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James Braxton v Catherine Southon - Foreign Antiques Market

Antiques challenge. Experts James Braxton and Catherine Southon compete against each other in a Belgian market to see who can bag the best bargains and sell them on for a profit.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that pitches

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TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out

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battle for profit...

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Elementary, my dear dealers.

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..and gives you the insider's view

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of the trade.

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Rawr!

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Each week, one pair of duelling

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dealers will face a different

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daily challenge...

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Catch me if you can.

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The axeman cometh.

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..putting their reputations on the line...

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Grr!

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Ready for battle.

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..and giving you their top tips

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and savvy secrets

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on how to make the most money

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from buying and selling.

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Get in there!

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RUMBLE OF THUNDER

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Today, Duke of the Deal

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James Braxton goes head-to-head with

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Queen of Quality Catherine Southon

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for a Belgian bargain battle.

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Coming up, it's risque business for James...

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What on earth have I got myself into?

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..Catherine's led astray...

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See, old Bingo Brackers, he's sent me up here.

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I think he may have sent me on a wild goose chase.

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..and talking of geese...

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Why aren't they eating it? What's wrong with my food?

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Look, look, look, look!

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all, to yet another battle of the bric-a-brac -

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this time with funny accents.

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Our experts have swapped their pounds for euros

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and are heading to Belgium.

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The streets of this medieval city will come alive with

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the sound of warfare as they puff their chests and empty their wallets

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and fight it out to be crowned king of the continental collectibles.

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On one side is a smooth-talking saleroom superstar.

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A man who will let nothing hold him back in the pursuit of profit.

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It's the Squire of Sussex,

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Sir James "Bingo" Braxton.

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I've found a Holy Grail.

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And in the other corner, it's the lean, mean Queen of Quality,

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straight from the Garden of England.

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This brainy beauty gets the dealers eating out of the palm of her hand.

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It's auctioneer extraordinaire, "Canny" Catherine Southon.

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Once more unto the breach, dear friend!

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Yes, today's epic adventure takes place in the Belgian city

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of Tongeren, where the historic streets stage a weekly

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antiques market.

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Our sparring spartans each have £750 worth of euros

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of their own money to spend and any profit they make will go

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to a charity of their choice. So, let battle commence.

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James Braxton and Catherine Southon,

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it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

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-Hello, Catherine.

-James, good to see you.

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-Very good to see you. Early birds here.

-I know.

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Now, this is your territory. You have been here before,

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-haven't you?

-Well, just once, yeah, for a day.

-Even so, even so!

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It's more than I have.

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I feel as though I have some advantage here,

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so I must be benevolent and I will show you the way.

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How's it set up? Is it quite posh? Is it quite rough and ready?

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It's all rough and ready, it's all on the pavement.

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Nothing's priced. I think the public start down there,

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they come up here and it loops all the way around the town.

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Our £750 will go a long way.

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I love it like that, that means it's cheap. We'll find bargains.

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We are going to find bargains.

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So, James, where would you suggest I started?

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I think you should start from the start, which is down there.

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-OK.

-And I'll go in reverse.

-OK. And we might meet up for a coffee.

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-Meet in the middle.

-Lovely!

-Good luck.

-See you.

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So, Bingo sends Catherine to the start of the market

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and heads straight to the town square.

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But hang on, he's not being benevolent!

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He's got ulterior motives...

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Catherine's gone down to the start, where everybody starts,

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and I think there are more people set up here.

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It seems to be that they're all unpacking up here,

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so I've got first mover advantage.

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Mmm, a cunning strategy from Bingo there, sending his rival to the

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opposite side of the market, leaving him a clear run at the good stuff.

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But never fear, Catherine's got a plan of her own.

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Fast and furious, I'm going to nip round as quick as I can,

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spending just a few euros here and there.

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I want to spend low amounts, maximise my profit.

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So I'm going in for the kill.

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Mm, the kill! She's talking tough!

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But as the market gets going, so does Bingo...

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Mmm! Blimey O'Reilly.

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He's first to swoop in on a deal on a rather risque painted door.

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What is your price on it, Peter?

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-250.

-250 euros?

-Yes.

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And that is the palette.

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-What, the palette came with the door?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Would you do it for 200?

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-Yeah.

-200? OK.

-200.

-We have a deal.

-OK.

-Thank you.

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So James splashes out just under £164 for the door.

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Has he been seduced by a naked lady? Mmm?

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What on earth have I got myself into?

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This is probably not one of the easiest things to resell.

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It's rather fun, because it's a door.

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It reminds me of sort of that great time, Peter Sellers,

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sort of Britt Ekland, Sophia Loren, and also the palette comes in,

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it looks like some sort of weird sort of gargoyle, doesn't it?

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I'm looking for an artist without a bathroom door.

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Yes, nothing like a challenge, eh, old chap?

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With the opposition nowhere to be seen,

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Bingo's on a roll, as he spots an unusual-looking item.

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This is the interesting thing with all these items.

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What would you use it for? It must be made for a purpose.

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Beautifully beaten copper.

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-WOMAN: Chocolat.

-Sculpture... For chocolat?

-Oui.

-Ah!

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-Meilleur prix, c'est cinquante. 50.

-Cinquante?

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That would look beautiful polished up.

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Tempting.

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But he doesn't splash the cash.

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Has Sir Braxton lost his nerve?

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Come on, Bingo, it's not like you to dally!

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You always get a bit anxious after ten minutes of not buying anything.

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You think, is that the end?

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You need to keep buying in this game.

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Buy now, worry about selling later.

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Yes. While Bingo has existential buying angst, Catherine is poised

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to put her "spend fast and pay low" strategy into action.

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So here, we've got a lovely, lovely little apothecary cabinet.

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That's medicine to you and me.

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A doctor, once upon a time, would've walked around and had this,

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carried this with his little bottles and potions and what-have-you in.

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So, we open it all up...

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..to the sides. We've got different apothecary bottles

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and little drawers for pills.

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How much do you want for this?

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-MAN:

-255.

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255. James said it was cheap here.

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My last word is 250.

