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How do you make money for nothing?

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The answer could be hiding in the 20 million tonnes of household waste

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we throw out every year.

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Sorry to bother you, before you throw that away,

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-is there any chance I can have a quick chat to you about it?

-Sure.

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get her hands

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on things before they hit the skip.

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I am a passionate buyer, maker and user of old stuff

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and I've turned that passion into a moneymaking business.

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I turn old stuff into new stuff and sell it for a profit.

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Sarah's ready to sift through as many boots

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and bin bags as she needs to...

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Look at that, absolute box of joy, these are just fantastic.

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..in her search for tip treasure.

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Got to be able to make something out of that, haven't we?

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And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...

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-I've got a little something for you.

-Yeah, I thought you might.

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Oh, this is a hard one.

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..she can transform her finds into desirable...

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It worked.

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..beautiful...

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valuable...

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Cha-ching!

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Well, I love this, so I would really like to have it.

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If Sarah is successful, then she can hand the profits back

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to the very people who had no idea there was cash to be made

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from their trash.

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That is incredible, isn't it?

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Today, Sarah is the Bredbury Recycling Centre in Stockport,

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where up to 500 people a day turn up to chuck out their unwanted items.

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That is, if Sarah doesn't intercept them first.

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It's really embarrassing being caught

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looking in people's cars all the time.

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I've got to do it, cos they might have something good in there.

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Remember, Sarah has got special permission to rummage about today,

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so don't go pestering people at your local dump or you could be

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the one getting thrown out, all right?

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Would it be OK to have a look through your rubbish, would you mind?

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-Is that...

-Not at all.

-Really?

-Yeah, sure.

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Sarah is searching for three-pieces which, reworked and sold,

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will hopefully produce a pay-out for the people dumping them.

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-You look like you're having a good clear out.

-Oh, well.

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Sarah always has high hopes.

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I get really excited. Every time somebody pulls up,

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I think, "There might be a Rembrandt."

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Don't think there's going to be a Rembrandt in there, I checked.

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But you never know.

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And it's clear people have cottoned on to what she's up to.

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She's a rubbish burglar. Yes.

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But the contents of John's boot could mean all that prowling

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is about to pay off.

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I was just looking in the back and seeing some older pieces in here.

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Yes. Some of it is...

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My mother passed away recently, so we're cleaning the house out.

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-OK, OK.

-If some of the...

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It's got that sort of time-warp look to it, hasn't it?

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-I've got some old 78s in here, if you want them.

-Oh, really?

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I was just looking at the case, actually.

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-So these weren't yours then?

-No, these were my father-in-law's.

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Oh, wow. They're fantastic!

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Yeah, I would definitely like to have a look at them.

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I really like the case as well. And you've got a sewing machine as well?

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They are normally really heavy, aren't they?

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I'll get them out of the way.

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Do you know how to...

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Oh, wow, look! That's almost like brand-new, isn't it?

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Wow, look. I absolutely love that,

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look at that badge and stuff on there.

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There's something about that that's just so appealing.

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I think the little badges and all the bits of it...

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They don't make it like that now, do they?

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You haven't got anything else hidden in the trunk? No other old stuff?

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No, I don't think so.

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All right, Sarah, don't get greedy.

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We're just clearing mainly from my house, out of my shed,

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which I'm clearing out for a new shed.

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But the sewing machine looks as though it's never been used.

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And, as Sarah pays homage to the humble sewing machine...

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Oh, look, it's even got its own instruction manual!

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..John keeps unpacking his trunk

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and brings her something with even more potential.

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My word!

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-I forgot I brought this.

-That's amazing! So original Bakelite...

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-Yes.

-Whose was that?

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I used to be on the removals and somebody gave it to me

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about 30 years ago.

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That is the most fabulous thing I've seen here. I absolutely love it.

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Apparently, if they're working, they're worth about...

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£150, but it's got a bit messy, so I couldn't be bothered.

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I'm going to turn this into something fabulous, I tell you,

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this is so exciting.

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Bakelite is an early type of plastic

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and radios like John's are collectible pieces of social history

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from a time when the radio was the focal point of the home.

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I love it. You've made my day.

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That is tip gold.

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-Thank you so much, it's brilliant.

-OK, see you, bye.

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(Look at that!)

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So John's radio trumps the sewing machine and the old 78s

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to become Sarah's first item.

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She's got someone in mind who's sure to take it

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from the pits to the Ritz and make some money for John.

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Trot on Mark Phillips, also known as Horse.

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Electronic super brain Horse was chief engineer

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for a world-renowned audio recording company for over a decade.

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He's now taken his love for restoring vintage sound equipment

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and made it into a business.

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I enjoyed refurbishing vintage equipment.

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It's always a shame to see stuff like that go to waste.

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I think it's great giving a second life to something that would have

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essentially just been smashed up, thrown in the rubbish.

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So, yeah, it's definitely a job and a passion.

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Something tells me Horse is in for a treat

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with John's Bakelite radio.

