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Oh, I like the look of your rubbish.

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How do you make money for nothing?

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What are you dropping off? Anything exciting?

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

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we throw out every year.

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I quite like the look of your chair. I've not seen one like that before.

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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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-What do you think?

-I think it's beautiful.

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-I brought you my washing machine.

-Oh, wow.

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

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What have you done?

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..valuable...

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-I love them.

-Good.

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..and, let's hope, saleable items.

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That is one clever sandwich.

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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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Gosh, as much as that! Oh, lovely!

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Business is brisk at the Earlswood recycling centre in Surrey.

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Well, I am loving being in this leafy Surrey suburb,

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but with so much rubbish coming in

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you might think it'd be tricky to see the wood for the trees.

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But it's OK, because I've got my eye in,

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and I'm going to cherry-pick the best bits.

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Just as well, because, with the constant stream of drop-offs,

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Sarah will need to be at the top of her gathering game.

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Elvis, love a bit of Elvis down at the recycling centre.

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# Uh-huh-huh! #

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Time for a little less conversation and a little more finding, please.

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Although some of her discoveries are a bit puzzling.

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Any clever ideas what I could do with that?

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-Be polite.

-No.

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Stop monkeying around, there's a day of rummaging ahead.

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Sarah has been given special permission to rescue rubbish,

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but she needs to be quick.

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Once it hits the skip, it's out of bounds.

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Sarah is waiting to pounce on that perfect potential project.

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And Roger has an intriguing bundle stuffed in the back of his estate.

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-Oh, hello.

-Morning.

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-How are you?

-All right.

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Given up the surfing, then?

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I've tried to give them away. We went to a surfing centre yesterday,

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and he says, "I just don't want it."

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Roger was trying to off-load two mouldy-looking windsurf sails

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and support poles, or booms.

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What kind of condition are these in?

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So-so. They've been stored for quite a few years,

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since my children have given up.

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-Right.

-And my main thing was sailing, as opposed to windsurfing.

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OK. When was the last time they were on water?

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-About 15 years or so ago.

-Excellent. You've held on to them long enough.

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Rather than it being thrown away, can I take it away instead?

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By all means. It would be lovely for it to have another home.

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This falls into the category of loads of material here

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that hopefully I can use to make something out of.

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Absolutely. Not a dress, though.

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No dresses? I might make a dress out of it now!

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Whether Sarah is planning dresses or not,

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she's definitely after all that material.

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If it does make something lovely,

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can I come and show you what I've done with it?

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By all means - my wife would love to see it.

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She's an art teacher, so I'm certain it will be very artistic.

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The pressure! OK, well, I will do my best by it.

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Roger gives his gear one final wave.

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But what does he think will happen to his aged aquatic apparatus?

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I am very interested to find out what she does eventually with it.

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Hopefully we'll find a new home for it

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and make some dresses out of it, maybe!

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Boom! What a great find.

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Well, actually two booms and whatever you call that bit in there.

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I love this, because it's bright, it's beautiful, it's substantial,

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and there's acres of this sail fabric.

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And that means huge potential to be remodelled.

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A dress?

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Maybe, maybe not.

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In fact, I know exactly who's going to like this.

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I think this might be a little cracker.

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Sarah knows exactly where to send these.

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If you need a bag, call Neil Wragg.

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From scrap into satchels, and rags into bags, Neil is your man.

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Neil uses tough and rugged materials destined for the dump

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and transforms them into one-of-a-kind carry-alls

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that will last a lifetime.

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The sewing has really just come from

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a necessity to make something better, and then it became...

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..all-consuming, really, and everything I do is sewn.

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I think the reason I use the salvage materials is just because it's...

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I don't know, it makes it harder for myself,

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but in some way that's more rewarding.

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Neil loves a challenge, but will he be all at sea with these?

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With one item in the bag, Sarah is on the search for a second.

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Something in there.

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Kate's hatchback looks full of interesting stuff.

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Oh. Look at this, come here.

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-Hiya.

-Hello.

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Mm! What are you throwing away?

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It's an old desk that I think

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could be quite easily recycled in some way, but...

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-You've had enough of it, have you?

-Yeah, I've had enough of it, yeah.

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-Have you had it for long?

-10, 15 years, but I know it's older than that.

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I reckon, looking at that...

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..late '60s, very early '70s, something like that.

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Yeah. I'd have thought so.

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Have you got all the legs and all the bits?

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All the legs are there and all the drawers are there.

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This one is a double one, it's a false...

