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-Can I have a little rummage around in your rubbish?

-Yeah.

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-How do you make money for nothing?

-I love that!

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The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes of household waste

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-we throw out every year.

-So heavy.

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They don't make them like this any more. Look at that.

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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 maker, buyer and user of old stuff

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and I've turned that passion into a money-making 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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-Say something nice about it.

-My juices are flowing in this one.

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They are going to be "wow".

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

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Isn't that stunning?

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-..valuable...

-Oh, wow!

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-..and, hopefully, saleable items.

-That is bonkers!

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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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-You've got £350.

-No!

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Today, Sarah is in Surrey, searching the Whitley Recycling Centre.

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Today, I'm after those little gems that, once transformed,

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can make some cold, hard cash.

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The goal for Sarah is to find three items

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that can go from unwanted and unloved

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to polished and profitable.

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I'm doing this...

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You look up there and make sure I'm not missing anything.

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Not just anyone can hang about the dump.

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Sarah needed special permission from the dump owners

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before she could start poking about.

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Any minute now, it's going to be completely...

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Oh, no, it's even worse.

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Thankfully, she doesn't have to rely on her puzzle-solving skills

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to spot Keith and his car full of rubbish.

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-Hi, there. I'm sorry to bother you.

-Go on.

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I was just looking at the contents of your boot. What are you doing?

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-Are you clearing out?

-Yes.

-What are the sacks?

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-What are all these for?

-It's hessian.

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Would it be possible to have a closer look at some of them?

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If they're whole, I might be able to do something with them.

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-All right.

-If you don't mind.

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-So, you do things with things then?

-Yeah.

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-If you know what I mean.

-That's a very good description of it.

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I try and make stuff out of things that are going to be thrown away.

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But can Sarah make anything out of Keith's old hessian sacks?

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Hessian is a coarse material made from the hemp or jute plant,

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popular in the past for making rope, as well as storing vegetables,

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-such as potatoes and onions.

-I love these.

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It reminds me of the sack race when I was little.

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I'll have to think of something inventive to do with them though.

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-She's going back a few years.

-That's rude!

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Ooh, it's just a little bit cheeky, Sarah.

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I'm going to take your sack full of sacks

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and have a little play around with those.

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But what does Keith think will become of his hessian sacks?

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I've got no idea, to be honest.

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If somebody can find a use for things like that,

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which you don't see any more, it's brilliant.

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I know they look really rustic

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but they'd make some really simple tote bags, wouldn't they?

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Something like that?

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Well, they can't get much simpler than they are just now,

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but Sarah knows one designer who can turn them from rags to riches.

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When you think bags, think Neil Wragg.

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From salvaged and unwanted materials,

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Neil creates everything from handbags to haversacks

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and prides himself on the fact his bespoke bags will last a lifetime.

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I love being able to create something

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from what would be rubbish, I suppose, to other people.

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You could have, for example, a tent that was at Glastonbury

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and saw the Rolling Stones and then now it becomes a bag

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and it's seen quite a life already.

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Everything here has got a personality.

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All the bags have lived a life

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and they're now about to live a second life.

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So, let's hope Neil can breathe new life

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into that pile of unpromising hessian.

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One down and two to go and Sarah, as ever, is discovering some gems.

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-A rubber swan.

-A rubber swan.

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You never know when you need a rubber swan, do you?

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Well, I suppose that's true, you don't.

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Luckily, it's not long before Sarah spots Harry,

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who's cleaning unwanted clutter before moving home.

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Been there 20 years,

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so it's amazing how much bits and pieces we have collected.

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I can imagine. What else are you chucking out? Anything exciting?

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-I expect so, yes.

-Is that your card table? Are you throwing it?

-Yeah.

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-It's not in very good shape but it's about 80 years old.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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-Any chance I could have a look at it?

-Yeah, sure.

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Bingo! Or should I say yahtzee or pontoon? Anyway, let's take a look.

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I think it's lovely. Does it still spring when it opens up?

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-So, you just...

-This leg just pulls out, clicks.

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When you want to shut it...

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I think that I might be able to make something out of that.

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-Shall I take away and show you what I've done if I manage to?

-Yeah.

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-Where are you moving to? Are you moving far?

-Eastbourne.

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Well, maybe I'll take a little trip down to the coast

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and show you what I've done with it.

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With his card shark days behind him,

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what does Harry think Sarah will do with his table?

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Well, if anything can be made of it

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and sold on to somebody who'll benefit, that's fine.

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It's an old card table, 80 years old,

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-still in very good condition.

-Is it?

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Definitely going to be able to turn a profit on that.

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Mmm, looks like a bit of a gamble on the card table to me.

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She's going to need a little help to tun it into a winning hand.

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Daniel Heath has a passion for all things sustainable.

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An award-winning wallpaper and textile designer,

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Daniel loves nothing more than adding an artistic flair

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to reclaimed materials to create made-to-order furniture

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and contemporary design pieces.

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My imagery that I've developed for my prints

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is usually quite illustrative.

