Episode 6 Money for Nothing


Episode 6

Junk makeover show. With the help of artisans Jay Blades, Ray Clarke and Josh and Oli, Sarah is hoping to transform her four tip finds into profit-making treasure.


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What are you chucking out today then?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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Don't throw them, don't throw them!

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The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes

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of household waste we throw out every year.

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-Thanks so much for letting me have that.

-OK.

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I think that's absolutely made my day, I love it.

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore

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wants to get her hands on things before they hit the skip.

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I'm a passionate buyer, maker, and user of old stuff,

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and I turned that passion into a moneymaking business.

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I make new stuff out of old stuff and I sell it for a profit.

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

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-What do you reckon to that?

-Quite smart, isn't it?

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-Tell me you love it.

-I love it!

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She can transform her finds into desirable...

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Isn't it amazing?

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..valuable...

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That's quite a statement piece!

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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-I'll take you down to the till, that's fantastic!

-OK, fantastic.

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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

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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Wow! That's amazing!

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Sarah's starting her search in Surrey today,

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at the delightful Whitley Recycling Centre.

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Where other people see trash, I see profit.

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Making desirable items out of old rubbish is so satisfying.

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She's on a mission to find four items that can be transformed to

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treasure and hopefully make some money along the way.

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-Pat Butcher?

-Very becoming, Sarah.

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Before Sarah was let loose on the tip, she had to seek special

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permission to do so by those nice recycling centre owners.

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There is nothing going through here that is going to escape me.

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I am not letting the good stuff hit that tip.

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Speaking of the good stuff,

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it looks like Carl might have just that in the back of his Jeep.

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Oh, now, that's the best boot-full I've seen all day.

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-Yeah, they're a bit tired.

-Are they yours?

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-My mum and dad's, yeah.

-Fantastic.

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Do you think they bought them new?

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Ooh, they're heavy, aren't they?

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I don't think... I don't think they bought them brand-new.

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I think they've had them about 25 years.

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They look like they're sort of 1930s, '40s, something like that.

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-How many have you got?

-Six.

-Six? Oh, my word.

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It's my lucky, lucky day.

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Hold on, I'm going to line them up so they're out of the way.

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Some people are very easily pleased.

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They've got such a great look to them.

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It's such a shame the seats are going,

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but the tops look like they're salvageable, don't they?

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This one is the worst one.

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I just don't know...

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I don't know what's best to do with them,

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in order to mend them but I know somebody who takes on this

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kind of thing all the time, so they're coming to...

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they'll go to somewhere we can really sort them out.

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I'm going to check one out. I bet they're comfortable, aren't they?

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-So, have they got a nice, new set of them?

-Yes.

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I'm so pleased for them cos I get their old ones. That's amazing.

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They've got fantastic style and a really good look to them

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so I'm really pleased you're going to let me have them. Thanks so much.

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I really appreciate it. Take care.

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Sarah has taken on not one but six old, battered chairs.

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The mind boggles.

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What does Carl think?

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They're a bit of a tired state,

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but apparently there's going to be something good happening

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to them so I'm quite looking forward to seeing what happens.

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You and me both, Carl.

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These are absolutely cracking.

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There are six of them,

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they've got beautiful, worn leather on the backs of them.

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Unfortunately, the seat pads have really deteriorated

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but the style of these is amazing. It's bang on trend.

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Got lovely, pale grey and some lined oak coming down here on the legs.

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These are absolutely cracking.

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Are they? Really?

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Never mind cracking, they look more cracked to me.

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I know just the person who can restore those seats

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and I'm going to be sitting on a pretty penny here.

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Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate

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turned furniture restorer.

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Jay's passion is modern interior design.

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He specialises in reworking the very best of British craftsmanship

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and bringing it into the 21st century.

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If you want to have a go at what I do, your best bet is to find

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a piece of furniture that isn't really worth that much money.

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You might have bought it in a charity shop

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or a car-boot sale for about £5.

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And just play around with it.

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Some people like working with spray cans.

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Some people like working with artist brushes.

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Whatever your creativity is, allow it to just ooze onto the furniture

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cos the reality is that furniture

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was more than likely going to go into a landfill site.

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So you upcycling it gives that piece of furniture

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an extended lifetime.

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But can you extend the life of this set of worn-out chairs?

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Another workout. I love these chairs.

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It's not often that you find a set that turns up in a tip

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and such a stylish one is a really rare thing.

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I'm hoping Jay can give them a sympathetic update that keeps

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all their original qualities but gives them something special.

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I need a hand getting them in.

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Say no more, Jay's your man.

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-Yeah, they are definitely special.

-Oh, he sounds keen.

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-So, what do you think?

-I think these are quality. Tiptop quality.

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They were certainly top of the tip.

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-These were going to be thrown away?

-Yes.

-Seriously?

-Seriously.

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I'm really pleased that I happened to be there on the day

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that these turned up because there are six of them, a set.

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-They're in good nick apart from the obvious seat problem.

-Yeah!

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I don't know who's made these, but these are really a joy.

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These are really, really beautiful.

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Jay's really taken with the quality construction of the oak chairs

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but how would he restore them?

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Now, I know you're a man with your own ideas,

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so, come on, what would you do?

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I have too many ideas, that's my problem.

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We should be able to bring them back to the 21st century,

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bring them up to today and really give them a beautiful punch.

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Is it possible at this stage that you can pluck

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a figure out that you think, to refurbish the whole lot?

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It's probably really difficult

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to put a figure on it without knowing exactly what they are,

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so, do you want to come back to me when you've had a chance to do a bit

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of research and we can make a plan

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about which direction we're going in?

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Yeah, I'd feel a lot more comfortable if I just do

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a little bit of research and a little bit of taking apart.

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I am really happy to leave them in your hands.

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I know that you're going to do right by them.

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Sarah is taking a massive risk here.

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She's leaving Jay with a big job

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that has no plan to speak of and no budget agreed.

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So Jay has got a bit of work to do researching those chairs before

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he decides exactly what is the best path for them but I know they're in

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really safe hands and I'm hoping that when

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he updates them they'll be even more valuable.

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I cannot wait to start dissecting them.

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I don't know what I'm going to put on there

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until I've taken them apart.

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Cos then the chairs will reveal themselves to me.

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Once the wood has been fully restored

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and we've glued things back, then it will say to me,

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"This is what I need you to put onto me."

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And I cannot do that until they are naked.

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And, at the moment, they are fully dressed.

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Sarah will have to wait until Jay has done his detective work on

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the six chairs to find out what that little lot might cost her.

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But, with no clear brief or budget,

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will this project spiral out of control?

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That's the first item on the way and there's no time to hang around

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as Sarah still has three more to find.

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Sarah's now at the Walsall Recycling Centre in Greater Manchester.

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Treasure time! Come to Mama!

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With her eagle eyes, if she sees an opportunity, she will swoop.

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Like a bird of prey.

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Except that's a pigeon, but, you know, you get the idea.

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The ever vigilant Sarah has spotted Alan arriving with... I have no idea.

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Sarah swoops in for a closer look.

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Oh, hiya.

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You've got some interesting-looking things in there.

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What are you throwing out?

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Just stuff from my late mother-in-law's house.

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OK, that sounds like a big job. Are you clearing out lots of stuff?

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Not too much. Not too much.

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But just some of the bulky, heavy stuff.

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It's a shame in a way, but we don't really know where else to take it

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-other than the tip, so...

-No, you definitely get to that stage.

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I know there are so many things with furniture that you can't

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re-use unless they've got the right certificates and stuff.

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-I'd love to have a look at it. Is there any chance I can see?

-Yeah.

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Wow. It's quite cool, isn't it? Does it move?

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-No, there's just... There used to be...

-A table that came out of that.

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A table, there.

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-A similar design one that's all leather as well.

-Really?

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With these two wing-backed chairs,

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she could be onto something good here.

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A pair of chairs. How exciting.

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Well done. Wow.

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I have to say, that both those chairs are really interesting

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because they're old, they're chunky.