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Go on, then. 250.

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Blimey, that's nearly £205!

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Not exactly sticking to her "buy cheap" strategy,

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but Catherine thinks it's just what the doctor ordered.

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I'm chuffed beyond belief with this apothecary cabinet.

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I've seen a lot of these in my time, but nothing as good as this.

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This one has these fantastic big hinges on.

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And I would say this dates to around 1840.

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The problem is, it was quite expensive.

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Am I bothered?

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Not really.

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I think it's got great potential.

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Canny Catherine is oozing confidence today. But what of Bingo?

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Surely he's still not pacing the streets?

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Has his strategy of staying up this end of the market backfired?

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Not a lot of stallholders have still set up here.

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So there's still later opportunities,

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but I just want something to catch the eye.

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Well, you know what they say about "all browse and no buy", old chap,

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and now, it seems that all that legwork has worn him out!

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Ah! That is so comfy.

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-How much is this? Do you know?

-35.

-35?

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20? 20?

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That's the owner. 25 I think is possible.

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-25 you think is possible?

-Yes.

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-I think it would be.

-Very definitely.

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Hold on! Bingo likes lazing around?

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He's a bit of a kung fu king and he loves bamboo?!

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He's like a shaved panda!

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Hmm, anyway!

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He bags the chair for just over £20

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and our agile auctioneer's enamoured.

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I love this rattan,

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because it's the combination of very feeble parts,

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with a bit of glue and a bit of whipped bamboo

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and it just makes things of enormous strength, you know.

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If it can bear my mighty bulk, it can bear anybody's.

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In fact, this will be a difficult piece to part with, because...

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I don't know if there's anybody else

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who likes his bamboo as much as I do.

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As James takes the lead with a second deal under his belt,

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his opponent is keeping a close eye on the competition.

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I spy with my little eye something beginning with B

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and it's Bingo making... a very BIG purchase.

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Yes, nothing gets past our sharp-eyed Southon.

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She's right, though - James has his eye on something,

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but first, it needs to pass his trademark "sitting" test.

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Ooh, that's going to chafe!

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Pot as a seat.

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How much for your pot?

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-20.

-20?

-20.

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I will give you 20 euros.

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Hmm, that was quick, and he paid just over £16 for the pot,

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and James feels he's onto a winner.

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What's not to like about this fabulous pot?

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It probably comes from over the border, from Holland.

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Um, it was, I'm told, for the use and preserving of sauerkraut.

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This was the start of this early sort of, um, salt-glazed stoneware,

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which is impervious, so it can hold liquids,

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and, originally, it was known as Cologne ware.

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Why was it Cologne ware? Well, Cologne was the harbour

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from which the pottery was exported to the UK.

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Anyway, I'm off with it,

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and, remember, never trust a handle.

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RECORD SCRATCHES

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Hold on, shouldn't you be heeding your own advice?

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As long as the pot stays intact,

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James now has three deals to Catherine's one.

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Smooth-talking Southon needs to catch up,

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and she's found just the things. She just doesn't know what they are.

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-What are they supposed to be? A doorstop?

-Dog irons?

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-So you think for the fire?

-Yeah.

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-To put across, you put the log on top of them.

-Yeah.

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-What are you looking for on those?

-50.

-For the pair?

-Yes.

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30? How does that sound?

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-I think that sounds pretty good, don't you?

-40.

-35?

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-OK.

-You're lovely, you are!

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Ooh, what a sliver tongue!

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She bags the dog irons for just under £29.

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These dog irons are the business!

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They weren't the sort of thing I thought I'd come and buy today,

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but look at them! Really nicely cast.

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I've got big plans for these

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and it involves a big fireplace in a big hotel.

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Sounds good to me.

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Hmm, and me!

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On the other side of the market, Bingo's retracing his steps

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to give that copper chocolate scoop a second look.

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-Quel prix, s'il vous plait?

-Le meilleur prix, c'est 50.

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50. How about quarante-cinq?

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-Ah! Good!

-Is that good?

-Yeah.

-Quarante-cinq?

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-Merci.

-Where's your money?

-Here's the money!

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So James gets a sweet deal

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and scoops up the chocolate ladle for just under £37.

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All I can say, with some certainty, is it's made of copper.

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As to its age, you can

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always rely on modern things being made slightly more simply.

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It suggests to me 19th century, so mid-19th century,

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but it definitely needs a handle of bois - a wooden handle here -

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because otherwise, holding it with hot chocolate,

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copper is a great conductor

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and you'd get a very hot hand very quickly.

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So I need to add a handle. I need length.

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Yes, though Catherine's still thinking big as well,

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and she's back at the stall where she bought the dog irons.

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Now, this is my kind of thing.

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SHE LAUGHS: A big cup of tea or a big cup of coffee!

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-I don't do things in small sizes.

-Yeah.

-What can you do on that?

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Ten. You can take it for ten?

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-Ten? OK, I'll give you ten for that. It's a bit of fun, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Just over £8 for the colossal cup and saucer

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and bang on her cut-price strategy.

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This is the bargain of the day! £8 I paid for this.

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And it has everything going for it.

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I love the colour, it's very retro, very now, very funky.

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I'm really, really excited about this

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and there is no way James is going to beat me on this one.

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Now, her arch enemy may have tried to throw her off the scent

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at the beginning of the day, but Catherine wasn't deterred

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and starting off at the bottom of the market has had its advantages.

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These Belgians are so friendly!

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One stall holder has just given me a punnet of grapes!

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I don't know about you, James, you may be treating this very seriously,

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but me... I'm having the time of my life.

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So, while Catherine's feeling fruity,

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Bingo's hoping his next purchase will be checkmate!

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Over there, I like your chess... your chess thing.

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The game. The bamboo.

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What is your best price on it?

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-Er, 20 euro.

-20 euro?

-Yes.

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I'll buy it for 20. That's very kind, thank you. Thank you.

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Oh, what a polite purchaser he is!

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James pays full asking price of just over £16 with no hint of a haggle.

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Was our profit-hunting panda blinded by the bamboo?

