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That looks interesting. What is that?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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Stop, stop, stop.

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

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thrown out by us every year.

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-Can I have it?

-Yeah, by all means.

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-You're welcome, yeah.

-Fantastic.

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

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before they hit the skip.

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

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

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

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

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-Enough to work on?

-Just a bit, yeah.

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It is a beast, isn't it?

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

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I can't believe it.

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..valuable...

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Really clever!

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Oh, wow!

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she can hand the profits back to the very people who had no idea

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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That's amazing!

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Merchants Way Recycling Centre in Walsall near Birmingham

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is the final resting place for tonnes and tonnes of rubbish.

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The gates have just opened and they are queueing up around the block.

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What have they got? There's only one way to find out.

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Sarah's at the tip today to look for three items

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that she can plunder for a profit.

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But don't you all rush down your local dump to do the same,

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as Sarah's here with special permission.

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You have no idea how good I am at this.

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Look. Watch.

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I don't know how to hold it. Hold on.

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-How do you hold it? Have you ever played the violin?

-No.

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Yeah, maybe skip the busking, Sarah, as it looks as though

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Mark has a far more likely prospect for a profit

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in the back of his car.

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They're nice.

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-Are you chucking?

-Yes.

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That's a silly question, isn't it? Cos you're at the tip.

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-Are these yours?

-Yes.

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How long have you had them, then?

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Ooh, about five or six years now.

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They're older than that, aren't they?

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Do you know where they came from?

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-A friend of mine gave me them when I moved into my flat.

-OK.

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And now they're at me mum's and we're getting rid of them now.

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OK. There's something about them that's really cool.

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That atomic '50s styling, I think people like that kind of thing.

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-You've got two.

-Yeah. There were four.

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Oh, don't

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Would it be all right if, rather than going in the skip,

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-can I take them away?

-Yes, of course.

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-When do you think they were made, any ideas?

-None.

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I'm loving them.

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Right, I'm going to take those away

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and I'm going to come back and show you a fantastic transformation.

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-Thank you.

-That's brilliant. Thank you so much.

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What could a fantastic transformation possibly look like?

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I don't know what Sarah's going to do with them chairs,

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but I think it might be something mad.

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Yeah, I think you might be right there, Mark.

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What a lovely pair. Look at them.

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It really doesn't matter that they're brown,

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covered in disgusting velour,

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because these things have got style,

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and I know there's money to be made out of them,

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and I know exactly who's going to make it.

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That would be Anthony Devine, one of the UK's leading upholsterers.

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Anthony takes his two decades of designing experience

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and passes it on to the younger generation

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at his school of upholstery.

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Anthony's work is loud, exciting and experimental.

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I would describe my work as probably Marmite, to be honest.

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Yeah. Obviously, you love it or you hate it.

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I don't really follow trends or get influenced...

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So many ideas bumbling around in my head,

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it's which one which pops out first.

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I think if I do what I like, I deliver the best results.

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If I'm not doing something in particular that I like,

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then I'm going to doubt it and therefore don't think I can do it.

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I suppose I always please myself.

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Well, Anthony, you're going to need all of that 21 years' experience

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to transform these old brown beauties.

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So, one down, two to go.

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Just checking you're not throwing out any gems.

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And Sarah, as ever, is hard at work...

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That's something. What else have you got? Anything exciting in here?

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..hard at work and passing on good tip advice.

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You see that? That dustbin-looking thing? That's called a dolly tub.

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That, in reasonable condition, 100 quid, 120 quid.

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Don't throw them away, OK? Keep them.

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That's you told, folks.

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Is there something in Ash's boot that could suit our intrepid Sarah?

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I like the look of the legs on that.

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Hello. Hi, I'm Sarah.

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-Hi, Sarah.

-What are you throwing away?

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I'm throwing this wooden chest.

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Has it lost its legs? Or does it...?

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-No, this bit goes at the back there.

-OK.

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-Then you've got your mirror, which goes up there.

-OK.

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Basically it's been there for a long, long time at home,

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so I'm just getting rid of it.

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-Was it yours?

-No, it's my father-in-law's,

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and my wife brought it back home when they passed away.

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There's something about that that makes me think it's quite old.

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-Yes, it is.

-It looks 1950s.

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As I said, it's my father-in-law's.

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I don't know whether he built it himself, but I doubt it.

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-It looks almost handmade, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Have you got the mirror that goes with it?

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Yes, I have. It's, er... I just put it on the side here.

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It seems that, at the very least,

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Ash's furniture has piqued Sarah's curiosity.

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It's got just something about it, do you know what I mean?

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It looks retro, it's obviously quite old.

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I'm thinking that with a bit of an update it might look quite cool.

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Can I have a go at making it into something a bit different?

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-Feel free.

-Yeah?

-I'm only going to chuck it away.

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-So it's yours if you want it.

-I would love it. I would love it.

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And if I manage to pull it around and turn it into something amazing,

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I will come and find you and show you what I've done.

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No problem. All yours.

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I'll take this bit off first, if that's all right,

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and then come back for the mirror.

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-All right, I'll leave that here, Sarah.

-Thank you so much.

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Result. I think.

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What about you, Ash?

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I don't know what Sarah could do with that.

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Possibly make it into a unit on its own,

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without the mirror, probably. I don't know.

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It will be interesting to see what she can come up with.

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What do you reckon?

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Is it worth saving or should it go back in there?

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It's sort of cool, but I don't know if we should save it or not.

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The mirror's all right.

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Tricky to imagine it turning a massive profit, isn't it?

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But I think I'm going to give it a go.

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Just one chance, if nobody fancies taking it on,

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I think it might end up back here.

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Luckily, Sarah knows exactly which artisan loves a tricky challenge.

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Say hello to Daniel Heath.

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Daniel is a designer who can turn his hand to just about anything.

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He produces wallpaper and textiles

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as well as bespoke high-end furniture.