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So, it's one item saved from the skip and two more to find.

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Loads of people here, I don't know which end to go to first.

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I'm going up this way to see if there's anything coming in.

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Oh, man, I can't tell if Sarah is coming or going anymore.

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As long as she doesn't go, that's the main thing.

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Come on, you, get back to work!

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There's still loads of 'tired' old stuff coming in.

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So that's a nasty bicycle tyre habit you've got going on.

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-The middle-aged men in Lycra brigade.

-No. I'm not one of them.

-You're not?

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No, Lycra?! You having a laugh.

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-You'll be shaving your legs soon.

-Not a chance.

-Really?

-Not a chance.

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It's a slippery slope you know, Lycra.

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Less Lycra banter, lass, and more searching for item two, please.

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Hang on, what's this?

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Sarah is swooping in on Peter.

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-I'm just wondering if I could talk to you about your rubbish.

-Yes.

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-Are you clearing something out?

-We're clearing the garden out.

-OK.

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-I'm just looking at your table, do you mind if I...?

-Sure.

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-It's been outside, has it?

-Yeah, it's got weather-beaten.

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It came from my friend's house.

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-His mum and dad had it, so it's quite old.

-It's got that 1970s feel.

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-Can I take it away and see if I can make something out of it?

-Yes.

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-Yes, you can use it.

-Fab, OK.

-I'm glad you can use it.

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What a find! There's a big market for retro furniture.

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Well, when it's not covered in mould, that is.

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So, saw the legs of this sticking out of the back of someone's car

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and it's screaming Ercol,

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they're 1960s-1970s British furniture makers.

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It's got a sticker on here that you can see. The original one.

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The good news is, that Ercol is collectable.

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The bad news is somebody has left this out in the garden

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and it's in really poor condition on the top.

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If this can be reconditioned and brought back to life,

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I think that maybe £100 profit.

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100 quid! What do you think, Peter?

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-I don't think she'll make much.

-We'll see about that.

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And with Peter's mouldy Ercol, that makes two items ready to renovate.

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The table is going to take a lot of work,

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but Sarah knows exactly where to take it.

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Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate

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turned furniture restorer.

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Jay has his finger on the pulse of modern design interiors.

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He loves reworking the very best of original British craftsmanship

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and bringing it bang into the 21st century.

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I've always had a passion for the kind of heritage that

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the British designers have produced over the years.

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Traditionalists would love to keep it as it is

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but to be reintroduced into the market,

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I like to add a bit colour and something a bit quirky.

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I really enjoying adding my bit

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and not necessarily worrying about other people's reactions.

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It's more about, do I like it? If I like it, then it's good.

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The '60s table Sarah is bringing Jay sounds right up his street.

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But he hasn't yet clapped eyes on the state of it.

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So Sarah has two items with Horse and Jay's names on them,

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but what about Sarah's own designer talents?

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She needs to find something she can put her stamp on.

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Here you go.

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Why don't you ask Ian what he's chucking?

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-Excuse me?

-Yep.

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Sorry to bother you, I'm just here today looking at what people are throwing away.

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Any chance I could have a chat with you about your rubbish?

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Just general rubbish that's been accumulating in the garage

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for a while. Just time to get rid of it.

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I was just looking at your suitcase and was wondering

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-if I could have a closer look at it?

-Absolutely.

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Do you know where it came from?

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Yeah, it's my case from when I was a kid.

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It's been sitting around at home for ages.

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I would love to have a chance to take that away

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and give it another life or use it again.

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I would love to see something like that happen to it.

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I'm sorry I stamped on it before.

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I broke the hinge to get it in.

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I'll be able to sort that out, that won't be a problem.

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I think it's got a lovely shape and these details...

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and the fact it had a previous life I think would be great to incorporate

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into a new something so that's fantastic, thank you ever so much.

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Right. You're welcome.

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Don't think that's ever been out of the country.

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I think it was when I was a kid or a teenager.

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It's been on family holidays in the UK.

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I think when I was a student as well, it was one of the cases

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I took to polytechnic with me

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so, it's not really had that special a life!

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I just really like the look of this case, it's just so 1960s.

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It's got some lovely lining on the inside.

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I really don't know what I can do with it, but it would be nice

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to be able to think I can send it on another journey.

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Sarah's three-piece treasure hunt is complete.

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The radio will be switched on by Horse.

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The retro coffee table is going to furniture maker Jay,

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and the tatty old suitcase may have lost its sentimental value,

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but Sarah is confident she can restore its cash value.

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I've saved three fabulous pieces here today

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and I'm going to make lots of money from them, I hope.

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Sarah's next stop is Manchester where the cultural scene is

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buzzing with a task force of talented designers and artists.

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Riding high on the city's wave of creativity is

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electronics restorer, Horse,

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he'll be working on the knackered old radio.

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But he doesn't know what's coming.

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Sarah is going to bring me a piece of, essentially, rubbish.

