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Ooh, just before you throw those away...

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How do you make money for nothing?

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-Can I have it?

-You can have it, yeah.

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

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waste we throw out every year.

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Now, this is one seriously unusual tip find.

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get her

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hands on things before they hit the skip.

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

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and I've turned my passion into a money-making business.

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

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

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These were going to be thrown away? Seriously?

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I love it, love it, love it.

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

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It looks brand-new.

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..valuable...

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You are joking.

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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That is a triumph!

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

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people who had no idea there was cash to be made from their trash.

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That is amazing!

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Today, Sarah's on the hunt for all the hidden treasure

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the tip can offer.

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She's in Greater Manchester, at the Altrincham recycling centre.

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In between the polystyrene, the plasma screens

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and the paper unicorns, there are little gems coming in here,

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all of which can make money for nothing.

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Aside from mythical beasts, it's Sarah's quest to discover three

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items that can go from battered and bruised to brilliant and beautiful.

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Round here, you've got to have the eyes of a hawk,

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the mentality of a magpie, and the patience of a saint.

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You've also got to have special permission from the site

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owners before you can take anything out of the tip.

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LAUGHS

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Diamond rings? £50 notes?

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Wishful thinking, Sarah.

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Perhaps mother and daughter Carol

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and Tamara will be able to provide a hidden gem.

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Where's all this stuff coming from, then?

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I've had it donated off friends and a charity,

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because I had a house fire and I ended up with nothing.

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Everybody has just been so great and donated everything.

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How traumatic.

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Furniture, curtains, bedding, the lot. Clothes for the kids.

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-Everybody was safe, though?

-Everybody's safe.

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Thank goodness for that.

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People were so generous, that Tamara has brought the surplus items

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that were damaged or in bad condition.

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-Plus, she needs the space.

-So how many kids have you got?

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-I've got ten altogether. Six of them are at home.

-Ten!

-Yeah.

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How old are your oldest and your youngest?

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26, and the youngest is one.

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Blimey! Well, with ten kids,

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I bet a bit of extra pocket money could come in handy.

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So, if Sarah can make a profit to give back to Tamara, all the better.

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-That's fantastic.

-And this old chest of drawers might be just the thing.

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-So what do you reckon, 1950s?

-I'd say so.

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It's nice and chunky, isn't it?

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Here, let's just pop it down there.

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Brilliant, thank you.

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Sarah definitely thinks that's a solid find.

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I will keep in touch, show you what I've done,

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and try my best to make you a bit of money. Really nice to meet you.

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-And you.

-Good luck with getting your house together again.

-Thank you.

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We'll need to find a home for this lot.

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While Sarah figures out how to attach that mirror,

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let's find out what Tamara thinks will become of her chest of drawers.

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Probably decoupage, whatever it is.

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Get it painted, or stripped back to how it originally was,

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which would be nice.

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So, that dresser's gone from derelict to

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decoupage in a matter of moments.

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It's well made, it's got great proportions, there is lots of money

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to be made here, and I know just the person who's going to make it.

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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 adding an artistic flair to reclaimed materials,

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creating made-to-order furniture, and contemporary design pieces.

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I've always been interested in drawing.

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I've always drawn things from a very young age. I used to watch

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wildlife programmes and come away and draw the animals.

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I guess I always wanted to be able to apply those drawings

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to something, so the routes were graphic design or textiles,

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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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Let's just hope Daniel thinks he can have some more fun with that

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chunky chest of drawers.

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That's one off the list, with two to go, and Sarah, as ever,

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is full of excellent advice.

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Just make sure you're not throwing out any diamonds with the rubbish.

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No diamonds. Must make a note of that.

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Anyway, there might be a jewel of a find in the back of

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Julie and Dewi's car.

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Oh, you've got a lovely bootful there. There's all sorts.

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Where's all this coming from?

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This is from my son's house, he's moving house, to London.

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-He's moving to London? He's leaving you, is he?

-At last.

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At last!

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I've heard of the bank of mum and dad,

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but the moving company of mum and dad...

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-Who would have children, eh?

-Well, I wouldn't mind, but he's 33.

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You never get rid of them really, I don't think.

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Oh, no, don't say that.

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Well, it does mean you've got the pick of his old stuff, Sarah.

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What do you think of those chairs?

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I think these are good, solid chairs, aren't they? They're...

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Yeah, handmade. Nice shaped base to them.

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Nice and sturdy, normally they really wobble.

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Don't sit down, you might not get up.

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-Yeah, comfortable. Have to be comfortable, don't they?

-Yes.

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If it would be OK to take away these chairs...

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Yeah, that would be nice, yes.

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I really appreciate those, I'm going to take those away.

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Sarah's legged it with the chairs,

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but what do Julie and Dewi think will become of them?