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I started off as a printmaker, doing textiles and wallpaper,

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but now I really enjoy working with wood and working with slate.

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I like the challenge of working with new materials or salvaged materials.

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No two days are the same for Daniel,

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as he loves being taken out of his comfort zone.

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I really enjoy it when people come to me with interesting projects

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and strange materials to try and print onto

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because I like the challenge.

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Well, this piece of furniture is certainly different.

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So let's hope he feels the same way after this little challenge.

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Don't just stand there. We've got to find the rubbish. Come on.

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OK, OK.

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Sarah still has one item to find,

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an item which she can work on herself,

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a little something from which she can squeeze

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a tenner or two, hopefully.

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Tempting.

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With the aid of binoculars to bring things into focus,

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Sarah spots Janet and Carl with a boot full

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of very interesting looking jumble.

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-Hello, hello.

-Hi, how you doing?

-I'm really well.

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This looks like my kind of boot.

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What are you up to, are you clearing out your house?

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Yeah, we are. Next year, we're moving down to Dartmouth.

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I retire next year.

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-Fantastic.

-It's been hard work, to be honest.

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We've been doing it for quite a few weeks.

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The car is absolutely full of it.

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A lot of junk as well.

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What kind of stuff?

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I love these books, are these all yours from when you were younger?

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-Yes.

-We looked around for what we think might be valuable

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and we don't think the rest of it has got any great value.

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Some of these have been drawn in and things like that.

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What kind of other stuff? Cos I love old things.

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There must be something in here.

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A big box of old glasses.

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Really? I love these, these are fascinating.

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So whose are these? These aren't yours, are they?

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Your mum's. My mum's, my dad's.

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Probably my auntie Dorothy and uncle Fred.

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They are fantastic.

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I wear glasses, it's such a personal thing, isn't it?

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They've spent a lot of time on somebody.

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They look like man's ones.

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-Very square, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-They're bifocals, early bifocals.

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Excellent. Oh, wow. They're fantastic.

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It would be really fascinating to see if there's anybody

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who would like them and if there is some money to be made out of them.

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I want to put them on. Do you mind?

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-No.

-Are you sure?

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They're just sunglasses. They're not prescription.

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They're really good.

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That's lovely. Well, I really appreciate your time.

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I'm going to have a look over you like a hawk while you're doing that.

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Thank you so much. That was great.

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-Nice to meet you.

-And you. Thank you. Bye-bye.

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A collection of specs, but what does Carl thinks Sarah's vision

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will be for them?

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I don't know what Sarah is going to do with those glasses,

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but looking at them, I know we were throwing it all away,

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but looking at them, there's probably

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a little bit more in them than we thought.

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I think these glasses are just too good to end up in the tip.

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It really is like a little time warp in here.

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Altogether, they may not be everybody's cup of tea,

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but certainly this kind of era of glasses here,

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they have to have some value.

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I really hope, with a few of these pairs,

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I'm going to be seeing some profit.

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With her eyes on the prize,

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Sarah has collected three items

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which she believes can be brought back to life.

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The two atomic design chairs will be taken care of by Anthony,

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the unusual mirror unit will be donated to Daniel,

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and the glasses will be saved by Sarah herself.

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We have had a fantastic time gathering here,

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and the things may look a bit rough around the edges at the moment,

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but those could be diamonds in that rough.

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Manchester is home to the majestic upholsterer Anthony Devine,

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who is awaiting the arrival of Sarah and her fabulous finds -

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two atomic design chairs.

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Goodness knows what he'll make of these.

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Well, these are a fine pair of chairs,

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but the potential to make money out of them is slim at the moment.

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Anthony better have some clever ideas

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about how to bring them up-to-date and roll in the cash.

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Like the Queen, she will just grace in with something in her hand,

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and we'll have to turn it into something fit for a king or a queen.

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Yeah, not sure, to be honest.

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She always brings something that's straightforward-ish,

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but throws up some excitement our way.

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So, yeah, can't wait to get started.

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Anthony?

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-Ant...?

-Hello.

-Oh, hello. I didn't see you round there.

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Have a chair.

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Don't look at the seat.

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I don't think Mr Upholstery is feeling it.

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I was having a good day...

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until you brought these.

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I think the first thing we might need to do

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-is take the seat pads out.

-Right, let's discard this.

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And get rid of that.

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-OK.

-Ah! now they're looking better already.

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They're looking better already.

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It's a quick sand down because it's nice and flat.

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We're not talking about hundreds of horrible slats and things.

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You could probably sand those down with a sander,

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and it is a beautiful, interesting seat pad going in here.

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I'm sure we could do a bit more than that.

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Go on, then, what have you got in mind?

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-We could flock them.

-I love a good flock.

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I know you love a good flock.

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I'm a big flock fan.

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I'm quite a fan, as well. So we can flock them.

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Anthony is suggesting covering these chairs in tiny fibre particles,

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which create a soft sensation to the touch.

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Trouble is, Anthony has never flocked before,

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but he knows a man who can.

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How much does he charge to flock a chair?

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Well, the thing is, I don't...

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He'll need to see the chair then quote everything,

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but I reckon 100 quid a chair.

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Can't say fairer than that.

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It'll take me longer to sand them down and do something with the wood.

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Somebody's going to want to pay more than 200 quid

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-for a pair of flocked chairs, aren't they?

-Yeah, course.

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-Yes.

-You're not going to tell me what the colour is, are you?

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I don't know.

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Go big or go home.

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Looks like she's going home.

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Well, who'd have thought Anthony Devine

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would come over all fuzzy.

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He's rolling back the years

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and I think he's going to flock us a fortune.

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The flocker is going to have the main kind of comparison change,

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so he's going to turn it from what these are into the wow bit.

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I just have to do the simple seat pad.

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Yeah, it's going to be a show-stopping moment

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when they're all put back together.

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Sarah is leaving Anthony with £200

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to undertake a process he knows little about

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and he has never attempted before.