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The other two are two singles and this one,

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as you can see on this side,

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that side is a double, this one is a double one.

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Apart from two missing handles,

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the desk seems to be all present and correct.

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I think it's got potential to be given a new lease of life.

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I think it has, too. It's just a shame.

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I took it somewhere today, and they couldn't take it,

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-so I'm afraid it's got to go.

-Well, can it come my way?

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It can come your way, quite easily.

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Oh, brilliant, well, it's got a look to it.

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I'm not sure it will be everybody's cup of tea, but I'm sure

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it can be remodelled and made into something fresh and appealing again.

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Yeah, definitely.

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-Shall I give it a go?

-Yes, why not?

-Brilliant, OK.

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Well, can I come and find you

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if it's transformed into something less retro,

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-can I come and show you what I've done?

-Yeah.

-Brilliant.

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OK, well, I shall take all of that and say, thank you very much.

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You're welcome.

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Sarah has her second item, but what does Kate think she'll do with it?

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I'm really pleased, actually.

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I think a paint job and a little bit of a revamp

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and it will be something really useful to somebody.

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It would make a great computer desk, actually.

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Well, it's a tricky one, this one.

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I think it's a desk, could be a dressing table,

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it's got some style about it.

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Those legs, well, they are quite cool, but the rest of it,

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it's a bit hit and miss.

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But something is going to have to be done to turn a profit on this.

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And Sarah knows just the maker who could make that happen.

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Norman Wilkinson.

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Norman uses his 25 years of working with wood

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to create handmade, one-of-a-kind furniture that's built to last.

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If you're making a table top out of reclaimed timbers and everything,

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no two tops will be the same, so it's tactile,

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it's always got its own mind, it's beautiful.

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I hope that people will see when they buy

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that we've put our heart and soul into it

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and we've put as much love as we can,

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so that hopefully comes out into it.

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Well, Norman, Sarah is bringing you an old desk

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that needs all the love and attention you can spare.

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With two items tucked away,

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Sarah is looking for something to work on herself.

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I can't BEAR waste.

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Oh, dear!

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And what delightful discards does Ann have in the back of her car?

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-Excuse me. Sorry, hi there.

-Hello.

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-Hi, I'm Sarah.

-I'm Ann.

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How do you do? I love the look of the stuff in your boot.

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-Are you moving?

-Yes, we're downsizing.

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What exactly is that?

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Well, it's a radiant heat lamp.

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-May I take a closer look?

-Yes.

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So what was it used for?

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Well, it was for my mother's bad back.

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This iconic-looking object was once considered a state-of-the-art

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home treatment for all sorts of aches and pains.

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If you put your back out in the '60s

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then this is the very throwback you'd turn to.

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It looks amazing. I haven't seen anything like that before.

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How long do you think you've had it?

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Well, it's been in my house since Mother died, which was...

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She died in '89.

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Right. I'm not sure it's something we use any more, is it?

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I doubt it, no, I don't think

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any doctor would recommend that these days.

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I think its heat lamp days might be over,

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but it has real decorative appeal,

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so can I take it away and try and do something with it?

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Well, certainly, yes, it's no use to us.

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If it turns out that it can be remodelled or reworked,

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may I come and show you what I've done with it?

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Yes, I would be delighted.

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Thanks, well, I'll keep in touch and let you know.

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I think it's... I think it's hot!

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While Sarah's maker's mind leaps into action,

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what does Ann think will happen to her mum's old heat lamp?

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I've no idea what Sarah is going to do with it.

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To me, the reflectors are probably the best part.

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I'd love to see what she makes of it.

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I'm armed and I'm dangerous. What a fantastic-looking thing.

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I mean, you wouldn't want to use it now, would you?

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It's got infrared and radiant heat, fantastic styling, beautiful colour,

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excellent wear, and it's going to make a fabulous -

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what do you think - sofa, table?

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You know what it's going to be, and it's going to be beautiful.

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Sarah has her three items.

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Neil will work on the sails,

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Norman will try and rejuvenate the desk,

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and Sarah plans to turn up the heat on the lamp.

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Well, the gates are closing now, but we came, we saw and we gathered,

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and I'm so pleased with the things I found here today.

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There's some cracking items.

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A huge amount of potential, but lots of work ahead.

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The River Thames meanders peacefully through the Buckinghamshire town

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of Marlow, where we find bag-maker extraordinaire Neil.

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The windsurfing gear has been shipped to Marlow,

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and Neil's getting a first glimpse

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of the material he'll be working with.

