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How do you make money for nothing?
The answer could be hiding in the 20 million tonnes of household waste
we throw out every year.
Sorry to bother you. Before you throw that away,
-is there any chance I can have a quick chat to you about it?
That's why entrepreneur, Sarah Moore,
wants to get her hands on things before they hit the skip.
I am a passionate buyer, maker and user of old stuff,
and I've turned that passion into a moneymaking business.
I turn old stuff into new stuff and sell it for a profit.
Sarah's ready to sift through
as many boots and bin bags as she needs to...
Look at that absolute box of joy. These are just fantastic.
..in her search for tip treasure.
We've got to be able to make something out of that, haven't we?
And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...
-I've got a little something for you.
-Yeah, I thought you might.
Ohhh! This is a hard one.
..she can transform her finds into desirable...
Oh, my word!
..and hopefully saleable items.
Well, I love this, so I would really like to have it.
If Sarah is successful, then she can hand the profits back
to the very people who had no idea
there was cash to be made from their trash.
That is incredible, isn't it?
Today, we're the Witley Recycling Centre near Guildford...
..where 800 tonnes of waste is dumped by Surrey locals every month.
I have no idea what I'm going to find here today.
It might be a chair in despair or a toy with no joy,
but whatever it is, I'm hoping to find something amazing
and make some money for nothing.
Award-winning interior designer Sarah is here looking for
three items which can be saved rather than slung,
and turned into something new and desirable once again.
Just never know what's going to come in.
Could be a Rembrandt any minute now. A Lowry.
It's more likely to be a Renault or a Land Rover, I think, Sarah.
Still, all we need are items which, with a little TLC
lavished upon them, could reflect a profit for their owners.
And Sarah's spotted something interesting
weighing down the back of Shane's car.
-Hi, I'm really sorry to bother you.
I'm just looking at people's rubbish today
and what they're throwing away and just having a chat about it.
We've had a new patio laid
and the builders left some of the old patio covers.
-So it was left to me to throw them away.
Well, we're looking at things we can recycle and make into other things,
and I know that they are not probably the daintiest thing
-I'm going to see all day.
-Yeah, they weigh a tonne.
And they're quite old.
Is there any chance I could take them, rather than you putting them in the tip?
-I'd love you to.
-How many have you got - two?
-Three? I'm going to get somebody to help me.
The provenance of these old manhole covers is important.
Having come from Shane's patio,
Sarah is planning to turn them into...well, something.
You'd never think it, would you, but looking at them,
the moment you see them and that lovely crisscross pattern,
geometric stuff's really in at the moment.
That's going to make a fantastic garden table. Or something.
There's some scrap weight there, isn't there?
Whatever she does make, it'll last a long time.
There's a lot of steel there. They weigh a ton, so...
I look forward to seeing it.
If Sarah hadn't seen the potential in these manhole covers,
it could've been money down the drain.
There's money to be made out of these drain covers
and I'm going to go for it in a big way.
I didn't think Sarah would be quite so into heavy metal,
but, fortunately, she knows a man who is.
Rob Shaer has years of experience
bending, shaping, grinding
and welding metal.
Years, years of experience...
and know-how - tips of the trade, so to speak.
Graduating from art school, his work is now regularly in demand
by architects and artists, and Rob has turned his hand
to making everything from church bells to climbing frames.
He has no idea what Sarah's going to bring in today,
but he definitely knows what he'd like.
An old-fashioned, copper, hot-water boiler, like a really big one.
Five foot by 500.
You know, nice and substantial, like a torpedo. A copper torpedo.
That's what I want.
Hopefully, Rob will be able to redirect that passion for plumbing
towards Sarah's dingy drainage.
I was only looking!
Just as well, Sarah.
Of course, once items reach the skip,
they can no longer be retrieved.
All I'm seeing is bush, bush, grass, tree...
Not much stuff I can recycle.
Sometimes, it's difficult to see the wood for the trees.
Janet and her partner, Chris, are helping Janet's mum move house
and have surplus items
which are not making the transition from old to new.
It's really grotty stuff today,
because it has just come from the loft.
Oh, really? Well, you never know!
Did you mention "grotty old stuff"?
