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Welcome to the show that searches out all the hidden treasure

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around your home and then sells it at auction,

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raising funds for the family to spend on a special treat or project.

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You know what it's like, people always say they're looking to downsize and clear their clutter

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but when it comes to the crunch, how much of it are they prepared to part with?

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Find out on today's Cash in the Attic.

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'Coming up on Cash in the Attic,

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'a horsehair armchair has a very important owner.'

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-Do you actually sit in it?

-No, Molly uses it, the dog.

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Oh, right! OK!

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'Come auction day, has our expert got the wrong end of the stick?'

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I can do caning as well.

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I can cane the bottoms of chairs.

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Right. OK, what you do in your pastime is entirely up to you!

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-Find out what happens later.

-Selling.

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I've come to Beelsby, near Grimsby, to meet Jane.

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She's called in the programme

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to help her raise some funds for a special day out with her daughters.

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Jane has asked her mother Janet to lend a helping hand today,

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and I don't blame them for grabbing

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a spot of fresh air before the hard day's rummage begins.

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Jane lives in this four-bedroom house, only a few doors down from her parents.

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She divorced two years ago, and her two daughters Emily, aged 19,

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and Jessica, 17, still live with her.

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Jane's in a choir and is extremely talented, being able to sing in five different languages.

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Let's hope she'll be singing our praises when we discover lots

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lots of antiques and collectables to take to auction.

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Good morning, Lorne.

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Bit blustery. So shall we get in?

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Of course.

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'With over 20 years of antiques and collectables knowledge firmly under his belt, Paul Hayes

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'gets to work straightaway, while I go in search of our hosts.'

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-Good morning, ladies.

-Good morning.

-Now, this is your home, isn't it?

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-It is. Yes.

-Tell me a little bit about why you've called us in. What do you want to raise the money for?

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I'd just like to raise some money to treat me and my daughters to do something together, like shopping.

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Given the fact you've got two teenage girls...

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..what sort of money are you looking to raise?

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-Could do with at least £300.

-Yes, I should think you could.

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Well, our expert today is Paul Hayes, otherwise known as our man from Morecambe of course.

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I know he's already in the house having a good look round,

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so shall we go and see if he's found anything to sell yet?

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-Yes.

-Come on then.

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'Jane and her mum are keen collectors, and as a result

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'her house is stuffed full of items they've picked up over the years, so today's rummage should be a breeze.

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'Or looking at Paul, perhaps I should say a snooze.'

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Boo!

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Hello. How are you?

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-It's a long journey from Morecambe to Grimsby.

-It is.

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-Sorry about that, just enjoying your chair here, it's very comfy.

-It is.

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It looks lovely in the corner. Where did this come from?

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My mum bought it as a wreck from a junk shop, and she had a little project, you know, doing it up.

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-Do you know what your mum paid for it?

-Not a lot.

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I think it would be about £10.

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Do you use it, do you sit in it?

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-Molly uses it, the dog.

-Right.

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OK. How nice.

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-It's Molly's chair.

-Lucky old Molly.

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This is part of a salon suite. Have you heard of that before?

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Yes, I think so.

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The Victorian salon or parlour would have had all your comfortable chairs

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so you would have two of these, you would have a nursing chair, some stools, a chaise longue.

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It's part of the Victorian parlour, that was the idea.

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Do you know why you had this gap here at the front where the bottom bit extends out?

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Was it for the dresses?

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It's for the ladies' bustle dresses.

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When they were sat there they could place their dresses around them and produce a nice fan shape, so

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they would look very elegant, even though they were being comfortable in this chair. Isn't that fantastic?

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Value wise, a pair of these chairs would very good indeed.

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If I said £50-£80, given a chance, how does that sound?

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Not too bad.

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-OK.

-Right. Let's go and find something else. This way.

-Great.

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Jane was a little unimpressed by Paul's estimate, which is probably

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because she knows how much time her mum spent upholstering the chair.

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Our host gets busy in the kitchen and pulls out one of five Tuscan dessert plates.

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Dating from the 1930s, they are Art Deco in style.

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Jane bought them at a country house auction a few years ago.

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Now they're going back into a sale room valued at £25-£30.

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-Paul, I found this upstairs, I wonder if it's worth anything.

-That's really nice, isn't it?

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Now then, look at this. Whose is this, do you know?

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I don't know where that came from.

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This is a butter dish or a small cheese, but more likely a butter dish.

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Of course that would be hidden away under there and kept on the side. It's just a bit of fun.