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The colours are great,

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nice colours, really vibrant and loud, aren't they?

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That's one way to put it, Neil.

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Another might be garish, gaudy,

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nightmarish, maybe.

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We can keep some of the writing...

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..keep some of the stitching, keep the lairy colours.

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This is nice.

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Neil's really got the wind in his sails now,

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and Sarah's on the blower to see what he has in mind.

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Hello, Sarah.

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-Hi, Neil, how are you doing?

-I'm very good, I'm very good,

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I'm surrounded by colour.

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It's bright, it's fluorescent, it's definitely usable.

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It's clean. I love them, actually.

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Fantastic news. Have you got an idea for it?

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Because I'm thinking utility or something really useful out of them.

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OK, well, there's stacks of material.

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There's nice writing on it, there's nice patterns.

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The colours are huge. It's a big '80s revival thing.

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Maybe we could do some big, chunky zip sports holdalls,

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-what do you think?

-They sound good.

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You're going to need your shades for these bags, I think.

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Sarah loves Neil's idea of sports holdalls,

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but, with all that material, how many are we talking?

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20?

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Some of the fabric is not too good.

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Oh. Ten?

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Some of it is really, really nice.

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Oh, 15? Come on, Neil, how many?

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Two big holdalls.

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Two?

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Exactly how big are they going to be?

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What kind of price would you put on that?

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Um, I think, for you...

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um...£100 per bag.

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We can make them nice and big,

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chunky zips, keep some of the lettering.

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They should look pretty good and have, certainly, a wow factor.

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Brilliant, go for that, I love a wow factor.

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I hope it's all plain sailing and I'll speak to you soon.

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-Thank you.

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

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He's itching to get stitching, so what's the plan, Neil?

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Because these colours are so vibrant,

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this is not a bag you're going to be inconspicuous with,

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so it's got to be the right shape, I think, so if it was square,

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the zip there, handles there.

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I'm just trying to strike a balance

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between a good-looking but very useful bag,

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something that you can wear rather than just carry.

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So does that mean the big, square look is out?

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So instead of the ordinary square box shape,

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I think if we have some curves to it, curves are always good,

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so if we get some rounded corners,

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and if I make the zip open-ended

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then the whole thing opens up and you can see what you packed.

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Neil aims to produce two large sports bags

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at a total cost of £200.

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He is aiming for '80s retro-chic,

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but could these turn out to be a Technicolor catastrophe?

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Is Sarah off her trolley, or can her desk be saved from destruction?

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She's in East Sussex, delivering the desk to Norman.

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How are you feeling, Norman?

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Always anxious.

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I think that's the only way to describe it.

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Well, I know Norman loves furniture.

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He likes solid oak, he likes things that are handmade,

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that are substantial, and this is made of chipboard.

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This could be fun.

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Norman!

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The moment of truth.

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Well, this is a little beauty, isn't it?

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Sometimes Norman is so hard to read.

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-Are you underwhelmed?

-Whelmed is not the word.

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It's not love at first sight,

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but Sarah is a determined matchmaker.

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But Norman is wondering how many matches he could make

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out of all this wood.

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There are hidden benefits.

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-It comes with legs.

-Fantastic.

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You've almost saved the day with these, haven't you?

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Absolutely super, anyway.

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I have got a plan, but I'm not sure if you're going to like it.

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Better make it a good plan, Sarah.

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He's armed...with a leg.

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I was thinking about...

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..removing the carcass and using the drawers

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-and the styling to make a new piece of furniture.

-OK.

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Maybe...introducing brand-new material, like ply.

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-Ply, as in...

-Quality ply,

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the kind of stuff you want to look at, just the way it is.

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-OK.

-I was thinking perhaps use the two small drawers

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to make a sleek, slim-line desk.

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-Fancy it?

-Yeah, I think we can have a go at it.

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-What are you going to do with these, then?

-I don't know.

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I think these will have to be a surprise.

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I think we need to sleep on it and decide where we're going.

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A revamp of the desk and a surprise thrown in.

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Sounds expensive.

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Is there a price that you can put on it?

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I reckon something like that will cost,

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to get it all singing and dancing, 395.

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Perfect. I was hoping it wouldn't go above a four,

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so 395 is brilliant.

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-Well done.

-On the money.

-On the money, always on the money.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-You be good.

-Bye.

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This could be quite a tricky project.

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Norman's not really a ply guy,

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so for this job he'll be reaching for the sharpest tool in the box -

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his own brain.