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Anyone else see a flaw in this plan?

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Walthamstow, East London, is just this sort of vibrant place

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where urban grit combines with exciting young design talent.

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So it's the perfect place for Sarah to unload

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that strange furniture unit, and designer Daniel is standing by.

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I'm hoping East London's finest, Daniel,

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fancies the look of my little side table and mirror

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cos he's going to really need to take a shine to it

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if he's going to transform it from '70s sad into a spot-on designer.

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-Hello, hello.

-Hello, Sarah, how are you doing?

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I'm good. I've got a little something for you.

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Let me take that before it gets smashed.

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It's not my usual tip find.

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It is a mirror, though, so that's a happy discovery.

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It's a little bit of retro.

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I think possibly home-made bedroom furniture.

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A small example of 19... What do you reckon?

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'60s remake or something?

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Yeah, I think it's based around that, isn't it?

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It looks to me like it was a drawer for something else.

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Somebody's cobbled together, stuck the legs on it,

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and this apparently goes on the back with some wing nuts,

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so that this goes up like this and that bit, apparently,

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is screwed onto there and then screwed to the wall.

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OK. We might change that.

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Yes, I think that's for the best, Daniel.

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Do you think there's enough there to be workable?

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Because it's slightly worries me that it's not very substantial,

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it's not very big and it's not that pretty.

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All of the above, true, but we do have a mirror,

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so I can do the etching on the mirror,

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bring some narrative into it there,

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and a few styling things, like changing the colour of it,

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maybe putting some different legs on it,

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and making it into a freestanding unit

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so somebody can have it in a different part of the house

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without having to drill into their walls.

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Fantastic. Money, talk the talk.

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I think probably the best price I can do

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is going to be about 300.

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OK, I'm buying into that, and you're going to be

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transforming something that is lacking in style

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into something that's really going to pack a punch.

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-So on that basis, go for your life.

-Great, OK, thanks, Sarah.

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Brilliant. Thank you so much.

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300 quid to transform that side table.

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That's quite a lot of money,

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but Daniel definitely has the talent and he's got the vision.

0:17:000:17:03

I can't imagine what it's going to look like.

0:17:030:17:05

Just have to wait and see.

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But with a budget of £300,

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transforming this modern muddle will be no easy task.

0:17:100:17:14

With the atomic chairs in the safe hands of Anthony,

0:17:200:17:24

and with Daniel taking care of the dilapidated mirror unit,

0:17:240:17:29

Sarah has returned home to West Sussex

0:17:290:17:32

and is about to cast an eyeball over the collection of old spectacles.

0:17:320:17:36

It really is a random assortment

0:17:370:17:39

that she has got her hands on this time.

0:17:390:17:42

Difficult to SEE what she could do with all that lot.

0:17:420:17:46

Every so often, I pick up something up at the tip

0:17:460:17:49

and I just don't know if it's a money maker or not.

0:17:490:17:51

I mean these glasses, they look good.

0:17:510:17:54

There might be some little gems in there.

0:17:540:17:55

But I'm going to have to position them really carefully

0:17:550:17:58

if I'm going to make any money out of them.

0:17:580:18:00

See what I mean?

0:18:000:18:01

The key to success is not necessarily

0:18:010:18:04

what Sarah will do to them,

0:18:040:18:05

but more where the glasses will be put up for sale

0:18:050:18:08

to generate most interest.

0:18:080:18:11

I think a bit of hot, soapy water, and these should look a lot better.

0:18:110:18:16

It is thought that eye glasses were invented sometime

0:18:160:18:19

between 1268 and 1289 in Italy,

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but who the inventor was isn't actually known.

0:18:230:18:27

Look at those. I mean they're really retro.

0:18:270:18:29

They're quite cool,

0:18:290:18:30

but I just don't know if anybody would want to buy them,

0:18:300:18:33

but I'm going to give it a go.

0:18:330:18:35

The earliest versions were worn by monks and scholars,

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but it wasn't until the 15th century,

0:18:390:18:41

when the printing press came along, that the demand for glasses grew.

0:18:410:18:46

Well, that's it.

0:18:470:18:48

Now there are some things in here

0:18:480:18:50

that people are going to find desirable.

0:18:500:18:52

These are cool, so I think those are definitely the ones

0:18:520:18:55

that might make the money.

0:18:550:18:57

A bit of steam punk going on here.

0:18:570:18:59

Clip-on glasses to go over your normal ones, but these are original.

0:18:590:19:03

They're old. You can feel that they're vintage,

0:19:030:19:05

and they're beautifully made, so that is a good thing.

0:19:050:19:08

They are cool.

0:19:090:19:10

And these...

0:19:120:19:13

..let's see.

0:19:160:19:18

The next stage is to take pictures of all the glasses

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and share them on the internet

0:19:210:19:23

in the hope that someone will fall in love with them.

0:19:230:19:26

I think they're the ones for you, Sarah.

0:19:260:19:29

So far, the costs involved in getting these glasses ready for sale

0:19:300:19:35

has been nothing at all,

0:19:350:19:36

which means the potential for profit is so bright,

0:19:360:19:40

you've got to wear shades.

0:19:400:19:42

In Manchester, the sun is shining,

0:19:460:19:48

but for Anthony, there is no time for enjoying himself.

0:19:480:19:52

Sarah's left him with two atomic style chairs to deal with,

0:19:520:19:56

and he's getting them ready to go off to be flocked.

0:19:560:19:59

So these chairs are a little bit more shabby than chic,

0:19:590:20:03

so we want to reverse that, so we want to turn them into chic,

0:20:030:20:06

and the way we're going to do it is by putting our gloves on

0:20:060:20:09

and just stripping all that horrible mankiness off.

0:20:090:20:13

These seats have seen some damp that has encouraged mould growth.

0:20:130:20:18

This appears to have spread onto the chair frames, as well.