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So I'm going to have fun seeing if I can make it beautiful again,

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make it functional again, depending on what it is

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and what kind of condition it is, I suppose.

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-Hiya, how are you?

-Hiya!

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-Good, yeah, very good.

-I've got a little something to show you.

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Brilliant, let's have a look.

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-So I'm hoping this is your kind of thing.

-Brilliant.

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-What do you reckon?

-Yes, pretty much exactly.

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The only thing I'm worried about is my radio is

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actually in a bit of a state.

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It's not as bad as it looks.

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It's quite reassuring that that still works and I think this one...

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-Yeah.

-I think I've broken it!

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Oops! Butterfingers.

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Remember, you're supposed to be ADDING value, Sarah.

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It would be really nice to think that sound could come out of it again.

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I was wondering if that means it's an accessory for somebody's phone

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or just a radio. But possibly something a bit cool.

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Yeah, the ideal application would probably be a universal,

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-kind of small, powered speaker.

-That sounds fab.

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So basically it's going to be something that somebody can

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-listen to their music through with their phone or laptop?

-Yes.

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Yeah, you can plug essentially anything into it.

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You can probably use some of the existing components.

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I'm going to use valves in it as well.

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They still make them for certain applications,

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mainly guitar amplifiers and high-end audio hi-fi equipment.

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-They just have a specific warm sound to them.

-That looks really cool.

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I just love that as it is. That's stunning.

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Shame those valves are going to be hidden away inside, really.

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Now, Horse really knows his onions when it comes to modifying

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vintage technology to accept modern gadgetry.

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He'll make sure that smartphones and laptops with mini jack

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sockets can be plugged into this old valve-powered speaker.

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Who'd have thought it?!

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Hopefully will be a beautiful object,

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that is functional and will sound really nice,

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and it's completely unique.

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Horse will target a higher-end clientele with his finish on the radio.

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But how much will he charge?

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You might be looking at sort of like, £300 or so...?

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-On that basis I reckon full steam ahead, let's go for it.

-Brilliant.

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I think that radio is in really safe hands.

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It's going to sound amazing, and I think I might make as much as £100 from it.

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Sarah's confident - but is Horse on the same wavelength?

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I think it's definitely doable, it's in good enough condition.

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I am looking forward to the challenge. Yeah.

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It's going to be great.

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With a bit of Horse-power,

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the old radio could pump up the volume and the profit.

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Horse's expertise and materials would cost around £300.

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So, Sarah will depend on that high-spec finish to make any money.

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Sarah's next stop is within the metropolitan borough

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of the West Midlands, Wolverhampton.

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And tucked away in the disused Berry Street factories

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is woodwork wizard Jay.

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Sarah's about to surprise him with the mouldy Ercol table.

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But it just might be too weather-beaten for Jay to work with.

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All I know is she's got something from the tip that someone was throwing away,

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and then she wants me to be able to turn it into something that's going to make money.

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Could be anything with Sarah.

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But hopefully she'll bring me something that isn't chipboard.

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Real wood is what I'm after.

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-Hi, Jay!

-Hi, how you doing?

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-Yeah, I'm doing really well. How are things?

-Very good.

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What have you got today?

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Oh, wow. A table.

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-This is the good side...

-This is the good side. OK.

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-This is the not-so-good side.

-Wow.

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OK. It's been outside, obviously...

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Yeah, I think the guys who dropped it off said that they had been

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-storing their plants on it in the garden.

-That'll put it in that state.

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It's beautiful.

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Even though it's in the state that it's in I really like it.

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I really do like it. I've seen many Ercol tables but I've never seen one with this kind of

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round oblong kind of shape to it.

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Ercol was a prominent British furniture manufacturer

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dating back to the 1920s.

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Its mass-produced furnishings found a ready market in post-war Britain.

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But now, vintage enthusiasts will pay through the nose

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for well-preserved pieces.

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Alas, this one's on its last legs.

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The only bit I'm concerned about is here, where the plant pot has been there for quite a while.

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But if you bear with me two minutes I'll just get this machine on...

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I love a machine!

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Everybody has better toys than I do -

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everywhere I go, everybody has got these really cool things,

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I end up doing everything by hand, takes me ages.

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The only thing I'm concerned about now is the red.

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-Oh, dear...

-Worst-case scenario is that we rub it down

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and that stain has gone straight through to the piece of furniture.

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Then what we will more than likely have to do is

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I would say paint it because no-one will want that kind of colour.

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So, ideally we'd like to have a surface on the top that is

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-blonde and beautiful, but the chances are we might have to paint it.

-Yes.

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OK. I'm happy with that.

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What we probably need to think about is, you know, what

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kind of money do you think we'd sell it for, and is it worth taking it on?

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I could charge £75 to £100, it depends on what is being done.

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-That's definitely a deal!

-OK. Cool.

-You always talk my kind of money, I love doing deals with you.

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You look like you've got your work cut out, I'll leave you to it.

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Take care!

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Jay absolutely loves Ercol, and I think whatever he does

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to the top or the legs it's going to look fantastic.