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Using a new material is always fun cos you've got to learn about it,

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so, yeah, it will be a good one, but hopefully get it right.

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Well, he was never going to love it, but I think he's embraced it.

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I think a ply exterior is going to make it look really cool

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and after he's finished with it, we're all going to love it.

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Sarah has agreed a budget of £395 for Norman to transform the desk.

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But he is using a completely new material.

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So this project could be all ply in the sky.

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With her team of crafty creatives up and running,

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Sarah's at home in West Sussex.

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She's hoping to bring a little sunshine to the heat lamp.

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Bramble's intrigued.

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Well, as a piece of 1950s design, this is beautiful.

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I love the shape of it.

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But as a health and safety thing - what a nightmare!

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I mean, can you imagine having that in your house today?

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It was a radiant heat lamp,

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so this would have been tinging when it was hot.

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So the best thing we can do with this

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is make it into lighting because its style is fantastic.

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It just needs a bit of careful rethinking.

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First things first - strip it down to basics.

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Well, I've set aside the electrics to concentrate on the aesthetics.

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I want it to be crisp and colourful,

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so I'm going to polish it up and then give it a lick of paint.

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First of all, though, I'm going to clean up this interior

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with some car polish, the kind of abrasive stuff

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which normally takes off a layer of paint

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but should bring it up really well.

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It's not looking a lot better yet

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but it's certainly getting the dirt off.

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With the inner surface polished up nicely,

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Sarah's planning to give the exterior a bit of a paint job.

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Well, I've given this a really good prepping,

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it's polished on the inside and I've used some lightly abrasive sandpaper

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just to take the edge off this, so it's keyed, and hopefully

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that means my spray paint is going to stick to it.

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There are pros and cons to spraying outside.

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Good ventilation is a huge plus.

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But you do have to watch out for insects getting stuck on your paint.

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After leaving the paint to dry for a few hours,

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Sarah has to put it all back together.

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It won't be much of a lamp without fittings,

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so Sarah has bought a lighting kit.

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I've chosen a bright, royal blue coloured flex,

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which is an opposing colour to the yellow,

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so both together look beautiful.

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Good chrome fitting, so I'm going to slide all of this

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through the existing holes and wire up the plug.

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Sarah spent £22.95 on spray paint

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and her lighting kit.

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She's hoping to turn her new gold lamp into a sold lamp.

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In Marlow, Neil's blueprint of his sports bag design

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is ready to make the leap from paper to fabric.

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So the bag is going to be... I don't know, what, sort of...

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..that-ish, like-ish, like that.

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OK.

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Bigger than that. Right.

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Blimey, whatever happened to measuring twice?

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I've got one shape drawn so far and that's it.

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So the rest of it I'm just going to wing it and see how it works.

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Hopefully there's enough fabric to make the odd mistake.

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You're not filling us with confidence here, Neil.

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I'm just going to start cutting.

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The pieces that Neil is about to cut will form the ends of the bag.

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These will determine the entire shape of the holdall,

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so these first cuts are critical.

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Ooh, you can cut the tension with...

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..a sharp pair of scissors.

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That's a good start, at least after the first cut,

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it hasn't just disintegrated. So, so far so good.

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Yeah, a disintegrating bag certainly wouldn't be top

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of my Christmas list, Neil.

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We've got some ends now, two ends.

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Loads of colour.

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The length will be determined by the zips that I've got lying about,

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so I'm going to need to find what chunky zips I've got first.

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So, these are the ones that I'm going to use.

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So I think these are 30 centimetre zips...

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No, much longer than that.

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57 centimetre zips.

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With the chunky zips sourced and the length of the bags decided,

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Neil can cut out the remaining panels.

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That's all the cutting done. I think it's now time to sew.

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Indoors, Neil's sewing machine is threaded up and ready to roll.

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Right, these are ready-made handles.

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The first task is to make handles for the bag ends.

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And the windsurfer harness seems to fit the bill.

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You've got to hope that the fabric's going to hold it, actually.

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Well, it's endured some hefty wind in its time, so here's hoping.

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It doesn't flow particularly easily through the machine.

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It's a bit sticky. It's not the neatest so far.

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Phrases like "not the neatest"

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aren't what we want to hear at this stage, Neil.

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There's a great big thick piece of webbing stuck in the middle that

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that machine won't go through.

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And this doesn't sound good either.

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Neil's having to switch to his most powerful machine.

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Come on, mate, you can do it.

