Episode 5 Money for Nothing


Episode 5

Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore is at Altrincham Recycling Centre, where she finds a set of wrought iron gates, a kid's chest of drawers and a wad of natural sheep's wool.


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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, you're welcome, yeah.

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-Fantastic!

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

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on things before they hit the skip.

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

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and I turn 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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Aren't you 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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Today, Sarah's at the Woodhouse Lane recycling centre in Altrincham,

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Greater Manchester.

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I am feeling tiptop today, and I'm here to pick up some top tip trash.

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-But not from in there.

-Certainly not.

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It's Sarah's mission to save three items before they hit the skip,

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so she can restore, revitalise and sell on for a profit.

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I'm stalking your rubbish today and trying to find something in your boot.

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But before you go pestering people at your local tip, don't bother.

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Sarah had to get special permission to raid the rubbish today,

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and she knows exactly what she wants.

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I want cutlery, costume jewellery.

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I'd quite like a bed.

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I've never had a bed before.

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Really? Where do you sleep?

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Well, maybe you'll find one in the back of Chris's car.

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-Ooh...

-Ooh, don't hurt yourself.

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Chris and his brother Andrew

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have been clearing out their childhood home,

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and Sarah wants to get her hands on Chris's drawers.

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-Hello.

-Hiya.

-Oh, what is that?

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Oh, Lassie!

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-Whose is that?

-It was in the garage at my mum's for donkey's years,

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but it used to be in my bedroom when I grew up.

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My father restored it, painted it white and yellow, put transfers on.

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As a young boy I grew up with it, my clothes were in it.

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-Fantastic.

-So much history here.

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Those are all the fish are used to have,

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and that's the memorial to them.

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A fishy shrine? That's sweet...

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Kind of.

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-Which was your favourite?

-I can't remember, unfortunately,

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it's that long ago.

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I think Martin and Harvey were hamsters.

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Well, I would love to try and take it away,

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and see if one of my more talented friends can

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do something less Lassie with it.

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If somebody can do something with it, great.

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I'm slightly worried about...

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-The gravestones!

-..removing the memorial.

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Sarah's got Chris's childhood chest of drawers, and for Chris,

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it's time to say goodbye.

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If she can do something with it, that would be lovely.

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If it would make somebody happy, that would be great.

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It's got a lot of restoration to do if it's going to be worth anything,

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but it's got some original features and I think there's some potential

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here, but I'm going to need some really talented help to turn that into a money-maker.

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Well, let's find out who Sarah has got lined up.

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Rupert Blanchard is a furniture-maker,

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and self-confessed hoarder of anything old he can turn into gold.

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I work mostly with salvaged and found reclaimed materials,

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so I basically work with other people's waste.

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I reassemble it as modern furniture.

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Rupert has carved out a name for himself

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as one of the most imaginative designers

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working with undervalued materials.

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His furniture is modern, fun and always tells a story.

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I love making something from nothing,

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something that everyone's given up on, something with a good history,

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something with a story,

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and something that I want to preserve and share that story with others.

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It's an incredibly satisfying job.

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Well, what Sarah's bringing you definitely comes with a story,

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but let's hope it has a happy ending.

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That's one item down, two to go, and with the tip getting busier,

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things are getting hectic.

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Luckily, Sarah's found a way to relax.

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Just doing a bit of tip yoga.

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Hoping for some good karma today.

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No, it's not working, come on. Oh, she's so Zen(!)

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Sarah's saving her downward dog for later.

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She's spotted potential in the back of Di and Don's car.

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-Hello there.

-Hi.

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-Hello.

-Just looking at your fantastic load of rubbish.

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Well, it IS a load of rubbish!

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I love your gates!

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They look like you might have had them for a while.

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-Probably... How long ago was the house?

-Hundreds of years!

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-Hundreds of years.

-In fact, since the '70s, I think.

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-Since the '70s.

-Shall we get them out and see what they're like?

-Yes.

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Di and Don's disused garden gates are made from wrought iron,

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which is no longer produced on a commercial scale.

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They really do weigh a tonne.

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Everything from horseshoes to handrails used to be made

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from wrought iron, until the turn of the century,

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when mild steel became more widely available and less costly.

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The fact they are old and substantial and solid means they have so much

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potential to be reused.

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Luckily for Sarah, wrought iron is tough, malleable and easily welded.

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So would it be OK if I took them away and tried to make something out of them?

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I never thought of doing anything else with them, except get rid of them.

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I think, with some careful thought, there's just so much metal there.

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-You can do something useful?

-Yeah.

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I might have a couple of ideas but I'll keep in touch and show you

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what happens. Thank you so much.

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-It was lovely to meet you.

-And you.

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Sarah's got a couple of ideas for the gates.

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What about Don and Di?

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It would lend itself to some sort of garden ornament, perhaps.

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Just garden table, bench, I don't know.

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Something for the garden, then?

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These are going to be pearly gates because they are going to go to metal heaven,

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and I've got just the person in mind to transform them into something fabulous.