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I really enjoy drawing and then I have to draw and develop it

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into something that can be used for a textile or for wallpaper.

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Screen printing onto salvaged material such as wood,

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slate and leather as well, sometimes.

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And it's actually meant that I've been able to take my imagery

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and put it on all sorts of different things

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and it's been really good fun doing that.

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I just hope he can get as much enjoyment

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out of this currently tatty card table.

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We're two down and one to go.

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This time, Sarah's searching for her own money-making magic.

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Fantastic what we do these days. We even recycle pets.

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Maybe stick to the searching, Sarah.

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Soon enough, Pauline and daughter Samantha have appeared with...

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..a boot load of old apples. Well, I wasn't expecting THAT!

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-Hello. Hi, I'm Sarah.

-Hello.

-Don't throw them, don't throw them.

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-Are you sure?

-Put them back in the car a second.

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You've got quite a few there.

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Made about 30 apple pies so far out of them.

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-You have crumble coming out...

-And I can't take any more.

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-Is it torture by apple?

-Yes, torture by apple.

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I'm looking for things that I can recycle and I'm thinking...

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I don't know if apples are in my remit. I'm a trained chef.

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-Oh, well..

-I spent ten years cooking, so I can cook.

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-There you are.

-I'm just wondering about making cider.

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-Have you ever had them pressed before?

-Yes.

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We have had them pressed and we wanted to do that this morning

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but because we've got somebody at home that's not very well,

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we can't leave him and we don't... We just can't... We need some help.

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-Well, I'll go and get a trolley.

-Right.

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And these will be one of my more unusual items of the day.

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With Sarah's skills as a chef,

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she should be able to take advantage of this unexpected bounty

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and I've got one or two ideas.

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How about apple strudel, apple crumble, apple muffins,

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apple surprise, apple cake...

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So that must be one of the most unusual things

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that you get at a recycling centre,

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so thank you ever so much for letting me have them.

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-No problem.

-Thank you so much.

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Have a good day and I hope your papa gets better.

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-Have one on us.

-Thank you.

-Good luck.

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-There might be more than one.

-..apple sauce, apple fritters,

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apple chutney, apple turnovers...

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I could go on but it's not all about me.

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What do Pauline and Samantha think Sarah could do

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with their boot full of fruit?

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To make some cider out of them would be fantastic.

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They're not in great nick, so I'm thinking that pressing them

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either for juice, possibly cider, or maybe even cutting them up

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and making some chutney out of them. Who knows?

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But whatever it is, there's heaps of apples here

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and that can be heaps of money.

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Heaps of money from a heap of rotting apples.

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Well, good luck with that one. And that makes up her three items.

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Neil Wragg will work on Keith's raggedy pile of sacks,

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Daniel Heath will turn his hand to Harry's card table

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and Sarah will press as much profit as possible

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from Pauline and Samantha's apples.

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Today's eclectic collection of items

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provides just the kind of challenge I love.

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But there's going to have to be some really radical changes

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to make some real ch-ching.

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Walthamstow, East London, a busy urban area

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where plenty of artists and designers ply their trade.

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Daniel Heath is waiting for Sarah's arrival

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but he's already got some material in mind he'd like to use.

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It's slate that I engrave onto and I think it would be really great

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if we can sort of embed that into something.

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Hopefully, if there's a wooden surface,

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we can do something with that, so we'll see.

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Once he sees the card table,

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let's hope Daniel still wants to slate it and not just, er, slate it.

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If I found this table at a car-boot sale with a £10 price tag on it,

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I'd be trying to haggle them down to a fiver,

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so it's going to take an absolute genius to turn this

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into something beautiful that can actually make a profit.

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Fortunately, I know a genius. I just hope he wants to take this on.

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-Hiya.

-How you doing?

-Really well, you?

-Yeah, well, thanks.

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-I brought you a little gem.

-Right, OK. Let's see what it is.

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-Well, card table.

-OK.

-Er, it's seen better days.

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-That's a bit gone, isn't it?

-It's got nice legs, though.

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I thought it had potential to have something lovely done to it,

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-so what do you think?

-Yeah, I think it's great.

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It's quite sort of a decadent item to have, isn't it, a card table?

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I think we could probably inlay something into the surface.

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I was thinking about slate, actually.

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That might be quite nice to put in there.

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-We've got some etching that we do on slate.

-Look at that.

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This is salvaged slate and we engrave onto it.

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Daniel will inlay that slate into the top

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but what about the rest of the table?

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-We'll sand the wood back.

-Right.

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But I think we could do something really kind of bold with the colour.

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So you're talking a really good game.

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It sounds like it's going to be

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a beautiful, high-end piece of furniture.

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It does, but what's that classy makeover going to cost?

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I think we're talking about £300 to £350.

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OK, I just can't wait to see it really. I'm excited about it.

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-Me too.

-Because it wasn't in a great place.

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Daniel's studio is definitely the best place for it,

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now a transformation is on the cards.

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-Thank you very much. Good luck with it.

-Cheers.

-Bye.

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It's quite a big investment to turn it into something beautiful

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but I've got every faith in Daniel and making a profit.

