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What are you chucking out today then?
How do you make money for nothing?
Don't throw them, don't throw them.
The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes of
household waste we throw out every year.
-Thanks so much for letting me have that.
I think that's...absolutely made my day. I love it.
That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get her
hands on things before they hit the skip.
I'm a passionate buyer, maker and user of old stuff.
And have turned that passion into a moneymaking business.
I make new stuff out of old stuff and I sell it for a profit.
And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...
-What do you reckon to that?
-Quite smart, isn't it?
-Tell me you love it.
-I love it.
..she can transform her finds into desirable...
Isn't it amazing?!
It's quite a statement piece.
..and hopefully saleable items.
I'll take you down to the till. That's fantastic.
If Sarah is successful, then she can hand the profits back to the very
people who had no idea there was cash to be made from their trash.
Wow! That's amazing!
Today, Sarah is at the busy Witley Recycling Centre in Surrey,
where they take just about anything.
Much to Sarah's delight.
Old toys, crockery, battered cabinets -
all have potential to turn a profit.
So it's rummage time.
Sarah needs to find three items with a little bit of potential
that could be turned into profit.
They are flooding in here.
Anything could be in the back of these cars.
Before she can get stuck in, Sarah had to get special permission
from the folks who run the centre to find those hidden treasures.
I'm after rubbish that's not rubbish, but your rubbish is...
Your rubbish is rubbish.
Imagine bringing actual rubbish to a rubbish tip.
Honestly, some people(!)
Thankfully, Chris and son, Kai, have one or two things Sarah
might be interested in.
-You all right?
-You're having a good clear out.
Quick, Sarah. Get in there for a nosy while he's gone.
I really like those.
They are nice, aren't they?
Where are you getting all this from?
It's just from my garden and the sheds.
We've been sorting the sheds out.
-Excellent. I really like those.
What were they used for?
-It's like an axle stand.
-I really like them.
Well, they may look like mechanic's axle stands but in fact they're not.
These would most likely be used as part of a workbench of some kind.
I hope Chris hasn't been balancing his car on those
while he works underneath.
If it would be all right to take those, I would love to take them.
Can I keep in contact and show you what I've done with them?
-Yeah, of course you can.
I'm really pleased with these. Thanks ever so much!
So, Chris is happy to hand on his old, rusty props,
but what does he think Sarah will do with them?
Fair enough, Chris.
I've got a designer in mind who will absolutely love these.
And when we're finished, there is going to
be a really amazing product.
And I'm hoping some proper money to be made.
Proper money for those?
Well, if you are going to stand a chance,
you'll need the help of someone very special.
Daniel Heath has a passion for all things sustainable.
An award-winning wallpaper and textile designer,
Daniel loves adding an artistic flair to reclaimed materials,
to create made-to-order furniture and contemporary design pieces.
When I was a kid, me and my brothers would go and get bikes
out of skips, take them to pieces, fix them up, cobble them together,
tinker around with them,
until we had bikes that we could ride around.
And that was great, to just find out how things work.
How things can come to pieces and can be restored and...
How things can still have a value even though they've been
chucked in a skip.
I just hope Daniel sees the value in these rusty, old things.
We are one down and two to go.
And as ever, Sarah is busy poking around strangers' boots.
I'll stop rifling through other people's rubbish.
She doesn't mean it, you know.
She can't help herself, especially when she spots a familiar car.
Are you back again? Oh, wow!
Brent's been here before, cleaning out his mother's home.
And Sarah loves the look of the old chair.
So, Parker Knoll. Very recognisable shape.
This was in Mother's bedroom.
And has it been there for as long as you can remember?
-Is it comfortable?
-I can't say I've ever sat in it.
-Is it you or me?
Are you going to test it?
British manufacturer Parker Knoll has been making quality
chairs for more than 140 years.
Out of the way. Let's have a go.
This one probably dates from the 1950s.
And by the look of it, it's still in good nick.
It's really quite sweet. Um...
Do you think it's something that we could reupholster, maybe paint?
Would you mind us...?