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Think metal, think Bex Simon.

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Bex is one of the country's leading artist-blacksmiths,

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and together with husband Dave,

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this pair have certainly proved their mettle,

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producing high-end interior furniture and bespoke metalwork commissions.

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I love designing,

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so I like the most bizarre commissions that we get because

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it's a real sort of challenge of your design skills.

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I think making things, you can get lost in here.

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The blacksmith's workshop is a bit like a cave.

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You know, it's your safe place, it's homely.

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It's weird cos it's dark and it's dingy.

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It's a bit like hell!

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Sorry!

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So, will it be metal heaven or metal hell for the pearly gates?

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Let's see.

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That's our first two items squirreled away for Rupert and Bex.

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Now Sarah just needs to find something to work on herself.

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That's looking like good-quality rubbish you're dropping off today.

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And she's found that flattery gets you everywhere.

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I'm building up relationships with my potential customers.

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Relationships?

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Just try and keep it professional, Sarah.

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You're bound to get on like a house on fire with Helen once you see what

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she's throwing out.

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Oh, you haven't got anything I can recycle, have you?

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Well, we've got...

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The packaging from food delivery.

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What is it? I've seen this stuff.

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It's wool and it says it's all biodegradable.

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-Let's have a look. Come back into your car, let's see what you've...

-Yes, believe it or not,

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sheep's wool is becoming popular as a natural alternative

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for food packaging.

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It's sustainable, hygienic and eco-friendly.

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This is the bit that keeps the meat or fish that comes in the delivery

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really cold, so it comes in with some ice pack.

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So you get a weekly food delivery, do you?

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Just started. I think this is probably the fourth or fifth box we've got.

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And this is what wraps up the items that need to stay cold.

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So, "Recycle bag contains pure sheep's wool, which is compostable,

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"biodegradable and fully sustainable."

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I love that kind of thing.

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Wow. So let's have a...

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Oh, look at it.

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They must have had a black sheep in their family, mustn't they? Because look at it, it's all...

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-It's all matted, isn't it?

-I love things like that.

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I know it sounds really odd, but please may I take your wool away?

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You can. Definitely.

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-Yes.

-Fantastic. Thank you very much.

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OK. Bye!

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Ooh, just looking at that wool is making me feel itchy.

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What do you think, Helen?

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Will Sarah be knitting jumpers with it?

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Maybe she could stuff something or make a cushion, I don't know.

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Yeah. Not sure at all.

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Do you know something, it's made of pure sheep's wool.

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Smells of sheep. Feels of sheep.

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Must be able to make something out of it.

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And with that, Sarah has her three items.

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Rupert will transfer his talents to the chest of drawers.

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Bex will take the old gates to metal heaven.

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And Sarah will whip up something wonderful with the wool.

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The rubbish has been flooding in here today.

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Now it's time for a storm of creativity with the help of my talented friends.

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For Sarah's first stop, she's travelled to the seaside town of Margate,

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a place where I used to go on holiday as a boy.

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And not much has changed except a 99 will now cost you £1.75.

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Sarah has dragged that old chest of drawers all the way down from

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Manchester. She must be exhausted.

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Let's hope Rupert will take it off her hands.

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I'm hoping Sarah's going to bring me something really old and rotten

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today. Something that really shows a lot of history,

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something that someone's given up on now

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but I can still see a colourful past.

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You are going to love this, Rupert.

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I've ended up in Margate with my battered chest of drawers,

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with Lassie on the front.

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And I'm going to make Rupert take this on and turn it into something amazing.

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-How are you?

-I'm good.

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What have you brought me?

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Chest of drawers, old one.

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That is superb. I had a chest of drawers like this as a child.

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But mine had the A-Team stickers all over it.

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This one's got Lassie.

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Shall we get Lassie on the table

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and try and work out what on earth to do with it?

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It has got some very sweet details, like the goldfish and the hamsters

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that were owned by the person who had it when he was younger.

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That's pretty amazing.

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It's a Victorian chest of drawers that's been chopped about,

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it's then got...perhaps 1950s transfers all over it?

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And then in recent years it's been used in the garage,

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so it's sort of been demoted and demoted and now here it is, with me.

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It's yours to do what you like with if you'll take it on.

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I wouldn't feel bad about maybe giving this a new lease of life in a new room.

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So it's been in a bedroom, it's been in a garage,

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I want to get this in a living room.

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I want to turn this into a nice sideboard.

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Are you going to tell me your plan or is that going to be a surprise?

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I'm not entirely sure what finish it will have but I think this piece is

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going to be bigger.

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OK, bigger is good.

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But is it going to be a big budget?

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Have you got a quick-and-dirty cost on it?

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Are you thinking that there's a price that we can put on it now?

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I think I've probably got to spend somewhere around 250 to 300 on it.

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I don't quite know until it take it apart.

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It may well just crumble on the floor into a big pile of firewood.

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But hopefully not.