Well, you weren't far wrong in the case of that old case.
It hasn't got the heirlooms in it, has it?
Without heirlooms inside, I think it's fair to say
that case has seen the last of its travels.
But, hidden away on the back seat of the pick-up
is something with much more potential mileage.
-Oh, they're really sweet.
-Two of those?
-Yeah, they're quite nice.
-They're really... They're so retro.
-They're quite sweet, actually.
It's just finding things that have got that old-fashioned look.
Anything mid-century is really collectable, and people are loving having it in their houses.
OK, that's good. Yeah, no problem.
If you don't mind, I would love to add them to our collection from you.
-I'm going to stand here
and see what else you've got, because you never know.
-Have this sponge!
-Hmm, tempting, but maybe not today, thanks.
How cool are they?
-If it's all right, I'm going to take them down here, out of your way.
Looks like it's easy to get carried away round about here.
You'd better stay there and look at what else is coming up.
I'm going to look after these, but there could be more exciting things.
It's not always the case that people don't see the value.
Sometimes, it's just a question of time.
You just think, "Right, it's going, it's going to go, it's going to go."
Someone else might have the time and effort to think,
"Oh, I know what I can do that, I'll save it." You know?
But, at some point, you've just got to think to yourself,
"No, it's got to go, out." That's it.
So, how cool are these two? I absolutely love their styling.
They are bang on 1960, don't you think?
I think we could stitch something fabby over here
and really sort out these seats.
And I think I'm going to be sitting on a fortune.
So, item two today has the potential to be double money,
in the shape of these two gorgeous 1950s chairs.
And Sarah has just the man in mind to help bring them bang up-to-date.
Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate
turned furniture restorer.
Jay has his finger on the pulse of modern design interiors,
reworking the very best of British craftsmanship
and bringing it into the 21st century.
I've always had a passion for the kind of heritage
that the British designers have produced over the years.
Traditionalists would love to keep it as it is.
But to be reintroduced into the market,
I like to just add a bit of colour and add something a bit quirky.
I really enjoy adding my bit
and not necessarily worrying about other people's reactions.
It's more about, do I like it? If I like it, then it's good.
Never knowing what Sarah will turn up with,
Jay often flies by the seat of his pants
when dealing with her dump finds.
The good news is, today, he has two to choose from.
Seats, that is.
With only one item to find, Sarah is searching Witley once more.
Rubbish it may be,
but luckily Sarah has spotted Chris with something much more suitable.
Er, I've got to stop you.
So, whose is that and why are you throwing it away and...?
I don't know, I think it's just been in the house for a long time.
No reason, really, why it's been there.
-And you're just not using it...?
-Just not using it, yeah.
And I think it's for, like,
to put your suit on or something.
Yeah, it's really cool.
Maybe have your cuff links here or something.
I love it cos nobody has pieces of furniture
that just do one thing any more, do they?
-No, definitely not.
-I really like the styling on it.
It's really cool. We're looking for things we might be able
-to sell to people or repurpose or redo.
Is that something you might be able to share with us?
-You can have it, if that's what you want.
I'm not sure if I'll be able to use it,
but just to have the option to do it. Do you know what it is?
It's the bits on the bottom, the fact it's got
such lovely casters and stuff, I just think maybe there's...
-there's hope for it yet.
-Maybe, yeah. Could be revived.
-Well, that's fab. Thanks ever so much for sharing it.
-You're very welcome.
Have to find something to do with it now. Look at that, that's brilliant.
-Thank you ever so much.
I am sure you've got something up your sleeve, Sarah.
Just been sitting in my house, not doing anything.
I thought, you know, might give it to someone else
or put it to recycling,
where it could actually be used for something decent, you know?
How cool is that?
Nobody has a bespoke piece of furniture
just for holding their suit these days, do they?
And I can't really see what else I'll be able to do with it,
but I just don't think it needs to go in the tip at the moment.
Don't worry, Sarah.
If you HANG around long enough,
I'm sure something SUITABLE will spring to mind.
So, three items found.
Rob will be fortunate enough to tackle the manhole covers,
Jay, the two 1950s-flavoured chairs,
and Sarah will take care of the suit stand.