Yeah, definitely. If it would be of benefit to someone.
-Thank you ever so much.
Sarah looks like the cat that got the cream there.
But how does Brent feel about letting go
of his dear old mum's chair?
She will hopefully bring it back to life and get some good money for it.
This will become a desirable item.
It just looks really tired and old at the moment.
And the challenge is, deciding what to do to it
and where to send it so it will really make some money.
So it's a good thing I know just the man to haul the dated
'50s chair into the 21st-century.
Introducing Anthony Devine.
Anthony's unique and quirky upholstery has earned him
the reputation as one of the most imaginative craftspeople around.
Anthony shares his 20 years of knowledge with the younger
generation at his school of upholstery.
Every day we work on something new and we get to experiment.
And I love experimenting.
Like, with the new technology in printing and computers and stuff.
I like the new breed of the students we are getting in here
where they want to experiment.
They've seen what's on the high street, it's not right for them.
Yeah, every day in here is new and fresh.
And that's where my enjoyment lies.
Once I've had a cup of tea and a biscuit.
You'd better get the kettle on
because this one might be a challenge.
Having already secured two items, now it's Sarah's turn.
They are fab, aren't they?
Whatever she finds next will be her own personal project.
Some of the stuff people throw away round 'ere is criminal, innit?
Crikey, I do worry about you sometimes, Sarah.
Luckily, what's in Yolanda's boot should keep Sarah's mind
occupied for a while.
-I'd quite like your chicken wire.
So what did you use the chicken wire for?
It went across the pathway in the garden
to stop the dog getting across.
-So there was an area for my granddaughter to play.
-And an area for the dog.
Do you think I could make anything out of chicken wire?
You can make all sorts of stuff out of chicken wire.
-Do you think I'm mad?
To be honest, I don't think you're on your own there, Yolanda.
I don't know if I'm going to be able to make anything out of it,
but there's enough of it that I stand a chance that, you know,
I can do something. So...
Yeah, hope I do it justice.
Thank you ever so much. Hopefully see you again with some money.
I wouldn't be counting your chickens just yet, Sarah.
What does Yolanda reckon?
You can make anything with chicken wire, can't you?
It bends well.
Yeah, I think you can make all sorts of sculptures and...
Yeah, you can put plaster of Paris onto it, make it into things. So...
I think you can make some good stuff with it.
If you've got the time and the patience.
So, what do you reckon? What on earth am I going to do with that?
There's a fair bit of it. I just need to think really carefully.
We'll take this away and see what we can do.
Sarah's now got her three items.
Daniel will try to lift the props
out of their stupor.
Anthony will attempt to introduce
Brent's chair to the 21st century.
And Yolanda's chicken wire will
form Sarah's POULTRY project.
It has been a brilliant, bonkers day down here at the tip.
Who'd have thought
so many different things would all end up in the same place?
And now I've really got my work cut out
if I'm going to turn a profit on all of them.
Walthamstow, in East London, is just the sort of vibrant place
where urban grit combines with exciting young design talents.
So, it's the perfect place for Sarah to unload those rusty metal props.
And designer Daniel is standing by.
I'm in anticipation.
Hopefully, you know,
it's something that we can do something really special with.
Not too many wobbly legs, that sort of thing.
You might want to sit down, Daniel.
These are not the most obvious items to bring to Daniel Heath.
He's a surface pattern designer that normally likes to
print on flat things.
But I've got great ideas for these. I hope he likes them too.
Only one way to find out.
-Hello, how are you doing?
-I'm very well. How are you?
-Good to see you.
-Look what I've got for you. Presents.
-All right. OK.
Are we setting up a garage?
That's really harsh.
I think these are... I was going for sculptural...
-No, they are nice. They are nice.
-I like the curve.
-Really impressive, aren't they?
Yeah. Eh... I can't work out what I'm going to do with them yet.
I did think, potentially, we could raise them up.
You don't have any pencils, do you?
He height of the stands is adjustable, with a little help.
So that might factor in to any new plans.
-Maybe a console table. Side table, I was thinking.
I mean, I would like...a big table.