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I mean, if I leave you with 300 quid on it...

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-Hopefully that gives you enough to play with...

-Excellent. I'll do it.

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Brilliant!

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A big, classy, saleable sideboard.

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Very commercial.

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Except, knowing Rupert, he'll want to keep those stickers on it.

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I'm pretty excited about this project. It's a nice piece.

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My only conflict is, I do like the transfers on it.

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So if I can keep them, I will.

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Told you!

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Well, that chest of drawers has been through a lot.

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It's been through the bedroom,

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through the garage and now its final reincarnation,

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I think it might be its best moment yet.

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So it'll cost £300 for Rupert to transform the drawers.

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And if he can make it saleable, Sarah could be seeing a big profit.

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From the seaside to the Surrey countryside,

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and hidden away among the trees...

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..is a jagged metal jungle.

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And in amongst the fire,

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hot metal...and sparks...

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Bex is just sitting, colouring in.

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Sarah's brought the metal gates.

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Well, a bit of them.

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I'm sure the rest of it's about here somewhere.

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Oh, there they are. But can Bex bring her trademark quirkiness

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to this project?

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One thing that we're trying to do is add a sort of a bit of a

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Bex Simon twist, you know?

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So it's good fun.

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I've come to lovely leafy Surrey with my distressed metal gates,

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and Bex is going to have to take a good look at these and try and think

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of some very clever ideas to bring them back to life

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and back in the money.

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Well, let's find out.

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I've brought you a pair of massive gates.

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The pearly gates!

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That's what I called them. They are really heavy.

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-They've been outside. They're beginning to sort of deteriorate in some places.

-Yeah.

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But mainly I think they're pretty solid.

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They're good. We'd have to get that shot-blasted to get the finish off.

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But what are you thinking?

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I suppose they could be beds, but...

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Yeah, beds. Single beds.

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-I think it would have to be single.

-Yeah, oh, my goodness.

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What we could do, basically keep this as the headboard,

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and then we could do some sort of detail around it.

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Sort of make it a bit, like, fairy tale, perhaps?

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You know, imagine it is like a gate, but we could have, like,

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a hedge or some sort of tree that makes it look like it's, you know,

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leading into, like, the secret garden or something.

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I think Bex is already there.

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So it's obviously a child's bed.

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Yeah, yeah, and we could put fairy lights in the tree!

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SARAH LAUGHS

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Yeah, and you could have unicorns on the legs,

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and goblins in the pillows,

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and the feet could be mushrooms, and...

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I'll stop there!

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So hit me with some fairy-tale figures.

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-How much is it going to be?

-So I reckon for the shot-blasting,

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that will probably be about 150 quid.

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And then...say 500 quid,

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and I think... Because I really want to do this,

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I am already there.

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-It's a deal.

-Fantastic!

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£150 to clean up the metal, plus £500 labour.

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That's quite a budget for one fairy-tale bed.

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But at least Bex seems excited.

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Really excited!

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It's probably going to go way over budget, but I really want to do it.

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You know, it's got that whole storytelling thing.

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It will be a real bed to make you smile.

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I can't wait to get going.

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Well, I've left Bex to her fairy tales.

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But back in the real world, £650 is a lot of money to spend on a bed.

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But I have high hopes.

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I think she's got a fantastic idea and the bed's going to be stunning.

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What do you think, Bex?

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I can't wait!

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It'll be £650 to make the bed.

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Let's hope Bex doesn't go too OTT on the fairy stuff,

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or it could end up weighing a tonne.

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With Bex away talking to the fairies,

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it's time for Sarah to head back home to the Sussex countryside

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and get started on her own project.

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Sarah's had a bit of time to think about what to do

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with the woollen packaging. So what's the plan?

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I picked this up, thinking, "Oh, there's this fantastic thing called needle felting."

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It's a sweet little craft, doesn't take very long to do.

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And I looked into it, and you need beautiful, smart wool.

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And what I've got is really a very raw material.

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This is in its absolute roughest state.

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But I'm going to give it a go.

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To felt materials means to matt, condense or press fibres together.

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-Here's what you need.

-Needle felting does this using - yeah,

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you guessed it.

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Needles like this have tiny barbs on them that mean when you poke all the

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fibres together, they kind of mesh together.

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Then you get tools like this that have lots of needles on them to make it just a little bit quicker.

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Using this process, Sarah's going to mould shapes from the wool,

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which will eventually become little ornamental woollen animals.

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Isn't that cute?

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The best thing that I can try and make are some birds.

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Something like a wren and a thrush,

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because this has got lots of lovely different colours of wool in it.

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And I just want to make the simplest possible thing.

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To make her ornamental birds, Sarah first begins to felt her wool.

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The notches along the shaft of the needle grab the top layer of fibres

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and tangle them with the inner layers.

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Whose idea was this? I'm in agony already!

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The hope is that it all binds together to make a solid shape.

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You can see the wool is starting to just felt together,

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so the ball isn't coming unravelled any more.

