up.

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-It's much darker.

-Oh, yes.

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And the baize is in nice condition.

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I love these little scallop dishes for your gaming chips.

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So a really nice piece of furniture.

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Have you any idea what you'd like to get for it?

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I have no idea at all on this one, I'm afraid.

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What's your guess, then, John?

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Well, it's in lovely condition and it's both elegant and functional,

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so two great plusses there.

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At auction, I would think we'd be looking at £250-£350 for it.

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-Are you happy with that?

-Brilliant!

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That's more or less half what we're looking for, so maybe we'll have an easy day.

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-Let's hope so.

-Or maybe not! Let's see what else we can find.

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But when it goes to auction, will our bidders be prepared to take a gamble?

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Anybody want that for £200?

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£200 is bid...

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Let's hope it won't be game over for the 19th-Century card table when it's shown to the room.

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Angie decided to foster nine months ago

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and plans to make the house more open and friendly,

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but it's a pricey gesture that could cost anything up to £10,000.

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Sue finds these 19th-Century nutcrackers that were inherited from Angie's grandmother 30 years ago.

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They had been handed down through her family and add another £20-30 to the renovation fund.

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Angie's father Derek was a navigator in the RAF

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and travelled all over the world.

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In fact, she was born in Egypt and lived in Singapore

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until she was four years old, before settling in the UK.

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She's keen for John to take a look at the collectable souvenirs of all that globe-trotting.

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Good Lord, what have you got there, Angie?

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These are my collection of dolls.

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-They certainly look like they have a story to tell.

-They do.

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Do tell me about them. Where have they come from?

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They were a very important part of my life as I was growing up.

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As my father was in the forces, we often didn't know whereabouts he was going when he went off on trips,

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and the only time we knew where he'd been was when he brought a doll back.

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-So how long did he go away for? What sort of periods?

-We never knew how long he was going to be away.

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He could be away two days, three days, or three weeks. We never knew.

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-That must've been quite hard.

-It was strange, but we got used to it because that was part of our lives.

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We didn't know any different from what any normal children would do nowadays.

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So do you remember the first doll you had?

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I think my first doll was the geisha, this one.

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-And was that your favourite?

-She's still my favourite.

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So how old were you when it started?

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I was probably about three or four,

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and it continued right the way up to my teens until he left.

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So when you were married, you said, "Dad, you've got to stop bringing me dolls back!"

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-It's about time we stopped this!

-So how many are in here, do you think?

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-There's about 40.

-About 40 of them?

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-Yeah.

-So is that your favourite one, although it was the first?

-It is my favourite.

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She's so colourful and she's still actually

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in quite good condition considering she must be 50 years old plus.

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Apart from the geisha girl, are there any other favourites in here?

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This is another favourite of mine.

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My daughter's name is Rhian and it's a Welsh name,

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and she used to dress up like that when they went to school on St David's Day,

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-so that brings back some nice memories.

-You'd be happy to take them to auction? Depending on what I say?

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Yeah, it depends, yes. There is still a tug on the heart strings here.

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I think we'd be looking at about £30-£50, so how would that sound?

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-I'll have to think about that.

-You can tell me at the auction, but if that's the case,

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we'll have to find something else because we need to hit our target.

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So we'll leave Myfanwy and Yoko here on their own and we'll go and see what else we can find.

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OK. Fine.

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I don't suppose I was expecting much more than that,

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but I think it's the sentimental bit that will keep me keeping those here

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rather than sending them to auction.

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We'll find out if Angie's willing to part with them on auction day.

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John doesn't do a bad job navigating himself around the house, and tracks

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down this pretty 20th-Century, silver-plated Elkington and Co cutlery set in a wooden box.

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It's a wonderful collection with beautiful detail and will

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certainly win over the bidders with its attractive £30-£60 price tag.

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The weather's holding out for our search in Cambridgeshire, and perhaps it's time

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to find out more about the warm friendship that's lasted almost all of Angie and Sue's lives.

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Now, Sue, I know Angie's connection with the town,

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but tell me about yourself. Are you from this area?

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Well, I moved to the area because my family was RAF.

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My father was posted to Brampton and then to Wyton.