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Yeah, no problem.

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Phew!

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Neil averts disaster and is still the stitching master.

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In East Sussex,

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Norman's formulating a master plan

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to give this desk a top drawer refurbishment.

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Going to use birch ply, so it's going to be very, very contemporary.

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We're going to lose this drawer.

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We're going to put the three together,

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make a nice box for it, then put it on some legs.

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So, yeah, fantastic. Can't wait.

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Norman picks out the drawers that will make up the new desk

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and puts the old carcass to one side,

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as Sarah wants a shiny new birch ply frame.

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Birch ply is made up of thin layers of - can you guess?

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Birch, yeah.

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It's a very strong material indeed,

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so it's ideal for Norman's new desk.

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It's got quite a nice grain going through it.

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It's got a nice pattern here.

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We just need to decide which part we're going to use for the top.

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We decide which side, you can see here,

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it's got these little biscuit things they cut in.

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So we can't use that section

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but I think the other side is the better one.

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Before he starts cutting, time for a few careful measurements.

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Beautiful.

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Birch ply isn't cheap, so Norman doesn't want any mistakes.

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You know the old saying, don't you?

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Measure once, cut twice.

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Oh, give over, Norman! Stop mucking about.

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I've marked what I think should be right,

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so we are now going to cut it. But I'm over-cutting,

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because I've got to over-cut the first one, then cut the second one,

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and hopefully get it as precise as I can.

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To make a neater join,

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Norman is cutting the edges at 45 degrees using a circular saw.

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A spare piece of wood clamped to the ply

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keeps the saw cutting in a straight line.

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So that's our first 45 degrees cut,

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so that will go there,

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the next one will go down on there

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and hopefully they will all line up and we'll get a nice, super joint.

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Norman uses his table saw to add a groove to the drawer sides.

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This is known as rebating, and the base of the drawer

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will slide into these grooves for a tighter fit.

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So we've done the rebating for the rails, the sides and everything.

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That will pin in there

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and then you can see everything then will go in line,

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so you can see all the nice birch ply around it.

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The drawers, we'll paint them and then decide on the legs.

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Just do the last few little bits, then glue it up

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and then hopefully we're rocking and rolling and it will look fantastic.

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The new carcass is taking shape.

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But with a decision still to be made on the legs,

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there's plenty to get on with.

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In West Sussex, Sarah's putting the finishing touches to the desk light.

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Well, that's all come together.

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Better find out if it works.

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Sarah's tricky task was to retain the retro charm of the heat lamp

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whilst making it a thoroughly modern piece of lighting.

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Will the end result be dazzling?

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Well, that is a bright light.

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Sarah's polishing job has certainly paid off.

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And the yellow paint contrasts smartly with the blue braided flex.

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The light has been PAT tested and checked by a qualified electrician

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to ensure it meets all UK safety standards.

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It might not be giving off much heat now,

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but the reflected light and buttercup gold

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will radiate warmth into any home.

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That is really bright, but definitely working.

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And that yellow, that's a winner.

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Ann's old heat lamp was about to get the elbow.

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I'm not sure it's something we use any more, is it?

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No, I don't think any doctor would recommend that these days.

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From treating cold shoulders to getting the cold shoulder,

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its final stop was going to be a red-hot furnace,

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but Sarah only had one thought in mind.

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Can I take it away and try and do something with it?

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Certainly, yes. It's no use to us.

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And with new electrics, a polish and a paint job,

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Sarah has brought the shine back to this forgotten appliance.

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The lamp was bought by a vintage and industrial lighting shop

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in Fowey, Cornwall, and owner Sinead thinks her customers will love it.

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Well, we just love the colours in this lamp.

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And, for our customers, they're always looking for something new

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and different, and we think this really hits the spot.

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Sarah's done a wonderful job in creating something vibrant,

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unique and special that will really set off any home.

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With the heat lamp sold,

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Sarah's in Surrey to visit Ann and give her the good news.

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-Hello there.

-Hello.

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Hi, Ann. How are you doing?

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-Very well, thank you.

-Have you settled into your new home?

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Yes, we're enjoying it very much.

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Because I remember you'd been in your old house for over 50 years,

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-is that right?

-Correct, yes.

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So a huge amount of things you were trying to sort out when you left.

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Lots to throw out, yes.

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And that's where that heat lamp came from,

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-cos I think that was originally your mother's, wasn't it?

-It was.

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It's been in our loft for quite a while.

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Well, it was a great, stylish thing

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so I was really pleased to see it when you turned up.