But I'm sort of a bit worried about the structure.
They're going to take a lot of weight. I mean, they're quite...
you know, really stable.
-I think we could go for something bigger.
Maybe we could do something about two metres.
-That's huge, isn't it?
-Yeah, I think...that'd do it.
A great, big table sounds right up Sarah's street.
So what's the plan?
We are taking away all the oxidisation and any flakes of paint.
Then maybe we could get them coated, get them dipped.
-Maybe get them a metallic finish.
-I'm loving the idea of metallic.
Yeah, this all sounds lovely, dips, metallic,
but at the moment, you just have a pair of legs.
Where is the table-y bit going to come from?
Possibly join some scaffold planks together.
Sand it back. And maybe I can do something on top of it.
A bit of painting or maybe printing,
or applying some pattern onto the top.
Magic. Absolutely inspired.
Well, old scaffolding doesn't cost much,
but metallic dipping sounds expensive.
In order to get these looking their best, to make that top,
I think we are talking around £600.
And, you know, it's going to be a one-of-a-kind.
-I'll leave you the props and I'll see you very soon.
Nice to see you again. Bye.
Those props are really going to pack a punch
when they are transformed into a dining table.
When it comes to selling, size is important.
A big table, I can make a big profit.
Sarah is certainly thinking big,
but Daniel is an expert in print design not table-making.
So taking on this project is a real risk for him.
It's a challenge. And they're...interesting.
They are exciting. But they are really in need of a lot of work.
A £600 outlay on materials and labour to transform the rusty
props into a table means a big gamble on turning a profit.
So, from Walthamstow to Manchester.
Once famous for its cotton mills and textile factories,
now a whole new generation of fabric fanciers are bringing that
tradition bang up-to-date.
Not least among them, our kid Anthony the upholsterer.
Sarah is about to drop off the Parker Knoll chair.
But will it be love at first sight?
When you see some chairs you just know, you know that this is the one.
And then it's a matter of teaming it up with the right fabric.
Then from kind of ugly swans become beautiful things.
Ugly swans? I don't think that's a saying.
I slightly lack confidence in this chair. I want it to be amazing.
But there's something about the legs
and the styling of it that just worries me a little bit.
I wouldn't write it off quite yet, Sarah.
Let's see what the expert thinks.
Do you like my chair?
Oh, take it up there. Take it up there, take it up there.
Hmm. Maybe you were right.
So what's the plan, then, to turn this round?
We need to do something with the legs. The legs don't work.
Burn them maybe? Something?
Make a chopping board out of them.
I did have some ideas about it, because of this ugly
juxtaposition of stuff going on here, my thoughts were -
I really like this bit, actually. Keep it nice and sleek.
And then explode something on the seat. I was thinking powder puff...
-Embrace it. Come with me on this journey.
-What is powder puff?
-You know when your granny had talc?
And it had that kind of puffy thing that they were like puff?
-That's what I mean.
-Powder puff. Like a rabbit's tail. On the seat.
Well, I'm glad we cleared that up.
Would you embrace a kind of Mongolian sheepskin look
on the seat? Would you go for something hairy
-or something like that?
-Yeah, I... I...
I now understand powder puff.
Hairy? Did you just say you wanted a hairy chair?
Sounds itchy, but what do I know?
How much is it going to cost to make your Mongolian hairy chair?
I think I'm going to struggle to sell this for heaps of money.
So it is a kind of Anthony's ingenuity test, this one,
to see how far a small budget can go
to make this into a...big profit.
-Powder puff, no budget.
I mean, like, what do you expect me to do here?
I was hoping, are you ready for this?
That's a full house.
Oh, powder pop.
250 quid. I think what we'll do is we'll set it at 265.
265. I'll leave it with you at that. Just go for it. Work your magic.
Don't you just love it when I come and visit you?
Find me some sheep.
Hairy sheep, Mongolian hair. Oh, my goodness.
Who would've thought that Anthony would take on
the powder puff challenge? Such a weight off my mind cos
I worry about the profitability of that chair.