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In a way, I'm glad that they are going to be reused because they do

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seem too good to throw out,

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but there are just so big in a small bungalow, which is where she is.

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If I could take those two chairs, and then, if I managed to do

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-something with them, could I come and show you what I have done?

-Yes.

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That would be lovely.

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Lovely indeed.

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Sarah has her first find in the bag

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and has roped the guys from the tip in to help. Good work, lads.

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But what does Alan think Sarah will get up to with his chairs?

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I don't know. It makes me think, really.

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I presume it's not going to be just recycled as furniture, but something

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else, so it'll be interesting to see what happens to them.

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I'll just tell you if they're comfortable, cos that is the key.

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Oh, yeah.

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That's actually got "IKEA" written on the back,

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so it's not as old as you think it is.

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-Everyone's a comedian.

-Very comfortable.

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But the look they have at the moment

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is just not going to go into everybody's house

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and I want to make them commercial, saleable and expensive.

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And given the style of them, this needs a specialist upholsterer.

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This is going to have to go to somebody who really knows what

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they're doing, who can cope with the fact that there's wood and fabric.

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I've got just the person in mind.

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Meet Ray Clarke, upholsterer extraordinaire.

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Ray made a name for himself in the world of fashion design,

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before discovering his love of vintage furniture.

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His fresh, modern designs mix practicality, comfort and luxury.

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I never intended to become an upholsterer at the beginning.

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It wasn't the thing I set out to do.

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I suppose you could say upholstery found me.

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With my creative background in fashion design and textile design,

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I was able to use those skills and redirect them.

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Now, this is all I do. I just give birth to chairs. I love them. Yeah.

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Normally weight is a benchmark for quality.

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This is definitely heavy but if it's quality, I'm not sure.

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I'm hoping that between the pair of chairs we're going to be able

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to create something really lovely

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and Ray is going to take up the challenge.

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-Ray, how are you? How are you doing?

-Good to see you.

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I've got a couple of little... I'm not going to say beauties.

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I've got a couple of little chairs for you.

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Any chance you can give me a hand? This one is really heavy. Hold on.

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Is that all right up there?

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Lovely.

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So these two came into the tip as a pair.

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But they don't have to stay together.

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I'd much rather work on this one, to be honest than this one, I think.

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Simply because this one's got a lot more character.

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The orange chair will be put aside

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so Ray can concentrate on the black one.

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I did wonder about just really making it pack a punch.

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Well, actually, Sarah, truth to tell,

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-I've been kind of developing my own fabric.

-Really?

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-So that's a new thing for you?

-Yes. Completely.

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What kind of fabric is it?

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Fabric is based on different types of new world and old world monkeys.

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Are you going to be able to nail it in time to get it on here?

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-I think so.

-So, it sounds like, to me,

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you're going to pour your heart and soul into this little chair.

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It will be a work of art.

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Ray's dreaming big, but what will his time and materials cost?

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So, we're looking at around 800, 850 mark.

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OK, if I can leave you chiselling away at the cost,

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if I need it around £800, I love the idea of the monkeys, so...

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It's going to rock. It's going to rock. Go for it, OK? Thank you.

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-Take care.

-Thank you very much.

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Yes! Yes.

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I think he's pretty happy with this project.

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Well, that chair sounds like it's going to look amazing and

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I don't want to hamper Ray's creativity, so I think saying yes

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to a lot of monkey business all over it is definitely the way to go.

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And I think I'm going to have a little chance

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of making a bit of profit. Fingers crossed.

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This is awesome.

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Oh, sorry, it's very difficult to contain my emotions, I'm sorry.

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No apology needed.

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Ray has a big budget of around £800 to remake that chair,

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but he's never created a new fabric for upholstery before,

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so Sarah's taking a risk on this one.

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Back to the west Midlands now and the city of Wolverhampton,

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home to master restorer Jay Blades, who can't wait to get going.

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Sarah dropped off these beautiful oak chairs, absolutely beautiful.

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Jay is a big fan of these quality handmade chairs,

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which probably date from the 1940s.

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My job today is just to remove stuff really carefully.

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Yep, this is going to be a real labour of love for Jay.

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He's going to reupholster all six chairs

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whilst maintaining their original handmade features.

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Good luck, Jay!

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So enough with the talking. Um...

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-Let's get stripping.

-Wahey!

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The chair. Not me.

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RECORD SCRATCH Oh, I see. Sorry.

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Jay gets down to moving the tack which secure the chair's piping

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with the appropriately-named tack-lifting tool.

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And it's not long before he spots a piece of impressive craftsmanship.

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That's amazing. They've actually stitched,

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and it looks like they hand-stitched underneath here, the leather.

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Now that in itself... Come on, who does that in this day and age?

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That is just sheer craftsmanship.

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Everything that I discover about the chairs...

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CAMERA CLICKS

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..will then be reflected back into the chair,

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and how I work with it, the fabric I choose.

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And also, ultimately, the price.

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But I don't want to outprice either myself or Sarah,

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who's then going to sell these on.

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The challenge for Jay is to comprehensively modernise the chairs

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whilst keeping an eye on his labour costs.

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He hasn't yet agreed a budget with Sarah,

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and she'll want to stand a chance of turning a profit.

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He gets straight to work,

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removing the chair's old, disintegrating coverings,

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supporting webbings and stuffing...

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..all of which need to be replaced.

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With that done, Jay starts building a chair back up.

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Got to put new, new webbing on there.

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He's using a tool called a webbing stretcher

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to make sure the seat base is taut.

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Doing webbing is very similar to tuning a fine instrument -

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-you have to get it...

-WEBBING TWANGS

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..where it makes a really lovely sound.

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Because, basically, the webbing is the foundation...

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..that's going to hold all of the seat in place

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for the next 50 to 100 years, hopefully.

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Once Jay's fitted the new webbing,

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he still has to work out how he'll cover them.

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The chair...

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HE CHUCKLES

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..is really, really cool.

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It's a beautiful form chair.

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Yeah, we know you love them, Jay, but there's loads of work to do,

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and still no word on the budget.

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Will he be able to deliver six sympathetically-restored

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and reupholstered chairs that Sarah will be able to make some profit on?

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Back in busy East London, Ray's hard at work on the wingback armchair.

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In fact, he seems to have ripped it to bits.

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Hmm.

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I've basically gone a bit nuts on the chair.

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I've stripped it back down to bare word

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so I can get it prepared for a new colour of wood stain.

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Ray needs to remove all of the chairs' dated upholstery

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and strip the wooden frame before he can begin to modernise it.

0:17:510:17:55

He's got a big budget of around £800 to do that,

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but time is money, and this is a seriously time-consuming job.

0:17:590:18:03

I hate it when they snap off.

0:18:070:18:09

Takes, like, patience and some determination as well.

0:18:110:18:16

-THROUGH GRITTED TEETH:

-Argh! They keep snapping off!

0:18:160:18:20

Great patience, yeah(!)

0:18:200:18:22

Ray's also been hard at work on the real stars of this piece,

0:18:230:18:27

his menagerie of monkeys.

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I've just looked up certain types of monkeys, and just illustrated them.

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His signature fabric will be printed up from his monkey sketches.

0:18:350:18:40

Because of the types of monkey I've chosen as well,

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they give me an opportunity to maybe explore colour

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in quite a vast range.

0:18:450:18:47

So you've got the gold of the tamarin here,

0:18:470:18:51

and then you go on to the red howler,

0:18:510:18:55

and then there's a black howler as well.

0:18:550:18:58

So, hopefully, this will be more of a surprise for Sarah

0:18:580:19:00

when she gets to see this,

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cos I really didn't have a chance to show her.

0:19:020:19:05

His final designs will be sent to a fabric printing company

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to be transferred onto a velvety fabric.

0:19:090:19:12

Obviously, I want the print process to go quite well,

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to capture all the definition, or as much of the definition as possible.

0:19:180:19:22

But I'm also asking a tall order,

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because I realise what I'm asking for

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is the illustrations to go into a pile fabric,

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as opposed to just a plain, flat fabric.