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Yeah, if she can do something with them. If they were sanded down,

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and just that natural wood brought back up again.

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Here's hoping the chairs will still have legs in the sales market.

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Sarah certainly thinks so.

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Charming, solid, bit of '50s styling on here, and potential to give them

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a really charming makeover, and we know who likes doing that, don't we?

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Jay Blades is a builder, turned philosophy graduate,

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turned furniture restorer.

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A couple of people have asked me how I describe my style,

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and personally I don't know.

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I call myself a modern restorer,

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which basically means I restore furniture for a modern market.

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

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reworking the very best of British craftsmanship

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and bringing it to the 21st century.

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Someone did say to me once, "Your furniture makes me feel happy,"

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so I used to call my furniture "happy furniture," because it

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makes you smile and it adds a little bit of humour to your house.

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My style is definitely not boring.

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My style is definitely not run of the mill.

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At the moment, those chairs aren't exactly avant-garde,

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so Jay might have his work cut out making them his own.

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With two items loaded into Sarah's van,

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it's now time for her to find her own money-making project.

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Oh, goody. That was a U-bend. Haven't had one of those before.

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Er, let's just let that one go, eh?

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-Oh, look, Christine and Matthew have a boot full of loot.

-Oh, hiya.

-Hi.

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-I love that.

-It's been in the attic for quite a while.

-Isn't it cool?

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-No, it's not cool, is it?

-No.

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Well, actually, it is cool.

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No, I'm with Matthew, it's not cool.

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-So you said it's been in an attic?

-Yep. It's Axminster, I think.

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-Lovely, British quality wool.

-Yeah, used to be the lounge carpet.

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Wow, so...

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Yeah, it looks like it's been used,

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or may have been under the sideboard or something like that, doesn't it?

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So how old's your house?

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Well, since the 1930s, so that could be at least 50 years old,

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or something like that.

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These type of carpets have been made in the Devon town of Axminster

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for more than 260 years,

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and they're still supplied to classy residences all over the world today.

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Christine and Matthew, however, need convincing of this carpet's merits.

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People love this kind of thing. Can you see it?

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No.

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Right, I'm going to roll up the carpet, and thank you

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so much for letting me have it.

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You're very welcome. Have fun with that.

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I will have fun, actually. I really will.

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Well, if anyone can have fun with a bit of old carpet, it's Sarah.

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Hopefully, Christine and Matthew will see its beauty

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when she's done with it.

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She said you can trim it up and make a runner, or something, out of it.

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Cos actually, it's quite good quality, isn't it?

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Or one of those old-fashioned carpet bags.

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That might be quite retro, mightn't it, actually?

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Yeah, I think Matthew's going to need a little bit more convincing.

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Love it? See the potential?

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No, honestly, this is going to be lovely.

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Beautiful 1950s original carpet.

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I don't think this bit has been used that much.

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It will need a really good clean up

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if we're going to make any money out of it, but this could be fantastic.

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Loads of potential here.

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Another great day, and three items found.

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Daniel will reflect on Tamara's mirror and drawers.

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Jay will play with Julie and Dewi's two chairs.

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And Sarah will hope to find some magic in

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Christine and Matthew's carpet.

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I would say, on balance, it's been a great day here at Altrincham.

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I've collected a classy cluster of cracking future collectibles,

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all of which I know will make some money for nothing.

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The East London borough of Walthamstow was home to

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revolutionary Victorian designer William Morris.

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Today, print designer Daniel continues that radical vision,

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and he's already thinking creative and thrifty thoughts.

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Good man, Dan.

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I've got a few designs that I've got in mind, and hopefully

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we can bring things in at a good price, so that we can make a profit.

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A man-sized profit's definitely what Sarah's looking for.

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That peach princess, I think, really needs a masculine makeover,

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so I'm hoping Daniel is the man for the job,

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and that he'll help me carry it upstairs.

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Daniel's just the lad if you've got something heavy.

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-There you go.

-OK.

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-Great, OK, so mirror for up there.

-Yeah. I have got the legs

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for it, I'm wondering

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if maybe we should put them on to see what it looks like,

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to give you an idea about the proportion of it.

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Be nice to make it more contemporary.

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Would you be keen to keep it just one colour?

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I think maybe we keep it one colour.

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We might do something tonal, on the door fronts.

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Daniel might opt for a two-tone look on the dressing table,

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but the girlie peach paint job definitely has to go,

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and he's got another idea.

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The mirror's great.

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We can detach the mirror, and then what you'll get is a nice, really

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really delicate illustration that we can work onto the back of this.

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That sounds brilliant.

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I had not thought that you would get detail onto that,

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so that is a real bonus.

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They've decided on a radical redesign,

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but what's all that going to cost?

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Well, I think there's a fair amount of work to do on it,

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as we can see, so I think it's going to come in at around £400.