Sarah may have got a great deal, but quality sheepskin can't be cheap.
Will Anthony really be able to transform it on budget?
It's just making sure we throw enough at it to get
the right selling price. And obviously...
something left in it to buy the biscuits.
Anthony has only £265 to spend on materials and labour.
He'll have his work cut out to turn a dated '50s armchair
into a modern sheepskin-covered stunner.
And speaking of sheep,
there's no shortage of them in the quiet Sussex countryside.
Where Sarah is back home at her farmhouse.
And about to start work on the tangled old chicken wire.
I've spent a long time thinking about what I might do with this.
I came up with all sorts of ideas about maybe trying to tuft it
and make a rug out of it, or perhaps a big footstool with
lots of strands coming off these to make a geometric pattern. But...
for something that's really approachable and effective,
I thought I might have a go at sculpture.
Chicken wire sculpture. Of course!
Sarah doesn't have an awful lot of experience chicken-wire sculpting.
So I'm curious to see how this one turns out.
I've seen it done before and it can't be that difficult to
make something...beautiful out of this, can it?
Famous last words.
Large wire sculptures made by experienced artists can
sell for several thousand pounds, believe it or not.
For Sarah, well, she'll start with the basics.
I think I'm after a really strong shape.
Something that's recognisable just by its silhouette.
So I'm wondering about birds or possibly animals.
I've got an idea of what animal you can make from chicken wire.
And Bramble looks to be thinking the same thing.
I'm thinking maybe goose, or perhaps...
if I can get the face right, some sort of fox.
I reckon...that might work. With a lovely long tail.
I'm thinking fox.
I was going to say chicken because... Oh, never mind.
Sarah dons hard-wearing protective gloves for this job.
It's really tricky to work with.
I don't think I could do it.
I'm just going to try and make it into its tail.
I think what I'll probably have to do is join some bits on,
like the legs, at the end.
Chicken wire, or poultry netting,
is commonly made from flexible galvanised steel wire
and was traditionally used as fencing for poultry livestock
to protect them from predators such as, well, foxes.
I think the best thing about working the material like this
to try and achieve something, is just to pick it up and have a go.
Another day I don't want to go to the gym.
Ah, there you go. That's definitely looking a bit foxy.
That looks just like a fox's tail, doesn't it?
I think it's all right.
I think the basic structure is getting there for the body.
When it stands up, you can really see what it is.
It's a bit like an anteater at the moment.
I'm sure it'll be fine.
Something's coming together,
but the finished item really needs to be sale-worthy.
Can Sarah really turn that anteater into a profit-winning fox?
Sarah hasn't spent anything on the project yet,
but she's still got a lot of work to do.
Back in Walthamstow, Daniel is preparing to start work on
the rusty props-come-dining table.
But after taking a closer look at the state of the metal,
it might be a bigger job than he first thought.
It needs a lot of work before we can do anything with them.
So before we can coat them in anything.
Cos it's really, really flaky.
It's coming off on the gloves, you can see.
So I've got this wire brush.
I'm just going to strip it down with that first.
The tough wire brush removes the outermost layer of rust,
but it'll take something even tougher to strip
the rest of the rusty surface from the metal stands.
Got some rust eradicator that I'm going to just use.
And hopefully, it should take it back to steel.
The chemical goo should dissolve the fine rust in a matter of hours.
In the meantime, Daniel turns his attention to the tabletop.
And there's been a change of plan.
We thought about using scaffold board.
But now we've got this beech sports hall flooring
which I think will make a really quirky and interesting
top for the table.
I think we wanna keep the lines,
cos that points to where it came from and it's obviously salvaged.
But it's quite quirky.
Yeah, it's definitely quirky.
A table made from an old gym hall. I hope you gave it a wipe.
So the plan today will be to measure these out,
see which ones look good together, then cut them to size.
This is starting to sound less like a high-end interiors table
and more, well, yeah, quirky.
I can't wait to find out what Sarah thinks.
Back in Manchester,
upholsterer Anthony has already stripped the Parker Knoll chair.
There we go. For you.