0:19:300:19:32

So there may be some compromise I might have to make at some point.

0:19:320:19:38

But, um, we'll see.

0:19:380:19:39

It's getting me all lumpy in the throat as well at the moment,

0:19:390:19:42

I'm that excited.

0:19:420:19:44

Ray's passionate about his monkey designs,

0:19:450:19:48

but he still has a lot of work to do on that chair.

0:19:480:19:52

Once his labour costs are factored in,

0:19:520:19:54

can he really manage to deliver it on Sarah's budget?

0:19:540:19:57

From London to the East Midlands,

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where chairs of a very different kind

0:20:110:20:13

have been given the once-over by Jay.

0:20:130:20:15

Now, if I remember right, Sarah wanted to keep things...simple.

0:20:170:20:22

But, knowing Jay...

0:20:220:20:24

Oh, what's that?!

0:20:240:20:25

Sarah probably wanted me to do more of a classical

0:20:250:20:28

kind of restoration of them.

0:20:280:20:30

You haven't gone as mad as I normally would go,

0:20:300:20:33

but I've done something that's really tasteful, I believe.

0:20:330:20:37

They're probably some of the best work I've ever produced.

0:20:370:20:40

That sounds encouraging,

0:20:400:20:42

but is it the most expensive work you've ever produced?

0:20:420:20:45

I was keen for some sympathetic restoration,

0:20:450:20:47

but I think Jay might have had other ideas.

0:20:470:20:50

So I'm really excited to see what he's done with them,

0:20:500:20:52

and to find out what the budget is.

0:20:520:20:54

When Sarah saved them, they were really showing their age.

0:20:560:20:59

But now Jay has...

0:21:020:21:04

Well, done what Jay does best.

0:21:040:21:07

The simple restoration has turned into an explosion

0:21:070:21:10

of elegant colour and design.

0:21:100:21:12

Jay upholstered four with the lovely butterfly fabric,

0:21:120:21:16

and the two bigger ones have now got a cosy tartan look.

0:21:160:21:20

All six have been expertly restored,

0:21:200:21:22

but with that modern Jay Blades attitude.

0:21:220:21:26

-I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

-Yeah, come and have a look.

0:21:260:21:30

Oh, my word!

0:21:300:21:32

-Don't they look different?

-They do.

-How you doing?

-I'm very good.

0:21:330:21:36

So talk me through the carvers, in different materials.

0:21:360:21:38

The carvers are in different material,

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cos we've got an orange...

0:21:400:21:41

an orange that matches up to the butterflies.

0:21:410:21:43

OK, yeah, yeah, I can see that.

0:21:430:21:45

Yeah, I didn't use the same material,

0:21:450:21:47

cos I thought it would have been a little bit overkill,

0:21:470:21:49

and it isn't my kind of style, actually,

0:21:490:21:51

to do everything all the same.

0:21:510:21:53

I always have to have a little bit of a twist.

0:21:530:21:55

And the twist is the carvers.

0:21:550:21:57

They have a lovely feeling to them. They're really well done.

0:21:570:22:01

So talk me through it. A bit of velvet on the back?

0:22:010:22:04

-Velvet on the back to marry them all up.

-Yeah?

0:22:040:22:07

So they've all got that. The only problem that I had was...

0:22:070:22:11

-I don't know if you remember the piping that we had on there...

-Yeah?

0:22:110:22:14

..which was in leather...

0:22:140:22:15

Unfortunately, Jay wasn't able to use

0:22:150:22:17

the hand-stitched original piping that he loved so much.

0:22:170:22:20

When it got down to brass tacks,

0:22:200:22:22

the brass and the tacks were too old to re-use.

0:22:220:22:25

So did you try and reattach them?

0:22:250:22:27

Yeah, about 50 times.

0:22:270:22:29

THEY LAUGH

0:22:290:22:31

Even without the piping,

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the chairs certainly get Sarah's mark of approval.

0:22:320:22:35

Now, how about that budget?

0:22:350:22:37

What they've come out is about £130, £135 each chair.

0:22:370:22:43

135? So, at that kind of price, I'm going to need to place them

0:22:430:22:47

somewhere where they get the right exposure.

0:22:470:22:49

Well, funny you should say that.

0:22:490:22:51

Even though they're individual, and they've cost a bit,

0:22:510:22:54

we found a buyer and we're definitely going to be in profit.

0:22:540:22:56

And she wants to buy all of them -

0:22:560:22:58

she doesn't just want to buy one or two. She wants to buy all of them.

0:22:580:23:00

-I can't believe it. So you do the work and you sell them?

-Yes!

0:23:000:23:04

Crikey! What a service!

0:23:040:23:06

Jay's friend and sometime client snapped up the chairs

0:23:060:23:10

before Sarah even had a chance to see them.

0:23:100:23:12

Thank you so much for taking them on and, yeah, and selling them as well.

0:23:120:23:17

-No problem.

-Massive achievement!

-All right.

-Thanks a lot!

0:23:170:23:19

You take care now.

0:23:190:23:21

Ah, Jay - what a lege. How are you feeling after that?

0:23:210:23:25

To tell you the truth, I'm really chuffed with the chairs.

0:23:250:23:28

Chuffed with the chairs, and sold the chairs.

0:23:280:23:30

So I'm a happy bumblebee right about now.

0:23:300:23:33

Are bees particularly happy?

0:23:330:23:35

Oh, now that is the best boot-full I've seen all day.

0:23:410:23:44

Sarah was lucky enough to spot Carl and his mum and dad's old chairs.

0:23:440:23:49

I think they've had them about 25 years.

0:23:490:23:51

Sarah couldn't contain her excitement.

0:23:510:23:53

Oh, my word! It's my lucky, lucky day.

0:23:530:23:56

And Carl was just happy to get rid of them.

0:23:560:23:59

I'm quite looking forward to seeing what happens.

0:23:590:24:01

Bloomin' Jay Blades is what happened!

0:24:010:24:03

Not only did he give them a fancy makeover, but he sold them too.

0:24:030:24:07

Sarah's travelled to Surrey to meet up with Carl once more,

0:24:090:24:13

but how much profit can she handover?

0:24:130:24:16

-Hi, Carl.

-Hiya.

-How you doing?

-Nice to see you. Yeah, good, thank you.

0:24:200:24:23

Nice to see you too. So is this where those chairs came from?

0:24:230:24:26

-It is, yeah, yeah.

-You've had them and grown with them, haven't you?

0:24:260:24:29

I have, yeah. My mum and dad had them

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sort of a year before I was born, so...

0:24:310:24:33

-OK, so they've got some...

-Yeah, my whole life, yeah.

0:24:330:24:35

-They've got some age to them, then?

-They have, yeah.

0:24:350:24:37

I don't know if you thought what we might do with them

0:24:370:24:39

-after we took them away?

-Well, I thought you...

0:24:390:24:41

I don't know, really, maybe just recovered them or something.

0:24:410:24:44

But I don't know.

0:24:440:24:45

Well, we did a lot of research on your chairs, actually.

0:24:450:24:48

-We couldn't find an establish maker who made them.

-Right.

0:24:480:24:50

So they went to Northampton, to a guy called Jay Blades.

0:24:500:24:54

-I've got some pictures, to show you what he did to them.

-Excellent.

0:24:540:24:57

-So they now look...

-Wow, yeah.

0:24:570:25:00

-Different!

-Different.

-Yeah, I mean...

0:25:000:25:02

Definitely changed them up a bit but, yeah, they look great, I think.

0:25:020:25:06

Somebody completely fell in love with them, and they bought them.

0:25:060:25:08

-Oh, OK.

-So there's profit to be shared.

-Oh, OK.

0:25:080:25:11

-In fact, I've got just a little bit here for you.

-Great.

0:25:110:25:13

-I have got £240 profit.

-Whoa. That's amazing, yeah.

0:25:130:25:18

For something that we were going to throw away. That's great.

0:25:180:25:21

What are you going to do with that?

0:25:210:25:22

Well, I think it will go back to my mum,

0:25:220:25:24

cos she's looking for some replacement chairs now.