It's been a fantastic day here today and I've met great people,
but I've been making all sorts of promises
about what I'm going to do with their rubbish.
I've got my work cut out, but I can't wait to get started
to turn their trash into cash.
Walthamstow was home to the British film studio in the early 20th century,
where Broad West Film Company made many films in the silent era.
These days, there's nothing silent about the Black Horse workshop,
where Rob Shaer specialises in turning brutal into beautiful.
I never have any idea what Sarah's going to bring in.
It's always a bit of challenge, always a bit of a head scratch.
What would I like Sarah to bring in?
Something a little bit ugly, a bit brutal.
Look at those little beauties.
Something I could beautify, pimp up.
I think I'm going to get Rob out here.
These things are really heavy-duty.
Come with me. Come and see what I've got.
No need to look so worried, Rob.
It'll be something perfectly normal.
So these... just a little bit unusual.
Come in, what do you reckon? Yeah, completely random.
As usual, completely off the shelf. Completely off your trolley.
They're heavy-duty, there's loads of metal there.
-There are three of them and three covers.
I was thinking maybe we can make some kind of amazing desk out of them,
-stitch them all together, or...
-Could do, could do.
-A shelving unit?
They're very macho. They're very macho.
Maybe we could make a nice little delicate...
-Maybe a little vanity unit?
-I like the idea of turning it on its head.
That would be so cool, to put this into a girl's space.
Cos nothing says feminine like an enormous slab of old rusty iron.
Go on, impress me - how are you going to do that?
-Powder coating, maybe a very, very light pastelly colour.
-Oh, my word!
Keep the shape.
And something quite fine on the bottom, then, to support it?
Let's get the weight hovering above the ground. You know, hairpin legs.
Are we just talking about a table? Have we got a mirror at the back?
What kind of thing are we looking at?
So, a mirror frame. I'm looking at lighting in here.
An LED, like, strip, going round the inside.
That really takes it up a level and just puts it in a different bracket.
-Different price bracket?
-Different price bracket.
You know me, I've always got an eye on the cash!
It's all very well having an eye on the cash at this point,
but this project won't be a success until we get our hands on some.
Talk to me about the money.
In terms of powder coating costs, what are we, 100 quid, 150?
100, 120 quid, you know, to get them powder coated.
-OK, and what about legs?
-I think about 50 quid.
-And then the mirrors?
-50, 75, for three mirrors. Yeah.
Roughly, materials-wise, we're in the 400 quid ballpark, then?
I would say about that, yeah.
On top of that £400 for materials,
Rob's expertise and time will cost a further £600 -
transforming there three manky manhole covers
into three makeover vanity tables.
Well, the van is a lot lighter, but I've just committed
to spending £1,000 on three very old manhole covers.
I don't know if I'll make any money on this one
but it's going to be interesting.
Really, what I want to do is transfer a very masculine
piece of material, very masculine object, a heavy bit of steel,
cast, and I want to try and make it kind of light and feminine.
That's the challenge, really.
So, Sarah's committed to £1,000 of costs to transform three
masculine manhole covers into three feminine freestanding vanity units.
What could possibly go wrong?
Wolverhampton is a city in the heart of the Black Country,
whose city motto, "Out of darkness cometh light",
seems appropriate for Sarah's quest
to make money from others' cast-offs.
She's here today to seek the help of furniture rejuvenator, Jay Blades.
I tend to like to work with stuff that is real wood.
Pre-1970s is my kind of flavour.
It's going to be rather interesting cos I don't know what Sarah's actually going to give me.
Normally, when she brings stuff down, it's weird and wonderful.
Jay is a retro-modern craftsman
who specialises in reviving ageing furniture.
-Hello, how are we doing?
-Yeah, really well.
What have you got, what have you got today?
I think I've got you a couple of crackers here but I'm not quite sure.
OK, OK. They look interesting. They do look really, really interesting.
Are they...I didn't know if they were too new, too...
utility to be collectable
or interesting because I haven't found out anything about them.
Utility, yes. Not too new. These are...these are beautiful.
In my eyes, these are modern-day antiques,
so these are stuff that, things that you should not do too much to.