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And it's getting some real tension going on in here.

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The wool Sarah's using has itself already been felted industrially

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for the use in food packaging.

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Maybe if I try and make a tail... that might help.

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Sheep's wool is becoming quite popular

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as natural insulation material for food delivery.

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Wool fibres are effective at absorbing moisture from the air,

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which minimises humidity and maintains stable temperatures.

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I've been at it for about an hour,

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and it still looks like a donkey or something, doesn't it?

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But do you know something, I'm going to persevere,

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because I've taken this and I'm going to make money out of it.

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It's at times like these I begin to wonder whether it's all worth the effort.

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If it's taken her this long to get it looking like that, then...

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Oh, that's actually looking quite birdie!

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I've put all the little wings on.

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But I don't think anybody's going to buy it yet, are they?

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It looks less like a horse.

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Well, it's a start.

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Sarah's also got a few other bright ideas to make it look less horsey.

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Just trying to make some little legs for my wren.

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I've got some old wire that I found.

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But it's quite tricky to make them.

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So far, Sarah has spent just £6 on the felting needles.

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It's taken some time just to get one done,

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so she had better get a move on if she wants a flock.

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Back we go to Margate.

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And would you believe it? It's another sunny day at the beach.

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Anyone would think that we just picked the nicest day of the year

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to do some filming, and then just kept reusing the shots.

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Well... Let's see what Rupert's up to.

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Rupert's hard at work sketching out ideas for Sarah's new sideboard,

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made from the old chest of drawers.

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Sarah left me with a very simple chest of drawers.

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Ideally, I'd like to pull it apart a bit further.

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So if there's two drawers at the top, two drawers below,

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I want to try and use the top surface of the chest of drawers

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to create some cupboards at the side.

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Rupert starts by putting the drawers to one side.

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The next step is to dismantle the base.

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And he's not messing about.

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Rupert's smashing the thing to bits to see how much usable wood can be

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incorporated back into the new sideboard.

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This is definitely the most fun part of the job - taking the piece apart.

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You learn how it's made, what you've got to work with.

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And you get to break something up.

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So this stack of materials is what I have to play with now.

0:22:250:22:28

I've removed all the really rubbish bits.

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The only new material I'm going to introduce is some recycled OSB.

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OSB, or oriented strand board,

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is made from scrap wood shavings which are glued together

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and compressed to make boards.

0:22:420:22:45

I'm going to start constructing this thing.

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The wood used in OSB is grown in sustainable forests and contains

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fewer harmful chemicals than MDF or plywood.

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It's strong and durable,

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perfect for Rupert to use as the main body of the new sideboard.

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I'm going to screw together the framework outside of this sideboard now,

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to try and get an overall idea of the size.

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Rupert's putting in just a few screws to hold the frame in place

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so he can judge the scale of it.

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And by the looks of it, it's going to be a whopper.

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Sarah's cabinet is definitely growing.

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Well, what do you reckon, Rupert?

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-It's a bit long.

-"A bit"!

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Hoping Sarah's going to be able to sell this one.

0:23:330:23:36

Yeah, you and me both, mate.

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What am I going to do with these animals?

0:23:380:23:41

Putting the huge sideboard to one side, Rupert turns his attention to...

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Urgh, those stickers!

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-Do I keep them, or...

-No, you don't keep them!

0:23:480:23:51

Nobody wants a sideboard with dirty transfers on it.

0:23:510:23:54

Might start trying to take off this elephant.

0:23:540:23:57

Sorry, little friend.

0:23:570:23:59

He's come to his senses, thank goodness.

0:23:590:24:02

Maybe now we'll have some chance of selling it.

0:24:020:24:05

Come on, Rupert. Give it some welly.

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Little friend doesn't want to go. He's taking the paint off.

0:24:110:24:14

-Perfect(!)

-It's removing the yellow paint.

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It's going down to the undercoat.

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I can see the original wood here.

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And still the elephant isn't shifting.

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With the wire wool not up to the job, Rupert breaks out the white spirits.

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-Time to go.

-That stuff can strip the enamel off your teeth.

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So it's bye-bye to the stickers, hello, classy sideboard.

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They don't want to shift.

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-Oh, no!

-They don't want to go.

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These animals might be here to stay.

0:24:420:24:44

What is it with the stickers?

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Right, I'm going to have a think about that.

0:24:460:24:49

I give up! Keep the stickers. They've earned it.

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Back we go to Surrey.

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And back we go into the fairy-tale forest...

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..where Princess Bex is all alone

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with no-one to help her build that bed.

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Until along came a magical frog,

0:25:130:25:16

and with one kiss...

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It's Prince Charming!

0:25:190:25:21

Oh, no, it's just her husband, Dave.

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Is the mattress going to go from there?

0:25:230:25:26

Bex and Dave are measuring out what will become of the headboard of the new bed.

0:25:260:25:31

And Dave gets to work cutting it to size,

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while Bex fires up the forge.