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Now, you've been friends for 40 years. Why do you think that friendship's been so enduring?

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Sue and I have a lot in common.

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We've obviously been brought up together over the years,

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and our likes and dislikes are very much the same as well,

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and we have other friends in common as well,

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so we have a really good friendship and warm relationship.

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So when you decided to do this, Angie, was Sue the first person you turned to to help?

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Sue is always there whenever I need her so she was my first choice.

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What are the qualities that will make her such a good foster mum?

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Angie is a very, very good listener.

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Um...

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She will help anybody at any time.

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She'd give you the shirt off her back.

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Her advice is 100%. I mean...

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I haven't known her get it wrong yet.

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And all ages go to see Angie.

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When she had her shop, it was a communal sort of meeting point

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and people would go to her with their...

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not just troubles, but good things as well.

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Right, fingers crossed that you get approved to become a foster mum,

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in which case, before that happens, we need to take the wall down,

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-so shall we go and see if John has found anything else to sell?

-Absolutely.

-Good idea.

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Angie is now a life coach, but in the past, she's worked

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as a school helper, spending time with troubled children.

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It sounds as if she'll make a great foster mum.

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John comes across a piece of memorabilia from the family-run shop where Angie used to work.

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It's a 1930s' Bar-let typewriter in its original case.

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The company made around 30,000 of these in 1936,

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and John reckons it'll fetch £10-£20.

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We all keep our eyes peeled and crack on with the search.

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There you are. I've found something. It's a collection of spoons.

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There's a couple of different sets, but I particularly thought the ones

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that look like they're from Siam or something...

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I take it that's the family connection again, going back to Singapore?

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That's right, yes, it is.

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It's a continuation of where I spent most of my childhood, yes.

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Quite nice, not bad condition.

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These are obviously some sort of Hindu Buddha on the handle there.

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Gold-plated, but there'll be a base metal under there.

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Did somebody collect these? How come we've got three different sets?

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My dad was a great collector. Wherever he went, he wanted something to remind me of where he'd been

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and he was very good at bringing things back from different parts of the world.

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These are interesting because, if you look at the handles, they look like coffee beans.

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They look like coffee spoons.

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These look almost like cocktail ones cos they look like cherries!

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They're interesting. You do see sets of coffee spoons like this

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really more so in the 20th century for some reason,

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certainly round the 1930s and '40s.

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There must've been a huge demand for manufacturers to start producing individual sets.

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If you think about it, if you think of the Art Deco ceramics,

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most of the coffee sets had coffee cans that, when you look at them now,

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you think, "That's got to be an espresso." It's so small

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-so I suppose they went with those.

-They would've done. These ones look like EPNS.

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Yeah, they're silver-plated.

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They are Yeoman plate, it is an English maker. The other ones...

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well, this little set

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is definitely English, and they've got Goldoid stamped on the bowl.

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That's a trade name for that gold-plated finish.

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What sort of value are we talking about?

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They're not made of precious metal, so won't make huge sums,

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but on the plus side, you've got complete sets of six

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and they retain the original boxes, so I think about £20-£30 at auction.

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-Every little helps.

-Absolutely.

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Happy for them to go?

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-Definitely.

-Good, cos I could do with a coffee. Come on, I'll make one.

-Let's go.

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At £20-£30, they should stir things up in the saleroom.

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Going by John's lowest estimates,

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with the items we've found so far we should stand to make

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at least £360, so we're over halfway towards our target,

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but our search needs to go on.

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I spot this Wedgwood jug and bowl in the corner of the hallway.

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It's called Peaches and was made in around 1906.

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Angie tells me that her father bought it at auction,

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and it should make £20-£30 when it goes back to one.

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John, what do you think to these?

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Here, Angie.

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-They're limited...

-You hold that one.

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David Shepherd. I recognise that work.

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-Yeah, that's right.

-Where did they come from?

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Originally they came from the gallery that my parents and we used to own,

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and we always had David Shepherds on display and sold them from there.

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-Do you have any more?

-Yes.

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There's at least eight,

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and one really, really big one, which is the Flying Scotsman 34.

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-OK, so the Flying Scotsman...

-Absolutely, yes.