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But since I've taken it away,

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-have you thought what might happen to it?

-Absolutely, yes.

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I loved the reflector but I don't know what you've done with it.

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I took one look at it and thought it would make really lovely lighting.

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So it's something I worked on myself.

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-Here's some pictures to show you how it ended up.

-Oh, good.

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I hope you like things that are bright

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-cos your heat lamp now looks like that.

-Oh, goodness!

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I took it back to its metal, just sanded it down,

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and then repainted it in a very bright yellow.

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I don't know what came over me, but I woke up that morning

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-and just thought it had to be yellow.

-Yes.

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What do you think about that?

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That's great.

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I think that's marvellous.

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It definitely has a new lease of life.

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It cleaned up beautifully and it's bright and it sold

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to a shop in Cornwall who specialises in lighting.

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So, I've got some profit from the sale.

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Oh, that's exciting.

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There's £2.05

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and another 80 there.

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Goodness!

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That's much more than I ever dreamed of.

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Really? Oh, good, I like a surprise.

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So what might you do with that?

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Well, I shall have to ask my husband.

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I think we'll probably buy something for the flat, yeah.

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Fantastic. Well, that would be great.

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Something from the loft, if it furnishes your house here,

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then I think that would be lovely.

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And I'm so pleased you've settled in.

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-Yes, well...

-See you at the recycling centre.

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-Yes.

-Thank you so much.

-That's super.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

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Well, isn't that great?

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The heat lamp is buying house-warming presents.

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Doesn't get better than that.

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Sarah spent a total of £67.95 on the lamp.

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It sold for £150,

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which left a profit of £82.05.

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Sarah's back in Marlow.

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She's keen to discover if Neil's whipped up a storm

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with the windsurf sails.

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Well, this could be really exciting.

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I'm back to see Neil and he's had a proper look at those windsurf sails.

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He says the colours are fantastic, they're bang on trend,

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and really fashionable to make bags out of.

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But have you seen the shirts he wears?

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This could be just a bit over the top.

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There's normal over the top and then there's Neil's over the top.

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I think they've turned out pretty amazing - utility sports bags,

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something definitely very unique.

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I love them. I hope she will.

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The windsurf sail material was so tough

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it almost got the better of Neil's sewing machines.

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But not quite.

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Not only has Neil whipped up two bright, bold and, dare I say,

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eye-catching bags...

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..he's invented a time machine to take us back to the '80s.

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Embracing the intense colour scheme,

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Neil has stitched contrasting panels together

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to create a daring retro design.

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An old harness that came with the sails has been repurposed

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to make sturdy handles and Neil has also used up more of the material

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to double-skin the bags, making them weatherproof.

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They're certainly vibrant, but Neil was hoping for bang on trend.

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I'll let you be the judge of that, Sarah.

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-Hiya.

-Hi.

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Oh, my word. What have you been up to?

0:32:530:32:55

Put your sunglasses on. We've got an '80s cocktail of sports bags.

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They are really, really cool. They don't look like

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they were a windsurfer until you look at them properly.

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I think they've got Neil written all over them.

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They're really exciting. They are summery, enthusiastic.

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-Oh! Fantastic.

-You can see what's inside.

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-Amazing.

-You wouldn't normally put all those colours together

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in one bag, would you? So they are quite different.

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Different? I'll say!

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Not only has Neil created bags that will stick out in any crowd,

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but he's managed to stick to the £200 budget.

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I am over the moon with those and I'll let you know where they go

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because they're definitely going places.

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-They're going places.

-Thanks so much. Nice to see you.

0:33:380:33:40

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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It was slightly different.

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I've never worked with sails before, actually.

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So it was unusual, but actually quite enjoyable.

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I take it all back. Did I say I was worried about his fashion sense?

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Neil has created something fantastic here.

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You're not going to lose these at a festival.

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And selling them - well, that should just be plain sailing.

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Oh, Sarah!

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Languishing in Roger's garden shed for 15 years,

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the windsurfing sails were destined for the skip until Sarah intervened.

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Nobody uses them any more, so sadly this is where they're coming.

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It took all of Neil's needlework nous

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to turn this unlikely material into two sellable holdalls.

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And through some internet magic, Sarah's found buyers for the bags.

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Now, she's heading to Roger with the good news.

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-Hello there.

-Good morning.

-How are you doing?

-Very well. Lovely day.

0:34:440:34:48

So you've landed in your new spot?