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And Daniel seems full of big ideas too.

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We'll do something really quite striking, quite symmetrical,

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I think, geometric, Art Deco influenced.

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Really make something of this section

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that's kind of carved out from the legs.

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Maybe we can put some gold leaf in there or something like that.

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Gold leaf? Go easy with that budget, son.

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So, will that £350 budget be enough

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to turn that old card table into a real ace?

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Set on the banks of Old Father Thames,

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the pretty Buckinghamshire town of Marlow

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has long been the home to creative sorts.

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None other than Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein,

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once lived here.

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And much like that mad scientist, current resident Neil is a dab hand

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at stitching together odd bits and bobs to make a whole new creature.

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What I tend to do is take any fabrics

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that people would be throwing away, that they don't want any more,

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so they would end up in landfill.

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Anything that basically you can sew, I can make something from.

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Anything, Neil? Are you sure about that?

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These old sacks have got bags of potential.

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That's my story and I'm sticking to it

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and I'm hoping Neil doesn't mind working with something...

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that really smells.

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-Oh, not you again! What have you got?

-I've got sacks.

-They are sacks.

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-Here, take them.

-Thank you.

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-Bags of sacks. What could be better?

-There's how many?

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-I think there are about 18.

-OK.

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-That was brave.

-Rustic.

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They smell, don't they?

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-They do, but all my bags have a smell.

-That's reassuring.

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Have you ever used sacks before to make bags?

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No, it doesn't tend to be the material

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that I make the top-end boutique style bags from.

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They're agricultural, they're rugged.

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There's no disguising that feel, that theme,

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so we possibly don't try to hide that.

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We stick with the agricultural, um, that kind of feel.

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We don't disguise what they were.

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Do you think we should make something really agricultural,

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like something for the garden out of them?

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We add some fabric and turn it into a trug-style bag.

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You're in the garden

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and you're chucking your weeds and everything in.

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Possibly add some leather, um, we make some nice handles.

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Neil plans to make them into useful trug-style bags,

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used for carrying tools, flowers or veg when gardening.

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A traditional garden trug was a boat-shaped basket

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carved from a piece of timber,

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but these ones are going to be made from smelly old sacks.

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How much do you want for that, Neil?

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If we've got at least ten of these bags that you would take,

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-then we can do them for £12 a bag.

-That sounds great.

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£12 a bag is really reasonable. Brilliant. Well, enjoy the sacks.

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The deal is in the bag.

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Well, that totally exceeds my expectations

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of what we might have been able to do with those old garden sacks.

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It looks like I just commissioned my first range

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of saleable, desirable garden trugs.

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It's nice and agricultural.

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I haven't seen anything that we're going to make

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out there on the streets, so I think this will be something very unique.

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A unique agricultural order it is then

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but, at a budget of only £12 each,

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can he really turn these unwanted sacks

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into attractive trug-style bags?

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In her farmhouse, in the tranquil Sussex countryside,

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Sarah's preparing to host one of her barn sales.

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Things are already being set up

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but Sarah's got a unique challenge of her own this morning.

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Come on.

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She's got to turn a profit from a load of old apples.

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The plan is to make apple crumble to sell to the visitors.

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Right, crumble time.

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-Sarah's daughter, Libby, is lending a hand today.

-Let's get started.

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And Sarah will need all the help she can get

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if she's going to turn the rotting fruit into a saleable treat.

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I'm hoping that these apples are going to be lovely inside

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but I have a feeling they're all going to be quite brown.

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Not that one!

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That's fine.

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What I'm doing now is just make a puree out of them,

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peel them, make sure there's no little bits of core left in them

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and then cook them with some sugar and a bit of cinnamon.

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Thank you, Nigella. What programme is this again?

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I'm going to have my work cut out

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getting lots of good apple out of them

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cos I think a lot might be a bit rotten.

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If you're thinking of starting your own apple crumble business,

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there are many food hygiene regulations to comply with.

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-Have you washed your paws yet?

-Yeah.

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But with ten years of experience as a chef,

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our Sarah certainly knows her stuff.

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I'm not paying a huge amount of attention here.

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I've got way more apple than I need,

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so I'm just going to cherry-pick the best bits

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and I always use a knife because it's a lot quicker

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and when you get to a bit that isn't perfect,

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you can just pick it off really quickly.

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What I'm going to do is make some crumbles up

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in some little enamel tins and then serve some others in teacups

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just so people can have a little taster of it.

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Although now a British classic,

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apple crumble became popular during the Second World War

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when the ingredients needed

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for the then popular apple pie were rationed.

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So, I'm hoping, within about 25 minutes, half an hour,

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I could have some crumble ready for the people here at the barn sale,

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just in time for lunch. Right.

0:18:580:19:01

CLATTERING

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Careful, or it'll be less of an apple crumble

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and more of an apple splat.

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Crisis averted, it's time to rustle up the crumble topping.

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To plain flour, Sarah adds sugar.

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A lot of sugar.

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Oh, crikey, she's used a whole bag.