You shouldn't, like, plaster it with gloss
or you shouldn't rub it down so you get rid of the wood.
Personally I think you should just lift it
a little bit more than what it is now.
Do you have any ideas of what sort of fabric
we might be able to put onto the seat covers?
The fabric that I think is going into someone's house...
I believe it has to be a velvet. Luckily I've got something here.
Wow. I would never have picked a colour like that.
So, I would probably leave the top.
Clean that up so it brings it back to life,
but add a really luxurious velvet
that once you sit on there it just feels to die for.
The other thing I would add, just a little bit of a twist, would be
to put wallpaper underneath the seat.
That's quirky to have something like that underneath where,
you know, not many people see it, it's a little surprise, isn't it?
Yeah, a little surprise and a little talking point as well.
I think they'll look fabulous, but you've got to tell me...
-What about the money?
-I knew that was going to come.
Well, basically, the money, I could do the cleaning and wallpaper
and also putting the fabric on top for £50 for the two of them.
-How does that sound to you?
-That sounds like good deal.
Hopefully not too much work for you
and think we could make some profit on that.
So, that, I think that's just where I want to be,
-that's excellent, thank you.
-So, that's a deal?
-That's a deal.
-All right. I'd best get to work then.
I'm really pleased with how that went, those chairs are going
to get the update they deserve
and I might make a little bit of money out of it.
This is going to look so good that I would even have these in my house.
Anything I tend to work on, I love so much
that I would have it myself, but these should sell as well...
with what I'm about to do to them as well.
Jay's plan to simply update rather than renovate
could provide Sarah with a bumper profit.
So, £50 in total for the transformation
of these two glamour chairs - seems like a proper bargain to me.
Sarah is in London with the suit stand
and is pursuing a more direct approach to selling this item.
So, I've come to Portobello Market to see if my trusty suit stand
can find a home. It's just the right kind of place.
There are heaps of antique shops around here.
It would be really cool to get above 50 quid for this
but if somebody offers me a pink note, I'm going to take it.
The suit stand is an odd item in that it's a perfectly good
and useful piece of furniture, it's just become unloved.
Sarah recognised that to make a profit, the only work required
is some fancy footwork in order to find the suit stand a new home.
That's a no.
-Easier said than done.
-It's very cool what's going on in here.
Are these all vintage clothes that you're selling or a mixture?
-No, it's all new.
-It look fantastic.
It looks really classic. Um, I've got a little proposition for you.
-I am looking to find a buyer for this today.
It's something that somebody was going to throw away
and I'm trying to find a new home for it and hopefully raise
a bit of money for the person who was chucking it away.
So, this one I think was the classic kind of butler's thing
-that people had in their houses when they couldn't afford a butler.
So, just a suit stand. It's got somewhere to put shoes, somewhere for trousers.
-I was thinking that if I could get 60 quid for it...
..I think it would be cool to go in a place like this.
Do you fancy, um, do you fancy buying it, then?
I think we could maybe negotiate, but, you know...
OK, I'm happy to negotiate because this is something that somebody thought didn't have any value
but if you think it's got, shall we say, 50 quid?
Despite Sarah's best efforts, £50 proved to be a bit too rich
and a suitable compromise couldn't be found.
If you change your mind...
-I'll leave you some details, you can maybe give me a shout.
-OK, thanks ever so much, thanks for your time.
So, a bit more shoe leather required
if Sarah's going to gain a dividend from that old suit stand then.
These are the manhole covers.
I want to see how easy it is to drill this, could be cast-iron,
so, depending when it was cast, it could be a real nightmare to drill.
So, the legs are going to sit something like that, I think.
Yeah, what am I going to do?
It's a bit of an ugly duckling, but, uh...
we'll make it into a beautiful swan. I think that's why I quite like it.
Starting to make the legs, Rob uses brute strength to bend
each iron bar to the correct angle, making the legs feminine and dainty.
Suitable for any girl's bedroom, I think we said!
I reckon it's time...
to see what we've got. I must remember which way round it goes.
I think it's fair to say there's a bit of imagination required
before you can see these slabs of old cast-iron
taking pride of place in any girl's bedroom.