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I'm just excited to be working on Ercol.

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This is something that someone was going to throw away,

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totally discarded it.

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Put it in the garden, put some plant pots on it,

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and allowed the weather to do what it's doing

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and the table never gave up - it never gave up on life.

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So all I can do is just make it look...

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not as great as Ercol did back in the 1950s, or 1960s I should say,

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but make it look as good as I can make it look.

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Jay can always make Sarah smile when it comes to money.

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75 to 100 quid? What could go wrong?

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So - two items with the potential to make some cash.

0:18:540:18:59

Sarah's on a roll,

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but now it's time for her to put her money where her mouth is.

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Back at her barn,

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she's hoping to transform

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Ian's battered baggage into something profitable.

0:19:090:19:12

Well, this poor old suitcase has definitely seen better days.

0:19:130:19:17

It's in a right state.

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It's been taped up, it's never going to have been

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a valuable object, and it's certainly not worth much at the moment.

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But I'm hoping that I can make it look just beautiful.

0:19:260:19:30

They work, just...

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Oh, it's quite tough to get it open.

0:19:340:19:36

My plan is to paste some pretty fabric all the way over it -

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probably not very big pieces, so I can use scraps of it,

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and just patchwork the surface of it so it just looks bright and pretty

0:19:440:19:48

and you don't see any of this black.

0:19:480:19:49

Maybe I can get a price tag of...

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£50, £60 on it?

0:19:510:19:53

Sarah starts by giving it a gentle rubdown -

0:19:530:19:57

being careful not to get it too wet.

0:19:570:19:59

RUSTLING Oh, dear. That didn't sound good.

0:20:040:20:07

I'm loath to take the paper out,

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once I take the paper out I've got a world more work.

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But I think I might just have to take out the loose bits.

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You can see how it's made, it literally is made of cardboard...

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Cardboard suitcases were a lighter

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and cheaper alternative to heavy leather or robust wool luggage,

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becoming popular in the 1920s

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with the rapid expansion in automobile travel.

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I really like the fact that it says "American Home Magazine Selection."

0:20:390:20:43

I might try and put that as part of the design.

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Cardboard may have been a more convenient material for the day,

0:20:460:20:51

but it wasn't built to last.

0:20:510:20:53

I've just got to get this roughly in position here.

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So it's just the main thing is to keep the fabric really taut.

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When you're getting the wrinkles out

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you can feel them really clearly when you've got them

0:21:020:21:05

so you just need to work the fabric, stretching it...

0:21:050:21:08

Sarah's glued the fabric with a simple PVA glue,

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and once she's smoothed out the wrinkles

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she can work out the details round the locks.

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You can see where just round the edge of the fastenings on the case

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I've stretched the material round,

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and if you just push it in really neatly around it

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you can give yourself a template to cut round.

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I always trim slightly inside the line,

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and then you can just run the fabric right up to the edge.

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I'm going to stick that in as close as I can...

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and then when it's all dry I shall just get a craft knife

0:21:390:21:41

and trim off those little extra bits there.

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I think that is a great start.

0:21:430:21:47

Just a little bit more covering to do before it looks absolutely perfect,

0:21:470:21:51

but I'm really pleased with that.

0:21:510:21:53

I think that's well on its way to making some money.

0:21:530:21:55

Sarah's scraps and glue should only set her back about a fiver.

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So, if she can sell it for more than that, she's on to a winner.

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At Horse's workshop in Manchester,

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some electronic surgery is about to be performed on the old radio.

0:22:150:22:21

Look away if you're squeamish!

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So, to start with, I'm going to dismantle it

0:22:240:22:28

and then I'll just put in a very simple circuit with some new valves.

0:22:280:22:31

I've got to put in a new mains transformer,

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cos it was potentially lethal.

0:22:350:22:38

You definitely need to be careful, you certainly shouldn't just plug it in until

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somebody qualified's had a look at it.

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One memorable time

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I got a shock, and then punched myself in the face

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pulling my hand back, so yeah, I'm quite careful these days.

0:22:490:22:52

Ouch! And double ouch.

0:22:520:22:55

Definitely don't try this one at home, folks.

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This was a valve radio. I'm going to make it a valve-powered speaker.

0:23:020:23:07

I'm sure there'd be purists going insane at this.

0:23:070:23:09

It's not like they're rare, so it's fine.

0:23:090:23:12

This is just the chassis, so what we need to do with this

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is clean it up and then put the bits back in that I'm going to be using,

0:23:240:23:29

and then start building the circuit around that.

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The case needs some serious cosmetic work too,

0:23:350:23:37

and that's Horse's biggest challenge.

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What you can do is

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use what's called wet and dry paper,

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which is an abrasive, bit like sandpaper.

0:23:440:23:47

You can start off with quite a coarse grit,

0:23:470:23:50

and then you move to a finer grade, and kind of keep doing this...