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I hope your customers have got a sweet tooth.

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The butter just needs to be rubbed in roughly,

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so I'm going to cut it up into little cubes.

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When you're making pastry,

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you only use the tips of your fingers

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cos they're the coldest bit so you need to squeeze that together,

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-lift it up and keep rubbing and squeezing.

-OK.

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Bet you can't do it for more than 30 seconds. You keep going.

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Bet you a million pounds I can.

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Sarah's aiming for a breadcrumb-like texture

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that will crisp up in the oven.

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-Keep going. See, you're bored already aren't you?

-I'm not bored.

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You do it like this. Lift it up, drop it down, gently though.

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After that's done, time to test the apple puree.

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About 15 minutes in the oven. Can I have that spoon? Thank you.

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Mmm. Cos they're such lovely ripe apples, they're windfalls...

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That tastes all right already. It's hot be careful. What do you think?

0:20:140:20:17

-Sugar.

-Even more? Are you sure?

0:20:190:20:23

-Better?

-Mmm.

0:20:230:20:24

-Yeah.

-Not bad.

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Sarah's official taster approves, which is just as well

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because hungry visitors to the barn sale are arriving.

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Better get those crumbles in the oven.

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So far, Sarah's spent £4 on ingredients for those crumbles.

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Let's just hope the punters at the sale get a taste for them.

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Back in Walthamstow,

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Daniel's eager to get started on the ancient card table.

0:20:530:20:57

I should, in theory, be able to just pop the top out and, er...

0:20:570:21:04

..see what we can do with it.

0:21:050:21:07

Daniel gets straight down to dismantling the card table.

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He starts by stripping the old wool coverings off the tabletop.

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I want to use this board, if possible.

0:21:240:21:26

Also, the brackets are riveted onto it.

0:21:270:21:32

It's just quite nice not to have to kind of change it, really,

0:21:320:21:37

keep as much of the original as possible.

0:21:370:21:40

Daniel's now painstakingly sanding the wood top

0:21:400:21:43

to give him a stable base to work with.

0:21:430:21:46

It just needs a little bit of work. Nearly there.

0:21:480:21:52

Go on, son.

0:21:520:21:54

Once that laborious process is finished,

0:21:540:21:56

Daniel's attention turns to covering the tabletop with salvaged slate.

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But first, he has the brain-teasing job

0:22:020:22:04

of figuring out how the slate pieces will fit together.

0:22:040:22:08

This is the dimension that we've got to work with.

0:22:090:22:12

I'm going to draw a pattern.

0:22:120:22:14

I want it to be very symmetrical

0:22:140:22:16

and made up of different sized pieces of slate.

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So, I've just got to work that out.

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Creating a template for the slate pieces

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is a mathematical and time-consuming job.

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-Having worked out the angles, it's time for the next stage.

-So...

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You cut the slate by hand. This is the tool.

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Which, oddly enough, is called a slate cutter.

0:22:390:22:42

I use the corner here to score where I'm going to cut...

0:22:420:22:47

..and then I basically chomp along it, along the line,

0:22:490:22:54

snapping off the bit of slate that I don't want, hopefully.

0:22:540:22:58

Slate is a tricky material, prone to crumbling and splitting,

0:22:580:23:02

so Daniel's really got his work cut out

0:23:020:23:04

if he's going to achieve the crisp, sophisticated tabletop

0:23:040:23:08

Sarah will want.

0:23:080:23:10

Back in Marlow, Buckinghamshire,

0:23:160:23:19

Neil's just about to get to work on his heap of hessian.

0:23:190:23:22

Here are all the sacks.

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We've got about 18 sacks.

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We're thinking of keeping an outside feel to them

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and turning into something like a...

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..hessian canvas version of a trug.

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So, first thing to do with these is to start with a design process

0:23:430:23:50

and work out what we can do with them.

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Before that though...

0:23:520:23:54

Time to put these in the washing machine, I think.

0:23:540:23:57

Quite right. That stinky sack smell's got to go.

0:23:570:24:01

And once they're all freshly laundered,

0:24:010:24:04

he starts to design the garden trugs he hopes to rustle up.

0:24:040:24:08

I think we need to establish a shape.

0:24:100:24:13

Neil sketches out his first ideas.

0:24:130:24:16

It looks, er, intriguing.

0:24:160:24:19

If his design is going to work,

0:24:190:24:21

he'll need to combine the hessian sacks with some other materials.

0:24:210:24:25

So, if we maybe can do something with these.

0:24:250:24:31

That's some reclaimed curtain wire from an old camper van.

0:24:310:24:35

Put a tube across around the top, hold it open.

0:24:350:24:38

Those will be put to good use giving the trugs a bit of structure.

0:24:400:24:44

And Neil's not done there.

0:24:440:24:45

He's spotted another salvaged item to add to the mix.

0:24:450:24:48

Some tent material.

0:24:500:24:52

It's good stuff. Canvas strip along the bottom of the base.