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It's called cottage ware and they made things from biscuit barrels,

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to teapots, to serviette rings. This is a butter dish to go with the set.

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The same thing done by Clarice Cliff or Susie Cooper, you'd be looking at an awful lot of money.

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This is a firm called Grimwades.

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They're part of the Royal Winton group, so they were based in Staffordshire.

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We're looking 1920, 1930, that sort of time.

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I think I might surprise you if I said £20-£25, how does that sound?

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-Sounds very nice.

-Sounds all right to you?

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-Yes, very nice.

-All we need is some nice butter

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and hot toast. Show me where the kitchen is.

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Sounds very tempting Paul, but we need more mouth-watering

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pieces like this butter dish to guarantee a tasty target.

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We've already got one dog with us today, Paul, I don't think we need another.

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That's more like it. The 1860s mahogany stationery box

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or writing slope was bought in a junk shop by Jane 30 years ago.

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It should fetch £30-£50 at auction.

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But when it comes to sale day, will the auction do better for the slope than the junk shop?

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Lovely thing. £50, please.

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£50. 30 then.

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£30 surely. Come on, bid someone.

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-Find out later if Jane manages to get her money back.

-Selling.

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Jane has a love for singing which started when she was in the school choir.

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Four years ago, she decided to take it up again and she joined

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the Louth Choral group, performing four classical concerts a year.

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There you are. Now I heard you were quite musical,

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-is it the piano you play?

-I got that for my daughter,

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-but no-one plays it at the moment.

-So your speciality is singing.

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Yes, I started four years ago, I joined Louth Choral Society and I have private singing lessons as well.

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So what music is it you love?

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In my singing lessons I sing all languages, Italian, French, German.

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I've even done Welsh and a bit of English.

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But I love anything, really.

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So how often do you perform in public?

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Well, we're doing one on Sunday evening in Louth Church

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-and it's Israel in Egypt by Handel.

-That's a big thing to take on.

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It's a major work and we split into two choirs.

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There's 100 of us and we'll have six soloists, and it'll be very good.

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I don't know about Paul's voice. I don't think I would recommend that, but he's a dab hand on the piano.

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-Shall we see what he's up to?

-OK.

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Well, I can hear Paul.

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Oh, dear, he's been distracted by the karaoke machine.

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Blue 22.

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Stick to the day job, Paul, and get back to work!

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These two mahogany balloon-backed chairs were bought by Janet 25 years ago.

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She upholstered these as well.

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She's done a really great job.

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They should hopefully fetch £40-£60.

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Jane wants to raise £300 to treat her two daughters to a shopping spree,

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and so far, taking Paul's lowest estimates, we stand to make £165,

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so we're over halfway already.

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And I've discovered a collection of silver that might bank us a fair price at auction.

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Hey, guys, I found a little treasure trove here.

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Looks like it's a treasure trove of silver. Some very nice pens.

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-Let's have a look.

-There's loads of it here.

-Wow, look at that!

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Have you collected all this yourself?

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Yes. Over the years, yes. When I've been to antique fairs with my mum.

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You to know what, these are some of my favourite items.

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I love the little propelling pencils and pens, but this one is a double action.

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It has the pen and the pencil there. Isn't that wonderful?

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I tell you what we can do, I mean, I think your pencils - odd spoons tend to be not very much in demand,

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because you can buy them everywhere, but these sell individually.

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If you're an architect or somebody who enjoys writing, it's a very collectable area.

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I think they are wonderful. This is high Victorian.

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You've got this wonderful Corinthian column, all this scroll work, and they are beautiful works of art.

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That's the idea of them. I think what we could do, these pencils, if we could get together

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maybe £100 worth, so £60-£100, give them a chance.

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-Yes.

-Put a few together and I think they'll do quite well.

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-Good idea.

-Sound all right?

-Yes.

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-You've still got plenty of room if we take those out, a bit of rejigging...

-To start again!

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I'm not sure that's the point. But, anyway.

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Let's keep looking then.

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So the silver pencils will be going off to auction with a great price tag.

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Now it's back to work, and Janet is searching every nook and cranny,

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but it's these two letter clips that catch my eye.

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Janet's had them for ten years.

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They're metal and date from around 1890.

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Paul thinks they should make £30-£50.

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-Jane.

-Yes.

-Come and tell me, where did you find these, have these been in the family long?

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-No, I've had a few of them since I was little, I think, and I just acquired the others.

-Right.

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I remember these as a kid as well.

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-These are Wade Whimsies. Have you heard of those?

-Yes.

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By the 1970s, they started to put them free on comics.

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They were very affordable.

