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Antiques series. Robbie and his mum Carole enlist Chris Hollins and John Cameron to help them raise £400. They want to buy new decking to improve access to their caravan.


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Hello. Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that finds hidden antiques and collectables in your home

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and helps sell them at auction. Today's family want to spruce up something special in their lives.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic: a touch of tankard envy on rummage day.'

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I've got to say, I prefer the size of his tankard!

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They do look more welcoming!

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'Clearly size does matter when it comes to these.'

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I found a little spirit level my size.

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'And at auction a boot sale bargain turns out a surprising result.'

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-You thought it was a bit of old junk and it's £70!

-Yeah.

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'Find out more when the hammer falls.'

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Today we are in south east London to meet a mother and son who want to raise a little bit of money

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to make their home away from home a little more habitable.

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'Robbie Saunders and his mum Carol are two members of a very large south London family,

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'and that doesn't include those pets. Sadly, dad John can't be with us today for health reasons,

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'but Robbie is a regular visitor to where his mum and dad have lived for over 10 years.

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'We hope to turn up a decent haul of collectables that make a fortune. John can't wait to get started,

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-'so I send him on his merry way.' Ready for work?

-Always.

-Good boy.

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Ah, there they are. And working already? I like to see that. That IS good news!

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-You must be Robbie. And Carol. I got the names right and the right house - good start!

-A good start!

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-Own up. Who called our team?

-Me. That would be me.

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-You called us in? That surprises me. Are you a fan?

-Yes, I watch it every day. Never miss it.

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That sounds very impressive! I like this. Why did you call us in?

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To raise money for my mum to get decking outside the caravan so my dad and mum can sit outside.

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-And how much is that going to cost?

-About 400.

-£400. So we've got our work cut out.

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-Are you going to cry or argue with me or are you willing...?

-No, I'm willing to let it go.

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-It's all for a good cause.

-Let's go and find John.

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'This home isn't exactly overflowing with antiques and collectables,

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'but there are just enough nooks and crannies to hide some treasures.

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'We're lucky that our man John Cameron has many years experience and is an expert at picking out

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'the very best.'

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This is interesting. Robbie, where's this from?

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-My mum picked it up from a boot sale for two quid.

-I know my beer and that's not a very big one!

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It's marked a quart. These were used to buy beer to take away.

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So you get measurements on the back. Half pints or half litres. They're known as steins.

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It's quite nice. It's by...if we turn it over...

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Villeroy Boch. The letters VB.

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And see where it says Mettlach? That's where the company is still based in western Germany.

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-And this little tankard here dates to about 1900.

-Ah.

-I love the decoration.

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Known as sgraffito - scratched into the surface.

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A wonderful little scene here of this Franciscan or Dominican monk

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-handing out two tankards there.

-I prefer the size of his tankards!

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They do look more welcoming! But a nice thing. The lid's intact.

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-It's got metal mounts. Nice little finial there. So £2.

-Mm. It's going to change into...?

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-I'm going to say £60-£80.

-That much?!

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-Yeah.

-Drinks are on you, mate.

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-That's not bad, is it?

-No, not bad.

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It just shows that a few pounds at a boot sale could mean tens of pounds on auction day. Cheers, John.

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Robbie's working his way around the house and turns up this collection of Ordnance Survey maps

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left to him by a neighbour who recorded every place he visited.

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There's a modest collectors' market for these. Prices vary with date

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and there's even one of Lincolnshire from 1705.

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John gives the collection a £20-£30 estimate.

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-Carol, meanwhile, has prepared a little presentation.

-Hello, Carol.

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-Hello.

-That's an impressive collection of brooches.

-Oh, yes. I've collected these for years.

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-I hope they're out for my benefit.

-Yes.

-You'd consider selling?

-Yes.

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-Very much so.

-OK. How many are here?

-Er, roughly 200.

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-How did it all start?

-Years ago, my mother-in-law gave me... this one.

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-This one here?

-Yes.

-That's quite nice. It's like a morning brooch with the black agate on here.

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-And these diamante stones. And this was the first one?

-Yes.