0:24:520:24:57

Another canvas strip around the top because the hessian sack,

0:25:000:25:06

although it is strong, it's a very loose weave,

0:25:060:25:11

so we can't have people putting in their plums

0:25:110:25:15

and then seeing them roll across the floor.

0:25:150:25:18

With plum security the very highest priority,

0:25:180:25:22

Neil applies a mix of paraffin wax and beeswax to the canvas

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to make the fabric more durable.

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So, the wax will strengthen it and make it sturdy,

0:25:290:25:32

so compared to some unwaxed canvas here,

0:25:320:25:37

we've got a much stiffer wax and it will be waterproof as well.

0:25:370:25:45

To create that stiff waterproof texture he's after,

0:25:460:25:49

Neil then irons the material so that the wax impregnates the fabric.

0:25:490:25:54

With all the elements in place, Neil stitches it all together.

0:25:540:25:58

Well, bag number one, I think the concept is right,

0:26:070:26:10

the design is right, the look is right.

0:26:100:26:13

It's, er, yeah, it's about there, so that's good.

0:26:130:26:17

It's great, but that was just a prototype.

0:26:170:26:20

He's still got a pile of sacks to start work on.

0:26:200:26:23

Well, the challenge is to make something along the lines

0:26:230:26:27

of what's normally made, which is nice-looking bags.

0:26:270:26:31

Um, the challenge, at the moment,

0:26:310:26:34

is doing it at a price within the budget,

0:26:340:26:38

so trying to get something

0:26:380:26:40

that's quick and straightforward to make,

0:26:400:26:42

however, it obviously can't fall apart.

0:26:420:26:45

Neil's got a budget of only £12 per bag

0:26:450:26:48

and these trugs seem to need a lot of intricate work.

0:26:480:26:51

In Walthamstow, Daniel's back at work on the card table.

0:26:560:27:00

He's now ready to cut the slate pieces

0:27:000:27:02

which he plans to inlay onto the tabletop.

0:27:020:27:06

Today, he'll be cutting his slate alfresco.

0:27:060:27:09

Very continental, Daniel.

0:27:090:27:11

Improvised outdoor workshop.

0:27:110:27:15

Cutting slate makes quite a lot of mess.

0:27:150:27:19

I don't really want to do it inside.

0:27:210:27:24

Slate can be difficult to cut cleanly,

0:27:250:27:28

so he'll have to be careful.

0:27:280:27:30

Sometimes the diagonals are a bit tricky, but we'll see.

0:27:300:27:34

That's the first piece.

0:27:360:27:38

So, I need to do seven more of those, of that shape.

0:27:380:27:42

Yeah, actually...

0:27:450:27:47

..it's working out all right.

0:27:480:27:50

You caught me on a good day, I guess.

0:27:540:27:56

Will his luck hold

0:27:570:27:59

when he actually tries to fit the big slate jigsaw together?

0:27:590:28:02

Quite happy with that, yeah.

0:28:060:28:08

Good.

0:28:080:28:09

So, next up, is to clean all the slate down,

0:28:090:28:14

and then we've got to coat it so the finish is good on it.

0:28:140:28:18

The Welsh slate Daniel is using will retain some of its time-worn patina,

0:28:180:28:23

even as he gives it a glossier look.

0:28:230:28:26

See, it's coming up quite nicely.

0:28:260:28:28

Next, he varnishes the slate.

0:28:280:28:31

This process seals the slate

0:28:310:28:34

and it stops it from crumbling any further

0:28:340:28:37

and it also sort of strengthens it

0:28:370:28:40

and brings out the grain and gives it a nicer finish.

0:28:400:28:43

I'm giving away all my trade secrets. This will be my undoing.

0:28:440:28:48

Anybody else does this, the boys are coming round.

0:28:490:28:53

But trade secrets or no,

0:28:530:28:55

do Daniel's old slates really belong on the sophisticated table

0:28:550:28:59

he's promised Sarah?

0:28:590:29:01

Back in Sussex, the barn sale is now in full swing,

0:29:070:29:10

so it's time for Sarah to take

0:29:100:29:12

the first batch of apple crumbles out the oven.

0:29:120:29:15

I reckon...they're about done.

0:29:150:29:18

That one's done, that one's done.

0:29:210:29:23

Mmm, they look great, don't they?

0:29:270:29:29

The apples started off as a load of unwanted windfall

0:29:310:29:34

cluttering up a garden.

0:29:340:29:36

But Sarah's worked her culinary magic...

0:29:380:29:41

..and now they're delicious apple crumbles.

0:29:420:29:45

Bit of clotted cream from the fridge, I think they're done.

0:29:450:29:48

These may have been destined for the dump

0:29:480:29:51

but they make cracking crumble.

0:29:510:29:53

Mmm.

0:29:540:29:55

Sarah came across piles of apples

0:29:550:29:58

in the back of Pauline and daughter Samantha's car.

0:29:580:30:02

-Don't throw them, don't throw them.

-Are you sure?

0:30:020:30:05

They were happy for Sarah to get her culinary mitts

0:30:050:30:08

-on their excess garden bounty.

-I'll go and get a trolley.