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-I'm happy at that price.

-Great. Thanks very much.

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-There's profit to be made, isn't there?

-There certainly is.

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Brilliant. I can't wait to see it.

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Daniel Heath is never one to disappoint, is he?

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He's going to turn that feminine pink, not very classy

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thing into a dapper gentleman. I can't wait to see the results.

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I know I'm going to make a profit.

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Sarah's confident, but then, she doesn't have to do any of the work.

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Sarah's brought me quite a challenging piece.

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It looks like somebody's obviously had a go at trying to make

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something of it, over several

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paints of coat...

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-TUTS

-"Paints of coat!"

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You'll definitely have a lot of "paints of coat" to do

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before that's presentable.

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There we go.

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Daniel has a budget of £400 for that transformation, but will

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he really manage to turn peach and fuzzy into butch and beautiful?

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The West Midlands city of Wolverhampton was once home

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to a large iron and steel industry.

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Today, it's home to Jay Blades,

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who's eagerly awaiting some tip treasure.

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Well, Sarah's coming along today, going to bring me

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something nice and interesting. From a rubbish dump, I'll have you know.

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Nice AND interesting, Jay? That's asking a lot.

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These chairs are solid and brown and quite nice, but so dull,

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and what I need is Jay to absolutely go to the edge with them,

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and make them into something amazing.

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-Hiya.

-You all right?

-Yeah. Guess what I've got for you?

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HE LAUGHS

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-Chairs, man, more chairs.

-Lovely chairs.

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I'm glad you said lovely.

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-Yeah well they look like... Yeah, they are real wood.

-They are.

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Yeah, they're lovely chairs.

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Solid.

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Yeah, these are gorgeous. These are really good.

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Little farmhouse or kitchen chairs. What ideas have you got for these?

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I think out of the farmhouse, and into the 21st century.

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I'm hoping that you don't mind putting some colour on them.

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You want colour, I'll give you colour.

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My juices are flowing in this one. I like the idea of whacking...

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I can add a bit of colour. This is really cool.

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So, the dull chairs are in for a colourful Jay Blades

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-transformation.

-I won't say too much about what I'm going to do

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to them, but they are going to be "wow."

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How much money do you want to make them "wow?" Hit me with it, come on.

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He's thinking about it.

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Still thinking about it.

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Still thinking.

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I'm going to say £75 apiece, £75 each, to make these "wow."

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I'll leave them in your very capable hands.

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Thank you, that's very kind of you.

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I'll hopefully come back and find something a bit prettier

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-next time I see you.

-Well, they're going to be pretty amazing.

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Pretty and amazing together.

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-Go for it.

-OK.

-Can't wait to see them. Take care.

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You too, you take care.

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It's going to look really cutting-edge, really trendy.

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Not even trendy, sorry, these are going to be setting the trend.

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These two are just going to get that "woo" factor,

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is what they're going to get.

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"Woo!" But is the "woo" factor really going to be enough to see

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Sarah turn a profit on these?

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With a budget of £150, they'll need every bit of bling Jay can bring.

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Under the wide skies of the idyllic Sussex countryside,

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Sarah's at home in her farmhouse,

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and she's about to get to grips with a colourful item of her own -

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that roll of old carpet she grabbed at the tip.

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I absolutely love this big, bold floral style of carpet,

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but I really want to make the most of it,

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so I've decided that I want to make luggage out of it.

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Victorians used to make carpet bags and use them all the time,

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and original ones sell for an absolute fortune,

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but I'm hoping just to create something that is pretty

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and usable, and make a few quid out of it.

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The Victorians might have been a dab hand at carpet bags, but

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Sarah's never made one before, so this job ain't going to be simple.

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I think there are going to be quite a few challenges trying to

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create something that is useful and saleable.

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Especially since the carpet's been gathering dust in an attic.

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-So, first job is to give it a really good clean.

-I'll say.

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Sarah's borrowed a domestic carpet cleaner for the job,

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and she'll need it.

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I've never used one before, but can't be that difficult, can it?

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Power on.

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Before the suitcase became popular, carpet bags were used as luggage

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by travellers, who would otherwise have to take heavy wooden trunks.

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Who knew carpet cleaning was so much fun?

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It looks a riot.

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So much brighter.

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Just going to roll it up in front of the fire,

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see if I can get it to dry.

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With the carpet de-ponged, Sarah's got to figure out how she'll

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create the structure of the new bag she wants to make.

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And luckily, somebody who knows I like an old thing,

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has given me this bag.

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Sarah plans to combine the skeleton of the tatty old leather bag

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with the carpet fabric, to make her new luggage,

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but first she'll need to take the bag apart.

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I've only got one chance to get this right, so I need to cut carefully.

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Maybe I'll just pull it apart first and see what happens.