0:25:240:25:27

So, yeah, probably go towards them. Great.

0:25:270:25:28

-Really appreciate you dropping them off.

-No problem.

0:25:280:25:30

-And it was great to catch up.

-Cheers. Thanks, bye.

-OK, bye-bye.

0:25:300:25:34

Jay pulled it out of the bag.

0:25:340:25:36

Having cost £810 to do them up,

0:25:360:25:39

he then sold them for a cracking £1,050,

0:25:390:25:43

giving Carl and his mum £240 to invest

0:25:430:25:46

in a new set of chairs to replace those old ones.

0:25:460:25:49

With a profit already under her belt,

0:25:560:25:59

Sarah's going back on the prowl to find another hidden gem.

0:25:590:26:02

Come on, then.

0:26:050:26:06

She does so with some style and grace.

0:26:060:26:09

And if it's style she's after,

0:26:090:26:11

perhaps Robert's old sewing machine could add a bit of flair.

0:26:110:26:15

Is that going back into the car or into the skip?

0:26:180:26:20

Was hoping somebody would be able to re-use it.

0:26:200:26:22

It's a really sweet little one, isn't it?

0:26:220:26:24

-Do you ever remember it being used?

-I do.

0:26:240:26:26

My mum regularly made clothes for us. Ugh...

0:26:260:26:28

Really? I bet they went down well at school, didn't they?

0:26:280:26:31

No, I didn't dare wear them to school.

0:26:310:26:34

Luckily, I had a uniform that you had to buy from a shop in Guildford.

0:26:340:26:37

-No.

-Have you got the key?

0:26:370:26:38

Er...

0:26:380:26:40

Not with me. It's probably at home somewhere.

0:26:400:26:44

-I'd forgotten all about the key.

-Where is it?

-This end here.

0:26:440:26:46

OK, they actually all open with the same thing.

0:26:460:26:48

It's very simple, it's just a flat key.

0:26:480:26:51

A small screwdriver will open it.

0:26:510:26:53

-I'd like to have a look inside.

-Of course.

0:26:530:26:55

Because there are Singers and then there are Singers.

0:26:550:26:57

Some of them are really collectable, some of them are just decorative,

0:26:570:27:00

but some of them are just hundreds of pounds worth of Singer.

0:27:000:27:02

But you need a key! You need a key!

0:27:020:27:05

Do you want me to have a quick look in my store?

0:27:050:27:08

Yes, if you got a key or a screwdriver, that would be great.

0:27:080:27:10

Do you have a second? I'll be back in a mo.

0:27:100:27:12

Where is Sarah going to find a screwdriver at the dump?

0:27:120:27:16

Ah, perhaps in the tool box graveyard

0:27:160:27:19

you'll find in many recycling centres.

0:27:190:27:22

I'm just wondering if there's a little screwdriver

0:27:220:27:25

or anything we can use.

0:27:250:27:26

You know how to pick a lock too, Sarah? Very talented.

0:27:260:27:29

-That might.

-Yeah, give that a go. Yeah.

0:27:290:27:32

Harder than it looks, eh?

0:27:330:27:34

Right for tight, loose for left.

0:27:370:27:39

Oh, I really want to see in here now.

0:27:400:27:43

Oh, good. Now it's stuck.

0:27:450:27:47

Would you mind if I took it away as the mystery machine?

0:27:470:27:50

If it is in usable condition or valuable, or I can sell it for you,

0:27:500:27:53

can I get back in touch and show you what we've done with it?

0:27:530:27:55

Yeah, that would be super. Yeah, thank you very much.

0:27:550:27:57

Thank you ever so much. Really nice to have met you here.

0:27:570:27:59

Ooh, the mystery machine!

0:27:590:28:01

Sarah's taking a gamble on there being something usable under there.

0:28:010:28:05

From what you can remember, Robert,

0:28:050:28:07

do you think Sarah will be able to make anything from it?

0:28:070:28:10

I don't want say a doorstop,

0:28:100:28:11

cos that just wouldn't be appropriate!

0:28:110:28:14

Um...

0:28:140:28:15

Maybe a lampstand?

0:28:150:28:18

Maybe a beautiful lampstand. That would be nice.

0:28:180:28:21

It really is quite exciting, what might be under there.

0:28:220:28:25

I just need to find a key so I can find out.

0:28:250:28:28

Well, I know a couple of boys with the key, and the secret for success.

0:28:280:28:33

This is Josh and Oli -

0:28:390:28:41

best mates who just love to create.

0:28:410:28:44

The pair thrive on taking disused materials

0:28:470:28:50

and turning them into unique, handmade furnishings

0:28:500:28:53

with flair and imagination.

0:28:530:28:55

Definitely love what we do. I think we're really lucky, in that sense.

0:28:580:29:02

I think what makes us different is that we have got original ideas,

0:29:030:29:07

and we have got our own style to bring to the table.

0:29:070:29:10

Josh's background is in woodwork,

0:29:100:29:12

but my background's in graphic design.

0:29:120:29:14

But it's like a really nice combination,

0:29:140:29:16

and I think we've got some pretty crazy ideas,

0:29:160:29:19

and think quite out of the box.

0:29:190:29:20

Yeah, I think it does make us stand out from the rest.

0:29:200:29:23

Well, you have to think outside the box for this sewing machine,

0:29:250:29:29

or whatever's IN that box.

0:29:290:29:30

Well, I've brought the vintage sewing machine to Josh and Oli

0:29:330:29:36

to see if they can open it up

0:29:360:29:37

and then transform it into something amazing.

0:29:370:29:39

But, as I haven't actually seen inside it,

0:29:390:29:42

I'm just hoping I'm not about to stitch them up.

0:29:420:29:44

-Hello.

-Hello.

-Hello.

-How are you?

-OK.

0:29:460:29:49

-Oh, I've got something for you.

-Right.

0:29:490:29:52

Actually, I need a hand with it.

0:29:520:29:54

This came to the recycling centre, and it doesn't have its key with it.

0:29:540:29:58

-Right.

-So I have never seen inside it.

-Oh, OK.

0:29:580:30:02

-And I'm hoping it's just...

-Maybe it's not a sewing machine?

0:30:020:30:04

Could be anything in there. So, first things first...

0:30:040:30:07

So the first thing is to try and see if you can open it.

0:30:070:30:10

Normally, they just have a flat key that goes in here.

0:30:100:30:14

-Is it an actual key?

-So a bit of breaking in?

-Yeah.

0:30:140:30:17

So it's kind of... I don't know if you've got anything...

0:30:170:30:20

Really, guys, it's just going to be a sewing machine.

0:30:200:30:24

But if it's a collectable one,

0:30:240:30:25

some rare models can sell for several hundred pounds,

0:30:250:30:29

believe it or not.

0:30:290:30:30

Or it could be just one of the newer electric ones.

0:30:300:30:34

Oh, it's electric!

0:30:340:30:35

Ah, I shouldn't have got my hopes up.

0:30:350:30:37

I mean, there are hundreds of these going into the tips every day.

0:30:370:30:42

Unwanted Singer sewing machines

0:30:420:30:45

have become very popular with the upcycling crowd...

0:30:450:30:48

Little light in there.

0:30:490:30:51

..making everything from lighting to desk fans.

0:30:510:30:55

Can the boys come up with something original?

0:30:550:30:58

Can the boys come up with something?

0:31:020:31:04

Anything?

0:31:060:31:07

HE IMITATES A SEWING MACHINE

0:31:070:31:09

Yes, it's a sewing machine, Oli.

0:31:090:31:11

It would almost be cool to take the whole thing

0:31:110:31:15

into the individual components and then, like...

0:31:150:31:17

We could see what we could do with them.

0:31:170:31:19

..lay them out as like a blueprint, almost.

0:31:190:31:21

What can you put it back into that's completely different

0:31:210:31:23

and that moves in a funny way or something.

0:31:230:31:26

The only thing I would say,

0:31:260:31:27

it is really difficult to sell non-functioning things.