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I'm always irresistibly drawn to bamboo.

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It's a lovely material. I like it.

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It has a continental cafe feel about it.

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While you're sitting down nourishing the body

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with a small coffee, or even a beer,

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you can sit down and also nourish the mind with a bit of chess.

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Yes! While Bingo nourishes his mind,

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canny Catherine buys a more thirst-quenching item -

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a tin advertising seat for a cheap and cheerful £8.

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Both our treasure-hunting titans are packing in the purchases.

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Time to check out the stats.

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Our bargain-hunting Brits

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each arrived with £750 of their own money.

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James "Bingo" Braxton was quick off the mark.

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He snapped up five items for just over £254,

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leaving him nearly £496 still to spend.

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Canny Catherine Southon has spent nearly the same,

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with her four purchases costing a penny over £250,

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leaving nearly £500 in her kitty.

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So it's neck-and-neck for these auctioneer aficionados.

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Though, of course, they're playing their cards close to their chests.

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So, James, how's it going?

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-Very well, very well. How are you doing?

-Hmm, really good!

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-This place is very vibrant, isn't it?

-It is.

-Really exciting!

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-I've only been down one side of it, though.

-Really?!

-Yes, I know!

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-Where you pointed, I walked up and down.

-Well done. Rich pickings there.

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You can say that again! Rich!

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I mean, I thought I would probably spend 20 euros on the first purchase.

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-Yeah.

-I went straight in and I spent just over 200 euros.

-Snap!

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-Oh, did you?

-So did I.

-Good!

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-OK...

-Where shall I go next? Around here?

-Well, around that,

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-pictures, tools...

-Oh, pictures, tools?

-..metalware...

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-Oh?

-..moving into more kitchenalia.

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-Ooh, I love a bit of kitchenalia.

-Kitchenalia is roughly about there.

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-I'm going off to kitchenalia.

-OK, good luck.

-See you later!

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So our duelling dealers

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throw themselves back into their Flemish forage.

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But hold on! Has James been playing dirty again?

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The old Bingo Brackers, he's sent me up here

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and I'm not quite sure about this one.

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He said to me kitchenalia, but this doesn't look very kitcheny to me.

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I think he may have sent me on a wild goose chase.

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And while Catherine continues her search,

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Bingo has this end of the market to himself.

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With two thirds of his budget unspent,

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he's looking for a final killer purchase to complete his haul -

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the cherry on top, the icing on the cake, the jewel in the crown.

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Yes, so what will it be?

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-How much is your little price?

-22.

-22?

-Yeah.

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-What about a dix-huit price?

-Dix-huit?

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-Could you do it?

-OK, sure.

-Thank you.

-No problem.

-Thank you.

0:16:500:16:54

James pays just under £15 for the print and he's chuffed!

0:16:540:16:57

I was drawn to this lovely picture.

0:17:000:17:02

You know, this is Holland, this is the Netherlands.

0:17:020:17:05

This is everything on a plate here, isn't it?

0:17:050:17:07

You know, a lot of European art was influenced by

0:17:070:17:10

Japanese wood block prints coming over, who were great exponents

0:17:100:17:15

of this idea that things could carry on and disappear.

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They don't necessarily have to be centred in the middle.

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But this really captures that, it has a very modern feel about it,

0:17:220:17:25

I like the colours, very sunny, orangey.

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So, his orangey, Dutch, Japanesey print brings his total haul to six.

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And, with that, Bingo calls it a day.

0:17:350:17:37

But with just four items in her bag,

0:17:390:17:41

his rival needs to seal some final deals fast.

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She's not one to buckle under the pressure, though,

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and she soon picks up a pair of hand weights for a not-so-hefty £24.

0:17:470:17:52

When I came here, I wanted to buy something quirky,

0:17:530:17:57

I wanted to think out of the box and I certainly have done it with these.

0:17:570:18:02

They're probably made from, I don't know,

0:18:020:18:04

iron, I would've thought, but they are handmade

0:18:040:18:07

and they've certainly got a nice little bit of age to them.

0:18:070:18:10

And I love the way that they've got the number, the amount,

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the five kilos, engraved in each one.

0:18:130:18:16

Fantastic! I don't know who I'm going to sell them to. Maybe a gym?

0:18:160:18:20

Maybe someone who's pretty strong.

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But it's certainly food for thought.

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So Catherine weighs up her options

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and, with the market starting to pack up around her,

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she has one final deal in mind

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and heads back to the first stall she visited

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for a gander at a rather unusual calendar.

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I saw this a bit earlier on.

0:18:400:18:41

-I quite like it. It's a perpetual calendar, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:18:410:18:45

They told me that it was a gift for a lady.

0:18:450:18:48

You think Victorian? Late Victorian?

0:18:480:18:51

What can you do on this? What's the best you can do?

0:18:510:18:53

38 euros.

0:18:530:18:56

-OK. I'm not going to argue.

-38.

0:18:560:18:59

What?! Not even a little haggling?

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Paying just over £31 for the calendar,

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she must think she's got something special.

0:19:040:19:07

I've seen many different types of perpetual calendar,

0:19:070:19:11

so ways of changing the date,

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but I've never seen a brass one in the form of a flying goose.

0:19:140:19:19

I would probably date this to late 19th century, early 20th century.

0:19:190:19:24

38 euros?

0:19:240:19:26

I think I can fly away to sweet success.

0:19:260:19:30

Ah! See what she did there? Yes!

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And that sixth and final purchase

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takes Catherine over the finishing line.

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We've had a Flemish field day here in Belgium today,

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but who spent what?

0:19:390:19:41

James and Catherine both started the day

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with £750 of their own money.

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James did most of his buying at the start

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and soon sealed the deal on six purchases, costing nearly £269.

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Canny Catherine had a last-minute dash.

0:19:550:19:58

She too bagged herself six items,

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but spent slightly more, at just under £306.

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But, before they jump ship back to Blighty,

0:20:040:20:06

time for our duo to take a quick look at the competition.

0:20:060:20:10

Well, James, you're right about this place.

0:20:100:20:13

-It is the business, isn't it?