0:34:480:34:50

Oh, yeah, we just can't believe where we are. It's magic.

0:34:500:34:52

It looks lovely, doesn't it?

0:34:520:34:54

I was so excited when I saw you at the tip with your windsurfer sails.

0:34:540:34:58

-What would you have done with them?

-Well, you can make other things.

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You can certainly get jackets made out of them,

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and the other thing is people make carrier bags,

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sort of put all your sailing kit in, and things like that.

0:35:060:35:09

Oh, well, kit bags, that's a great idea. That's the one we went with.

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I work with a fantastic bag-maker called Neil and he says,

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if he can get a needle through it, he will make something out of it

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that becomes useful and practical again.

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So I've got pictures here. Here is what your sails now look like.

0:35:200:35:24

Oh, I say, that's amazing.

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-He made two...

-Aren't they brilliant?

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..huge sail bags out of your windsurf sails.

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I'm so impressed.

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He's put in practical, big, chunky zips, he's used recycled straps,

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and he has used every part of them that he could.

0:35:400:35:42

He's got little windows made out of the windows of the windsurfer,

0:35:420:35:45

and they have got a whole new lease of life.

0:35:450:35:48

-Oh, superb.

-Do you like them?

-That's so brilliant.

0:35:480:35:50

-Yeah.

-People just love them.

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They sold instantly. And there's a profit of £125 here

0:35:520:35:56

-for your old sails.

-Good grief!

0:35:560:35:58

Thank you so much.

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So, do you have a thought about where that money might go?

0:36:000:36:03

I know exactly where it's going. I've got a duathlon that I'm doing

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on Sunday and this is going for Cancer Research.

0:36:060:36:09

-Well...

-That's where it's going. Thank you so much.

0:36:090:36:12

I'm so pleased to hear that.

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Lots of luck in the duathlon and thank you,

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these have brought joy to everyone who's looked at them,

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-and a great cause for that. Good luck.

-Thank you so much.

0:36:180:36:21

-Great to catch up.

-Brilliant.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Well, I'm really pleased that Roger liked those bags as much as I did.

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I mean, how couldn't he?

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They've set sail and they're going on a new journey.

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Neil made the holdalls for £200

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and they sold for £325,

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leaving Roger a profit of £125

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to donate to charity.

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With a tidy profit for the windsurf sails in the bag,

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Sarah's in East Sussex to see if Norman's conquered the desk.

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Admittedly I dropped off a desk to Norman that lacked character.

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In fact, it lacked everything.

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I threw him in at the deep end and now I'm here to see if he can swim.

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No sign of armbands.

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Looks like Norman is still afloat.

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We're working with a different material than we normally do,

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so, yeah, we learn along the way.

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But, yeah, it went together in the end quite well.

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Sarah brought Norman a dated and uninspiring desk

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with zero style and precious little potential.

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But what will she be taking away?

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Norman has been busy with not one, but two pieces of furniture.

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He's built a sleek birch plywood desk

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based around the three old drawers.

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The original handles have been replaced with birch ply

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and Norman's muted colour scheme

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emphasises the contemporary feel of the piece.

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And since he couldn't decide what to do with the legs,

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Norman crafted a little companion piece.

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The rectangular table top is an ideal home for the old desk legs

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and makes a perfect coffee table.

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But what will Sarah think?

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-Norman.

-Hello, you.

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They're your two bits.

0:38:370:38:39

-No way.

-Yeah.

0:38:390:38:40

-No way.

-We've gone...

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We've gone slightly different than we normally do. A bit modern.

0:38:420:38:46

Oh, Norman, who knew you had that in you?

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Look how cool and crisp it is.

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I can't believe it. In my head, that desk was deeply unattractive

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and I can't see a shred of it left.

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So, you've used the drawers and the legs.

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We've used the drawers and legs and the rest we threw away.

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-It's really cool. I love it.

-Fantastic.

0:39:010:39:03

I'm glad you liked it. That makes it all worthwhile.

0:39:030:39:06

It doesn't look like any of the usual stuff that I expect to see

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coming out of your workshop. It's really modern, on trend, edgy.

0:39:100:39:14

Edgy? Fantastic.

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So, re-use of drawers, re-use of legs,

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a couple of fine pieces of furniture,

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and budget-wise, 395 for those two?

0:39:210:39:25

Er, no. We're going to be under budget on this one.

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We're going to do you the two for 350.

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OK? As they say, happy days.