0:23:500:23:54

It can be quite rewarding, cos it's quite nice to get

0:23:540:23:56

the scratches out but, yeah, it's pretty...

0:23:560:24:00

It can be pretty laborious,

0:24:000:24:01

especially when they're as scratched as this one.

0:24:010:24:03

It's lost its sheen a little, so

0:24:050:24:07

I use this special Bakelite polishing paste,

0:24:070:24:11

and this sort of takes a thin layer off

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and buffs it up to a nice shine.

0:24:150:24:17

If Horse can get the balance of shiny, new usable, traditional,

0:24:170:24:22

old object right, and up the value to over £300,

0:24:220:24:27

this radio is on course to make a tidy profit.

0:24:270:24:30

It's nice to have a finished product that actually sounds good,

0:24:300:24:34

and is usable and means that you can kind of have

0:24:340:24:38

such a nice-looking object that's useful again.

0:24:380:24:42

All's tickety-boo in Manchester, then.

0:24:440:24:46

Back in Wolverhampton,

0:24:500:24:53

Jay is sanding down the Ercol table top

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to determine if the stains can be removed

0:24:560:24:59

so he can keep the natural colour of the wood.

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And it's bad news.

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It's stained all the way through,

0:25:110:25:13

so it's sad that we have to paint an Ercol

0:25:130:25:16

and I really don't like doing that.

0:25:160:25:18

Kind of disappointed.

0:25:180:25:20

If you were to paint this white to kind of blend it in to a room,

0:25:200:25:23

what you might have a problem with is this stain that's already here

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might start to bleed through to the actual top,

0:25:270:25:30

so getting the red and the green out and also the black

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is virtually impossible, because I don't know what that red is.

0:25:320:25:36

It could be wine, it could be anything,

0:25:360:25:39

but if we put a good primer on this, it should be OK.

0:25:390:25:42

The legs are going to be the wood colour,

0:25:420:25:44

but once I've sanded down the problem legs that have the stain...

0:25:440:25:48

..then I'll be able to tell if we can keep the legs

0:25:490:25:52

as neutral as possible.

0:25:520:25:54

I have to sand all of this, all of this.

0:25:540:25:57

I have to especially sand that leg.

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That's one of the main...

0:26:000:26:01

That also determines what the design is going to be like in the end.

0:26:010:26:06

So, the top didn't pass the test.

0:26:100:26:12

If Jay can't sand the stains out of the ends of the legs,

0:26:120:26:16

they too will be destined for a paint job.

0:26:160:26:18

So, Jay, what's the verdict?

0:26:230:26:25

It's very rare you catch me doing this,

0:26:260:26:28

but, um, I think it's going to have to all be painted.

0:26:280:26:33

What a shame.

0:26:340:26:36

We could do light blue on top,

0:26:360:26:39

black legs and light blue underneath.

0:26:390:26:42

So light blue all along there

0:26:430:26:46

and black legs, light blue top,

0:26:460:26:48

so then it will lift the top of it and just make it look light,

0:26:480:26:53

cos it's quite a big table, quite a big coffee table

0:26:530:26:56

and you don't want it to be too imposing into someone's house.

0:26:560:26:59

You want it to be quite uplifting and I think...

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I think that's the design.

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That would be how I think it would look best.

0:27:060:27:09

Well, it's a shame to cover up that lovely wood,

0:27:090:27:12

but if it can still be sold for more than 100 quid,

0:27:120:27:15

then he can paint polka-dots on it for all I care.

0:27:150:27:18

Back in Sussex, Sarah's nearing the end of her own restoration project.

0:27:250:27:29

Basically, I've covered the whole of this case

0:27:340:27:37

in a new layer of fabric on the outside.

0:27:370:27:39

I've carefully cut round the things that are on here already.

0:27:390:27:43

Tricky to get it done perfectly,

0:27:430:27:45

but the overall effect of it I think is really pretty.

0:27:450:27:49

That should make it saleable.

0:27:490:27:51

So I was hoping for 50 quid, but I don't know,

0:27:510:27:54

I might make it an even higher price.

0:27:540:27:58

What do you reckon? 60?

0:27:580:27:59

70?

0:27:590:28:01

Before, this was a battered old cardboard suitcase,

0:28:030:28:08

but now, after some careful graft, a bit of glue and some off-cuts,

0:28:080:28:12

it's transformed into luxurious luggage.

0:28:120:28:15

-You wouldn't lose it at the airport, would you?

-Time to hook a buyer.

0:28:160:28:20

I'm not sure I want to part with it.

0:28:230:28:25

I'm tweaking the photograph so it looks absolutely the best it can.

0:28:280:28:33

I think that's singing out now, don't you?

0:28:330:28:35

Sarah's success is measured in sales

0:28:400:28:43

and she always seeks out the best ways to maximise profits,

0:28:430:28:48

hosting her own clothing and furniture sales in her barn...

0:28:480:28:51

Just sold the sofa.

0:28:510:28:53

..advertising and selling online...