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Her plan is to make decorative tree trunks that will attach to each side

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of the headboard. This, she hopes,

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will create a fairy-tale garden feel.

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And nothing says fairy tale like a big rusty pipe.

0:25:480:25:54

This is going to be the tree trunk.

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What I'm going to do is cut some slices out so I can hammer it in

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to give it that shape.

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So this should go to plan, shouldn't it?

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Apart from Bex's idea of using massive tubes to make the tree trunks.

0:26:070:26:12

But I'm sure she'll make it look beautiful.

0:26:120:26:16

SHE LAUGHS

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-Thanks, love.

-With a lot of cursing in between.

0:26:180:26:21

Bex starts to cut out the section of tube with her trusty angle grinder

0:26:240:26:29

so it can then be transformed into a thinner, more elegant shape -

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well, that's the plan, anyway -

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while Dave continues to cut out the headboard.

0:26:360:26:39

Once he's happy with the size,

0:26:390:26:41

the gates will then be sent away to be shot-blasted.

0:26:410:26:45

Shot-blasting completely strips metal of any paint or rust

0:26:450:26:49

by firing thousands of tiny steel pellets at it at high speed.

0:26:490:26:54

So this'll be the headboard.

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Then I'm going to get the other gate and cut the bottom bit off that bit

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to do the footboard.

0:27:050:27:07

As a Dave cracks on, Bex begins to heat her big ugly tube trees

0:27:090:27:14

in the forge.

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Once they've reached a temperature of roughly 800 degrees Celsius,

0:27:160:27:20

she can begin to batter them into shape.

0:27:200:27:23

Once the metal starts to cool even slightly, it becomes less malleable,

0:27:300:27:35

so Bex has to heat and hit.

0:27:350:27:38

Heat and hit.

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And it's exhausting.

0:27:400:27:42

Bex, is that really what they're supposed to look like?

0:27:490:27:53

I have no idea what this is going to look like.

0:27:530:27:57

But it's fun trying to get it to somewhere decent.

0:27:570:28:00

It's just, you know, trial and error.

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SHE LAUGHS

0:28:040:28:05

Well, we can't mess it up because we haven't got any more of this tube.

0:28:050:28:09

So it best work.

0:28:090:28:11

All this hammering is taking up an awful lot of their time.

0:28:110:28:15

And they've still got the bed-frame to make.

0:28:150:28:19

-These are going to be the branches.

-This may take a while,

0:28:190:28:22

because everything they've made so far looks less fairy tale

0:28:220:28:26

and more like the stuff of nightmares.

0:28:260:28:29

Back we go to Sussex to see how Sarah has got on stabbing that wool.

0:28:310:28:37

Oops, sorry!

0:28:380:28:39

-You can have that one.

-Sarah has finished her felting and is now out

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with Bramble, collecting twigs,

0:28:450:28:47

which she will use as decoration for her little birdies.

0:28:470:28:51

They look quite interesting. Hopefully that'll be enough.

0:28:510:28:55

Where's that stick?

0:28:550:28:57

Sarah's going all out to ensure those birds fly off the shelf.

0:28:590:29:03

So let's find out what they turned out like.

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Before, the old wool wasn't even fit for a jumper.

0:29:080:29:11

Now...

0:29:110:29:13

It's been transformed into a flock of English garden birds.

0:29:140:29:18

Sarah's hard work and elbow grease has really paid off,

0:29:180:29:23

producing five elegant avian figurines.

0:29:230:29:26

Sarah has used the different shades of wool to beautifully detail the feathers

0:29:280:29:33

and beaks. The wire legs and feet mean they can be attached to surface

0:29:330:29:38

edges. And all the plant pots and twigs and everything - well,

0:29:380:29:42

isn't it just gorgeous?

0:29:420:29:44

Well, I have absolutely loved making these birds.

0:29:470:29:50

Who'd have thought, with a bit of time,

0:29:500:29:53

some old wool and one barbed needle you could turn out that lot?

0:29:530:29:57

I'm really pleased with my little flock.

0:29:570:29:59

Well, let's see if you can flog your flock.

0:29:590:30:02

You haven't got anything I could recycle, have you?

0:30:040:30:07

When Sarah met Helen at the tip,

0:30:070:30:09

she loved the look of her fancy packaging.

0:30:090:30:11

This is the bit that keeps the meat or fish really cold.

0:30:110:30:16

Sarah whisked the wool away, leaving Helen guessing.

0:30:160:30:20

Maybe she could stuff something, or make a cushion...

0:30:200:30:23

I don't know.

0:30:230:30:25

Not this time, Helen.

0:30:250:30:26

Sarah felted her heart out to produce five feathery figures.

0:30:260:30:31

And more than that, she even found a buyer.

0:30:310:30:35

Cafe Smoked and Charred in Chichester snapped up two

0:30:350:30:39

of Sarah's woolly wonders.

0:30:390:30:41

Owner Celia is twittering in delight at them.