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When they first came out, they were inspired from the Disney film Lady And The Tramp.

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And that's Lady from the film Lady And The Tramp,

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but you have Si or Siam, and I can't remember this character.

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-Thumper.

-But the original ones are still very much in demand.

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They've gone up in value tremendously.

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People can pay quite large amounts of money for certain characters,

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but it helps to know your movies and Disney films.

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Well, these characters you are maybe looking about £5 or £6 each,

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so if I said £30-£50 for that lot, how does that sound?

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-That sounds really good. Thank you.

-Let's keep looking.

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With their rummage coming to an end, we searched for anything that will

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guarantee a steady cash flow in the sale room.

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This 18 carat gold necklace might help top up the kitty.

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It was a gift from one of Janet's friends 25 years ago.

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It's valued at £30-£50.

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'But we haven't got this rummage sewn up quite yet. Or have we?'

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I saw this earlier and thought what a lovely piece of furniture it is.

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-Where did it come from?

-It came from an auction sale

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quite a long time ago.

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-So what sort of price did you pay for it?

-As much as £100.

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As much as £100. My goodness.

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Look at that, isn't that fantastic?

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I think these are one of the most underrated items. I love them.

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They are from the Victorian period. An octagonal sewing table.

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What makes this so special is the chess board top. That's a real added bonus.

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You can play a game of chess or you can use it for sewing.

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It's called cane work, and the idea is it's made a bit like Blackpool rock.

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Really? I wouldn't know.

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The idea is you gather all these canes together to form this pattern.

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When you cut through, the end of it is revealed like this.

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So from one length of cane you could get all these squares.

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Very clever how it's done.

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These were commanding quite a lot of money, but they have to be in mint condition.

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I've just noticed that the legs they don't seem to match the base.

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Is it a marriage?

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-It's a marriage.

-It should be a divorce!

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-We know about that!

-Oh, dear, so at some point this has been on something else.

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One theory is that the Victorians used to have

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stone floors, and when you mopped round the base it would rot away, and legs often get replaced.

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I think you will get a profit.

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If I said £150, maybe £200, how does that sound?

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That sounds better.

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Now, you wanted to raise £300.

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The value of everything going to auction comes to £465.

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That's really great.

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So hopefully there's a bit of money there for the shopping.

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I'm hoping we make that target, as Jane will need as much cash

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as possible if she's going to take two teenage girls shopping.

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The most interesting items heading for auction are...

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the Victorian horsehair parlour chair that Paul found extremely comfortable.

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Let's hope it's a hit with the bidders at £50-£80.

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And there's the selection of architects' pencils that Paul took a shine to.

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Valued at £60-£100, we're banking on them measuring up in the sale room.

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Best of all, that wonderful sewing table and chess board, valued at £150-£200.

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We're all hoping it takes off on sale day.

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Still to come on Cash in the Attic - Janet reveals a little secret.

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I paid about £8 for it originally.

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Keep your voice down!

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And which of our lots gets this much interest?

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We have got 14 bids on this.

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14 bids.

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Now it's been a few weeks since we met Jane and Janet at their home in Lincolnshire.

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We found lots of nice items that we've brought to Bamford's Auction House in Matlock.

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Now remember Jane wanted to raise £300 so she could take her daughters

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on a shopping spree. How fantastic is that?

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Unfortunately, I can't be at the auction today, but they're in the capable hands of Paul Hayes.

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Bamford's has auction houses in Derby and Matlock,

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and specialises in the sale of fine art and antiques.

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Paul's keen to find out whether the auctioneer, Steven Iredale,

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shares his high opinion about the value of the sewing table.

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-Do you like this one?

-Very pretty.

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It's the classic type of Victorian sewing table made 1860, 1870.

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How are you finding Victorian furniture?

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Antique furniture is not as bad as a lot of people say.

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I think what's caught people out is you have to try a lot harder now.

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People are a lot more knowledgeable, a lot more selective.

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-Quality always sells.

-Quality will always sell. Pretty small things will always sell.

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Fantastic, Steven. I know you're a very busy man.

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-I have to go and meet the family. See you on the rostrum.

-Thank you.

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That could be good news for some of our items today, as quite a few of them are small, pretty

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and Victorian and in fact, Jane and her mum Janet are looking at one of the most promising ones now.

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Now then, you two, I see you have found some of your items already.

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-Yes.

-Your pencils. Who collected all of these?

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I did. Just one by one, from various antique fairs.

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Over how many years was that?

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Oh, about 15, 20 years perhaps.

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-The auction's going to start any second now, so let's take our places.