0:28:530:28:56

..or selling directly to specialist shops.

0:28:570:29:00

With opportunities galore in the things we throw out,

0:29:010:29:04

Sarah's always looking to make money for nothing.

0:29:040:29:08

So Ian's old suitcase has been on one heck of a journey...

0:29:120:29:16

I was just looking at your suitcase.

0:29:160:29:18

..picked up by Sarah just as it was sailing over the edge of the tip.

0:29:180:29:22

I shall cherish it and make something amazing out of it.

0:29:220:29:25

I'm sorry I stamped on it beforehand,

0:29:250:29:27

cos I broke the hinge to be able to get it in.

0:29:270:29:30

It's now transformed into something saleable.

0:29:300:29:33

Now, Sarah's back in Stockport to show Ian what she's done to the case

0:29:350:29:40

and to hand over the cash.

0:29:400:29:41

That is, if it sold.

0:29:410:29:43

-Hi, there! Hi, Ian!

-Hi! Nice to meet you again.

-Nice to see you.

0:29:480:29:52

-Much nicer than where we last met.

-Yes, indeed, indeed!

0:29:520:29:56

Well, since we last met, I took your case

0:29:560:29:58

and it actually turned out to be a project that I worked on

0:29:580:30:01

and I had a lot of fun with it.

0:30:010:30:03

Am I right in thinking it was just yours, it had one careful owner?

0:30:030:30:07

-Well, I don't know about careful, but one owner, yes.

-Lovely.

0:30:070:30:11

-In the end, I actually made it look like that.

-Wow!

0:30:110:30:15

I used lots of scraps of fabric that I had left over from other projects

0:30:150:30:20

-and pasted all over.

-I think that's amazing!

0:30:200:30:23

It had a very battered cover to it,

0:30:230:30:25

so I was wondering what you were going to do with that.

0:30:250:30:28

I'm actually quite pleased that you've made it into a case

0:30:280:30:31

that could still be used as a case.

0:30:310:30:33

I shared it online and there was quite a lot of interest in it.

0:30:330:30:36

-Wonderful.

-And because it only cost £5 to renovate,

0:30:360:30:42

-there was a bit of profit from it.

-Right.

0:30:420:30:45

I sold it to somebody who has a vintage shop

0:30:450:30:47

-who wants to use it as a display piece for her window.

-Oh, wonderful.

0:30:470:30:51

And it turns out that in the end,

0:30:510:30:53

-she paid £85 for it.

-Oh, that's...!

0:30:530:30:56

-That's amazing!

-So, Ian, for you, £80 for your old suitcase.

0:30:560:31:02

That... That is incredible.

0:31:020:31:03

Thank you very much.

0:31:030:31:05

It was going to be thrown away, as far as I was concerned,

0:31:050:31:07

so thank you very much.

0:31:070:31:08

Sarah sold the suitcase online for 85 quid.

0:31:100:31:15

Take off a fiver for materials and Ian's walking away £80 richer.

0:31:150:31:20

But what are his plans for the money?

0:31:200:31:22

I think, really, to me, it's all about memories.

0:31:220:31:25

The case is an old case and memories of holidays with it,

0:31:250:31:30

so I think I'd like the money

0:31:300:31:31

to go to a society that deals with memories,

0:31:310:31:34

something like one of the Alzheimer's-related charities.

0:31:340:31:38

So, the money's in the bag for the suitcase, so to speak.

0:31:440:31:48

And in Manchester, how's Horse getting on with the radio refurb?

0:31:500:31:55

I finished it a couple of days ago.

0:31:560:31:58

Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with the way it sounds.

0:31:580:32:00

It's valve, it's true to the original design,

0:32:000:32:03

so, yeah, I hope Sarah likes it.

0:32:030:32:05

Before, this vintage radio had sat in dusty silence for over 30 years.

0:32:070:32:13

Now, Horse has sympathetically repurposed it

0:32:150:32:18

as a universal speaker for today's music-playing devices.

0:32:180:32:21

It's perfect for someone with an eye for funky functionality

0:32:230:32:27

and an ear for the rich tones of yesterday,

0:32:270:32:30

as Sarah's about to find out.

0:32:300:32:32

-Hello!

-Hello, how are you doing?

-Brilliant.

0:32:340:32:36

Have you got something to show me?

0:32:360:32:38

-Yes, let's go and have a look at the radio.

-Oh, fantastic.

0:32:380:32:40

SARAH GASPS

0:32:430:32:45

-Does it work?

-It does, you just have to wait for it to warm up.

0:32:460:32:50

CLASSICAL PIANO MUSIC PLAYS

0:32:500:32:53

Ah, Brahms.

0:32:530:32:55

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat.

0:32:550:32:58

I've never heard it sound quite so good.

0:32:590:33:02

It's amazing!

0:33:030:33:05

Oh, and it lights up!

0:33:070:33:09

Everything about this - the wood effect and the gold

0:33:090:33:11

and the lights and everything,

0:33:110:33:13

I'm blown away and the sound quality,

0:33:130:33:15

it is markedly different from modern speakers, isn't it?