0:30:410:30:45

It's just what the cafe needed. We've got other birds,

0:30:450:30:48

and it's more things for the children to spy

0:30:480:30:50

when they come and have a cake.

0:30:500:30:53

So that's two out of the five sold.

0:30:530:30:55

But did Sarah sell the whole flock?

0:30:550:30:58

Sarah is in Bowden, Greater Manchester,

0:31:000:31:02

to meet up with Helen and hand over the profits from two birds,

0:31:020:31:06

three birds... Maybe more.

0:31:060:31:09

-Hi, Helen.

-Hi.

-Hi, there, nice to see you again.

0:31:110:31:14

-And you.

-Now, I said when I saw you at the recycling centre that I'd come back to you

0:31:140:31:18

if there was anything I could do with your packaging.

0:31:180:31:21

Did you wonder what might happen to it?

0:31:210:31:23

I've got no idea what you could do with it, really,

0:31:230:31:25

because it just looks very flat and not very interesting, really.

0:31:250:31:28

I've got some pictures to show you. It was something that I worked on and I had so much fun with it.

0:31:280:31:32

I absolutely just loved working with it.

0:31:320:31:35

So this is what I made from your wool.

0:31:350:31:37

Oh, wow!

0:31:380:31:40

-I made...

-That's brilliant!

0:31:400:31:42

..a collection of English garden birds out of it.

0:31:420:31:45

-It's a technique called needle felting. So that's what happened to it.

-Oh, wow, that's brilliant.

0:31:450:31:49

-What do you think?

-Really good! Yes, I'm amazed.

0:31:490:31:52

When I make things like this,

0:31:520:31:54

I then like to share them and see if I can sell them.

0:31:540:31:57

And a shop in Chichester bought a couple of the birds.

0:31:570:32:00

And then some private people bought the other three.

0:32:000:32:03

So I've actually got some money as well to return to you.

0:32:030:32:07

I have got £194 here.

0:32:070:32:09

Have you? Thank you very much!

0:32:090:32:11

-Oh, thank you!

-Is that a surprise?

0:32:110:32:14

It was, yes. That's brilliant! They did look lovely.

0:32:140:32:17

What are you going to do with £194 you didn't expect?

0:32:170:32:21

My eldest son has just broken

0:32:210:32:23

two bikes, and we are due tomorrow to go and buy him a new bike.

0:32:230:32:28

So that will be very handy for that.

0:32:280:32:31

-Great to catch up. Thank you so much.

-Thanks.

0:32:310:32:34

Sarah spent just £6 on the felting needles,

0:32:340:32:38

meaning with an incredible combined sale of £200 for all five birds,

0:32:380:32:43

Helen is walking away £194 richer.

0:32:430:32:47

Well done, Sarah.

0:32:470:32:49

That's one item producing a good bit of profit.

0:32:530:32:57

Sarah's gone all the way back to Margate

0:32:570:33:00

to find out how Rupert got on with the chest of drawers.

0:33:000:33:04

Rupert's been hard at work finishing off the new sideboard.

0:33:040:33:07

And I'm hoping he's focused some of that hard work into getting rid of

0:33:070:33:12

those stickers. Oh, no. There they are.

0:33:120:33:15

Really concerned about this one.

0:33:150:33:16

I've spent quite a lot of time on it, but I've picked really quite a bright colour.

0:33:160:33:20

So I'm not quite sure that Sarah's going to like this.

0:33:200:33:23

-I hope she does.

-Well, I'm here in bright,

0:33:230:33:26

beautiful Margate to see if Lassie's come home and Rupert has managed to

0:33:260:33:29

transform that tired and tatty chest of drawers into something lovely.

0:33:290:33:34

Before, the chest of drawers were battered but bursting with character.

0:33:370:33:41

Now...

0:33:410:33:43

Well, it's certainly yellow.

0:33:430:33:45

But do you know what? I think it looks pretty cool.

0:33:470:33:50

Rupert has re-purposed loads of the old piece.

0:33:500:33:54

The original top surface is now being used as a shelf

0:33:540:33:58

and a cupboard door.

0:33:580:33:59

The legs are back to being legs again.

0:33:590:34:02

And as for those drawers, nestled into the bright new base,

0:34:020:34:06

it all kind of works.

0:34:060:34:07

It's an ingenious use of old materials.

0:34:070:34:10

But will Sarah like it?

0:34:100:34:13

-Hello?

-Hey, Sarah, come in.

0:34:130:34:15

Ta-da!

0:34:170:34:19

It is so better!

0:34:190:34:21

I hope you like yellow.

0:34:210:34:22

I love yellow!

0:34:220:34:24

Ah, Rupert, it's so cool.

0:34:240:34:26

I've tried to keep as much of the original chest of drawers as possible.

0:34:260:34:30

So that does actually mean all the animals have survived.

0:34:300:34:34

All the goldfish memories have survived.

0:34:340:34:37

And that's the part of the top of the chest of drawers again.