With the help of his assistant, Marianne.
As yet, I've not seen any of the hairy Mongolian sheep fabric
lying about. Perhaps he's come to his senses.
We've finished stripping it now
and we're basically getting the arms and back legs prepared.
I've taken out the back to sand it all.
Now I'm just going over with a finer sandpaper,
just to kind of give it a really smooth finish.
The beauty about this chair being a Parker Knoll,
it always has the kind of...
they call it the ticket, it's the production label.
And they always date it.
So this one is the 11/11/1951.
Which, by my maths, is over 60... 60...
-..something years old.
Upholstery is my strong point. Not maths.
Don't sell yourself short, Anthony.
After the sanding, Anthony begins to apply a bit of coloured wax
that both protects the bare wood surface
and highlights the natural wood's grain.
It's still good to be able to see some of the nicks, bumps and
scratches and stuff in it,
because we don't want to eradicate the history of it.
Once the waxing is done,
it's time to replace those two front legs Sarah doesn't like.
You only get one go at this, Anthony, so be careful.
No turning back.
I can't watch.
He's going for it.
Right, stand it up.
Not quite. Anthony is adding new, slimmer legs which complement...
I need a few screws.
I think that'll be best.
The new, slim legs will give the chair a more elegant
and hopefully, saleable look.
So what do you think, Anthony?
Um, it might be a bit wobbly.
After the other leg is attached,
Anthony turns his attention to the chair's new padding.
He's using classic and modern techniques to re-stuff the chair.
This material is made up of old, recycled bits and pieces.
And when we use it, it's called layered felt.
And this here is to create a lumbar support.
Then we'll build up a few more layers over the top.
After the layered felt and support,
Anthony adds a softer layer of cotton padding for comfort.
Feather that side up to there.
Then we'll staple that in.
He then adds a layer of fire-retardant calico to
bring the chair up to modern safety standards.
Here comes the next apprentice.
It's Anthony's daughter, Poppy, come to supervise her old man.
-Is that good?
-You happy with that?
-You tell him, Poppy!
-You think Sarah's going to like it?
What did you say? Bang on trend?
With Poppy's encouragement, they are making real progress.
-It's all right, isn't it?
It's looking better, but it doesn't much look like a sheep.
He still needs to add the Mongolian sheepskin cover
he promised Sarah and it'd better be a stunning transformation
because Sarah really needs the buyers to flock to this one.
Back in Walthamstow, Daniel has turned his attention
to the tabletop.
So, this is some old sports hall flooring.
What we will do is we will put glue down here to join the pieces
together and mix and match the patterns
so that it's very random.
And then what we do is, it slots together and we use a mallet
and we give it a good whack and basically,
whack the pieces together so that they are tightly bonded.
Once Daniel is finished playing whack-a-plank,
it's on to the next stage.
So, I'm quite happy with this now in terms of width
and the length of the table, how it's looking.
It's all been glued and bonded together, so the surface is good.
For the next part of the process, Daniel has taken the table outside.
He is using a chemical stripper to remove the varnish,
which should always be applied in a well ventilated area.
With the varnish remover applied, Daniel can leave it dry while...
-LOUD CRASH Oh, no!
-It came apart.
Yeah, it came apart.
This isn't good for Daniel.
Not only will he have to reattach all those planks,
but he'll have to rethink the whole design
because a table that falls to pieces isn't going to fly with Sarah.
And talking of Sarah,
she has finished her chicken wire fox sculpture and is now putting the
finishing touches to a decorative base it will be presented on.
I just keep thinking how ironic it is that I'm making a fox
-out of chicken wire.
-Yeah, it's the ironic Mr Fox.
When Sarah picked up the chicken wire, it was a non-descript
roll of netting fresh from its job of fencing the garden.
Crafty Sarah has now created a stunning sculptural fox ready
to lark through any darkened woodland.
The table display incorporates copper piping and candelabras,
which really sets off the handsome fella to best effect.
Well, he is all done and he really is a bit of fun
made out of some chicken wire, but hopefully,
he's got the essence of foxiness needed to make him saleable.