-It is!

0:20:130:20:14

I've had so much fun and you look like you've had fun too.

0:20:140:20:17

So easy to buy, isn't it?

0:20:170:20:19

I've got to ask. That is amazing!

0:20:190:20:22

-That is brilliant! I would have bought that.

-Yeah?

0:20:220:20:24

-Yeah, I think that's great.

-That came with the lady behind me.

0:20:240:20:28

Yes. What, did that come free?

0:20:280:20:31

Why do you like her?

0:20:310:20:33

-She's got a very striking look.

-Yeah.

0:20:330:20:36

It's a sort of real 1960s sort of thing. It's a bathroom door.

0:20:360:20:40

-I wish you lots of luck with that, James.

-Do you think it's a challenge?

0:20:400:20:44

-I hope it doesn't end up on the fire.

-Anyway, I like...

0:20:440:20:47

I like your apothecary thing. This is lovely.

0:20:470:20:49

-This has got real interest.

-It's nice, isn't it?

0:20:490:20:51

It was a big purchase, but you don't see anything like that very often.

0:20:510:20:54

-No, it's a lovely item, that.

-What's that for?

0:20:540:20:56

Um, I was told it's for chocolate.

0:20:560:20:59

It would have had a handle shooting off here

0:20:590:21:01

and the flat bit

0:21:010:21:02

is to scoop the flat bottom.

0:21:020:21:05

-Yeah.

-Fancy a cup of tea?

0:21:050:21:06

-Yeah, that's a big cup, isn't it?

-SHE LAUGHS

0:21:060:21:08

I thought about maybe going to a shop,

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a coffee shop or something, using it as their display.

0:21:100:21:13

-You had to buy furniture, didn't you?

-I did and I...

0:21:130:21:16

You know, I'm a big fan of bamboo, rattan,

0:21:160:21:19

so I bought the chessboard and that.

0:21:190:21:21

Catherine, what's your favourite item?

0:21:210:21:24

-One of my favourites is probably the dumbbells.

-Yeah.

0:21:240:21:27

-Ever seen some like that?

-No, I've never seen some like that.

0:21:270:21:30

-Actual dumbbells, aren't they?

-They are.

-They look like dumbbells.

0:21:300:21:33

-They are pretty heavy.

-Best of luck.

0:21:330:21:35

-We've just got to sell it all now.

-We have.

-Come on, then.

-Lead on.

0:21:350:21:38

Back in Blighty and the pressure's on for our battling Brits,

0:21:430:21:46

because they've got to sell all their Belgian booty

0:21:460:21:49

and make as much profit as possible for their chosen charities.

0:21:490:21:53

They'll need to hit the phones, pound the streets,

0:21:530:21:56

and haggle as if their very lives depend on it, as every penny counts.

0:21:560:22:01

Back at Braxton Towers, James is feeling buoyant.

0:22:020:22:06

Well, Tongeren... Tongeren never fails to please.

0:22:070:22:11

This was my first purchase, the lovely lady,

0:22:110:22:14

the bathroom door, on my right-hand side. It also came

0:22:140:22:16

with the artist's palette, which I'm rather pleased about.

0:22:160:22:19

I remember Catherine rather liking it. Who am I going to sell that to?

0:22:190:22:23

A lothario!

0:22:230:22:25

The chocolate scoop. Lovely piece of copper, that.

0:22:250:22:28

Fortunately, in Brighton, there is a very famous chocolatier.

0:22:280:22:33

I'll take it there, and I should get a good price for that.

0:22:330:22:36

I like this. This is a classic bit of upcycling.

0:22:360:22:39

I'm going to put a wooden seat on it

0:22:390:22:41

and probably sell it to maybe a bar or... Yeah, probably a bar.

0:22:410:22:45

Then we've got this rather nice little Dutch print.

0:22:450:22:48

I'm going to find a buyer for that.

0:22:480:22:50

Chessboard, rather like that.

0:22:500:22:52

And then, another piece of rattan furniture. The bamboo chair.

0:22:520:22:55

Who will I sell that to?

0:22:550:22:57

Somebody who...owns a conservatory.

0:22:570:23:00

Anyway, I was pleased with Tongeren. It was great fun.

0:23:000:23:03

But all in all, I think I have the upper hand.

0:23:030:23:06

Mmm, I wouldn't count your chickens yet, Bingo!

0:23:060:23:09

Canny Catherine is at home in Kent surveying her Belgium buys

0:23:090:23:12

and she's feeling confident too.

0:23:120:23:15

I had a wonderful time in Tongeren

0:23:150:23:18

and I think I'm actually quite chuffed with the items that I bought.

0:23:180:23:22

This little perpetual calendar down there

0:23:220:23:25

has a bit of a question mark hanging over him.

0:23:250:23:27

I bought this as a Victorian perpetual calendar,

0:23:270:23:31

but I'm not sure that it actually is Victorian.

0:23:310:23:35

I think that it certainly has got some age to it.

0:23:350:23:38

Nevertheless, it's still a bit of fun. Now, this is fun.

0:23:380:23:42

Fun with a capital F.

0:23:420:23:44

I had to buy this as soon as I saw it.

0:23:440:23:47

I'm going to sell this, probably, to a coffee shop.

0:23:470:23:50

Fun all the way and big profits, I feel.

0:23:500:23:53

The seat, which is in the form of a soft drinks can,

0:23:530:23:58

is probably my least favourite item.

0:23:580:24:01

I can't really see a big profit screaming out at me.

0:24:010:24:05

I had to have these as soon as I saw these in the market.

0:24:050:24:08

I think I'm going to try and find a traditional circus.

0:24:080:24:12

I'd like to find a strongman as well,

0:24:120:24:14

or perhaps somebody who just collects circus memorabilia.

0:24:140:24:19

The dog irons, I just think they've got a look to them.

0:24:190:24:22

My feeling is maybe sell to a pub?

0:24:220:24:26

A pub with a big fire? Nice country fire?

0:24:260:24:29

The piece that I am most excited about is this apothecary cabinet.

0:24:290:24:35

To me, it feels like it's probably Dutch.