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Costume jewellery's been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians made it, as did the Romans.

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Costume jewellery is made from semi-precious materials,

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but the real fashionable age would have been in the 1920s

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when couturier houses like Coco Chanel, Yves St Laurent were producing suits of jewellery.

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Nowadays, a lot of companies make them and quality does vary,

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but there's a very active collecting field. I'd look at an estimate of £70-£90.

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-Yes.

-But I'd hope they make over 100.

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-OK.

-If you had to keep one, what would it be?

-The one in your hand.

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-Well, you keep that one, then, and we'll take the rest to auction.

-Yes.

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You can start another collection!

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'Hmm. That's not a huge amount for such an extensive collection, but it all helps.

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'As ever, time is against us, so it's a good job John finds this little lot -

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'a silver pocket watch and chain, a half-hunter 9-carat-gold wristwatch

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'and an early 20th-century watch minus its strap. The pocket watch was Robbie's great-granddad's

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'and the other pieces were handed down by his uncle Bob. John reckons they could fetch

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'between £60 to £80 at auction.'

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-We'll leave John rummaging about. You don't mind, do you?

-No.

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-Get him to do all the hard work.

-Yeah, that's easy.

-It is! We'll have a nice sit down and catch up.

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-I've seen so many photographs about your family. It's enormous!

-Yes.

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Give it to me in facts and figures. How many are there?

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I've got five brothers, four sisters... and 11 nieces and nephews.

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We've not mentioned an important factor in this large family, your husband. He's had a tough time.

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He's had a major heart by-pass

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and then when he came out of the operation, they found he had kidney trouble.

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Then he had dialysis after dialysis.

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-He's trying to get over it now.

-So it's been a tough time.

-Yes.

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And it's important that he gets away from all the stresses and strains,

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-so what will it mean to you to make those improvements to the caravan?

-Oh, it'll be heaven.

-A lot.

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More safer for my husband that he doesn't have to strain to get from the top to the bottom.

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He can just walk straight out.

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-Well, £400 isn't going to make itself, so...

-Let's go rummage!

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You got it right! Back to work.

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'It's clear they are a very close and loving family and I'm glad that today's search will help

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'to make life a little more bearable for dad John. We need to carry on.

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'John soon finds this Pears Soap mirror, which is another of Carol's car boot finds.

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'Pears was the first transparent soap, introduced in 1789,

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'making it one of the world's oldest continuously existing brands.

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'Mirrors like these are widely collected and are relatively modern.

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'John gives it a £10-£20 price tag.

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'We're halfway through our day with Carol and Robbie and halfway through our search for collectables.

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'With our total currently at £220, there's still a long way to go.'

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Boys, come and have a look at this. There's a whole load of tools there.

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-Is this everything?

-No, one more thing.

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I think... it's known as a spirit level.

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That's quite a nice level, actually. It's got a maker on here. J Raeburn. John Raeburn and Sons, Birmingham.

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A real heavy piece, but with its original box. Where are these from?

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-From my uncle's granddad.

-He was a carpenter?

-Yes, he was.

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-He was a shipwright on the docks.

-There is a market for vintage tools.

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One particular auction house specialises in nothing but these.

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Collectors look for good makers, like Raeburn, like Stanley.

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-Some of the early planes are sought after.

-It's a tool box, but that looks quite pretty, ornate.

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-The decoration.

-Yes. This is a well-made piece. They are a good company.

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This wouldn't have been a cheap thing when it was first bought.

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So how much, John, for this?

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Well, for me, without delving right into that box, I like this.

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I would certainly put them in at £40-£60. They might make over £50.

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-I found a little spirit level my size. What do you think?

-Nice.

-Does that add something?

-No.

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-I'll stick with my estimate, but that's nice. I like that.

-Little things please little minds.

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'I'm happy even if these two aren't. Let's hope the tools prove a hit on auction day.'

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28. 30. 2.

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-35. 38. 40.

-'Will they help raise enough cash for that decking?

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'We'll find out soon enough.

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'As our search continues, Carol unearths a framed Australian banker's cheque

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'dating from 1855. It was left to Robbie by his neighbour.