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Maybe you should think it through, Sarah.

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Ooh!

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Or just rip it to bits, that'll work too.

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I don't really like the idea of having a comfort zone,

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but I'm well out of it right now.

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Excellent, it's all coming together really well(!)

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Chin up, Sarah.

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But I love a challenge.

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Attagirl. With the leather bag stripped back to its bare bones,

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she cuts panels from the carpet fabric.

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I'm just using a nice sharp craft knife.

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It's easier than cutting it up with scissors,

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because this is really tough stuff.

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As soon as I cut carpet, it starts to fray.

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So what I've got to do is find a way of stabilising this edge, so that my

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carpet bag doesn't just become a bag of fluff every time you touch it.

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-SIGHS

-For goodness' sake, it's a

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nightmare. Oh, it's done it again.

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That's a real problem,

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but Sarah's got a solution in the shape of her trusty sewing machine.

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If I were to stitch fabric strips along the edge, maybe I could

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stitch the fabric together, and get a really good join in the bag.

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Thrifty Sarah had these flowery fabric offcuts at home,

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that she's now using as the bag's end panels.

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Yes, that'll work.

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Will it, Sarah? It still looks much more carpet than bag to me.

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She has her work cut out if that's ever going to be saleable.

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As she already had the scraps of material,

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so far Sarah's only spent £5, on some strong glue.

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Stick with it, Sarah.

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Back in his studio in Walthamstow, East London, Daniel's

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turning his attention to the dressing table.

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One of the first jobs is to remove that thick layer of gloss paint,

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but that's going to be a tough job.

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So, I'm going to strip down the paint, and I think I'm going

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to see what the condition is of the piece underneath.

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I'm still a bit concerned about how we're going to get

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the paint off without messing up the top surface.

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I'm hoping that putting a bit of heat on the paint surface

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will just bubble it up, so then we can scrape it off, because... Oh.

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Whoops. Don't drop your drawers, Daniel.

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This heat gun will help to strip the thick paint from the wood beneath.

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So it's bubbling up, I'm hoping that that'll mean...

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Yeah. Lovely under there.

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It's actually really nice. I think it's teak.

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I wonder if that'll change my ideas for what I do with it,

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in terms of painting the drawers.

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With this discovery, Daniel might ditch the plan to paint them,

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and instead expose the natural wood.

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That's going to mean a lot of painstaking prep work.

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But that doesn't daunt to perfectionists like our Dan.

0:22:300:22:34

This piece of furniture was made nearly 60 years ago,

0:22:370:22:40

but you sand it back and actually, it's still great underneath.

0:22:400:22:44

It was built to last. I'm going to carry on scraping.

0:22:440:22:49

You do that, Daniel. It's going to take you a while.

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Over in Wolverhampton.

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It's time for Jay to give the pair of chairs the Blades treatment.

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I'm hoping to make these look really gorgeous.

0:23:110:23:16

Jay's got a visitor to his studio today.

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I don't mind, as long as they don't start to decorate it,

0:23:210:23:24

the way that they do. Yeah, the pigeons are a pain in the bum.

0:23:240:23:29

So, while hoping Percy's not going to make a contribution,

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on with work on the chairs.

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This is chalk paint,

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and basically with chalk paint you don't need to rub down,

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you can just paint on, straight on to the furniture, and it will give

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you an instant kind of look of how the finished article's going to be.

0:23:480:23:53

Having promised Sarah a vibrant, colourful, Jay Blades' original,

0:23:530:23:58

it's no surprise he's painting them a striking shade of, uh, grey.

0:23:580:24:05

Sometimes what happens is I apply a paint, and then I can see

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the design coming up in my mind, and this is really going to work.

0:24:090:24:13

It's going to be really, really cool.

0:24:130:24:16

The special furniture paint Jay's applying gives a neat, matte look.

0:24:190:24:23

I've gone for it now, so I'll have to make a commitment.

0:24:240:24:28

So now what I'm thinking, is to paint the leg.

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I want to do loads of different effects,

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but I've got to take it nice and easy.

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Jay's decided on a colourful accent on only

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one of the legs of each chair.

0:24:450:24:47

Those, I think, they work really really well together.

0:24:480:24:51

Could even take that one out and add that in there.

0:24:510:24:53

-So, we're going to give it a go.

-Go on, then.

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Jay's planning to create a drip effect on the leg, so he's diluting

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the paint and raising the leg up, to stop paint pooling at the bottom.

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This is going to be a really organic kind of drip.

0:25:100:25:15

So, the more you start to put on in certain areas,

0:25:150:25:19

the drips will just form itself.

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Is that really going to give the chair leg a stylish finish?

0:25:250:25:29

Now, I've made a choice to do this colour before this one.

0:25:290:25:35

Now, that, the yellow looks a bit too similar. Ooh, look at that.