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Which is interesting. Are you a fan of Shepherd?

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We were very much fans of David Shepherd.

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Much prefer the animals rather than the Flying Scotsman, but everybody has their own favourites.

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If we look at these pictures, very typical of Shepherd's work,

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real sentimental, and he does paint

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with a real understanding of the surroundings and of the animals he's actually depicting.

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Typical of his work is his love of Africa.

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We can see here by these spring lambs, something closer to home, that he's apt at painting

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all sorts of animals in various surroundings. We can see on this one it's signed

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in pencil down in the border, very typical in these limited edition prints.

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That one is 154 of 850 and this one, if I can read it upside down,

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37 of 850, so not huge editions and quite low numbers.

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-Yeah.

-He does turn up at auction still today.

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We see a lot of them because he seems to have been predominantly bought by an older generation.

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I see a lot of his work coming through the probate route into auction.

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Demand hasn't picked up, obviously the younger generations

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not warming to Shepherd as much as past generations, so I've seen a dip in prices.

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-If you had eight of them, and some of them are big...

-That's right.

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Well, I reckon if we were to price them around £25 each, unframed,

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that gives a potential buyer some room for profit.

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I think if we put £200-£300 on there,

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cheap enough to tempt some bidders, but not too low.

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-We do want to make some money, don't we?

-Definitely, yes, we do!

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-Jolly good. Why don't you show me the others?

-OK. Come this way.

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This is a terrific picture of the Flying Scotsman,

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which was first exhibited in 1924 at the British Empire exhibition.

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The engine was withdrawn from service in 1964.

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The vibrant age of steam is really brought to life in this colourful image, and there's no stopping me

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now as I find this 50-piece orange and blue dinner service which belonged to Angie's grandmother.

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That should serve up £20-£30.

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Being here is a bit like being a little girl in a sweet shop.

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-CASH REGISTER RINGS

-Wow, this is great, Angie!

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You've got a cash register here. Isn't that a fantastic sound?

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-I love that noise.

-It's lovely, isn't it?

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-So where's this from?

-This has some very interesting history.

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This was from my parents' art shop

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and we used it right up until the last day when we closed.

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-How long ago was that?

-It's five years ago now.

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Obviously once the shop was shut, what did you decide to do then?

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I decided after that that, if I was going to make a change in my life, which I was having to because

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I'd become divorced by then, so I retrained as a life coach.

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Now, explain to me, what exactly is a life coach?

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It's trying to help people move forward.

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It's helping them deal with the past, accept you can't change the past,

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but you can change your future,

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and I'm now helping people going through divorce

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because that's probably one of the biggest traumatic experiences anybody can have in their lives.

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Having been through that myself, having gone through it, I know that you can get out of it

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at the end, and you can be an equally as strong person.

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So what made you decide then to get into fostering?

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I think again it's the nurturing side and wanting to help people.

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I enjoy helping people. I'm involved a lot in the town in other organisations.

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There's a lot of young children out there, teenagers,

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that need help and support, and I don't think a lot of the time there's a lot of help out there.

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Obviously you've had a lot of changes, you've decided to become a foster mum,

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which is a training in itself, but you've also decided to have these major renovations happen.

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-That's quite drastic.

-I think the house was OK a few years ago

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when people used to eat in dining rooms.

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I usually only use the dining room now on a walk through to the kitchen, so it just seemed a sensible idea

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to knock the wall down, make it much more user-friendly, child-friendly, and much more sociable.

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So that's the idea behind it now, to knock that wall down,

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extend the kitchen through and make it more usable for the children that I'm hoping to foster.

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I had a look in the cash till and there's no money in there, so shall we go and see

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whether John Cameron's found anything we can dust off? Come on!

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John's still on the look-out, but Angie heads straight to the loft to dig out two 1950s' coffee sets.

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Again, they were a present from her father from his travels in Singapore,

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and they're valued at £20-£30.

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Hi, John. I found a piece of Waterford in the lounge.

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I think it's quite interesting. Would you have a look?

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Sure. So where did all this come from?

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Are these pieces that Angie's acquired herself?

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No, they're not really that she's acquired herself. This piece would've been from her father.

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I know that he used to go quite regularly to auctions,

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so he would've picked that up there.