But what we are seeing is very likely to be a world's first.
No-one else would think to turn these into a vanity table.
Originally I was going to have it coming out the back here,
so like a couple of arms,
but I think it just makes the whole thing a little bit too wobbly.
As it is, it's wobbly anyway so we'll have to sort that out.
See, that's quite nice. That's...
If I can weld it on there, that would be brilliant.
It's not certain at this point that the mirror frame can be
welded to the base, due to the nature of the cast-iron.
The only way to find out is to do a test weld.
If this cracks now, then I'll know I can't actually do any welding.
I'll have to, like, make... OK. So...I mean...
I think what Rob's trying to say is that
if the welding is unsuccessful,
that means an alternative way of fastening together the tables
would be required, and that has time and budget implications.
I'm just going to go for it. And then...if it breaks, it breaks.
Not the...not the best strategy
but...against the clock a little bit here, so...
The worst-case scenario would be that the extreme heat
from the arc welder that Rob's using will cause the frame to crack.
Doesn't weld. Doesn't like welding.
Normally you could weld this to itself, you know,
or a similar-type metal. It's just snapped from the line it was welded.
That's not such good news. Looks like a plan B is required.
Just let that cool down and then I'll, uh...think about
what I'm going to do.
Since Sarah's dropped these off,
the thoughts that I had was to just keep it nice and simple
and just put a velvet, a lovely deep purple velvet, on the seat.
But, sleeping on it, I want to introduce some colour
and this is the frame I would love to paint.
I would love to give that a nice green against the purple.
So, if I can get that there, because that works well with that,
I have to have...add just a little bit of "ooh" to it.
"Ooh!" That will be a technical term then?
I would say, for me, this is not a big task, but normally
when you think it's not a big task, then it shows itself to be big task.
So, personally speaking, this is a job
I'm just going to get stuck into
and if there's problems, I'll overcome those problems in due time.
You never know with old furniture.
I don't know where it's been, what kind of life it's had,
what someone's done to it. It might have had an easy life.
Imagine that, one previous owner.
That would be cool.
If you don't have a jar
to put all the screws and bits and bobs in there,
the best bet is to get masking tape, stick them all down.
Right on the piece of tape that's supposed to be a one.
And then, on the bottom of the chair you put a one as well...
so you know which one...
especially if you're working with two chairs that are identical.
Matching the old fixings back to the chairs from which they came
makes putting them back together again so much easier.
I want this to go a kind of minty green,
but I've got a green, a darker green primer...
..and then get ready to rock and roll.
It's just going to give the purple a lift,
it's going to give the chair a lift,
it's just going to make everything look fresh and new,
even though it's not new.
A 60-year-old chair, um, giving it a face-lift.
Or, in modern terms, a little bit of botox.
That's we're doing.
Botox may seem an odd analogy,
but, of course, we are hoping to reverse the signs of ageing
and bring these chairs bang up to date.
Previously, in Portobello Market,
the suit stand remained stranded with Sarah,
but never one to give up, a change of location may be what's required.
So, me and my special friend have come all the way from Notting Hill
to Brick Lane to see if we can make a sale here.
Brick Lane can be found in East London,
in the borough of Tower Hamlets and is famous for its curry houses.
Let's hope that suit stand will be able
to CURRY some favour, eventually.
I've been to lots of shops round here
and I have met a man called Michael in this one,
who is interested in my Italian bespoke designer suit stand.
He's not very keen on the camera,
so I'm just going to pop in to see if I can persuade him to come out.
Guess what, Michael, it's your lucky day - we're back.
Sarah's success is measured in sales
and she always seeks out the best opportunities to maximise profits,
hosting regularly her own furniture and clothing sales from home...
Just sold the sofa.
..advertising and selling online...
Get that online.
..or meeting commercial buyers in person to sell direct.
Seeing this is really refreshing
and it's good and people are going to want more of it.
It's going to grow, this thing, I think, that you're doing.
With opportunities galore in the things we throw out,
Sarah's always looking to make money for nothing.
The suit stand salvaged from Chris...
-You're just not using it?
-No, just not using it, yeah.
I think it's for someone...