0:25:350:25:40

Careful, Jay. I hope you're making more than just a mess, there.

0:25:400:25:45

Sometimes you have mistakes, but I'm going to use that, actually.

0:25:450:25:48

I'm going to use that paint, it just means I've just got to work even quicker.

0:25:480:25:53

Well, hurry up then.

0:25:530:25:54

Do you know, I think I'm beginning to see where you got this idea from, Jay.

0:25:540:25:59

In Walthamstow, Daniel's still hard at work on the dressing table.

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Today, he's helped by his assistant Laura and it's a good job,

0:26:100:26:14

because it's intricate work.

0:26:140:26:16

The primer from the previous paint job is still in there.

0:26:170:26:20

-Just getting the last remnants out with little scalpels.

-Scalpels?

0:26:200:26:25

-This is less like woodwork and more like surgery.

-Got to get it all.

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But I think it will be worth it, I think

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it's going to have a good result.

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Once every last atom of old paint has been removed,

0:26:370:26:40

Daniel's planning to paint the exterior of the unit,

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and oil the front of the drawers to showcase the natural wood grain.

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We'll have a nice contrast between the kind of warm, orangey wood

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and the cool, dark blue that we're going to use on the outer casings.

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But before all that, a base coat.

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He's even going to line the drawers with wallpaper of his own design.

0:27:060:27:10

This should be enough, unless I'm not doing my calculations right.

0:27:110:27:17

Daniel's going all out to create a unique and sophisticated new

0:27:190:27:23

item for Sarah, but this is all taking a lot of time.

0:27:230:27:28

Is he really going to be able to deliver on budget?

0:27:280:27:31

Back in her farmhouse in the West Sussex countryside,

0:27:410:27:45

Sarah's putting the finishing touches to her new carpetbag.

0:27:450:27:49

I'm going to make sure this side is really well stuck before I carry on.

0:27:490:27:53

When she picked it up, this was a length of unloved floral carpet.

0:27:530:27:57

Now, Sarah's transformed it into an attractive, useful

0:28:100:28:14

and quirky carpetbag, just waiting to be packed for a weekend away.

0:28:140:28:19

The frame of the old leather satchel has been incorporated to give

0:28:200:28:24

the bag structure, and the contrasting floral

0:28:240:28:28

fabric at the sides gives it a sophisticated look.

0:28:280:28:31

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

0:28:330:28:36

Well, it turns out that you really can make a carpetbag

0:28:380:28:41

-out of an old rug. I'm really pleased with it.

-Jolly good.

0:28:410:28:46

When Sarah first spied them, Christine and Matthew were chucking

0:28:480:28:52

out scraps of unwanted carpet that had been stashed in the loft.

0:28:520:28:56

-I love that!

-Been in attic for quite a while.

0:28:560:29:00

They weren't that sure Sarah was on to a winner here.

0:29:000:29:04

-People love this kind of thing. Can you see it?

-No.

0:29:040:29:09

But they gave her their strip of carpet, and their blessing.

0:29:090:29:12

Sarah's taking photos in order to sell the new luggage.

0:29:150:29:18

And, sure enough, one stylish buyer snapped up the bag.

0:29:220:29:27

Now, 21st century girl Sarah's straight back on the laptop.

0:29:280:29:33

Matthew and Christine spend their winters in Spain.

0:29:330:29:37

So, Sarah will speak to them via webcam.

0:29:370:29:40

BOTH: Hello!

0:29:410:29:42

-Hi, guys! How are you?

-Good thank you, yes.

0:29:420:29:46

It was great that you came along with your carpet just when you

0:29:460:29:49

did, because I'd been looking for something like that for ages

0:29:490:29:51

-to work on.

-Oh, really?

0:29:510:29:53

-I've sent you some pictures of what we did with it.

-Oh! Oh, my God!

0:29:530:30:00

-That's unbelievable.

-No, is that the same carpet? Wow.

0:30:000:30:06

It just looks like high-end, sort of unbelievable transformation.

0:30:060:30:10

I sold it as well, after I'd made it,

0:30:100:30:14

and I've got, I don't know if you can see it properly here...

0:30:140:30:16

I've got a little something to share with you for your carpet.

0:30:160:30:21

-£90 here for you that I'm going to send over to Spain, for you.

-That is just amazing.

0:30:210:30:27

We didn't expect anything like that, and we just thought,

0:30:270:30:30

well... What we could do with the money,

0:30:300:30:32

maybe, my mother's coming over, we'll take her for a paella.

0:30:320:30:35

Well that's fantastic news,

0:30:350:30:36

well it was really lovely to catch up with you,

0:30:360:30:38

and I'm so pleased you're having such a lovely time over there,

0:30:380:30:42

-and I will wire this across to you as soon as.

-Aww.