0:31:270:31:30

One other option is to go down the route of using the box.

0:31:300:31:33

That might be a way we could make something

0:31:330:31:35

that would actually be useful and would sell.

0:31:350:31:38

So if I left you with a budget of sort of 250, 300 quid...

0:31:380:31:42

-take it apart, see what happens.

-We'll see what happens, yeah!

0:31:420:31:45

-And come back in surprise me!

-Yeah.

-OK, cool.

-All right.

0:31:450:31:48

-Brilliant. Thanks ever so much.

-Cheers.

0:31:480:31:51

So, boys, you've got carte blanche to do whatever you want.

0:31:510:31:54

Hey! Not that!

0:31:540:31:56

Well, they've sewn a few ideas about what they might come up with,

0:31:560:31:59

but that sewing machine is a real challenge.

0:31:590:32:02

So it's going to be a total surprise to see what they make out of it.

0:32:020:32:05

They've set a budget of £250 to £300.

0:32:050:32:10

It's a fair chunk of money, so Sarah's taking a gamble

0:32:100:32:13

on the boys coming up with something that will be saleable.

0:32:130:32:16

Or coming up with anything at all.

0:32:160:32:19

Back in East London, Ray has finished his makeover

0:32:240:32:27

of the hotly-anticipated armchair.

0:32:270:32:29

He is waiting for Sarah...

0:32:290:32:32

anxiously.

0:32:320:32:33

-I'm proper nervous.

-HE LAUGHS

0:32:330:32:35

Just hoping she really likes it, yeah.

0:32:350:32:38

Oh, no. What have I done?!

0:32:380:32:41

You've done up an armchair, Ray. Don't worry.

0:32:410:32:44

Although Sarah is also on tenterhooks.

0:32:460:32:50

I've come to see Ray and to find out

0:32:500:32:52

how the armchair has turned out, that I left him.

0:32:520:32:54

And this is one of the projects that has really been on my mind,

0:32:540:32:57

because Ray is inventing a whole new fabric to go on the chair,

0:32:570:33:01

and doing all the upholstery.

0:33:010:33:02

So this is just one of those things that could go either way.

0:33:020:33:07

Either way, the transformation is now complete.

0:33:070:33:10

When Sarah dropped off the chair,

0:33:100:33:12

it was solid but badly needed bringing up-to-date.

0:33:120:33:15

But now Ray has worked his magic. It's utterly transformed.

0:33:270:33:31

Ray's hand-illustrated menagerie of monkeys

0:33:330:33:36

are rendered on a luxurious moleskin velvet,

0:33:360:33:41

which he's positioned to show off the stylish simians

0:33:410:33:44

to their best effect.

0:33:440:33:45

The chair has been entirely reupholstered

0:33:470:33:50

with quality finishings,

0:33:500:33:51

and the original wood has been stained in a cool, contrasting grey.

0:33:510:33:56

Ray took a big creative risk

0:33:580:34:00

on designing his own unique monkey fabric,

0:34:000:34:03

and it's paid off splendidly.

0:34:030:34:06

Well done, Ray.

0:34:060:34:08

But what will Sarah make of it?

0:34:090:34:12

-Hiya.

-Hi. Ohh...

0:34:120:34:15

-You're not nervous, are you?

-Just a little bit, yeah.

0:34:150:34:18

-Let me see.

-I'll pull it off.

0:34:180:34:19

One, two, three.

0:34:190:34:21

# Ta-da! #

0:34:210:34:23

I absolutely adore it.

0:34:230:34:24

-You've done so well there. It's so cool!

-Thank you.

0:34:240:34:29

She likes it!

0:34:290:34:30

The woman from Del Monte says yes!

0:34:300:34:33

She does indeed.

0:34:340:34:36

-Which is your favourite monkey?

-I do like the black howler.

-Yeah?

0:34:360:34:39

And I love the golden tamarin. Oh, come round here.

0:34:390:34:42

-I want to take you round the back.

-I'm going on tour!

-Yeah.

0:34:420:34:45

-So around the back...

-So who's he, a howler?

0:34:450:34:47

Yeah, it's a black howler. And that's a red howler.

0:34:470:34:50

That chair is a triumph.

0:34:500:34:52

What's so odd is I can't even relate to the chair

0:34:520:34:54

-that I brought to you.

-No.

-Because of what you've done to it.

0:34:540:34:57

It's like you're showing me something I've never seen before.

0:34:570:35:01

With the very highest praise,

0:35:010:35:03

Sarah's delighted with Ray's monkey chair.

0:35:030:35:06

It's, like, meant so much to me to try to do this.

0:35:060:35:09

So thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this. Honestly.

0:35:090:35:13

Yeah, thanks. I'm properly made up, I really am.

0:35:130:35:16

It's smiles all round for the painstakingly-finished chair.

0:35:170:35:21

On that note, Sarah's got a question.

0:35:210:35:24

But she doesn't want to PRY-MATE.

0:35:240:35:27

You see?

0:35:270:35:29

Has it gone over budget?

0:35:290:35:30

I'm feeling now that my original...

0:35:300:35:33

..costs were probably a little bit low.

0:35:340:35:37

It took longer than I thought,

0:35:370:35:38

so therefore, labour-wise, it would have been a bit more expensive.

0:35:380:35:42

The amount of work that's gone into the chair

0:35:430:35:46

has pushed Ray's labour costs up,

0:35:460:35:48

meaning he's gone around £150 over budget,

0:35:480:35:52

at a total cost of around £950.

0:35:520:35:56

However, Sarah's still confident.

0:35:560:35:58

I will try so hard to sell this at very high-end,

0:35:590:36:03

so we turn a really good profit over on this.

0:36:030:36:06

If you would, that would mean a lot.

0:36:060:36:08

Great job, lovely finish,

0:36:080:36:09

and I think you should be very proud of that.

0:36:090:36:12

-Well done.

-Thank you.

0:36:120:36:13

She likes it.

0:36:160:36:18

You know, these monkeys - you're so tricky, I'm telling you.

0:36:200:36:23

MONKEYS CALL AND WHOOP

0:36:230:36:25

Those tricky monkeys are a triumph.

0:36:250:36:27

Ray took a chance on a creative idea that really paid off,

0:36:270:36:32

but it came at a high cost to Sarah's budget.

0:36:320:36:34

Back in Walsall recycling centre,

0:36:420:36:45

Sarah found Alan about to off-load two armchairs.

0:36:450:36:49

A pair of chairs. How exciting!

0:36:490:36:52

Alan was happy for Sarah to nab them.

0:36:520:36:55

In a way, I'm glad they're going to be reused,

0:36:550:36:57

cos they just seem too good to throw out.

0:36:570:37:00

So Sarah spirited them straight to Ray in East London...

0:37:000:37:05

Lovely.

0:37:050:37:06

..who immediately took a shine to one chair in particular.

0:37:060:37:10

Now Sarah's on her way back to Walsall

0:37:110:37:14

to update Alan on what became of his armchair.

0:37:140:37:17

-Hello.

-Hi there, Alan. How are you doing?

-I'm very well, thank you.

0:37:210:37:23

-You?

-Yeah. Very nice to see you again.

0:37:230:37:25

-I said I'd be in touch with news about your chairs.

-Yes.

0:37:250:37:29

I took it to an upholsterer called Ray Clarke.

0:37:290:37:32

So I've got some pictures of what he did to it.

0:37:320:37:35

Gosh! Wow.

0:37:350:37:37

-Is that recognisable?

-That's tremendous, isn't it?

0:37:370:37:41

It has been transformed.

0:37:410:37:43

-He has redesigned it.

-Yeah.

0:37:430:37:44

He has given it a whole new lease of life.

0:37:440:37:47

These are the pictures of it in his studio.

0:37:470:37:49

I've never seen anything like that before. That's unbelievable.

0:37:490:37:51

It's unbelievable. Just think what...

0:37:510:37:53

What are we all throwing away, really?

0:37:530:37:55

-Yes, well...

-It's got that potential.

0:37:550:37:58

It has got huge potential and it is out there now waiting to be sold...