I think it's, like, to put your suit on or something.
Yeah, it's really cool.
..has covered some miles searching for an elusive new home.
It'd be really cool to get above 50 quid for this,
but if somebody offers me a pink note, I'm going to take it.
Sarah made a sale and the only question remaining is...
did she get a pink note?
Sarah is back in Witley to tell Chris what became of his suit stand.
-Hi, Chris, nice to see you again.
-Nice to see you again.
-I've got a few things to show you about your suit stand.
-Sounds good, come in.
-Lovely, thank you.
So we decided it was probably the kind of thing that would fit well
-into a shop as a shop display piece.
A really nice guy in a vintage shop
and he has all sorts of things in his shop.
He specialises in vintage clothing and accessories
and that kind of stuff.
He immediately said, "Oh, I really like that,"
so I did a bit of bartering
and I tried really hard to get some real sales stuff behind it,
but, actually, in the end, I got £25 for it.
Right, that's better than nothing.
-It is and that £25 I've got here and that's for you.
-It was really good fun.
-Thank you very much.
It's not 1 million, but I don't know what you'd do with 25 quid.
Put it into the daily shop or something like that.
I'll find somewhere for it.
-Anyway, it was lovely to have met you again.
-You too, thank you very much.
I'll be at the tip, no doubt, sometime soon.
-See you again!
-See you again!
-Thanks ever so much. Bye, Chris.
-See you, bye.
Sarah sold the suit stand for 25 quid, which is all profit.
I didn't think that the coat hanger would have any sort of value to it.
It looked old and abused,
so I'm shocked there was any money made out of it, to be honest.
Rob has managed to manhandle the manhole covers
into what can at best be called butch-beautiful vanity tables,
but it's not been a project without problems.
Everything that's been put together, apart from the actual frame,
has been bolted or just placed,
so we've drilled the backing for the mirror,
the support here has been bolted on.
Um...nothing has been welded, except for the base.
The inability of the cast iron to take a weld
has caused no end of problems.
This has meant that the project has taken much longer than anticipated.
We were going to utilise the recess here...
..on the drain cover for lighting. Now, I had to work within the budget
and to be honest, it went way over budget with the lighting,
so the next stage, if there is any next stage,
is to talk to Sarah and see what she thinks about it.
This restriction on both time and costs has also meant
that some of the final finish
is a little more temporary than Rob would like.
It's the manhole makeover moment and I'm here to see
if Rob has managed to turn those three dirty bits of drainage
into three fabulous vanity units.
When Sarah managed to save these manhole covers,
they were destined to become molten metal.
Now, they are unrecognisable as dirty drainage,
and are just a tiny step away
from being magnificent mirrored vanity units.
-Sarah, how are you doing?
-Really well, how are you?
-Not too bad.
-It's quiet here - it's never quiet here.
-That is amazing. I think the bases...
-Even the broken one I quite like.
OK, you've done well there.
I'm a bit worried about this, though - what's that?
The original plan was, because of the lighting, I wanted it suspended.
-So there would have been a bar across there.
You would've seen daylight round here,
-you'd have lighting, that was the idea.
Now we don't have that.
OK, in terms of finish, I'm not sure...
You don't like that kind of crusty finish?
-What about a bit of white in there?
Cos the other alternative is to get a new mirror cut
so it actually fits the frame.
But I think we've got to do one thing or another,
cos this gap here is going to cause a problem.
Is it possible to see it spun the other way?
I'm just wondering, if we were to sell these...
..if they go against a wall...
they'll have to go against a wall, won't they?
This weight has got to be anchored against a wall
-in some way, hasn't it?
-If we could have brackets on here that get screwed to the wall...
I think you are 99% there in terms of making these look fantastic.
As a trio, they're really impressive as you walk in
and the colour that you've chosen, I had this idea about the sage green
and you've picked it up and I think it's lovely.
-They're really impressive together.
-I think so, yeah.
I hate to walk in and be critical,
but I think you've got maybe 5% more
-just to get them completely finished.
Being just slightly rough around the edges is enough
to make a profit improbable,
especially if there's insufficient left to bling them up
with the LED lighting, as originally planned.