0:30:420:30:45

Take care, thanks ever so much. By-bye.

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Spendthrift Sarah spent a grand total of £5 on craft glue for

0:30:510:30:56

that transformation, as she already had the leather bag and fabric.

0:30:560:31:01

Sarah sold the carpetbag for £95,

0:31:010:31:06

giving her a £90 profit to pass on to Christine and Matthew.

0:31:060:31:10

Ole!

0:31:130:31:15

In Walthamstow, Daniel Heath's putting a final

0:31:200:31:23

shine on the 1950s dressing table with mirror.

0:31:230:31:27

Well, I'm back in East London to see if Daniel Heath has managed

0:31:270:31:30

to change the drab dressing table into something beautiful.

0:31:300:31:33

It was right up his street, so I really hope he's nailed it.

0:31:330:31:37

When Sarah picked it up, this was a vision in peach.

0:31:380:31:42

Girlie and stuck in its dated paint job.

0:31:420:31:45

Now, it's a slick and stylish cobalt blue beauty.

0:31:530:31:56

All of the hard work revealing the original wood

0:31:580:32:01

grain on the drawers has paid off splendidly.

0:32:010:32:04

And Daniel's aviary of etchings are an elegant and airy touch.

0:32:050:32:10

But will Sarah be drawn to it?

0:32:130:32:15

I'm looking forward to showing Sarah what we've done with it.

0:32:150:32:19

It was a lovely shape to work with, a nice piece to work on,

0:32:190:32:22

-especially considering how it came in.

-You said it, Daniel.

-Daniel.

0:32:220:32:27

-Hiya.

-Hello, Sarah, how you doing.

-I'm really well. Is that really it?

0:32:270:32:34

That's it, yes, that's what was underneath all that pink.

0:32:340:32:37

-The wood's beautiful.

-The grain is quite lovely.

0:32:370:32:40

And that mirror, it's lovely. These are just charming, aren't they?

0:32:400:32:44

-Thank you.

-Beautiful etchings on there.

0:32:440:32:47

Tucked away, there's even more.

0:32:490:32:51

Oh, what a surprise!

0:32:520:32:53

We've lined the drawers,

0:32:530:32:55

because we wanted to bring some more pattern into the piece as well.

0:32:550:32:59

That's a really lovely touch, I think that's beautiful,

0:32:590:33:03

to get that extra bit, and that colour way, inspired...oh, wow!

0:33:030:33:07

Wallpaper of Daniel's own design in the drawers makes another

0:33:070:33:11

-personal touch.

-I really can't believe how stylish it looks.

0:33:110:33:16

-It's a smart piece.

-It's packed in there, isn't it?

0:33:160:33:20

I think it's safe to say that Daniel's got one satisfied

0:33:200:33:24

customer in Sarah.

0:33:240:33:26

She might even sell it, if she can stop enthusing long enough.

0:33:260:33:31

I think you've created something that's hugely saleable,

0:33:310:33:34

and it's just how high do we sell it for, because it's beautiful.

0:33:340:33:38

Yes, I couldn't believe what it was hiding, basically,

0:33:380:33:41

underneath the thick pink gloss.

0:33:410:33:44

When Sarah first spotted them, mother and daughter Carol

0:33:490:33:52

and Tamara were clearing out surplus items after disaster struck at home.

0:33:520:33:57

Because I had a house fire, I ended up with nothing,

0:33:570:34:00

and everybody has been so great and like donated everything.

0:34:000:34:05

-Tamara's is a busy household.

-So how many kids have you got?

0:34:050:34:09

-I've got ten altogether.

-Ten?!

0:34:090:34:11

How old's your oldest and how old's your youngest?

0:34:110:34:13

26 and the youngest is one.

0:34:130:34:16

Sarah was happy to help her free up some space by taking

0:34:160:34:20

the dressing table.

0:34:200:34:21

Which has since been reborn as a beautiful blue bit of bedroom

0:34:240:34:28

furniture. And it wasn't long before the dressing table found a new home.

0:34:280:34:34

A keen customer spotted a shot of it proudly

0:34:350:34:38

displayed on Daniel Heath's instagram account.

0:34:380:34:42

Now, it's off to be delivered to its new owner.

0:34:440:34:47

And Sarah's returned to Greater Manchester to update Tamara

0:34:490:34:53

and mum, Carol on what became of their dump destined item.

0:34:530:34:58

-Hello.

-Hi, Sarah.

-How are you?

-I'm all right, thank you.

0:34:580:35:02

Hello, Tamara, oh, Carol, hi there, how are you? I remember meeting you.

0:35:020:35:07

-Yes.

-You were looking like you had been very busy when I last saw you.

0:35:070:35:12

Yes, decorating and clearing.

0:35:120:35:15

The dressing table, it wasn't a very modern looking thing.