0:34:370:34:39

So, again, just a little storage cupboard in the end.

0:34:390:34:42

It rocks, doesn't it?

0:34:420:34:45

It is absolutely cool as you like.

0:34:450:34:48

I think, time-wise, I was happy with it. I obviously put in some new wood.

0:34:480:34:53

But the budget stayed the same.

0:34:530:34:55

Can you wrap it up really nicely? I shall be back very soon to take it away.

0:34:550:35:00

-Excellent, I'll get it ready for you.

-Thank you so much.

0:35:000:35:02

Great, see you again.

0:35:020:35:04

Rupert, you've done it again.

0:35:040:35:07

Well, that sideboard, it is beyond original.

0:35:070:35:10

It looks so like the thing we dropped off, and nothing like it at all.

0:35:100:35:14

And that makes it a very clever piece of design.

0:35:140:35:17

But will anyone else think so?

0:35:170:35:19

Sarah needs to find a buyer.

0:35:190:35:21

-Oh, what is that?

-When Sarah met Chris and his brother Andrew

0:35:260:35:30

at the tip, she loved the look of Chris's childhood chest of drawers.

0:35:300:35:34

As a young boy, I grew up with them. My clothes were in it.

0:35:340:35:37

It did come with a lot of history.

0:35:370:35:39

Those are all the fish I used to have, and that's the memorial to them.

0:35:390:35:43

But Chris wished it well on its new journey.

0:35:430:35:46

If she can do something with it, that...that would be lovely.

0:35:460:35:50

It's Rupert he has to thank for this one,

0:35:500:35:53

as the chest of drawers became a fun and colourful sideboard.

0:35:530:35:57

And Chris will be glad to hear that Lassie did eventually find a home.

0:35:570:36:03

Vintage and retro homewares store

0:36:030:36:05

Fig Interiors snapped up the sideboard.

0:36:050:36:08

No, that's not it. There you go.

0:36:080:36:11

Owner Jocelyn must be a big fan of yellow.

0:36:110:36:14

It's quirky, it's original. I absolutely love it.

0:36:140:36:18

It's got the industrial look that's really on trend at the moment.

0:36:180:36:22

Sarah has travelled to Altrincham to tell Chris the good news

0:36:240:36:28

and hand over the profit.

0:36:280:36:30

Hi.

0:36:330:36:35

-Hello!

-Hi, Chris, nice to see you.

0:36:350:36:36

Now, last time I saw you, you were up to your eyes in helping clear out

0:36:360:36:40

-your parents' old house, is that right?

-That's correct, yes.

0:36:400:36:43

Yeah, the chest of drawers.

0:36:430:36:45

Yeah, and you'd grown up with that chest of drawers, hadn't you?

0:36:450:36:48

It was mine from a little lad, yes.

0:36:480:36:50

I thought it had run the end of its life.

0:36:500:36:52

Did you wonder what happened to it after we took it away?

0:36:520:36:55

I've been fascinated that you could do something out of it, yeah.

0:36:550:36:58

I thought you might say, "No, we couldn't, it was too far gone."

0:36:580:37:01

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

-Oh, brilliant! Yes.

0:37:010:37:05

Here is your chest of drawers.

0:37:050:37:07

That's it! I recognise the handles.

0:37:070:37:10

Oh, yeah, the Lassie transfer.

0:37:100:37:12

He kept all of those details,

0:37:120:37:15

and Sir Basil and all of those notes that you made about your pets when

0:37:150:37:18

-you were younger.

-Oh!

0:37:180:37:21

-What do you think?

-Yeah. Yeah, that's very clever, isn't it?

0:37:210:37:25

I'm delighted to say we did manage to sell it and make a little bit of

0:37:250:37:28

-profit for you as well.

-Really?

-Yeah, so I have got £165 here.

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-No!

-For you.

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-What might you do with that money?

-My mother did an awful lot for the

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British Heart Foundation, so we'd love to give it to the charity.

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That's such a beautiful thing to do with that money.

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-It was great to catch up with you. Bye-bye.

-Thank you, thank you.

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Aw, I love a happy ending!

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Rupert came in on budget at £300.

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And with an impressive sale of £465,

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Chris has £165 to donate to charity.

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That's two of our items selling for a profit.

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Sarah is in Surrey, where Bex and Dave are a little bit tired.

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They've been working through the night to get the fairy-tale bed ready.

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And I think they'll be glad to see the back of it.

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Once again, it's been a slog-and-a-half.

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Driving here this morning, I saw one of those gates in a skip!

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Exactly.

-And I left it there.

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Well, I was so pleased to find a pair of metal gates,

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because they really did open up all sorts of opportunities.

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Now, Bex has come up with the idea of a fairy-tale bed.

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Let's hope there's a happy ending in store.

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Well, let's find out.

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Once upon a time, there was a pair of gates destined for the dump.

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Now...

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They'll live happily ever after as a child's fairy-tale bed.