How are we doing on the budget? I think we had £1,000 for the three.
We're up to budget on that, yeah?
I think that all three together, the finish,
the really lovely legs you put on them
and the detail of that is cracking.
It's just pushing that last bit.
Give me a shout when they're ready to collect
and then I think we'll have something that's really saleable
and really stylish, cos I think they are so close to being perfect.
Thank you very much.
-He'll be so pleased to see the back of me! Take care!
Clearly, when attempting to make a profit,
costs have to be tightly controlled
and if just a little more of Rob's time invested at this stage
means they can be sold for a much higher price,
it will all be worth it in the end.
Well, Rob has certainly transformed those manhole covers
and I feel really picky, because the colour on them is really good
and the legs are a really good detail,
but I just need that 5% extra finesse,
because they need to look a million dollars.
I need to be able to sell them at a profit
and for that, they've got to be bang on.
All I'm going to do is put some hooks in the back here,
raise the mirror
and I'm going to tighten up the brackets,
give them a good crank-up to make sure the whole thing's quite steady,
..and give Sarah what she wants.
Back in Witley, Sarah spotted something distinctly masculine
in the back of Shane's car.
We've had a new patio laid
and the builders left some of the old patio covers.
Rob, on the other hand, was able to spot the feminine potential.
Maybe we can make a nice, delicate touch -
make it, maybe, a little vanity unit?
With the budget rapidly running out,
the cast-iron makeover required just one small push to prove its mettle.
I hate to walk in and be critical,
but I think you've got maybe 5% more,
-just to get them completely finished.
Rob has taken these three dank, dirty drainage covers
and with a few necessary strong-arm tactics,
has transformed them into make-up/touch-up vanity units.
Rob's final finishing touches have created
just what Sarah was looking for
and with those details taken care of,
making these into a premium product,
these unique units have been snapped up as stock
for a prestigious London outlet.
And, most importantly, for a premium price.
Sarah has returned to Witley to surprise Shane with pictures
of what his cast iron manhole covers have become
and to hand over some profit.
-Hi, there, hello. CHILDREN:
-Shane, how are you doing?
-Nice to see you.
-Hello, there. I'm Sarah.
-Hi, there, how do you do?
Do you know what Daddy took to the tip?
-Um, the drain covers.
-And I have to say, I got a little bit enthusiastic about them.
Well, I took them to London
and there is this fantastic place in Walthamstow
which is an open studio and there's a guy there called Rob
who's a technician who runs it
and he came up with the idea
that they're very chunky, masculine things -
we should turn them completely on their head
and turn them into vanity tables.
I've actually got some pictures to show you.
They turned out... ALL: Wow!
-..we made three of them.
-He really went to town... VICKY:
-That's really cool!
Do you like them? CHILDREN: Yeah!
When they're all together, they look great and somebody has bought them.
Unfortunately, £1,000 to spend on them, to convert them,
was quite a lot of money to spend,
but we did manage to sell them at a profit.
-I've got a wad of money here.
I want to know just how much you think might be...
-How much profit?
Well, there's £500 here
and I'm really pleased to say that's all yours.
-So I don't know who gets that. Maybe it was Daddy.
-Calm down, you two.
-We'll split it.
-He was the one that took them? Split it, that's a good thing.
-Maybe give it to Mummy, she looks after things like that.
-The keeper of the cash.
The three manhole covers cost £1,000 to transform,
but with the sale of a grand and a half,
Sarah has made a profit of £500 for Shane and his family.
Do you have any idea what you might do with it?
Your timing is very good, we are leaving early in the morning
to go to France for our summer holiday,
so I'm sure that these guys will find something good to do with it.
Or we'll buy some very nice wine.
Lovely to see you, and have a really good time.
-Bye, guys, really nice to see you.
-Bye-bye. Thank you.
Back in Wolverhampton,
those tired old 1950s chairs were left in the capable hands
of Jay Blades, who has transformed them
with a flash of inspiration, a lick of paint
and some purple velvet covers.
Simple job that to a certain extent turned out a bit fiddly,
especially this bit here.
The original trim that was on there was made of plastic,
just totally broke up, so I couldn't put it back together again.