0:37:580:38:02

-Yeah.

-..and I've got high hopes that it's going to generate

0:38:020:38:05

-some profit for you and I'll keep in touch...

-Wonderful.

0:38:050:38:07

..and be knocking on your door with some money in the future.

0:38:070:38:10

-Thank you ever so much.

-My pleasure, pleasure.

0:38:100:38:13

Well, I think that Alan was really impressed

0:38:130:38:16

with all Ray's hard work because that chair really is a unique piece

0:38:160:38:19

and I'm sure it's going to sell well

0:38:190:38:21

and I'm going to be sending cash back to Alan very soon.

0:38:210:38:24

Ray's materials and painstaking labour on the chair

0:38:260:38:30

came in at just under £1,000.

0:38:300:38:33

This niche item has yet to sell, so it's currently a potential loss

0:38:330:38:37

of that £950.

0:38:370:38:39

Sarah's back at the tip, on the hunt for one last item

0:38:470:38:50

to work on herself.

0:38:500:38:52

Nothing to see here.

0:38:520:38:55

Perhaps Michael can offer up something of interest.

0:38:550:38:58

-Is it dead? Is not working any more?

-No, it works perfectly well.

0:38:590:39:02

It works perfectly well.

0:39:020:39:03

-The motor's very, very good...

-Right.

0:39:030:39:05

It's just that the blades are blocked.

0:39:050:39:07

Somebody who knows anything about it could do it.

0:39:070:39:09

It seems in quite a good condition.

0:39:090:39:10

I've never thought about taking a lawnmower

0:39:100:39:12

-away from the dump before.

-You're very welcome to it.

0:39:120:39:15

-How old is it?

-I don't really know. I would think it's 10-12 years old.

0:39:150:39:19

-OK, so it's had a good use.

-It gets serviced every year.

0:39:190:39:23

-Yeah.

-So it's good.

0:39:230:39:24

If it still works, there's potential I may be able to

0:39:240:39:26

make something out of it so I'd love to have a go

0:39:260:39:29

at using the parts or doing something with it.

0:39:290:39:31

-You're very welcome.

-Thank you so much for letting me take that away.

0:39:310:39:34

-OK.

-Does it go backwards?

0:39:340:39:36

This is not looking promising.

0:39:360:39:38

-Don't have it on that, that'll stop it.

-OK.

0:39:380:39:41

I've got a new lawnmower but I haven't got enough room in my

0:39:420:39:45

garage for both of them.

0:39:450:39:47

The old one works perfectly well apart from the gears have locked.

0:39:470:39:51

Sarah does look confident that she can mow up some moolah,

0:39:510:39:56

but what does Michael think she can do with it?

0:39:560:39:58

I'm sort of quite fascinated myself.

0:39:580:40:00

Somebody with a little bit of mechanical knowledge

0:40:000:40:03

or imagination could do something with it.

0:40:030:40:06

I'm sure the motor can drive anything, really.

0:40:060:40:09

You probably think I'm gaga taking this old garden mower but it's

0:40:090:40:13

been really well looked after and the engine still works.

0:40:130:40:16

That may be so, Sarah, but I still can't see

0:40:160:40:19

what you're going to do with that, other than cut some grass.

0:40:190:40:22

At home in Sussex, Sarah has wasted no time in having the lawnmower

0:40:340:40:37

stripped down to its many component parts.

0:40:370:40:42

Well, who knew if you took a lawnmower apart you would get

0:40:430:40:46

so many pieces and there are some fantastic bits here.

0:40:460:40:49

There's lots of lovely nuts and bolts

0:40:490:40:51

I think would make some lovely jewellery

0:40:510:40:53

but the standout feature I think has to be this fantastic cutter blade.

0:40:530:40:58

It's such a sculptural thing and just looking at it

0:40:580:41:01

makes me think, I want to make something out of that

0:41:010:41:03

and I think lighting is the best thing.

0:41:030:41:05

Lighting is really commercial, very saleable

0:41:050:41:07

and actually quite a simple make

0:41:070:41:08

if you've got something as lovely and strong as this.

0:41:080:41:11

So with the help of this off-the-peg lighting set,

0:41:110:41:14

I'm going to make a lamp with this bit as the base.

0:41:140:41:17

But before I can start, I've got to get the hacksaw out

0:41:170:41:19

to get this out of that.

0:41:190:41:22

Of course, the simple way to remove

0:41:220:41:24

the blade from its casing would be to just undo the bolts.

0:41:240:41:29

Money for nothing, they say.

0:41:290:41:30

It's hard work making money for nothing.

0:41:300:41:32

Before lawnmowers were invented, grass was cut using scythes.

0:41:320:41:37

It wasn't until 1830 that an English engineer,

0:41:370:41:40

Edward Budding, patented the first lawnmower.

0:41:400:41:44

I'm pretty sure he didn't envisage

0:41:440:41:46

his invention being used for lighting.

0:41:460:41:49

That was a lot of hard work but that is every part as sculptural

0:41:490:41:53

as I'd hoped, and this bit, another part of the lawnmower...

0:41:530:41:56

(I don't know what.)

0:41:560:41:58

..is going to make the best base for it.

0:41:580:42:00

I reckon put it that way up.

0:42:000:42:03

It looks like a light already, doesn't it?

0:42:030:42:05

I've just got to clean it up and see if I can get the wire going

0:42:050:42:07

through the holes that happen to be there already,

0:42:070:42:10

and that's going to look amazing.

0:42:100:42:12

Sarah gives the blades a thorough clean with warm, soapy water

0:42:140:42:17

to remove old encrusted grass and mud.

0:42:170:42:21

Next, in order to remove any sharp edges and make the blades safe,

0:42:210:42:25

Sarah uses a coarse sandpaper and a whole load of elbow grease.

0:42:250:42:30

Finally, the little bits and bobs are given a thorough wash.

0:42:300:42:34

I'm just cleaning up these two pieces because these are

0:42:360:42:39

going to help me connect this to that.

0:42:390:42:42

I love the way that design evolves when you're reusing pieces like this

0:42:430:42:46

because that is a really chunky, lovely bit

0:42:460:42:50

and it adds so much by putting it on there, and you probably wouldn't

0:42:500:42:52

design that unless you'd just found it.

0:42:520:42:55

Well, unless, of course, you're Edward Budding,

0:42:550:42:57

inventor of the lawnmower, then you probably did design it.

0:42:570:43:01

OK, so onto the final stage, which is wiring up the lamp

0:43:010:43:04

and I've got this fantastic lighting component.

0:43:040:43:06

And loads of lighting shops have these now, so you can choose

0:43:060:43:08

the bulb holder and the flex that you have, either the colour

0:43:080:43:11

or if it's twisted like this one.

0:43:110:43:13

It makes a really quick and easy way of making a light.

0:43:130:43:15

So I've just got to get this wired up

0:43:150:43:17

and I think it's going to look pretty cool.

0:43:170:43:19

So I think we go from the top.

0:43:190:43:22

Sarah's costs for the lawnmower lighting are £60,

0:43:220:43:26

which includes the cost of the flex, light fitting, bulb

0:43:260:43:29

and also the services of a qualified electrician

0:43:290:43:32

to make sure everything's safe.

0:43:320:43:34

But will she really be able to create a desirable interior piece

0:43:340:43:39

from a bit of old lawnmower?

0:43:390:43:41

Elsewhere in Sussex, have Josh and Oli come up with

0:43:460:43:49

a plan for the old sewing machine?

0:43:490:43:52

The hope is that once it's stripped down to its component parts,

0:43:520:43:56

inspiration will strike.

0:43:560:43:58

-Somewhere within this is...

-Some gold.

-Yeah.

0:44:000:44:03

Gold paint, maybe.

0:44:050:44:06

As a backup plan, the boys have still got the wooden box

0:44:080:44:11

the sewing machine came in.

0:44:110:44:13

It might be a safer bet than what they're doing just...

0:44:130:44:16

Oh, no, here we go.

0:44:160:44:19

It looks like Oli's come up with something.