-Right.

0:30:080:30:11

And these will be one of my more unusual items of the day.

0:30:110:30:15

At the barn sale,

0:30:150:30:16

Sarah's crumbles are on their way to meet the hungry punters.

0:30:160:30:20

-Crumble time.

-And soon they're selling like hot, er, crumbles.

0:30:200:30:25

Going to charge £3 each for the crumble like this

0:30:250:30:27

and maybe put some in teacups later for a couple of quid.

0:30:270:30:30

Sarah and daughter Libby managed to make eight apple crumbles

0:30:300:30:34

and seven teacup versions.

0:30:340:30:37

Good work, ladies.

0:30:370:30:38

Now Sarah's near Hambledon in Surrey

0:30:410:30:43

to fill Pauline in on what became of her surplus fallen fruits.

0:30:430:30:48

-Hi, there.

-Hello, Sarah.

-Lovely to see you again.

-You too.

0:30:480:30:52

-A beautiful day, isn't it?

-Absolutely lovely, yeah.

0:30:520:30:55

I had so much fun with your apples. We made apple crumbles.

0:30:550:30:59

-Oh, well, I'm sure that's wonderful.

-They were really tasty apples.

0:30:590:31:03

They made a lovely pulp, so they were great to work with.

0:31:030:31:06

I took some pictures of it.

0:31:060:31:08

-I'm sure you've made a lot of apple crumble in your time.

-Yes, I have.

0:31:080:31:11

It's lovely to see someone else making them.

0:31:110:31:13

-Well, we made little ones and we served them in teacups.

-How sweet.

0:31:130:31:17

-We made a few bigger ones as well, some little enamel ones.

-Right.

0:31:170:31:20

so we did have a bit of fun with them.

0:31:200:31:23

I haven't made a fortune out of them for you but I have got £25 here...

0:31:230:31:27

-I don't believe it!

-..for you. It was great to have them.

0:31:270:31:31

-Oh, thank you so much.

-Any idea what you might do with £25?

0:31:310:31:36

Well, it's my grandson's birthday on Friday.

0:31:360:31:39

-So maybe I'll give it to him.

-Oh, that's lovely. That's really good.

0:31:390:31:42

-Thank you so much for letting me have them.

-Thank you.

0:31:420:31:44

Do tell your daughter as well.

0:31:440:31:46

I know she was highly involved in this.

0:31:460:31:48

Yes, she phoned me last night and she said,

0:31:480:31:50

"You have to let me know what happens."

0:31:500:31:52

Yes, well, it's apples and thank you so much.

0:31:520:31:54

They were great fun to work with and very tasty,

0:31:540:31:56

-so I hope he has a good present.

-I'm sure he will, yes.

-Take care.

0:31:560:32:01

-Thank you ever so much. Bye.

-Bye.

0:32:010:32:04

It was great to catch up with Pauline again

0:32:060:32:08

and it sounds like her grandson will be pleased with that windfall.

0:32:080:32:11

Sarah spent £4 on the ingredients for her crumbles.

0:32:110:32:15

She sold them for a total of £29,

0:32:150:32:18

giving her a tasty £25 profit to hand over to Pauline.

0:32:180:32:23

In Walthamstow,

0:32:300:32:32

Daniel's putting the final shine on the revamped card table.

0:32:320:32:35

I'm kind of apprehensive about Sarah arriving

0:32:350:32:38

because it is quite out there and it is quite, you know, full-on,

0:32:380:32:43

but I hope she's going to like it.

0:32:430:32:46

The last time I was here,

0:32:480:32:49

I left a really big budget on a very small table,

0:32:490:32:52

so I hope Daniel's managed to pull out all the stops

0:32:520:32:55

to create something that I can sell for a profit.

0:32:550:32:58

When Sarah dropped it off, the old table was torn, tired

0:32:580:33:02

and several cards short of a deck.

0:33:020:33:04

Now Daniel's worked his magic, its fortunes have changed entirely.

0:33:130:33:18

The legs have been revitalised in a rich new palette of purple

0:33:180:33:22

with gold leaf detailing.

0:33:220:33:24

And the piece de resistance, the salvaged slate,

0:33:240:33:28

inlaid in the tabletop, has been engraved

0:33:280:33:30

with one of Daniel's signature prints.

0:33:300:33:33

It's a striking makeover, but will Sarah think it's saleable?

0:33:350:33:39

-Daniel?

-Hello, Sarah, how are you doing?

-Yeah, really well.

0:33:410:33:45

-It's, er, it's quite a statement piece.

-It's a man table.

0:33:470:33:52

Yeah, it's quite quirky, it's quite fun.

0:33:520:33:56

-It's beautiful, what you've done on the top.

-Thank you.

0:33:560:33:59

And these little catches have come up...

0:33:590:34:02

They look sparkly and really classy, don't they?

0:34:020:34:05

-Yeah, they did come up nicely.

-I think it's beautiful.

0:34:050:34:08

It feels like you've really crafted it. It...

0:34:080:34:12

I sense a lot of effort in making all these pieces fit

0:34:120:34:15

and bringing all the pattern together.