0:20:180:20:22

I can see they are structurally sound,

0:20:220:20:24

so we don't have any problems there.

0:20:240:20:25

They just need a good cleaning up, really.

0:20:250:20:27

We have these baby wipes left in the office.

0:20:270:20:30

Always handy for cleaning furniture,

0:20:300:20:32

especially these horrible mouldy bits,

0:20:320:20:34

so let's just clean all this off.

0:20:340:20:36

Looking better already.

0:20:390:20:41

That's the frames ready for the flockers,

0:20:410:20:44

but what about the seat pads?

0:20:440:20:47

My job now is really to get these cleaned up

0:20:470:20:50

right back to the bare frame

0:20:500:20:51

and basically start the whole process again.

0:20:510:20:54

What I don't want is this flat curvature.

0:20:540:20:56

What we want is a really nice plump crowning - we call it.

0:20:560:21:02

The flatter it is, the cheaper it looks,

0:21:020:21:04

so we want a nice good dome on it.

0:21:040:21:06

These old seats have seen better days,

0:21:060:21:09

so it's off with the covers

0:21:090:21:11

and time for a good old nosy at what's underneath.

0:21:110:21:14

Looking at the overall condition of these seat pads...

0:21:140:21:19

I mean, when we use our compressed air staple gun...

0:21:190:21:24

..it will just break up all this edge

0:21:250:21:28

and we won't be able to get a staple into it,

0:21:280:21:30

so I think it's time we said goodbye to these as well.

0:21:300:21:34

We'll just take a pattern from them and we'll just cut a fresh one.

0:21:340:21:39

The good news is the new coverings have just been delivered

0:21:390:21:42

and you'll never guess the colour.

0:21:420:21:44

So the fabric's just arrived and, yeah, I'm really pleased with it.

0:21:440:21:49

It looks really good.

0:21:490:21:50

It actually looks better now than it did in the book.

0:21:500:21:53

You didn't expect something subtle, did you?

0:21:530:21:56

What I'm going to do is put this to the side.

0:21:560:21:59

I wanted to have a look at it, first of all,

0:21:590:22:00

and get started on the seat pad itself.

0:22:000:22:03

Having drawn around the old wooden base,

0:22:060:22:09

Anthony begins by cutting a brand-new pad from fresh plywood.

0:22:090:22:14

So we have our seat pad here,

0:22:140:22:17

and now we're about to start building up the layers.

0:22:170:22:20

Also we hope this fits, because we've now sent the chairs

0:22:220:22:25

off to the flockers and we haven't tested it,

0:22:250:22:29

but I'm sure it well.

0:22:290:22:30

So what we're going to do, first of all,

0:22:300:22:32

is put some felt in...

0:22:320:22:36

and kind of just build up and give us that crown shape.

0:22:360:22:39

I know it's not looking too comfy yet.

0:22:410:22:43

The felt is just the start of the new coverings.

0:22:430:22:46

A foam layer is next, followed by a gauze, then...

0:22:460:22:52

This is our fire retardancy layer

0:22:520:22:54

to bring it all up to health and safety standards.

0:22:540:22:57

It'll allow it to be sold.

0:22:570:22:58

Because our fabric isn't fire retardant,

0:22:580:23:01

because we still want to keep the soft texture of it,

0:23:010:23:04

that's why we're using this barrier cloth.

0:23:040:23:06

And, finally, the cerise pink cover.

0:23:080:23:11

So that's that one done. We've got a nice shape to it.

0:23:110:23:14

It's going to look really good, that is.

0:23:140:23:16

I can't wait for the chair to arrive back.

0:23:160:23:18

Nor can I. Flocks away, Anthony.

0:23:180:23:21

In Walthamstow, Daniel is turning his attention to the mirror unit.

0:23:250:23:29

What's the plan, Dan?

0:23:300:23:32

So the idea on this piece is to take the legs off,

0:23:320:23:37

sand it down and we're going to redo a back for this mirror

0:23:370:23:41

and construct it into a freestanding piece of furniture,

0:23:410:23:43

because, at the moment, it's sort of half wall-mounted

0:23:430:23:46

and it's got these legs at the front

0:23:460:23:48

and it's not going to work in every sort of space.

0:23:480:23:51

The main obstacle for Daniel with this piece

0:23:540:23:57

will be making it into a freestanding unit

0:23:570:24:00

that won't topple over.

0:24:000:24:01

So getting the weight distribution right

0:24:020:24:05

will be the number one priority.

0:24:050:24:07

Followed, of course, very, very closely by making it look great.

0:24:070:24:12

We got the legs off of this little unit

0:24:120:24:16

and it's ready for some sanding,

0:24:160:24:18

because I don't particularly like the varnish finish on it

0:24:180:24:22

and I think we're going to go for a painted finish,

0:24:220:24:24

so we're going to have to sand and prime, and then we can paint.

0:24:240:24:27

Luke's been helping me today

0:24:270:24:29

and he's going to sand this down for me. So here you go, Luke.

0:24:290:24:32

Thank you very much. Cheers.

0:24:320:24:35

No pressure, Luke.

0:24:360:24:38

I'm about to measure this mirror

0:24:450:24:46

because the mirror is going to need a back to go on to it

0:24:460:24:49

so that it doesn't crack under its own weight.

0:24:490:24:52

I've bought some ply that I'm going to cut to size,

0:24:520:24:56

but before I do that, I'm going to measure the mirror

0:24:560:24:59

so I can cut a slice off of the board

0:24:590:25:01

and then trim it all on the band saw downstairs.

0:25:010:25:04

Measure twice, cut once.

0:25:080:25:10

That's...the rule.

0:25:100:25:13

I'm not a huge fan of rules in general,

0:25:130:25:16

but that sounds like a good one to me.

0:25:160:25:19

Cutting plywood to size to support the mirror

0:25:220:25:25

is the first step in working out the best way

0:25:250:25:27

to have the mirror freestanding on top of the unit.