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'The collection of cheques is known as fiscalia. This example is in pretty poor condition,

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'but we still hope an interested bidder will pay around £20-£30.'

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-John, what do you think of these?

-Let's look at that one first. Where are these from, Robbie?

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My mum got this from the charity shop when she used to work there.

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-She just picked this up.

-This one here is Gucci. It's on the square dial there.

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It's a modern watch, stainless steel, a G Line model.

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These are quite expensive new. We're talking £300 or £400 for this.

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Second-hand value of Gucci watches is not terribly great.

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I wouldn't expect more than about £50-£100.

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I don't know why women's watches aren't so desirable second-hand, but they're not.

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A man's watch will hold its residue value much more than a lady's watch, but a sellable item.

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-Quite nice, in good condition.

-And this one my mum picked up, but I'm not sure where.

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OK, well, it looks like a 1950s cocktail watch.

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-Gold bracelet strap, 9-carat-gold case. These aren't practical because the dial is so small.

-Yeah.

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And it's lost some markings on the dial. Nevertheless, nice and it is gold.

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The two of them together at auction, about £100-£150.

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-Yep, sounds good to me.

-Jolly good.

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Excellent. You keep hold of those. Let's see what else we find.

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'That is our best find so far, but there's more!

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'The cupboard under the stairs gives up these three earthenware Majolica tiles.

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'Dating from the 19th century, they were originally made by Minton, but took off all over the world.

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'Majolica has moulded surfaces and colourful glazes.

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'Considering Robbie picked these up for only £1.50,

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'an estimate of £15-£20 is a pretty good return on his investment.

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'Our day is almost over. There's one last discovery which needs John's expert viewing.'

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-What have you got there?

-Fishing reels.

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Right. That one looks a bit busted up. Let's look at that other one. That's good.

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That's Victorian or Edwardian. No maker's name and we've lost the little winding handles.

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-Where did these come from?

-These were my uncle Bob's.

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Was he a fly fishing man?

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-A couple of times he went fishing with my dad.

-You never use them?

-No.

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There's a maker's name on here. See that?

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Samuel Allcock, that is. Of Redditch. Yeah, very famous.

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That's the best of the three. They're an interesting firm.

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They started making flies for the trout and the salmon.

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Very much a kind of upper class sport, fly fishing,

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but in the 19th century a huge, huge business.

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-Is this everything you've got?

-Just rods. Two rods.

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OK. That piece on its own, I'd throw the other reels in,

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I'd put in at £40-£50.

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Really? That much? I'm shocked.

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Did I hear money being discussed? How much?

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£40-£50 for the fishing reel.

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Well, that's not too bad. I'm afraid that's just about it.

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-We've worked really hard.

-I enjoyed it.

-Are you sure?

-Yes.

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-You wanted to raise £400 today, didn't you? For your little piece of heaven in the caravan park.

-Yes.

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-We reckon, conservatively, at auction we could raise £435.

-Oooh.

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That's very good. Fantastic.

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-Was it worth us wrecking your house?

-It's worth it.

-Definitely was.

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Well, we've had a productive day with Robbie and Carol.

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The estimates are a little up and down, but I'm hoping we make enough for those much-needed improvements.

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Carol found that German stein at a car boot sale.

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Let's hope it brings us some cheer at £60-£80.

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At a very reasonable £70-£90, we're pinning our hopes on that collection of dress jewellery.

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And there's also that pair of ladies' watches.

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The 1950s cocktail watch and the Gucci timepiece were bought by Carol in a charity shop.

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John estimates the pair at £100-£150.

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-'Coming up...'

-Nostalgia. Nobody?

-'One lot fails to live up to Robbie's expectations.'

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-A bit disappointed.

-You thought they'd get a bit more?

-I would have thought more.

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'But what's got the bidders so excited? Not to mention Carol.'

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-Very good!

-Well done to your old man, eh?

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'Be there for the final drop of the gavel.'

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What an interesting haul, but this is where it all comes together.

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We've brought Robbie, Carol and all those family possessions here to the Chiswick Auctions.