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Sarah's got herself a two-for-one bargain

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of cutting-edge contemporary furniture,

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and with less work than anticipated,

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Norman's managed to squeeze this job in under budget.

0:39:430:39:47

-Blown me away, really.

-Fantastic. That's what I like to see.

0:39:470:39:49

Well, you need to blow yourself out of the door now.

0:39:490:39:51

-Right, get it packed up.

-I will.

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-I'll tell you when I've sold it.

-See you later.

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

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I think Sarah's happy, you know?

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Different direction for us, bit of modern.

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Really enjoyed doing it, working with a different material.

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So, it's down to Sarah now to sell it.

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So, I think, you know, happy days, we've done it.

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Sink or swim? Course he can swim.

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That's a masterstroke from Norman. beautiful pieces of furniture

0:40:130:40:17

using all of the good bits of that tired old desk.

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Destined to be broken up and reprocessed,

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Kate's old desk earned a reprieve when Sarah stepped in.

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What are you throwing away?

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It's an old desk that I think

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could be quite easily recycled in some way.

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Kate was hopeful it could be turned into something useful.

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It would make a great computer desk, actually.

0:40:420:40:44

Good guess, Kate.

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But in the hands of master craftsman Norman...

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..the dark and old-fashioned desk was replaced

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by two highly desirable pieces of furniture.

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And Sarah managed to sell them to a furniture shop in Swindon

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owned by brothers Will and Tom.

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Our customers love this sort of,

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you know, quirky, handmade, one-off pieces.

0:41:080:41:11

It's only been in the shop for about an hour,

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we've already had a few people looking at it and wanting to get it,

0:41:130:41:16

so I'm sure it will sell quickly.

0:41:160:41:18

Sarah is in Surrey to show Kate what's happened to her old desk.

0:41:190:41:24

-Hello there.

-Hello. How are you?

-I'm fine, thank you.

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Now, I'm seeing over your shoulder

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-a beautifully upcycled chest of drawers. Was that you?

-That was me.

0:41:310:41:35

But you hadn't had a go at the desk?

0:41:350:41:36

No, I honestly didn't know what to do with it.

0:41:360:41:39

-It was quite a tricky desk to re-purpose.

-Yeah.

0:41:390:41:42

I'm really lucky because I work with some people

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who are never short of ideas

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and it actually went to East Sussex and a chap called Norman.

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And he took one look at it and said, "There's things I can do with it,

0:41:500:41:53

"I'm not going to use all of it, but I'm going to make the most of it."

0:41:530:41:56

So I'm not sure you'll even recognise this,

0:41:560:41:59

-but your desk now looks like this.

-Oh, wow!

0:41:590:42:02

So, what he did was use all the drawers out of it

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and use the legs to make a new desk and a table.

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So that's what it looks like.

0:42:100:42:11

Nothing like the original.

0:42:110:42:13

Nothing at all like the original.

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So it has sold and I've got £40 profit here for you.

0:42:160:42:19

-Oh, brilliant.

-So, there you go.

-Thank you very much.

0:42:190:42:22

So, what might you do with that?

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Upcycling materials, or something else?

0:42:230:42:25

No, I think I'll probably take my friend out for lunch.

0:42:250:42:29

Fantastic. Well, I'll let Norman know he's taking you out for lunch.

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-You have a lovely time.

-Say thank you.

-I will, I will.

0:42:320:42:34

-Great, nice to see you.

-Thank you very much. Lovely to see you again.

0:42:340:42:38

-Have a lovely lunch. Bye-bye.

-Thanks a lot. Bye.

0:42:380:42:41

Well, I think Kate's keen on the transformation

0:42:440:42:46

and Norman has certainly delivered one there.

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It cost £350 to transform the old desk,

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and with a sale of £390,

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Kate is left with a £40 profit.

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The '60s heat lamp is now a bang up-to-date desk light.

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The windsurf sails became two on-trend holdalls,

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and the dark wood desk

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was transformed into cutting-edge furniture.

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Well, it takes a lot of hard work to make tip finds fantastic again

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but Neil and Norman certainly managed it.

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That's three items they've saved from landfill

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that now have a beautiful bright future.

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At Earlswood Recycling Centre, Sarah Moore searches for three tip-bound items. She hopes that her rescuing, revamping and repurposing will rustle up a profit to return to the item's original owners. Neil Wragg is on hand to reinvent some worn-out windsurfing sails, while Norman Wilkinson gives an old desk a modern makeover. Meanwhile, Sarah turns up the heat on a vintage lamp, but will it turn a tidy profit?


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