I think there's a touch of femininity with masculinity in there
as well, so I think these will appeal to
a lot of people, but Sarah might not like them or she might like them.
She'll tell me once she sees them.
When Sarah collected these two chairs,
they were looking a little bit dated and unloved.
Now Jay has transformed them
into luxurious pieces of furniture, fit to grace any designer home.
Oh, my word!
They are amazing.
I'm absolutely gobsmacked.
I think now they look like they've been brought into the 21st century.
Beautiful. What you've done is amazing. Look at that!
-You are a genius.
-I'm trying to be.
Both of them, rather than having them match up,
-they are just slightly different.
-Quirky. I love it.
Beautiful, the finish and the quality is amazing.
You've got three different kind of finishes.
You've got the velvet,
you've got a matte painted finish, then you've got the gloss here.
Normally those won't go well together,
but when you look at that contrast, they look perfect together.
You've got dark, light, a semi-dark, but it's more warmer, this colour.
Did you manage to do them for 50. We didn't discuss this top bit at all.
No, the top bit I was going to leave it as it was
but when I put the seat on, covered the seat,
and then looked at it and the colours weren't matching up
-so it was just inevitable that I had to do the back.
-I love them.
So they came in... Originally we stated £50 for the two.
-Now they are £70 for the two.
-I think that you have turned something
really ordinary into a statement piece, they are stunning.
I'm really pleased.
The sales potential of these two old chairs is now obvious
for all to see and Sarah is leaving with high hopes of making some cash.
These chairs have gone from classic car-boot fodder
into high-end luxury item, and that's all because of Jay's hard work.
He put an extra 20 quid on the bill,
but I think that is money well spent.
I'm never too sure
when I actually show people the furniture for the first time
if they actually get it,
but Sarah got it, which I'm really chuffed with.
Back at the tip, Sarah made a beeline for Janet and Chris
who had a pickup full of potential.
-These are really sweet.
-They are, they're not bad.
Recognising the 1950s flavour,
Sarah knew exactly who would relish the opportunity to tackle these two.
I have to add that little bit of "ooh" to it.
Jay accepted the challenge, and by changing the covers
and adding a splash of colour,
Jay has brought these two 1950s chairs
straight into the 21st century.
Sarah invited retro-furniture dealer Martin
to be the first to view the rejuvenated chairs.
That's really nice, when someone just does that extra thing,
it's like a little secret, isn't it?
Martin loved Jay's chairs and snapped up for his shop,
The Old Cinema.
Sarah is back in Witley to show Janet and Chris
what became of the chairs and to hand over the profit.
-Hi, Chris, how are you doing?
-How are you, all right?
-Really well. Are you coming out too, Janet?
-Yes. Hello, how are you?
I've got a few pictures to show you about the chairs.
-Do you want to come and have a look?
-Yeah, by all means.
-The chairs that you dropped off, this is how they ended up.
-Wow. They look brilliant.
-They look brilliant.
They were really comfortable and this turquoise colour was amazing,
a very high-end feel to them.
Yeah, to be honest, the legs look totally different.
I'm sure they're not, but it's because of the seats and everything,
it's made the legs stand out.
So we have managed to sell them at a profit.
It's not a massive profit,
-but it is £40 for you for those chairs.
I think you're keen on motorbikes and that kind of stuff.
Yeah, I can always get something for the motorbike
or I suppose I could give in and take you down the meal...
or the meal for a pub!
The two chairs were transformed for the grand cost of £70
and Sarah sold them for £110,
leaving Janet and Chris with 40 quid to fight over.
Two things that would have ended up rubbish have now got a life
and they can carry on and be used by other people and appreciated
and we've got some money to spend on the BSA.
-Yeah. That's right, yeah.
That's yet to be discussed properly, off-camera.
Sarah has made a profit on all the things she saved from the crusher.
The suit stand has found a new home in a London shop.
The iron manhole covers have been transformed
into three pastel-coloured vanity tables.
And the two chairs reborn as chic, velvet-clad beauties.
So that is brilliant. That's three things that have been saved
that might have been lost for ever
and three people who've now got
a little bit of extra cash they weren't expecting.
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