0:44:190:44:22

Oh, he's made himself a little friend.

0:44:220:44:25

-Josh, I made a robot.

-Oh, sweet.

0:44:250:44:28

Yeah, that'll do. Get Sarah back now.

0:44:280:44:31

Yeah, get Sarah back in and let her see her £300 robot.

0:44:310:44:35

Oh, Josh! Oli spent ages on that.

0:44:350:44:40

Sorry, Oli.

0:44:400:44:42

This is not confidence inspiring, boys.

0:44:440:44:47

Perhaps a fresh look at things might help

0:44:470:44:51

and the very next day...

0:44:510:44:53

After a lot of head scratching we've decided to use the wooden box

0:44:550:44:58

to make a mobile barbershop.

0:44:580:45:00

So this will be for a barber who wants to go from door to door

0:45:010:45:04

and they can keep all of their products and scissors in here.

0:45:040:45:08

A barber's kit? Excellent.

0:45:080:45:10

Wait, but what's this?

0:45:100:45:13

I thought it would be a real shame just to let all of these components

0:45:130:45:16

go to waste so I'm trying to figure out some kind of, like,

0:45:160:45:19

little mechanical desk toy.

0:45:190:45:21

At first thought a little turtle comes to mind because of this guy.

0:45:210:45:26

I'm a little bit lost at the moment.

0:45:260:45:28

I don't quite know if it's possible and how I'm going to do it.

0:45:280:45:31

Yep, you heard it right,

0:45:310:45:34

Josh is going to make a mechanical reptile desk toy.

0:45:340:45:38

With so much time used up already, it'll be a race to the finish

0:45:380:45:42

between the tortoise and the...

0:45:420:45:46

hair.

0:45:460:45:47

I'm going to kind of make a little shell for the turtle

0:45:470:45:50

and I want this big cog to sit on top.

0:45:500:45:52

When you turn this cog, it's going to power this here

0:45:520:45:57

and so the turtle's head is going to move in and out.

0:45:570:46:01

-Who wouldn't be excited about this?

-Sarah.

0:46:010:46:03

Oli's first job with the barber's kit is to remove the existing

0:46:050:46:09

varnish with an electric sander ready for a brand-new finish.

0:46:090:46:13

A simple, quick job.

0:46:130:46:15

Can you just come over here and hold these little bits here?

0:46:170:46:20

Josh has a few issues with his turtle thing.

0:46:220:46:25

It keeps falling off.

0:46:250:46:27

You just need to tweak it a little bit.

0:46:270:46:29

Oh, just get back to work, Oli, Josh could be here all day.

0:46:290:46:34

At home, Sarah's busy putting the final touches

0:46:420:46:45

to the mower transformation.

0:46:450:46:47

Great, that's all the dirty work done.

0:46:510:46:54

Time for the last adjustments.

0:46:540:46:57

That's straight.

0:46:570:47:00

Time to get this illuminated.

0:47:000:47:02

When Sarah took possession of the mower at the tip,

0:47:130:47:16

its days of trimming lawns were over.

0:47:160:47:19

Sarah's used the dismantled mower's sculpted blades to create

0:47:230:47:28

a unique table lamp.

0:47:280:47:30

The surfaces have been cleaned and waxed and it's finished off

0:47:300:47:33

with a contemporary colour-matched flex and a classic style bulb.

0:47:330:47:37

The finally finished article is certainly something to behold.

0:47:370:47:41

Well, I hope that looks like it's gone

0:47:440:47:45

from cutting grass to cutting edge.

0:47:450:47:47

I'm going to get some pictures taken of it,

0:47:470:47:49

share it around and see if I can turn a profit on it.

0:47:490:47:53

Once those pictures hit the net, I'm sure there'll be a stampede

0:47:530:47:56

of enthusiastic gardeners looking to illuminate

0:47:560:47:59

a dark corner of a room.

0:47:590:48:02

When Sarah spotted Michael at the tip,

0:48:020:48:04

initially she lacked motivation...

0:48:040:48:07

I've never thought about taking a lawnmower away from the dump before.

0:48:070:48:11

..but it wasn't all bad news about the mower.

0:48:110:48:14

The old one worked perfectly well apart from the gears have locked.

0:48:140:48:17

So what do you do with a mower with seized gears?

0:48:180:48:21

That's right, strip it down and turn it into a lamp.

0:48:210:48:25

The lamp was snapped up by an interior design shop,

0:48:250:48:29

Sara Hughes in Marlow - run, funnily enough, by Sara.

0:48:290:48:34

It's got memories of old-fashioned lawnmowers, which I rather like.

0:48:340:48:38

It's the sort of thing your grandfather used and you imagine

0:48:380:48:40

them pushing them along.

0:48:400:48:42

Our Sarah has travelled to Sale, near Altrincham,

0:48:420:48:45

to show Michael what happened to the lawnmower.

0:48:450:48:47

-Hi, there. Hello, Michael.

-Hi, how are you?

-I'm very well.

0:48:530:48:56

-How are you?

-Fine, thank you.

0:48:560:48:57

I said at the tip that I wanted to keep in touch, so here I am.

0:48:570:49:00

Here we are.

0:49:000:49:02

I took away your old lawnmower but your lawnmower was still

0:49:020:49:05

-slightly working when I took it away from you.

-It was.

0:49:050:49:08

-It still worked but it was jammed, wasn't it?

-Yeah, it was.

0:49:080:49:11

I have made something out of it but have you thought what that might be?

0:49:110:49:14

I have no idea what...

0:49:140:49:16

Apart from a lawnmower again, I couldn't think what you...

0:49:160:49:19

Imagine what you might have made of it.

0:49:190:49:20

It was a bit of a puzzle and I did have quite a long think about it but

0:49:200:49:24

in the end I made a light out of it

0:49:240:49:26

and I've got some pictures here to show you.

0:49:260:49:28

Go on, then. I'll put my glasses on so I can see it clearly.

0:49:280:49:31

Your old lawnmower, I used a little bit of it

0:49:310:49:34

and it turned out like this.

0:49:340:49:36

Wow! How on earth did you do that?

0:49:360:49:39

Well, actually it was really easy

0:49:390:49:42

because your lawnmower blade had all right holes in it.

0:49:420:49:45

-Oh, that's the blades, yes.

-Yeah.

0:49:450:49:47

Had all the right holes in it and all the right pieces in just

0:49:470:49:51

the position to make it into a lamp.

0:49:510:49:53

-I was...

-That's your interior design expertise, isn't it?

0:49:530:49:56

Well, it did look quite striking.

0:49:560:49:58

Your lawnmower blade has gone on to be bought by a shop

0:49:580:50:02

down in Marlow.

0:50:020:50:04

They have all sorts of very smart things in their shop

0:50:040:50:06

and now they've got your lawnmower light and I've got a little bit of

0:50:060:50:09

money to share with you. I've got a £40 profit to give to you...

0:50:090:50:12

-Good grief!

-..for the old lamp made out of your blade.

0:50:120:50:15

That's incredible. That is absolutely incredible.

0:50:170:50:20

What might you do with that?

0:50:200:50:22

I know what I'm going to do with it because in the '90s I was

0:50:220:50:26

a bank manager, and I don't tell people that very often because...

0:50:260:50:30

But we were better then, I think.

0:50:300:50:32

I opened a little bank in the Royal School for the Deaf

0:50:320:50:34

where they had multiple handicaps and we had dinners for them

0:50:340:50:37

and raised money and we opened this little bank

0:50:370:50:39

and they all came and banked, so I'll give it to them.

0:50:390:50:42

Oh, well, that is a fantastic place for it to go.

0:50:420:50:45

-Really good to catch up.

-That is wonderful.

0:50:450:50:46

-Wonderful, thank you.

-Absolute pleasure.

-Thank you.

0:50:460:50:49

Thank you so much.

0:50:490:50:50

A total of £60 was spent creating classic lighting

0:50:530:50:56

from the lawnmower.

0:50:560:50:58

Sarah managed to sell the lamp for £100,

0:50:580:51:01

which left her with a profit of £40 to give to Michael.