-OK.

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Jane and Janet seem relaxed about the whole thing. I think it's Paul

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who's a bit nervous today. And the first lot to go under the hammer is

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the Royal Winton cottage ware butter dish, which Paul valued at £20-£25.

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25. 20 then. £20.

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Come on, there must be somebody.

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£20. 10 then.

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10 bid. 12 do I see?

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At 10 and 12 now.

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£12. 15.

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15. 18.

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16 if it helps you. 16. 17.

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-He's trying.

-All done and selling at £16.

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-There you go.

-It could be worse.

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So £16. Was that about what you would have paid for it?

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-We've started.

-We've started. Would it have been more expensive than that?

-No, we never pay a lot.

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Not a bad start, perhaps a little under estimate, but Jane and Janet seem happy with the amount.

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The five Tuscan dessert plates are up next.

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-They're 1930s Art Deco, and their price tag - £25-£30.

-A below estimate, £15.

-Oh, no.

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Is anyone going to bid below the estimate? £15?

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Not sold those. It's a little bit too far below estimate.

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No luck with the plates. Let's hope this is just a blip

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and not an indication of how the rest of the auction will go.

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And as Jane and Janet's next item is the third lot of ceramics,

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I'm a little concerned they may not reach their estimates either.

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It's the Wade Whimsies, up for £30-£50.

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I remember these being in your house.

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Yes. There are some of the larger examples.

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Yes, you told me to add some more and I did.

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Well done. Are there any Disney characters? I can't remember.

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Yes, there's the Lady and The Tramp. Thumper. And the Siamese cat.

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They've been really well viewed. We've had lots of inquiries about them, been in and out of the cabinet

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and I have got seven bids on commission.

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Starts with me at £42. 5.

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At £42 and 5 now. At 45. 48. 50.

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At 48 and 50 now. At 48.

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-That's great.

-Absolutely sure?

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At 48. All done then. 50. 2. 5.

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£52. It's still on commission.

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At £52 and 5 now. All done at 52.

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-Sure? £52.

-That's great. Fantastic. So there's been lots of interest in those.

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I put them in a Cadbury box, so perhaps the box was worth more!

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Just over Paul's upper estimate. What a great result.

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It seems there are some keen bidders in the sale room, so there's everything to play for.

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Their next lot is the mahogany writing slope, which Jane bought in a junk shop 30 years ago.

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Will she get the £30-£50 Paul put on it?

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Lovely thing. And £50, please.

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£50. 30 then. £30 surely.

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Come on, bid someone. £30.

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-It's worth that. 25.

-Oh, no!

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25 bid. 30 do I see? 30 and 5.

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It's a good one. 35 and 40 and 5. At £40, it's the best one in the sale.

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42. 45. 45. 48.

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-Oh.

-At 45. Thank you, anyway.

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At 45 and 8 do I see?

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At 45 and selling.

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That's more like it. I think the auctioneer certainly worked to get a good price for them.

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Their next item is a piece of jewellery, an 18 carat gold necklace in fact, and it's up for £30-£50.

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Now was this a present for yourself or something you bought?

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No, Mum gave me it. But she never wore it.

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Somebody bought it from Abu Dhabi or somewhere like that.

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We have got 14 bids on this.

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14 bids!

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And it starts with me at £115.

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-That's amazing.

-At 115, 120 do I see?

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All done then on commission, at 115.

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-How fantastic is that?

-That's amazing.

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It just goes to show gold really is the thing to invest in at the moment.

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What a fantastic result, more than double Paul's upper estimate.

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That's a great addition to their fund.

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Now if you've been inspired by Jane and Janet's progress

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and are thinking of heading off to auction to raise some money,

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do bear in mind that there are charges to be paid, such as commission.

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These vary from one sale room to another, so it's always worth checking in advance.

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The horsehair armchair that Janet reupholstered herself is up next.

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OK, now I know this is something that means a lot to you, Janet.

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There's blood, sweat and tears gone into recreating this chair.

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-That's right.

-How long ago since you actually renewed this chair?

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I think it must be about 25 years.

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Well, you did a fantastic job. Who's been using it since then?

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Latterly, it was the dog's chair.

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-Oh, that's right.

-The dog really likes it.

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So we've got a lovely Victorian horsehair chair, recovered, restuffed and we're looking for £50.

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I can vouch for the fact it's incredibly comfortable.

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LAUGHTER

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And £80 for it. £80.

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Awful lot of work gone into the restoration. £80?

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£60 then.

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£50 then. £50? Come on! £50.