0:34:150:34:18

Yes, I took some drawings that I had

0:34:180:34:19

and adapted them to the shape of the top.

0:34:190:34:22

It looks handmade

0:34:220:34:24

-and that is a charming thing to see in a piece of furniture.

-Yeah.

0:34:240:34:27

Fantastic. And in terms of usability, is it all right...?

0:34:270:34:31

If you put a cup of tea down on this, is this usable?

0:34:310:34:34

Yes, it would be fine, yeah.

0:34:340:34:35

The slate is salvaged slate, so it's come from a rooftop.

0:34:350:34:39

It's been up on a roof for 50-odd years,

0:34:390:34:43

so it's very hardy stuff.

0:34:430:34:46

I love the fact that it's rough and reused, the slate,

0:34:460:34:49

but it's got such a fine detail. It's very clever.

0:34:490:34:53

Daniel took a creative risk on the bold design,

0:34:530:34:57

but the table's a big winner with Sarah.

0:34:570:34:59

-This is very recognisable as your kind of piece.

-Yeah.

0:34:590:35:03

-I think that will help sell it.

-Yeah, I think so.

0:35:030:35:06

I think we'll be looking to find somebody

0:35:060:35:09

who maybe has some of my pieces already

0:35:090:35:11

and wants something that's completely out there

0:35:110:35:13

and completely different to what else is around.

0:35:130:35:16

Fantastic. So, you're going to make it AND sell it! Brilliant!

0:35:160:35:20

-That's my kind of nose-to-tail designing. Well done!

-Cheers.

0:35:200:35:23

I'll tell you where to send the cheque!

0:35:230:35:25

Careful, Dan, she'll have you loading it into the van next.

0:35:250:35:29

Wow, that is now a work of art, a totally unique piece

0:35:310:35:35

created from something that should have ended up in a skip.

0:35:350:35:38

Sarah was lucky enough to spot Harry's card table

0:35:430:35:46

hiding on his back seat.

0:35:460:35:48

-Is that your card table? Are you throwing it?

-Yeah.

0:35:480:35:51

-It's not in very good shape. It's about 80 years old.

-Really?

0:35:510:35:55

Sarah wasn't put off by its age or condition

0:35:550:35:58

and felt it still had a few games left in it.

0:35:580:36:01

I think that I might be able to make something out of that.

0:36:010:36:05

And Harry was happy to see it moving on.

0:36:050:36:07

Well, if anything can be made of it

0:36:090:36:11

and sold on to somebody who'll benefit, that's fine.

0:36:110:36:14

Under Daniel's creative direction,

0:36:140:36:17

it became something truly unique and spectacular.

0:36:170:36:21

Keen to showcase the table in all its glory,

0:36:230:36:26

Sarah hosted a pop-up shop in her barn and put it out on sale.

0:36:260:36:31

-What is it? Slate?

-Yes. It's etched.

0:36:310:36:33

People were drawn to the interesting tabletop.

0:36:330:36:36

You think? That's fine by me.

0:36:380:36:40

Sarah also listed it online,

0:36:400:36:43

on sites including eBay, Etsy and on social media.

0:36:430:36:47

There's been loads of interest in Daniel's table

0:36:470:36:50

and it's not surprising because that is a very clever transformation.

0:36:500:36:53

Those kind of things are the collectibles of the future.

0:36:530:36:56

I haven't managed to sell it yet but, as soon as I have,

0:36:560:36:59

I'm going to get back in touch with Harry.

0:36:590:37:00

With Daniel's labour and materials coming in at £350

0:37:010:37:06

and the table remaining unsold, we have a potential loss of £350,

0:37:060:37:12

but Sarah has high hopes someone will soon snap it up

0:37:120:37:15

and she can return the profit to Harry.

0:37:150:37:17

Back in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Neil's finishing the unenviable task

0:37:250:37:30

of turning hessian rags into what Sarah's hoping will be riches.

0:37:300:37:35

Sarah's about to arrive

0:37:350:37:37

and see the transformation of these hessian sacks.

0:37:370:37:40

They were a real challenge. The mess was incredible.

0:37:400:37:43

I've had a workshop full of hessian.

0:37:430:37:46

I became Hessian Man by the end of the day.

0:37:460:37:49

So they've been a challenge, definitely.

0:37:490:37:52

Now, this could be a little bit embarrassing

0:37:530:37:55

because all of the sacks that I left Neil with were in terrible shape.

0:37:550:37:59

They had moths flying out of them.

0:37:590:38:01

If he's managed to make something saleable out of them,

0:38:010:38:03

I'll be really surprised.

0:38:030:38:05

The sacks started off as smelly, dusty and moth-bitten,

0:38:060:38:10

with little or no "sacks" appeal.

0:38:100:38:12

They are now multifunctional trug-style bags,

0:38:200:38:23

complete with a canvas base and handles

0:38:230:38:26

and curtain wiring round the tops

0:38:260:38:29

to make them practical as well as stylish.