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She has got other pieces in there that have come from grandparents

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-and gifts over the years.

-They're mostly Waterford?

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It looks like it to me, but I'd like you to have a look.

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In terms of a good name, they don't come much better than that.

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They're up there with the best of British manufacturers.

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They're based in Ireland and started there around the 1780s by the Penrose brothers.

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Somebody's had a real field day doing this.

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You've got strawberry cuts here, you've got hobnails,

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you've strawberry fields here, panels, swags.

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-It's all going on in this one piece.

-It is a beautiful piece.

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It really is a kind of tour de force of glass-cutting skill.

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If you bought that new today, you'd be parting with at least a couple of hundred pounds

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but at auction, that's about £20-£30.

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But you said there are some other pieces.

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There's a decanter and glasses that came from her grandmother.

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There's also a rather lovely little clock.

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Why don't we have a look at them, see the condition, see if we can

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make a nice lot up, and we'll put an estimate on it then.

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John soon selects a few more pieces to go off to auction,

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bringing the total to £50-£80. With the day coming to an end,

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I'm wondering if there's anything left to add to the haul.

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I've brought you to look at this picture, see what you think of it.

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It's been hanging here for 15 years now.

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Well, my first impression, Angie, is it's a very accomplished picture.

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-We've got a painting here...

-Bet it's not as nice as this!

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-No. Is that a painting or a print?

-It is indeed. It's a watercolour.

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Wow, that is lovely.

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So, Angie, what do you know about the subject matter?

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Not a huge amount, other than I know that it's Reims Cathedral.

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It is indeed Reims Cathedral, which is a very, very important cathedral in French monarchical history.

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It's where the kings and queens were crowned, so it's pretty much like our Westminster Abbey.

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The more you look at it, the more detail you can see.

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Just emerging here from the doors is a Catholic priest, and so many

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little minor conversations going on throughout the picture.

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The artist... It is signed Neil Stuart Crichton.

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Not a great deal known about him which often puzzles me.

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I've only ever found a couple of examples of his work.

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They tend to turn up in pairs.

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He was flourishing around the latter part of the 19th century, but what's always puzzled me is that,

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for such a skilled artist who he obviously is, not much work exists.

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It leads me to think that possibly he sold a lot of works unsigned.

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So, John, what do you think it might make at auction?

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Well, value-wise, I'd be looking at about £200-£300, something like that.

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What do you think of that, Angie?

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I'd be reluctant to see it go for under £300.

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So is there anything we can do about that, John?

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If we were to have a reserve of £300, that would mean we'd have

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to bring the estimate up to £300-£400, but it's worth a chance.

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It's still a very attractive picture

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and it's got every chance of achieving that.

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OK, right. Well, taking all that into consideration, then, we've run out of time for looking

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at anything else, apart from the ducks swimming out there.

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The good news it won't be John or me knocking down your walls.

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You've made enough money to get the professionals in

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because the value of everything going to auction comes to £970!

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-Brilliant news.

-Wonderful.

-Excellent, isn't it?

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It's really good. Really pleased.

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Hopefully maybe even a bit more if that flies off the wall on the day.

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I'm really looking forward to this auction.

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We have high hopes that Angie will make the £500 she needs

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so she can knock down that wall and create more space for the children she hopes to foster.

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We found some fantastic items that I'm sure will interest the bidders on auction day.

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There's the fabulous 19th-century gaming table.

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Angie remembers her grandfather playing cards on it.

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John's value was £250-£350.

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Those beautiful 1930s and '40s coffee spoons that Angie's father

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brought back from his travels. They should fetch £20-£30.

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Let's not forget the ten David Shepherd prints,

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including the Flying Scotsman, valued at £200-£300.

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And the dolls that Angie collected as a little girl.

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They were given to her by her father and hold strong sentimental value.

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They have a £20-£30 price tag, but we'll have to find out on the day

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if she's willing to part with them.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic:

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one of our sales leaves us all gobsmacked.

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Oh, goodness!

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Whoa!

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But will our good fortune take a turn for the worse?

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Oh, no, I'm so sorry!

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Even our expert is surprised with the result of one of our pieces.