0:25:270:25:31

Moment of truth.

0:25:310:25:33

Yeah.

0:25:330:25:34

With the new back for the mirror finished,

0:25:380:25:41

Daniel refocuses his attention on the base unit.

0:25:410:25:45

Next job is going to be to prime it so we can paint it,

0:25:450:25:49

and the reason we're going to prime it and paint it

0:25:490:25:51

is because the veneer has worn through

0:25:510:25:55

in some areas on the top surface,

0:25:550:25:58

and the veneer is quite different on all the different sides,

0:25:580:26:03

so it will be nice to make it a bit more uniform

0:26:030:26:05

and make it look a bit more contemporary.

0:26:050:26:07

Leaving the base coat to dry,

0:26:160:26:18

Daniel starts thinking about the design for the mirror.

0:26:180:26:21

I want to have some birds in it

0:26:210:26:23

cos I do a lot of bird illustrations,

0:26:230:26:25

but because of the timeframe,

0:26:250:26:27

I've got some existing bird drawings that I've already done

0:26:270:26:31

that can be read by the laser machine,

0:26:310:26:33

so I'm just laying them out onto the dimensions of the art board,

0:26:330:26:38

basically, for the mirror.

0:26:380:26:41

Satisfied his design is in place,

0:26:410:26:43

it's back to the base unit to finish the paint job.

0:26:430:26:47

By far, the trickiest aspect of this project

0:26:520:26:55

is creating a freestanding mirror safely,

0:26:550:26:59

and Daniel thinks he has come up with the best solution.

0:26:590:27:02

The mirror's going to go up to there,

0:27:020:27:04

but I want to have some bar that maybe comes up and bends back.

0:27:040:27:08

Daniel has taken on a project that requires creativity

0:27:100:27:14

and a heavy helping of good engineering.

0:27:140:27:17

And success will depend on Daniel

0:27:180:27:20

getting the precise weight measurements correct.

0:27:200:27:24

Sarah's own project has been a collection of vintage spectacles,

0:27:290:27:33

and she has brought them to the cathedral city of Winchester,

0:27:330:27:37

where she thinks she may have found a buyer.

0:27:370:27:40

Well, I've come to a great vintage shop in Winchester,

0:27:400:27:44

hopefully to sell the sunglasses.

0:27:440:27:45

Karen has seen pictures of them

0:27:450:27:47

and I think she's going to be interested.

0:27:470:27:49

Sarah worked on the glasses at home

0:27:490:27:51

and all it took was warm, soapy water and a bit of elbow grease.

0:27:510:27:55

What do you reckon?

0:27:550:27:57

Now they're sparkling like new and desirable once again.

0:27:570:28:02

Sarah has brought them

0:28:020:28:03

to the vintage clothing store Stardust Years.

0:28:030:28:06

-Hi, Karen.

-Hello, Sarah.

0:28:060:28:09

-How are you doing?

-All right, thank you, yes.

0:28:090:28:11

Wow, you've got some lovely stuff in, haven't you?

0:28:110:28:13

-That looks amazing.

-Thank you. Yes, I have.

0:28:130:28:16

Wow. Now, I sent you the pictures of the sunglasses.

0:28:160:28:19

Yes, you did, yes. They're very interesting.

0:28:190:28:21

Do you think you might like them?

0:28:210:28:22

-Yes.

-It's really worth having a closer look,

0:28:220:28:24

cos I think there are some lovely ones in here.

0:28:240:28:27

These, I think, are absolutely right up your street.

0:28:270:28:30

They are lovely, aren't they?

0:28:300:28:32

These ones, I thought, were just amazing.

0:28:320:28:36

Oh, gosh!

0:28:360:28:38

Yes.

0:28:380:28:40

I'll probably want to steal these for myself.

0:28:400:28:43

-LAUGHING:

-Oh, wow! If I said they suit you...

0:28:430:28:46

Hold on, I've got a mirror in here. Have a look. See what you think.

0:28:460:28:50

-Is that weird?

-Oh!

0:28:510:28:53

So what do you reckon? Are they your cup of tea?

0:28:530:28:55

Do you like them? Do you think you'll take them?

0:28:550:28:57

Yes, I think they are.

0:28:570:28:59

I think they'll be very popular with my customers, so thank you.

0:28:590:29:03

-Brilliant. That's amazing. Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:29:030:29:05

When Sarah spotted Janet and Carl,

0:29:060:29:09

their boot was a treasure trove of trash.

0:29:090:29:12

So the car is absolutely full of it.

0:29:120:29:14

It is, yeah. A load of junk as well.

0:29:140:29:16

After a thorough rummage,

0:29:160:29:19

Sarah settled on a selection of spectacles.

0:29:190:29:22

They're just sunglasses. They're not prescription.

0:29:230:29:25

They're really good.

0:29:250:29:27

As it turns out, they were just what she was looking for.

0:29:270:29:30

Sarah's now in Birmingham to catch up with Janet and Carl

0:29:330:29:37

and reveal what has become of their array of eyewear.

0:29:370:29:41

-Hello there.

-Hi, how are you?

0:29:410:29:42

-Nice to see you.

-Hi.

-Hello, hello. Beautiful day for it.

0:29:420:29:46

It is really nice, yeah.

0:29:460:29:48

I saw you and there were all sorts of exciting things

0:29:480:29:50

in the back of your car.

0:29:500:29:51

There was a whole family's worth of glasses

0:29:510:29:54

in an old cassette box,

0:29:540:29:56

and your family definitely had style!

0:29:560:29:58

I've actually got some pictures here.

0:29:580:30:00

When I went through them all,

0:30:000:30:02

this is the full collection that I found in there,

0:30:020:30:05

and a lovely range of 1940s, '50s, up to what was probably '70s,

0:30:050:30:11

-something like that.

-Very likely, yeah.

0:30:110:30:13

They were a lovely little archive,

0:30:130:30:15

so they were a great thing for me to find.