0:38:290:38:32

-I can't wait to see them. Is it a "them"?

-There's plenty of them.

0:38:320:38:35

-I think they're amazing!

-Good.

0:38:370:38:39

They look so clean and nice and fresh and...

0:38:390:38:43

-Fantastic!

-Good.

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-There's loads of them. How many have you managed to make?

-Ten.

-Ten.

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Oh, they're really impressive.

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It's something that was going to be thrown away

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and it will just last another lifetime.

0:38:540:38:56

It's a massive achievement.

0:38:560:38:58

You've turned something that was, frankly, nearly useless,

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short of keeping your tools in in a shed,

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into something that's highly saleable and really attractive.

0:39:050:39:08

It took Neil long enough to make one trug.

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How on Earth has he managed to knock up ten?

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Once I got the production roll going,

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then I was making strips of canvas all in one go, so it's fine, yeah.

0:39:160:39:20

They've come within budget.

0:39:200:39:22

They're bang on, they really are.

0:39:220:39:26

Sarah's delighted and Neil's just glad

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he doesn't have to don his cape and become Hessian Man any more.

0:39:290:39:33

Not sad to see these ones go. Quite happy to see the hessian sacks go.

0:39:330:39:37

I am so pleased with this lot.

0:39:380:39:41

They look absolutely fantastic and they've got bags of style.

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Get it?

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At the tip, Sarah spotted Keith

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and his large collection of hessian sacks.

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I love these. It reminds me of the sack race when I was little.

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With Keith's blessing, Sarah made off with a bin full of sacks.

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If somebody can find a use for things like that,

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which you don't see any more, that's brilliant.

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And that somebody was bagmaker extraordinaire Neil,

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who turned them into multipurpose marvels.

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And, thanks to his handiwork,

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they were bought by husband and wife team Nick and Kim

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to sell in their online retro furnishing and lighting shop.

0:40:210:40:25

Beautiful.

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-Functional.

-Mmm.

-Very functional.

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With the bags rehomed,

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it's time for Sarah to visit Keith at his home in Surrey.

0:40:330:40:37

-Hi, there.

-Hello.

-Hi, Keith, how you doing?

-Hi, not too bad.

0:40:410:40:44

-Very nice to see you again.

-Yes, and you.

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I'm here to catch up about the hessian sacks

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-that you were dropping off at the tip.

-Yeah.

0:40:490:40:51

I didn't get the pleasure of working on them myself

0:40:510:40:53

but they went to a lovely chap called Neil,

0:40:530:40:56

-who uses lots of old materials to make new bags.

-Mmm-hmm.

0:40:560:40:59

He took them and we had a discussion together about what to do with them.

0:40:590:41:02

Well, let me show you. So, here you go.

0:41:020:41:05

-That might be the way you remember them.

-Right, OK, yeah.

0:41:050:41:09

-And this is how they ended up.

-Wow. They're good, aren't they?

0:41:090:41:13

Are they gardening bags or shopping bags or...?

0:41:130:41:17

They were whatever anybody wanted to be with them.

0:41:170:41:19

Lovely Neil made ten of them for us.

0:41:190:41:21

-After his money, we actually managed to sell them at a profit.

-OK.

0:41:210:41:26

-So, we have £50 here to hand over.

-Oh.

-All for you.

-Oh, grand.

0:41:260:41:31

Oh, thank you. That's most unexpected.

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Any ideas what you might do with it?

0:41:340:41:36

Yeah, several things

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but I think it would be nice to take mother-in-law out for a bite to eat

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or a glass of wine or two glasses of wine, something like that.

0:41:430:41:47

Fantastic. Thank you very much for dropping them off

0:41:470:41:49

-and thank you for letting me have them.

-Thanks.

-Absolute pleasure.

0:41:490:41:52

-Thanks very much.

-Nice to see you.

-OK, thank you.

-Bye.

-Bye.

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I was really impressed with what Neil managed to do

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with those old hessian sacks

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and I think Keith was quite impressed too.

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And he's taking his mother-in-law out with the 50 quid.

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There are Brownie points to be had there.

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Neil stuck to his budget of £12 per bag

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and produced ten, at a total cost of £120.

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The job lot of bags sold for £170,

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giving Sarah £50 to hand back to Keith.

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So, thanks to Sarah, that's three items saved from the skip.

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The boot load of old apples became delicious crumbles,

0:42:330:42:37

the tattered card table was given a glamorous new lease of life,

0:42:370:42:42

and the smelly old hessian sacks are now stylish garden bags.

0:42:420:42:47

Well, it's been great handing over money

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and meeting lovely people, but I have to thank Daniel and Neil

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for doing such an amazing transformation on their items.

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Otherwise, they'd have ended up in the skip.

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Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore transforms three hidden gems that were tip-bound in Witley. Bag-making specialist Neil Wraggs is used to upcycling outlandish materials, but will need to use all his creative skill to turn a pile of rustic hessian sacks into something classy. Designer Daniel Heath unleashes his creativity on an old felted card table, and Sarah's years as a chef come in handy with a particularly unusual find.


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