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I really had hoped that that was going to take off.

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Let's hope it's not a crash landing when the final hammer falls.

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Yours, madam.

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It's some time since we visited Angie at her home in Cambridgeshire, and she collected a lot of things

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over the years, but we had a good look through them, together with her friend Sue,

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and the items of value we've brought here to Sworders Auction House in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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Now, she wants to raise £500 to do some improvements to her kitchen

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and make a bit more room because she plans to start fostering children.

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With such a fantastic idea in mind and £500 to make,

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let's hope the bidders dig deep and help us reach that target.

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This Essex auction runs every Wednesday morning and sells

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an eclectic mix of antiques, including furniture, glass,

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pictures and jewellery. This should bode well for Angie's items, and

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our expert John is already checking to see if they've arrived safely.

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-Hi, John.

-Hi, Lorne.

-This looks very good here.

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It's a cracking card table.

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Really nice example with some lovely features, and in good condition, too.

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So what was your estimate on this?

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Estimate was £250-£350

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and I think that's quite cheap for a lot of card table.

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And we've got some dolls as well?

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We have a rather interesting collection of souvenir dolls that

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her father brought back from his various trips abroad with the RAF.

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She was attached to them and I don't think she was impressed with my low estimate!

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But I know she's here so let's go and have a chat with her.

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John gave the lot a value of £30-£50.

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I can understand why Angie was reluctant to let them go, so let's find out what she's decided.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

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We're dying to know, because there's so many boxes of things here,

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whether or not you've brought your dolls.

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No, I've decided not to bring them this time.

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-Why was that?

-Well, they've got a lot of sentimental value to me and they've got a lot of memories

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and I've decided that I want to keep those memories.

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So, Angie, any reserves on your items today?

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I've put a £350 reserve on the Crichton watercolour.

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That's in the middle of our £300-£400 estimate. It's a wonderful watercolour.

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If it's going to sell at that money, it will.

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You're not worried about taking it back home?

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I'm quite happy to take it back. The space is still available.

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Fair enough. Come on, then, let's get in position.

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So the dolls stay at home.

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Fortunately, that's not a huge loss for us,

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but we also lose the blue and orange dinner service valued at £20-£30.

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Angie's nephew dropped it when moving so, in total, that's £50 off our renovation fund.

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With a hefty £350 reserve on the watercolour, we'll need to keep our fingers firmly crossed,

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because that makes up the majority of our £500 target.

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If, like Angie, you have a special reason to raise some cash and are thinking of heading to auction,

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remember, commission and other charges may apply, so check the details with your auction house.

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As today's auctioneer gets proceedings under way...

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Selling at £55.

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..we take our place ready for our first lot.

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It's the silver cutlery set in a wooden box, valued at £30-£60.

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The intricate detail on the cutlery really stands out, and I think they're rather posh.

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People don't really use these now, do they?

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We do in our house, Lorne!

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Oh, they're very posh down in Portsmouth! Have you ever used it?

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No, I haven't! They've been in the box for a long time.

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Lot 159, who'll start me here at £20?

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£20 is bid on commission, 22, 25, 28, 30, 32 in the room now. 32, commission's lost.

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35 where?

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So £32 in the room, selling at £32, all finished at 32...

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£32. That's OK, isn't it?

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-Great. Brilliant.

-Considering nobody uses them, I think that's pretty good! £32.

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So not a bad start, and someone's got a real bargain.

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Angie's happy with the result, so let's hope she's still smiling after the next item.

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It's the Waterford crystal that was displayed in her living room.

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At £50-£80, let's hope it glitters enough for the bidders.

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Crystal may not be the thing of the moment, but Waterford's a very good name, isn't it?

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You're quite right, a very good name,

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but fashion is a funny thing and that's where demand is driven.

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I'm sure that at least the first piece that you found, Sue, would've been worth that on its own.

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-It certainly would've cost more than that. So we've got a nice collection we put together.

-We did.

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And we're looking for £50-£80. Should do it.

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Anyone to start at £50?

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50 bid, thank you, sir. 55, madam?

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55, 60, 5, 70, 5, 80...

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-Keep going.

-85? Good Waterford here, sir.