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Thank you, madame. 5, madame.

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55. 5. 60. 5.

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-£60 front row. 5 do I see?

-That's marvellous.

-65 in two places.

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70? At £65. Horsehair as well.

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At £65 then. Seated in the centre.

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All done. £70, thank you, madame. 75.

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Come on, you fought so hard.

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75. 80.

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At 75.

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At £75. Centre of the room.

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All done and selling at £75.

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-Well done.

-It wants doing properly in proper fabric.

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-No, I think you've done a great job.

-Dralon isn't right.

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You've done a really nice job.

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But it matched the decor at the time, you see.

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-Are you pleased with that?

-Yes.

-Is that what you expected?

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-Yes. That's good.

-I think I paid about £8 for it originally.

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Keep your voice down!

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Well, the auctioneer worked hard to get that price for them,

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but the winning bidder seemed pleased with her purchase.

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Jane and Janet's next lot for £30-£50 is the two Victorian letter clips.

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And selling on commission at £28.

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Just under Paul's lower estimate.

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It seems the bidders are very interested in Jane and Janet's items now.

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What will they make of the two mahogany balloon-backed chairs

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which are in the catalogue for £40-£60?

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-So these have been nicely covered as well.

-Yes. In my class.

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OK. Was that the sort of thing you used to do, get odd chairs and renovate them?

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Yes. I can do caning as well. I can cane the bottoms of chairs.

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Right. What you do in your pastime is entirely up to you!

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Two of them, and £40, please. £40.

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£40. 30 then. £30. 20?

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Nobody likes them.

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Oh, dear.

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20 for them?

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I shan't sell those.

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The auctioneer used his discretion.

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£20 was not good enough to sell, so Jane and Janet will be taking them back home.

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They do have some interesting items in their collection here.

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The next lot is three silver pencils and a silver pencil case, all for £60-£100.

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All done at £45.

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A little bit less than they were expecting, but not too disappointing.

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It's their final lot now,

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that mahogany octagonal sewing box with the chess board top.

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The price is £150-£200.

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OK, now it's my favourite item out of all your bits and pieces,

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that wonderful work table with a chess board top. I like these.

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Have you ever used this at all?

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Yes, just to put buttons and cottons in, that's all.

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-You ever play chess on the top?

-No, I haven't, actually.

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-Now there's a reserve on this, isn't there?

-Yes, I put £120.

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£120, which is a bit lower than what my estimate was, so it should do OK.

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-Hopefully.

-What a pretty lot.

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The Victorian mahogany table.

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I have got two bids on it.

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Starts with me at £110. £120, do I see in the room?

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At £110. £120 now. At 110. 120. 130.

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140. 150. 150 here, 160 do I see?

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That's what we wanted originally.

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At £150, 5 do I see now?

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At 150 absentee bid, selling 150.

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There you go. Great, isn't it?

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-That wasn't bad.

-You were right to put your reserve on it.

-Yes, I was.

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-But 150, that's the lowest of my estimate.

-Yes.

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What a fantastic end to the sale.

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That's really boosted the total, so it's over to Paul to tell them the good news.

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That's the end of the day, that's it, no more lots to go. So have you enjoyed yourself?

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-Yes.

-It's been interesting.

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How do you think we've done up to now?

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-OK, I think.

-We've had a few disappointments early on.

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-But then it rescued itself. Well, you wanted £300.

-Yes.

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All right. I'm very pleased to tell you that

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-you've managed to make here today £526.

-Fabulous. That's lovely.

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-That's all right, isn't it?

-Wonderful.

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-Have you enjoyed the whole thing?

-Yes, thank you.

-Great.

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-Thank you very much.

-I'm going for a lie down.

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Well, thanks to their success at auction, Jane and Janet have bought

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Jane's two daughters out on a shopping spree, and the destination

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they've chosen to splash the cash is the historic City of York,

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dominated by the world famous Minster.

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Going to treat the girls to some clothes and just have a nice lunch out, I think.

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And I'm just going to tag along!

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Trying to keep both her teenage daughters and her mother happy on a day out is no mean feat,

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-but Jane seems to have got the balance just about right.

-We've done lots of shopping.

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We had a break for coffee and we had some scones and tea cakes, and Mum wanted to go round the Cathedral.

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They've had enough culture for one day,

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and they're itching to get back shopping and to buy some more stuff.

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Jane Storer wants to treat her two teenage daughters to a shopping spree and enlists her mum Janet to help with the search around her home in Lincolnshire. Lorne Spicer and Paul Hayes join in the hunt.