0:24:350:24:38

I paid just over £200 for it, but I think, out of everything,

0:24:380:24:44

this is where the money is, and it is incredibly exciting.

0:24:440:24:48

I think I'm onto a winner here.

0:24:480:24:51

In fact, I KNOW it.

0:24:510:24:53

Yes, brave talk from the Queen of Quality!

0:24:530:24:56

Both our profit hunters need to keep their focus on the goal now,

0:24:560:24:59

as they get their searches under way to bag the best buyers.

0:24:590:25:03

And remember, until they've shaken on it

0:25:030:25:05

and the money's changed hands, no deal is ever sealed.

0:25:050:25:08

James kicks off his selling spree

0:25:110:25:13

with that unusual copper chocolate scoop.

0:25:130:25:16

He's headed to a chocolatier in Brighton,

0:25:160:25:18

famed for their extravagant cakes and cocoa creations!

0:25:180:25:22

He bought his scoop for just under £37

0:25:220:25:25

and owner Christine is on hand to meet him.

0:25:250:25:28

-Hello, Christine! Hello.

-Oh, my goodness!

-James, hello.

-Hello, James.

0:25:280:25:33

-Nice to meet you.

-How are you?

-Very good, very good.

0:25:330:25:35

-What an amazing place.

-HE LAUGHS

0:25:350:25:38

Welcome to my world.

0:25:380:25:39

This is the item I spoke about, and this comes from Belgium.

0:25:390:25:44

And, um, made of copper. Feel the weight.

0:25:440:25:47

-It feels very practical. I love this.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:25:470:25:52

-The but is...

-Yeah, somebody has lost their temper.

0:25:520:25:55

HE LAUGHS And that's...that's interesting.

0:25:550:25:58

Cos I believe this is part of the tempering process.

0:25:580:26:02

-So I...

-Do you?

-I do.

-Right.

-I think the flat edge...

-Yeah?

0:26:020:26:05

-You temper chocolate on marble, so you warm up your chocolate...

-Yeah?

0:26:050:26:11

When you believe it's almost at the point of readiness,

0:26:110:26:15

you spread it out on marble and then you collect it again.

0:26:150:26:19

If you were to scoop that up on a flat surface, and stir,

0:26:190:26:24

you've got a set measure

0:26:240:26:25

and you've got a way of pouring...

0:26:250:26:28

-I see!

-..and a way of cooling at the same time.

0:26:280:26:31

Because you're right, because, um, copper is a great conductor

0:26:310:26:35

and it doesn't necessarily have to be hot, it can also be cold.

0:26:350:26:39

Now, what I want here...

0:26:390:26:41

I think it's quite special, it's got some age. Definitely 1880.

0:26:410:26:45

I would consider it, if it was the right price.

0:26:450:26:49

I was thinking a nice three-figure sum of £110.

0:26:490:26:54

-I employ somebody...

-Yeah?

-..called Guntis,

0:26:540:26:59

who is shortly to celebrate his ten-year anniversary with me

0:26:590:27:04

-and wouldn't this be a beautiful thing for him...?

-Beautiful, yeah.

0:27:040:27:08

-..for £60?

-£60?!

-£60.

0:27:080:27:12

You've done this before, Christine, haven't you?

0:27:120:27:15

75 and it's yours.

0:27:150:27:17

I'll tell you what I'll do.

0:27:170:27:20

Give me 75, yeah.

0:27:200:27:22

-HE LAUGHS I will give you 75...

-Great.

0:27:220:27:25

..and I'll also give you a bar of Guntis' chocolate.

0:27:250:27:27

Oh, you very kind lady. Thank you very much indeed.

0:27:270:27:30

-# Sweet like chocolate, boy... #

-Sale number one in the bag,

0:27:300:27:33

and Bingo scoops himself a profit of £38.11, plus that tasty treat.

0:27:330:27:38

# ..bring me so much joy... #

0:27:380:27:40

I don't normally eat into my profits,

0:27:400:27:43

but I'm very happy with this one.

0:27:430:27:46

Bingo, you chocoholic!

0:27:460:27:48

Meanwhile, his canny competitor has started her mission

0:27:480:27:51

with her most expensive item.

0:27:510:27:54

I've crossed the borders into Surrey armed with my apothecary cabinet.

0:27:540:27:59

I've come to see Glynis and she buys medical antiques.

0:27:590:28:03

She's quite particular about what she buys,

0:28:030:28:06

but I just hope that she'll go for this cabinet.

0:28:060:28:10

The apothecary set cost more than all her other purchases put together

0:28:100:28:14

and then doubled, at nearly £205, so there's a lot riding on this!

0:28:140:28:20

Well, Glynis, here it is. You've seen photos.

0:28:200:28:24

Is it what you thought it would be?

0:28:240:28:26

-It's very neat.

-I think it's neat.

0:28:260:28:28

-I love that size, actually.

-Yes, very neat from the outside.

0:28:280:28:31

-Nice and compact.

-Obviously not English.

-No.

0:28:310:28:33

-Um...

-Do you think Dutch?

-I would certainly think Flemish from the...

0:28:330:28:38

-from the hinges...

-Hmm.

-..and it's probably got a Flemish influence.

0:28:380:28:44

-This is probably 18th century, late 18th century?

-Mm-hm.

0:28:440:28:47

So it's gone through a couple of hundred years.

0:28:470:28:49

I think possibly there might have been a little...

0:28:490:28:52

-Set of scales?

-..handheld scale in there originally.

-Yeah.

0:28:520:28:55

And when people were collecting these,

0:28:550:28:57

they liked to have the original labels on, and also sometimes,

0:28:570:29:01

-if they have the contents as well, that adds to it.

-That's right, yes.

0:29:010:29:05

-I like it very much.

-Do you?

0:29:050:29:08

And now you're going to whack me with something I don't like.

0:29:080:29:11

I would like...

0:29:110:29:13

..somewhere in the region of between £300 and £400.

0:29:140:29:20

-275.

-275?

0:29:220:29:24

-I couldn't go that low. Honestly.