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85, a lady's bid at 85. 90 anywhere?

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Sold to the lady at £85, at 85... Brilliant!

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That's all right, isn't it?

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Just over our top estimate.

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Fantastic, and we're on a roll.

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Hopefully the next lot will help make a tidy profit.

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With a £10-£20 price tag,

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this 1930s' Bar-let typewriter with case holds some fond memories.

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I'm a fan of the old-fashioned typewriters, mainly because, when I went into

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journalism years ago, that's what we typed on! They're fantastic.

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-They make a great noise. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Have you ever used it?

-No, I haven't!

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-Let's see what we can get for it.

-Starting me here, £10 is bid.

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On the market and selling, £10 is bid, do I see 12 where now? I've £10 bid, so I see 12?

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15, 18, 20, 22, 25...

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There we are. £25.

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25 is here. 28, sir? Selling here with me on a commission at £25. Are we all done and finished at 25?

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£25. That's not too bad, is it?

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Not bad at all. Again, over our estimate.

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Hm, £5 over. I just hope the new owner enjoys it.

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So far, so good, but now it's time to take a gamble.

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Angie's grandparents used to play bridge on this wonderful inlaid gaming table.

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It dates from the 19th century and, at £250-£350,

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we're laying down all our cards with this one.

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OK, now this is a lovely lot.

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We were looking at this earlier on. It's the card table.

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-How did you acquire this?

-This was my grandmother's.

-Right.

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She's kept it in very good condition.

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If you remember, on the day we were saying the fact that it's not faded or warped on the top...

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-She must've really looked after it.

-She did. They used it to play regularly as well.

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I love that idea - sitting down and playing bridge or parlour games.

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The envelope card table, rosewood and inlaid, for £200.

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Anybody want that for £200?

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£200 is bid. A lady's bid at £200.

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-Yes, thank God!

-At £200, 220...

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..240, 260, 280...

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300.

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£300. A gentleman's bid in the room at £300, and we're selling.

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-Are we all done and finished at £300?

-£300.

-Brilliant.

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Right in the middle of our estimate, and it didn't start straight away.

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He really had to try there. I thought it was going to be unsold.

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-Are you happy with that?

-Really pleased with that.

-Good, good.

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So we're all happy as £300

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is a massive amount towards our £500 target.

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Will the Wedgwood jug and bucket raise our game?

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Wedgwood, again another good name.

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Yes, a good name, Lorne, but part wash basin so it's not terribly

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popular these days, so £20-£30 is a reasonable estimate.

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Hopefully we'll get it away today.

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£20 for that. Good decorative lot there, slop pail and the jug there.

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For £20, for 10?

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It's Wedgwood. £10 is bid, £10 is bid, do I see 12 where now?

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£10 is bid, do I see 12 anywhere else now? 12...

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Good pedigree, madam. £12 is bid. A gentleman's bid, and selling at £12.

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All done at 12?

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£12. A bit less than we wanted but, hey, it was in the shop, it didn't cost you anything, did it?

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No. Every little helps.

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Oh, dear, almost half of John's lower estimate.

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Items like these are just not fashionable in today's market

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and the sale price reflects this.

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Next up are the nutcrackers and grape peelers presented in their original box.

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-So a family piece, this?

-Yes, again they're from my grandmother.

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-OK, and they're in the box.

-And in the box.

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I do like things in the box, John, especially when they're nutcrackers.

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Start me at £10.

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12?

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£12 is bid, 15 where now? £12 is bid, do I see 15 anywhere?

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£12. All done and finished at £12?

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At 12...

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-£12. Is that all right?

-Yep, that's better than nothing.

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It certainly is, but we need as much cash as possible

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towards the renovation of Angie's home.

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As far as today's sale is concerned, we started well, but our last two lots have been disappointing.

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But that's the nature of auctions. You never can tell what's going to happen.

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As the halfway point approaches, it's time to add up the numbers.

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I wonder how close we are to Angie's original target of £500-£600.

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Right, OK, now, we've sold some of our items, but we've got more

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to come this afternoon, so how do you think we've done so far, Angie?

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I have no idea, but I hope it's somewhere near our target.

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Well, so far we've banked £466...