I mean, I quite like having a go with things like this
because you just don't know what you are going to achieve.
Once again, Sarah has proved she's a dab hand at anything
she can put her mind to.
But will anyone else think so? Let's try and get it sold.
Before foxy was foxy, it was just Yolanda's old wire mesh.
So, what did you use the chicken wire for?
It went across the pathway in the garden.
Sarah saw potential, but Yolanda wasn't as sure.
-Do you think I'm mad?
But she was happy to pass the netting on.
Thank you ever so much. Hopefully see you again with some money.
And you know, she just might.
Sarah has found a buyer for the wire fox and would you believe it,
they are just down the road from home?
Cosy Sussex pub The Fox Goes Free snapped up our foxy.
I can't imagine why(!)
And manager Christian seemed glad to add him to the family.
It looks like it's at home already,
to be honest with you, so fantastic. Really good.
So Christian loved our foxy, but how much was he willing to spend?
Sarah has travelled to Chiddingfold, in Surrey,
where Yolanda is hard at work.
-Lovely to see you again.
-Yeah, and you.
-You look busy.
-Yeah, mucking out is never finished.
How many horses have you got up here?
-We've probably got about 30 at the moment.
-Wow. That keeps you busy.
Well, I've been busy with the chicken wire that you dropped off.
I got the task of turning it into something, yes.
Did you have any idea about what we would do with it?
I was thinking about it and I thought you might...
The same as you said, sculpt it and put Plaster of Paris or something
and turn it into something.
After that, I thought, "Nah, nothing else is going to happen."
I went for sculpture.
I haven't really done anything like that before, so it was...
you know, quite good fun to get hold of it and try and make something out
-Do you want to see what we did?
-I would love to.
-Yes, so that's how it started. That probably looks...
..more familiar. And that's how it ended up.
-Oh, wow! That's lovely.
-A fox sculpture.
Yeah, that is really nice. I didn't
think you would ever get it looking
as good as that. That's great.
So, he was a good bit of nose-to-tail recycling.
There was nothing added to him that wasn't found either from you
at the tip or hanging around at home.
He was snapped up by a pub down in Charlton.
They paid us £50 for him.
-And so that's for you.
-Brilliant! Thank you.
I made the decision that if he ever did sell or
if you made something, that I would give the money to charity.
So that will definitely be going to charity. Thank you very much.
Brilliant. Well, I really enjoyed working on him.
-Thanks a lot.
Sarah spent absolutely nothing on materials,
meaning with a sale of £50,
Yolanda has £50 to donate to a charity of her choosing.
So, that's one item producing a profit.
Let's see if we can make it two.
Back in Walthamstow, London, Daniel is putting finishing
touches to the quirky table.
When we left him, it was in pieces,
so has he managed to produce something stable and saleable?
So, Sarah is on the way.
She's going to have a surprise, I think, with this table
because it's quite different to things that I've done before.
Yeah, fairly anxious that she might not be expecting it and...
I hope she likes it anyway. I hope she likes it.
Well, I'm back in East London to find out
if Daniel really did manage to make a dining table.
He will have had his work cut out, that's for sure.
They started off as two dirty, flaky ancient metal props that had
nowhere to go but the dump.
Now Daniel has transformed them into a quirky, stylish table
suitable to grace the very hippest of homes.
The rusty stands have benefited from a slick
and glossy new paint job.
The blue legs complement the shined up gym flooring that Daniel
has used to create a striking, geometric tabletop.
That certainly looks like it's not going to fall apart.
Here we go.
-Oh, Daniel, that's great.
-It's so fresh.
It's quite poppy.
We've stabilised the legs and we've kind of made them, yeah,
quite bright and fun.
It's beautiful and I love this...re-used gym floor, was it?
-Yes. Yeah, yeah.
And the table is also highly adaptable.
The height can be adjusted easily for use as a dining table or
I think that having it as a multi-height thing is really clever.
Cos this is now accessible in every room, isn't it?
They can stash it to one side
if they've got something happening in the room.