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Bex has magically transformed the heavy metal tubes

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into elegant tree trunks with beautifully sculpted metal branches.

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The base has been shot-blasted,

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and the backboard painted a dainty pink.

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Bex and Dave have kept the original hinges and locks to tell the story

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of the gates that dreamed of being a bed.

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But will it be a dream come true for Sarah?

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-Hello!

-Hi! How are you guys?

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-Knackered!

-Knackered?

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Well, you've got a bed to lie down in, haven't you?

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Oh, my word.

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It's bonkers, isn't it?

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Isn't it fantastic?

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Yeah, it's been fun.

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It is beautiful.

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It's so... It's, like, enchanting, isn't it?

0:39:520:39:55

-Yeah.

-Oh, guys, it's really lovely.

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I mean, you can still see the gate, can't you?

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-Yeah.

-But, no, really clever.

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I didn't want to do them both pink, so I thought, you know,

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do this so it's leading you up to the gate, you know?

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It is like the garden path into your fantasy bedroom.

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I think that it's very clever.

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So how did you get on with our fantasy budget that we set?

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We worked hard on it, and we'll stick to our price.

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-That's fine.

-OK, well, it looks lovely.

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It's going to be a dream come true for somebody, isn't it?

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It's really cool.

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What a cracker! But we don't have our happy ending quite yet.

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Sarah still has to find a buyer.

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Wow, what a statement piece, that bed.

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It's unique, it's boutique and it's beautiful.

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I'm going to dress it right up and hopefully sell that

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and make one little girl very happy.

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-Hello, there.

-Hi.

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-Hello.

-When Sarah spied Di and Don ditching their ancient garden gates,

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she just had to have them.

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They look like you might have had them for a while.

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In fact, since the '70s, I think. Since the '70s.

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Di had had enough.

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I never thought of doing anything else with them, except get rid of them.

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But hazarded a guess as to what could be done.

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A garden table, bench...

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-I don't know.

-No, it was a bed.

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Sarah went straight to the internet,

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because that's what you do these days,

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isn't it? She posted it on social media and online auction sites.

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But did her bed find a new home?

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Sarah's back in Altrincham to meet up with Di and Don to let them know

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what became of their rusty goods.

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Hello there. Hi, Di.

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-How are you doing?

-Very well, thank you.

0:41:430:41:45

Hello, Don. How are you?

0:41:450:41:46

-Nice to see you.

-So this is the house where the gates came from?

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Yes, they were here since the house was built, so 70 years...

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Not 70 years, since the '70s.

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Did you wonder what we might do with them?

0:41:540:41:56

-Of course.

-Any ideas?

0:41:560:41:58

No.

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Well, we did think of pergolas, or something like that.

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But we'd no idea, really.

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I took them to some great metalworkers, Bex and Dave,

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who are based down in Surrey.

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And she made your gates into a bed.

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And here is a picture of...

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-Never!

-..your gates.

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Good heavens.

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That's amazing!

0:42:170:42:19

-Good heavens!

-So are you impressed?

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-Very!

-Indeed, yes.

0:42:210:42:22

-Very!

-Fantastic.

-It is still for sale.

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A bed like that, designed by somebody like Bex,

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-is a big-ticket item.

-Right.

-So as soon as it's sold,

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I'll be back in touch and sharing the profit with you.

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Very good, very good.

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Thank you so much for letting me have them, and for your time today.

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-OK.

-Lovely to see you.

0:42:370:42:39

-Thank you so much.

-Bye-bye.

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Oh, well, it doesn't work out every time.

0:42:410:42:44

With Bex and Dave coming in on budget at £650, but no sale,

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Sarah could be facing a £650 loss.

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But I'm sure Sarah just needs to find the right buyer,

0:42:530:42:57

and she can be back in touch with Di and Don to hand over the profit.

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Sarah salvaged three items that were destined for the dump.

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Once-cherished possessions had the chance to be cherished again.

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Loved once more

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and adored.

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Three tip-bound items have been transformed and given a whole new lease of life.

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Who'd have thought that was possible from a load of old rubbish?

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At Altrincham Recycling Centre near Manchester, entrepreneur Sarah Moore is on a mission to find three items to save from the crusher. She has special permission to raid the rubbish in the hope she can turn the trash she picks into cash. Each item she finds will be given to some of Britain's elite designers and makers to transform into bespoke pieces worthy of making a profit for their original owners.

Today Sarah saves a set of wrought iron gates, which go to Blacksmith Bex Simon for a new lease of life.

Sarah also nabs what was once a kid's chest of drawers. Adorned with animal stickers, and even a picture of Lassie the dog, Sarah decides this is one for furniture designer Rupert Blanchard to get his teeth into.

Sarah's third and final item is one for herself to work on, and it couldn't be more left field - a wad of natural sheep's wool used to keep packaged food cool. Could this be her biggest challenge yet?

Will this lot pull in the pounds, or should Sarah have steered well clear of all of it at the tip?


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