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-Brilliant!

-..which rather takes the pressure off, but we've got some good items this afternoon,

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including the wonderful watercolour of Reims Cathedral, so I'm pretty hopeful we should get there.

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Now, John, have you spotted anything?

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Always. I'm going to have a closer look at something, so you guys take the weight off your feet

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-and I'll catch up with you in a bit.

-Sounds good to me. Come on.

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A general auction like this is an ideal place

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to find valuable antiques on sale for reasonable prices.

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That is, if you know what you're looking for.

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Our expert has spotted something that could be a fine investment.

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-My horse, my horse, my kingdom for my horse, is it?

-Well, I don't think you'd need to

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part with a kingdom for it, Lorne, or even a king's ransom, in fact.

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It's a humble Beswick pottery figure of a horse, and I'm a big fan of Beswick. How about you?

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Yes. Well, I have to say I can see why people

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really like the Beswick ranges because they are fantastically and very realistically modelled.

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This particular model here

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was introduced by Arthur Gredington in around 1958, something like that.

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It's actually the second version of this type and that's the interesting part.

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The first version, the tail was attached to the leg and I don't

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know why they changed that, because it's probably easier to damage detached like that.

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But the wonderful thing about Beswick is there are some great reference books

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so anybody that's wishing to get into the area of collecting Beswick, it's so easy to get a book,

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start buying, and then you can have a look at the variations in model.

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We already know here there are two versions of this, but they also do various different colourways.

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This one here is known as piebald.

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He's in gloss finish, piebald being the black and white patches.

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You also get skewbald, brown and white, palomino, chestnuts,

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dapple greys, you name it. A fascinating area of study,

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and because they covered every animal possibly you could imagine,

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-there's something for everyone in Beswick.

-How many do you have?

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Oh, we're up at about 460 right now.

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Cor, that's a lot of horse feed each week!

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Beswick animals have a fine sale record in our experience

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on Cash In The Attic and this one looks likely to follow in that trend.

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With the second part of the auction about to begin, we retake our positions.

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Yours, madam.

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We still have the framed original watercolour of Reims Cathedral for sale later

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and, with a reserve of £350, we're anxious about the outcome.

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But it's the two coffee sets from Singapore coming up next.

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They're valued at £20-£30.

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-Now, this is down to your dad, isn't it?

-That's right, they both came from my father.

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They're nice. You can see the pictures in the base.

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Geisha girls in the bases.

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It's so typical for Army, Navy and Air Force families to have things

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like this and they were brought back in huge quantities

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in the early 20th century by families posted abroad.

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Ten years ago, sets like this individually made £50-£80.

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We've got two sets here for £20-£30.

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-Let's hope they haven't gone down in demand any more.

-£20 for the two.

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Lot 208, we're selling the Japanese eggshell there for £20.

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Two coffee sets for £20. For 10? £10 for the two. Any interest at £10?

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Oh, no! I'm so sorry.

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I'm going to sell it at £10. Sold at 10...

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What were we saying? "Let's hope they haven't dropped in demand any more."

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We nearly didn't get a bid at all for that. £10 for two Japanese coffee sets.

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Quite cheap. How do you feel?

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A bit disappointed, but it's better to have the money in the pocket.

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John's on the ball with his predictions today.

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It's not the result we were hoping for but, as Angie said, it's all money in the pot.

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Next up are the three boxes of 1930s and '40s coffee spoons

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collected by Angie's dad on his travels.

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They're a very pretty lot, and at £20-£30 they should attract a buyer.

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-These again were from your dad's travels, weren't they?

-Yes.

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-It must've been exciting when he came home.

-Absolutely.

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He would bring us mementoes from everywhere.

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So this is quite a mixed collection.

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What price have you been able to put on this?

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Well, we've got £20-£30. We can't really go much lower than that and, you know,

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hopefully we'll get somewhere around that lower estimate.

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Who wants that lot at £10? Any interest? £10 is bid. Do I see 12 where now?

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Come on, come on.

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Do I see 12 anywhere else now for all the teaspoons?

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I'm going to sell at £10. No more interest, then, £10...

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£10.

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-That's quite embarrassing, really.

-It is.