After the tabletop fell to bits in his workshop, Daniel added
steel bars to strengthen it, so it's hard-wearing as well as attractive.
-And saleable, don't you think?
-I think so. Yeah. One-of-a-kind.
-Yeah, that's what we like, isn't it?
Just like you, Danny boy, just like you.
OK, well, I think that's looking like a profitable piece to me
and that's good news.
I think you have created a truly special piece of furniture.
-Well done. Thank you.
-Thank you very much. Cheers, Sarah.
Well, I have just picked up the first-ever Daniel Heath dining
table. It turns out he's rather good at them.
That is definitely going to be saleable.
I was pleased that she was pleased with it. I think...
I think it is quite different from other things that I've done
and it's quite fun, so, yeah, delighted. Delighted.
I think because this item is quite flexible for people, you know,
it's adjustable. I think it is quite... Hopefully, it will sell.
Yeah, hopefully, it will appeal to a lot of people.
But, you know, we'll see when it gets out there.
When Sarah met Chris and his son, Kai, at the tip,
she had her eye on their unwanted junk.
This is from my garden and the shed. We've been sorting the sheds out.
-Man of few words, Chris couldn't fathom what could be done.
But he was happy for Sarah to spirit them away.
Can I keep in contact and show what I've done with them?
Yeah, of course, you can.
Thanks to Daniel, the props are now transformed.
And Sarah is meeting reclaimed and retro furniture dealer
Nick Smith to see if he would be interested in buying it.
-Oh, hi, Sarah.
-How are you doing?
What do you reckon?
Yeah, this is really nice.
I want it on my site, definitely.
I will shake on it now. I will have it.
So, the table is heading for his online shop, Smithers Of Stamford.
Now Sarah is on her way to the village of Witley, in Surrey,
to update Chris on what eventually became of his rusty old stands.
-How are things?
So, you were dropping off the props.
I think you said they had been hanging around for ages.
-Is that right?
-Was just clearing the garden out.
So, they'd obviously had a bit of wear to them and they were a bit
-beaten up, weren't they?
-Yeah, definitely. Rusty and that.
-Well, they were very lucky props.
They were taken to Walthamstow where there is a fantastic designer
called Daniel Heath, and I took them to him
because I knew he would be inspired to do something fabulous with them.
-And so he did.
-Do you want to see what we did with them?
-OK, so, here they are, repurposed as a dining table.
Oh, wicked. That is awesome.
-Do you think?
-It wasn't difficult to sell what he made.
-I did manage to make a little bit of profit for you.
-I've got £400 as a profit here.
-Surprised about that?
-That's amazing, yeah. Amazing, isn't it?
That's well good. I don't know what to say.
Chris is speechless, but what will he do with his unexpected loot?
Take the kids out, down to buy some toys, take them out for a day.
-That will come in handy, then?
-Altogether, we had great fun with your old props.
-I'm going to say thank you so much.
-Thank you very much.
-I will be looking out for you at the tip again.
-I appreciate it.
Sarah spent £600 on Daniel's materials and labour
to create the table.
In the end, she sold it for a thumping £1,000,
which left her with a profit of £400
to hand over to Chris for his day out with the kids.
That's now two items producing profits,
so it's over to Manchester to see how Anthony got on
with the Parker Knoll ch...
Oh, is that the Mongolian sheepskin?
He really wasn't lying about the hairiness.
I've never done anything like this before.
I mean, if you look in my tool box,
there's one thing I've never carried in there before
and that's my clippers. So, I've been shaving the chair,
stood there like a hairdresser snipping away, looking,
making sure I'm fluffing it all up.
Yeah, so it has been a whole new experience.
I'm really hoping that Anthony has managed to embrace his feminine
side and turn that retro, rather unattractive chair,
into a fabulous powder-puff piece.
The old chair was certainly a bit dated and drab, but now here we go.
What on earth is that?
Well, Sarah wanted a hairy chair
and that is the hairiest chair I've ever seen.
Anthony shouldn't have even bothered changing the legs,
you can barely see them.
That is a triumph. Well done.