-300?

0:29:250:29:30

I was hoping that we would go more like 350.

0:29:300:29:33

-What about...

-Oh?

-..330?

0:29:330:29:38

-330. And I'm really pleased that you love it like I do.

-I really do.

0:29:380:29:42

Smoothly done, Southon,

0:29:420:29:45

and that's a very healthy profit of £125.08.

0:29:450:29:48

At home in Sussex, Bingo has a plan

0:29:500:29:52

to add value to one of his Belgian buys.

0:29:520:29:55

My intention with this lovely sauerkraut vase

0:29:550:29:58

from the foreign market is to put a seat on it.

0:29:580:30:02

Now, I've got a nice bit of ash from the Braxton timber yard.

0:30:020:30:06

And here, on top, it's quite a thick piece.

0:30:060:30:10

And I'll just fashion a seat here.

0:30:100:30:13

I think I will get more money for it.

0:30:130:30:17

So, to get the seat ready, Bingo burns the midnight oil,

0:30:170:30:21

but next morning, he's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

0:30:210:30:23

as he heads along the coast to unveil the newly-upcycled pot.

0:30:230:30:28

He's come to an antiques shop near Hastings to meet the owner, Badger.

0:30:280:30:33

-Now, hello, Badger, how are you?

-Very well indeed.

0:30:330:30:36

-Good to see you again.

-Here's that mighty jar I spoke to you about.

0:30:360:30:39

The person said it was a sauerkraut fellow,

0:30:390:30:42

so that's the cabbage, sort of pickled cabbage, isn't it?

0:30:420:30:46

-I've had sauerkraut. It's rather nice, in fact.

-Yeah.

0:30:460:30:49

You'll promise not to laugh, Badger? But this isn't all.

0:30:490:30:53

I didn't have a fret saw big enough to do the old thingamabob, er,

0:30:530:30:57

cut through this fine bit of ash

0:30:570:31:00

and so, I've got a lovely big seat here.

0:31:000:31:03

I like it. I had to pay some money for it. Um, I've brought it to you.

0:31:030:31:08

I wanted to get around 50-60 quid for it.

0:31:080:31:11

You can make a profit on this.

0:31:110:31:13

-I might even sign and date it for you, if you like.

-Call it 50.

-50?

0:31:130:31:16

You've got yourself a deal!

0:31:160:31:18

Bravo, Bingo!

0:31:180:31:20

That's another £33.61 into his profit pot

0:31:200:31:24

after an enterprising bit of DIY.

0:31:240:31:26

Never underestimate the power of pickled cabbage and upcycling.

0:31:270:31:32

Yes, whatever you say, James!

0:31:330:31:36

Now, Canny Catherine has been thinking outside the box too.

0:31:360:31:39

She's hit the road and run away to the circus!

0:31:390:31:42

She's brought her hand weights for Ringmaster John to take a look at.

0:31:420:31:46

They cost her £24.

0:31:460:31:49

Wow, this is amazing!

0:31:490:31:52

Ha-ha! This looks fantastic!

0:31:520:31:54

-Wonderful! Good to meet you, John.

-Nice to meet you.

-Lovely.

0:31:540:31:57

I have brought you...

0:31:570:31:59

-Oh, thank you.

-Grab hold of that.

-Goodness me!

0:31:590:32:02

I've brought you a couple of five-kilo dumbbells.

0:32:020:32:05

Difficult to say the age on them, but they're certainly cast-iron

0:32:050:32:08

and I would say - I don't know - maybe 100 years old?

0:32:080:32:11

-Do you have a strongman here at your circus?

-We don't this year, actually,

0:32:110:32:15

but we are thinking of... we're negotiating for booking

0:32:150:32:17

-a strongman for next year, so they might come in very handy.

-Ah!

0:32:170:32:21

-Are you?

-Yes, we are.

-So what do you think about these?

0:32:210:32:24

Well, I think we'd certainly have a use for them, yes.

0:32:240:32:26

-We need to talk about price.

-Indeed.

0:32:260:32:29

I think I would like around £60-£70 for them. How does that sound?

0:32:300:32:36

How about if we gave you slightly less to start with,

0:32:360:32:39

but, um, if you completed one of the circus challenges,

0:32:390:32:42

we'd up the price a little bit? Are you game for that?

0:32:420:32:46

If we had you on the roller, and if you could stay on there

0:32:460:32:50

similar to our man Ross, for, um, I should say ten seconds...

0:32:500:32:54

-Right?

-..we'd go from 50 up to 70?

0:32:540:32:57

Right, so £70 if I'm on there for ten seconds?

0:32:570:33:01

-If not...?

-£50.

-..50?

0:33:010:33:04

-OK, I'm game for that.

-Yeah?

-I'm game for that.

-Let's go.

0:33:040:33:07

I'm game for a challenge.

0:33:070:33:08

Yes, there's nothing our agile auctioneer won't do

0:33:080:33:11

in the pursuit of profit!

0:33:110:33:13

Is that enough for you?

0:33:130:33:15

-Yeah, go, go!

-One...

-One, two, three, four...

0:33:150:33:19

SHE LAUGHS

0:33:190:33:21

There's absolutely no way I could do that.

0:33:210:33:24

Not even going to give it another try, Catherine? Hmm!

0:33:240:33:28

-£50.

-Deal.

0:33:280:33:31

No, seems not.

0:33:310:33:33

She may not be joining the circus any time soon,

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but she still doubled her money on the weights,

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netting herself £25.41 profit.

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And our antiques acrobat tops up her coffers again,

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when she sells that advertising tin for £12, banking £3.80 profit.

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Our trading typhoons have been selling up a storm,

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so let's find out who's thundering ahead

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and who's just full of hot air.

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At the halfway stage of their selling session,

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James has struck two deals and made himself a profit of just £71.72.

0:34:020:34:07

Catherine has done one better,

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having made three sales, and taken a tidy profit of £154.29.

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So they both have plenty of Belgian treasures still to sell,

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and James is yet to bank any really big bucks.

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He's got four items back at Braxton HQ,

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so he hits his little black book of contacts.