0:35:150:35:18

-It hadn't been well decorated, had it?

-No, no.

-It wasn't you, was it?

0:35:180:35:21

No, it wasn't me, it was already like that.

0:35:210:35:23

Did you have any idea what we might do with it?

0:35:230:35:25

-Probably repainted it, maybe...

-Change the handles.

-Yes.

0:35:250:35:31

A bit of an update.

0:35:310:35:32

I took it along to a guy called Daniel Heath,

0:35:320:35:34

and he specialises in surface pattern design.

0:35:340:35:37

So, do you want to see what he did with it?

0:35:370:35:39

-Yes.

-Yes.

-Here is your dressing table.

0:35:390:35:43

So he stripped it back...

0:35:430:35:45

-Oh, it's lovely.

-..And he repainted it and finished it.

0:35:450:35:48

-Look at the mirror.

-And engraved the mirror.

-That's gorgeous.

0:35:480:35:52

-That's lovely.

-So, I did manage to sell your dressing table. I've actually got some money here,

0:35:520:35:57

-I've got £350.

-No! Shut up! Wow.

0:35:570:36:03

-Wow, Sarah.

-All yours.

-Thank you.

-It's an absolute pleasure.

0:36:050:36:10

I didn't really expect that, honestly. It's brilliant.

0:36:100:36:13

And what will you do with it, any ideas?

0:36:140:36:16

I'm going to buy a new TV with it,

0:36:160:36:18

I had one donated and I was very grateful.

0:36:180:36:21

The sound went on it this morning, so, I'm going to replace the telly.

0:36:210:36:25

-Excellent, well, really great to catch up.

-Thank you, Sarah.

0:36:250:36:27

-Nice to see you, Carol, as well. By-bye.

-Bye!

-Thank you.

0:36:270:36:31

I am so pleased that this particular project has turned out well,

0:36:330:36:37

because Tamara and her family have been through lots recently,

0:36:370:36:39

and I think that money is going to come in handy.

0:36:390:36:42

Daniel's materials and labour on the dressing table came in on budget.

0:36:440:36:49

Back in Wolverhampton, Jay has put the finishing touches to the

0:37:080:37:12

-pair of chairs.

-I'm happy as a bumblebee.

0:37:120:37:14

These, I believe, could go in an art gallery, they are really that good.

0:37:140:37:19

I'll call the Tate Modern now, Jay. But will Sarah be as excited?

0:37:190:37:24

I have been really looking forward to see what Jay has managed to

0:37:250:37:29

do to those two boring old farmhouse style chairs that I dropped off.

0:37:290:37:32

So, I'm hoping that he's managed to sprinkle some magic on them,

0:37:320:37:35

and turn them into something really fantastic.

0:37:350:37:38

Sarah challenged Jay to transport these solid

0:37:410:37:44

but dull chairs from their country cottage past into the 21st century.

0:37:440:37:49

And Jay has certainly not disappointed. With a bit of elbow grease and the flick of a wrist,

0:38:000:38:05

he's given them a whole new future on the interiors cutting edge.

0:38:050:38:10

The cool grey basecoat makes the perfect canvas on which to

0:38:110:38:15

showcase the bright, bold, neon drip effect,

0:38:150:38:18

which brings the chairs alive with personality and colour.

0:38:180:38:23

Jay's justifiably proud of his handiwork,

0:38:230:38:26

so let's hope Sarah takes to them as well.

0:38:260:38:28

Have they got... They're really cool.

0:38:320:38:34

I think they're really, really cool.

0:38:340:38:35

I'm over the moon with them, to tell you the truth.

0:38:350:38:37

I think they're really sophisticated.

0:38:370:38:39

It's just really quite clever.

0:38:390:38:41

Sophisticated, that's quite cool, that's a nice one, I like that.

0:38:410:38:44

If you had done it all over, or you had not paired it up with

0:38:440:38:47

such a lovely finish, I think it would look childlike,

0:38:470:38:50

but what you've done looks cool, it's cool.

0:38:500:38:53

Yes, I think it really does look cool, I really like it.

0:38:530:38:57

You've certainly managed to give them a new identity,

0:38:570:38:59

because they were pretty boring before, weren't they?

0:38:590:39:02

And what's more, Jay's labour and materials are on budget too, at £150 for the pair.

0:39:050:39:10

Do you reckon I'm going to turn a profit on these or not?

0:39:130:39:15

-I think you're going to turn a profit.

-I think they're fantastic.

0:39:150:39:18

-No problem. Can do.

-Thanks.

-All right.

0:39:180:39:20

-We started something big here.

-No, we started a trend.

0:39:200:39:22

-That's what that is, this is a trendsetter. You take care now.

-Bye.

-Bye.