0:30:150:30:18

Actually somebody else thought that too and bought them.

0:30:180:30:21

A shop in Winchester.

0:30:210:30:22

-Oh, really?

-And I've got some money to share with you.

0:30:220:30:25

-In fact, I've got £55 here.

-Oh, wow.

0:30:250:30:27

Unexpected.

0:30:270:30:29

That's for you. I don't know who gets that.

0:30:290:30:31

I'll hang on to that. No, you can.

0:30:310:30:34

£55 as a little windfall.

0:30:340:30:36

Is there anything that you might do with that?

0:30:360:30:38

We said to my sister we'd just do a family meal.

0:30:380:30:40

It'll be a nice thing to take everybody out,

0:30:400:30:42

-or add it to a family meal.

-Fantastic.

0:30:420:30:44

Well, they were a lovely thing for you to let me have a look at.

0:30:440:30:47

Especially as they were such personal items,

0:30:470:30:49

-so thank you so much.

-Fantastic.

0:30:490:30:51

-Lovely to see you.

-Very nice to see you.

0:30:510:30:52

I hope you have a lovely meal. At least some drinks on us.

0:30:520:30:55

-Thank you very much, bye-bye.

-Cheers, bye.

-Bye.

0:30:550:30:57

Well, it's such a personal thing, your spectacles,

0:31:000:31:03

and it was so sweet that Janet and Carl

0:31:030:31:05

said that I could have a look at all of their family's collection,

0:31:050:31:08

and I'm so pleased we made a little bit of money for them

0:31:080:31:10

and they're all going to go out and have a lovely supper together.

0:31:100:31:13

The spectacles incurred no cost in being prepared for sale

0:31:150:31:18

and Sarah managed to sell them all for £55,

0:31:180:31:22

which means that Janet and Carl received the whole lot as profit.

0:31:220:31:26

Bon appetit.

0:31:260:31:28

Time to return to Manchester,

0:31:320:31:34

where Sarah has got an appointment with Anthony

0:31:340:31:37

and those two atomic-style chairs.

0:31:370:31:40

But will his decision to flock see him ending up in the dock?

0:31:400:31:44

Sarah is on her way to come and pick up these chairs,

0:31:440:31:47

and, to be honest, I think she's going to love them.

0:31:470:31:49

Never done any flocking before,

0:31:490:31:51

but I think they look absolutely amazing.

0:31:510:31:55

Well, I'm here to pick up my retro chairs.

0:31:550:31:57

They had great atomic styling, but mouldy seat pads,

0:31:570:32:00

so I'm hoping that Anthony has managed to create something

0:32:000:32:03

that will give me a warm fuzzy feeling and isn't a flock to far.

0:32:030:32:06

You can never tell what awaits inside Anthony's workshop,

0:32:070:32:11

but it has to be an improvement on what Sarah left -

0:32:110:32:15

two tired and mouldy chairs.

0:32:150:32:17

The chairs are now unrecognisable,

0:32:190:32:21

as these two are dressed top to toe in pretty pink flocking.

0:32:210:32:26

The seats themselves have been plumped and padded by Anthony

0:32:270:32:31

and upholstered in a cerise pink material.

0:32:310:32:34

The chairs have retained all of their style

0:32:350:32:38

but none of their old stuffiness.

0:32:380:32:40

I just hope Sarah's prepared for what awaits.

0:32:400:32:44

-Anthony.

-Hello.

0:32:440:32:46

(Oh, my word.)

0:32:470:32:49

Aren't they fun?!

0:32:490:32:50

-Look at that. Are you pleased?

-Yes.

0:32:500:32:54

I've never seen anything like them.

0:32:540:32:56

I know!

0:32:560:32:57

Yeah, I don't know whether it'll make a comeback,

0:32:570:33:00

but I like the way it all moulds into one, the colour.

0:33:000:33:04

And it's actually quite hard wearing, isn't it?

0:33:040:33:06

They use it in cars.

0:33:060:33:07

It is a high-end interior finish for cars, isn't it?

0:33:070:33:11

Yes. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

0:33:110:33:12

Yeah. I think, to be honest,

0:33:120:33:14

I'm thinking about maybe a sideboard at home.

0:33:140:33:17

-The possibilities are endless.

-I can't...

0:33:170:33:19

I would like to come and have some cheese and pineapple

0:33:190:33:22

served on your flocked sideboard,

0:33:220:33:23

cos I reckon you are combining the best of 1970s

0:33:230:33:26

with this kind of look.

0:33:260:33:28

It may well be a 1970s look,

0:33:280:33:30

but I'm sure it's not a 1970s price.

0:33:300:33:34

The original estimate for the two chairs was £200.

0:33:340:33:39

Flocking is going to be the new big thing,

0:33:390:33:41

but did it come out on budget?

0:33:410:33:43

When we sent them away,

0:33:430:33:44

he also requested a part of the fabric,

0:33:440:33:47

so when the flocker was matching the fabric against the flocking stuff,

0:33:470:33:51

he had to carefully colour match it, so there was a cost in there.

0:33:510:33:56

It was an extra £20,

0:33:560:33:57

which, to be honest, on the result of it, I think is not bad at all.

0:33:570:34:01

He's made a great match.

0:34:010:34:03

As I said, I haven't seen anything like this before.

0:34:030:34:06

-No.

-And that's not in a bad way.

0:34:060:34:08

You know, I think you might have started something here.

0:34:080:34:10

You want to touch them all the time,

0:34:100:34:12

and I think that somebody is going to love those.

0:34:120:34:15

Flocking is the new big thing. Well done. Thanks so much.

0:34:170:34:20

Nice one, Anthony. Your pink chairs are sensational.

0:34:200:34:23

Well, I've definitely got that warm, fuzzy feeling.

0:34:230:34:26

It's lovely to see a whole new finish on some furniture,

0:34:260:34:29

and I think Anthony may have just started the flocking revolution.