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Let's hope the lots perk up enough interest to get that caravan fully decked out.

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There's plenty of people here today, so let's hope our lots are in demand.

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John and I can't wait to whisk them into position as the first of their lots comes under the hammer.

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The Pears branded mirror.

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-What are we expecting?

-£10-£20. It is a reproduction.

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These were very popular in the 1980s and '90s.

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Lots of reproductions abound. They're now not so popular, hence my pretty low estimate.

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-I've got a left bid of £10.

-Our bottom bid.

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At £10. Are you all done?

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£10. I'm going to sell the mirror.

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I didn't think we would clean up, but I'm happy with a tenner.

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So am I. £10 isn't a bad return.

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And there's plenty more to come.

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Let's hope we can catch the bidders with these beautiful rods and mahogany reels.

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-Unusual items, John. Will they go well?

-We've certainly got a good maker's name, Allcock.

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He's one of the best-known makers.

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-I haven't got a lot on them, so hopefully we'll get someone on the hook and land them.

-A bite!

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£20, please. Fishing reels at 20?

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I'm bid 20 there in the doorway. £22 there.

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25. 28.

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30. 32.

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35. £35 in that doorway. Anybody else?

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35 is the bid. 35.

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-Fishing memorabilia, they do like them.

-Good decorating objects.

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You get that public school decorator's feel with a few rowing oars here and there.

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It's a shame we just missed John's bottom estimate, but there are plenty more fish in the sea.

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Let's hope the Ordnance Survey maps guide the way to a more successful result.

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It's interesting to see the urbanisation

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and how things have changed, but only £20-£30.

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£10 for the lot? Worth £10 for them, surely.

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Anybody want them for £10? No interest?

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A bit of nostalgia. Nobody? £10 I'm bid in the doorway.

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Anybody else?

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-A bit disappointed.

-Did you think we'd get more?

-I would have thought more, yeah.

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We just didn't have the right kind of bidder today,

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but every sale helps towards that target.

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Maybe our next item will give us cause to celebrate. That stein tankard is a favourite of John's.

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Do we have a couple of buyers

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to bid it up to our estimate?

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I'm straight in at £35.

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£35...

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40. 45. 50. 55.

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-60 there.

-60 there.

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70 in the room. Anybody else? I'm going to sell it, then. £70.

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-Did that surprise you?

-It did.

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-You thought it was a bit of old junk and £70!

-Yes.

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I'll drink to that result! Carol's boot sale bargain proved to be a very healthy investment.

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Our next lot to go under the hammer is this Australian banker's cheque of Robbie's.

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That dates back to 1855.

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Interesting to numismatists, the collecting circle,

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but it would be much nicer with an important signature.

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It's quite an early cheque, but only £20-£30 on it.

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I'm bid straight off £10. £10. 12 there.

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14. 16.

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-Ooh.

-18. 20.

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22. 25.

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28. £28 in the doorway. At 28.

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-I'm going to sell it at 28.

-£28! That's a great result.

-Yeah, it's good.

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I was a bit worried it would bounce!

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Steady with those jokes, John!

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But it was worth a lot more than the paper it's written on.

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If you'd like to try buying or selling this way, fees will apply,

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so it's best to check them in advance. We're halfway through now

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and so far I can reveal that we've made £153 towards the £400

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they want to raise for the decking for their caravan.

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We have many prized items still to come, including Carol's collection of costume jewellery.

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She's picked them up at boot sales and charity shops.

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-We've got a whole collection there.

-Not quite enough for a different one every day of the year,

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but we were getting there. I put £70-£90 to be tempting.

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Start me at £30. A mixed bag. 30 I'm bid.

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£30. 32. 35.

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-38. 40.

-(Over there.)

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50. 5. 60.

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65. 70.

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5.

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-80.

-Yes, come on.

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90. 5.

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-100.

-Yes!

-110.

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120? 120 there.

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-130.

-Get in.

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£140. Original bidder at 140. Are you all done? 140.

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-A bit of quality, just like Carol, and we get some money in.

-All the years of collecting.