0:39:220:39:27

There is not a trace of country cottage left on those chairs,

0:39:290:39:32

he's blown away the cobwebs and brought out all their best features,

0:39:320:39:36

and that design idea is really clever.

0:39:360:39:38

Dewi and Julie were clearing out their son Owen's

0:39:450:39:48

-stuff in preparation for a big move.

-He's leaving you, is he?

0:39:480:39:53

-He is, at last.

-At last.

-Sarah took a shine to their pair of chairs.

0:39:530:39:58

Good solid chairs, aren't they? They're handmade.

0:39:580:40:01

-Dewi and Julie were happy to let her have them.

-She can do something with those two.

0:40:010:40:05

Yes, she can do something, if they were sanded down and just,

0:40:050:40:09

-that natural wood brought back up again.

-That's not what happened.

0:40:090:40:12

But, the chairs have now been completely reinvented for the modern age.

0:40:160:40:20

And, what's more, they've been sold to an online vintage and retro furniture specialist.

0:40:210:40:28

Owner Nick Smith agrees that the chairs are cool customers.

0:40:280:40:32

I love the detailed paintwork on the chairs, they look really cool.

0:40:320:40:35

Yeah, I like all these paint splatters on the legs, they look really good.

0:40:350:40:39

Different, very different.

0:40:390:40:40

Time to head to north Wales, and with Dewi busy at work,

0:40:400:40:44

-Sarah will be showing Julie what became of the chairs.

-Hi there.

0:40:440:40:50

-Hello, Sarah.

-Very nice to see you again.

-And you.

0:40:500:40:53

Well, it was great seeing you at the tip, and being really helpful.

0:40:530:40:56

You were helping your son move, weren't you?

0:40:560:40:58

Yes, yes, it was a busy day.

0:40:580:40:59

I saw lots of things I was interested in that he was disposing of.

0:40:590:41:03

One of them was the pair of chairs, the stick back chairs.

0:41:030:41:06

So, I've got some pictures here to show you, of how they ended up.

0:41:060:41:09

I don't know how much they look like the chairs that you remembered,

0:41:090:41:12

-but...

-Wow, gosh, well no, they were wood, weren't they, like a pine effect.

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-Yes.

-Those are beautiful, aren't they?

0:41:150:41:17

So, what he's done is he's given them a good coat of paint

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-and he has put...

-Just a bit of colour on.

0:41:200:41:22

Bit of colour, just on the legs, just to give them

0:41:220:41:25

-a little something different.

-It's lovely.

0:41:250:41:27

So I did actually manage to sell the chairs,

0:41:270:41:29

and I've got a little bit of money here to hand over.

0:41:290:41:32

Not a fortune, but I have got have got, there's £5 there.

0:41:320:41:35

-Oh, good heavens.

-And 20 more to go with it, for your...

0:41:350:41:38

-Well thank you very much.

-..your son's old chairs.

0:41:380:41:41

So, you worked really hard that day,

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what are you going to do with the money?

0:41:420:41:44

Well, I had thought it would be nice to go out for a meal,

0:41:440:41:47

but I think it would be nice to give it to Owen as well,

0:41:470:41:51

because he bought the chairs originally, and it's

0:41:510:41:53

lovely to see that they've been brought up to such a high standard.

0:41:530:41:57

So, I think Owen would appreciate it.

0:41:570:41:59

Oh, it was a pleasure, and thank you so much for your time, at the tip and here today.

0:41:590:42:02

I enjoyed it very much, I did tell Owen, he was quite excited.

0:42:020:42:05

Excellent, well, lovely to catch up. Thank you ever so much.

0:42:050:42:08

-Thank you.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

0:42:080:42:09

Well, I think Julie's a very helpful and generous mother,

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because not only did she help her son move, she let us

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have those chairs, and she's going to give the profit back to him.

0:42:170:42:21

Jay's labour and materials on the chairs came in at...

0:42:230:42:26

That Duchess of Dump Divers, Sarah,

0:42:430:42:46

has rescued a trio of items from a life of grime.

0:42:460:42:50

The roll of carpet has a stylish new future as a treasured weekend bag.

0:42:510:42:56

One peachy dressing table was dragged

0:42:570:43:00

gleaming into the modern day.

0:43:000:43:03

And two old wooden chairs are now the hippest new seats on the block.

0:43:030:43:07

Well, they were three brilliant transformations, from tip

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bound to top end, with money for nothing made along the way.

0:43:130:43:17

Sarah Moore unearths some hidden gems in Altrincham, but can all three tip-bound objects be turned into fantastic and desirable items? Designer Daniel Heath stamps his characteristic style on an old dressing table, while Jay Blades gives a pair of dowdy chairs a makeover to put them back on trend. Sarah grabbed some discarded carpet at the tip but what exactly will she do with it, and can she make a profit to return to the original owners?


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