0:34:290:34:33

I feel like a winner. Chairs look great, Sarah's happy.

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Job's a good 'un.

0:34:360:34:37

When Sarah spotted Mark at the tip, she was soon asking questions.

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-Are you chucking?

-Yep.

0:34:420:34:44

-That's a silly question, isn't it? Cos you're at the tip.

-Yeah.

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It wasn't long before Mark got the measure of Sarah.

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I don't know what Sarah's going to do with them chairs,

0:34:500:34:53

but I think it might be something mad.

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Mad, maybe, but beautiful nonetheless.

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That beauty was appreciated

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by an interior design shop - Lavish Home in Chorley -

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run by Donna, who was quick to snap them up.

0:35:030:35:05

I absolutely love these.

0:35:050:35:07

They look amazing, they feel amazing.

0:35:070:35:09

We can definitely sell these.

0:35:090:35:11

The more I see those chairs, the more I think they're growing on me.

0:35:110:35:16

Sarah has driven to Walsall to catch up with Mark

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to show him what became of his chairs.

0:35:190:35:21

-Hi, Mark.

-Hello.

-Nice to see you again.

-And you.

0:35:210:35:24

Thank you very much for saying you'd come and catch up with us again.

0:35:240:35:27

So I saw you dropping off a couple of chairs at the recycling centre.

0:35:270:35:31

-Yes.

-Well, I thought they were lovely.

0:35:310:35:33

I don't often pick up a pair of chairs like that,

0:35:330:35:35

but they had a really good look to them and lovely styling.

0:35:350:35:38

I actually took them to a guy in Manchester called Anthony,

0:35:380:35:41

and he's an upholsterer, and he had a really good idea for them.

0:35:410:35:45

Are you ready? I've got some photos.

0:35:450:35:47

-I think this is probably how you remember them.

-Yes.

0:35:470:35:50

-Looking familiar?

-Yeah.

0:35:500:35:51

OK, well brace yourself, because this is how they look now.

0:35:510:35:54

-LAUGHING:

-Oh! That's quite different!

0:35:540:35:56

I don't know if you remember flocking in the 1970s.

0:35:580:36:01

-Oh, yeah, yeah.

-That kind of fuzzy, velvety feeling.

0:36:010:36:04

-That's very good, that is.

-Do you approve?

-Yeah!

0:36:040:36:08

-They are...

-Changed.

-They are changed, aren't they?

0:36:080:36:11

They're really bright. It was their great shape that really helped them.

0:36:110:36:14

They've been sold to a luxury home boutique in Chorley,

0:36:140:36:17

and I've got some profit.

0:36:170:36:19

Not a massive amount, but a little bit here for you.

0:36:190:36:21

I've got £25 here.

0:36:210:36:23

-Thank you very much.

-After the sale of your chairs, so that's for you.

0:36:230:36:26

Thank you. Thank you very much.

0:36:260:36:28

I have to ask. What might you do with 25 quid?

0:36:280:36:30

That might my match ticket for the football at the end of the month.

0:36:300:36:33

Fantastic. Lovely. Well, it was great to catch up.

0:36:330:36:36

Thank you so much for letting me take your chairs away,

0:36:360:36:38

and they have been given a new lease of life.

0:36:380:36:40

If that buys you a ticket for the football, then I'm really pleased.

0:36:400:36:43

-Thanks so much.

-Thank you very much.

-Bye-bye.

0:36:430:36:45

Thank you, bye.

0:36:450:36:46

Well, I just love that.

0:36:490:36:50

A pair of chairs are going to get Mark a seat at the footie.

0:36:500:36:53

Let's hope he's a winner there too.

0:36:530:36:56

The total cost for flocking the two chairs was £220,

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20 above the original estimate.

0:37:010:37:03

But Sarah was able to sell them for 245,

0:37:030:37:07

which left Mark with a profit of £25.

0:37:070:37:10

In Walthamstow, it's down to the wire

0:37:160:37:19

as Daniel works hard to be ready for Sarah's final visit.

0:37:190:37:23

The thing is with Sarah, is you always...

0:37:250:37:28

Well, you never know what you're going to get from her,

0:37:280:37:30

and you can try and estimate how long you think it's going to take

0:37:300:37:33

for something to be done,

0:37:330:37:34

but invariably it shoots over now and again,

0:37:340:37:37

so that's what we're doing now.

0:37:370:37:39

We're kind of scrambling it together at the last minute.

0:37:390:37:42

Well, our little mirrored hall stand had great legs,

0:37:450:37:47

but not many other redeeming features,

0:37:470:37:49

so Dan is going to have to have given it

0:37:490:37:51

a really good design injection if it's going to make some money.

0:37:510:37:54

Right from the start,

0:38:000:38:01

this skip-bound hotchpotch was always going to be a challenge.

0:38:010:38:05

But we need not have worried.

0:38:110:38:13

Daniel has totally reinvigorated this piece of furniture...

0:38:150:38:20

..and, in doing so, has exceeded all our expectations.

0:38:210:38:26

Adding stylish new legs, sanding and repainting the base...

0:38:280:38:32

..he's given this piece a whole new identity.

0:38:340:38:37

-Hello.

-Hello, how you doing?

0:38:400:38:42

-I'm really well. How are you?

-Not bad. Good to see you.

0:38:420:38:46

-Wow!

-There you go.

0:38:460:38:48

This was that funny piece of furniture

0:38:480:38:50

that was sort of half piece of furniture

0:38:500:38:52

and half something stuck to a wall.

0:38:520:38:55

What have you done with it? The mirror looks different.

0:38:550:38:57

Is that just cos it's the full length of it?

0:38:570:38:59

Yes. We've etched it, we've cut a new back for it

0:38:590:39:02

and we've put it onto the unit so that it's freestanding.

0:39:020:39:06

So it doesn't have to be against the wall any more.