0:33:150:33:19

-Yeah, definitely.

-How do I make it work?

0:33:190:33:21

This is just a standard common or garden mini-jack connection

0:33:210:33:24

and that you can plug into anything

0:33:240:33:26

with a auxiliary output or any line output.

0:33:260:33:29

He's talking technical - I think he means smartphone.

0:33:290:33:31

-Do you mean smartphone thingy?

-Exactly.

-Yeah, OK.

0:33:310:33:34

It's kind of up to the spec of a brand-new product, basically.

0:33:340:33:38

I love everything about it. I think it looks fantastic.

0:33:380:33:42

Aww, Sarah's gone all warm and fuzzy.

0:33:430:33:46

But stay put, because Horse has added a surprise feature.

0:33:460:33:50

I've also put a quarter-inch jack connection.

0:33:500:33:52

It means that you can plug a guitar into it, basically.

0:33:520:33:55

-So it's an amp as well?

-Yeah.

0:33:550:33:56

The way that you make it, it's sort of silly not to, really.

0:33:560:33:59

Come on, then, let's hear it.

0:33:590:34:01

HE PLAYS BLUES GUITAR

0:34:010:34:04

Horse, you're a genius on so many levels.

0:34:120:34:14

I think that that just is the icing on cake.

0:34:140:34:18

That was lovely, wasn't it?

0:34:180:34:20

All right, Sarah, enough of the mellow jamming sesh.

0:34:200:34:23

Let's get down to business.

0:34:230:34:25

Horse came in on budget at £300.

0:34:250:34:28

Now, Sarah needs to get selling.

0:34:280:34:30

Right, so all I need is some of your excellent music connections

0:34:300:34:33

and a nice buyer and then everything will be perfect.

0:34:330:34:37

I am seriously impressed

0:34:410:34:43

with what Horse has managed to do with this radio.

0:34:430:34:46

It was in a really bad state and now you can play your music through it,

0:34:460:34:50

you can play your guitar through it

0:34:500:34:52

and I think I'm going to make some money out of it.

0:34:520:34:55

I think she was generally quite chuffed with it.

0:34:550:34:58

I think the addition of the guitar amp was a last-minute bonus,

0:34:580:35:03

so, yeah, I'm pleased, I'm glad she really likes it.

0:35:030:35:06

This vintage radio was nearly dumped at the tip.

0:35:090:35:13

If it were working it would be worth about £150

0:35:130:35:15

but I couldn't be bothered.

0:35:150:35:17

John was happy for Sarah to take it away for nothing.

0:35:170:35:21

And with the expert attention of electronics engineer Horse...

0:35:210:35:25

Hopefully it will be a beautiful object that is functional

0:35:250:35:28

and will sound really nice.

0:35:280:35:30

..it was turned into a glorious custom-made speaker with

0:35:300:35:33

a contemporary twist.

0:35:330:35:35

And when Nick from online retro furniture store

0:35:370:35:40

Smithers of Stamford took a look and a listen, he bought it.

0:35:400:35:45

-Hope to do some more business with you soon. Take care.

-Bye.

0:35:450:35:49

And now Sarah's back in Stockport to show John the radio's

0:35:520:35:56

transformation and hopefully hand over some cash.

0:35:560:35:59

-Hi there, John. How you doing?

-Not too bad, thanks.

0:36:050:36:08

-It's a long time since I saw you at the tip.

-It is.

-How are things?

0:36:080:36:11

-All right.

-Lovely. I've just come back

0:36:110:36:13

because I've got a couple of pictures to show you of your old radio.

0:36:130:36:16

All right.

0:36:160:36:17

Did you have any thoughts about it cos it wasn't in great condition

0:36:170:36:20

-when we picked it out.

-No.

0:36:200:36:21

It's funny, it came all the way down south to me

0:36:210:36:24

and it turns out the one man who restores and loves working with

0:36:240:36:29

old radios like yours lives about ten minutes down the road from here.

0:36:290:36:33

-From here?

-Yeah.

0:36:330:36:34

It's been a big circle and it went to this guy called Horse.

0:36:340:36:37

-Do you want to see what he's done to your radio?

-Very interested.

0:36:370:36:40

-He's turned it into its former glory.

-Beautiful.

0:36:400:36:44

That is now an amp if you want to play your guitar through it.

0:36:440:36:47

And also if you have a smartphone or something like that you plug

0:36:470:36:50

that in and it plays all of your tunes.

0:36:500:36:53

Got lights in it, as well.

0:36:530:36:55

So when you turn it on all those lovely old stations

0:36:550:36:57

and everything light up.

0:36:570:36:59

-It does look and sound really lovely now.

-Unbelievable.

0:36:590:37:03

Can't believe that.

0:37:050:37:07

So the good news is in that condition it did sell

0:37:070:37:11

and I've got some money here to give to you.