-I think, you know,

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the problem is that they don't have much value,

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but they do have sentimental value and that's the problem that we have.

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-To somebody else, I'm afraid they're only worth £10. Are you OK about that?

-I'm fine, yes.

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Definitely a bargain for someone. I think they should've made more,

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but I'm relieved that Angie's happy to see them go for that price.

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Onwards and upwards, as the next item is shown to the room.

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It's the set of ten prints by artist David Shepherd.

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They're valued at £200-£300, a very reasonable price for so many prints.

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Next up is a lot that should restore some credibility to us here today.

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It's our ten signed David Shepherd limited edition prints.

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Now, I remember five or six years ago,

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David Shepherd prints would've made about £100 each,

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and we've got ten here for £200-£300 which reflects

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-a slight shift in demand.

-What did you used to sell these for?

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Anything up to £500, £600 for them framed.

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-This way they should sell well.

-Yeah.

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£100 for them, the signed David Shepherd prints. I've £100 bid.

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110, 120, 130, 140,

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150, 160.

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160 on account, 160, at 160...

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170 where now? At 160.

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170 anywhere?

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Selling on account at 160.

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All done at 160.

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-£160.

-I'm a little bit disappointed at that.

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I really had hoped that that was going to take off. How do you feel?

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That's £16 each. That seems like nothing to me.

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It's disappointing, but it's better money in the pocket again.

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We may be disappointed, but Angie's got a great attitude

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to the sale, and let's face it, £160 all goes towards our total.

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Now it's our star item, the original watercolour of Reims Cathedral,

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and we're hoping this is what the serious buyers have been holding out for.

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Although this particular subject matter isn't hugely popular,

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you don't see big panoramic views like this with so much detail.

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I think it's a wonderful picture, I think the best I've ever seen of those European scenes.

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At £300-£400, I still think that would be cheap.

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You've got a reserve?

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Yes, I have got a reserve on it of £350.

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Tempt you all with a teasing bid to start off at £200.

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We're away at £200. I'll take 20 now.

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I've £200, here with me at £200.

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220, 240, 260, 280, 300, 320...

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Keep going, keep going!

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-340, 360, 380, 400...

-Oh, goodness!

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-440...

-Whoa!

-With me here at £440. At 440, do I see 60 anywhere else now?

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The room's out so, on a commission, selling at £440. 440...

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£440!

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That's a result, isn't it?

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-Well done.

-Oh, that is really good.

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Maybe they're coming back into fashion. Who cares? £440!

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-Now what am I going to put on my wall?

-Who cares?

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For £440, you'll find something!

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-Absolutely. Brilliant!

-That's such a relief.

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It's a fantastic outcome, selling for £40 over John's upper estimate.

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Mind you, Angie was right to put a reserve on it.

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All that remains is to work out just how much Angie's made.

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Well, you wanted £500.

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You know we're really close to that cos we banked £466 this morning.

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Do you think we've made much more this afternoon?

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I hope we've made our target and more besides.

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We've actually banked £1,086.

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That's really good! Thank you so much. That's brilliant news.

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Will that make a lot of difference to what you can do at home?

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That will be a really good start for having the wall knocked down.

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Back home, Angie's clearing out the rooms in preparation for the

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big renovation, and her friend Sue is here again to help out.

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The kitchen and the dining room are being knocked through to make one big room.

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It's quite surreal now. It's actually happening and it's brilliant.

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It's taken me so long to get to this stage and I'm really looking forward

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to seeing what it's like in there now, now that the wall's coming down.

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It's a big job, but once the builders get to work,

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it doesn't take long before the changes start to take shape.

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Wow! Look at that!

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What a difference.

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I can't believe how quick you've done that, guys. It's brilliant!

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Oh, I can start planning now!

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'It's the best thing that I could've done.'

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The room was used as a walk-through, from one room to the other,

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so this is going to make such a difference to the whole house, the whole feel of the house as well.

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-It's going to be much more sociable, isn't it?

-I think so, yes.

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Angie hopes to become a foster mum and wants to make her house child-friendly, so Lorne Spicer and John Cameron help her discover items she can sell at auction, including keepsakes from an old shop her parents used to run in Cambridgeshire.


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