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I'll bring it along. Let's see how we go.

0:34:300:34:33

Catherine's selling spree shows no signs of slowing down.

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She's brought her unusually-shaped perpetual calendar

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to a farm in Leicestershire and, having cost her just over £31,

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she's hoping owner Robert will give her a honkingly good profit.

0:34:440:34:48

GEESE HONK

0:34:480:34:50

-Hi.

-Hi.

0:34:500:34:52

-How are you?

-It's absolutely beautiful. Hello, Robert.

-Hello.

0:34:530:34:56

-What a wonderful place to be.

-Good.

-This is absolutely super.

0:34:560:35:00

-All I can see is just a sea of white.

-I know.

0:35:000:35:04

-There's about 3,000 here behind us.

-LOUD HONKING

0:35:040:35:07

Quite a lot of geese.

0:35:070:35:09

Anyway, I have come to, not only see the geese,

0:35:090:35:12

-but I've come to sell you something...

-Ooh!

-..hopefully!

0:35:120:35:14

-Ooh!

-Hopefully!

-You know what farmers are like!

0:35:140:35:16

-Well, what are farmers like?

-Mean!

-Are they?

-Oh, terrible, I've heard.

0:35:160:35:21

-What do you think of that?

-Well, let's have a look.

0:35:210:35:25

-I would say...

-That is a goose, first of all.

0:35:250:35:27

I think we could say it's a goose, yes.

0:35:270:35:29

-That's very nice. What's it made of?

-So this is made of brass.

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As you can see, you've got quite chunky fingers,

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if you don't mind me saying, as a farmer!

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And it would be pretty tough for you to take all of these out.

0:35:380:35:40

-Yes, it would.

-So I think this is probably more of a lady's calendar.

0:35:400:35:44

-That is very nice.

-Do you like that?

0:35:440:35:45

-Yeah, but what am I going to have to negotiate?

-Being a mean farmer...

0:35:450:35:49

-Yes!

-..I'm getting a bit worried about this.

0:35:490:35:52

Somewhere between 50 and 60, how does that sound?

0:35:520:35:54

What about 48?

0:35:540:35:56

-Oh, all right, then. 48.

-48!

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So, the calendar flies off to a £16.85 profit

0:35:590:36:03

and it seems there's a familiar face at the farm.

0:36:030:36:05

Hello, my friend.

0:36:070:36:09

-So, who's this that's come to join us?

-This is Bingo.

0:36:090:36:12

Bingo?! Are you a Bingo?

0:36:120:36:14

I've got a Bingo too!

0:36:140:36:16

I've got a Bingo! He's my partner in crime in this.

0:36:160:36:19

We're going to beat him, aren't we? DEEP VOICE: Yes, we are. Yes, we are.

0:36:190:36:23

Er, yes, not sure our Bingo will roll over quite that easily!

0:36:230:36:27

But, before she leaves, Catherine lends a hand with the feeding time.

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Why aren't they eating it? What's wrong with my food?

0:36:310:36:34

Cluck-cluck-cluck! GEESE HONK

0:36:340:36:37

Um, I don't think you're meant to chase them!

0:36:370:36:40

Our goose whisperer is streaking ahead in this selling bonanza.

0:36:400:36:44

But Bingo is poised to make a comeback, with his most risque item.

0:36:440:36:50

He's taking his painted door to the bright lights of London town,

0:36:500:36:53

to meet - no, not a lothario - but a restaurateur with a passion for art.

0:36:530:36:58

But will the lady be his type?

0:36:580:37:00

James paid nearly £164 for her, along with the artist's palette.

0:37:000:37:05

-Hello, Ranauld.

-James, very good to see you.

0:37:050:37:08

Here is my mighty door.

0:37:080:37:10

Um, I bought this in Belgium and it has that '60s look.

0:37:100:37:14

You know, all those sort of glamorous things,

0:37:140:37:17

the sort of Pink Panther films, David Niven...

0:37:170:37:21

-Yeah, it's definitely '60s, all that mascara.

-Yeah.

0:37:210:37:25

I imagine that you didn't pay a lot of money for it?

0:37:250:37:27

I paid a reasonable sum and I'm looking to get sort of £275 for it.

0:37:270:37:33

-I do quite like it.

-I think...

-I've no idea where I'd put it.

0:37:330:37:36

She is growing on me. JAMES LAUGHS

0:37:360:37:39

Um, I think that...

0:37:390:37:41

It'd be churlish not to accept your offer.

0:37:410:37:43

Oh, that's really kind, Ranauld. Put it there. Thank you. Thank you.

0:37:430:37:47

Yeah! So, Bingo banks himself a profit of £111 for the door,

0:37:470:37:52

and he sells his palette to a West London dealer for another £40,

0:37:520:37:56

taking his profit for the pair

0:37:560:37:58

to a whopping £151.07.

0:37:580:38:01

His biggest deal yet!

0:38:010:38:03

But his Dutch print doesn't fare so well.

0:38:030:38:06

It sells for just a 25p profit.

0:38:060:38:08

Nevertheless, Bingo has struck out into the lead,

0:38:110:38:14

but Catherine is hot on his heels.

0:38:140:38:16

She's found a home for her fireplace dog irons,

0:38:160:38:19

selling them to a pub in Leicestershire for £70,

0:38:190:38:22

topping up her profit purse by just over £41.

0:38:220:38:26

Well, Bingo, that's another profit.

0:38:290:38:31

I hope you're feeling the pressure, because I'm turning the heat up.

0:38:310:38:34

# The heat is on! #

0:38:340:38:35

Yes, the temperature is certainly rising,

0:38:350:38:37

as both our stellar sellers line up their final sales.

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Savvy Southon is hoping to round off her selling spree

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by heading across the country with one of her quirkiest Belgian buys.

0:38:440:38:48

I'm in Bath and I've come to see Helen.

0:38:510:38:53

She's got a cafe, but I understand it's not an ordinary cafe.

0:38:530:38:58

But then, this is no ordinary cup and saucer.