One powder puff.
-Isn't it fantastic?
-I actually really like it.
-I really like it.
-I think that's perfect.
With that wood like that, that is beautiful, isn't it?
-What have you done on the back?
-So, the back...
-All upholstered and fixed.
It's a beautiful finish.
It's really lovely, isn't it?
I... Well, we were thinking already about how we want it home.
Yeah, I'm sure it will fit in nicely with your hairy living room.
But after all that, Sarah seems delighted.
I think it's a triumph and that's going to sell, isn't it?
Well done for making it look like that
because it could have looked really shabby and now it just looks chic.
Aw, Anthony, you've gone all fluffy.
Now that is a totally spectacular transformation.
It's gone from tired and old to luxury, fluffy and fantastic.
And it's really commercial.
I had absolute no doubt that Sarah would like this one.
I mean, you've just got to look at it.
It's Sarah safe. There's nothing too crazy about it.
I knew she was going to like it. Lots of people are going
to like it, so I reckon it's going to be an easy sell.
Well, Anthony, I hope you are right.
Sarah first met Brent at the tip as he was busy clearing out
some of his mum's things.
Parker Knoll is written on it, even I can tell that.
Once Sarah spotted it, she was eager to acquire the skip-bound seat.
Would you mind us getting stuck into it?
Is it sentimental value or...?
-No, you carry on.
I thought, "Just come to the tip."
Anything from here is on the way up, isn't it?
Yeah, definitely. If it would be of benefit to someone.
Brent was happy to see the chair move on
and Sarah was sitting pretty.
The challenge is deciding what to do to it and where to send it
so it really makes some money.
The challenge was met and exceeded
with the chair finding a new lease of life.
And what's more, Nick also snapped this item up.
But I think his wife Kim liked it more.
-The yeti, we'll call it.
-The yeti chair.
A wild mane.
Steady on, Kim.
Sarah's travelled to Witley, in Surrey, to show Brent the yeti
and hand over some cash.
-Hi, how are you doing?
I've been waiting to catch up with you about your Parker Knoll chair
-that you left at the tip.
-Now, it came out of your parents' house, is that right?
So, your chair went to Manchester to a fantastic upholsterer
-called Anthony Devine.
And he had one look at it and...brace yourself, OK?
Because I'd like to show you how it ended up.
-Are you ready for this?
-Here is your chair.
-Oh, my God.
Is that approval or shock?
Well, yeah, I'd never have expected to see it like that.
Well, do you know something?
There are people who love that alpine chic
and that sort of look, it has a place.
And it really was a transformation,
because it did go from looking quite retro to looking really quite edgy.
And that's a good thing, because when you produce something that
has that little something extra, you get people who like to pay for it.
-So, I've sold it.
Yeah, and I'm going to start off with £5 there
and I think I've got just another £130 to go with it.
-That's after it's all been done?
Anthony was paid for all of his work and that has been sold to
a vintage and retro shop who absolutely loved it.
-Bit of a surprise there?
Anything springs to mind that you might do with that money?
Um...I think probably a prostate cancer charity,
my father died of that last year.
Oh, dear, I'm so sorry to hear that.
Yeah, put it towards that.
OK, that's a lovely thing to do
-and I hope you don't mind what we did to your chair.
-Not at all.
That's definitely interesting.
Thank you, that's a really nice way of putting it.
-Thank you so much for your chair.
-No problem. Thank you.
Anthony's labour and materials to transform the armchair
Sarah managed to sell the new woolly wonder for a fabulous £400,
meaning she could pass £135 back to Brent to give to a charity
in memory of his dad.
Sarah salvaged three unwanted items from the Witley Recycling Centre.
Chris' rusty props were turned into funky furniture.
Brent's Parker Knoll chair was transformed
into a sheepskin masterpiece.
And Yolanda's chicken wire was re-imagined into a fantastic Mr Fox.
Well, there were moments when I thought I'd gone a bit too far
with my tip choices but the artisans really pulled it out of the bag.
I just hope all the new owners love their pieces
as much as we loved saving them.