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All worth while and the sale of those brooches

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will go a long way to improving access to the family caravan.

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Next up are our three earthenware Majolica-style tiles. Only three.

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Shame we don't have six. They'd come from fireplaces and are in demand

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to put them back in!

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-So £15-£20, John.

-A fiver each. Let's see.

-Sounds like a bargain.

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I've got a left bid on this lot of £10.

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£10. £12. £15.

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18 in the room. 18 there. 20. 22.

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-Yes.

-£22 here.

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£22 for the tiles. 22.

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-It still keeps ticking over.

-Ticking over.

-Lovely.

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Restoration of fireplaces is big business.

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It was well worth bringing them, even without the full set.

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Let's hope the high bids keep ticking over with these watches.

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One belonged to Robbie's great grandfather, the others his uncle.

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Three interesting watches. We've got a full pocket watch,

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a kind of transitional watch between a wristwatch and a fob,

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and then a wristwatch. So a nice historic lot here.

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£60-£80. We should be OK.

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-There's a little bit of interest. Straight in at £60.

-Bang on.

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65. 70. £70. 75.

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80. 85.

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90. £95 from the doorway.

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-£100 in the corner.

-Yes!

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110. Are you all done? £110. I'm going to sell at 110.

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-Very good!

-Very good.

-Well done to your old man, eh?

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-Will he be pleased with that?

-Oh, yes. He will be.

-Excellent.

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That's almost twice John's bottom estimate. How lovely that something passed down the generations

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has helped to contribute today.

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I'm surprised you're not up there grabbing these things back. You love these tools.

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Yeah, especially the leveller. In the box.

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-The spirit level. Very well made.

-A nice thing.

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The rest of the tools are very much in used condition.

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Although they are collectable, condition is everything and they even want the boxes, like toy cars.

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£20 to start me for the tools. I'm bid 20.

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22 I'll take. 22.

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25. 28. 30.

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32. 35. 38. 40.

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5. 50. 5.

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£55 in the doorway. 60.

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65. 70. 5.

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80. 5.

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£85 in the doorway. All done?

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That's it. £85. Going to sell it.

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-Wow!

-Yes!

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-Look at his little face.

-Yes.

-That's wicked. Blinding.

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Despite being well worn, there's a healthy market for vintage tools, especially with good names.

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Next up are the timepieces - a Gucci and a cocktail watch.

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We've tasted success with watches already, but John says ladies' varieties aren't always successful.

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I've got £100-£150. Should be around that.

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What are they worth? £50? Bid 50.

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55. 60.

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5. 70. 5. 80.

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5. 90. Fresh bidding.

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-£90 on the table here.

-Come on.

-At £90.

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-We weren't quite there, but in the area.

-Yep.

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-£90. You didn't want the watch.

-No, I can't wear it.

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It didn't go with your dress. Gone.

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Well, that's not a bad finish. Time to find out if Robbie and Carol have made enough money to go ahead

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with the decking.

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Your caravan will look really great.

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Today you have raised a whopping £600!

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What? 600?! I thought it was only about 450.

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-What a surprise!

-Quick! Hold her, she's going!

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-£600.

-Oh, fantastic.

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They can now put that caravan decking in place to make John's life easier.

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Robbie's wasted no time in heading to his local timber merchant.

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-Can we talk about this decking?

-Yeah.

-I just want to ask how's the grip?

-The grip's very good.

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It's already been machined.

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'I've been looking for some decking, seeing what quotes I can get.'

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It lets my dad walk out without stepping down. Nice and flat.

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I just want the right material so my dad doesn't slip.

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-Thank you very much.

-All the best.

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What a great result for Robbie and Carol. We wish them all the best and great times in their caravan.

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If you want to raise some money and think you have hidden treasures in your home,

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why not apply to be on the show? All the details are online.

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Good luck. I'll see you next time.

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Robbie Saunders and his mum Carole enlist Chris Hollins and expert John Cameron to help them raise £400. They want to buy new decking to improve access to their family caravan. Could the discovery of a large collection of brooches and costume jewellery aid their cause at auction?