0:38:580:39:00

She paid £8.20 for the giant teacup in Belgium,

0:39:020:39:05

but will it turn a giant profit?

0:39:050:39:07

# No time to say hello, goodbye, I'm late... #

0:39:070:39:09

-Helen, hello.

-Hello, Catherine.

0:39:090:39:11

-Welcome to the Mad Hatter's.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:39:110:39:14

Well, I've gone a bit mad myself

0:39:140:39:16

and I have brought you this rather large cup and saucer.

0:39:160:39:21

I absolutely love it.

0:39:210:39:23

-This is where I would love it to go.

-So, price? Helen?

0:39:230:39:27

-Um...

-It all comes down to.

-I would offer you £30 for that.

0:39:270:39:31

Er...can we say 40?

0:39:310:39:33

Can we meet in the middle and say 35?

0:39:350:39:38

Go on, then. 35.

0:39:380:39:40

That gives her coffers a profit injection of £26.80,

0:39:400:39:44

and that's Canny Catherine over the finish line.

0:39:440:39:47

Bingo still has two items to offload,

0:39:470:39:49

and he's been pounding the West London streets.

0:39:490:39:52

I'm in Golborne Road in London with my two items of rattan.

0:39:540:39:57

I bought them separately, but I want to sell them together

0:39:570:40:01

to some fellow rattan enthusiasts, much like myself.

0:40:010:40:04

Well, surely there's no shortage of those, old chap!

0:40:050:40:08

The chair and table cost him over £36 combined,

0:40:080:40:11

but will the West London dealers be enraptured by the rattan?

0:40:110:40:15

Come on. Sit down, Dave. Feel the comfort of that chair.

0:40:170:40:21

-Sit.

-No cushion.

0:40:210:40:23

No cushion. It needs a cushion, doesn't it?

0:40:230:40:25

Well, it might be all right without one, actually.

0:40:250:40:27

-It's all right. You look settled.

-Fairly comfortable, yeah.

0:40:270:40:30

You look like a man of means there.

0:40:300:40:31

-Anyway, this is my table, I love rattan. Do you like rattan?

-Ish.

0:40:310:40:36

-You like it ish?

-Yes.

-So you're not...

-I like anything that sells.

0:40:360:40:39

Not a full believer? I think this would sell, because it's got colour.

0:40:390:40:42

Anyway, I like these two. Bargain basement prices...

0:40:420:40:46

-Mmm?

-..if you like them. I want 40 quid for that and 40 quid for that.

0:40:460:40:49

I quite like them, but I'd prefer to pay 70 quid for the two,

0:40:490:40:53

-if you would...

-Go on, you've gone and got yourself a deal.

-OK.

0:40:530:40:57

He's done it! That double deal

0:40:570:40:58

banks Bingo £33.12 profit, and you could call it checkmate.

0:40:580:41:04

So who will be crowned king or queen of the curio?

0:41:040:41:07

And who will be left feeling like a mere profit pawn?

0:41:070:41:10

All will be revealed, but first,

0:41:100:41:12

let's remind ourselves of what they spent in Belgium.

0:41:120:41:15

Both our experts started off

0:41:170:41:19

with the euro equivalent of £750 of their own money.

0:41:190:41:22

Bingo Braxton made six purchases and spent £268.84.

0:41:220:41:28

Canny Catherine also bought six items,

0:41:280:41:31

but spent slightly more at £305.75.

0:41:310:41:35

But the name of the game is always profit.

0:41:350:41:38

All the money James and Catherine have made from today's challenge

0:41:380:41:41

will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:410:41:43

So, without further ado, let's find out who is today's

0:41:430:41:46

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Champion!

0:41:460:41:49

-Tongeren!

-Tongers!

-I still haven't mastered the language yet, have you?

0:41:510:41:57

-Well, no, not the Flemish.

-The Flemish!

0:41:570:41:59

-Aw, what fun we had in Tongeren.

-It was lovely.

0:41:590:42:02

-It's a great market, isn't it?

-Really loved that! Good fun.

0:42:020:42:05

-And I had good fun selling it all as well.

-Did you?

0:42:050:42:07

-Yes.

-And you sold it well?

-Well, I'm not so sure about that.

0:42:070:42:11

-I had fun doing it. I went to a goose farm.

-Goose farm.

-Goose farm.

0:42:110:42:14

-I went to a circus, James!

-Circus?!

-Oh, yes!

0:42:140:42:18

That was brilliant, really good fun.

0:42:180:42:20

What about you?

0:42:200:42:21

Well, I went to a chocolatier.

0:42:210:42:24

Um... The door. The door!

0:42:240:42:27

-That awful door!

-That lovely door.

0:42:270:42:29

-Shall we see what happened?

-OK.

-What really happened!

0:42:290:42:31

Whoa!

0:42:310:42:33

-Ooh! Close one!

-Oh!

-Well done, James!

0:42:330:42:36

-Just have it, don't I?

-Very close.

0:42:360:42:38

-Please tell me it wasn't that door.

-I think it was, you know.

0:42:380:42:41

That awful door!

0:42:410:42:43

So, James walks away the winner, with just £17 between them.

0:42:430:42:47

The big profit on the risque door helped him pull it off.

0:42:470:42:51

I remain the Flemish champion.

0:42:510:42:54

Tongeren was mine. We both made very good profits.

0:42:540:42:58

But I just made that little extra more

0:42:580:43:01

and thank you to that rudey nudey door.

0:43:010:43:04

Even though I fed the geese and I went to the circus,

0:43:040:43:08

it still wasn't enough.

0:43:080:43:10

I can't believe that horrible door came between us.

0:43:100:43:15

But Canny Catherine gets another chance

0:43:150:43:17

to knock Bingo off the top spot tomorrow,

0:43:170:43:19

when they head to a seaside car-boot sale.

0:43:190:43:22

This is definitely going to be another winner.

0:43:220:43:25

Antique experts James Braxton and Catherine Southon compete against each other in a Belgian market to see who can bag the best bargains and sell them on for a profit. James plays dirty and sends Catherine on a wild goose chase, but will she get the last laugh when she heads to the circus?