0:37:110:37:14

I've got £50 profit from the sale of your radio and so that's for you.

0:37:140:37:19

-Are you sure?

-Yeah, definitely.

0:37:190:37:21

-What do you think about that?

-Absolutely amazing, really.

0:37:210:37:24

Any ideas what you might do with that?

0:37:240:37:26

-I'm just going to buy a new garden shed.

-Are you?

0:37:260:37:29

-To fill up with more radios?

-Yeah.

0:37:290:37:31

That's the reason that came out ready to buy a new one.

0:37:310:37:37

Fantastic.

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I think that's a great idea that something that came

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out of your old shed is going a little bit towards buying a new one.

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Brilliant.

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Sarah paid Horse £300 for his specialist work on the radio.

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Making £50 for John to put towards his new garden shed.

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Bloomin' marvellous.

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I was astounded really at how good it was.

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I thought of having it renovated myself

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but I don't think it would have come up as it has done.

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I think it's quite amazing what he's done with it.

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It's so satisfying to see an old piece like that radio restored

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to its former glory and sounding amazing.

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I think that £50 might be music to John's ears, too.

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With two out of our three items sold for a profit it's so far, so good.

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But Sarah has got one more pick-up to complete the set.

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Maybe Jay's painted Ercol will leave her feeling blue.

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I think it looks really cool.

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I hope Sarah would like it. I hope she will.

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Evidently she has to sell this on, so if she likes it

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she will be able to sell it more.

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I like it, but I'm not going to be selling it.

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I'm not sure how this is going to go.

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Well, there's only one way to find out. Get her in.

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I love pick-up time.

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I've got an Ercol table in here but I know it had a few problems

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and I'm hoping Jay has managed to turn it around.

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When Sarah picked it up the table was on the brink of being

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lost forever.

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But now it's a fresh, modern gem with a new lease of life.

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-Oh, my word! Look at that!

-You like?

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-I love it.

-What a relief.

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Can I have a quick look underneath to see what you've done?

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All I've done underneath is painted it black, that's all I've done.

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It's amazing how well the black suits it.

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-It looks like it was made like that.

-Yeah.

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It looks like a massive, beautiful blue egg. It's stunning.

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It does look like a blue egg, actually.

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Or blue pebble.

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It looks like a massive blue pebble you'd find on the beach.

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The state it was in when you first brought it in, it's a

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shame to paint Ercol but I couldn't get the stains out.

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I don't think you have to beat yourself up about this.

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This was going in the skip.

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And now it's going into a really smart interior.

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If you think back to how it was when it arrived, it was green,

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it had stains all over it, it was falling apart.

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Yeah.

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You've completely transformed it.

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-This has gone from dustbin to designer. It's brilliant.

-Thank you.

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Luckily, Sarah can see the sales potential in funky,

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modern furniture.

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And what's more, it should still make a profit despite being painted.

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He's really nailed it, hasn't he? That table looks fantastic.

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That beautiful blue egg.

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I think I'm definitely going to be able to sell that with a profit.

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I'm glad she's happy.

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She can sell it and then she can give the person that was

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throwing it away the money back and everybody's happy.

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Well, we're not happy yet.

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Jay came in on budget but Sarah still has to find a big

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buyer of blue before we can start jumping for joy.

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Who could have imagined that the Ercol table nearly reached

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the end of its life as a plant pot stand.

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-Just wondering if I could talk to you about your rubbish.

-Yeah.

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Sarah saw its potential.

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-It's been outside, has it?

-It's got weather-beaten.

-Even if Pete didn't.

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Quite old.

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But with the magic touch of Jay it was transformed into a blue beauty.

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Sarah showed it to specialist buyer Martin at her barn.

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He's got a good eye for antique-y,

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vintage-y type stuff to sell on in his trendy London shop.

0:41:530:41:57

It's a retro look. It's a very clean look.

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I love the colour, very saleable.

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And guess what - he bought it.

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Ah, now I can sleep easy.

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So the good news is the Ercol table sold with £100 worth of profit.

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But the bad news is I haven't been able to make contact with

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Peter again and time has run out.

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So this money is going to go to Children in Need.

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Give that girl a gold star

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because Sarah has made a profit on everything she's saved at the tip.

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The cardboard suitcase came up lovely and rosy.

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The vintage radio brought old school and modern technology into harmony.

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And the retro Ercol table is now cool, blue and contemporary.

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There were three things that were saved from the skip that would

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have been lost forever.

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And who knows, maybe next time you're at the tip

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I could be taking your rubbish and turning it into money.

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In Stockport, Sarah saves three things from being tipped and lost forever, but can she make any money for the people dumping them by transforming an old radio, a postwar table and an old suitcase? With the help of electronics genius Horse and one of the UK's coolest furniture designers, Jay Blades, she manages to totally transform two of the pieces, and Sarah works her own magic on the old suitcase, which turns a bumper profit. Sarah has cash to hand over for two of her finds, but who's getting it, and how much cash was there to be made from the Stockport trash?


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