0:39:060:39:08

That's a really clever idea,

0:39:080:39:10

cos it's changed it from what was low on style, wasn't it?

0:39:100:39:14

Slightly impractical, into really rather cool.

0:39:140:39:17

Cool, stylish, unique,

0:39:190:39:22

and, unbelievably, considering its original form, practical.

0:39:220:39:27

Where do you see it now? Do think it's definitely in the bedroom?

0:39:270:39:30

Yeah, I think it works well in a hallway

0:39:300:39:33

or a corner of a room where somebody can stand back from it

0:39:330:39:37

and get dressed in front of it.

0:39:370:39:39

Then you've got the drawer for all your bits and bobs as well.

0:39:390:39:42

I have to hand it to you, Daniel - you have delivered big-time.

0:39:420:39:46

This is a great piece.

0:39:470:39:50

-Can we talk budget?

-We're on budget.

0:39:500:39:52

-Lovely. So 300 quid on that?

-Yeah, great.

0:39:520:39:55

I think you've created a whole piece of furniture

0:39:550:39:58

out of something that was cobbled together,

0:39:580:40:00

-so I'm very pleased with that. Thank you so much.

-Cheers, Sarah.

0:40:000:40:03

Well done.

0:40:030:40:04

Well, I'm really pleasantly surprised,

0:40:080:40:10

cos Dan has taken what was just a random bundle of old bits

0:40:100:40:13

and transformed them into a stylish,

0:40:130:40:15

mid-century-looking piece of furniture,

0:40:150:40:17

and I think it's going to make some money.

0:40:170:40:19

The mirror unit belonged to Ash,

0:40:230:40:25

who wasn't convinced that the elements of his old throwaway

0:40:250:40:29

would stay together.

0:40:290:40:30

I don't know what Sarah could do with that.

0:40:320:40:35

Possibly make it into a unit on its own without the mirror, probably.

0:40:350:40:40

Daniel managed to keep the unit and mirror together,

0:40:420:40:45

transforming them with style

0:40:450:40:47

to give this tip find a whole new lease of life.

0:40:470:40:50

And it didn't take long for a vintage and retro furniture boutique

0:40:530:40:57

in Cheshire to say, "We'll have that, thank you very much."

0:40:570:41:01

Owner Joel is mighty pleased with it.

0:41:020:41:05

I really love the detail in the mirror.

0:41:050:41:08

It's really, really intricate and precise.

0:41:080:41:11

I love the colour of the drawer,

0:41:110:41:12

and the lining inside really sets that off.

0:41:120:41:15

And the hairpin legs at the bottom really finish it off.

0:41:150:41:18

I think it's a really nice-looking piece

0:41:180:41:20

and our customers are going to absolutely love it.

0:41:200:41:23

And now all that's left is for Sarah to hand over the profit.

0:41:230:41:26

-Hello there.

-Hello, Sarah. How are you?

-Nice to see you again.

0:41:290:41:32

Nice to see you.

0:41:320:41:33

I said if I could do anything with your old mirror stand,

0:41:330:41:36

-I'd be back in touch, so here I am.

-Oh, right, OK.

0:41:360:41:38

Did you wonder what might have happened to it after we left you?

0:41:380:41:41

I did wonder what you'd do with it

0:41:410:41:43

and I would like to see what's become of it.

0:41:430:41:46

I took it up to London to this great guy called Dan,

0:41:460:41:48

who specialises in surface pattern design.

0:41:480:41:50

So I've got a picture of it. I think, first, as you remember it.

0:41:500:41:53

-Is that looking familiar?

-That's right, that's the one, yes.

0:41:530:41:56

-After he'd finished with it, it looked like this.

-Oh, right.

0:41:560:41:59

-What do you think?

-I think it's beautiful.

0:41:590:42:01

It's lovely. Yeah, I'd definitely have that back in the house.

0:42:010:42:05

Well, there's bad news. You can't have it back.

0:42:050:42:07

-No? OK.

-Because somebody else has bought it.

0:42:070:42:10

And I've got some money here to share with you.

0:42:100:42:12

So I have, in fact, £75 here for you...

0:42:120:42:15

-Oh, wonderful.

-..as a little gift.

0:42:150:42:18

Thank you very much.

0:42:180:42:19

I think I'll donate it to the Stroke Association,

0:42:190:42:22

seeing it was my father-in-law's

0:42:220:42:24

and he passed away because of a stroke.

0:42:240:42:27

I think it'll be a nice gesture

0:42:270:42:29

just to give them the donation for that.

0:42:290:42:31

That's such a generous thing to do. Thank you so much.

0:42:310:42:33

Thank you for letting us have it and for catching up today.

0:42:330:42:36

Daniel charged £300 for the makeover.

0:42:390:42:43

Sarah sold the unit of £375,

0:42:430:42:47

leaving £75 of profit,

0:42:470:42:50

which will go to a stroke charity chosen by Ash.

0:42:500:42:53

Sarah has saved three items from the Walsall recycling centre.

0:42:580:43:03

Mark's old chairs were radically reworked by Anthony.

0:43:030:43:07

Daniel delivered some class with the mirror unit.

0:43:070:43:11

And Sarah spotted the potential in Janet and Carl's old spectacles.

0:43:110:43:16

From tip bound to tiptop, items have undergone amazing transformations

0:43:160:43:20

and been given a whole new lease of life,

0:43:200:43:22

and we proved along the way that it might be hard work,

0:43:220:43:25

but you can make money for nothing.

0:43:250:43:27

Sarah Moore is at Walsall Recycling Centre near Birmingham. First up to be saved are a pair of brown atomic chairs. Upholsterer Anthony Devine is the man to turn these boring, tired and mouldy chairs from drab to fab.

Sarah then diverts a mid-century hall unit from the dump and gives designer Daniel Heath the challenge of bringing it bang up to date.

Sarah's own money-making makeover comes in the form of a collection of vintage spectacles. Can the team pull off these tricky transformations and produce a profit?


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