0:51:010:51:04

Well, I think Michael approved of my cutting edge design

0:51:070:51:10

and the money is going to a really good place, too.

0:51:100:51:12

It's the moment of truth for our sewing machine duo.

0:51:190:51:22

When we left them, Oli was getting on well with his box

0:51:220:51:26

of barber's bits and Josh was still tinkering with his toy turtle.

0:51:260:51:30

It's time for Sarah to find out just what they've been up to.

0:51:300:51:34

I see vintage sewing machines at the tip all day long,

0:51:360:51:40

I'm just hoping that Josh and Oli have done something inspirational

0:51:400:51:42

with this one to give us all a few more ideas

0:51:420:51:45

about what to do with them.

0:51:450:51:46

Well, it took them long enough

0:51:460:51:48

but where once there was a sewing machine...

0:51:480:51:50

..now it's a sleek and cool-looking mobile barber's shop.

0:51:540:52:01

The functional backboard is equipped to carry

0:52:010:52:03

all your barbering essentials.

0:52:030:52:05

Included is a cut-throat razer made from

0:52:050:52:08

a decorative plate from the sewing machine

0:52:080:52:11

and a handmade shaving brush.

0:52:110:52:14

To top it all off, the box has a chalk board paint finish.

0:52:170:52:20

But that's not all, folks...

0:52:220:52:26

Josh made this turtle.

0:52:260:52:28

-Hi, guys.

-Hey, Sarah.

0:52:310:52:33

-How are you doing?

-Yeah, good thanks.

-All right.

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-How are you?

-Yeah, really well.

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What have you been up to?

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This is what we've made with the sewing machine you gave us.

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Oh, no way!

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It looks exciting but what's inside it?!

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Remember it didn't have a key so we made this key

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so you can unlock it.

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It's a mobile barber's kit.

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It's really beautiful. It's so clever.

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You've got a little dish for your shaving cream and shaving brush

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and we even made a razor.

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I know what you've...

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-That's from the front of the sewing machine.

-Yeah.

0:53:060:53:09

Fantastic, that is really clever. Lovely.

0:53:090:53:11

What did you do with all the rest of it?

0:53:110:53:13

-Well, yeah, I have got a little extra surprise for you.

-Have you?

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-So...

-So while I was doing this...

-Yeah?

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Josh had his own little project.

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This is a little desk turtle.

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I've always wanted a desk turtle!

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How come I've never had a desk turtle?

0:53:280:53:31

That is so funny. That is just hilarious.

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So all of the components actually came from the machine.

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-The drive belt is off the original motor.

-Lovely.

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-And just, yeah, I used all the components that I could.

-Fantastic.

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I really like what you've done there.

0:53:440:53:46

Thank you for making something commercial out of the other bit...

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What are you saying?! What, the turtle's not commercial?

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OK, so 300 quid - are we splitting that between that

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or have we gone slightly over budget?

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I think... We tried to keep to budget.

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-I think we probably put more time in it than...

-Yeah.

0:54:010:54:03

-..what we were going to but we'll call it 300.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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OK, well, I think the world's first fully operational desk turtle

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and mobile barber shop is a triumph.

0:54:110:54:14

-Thank you ever so much.

-Cool, you're welcome.

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Well, I have learnt to expect the unexpected every time I come here.

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A fantastic transformation of the old sewing machine

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and I think there's money to be made even from that desktop turtle.

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Is that going back in the car or into the skip?

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When Sarah enquired about Robert's sewing machine at the dump,

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it brought back painful memories for him.

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My mum regularly made clothes for us.

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-HE SIGHS

-Really...?

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Despite not being able to see inside, Sarah wanted it.

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Would you mind if I took it away as the mystery machine?

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And Robert hazarded a guess about what it might become.

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Maybe a lamp stand, maybe beautiful lamp stand.

0:54:590:55:04

Well, I bet even 100 monkeys with 100 typewriters wouldn't

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have come up with what Josh made.

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But, the barber's box proved to be a hit and was bought by Nick,

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a regular customer of Sarah's who runs

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an online vintage and retro shop.

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Sarah's travelled to Hascombe in Surrey to hand over the

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profits from the barber's box to Robert and she's even got

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a certain little something for him in that bag.

0:55:320:55:35

-Hi, Robert.

-Hello. Hi, Sarah. How are you?

-I'm very well.

0:55:370:55:40

-How are you? Oh, hello. Who are you?

-I'm Skye.

-Hi, Skye.

0:55:400:55:43

-Hello.

-I'm Mia.

-Mia. Oh, hi, there, Mia.

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When I first met you at the recycling centre,

0:55:460:55:48

-we couldn't open your sewing machine.

-No.

0:55:480:55:51

It's odd that I've actually found the key since but I wasn't sure if

0:55:510:55:55

you were coming back so I threw it out

0:55:550:55:57

probably, what a month ago, Skye, was it?

0:55:570:55:59

Well, that didn't matter because I've actually taken

0:55:590:56:01

the sewing machine to somebody who knew how to get into it.

0:56:010:56:04

Have you thought about something that might have been done with it?

0:56:040:56:07

I thought rather uninspiringly that you might make it into a lamp.

0:56:070:56:11

My wife thought you might use it as a stand for a coffee table.

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So we're interested or intrigued to see

0:56:150:56:17

what it might have turned out like.

0:56:170:56:19

I've got some pictures to show you of what they did

0:56:190:56:22

with your sewing machine.

0:56:220:56:23

-So here is a mobile barber shop.

-Wow!

0:56:230:56:26

I love that colour, don't you?

0:56:260:56:29

-So it's proved really popular and it's sold.

-Really?

-Yes.

0:56:290:56:32

-How fantastic.

-Yeah, so I have actually got £25 here...

0:56:320:56:36

-Ahh!

-..to give to you for your old sewing machine.

0:56:360:56:39

Thank you so much. Great.

0:56:390:56:40

This money is going to go to a lovely local charity.

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So thank you.

0:56:440:56:45

Oh, it's an absolute pleasure.

0:56:450:56:46

That sounds like a great place for that to go.

0:56:460:56:48

Before I go, I've got a little something here

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as a memento for you.

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Here is the world's first sewing machine desk turtle paperweight.

0:56:520:56:57

-Wow! Isn't that cool?! Do you want to have a turn?

-It's really cool.

0:56:580:57:01

They saved some of the bits of it.

0:57:010:57:02

They wanted to make something mechanical out of it.

0:57:020:57:04

I remember this wheel, my mum sitting at the table

0:57:040:57:06

-turning that wheel around.

-Wow, so cool!

0:57:060:57:08

That's really sweet, isn't it?

0:57:080:57:10

It's a memento from your sewing machine and just to say thank you

0:57:100:57:13

-so much for letting us take it away.

-Thank you so much.

-My pleasure.

0:57:130:57:16

-Lovely to have caught up with you.

-And you too, thanks.

0:57:160:57:18

Nice to meet you, girls.

0:57:180:57:19

Josh and Oli's labour and materials came in at £300.

0:57:210:57:25

With the barber's box selling for an impressive £325,

0:57:250:57:30

£25 can be shared with Robert.

0:57:300:57:33

Well, that really wasn't about the money, was it?

0:57:330:57:36

I think Robert liked what we did with his sewing machine and

0:57:360:57:38

I think he's going to cherish that turtle. Lovely.

0:57:380:57:41

Sarah managed to give four items destined for the dump

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a whole new lease of life.

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The set of chairs were reinvented by Jay.

0:57:520:57:55

Ray's huge creative risk was a masterpiece.

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Josh and Oli reimagined the old sewing machine.

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And Sarah created a lamp from a mower.

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Whilst it's nice to turn a profit it's not all about the money.

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I mean, I literally dumped rubbish onto the doorsteps of our artisans

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and they picked up the challenge and transformed it into fantastic items.

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Now, that is an achievement.

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With the help of artisans Jay Blades, Ray Clarke and Josh and Oli, Sarah is hoping to transform her four tip finds into profit-making treasure.


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