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James Braxton v Catherine Southon - Car Boot

Antiques challenge. Experts James Braxton and Catherine Southon compete at a car boot sale. Catherine spots some silver and James thinks he's onto a winner with a car door.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out battle for profit...

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Elementary, my dear dealers.

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..and gives you the insider's view of the trade.

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HE GROWLS

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Each week, one pair of duelling 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! Ready for battle.

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..and giving you their top tips

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and savvy secrets on how to make the most money from buying and selling.

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Get in there!

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Today the sophisticated squire of the salesroom, James Braxton,

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takes on the first lady of fine art, Catherine Southon,

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at a car-boot sale.

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Coming up, James sits pretty on a bargain...

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-You have yourself a deal, sir.

-OK.

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I've got a deal. You've got a steal.

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Catherine's feeling continental...

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-Jolie.

-Tres jolie?

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Cycling through your French countryside. Bunch of onions in?

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-Baguettes hanging out the back.

-Oh, yes, I like that idea.

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..and James throws his profits up in the air.

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What I was going to do is I was going to set you a challenge.

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I'm going to give you three pieces of paper.

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Every piece of paper you get in the basket is a fiver off, chief, OK?

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome one and all to today's boot sale bounty hunt.

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We've set sail for the Sussex coast

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and it's looking like a battle of the high seas as two antiques

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buccaneers go head-to-head in the search for treasure.

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Our first profit-hunting pirate is a fearless auctioneer.

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He's on home turf here in Sussex and he's hungry for victory.

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It's James 'Bingo' Braxton.

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I'm keeping an eye out for bargains.

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His swashbuckling competitor is a diamond dealer

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who lets nothing stand in her way.

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It's Kent's own ace auctioneer, 'Canny' Catherine Southon.

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Let's hope this is all plain sailing for now. Oo-arr!

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Today's battlefield has a salty tang in the air

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as we're at Brighton Marina car-boot sale.

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With over 200 stalls to plunder,

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there's plenty to whet our warriors' appetites.

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They each have £250 of their own money to spend,

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and, once they've bought, they must sell it all on and any profit

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they make will go to their chosen charities.

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The sun is shining, the sea air is bracing,

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and the stakes have never been higher.

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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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-Morning.

-How are you?

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-Sleepy. How are you?

-It's very early, isn't it? Far too early.

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I know. I'm normally coming in at this time when I'm in Brighton.

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-Have you been to this booty before?

-Marina. No, I haven't been here.

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-What about you?

-Nor me.

-So you're going to stretch the 250?

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-It's going to go a long way.

-250's going to...

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I'm not intending to spend anywhere near 250.

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I think it's going to be fun. It's looking really busy out there.

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-I know. Well, you go that way, I'll go this. Bye.

-Good luck.

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Well, they say the early bird catches the worm and the buyers

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are already circling this boot sale like a colony of vultures,

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but, never fear, as our very own bird of prey has a clever strategy.

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I'm coming well equipped with my torch and my eye-glass

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because I'm looking perhaps for something sparkly.

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Maybe a piece of jewellery?

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Anyhow, I'm on the hunt now so wish me luck!

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So 'Canny' Catherine is looking for a diamond in the rough.

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What about her opponent?

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Car boots are fun because you go for the £20

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and you're told it's a fiver, so I should be buying quite cheaply.

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I've only got £250. I should do well here. Really looking forward to it.

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Yes, he may be antiques aristocracy, ladies and gents,

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but he's keeping a tight grip on the purse strings today.

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Perhaps a small item to start then?

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I'm fascinated in your 2CV door.

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-It's great, isn't it?

-Or maybe not.

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-Isn't it fun?

-That's 85.

-85?

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Well, it's not cheap,

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but Bingo's spotted another couple of lots on the same stall.

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What about your Pablo Picasso?

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Pablo Picasso, well, it's only an exhibition print. 25.

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I rather like that. I like that. And your bricklayer's trowel?

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Bricklayer's trowel, I don't know much about it really,

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but seemingly a good name.

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-Fiver.

-Fiver.

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Yes, a trowel, a painting and a car door.

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That's what you call an eclectic mix(!)

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If I bought the Pablo Picasso, the bricklayer's trowel,

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is there a bit of a deal to be done on the door?

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-Could you do 65 on it?

-How about the whole lot for 100?

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70, 25 and I think you've got yourself a deal.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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Well, before you can say Pablo Picasso,

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our very own master of the trade has snapped up three items.

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Now, the idea, what is the connection?

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I have a trowel, I have a 2CV door and I have a print by Pablo Picasso.

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Rather interesting. This cheapest item, £5, I like this.

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This is a very nice bricklayer's trowel.

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My most expensive item and I think my nicest,

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the 2CV door and I paid £70 in all for that.

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Where's it going to go? Restaurant? 2CV restorer? I like this.

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This has integrity. It's not just a print.

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It's a print for an exhibition. Where does my profit lie?

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I think this would be fun on a wall somewhere.

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Somebody will have a go at this at £70.

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I'm seeing this at 100-150.

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So it seems Bingo has thrown his spend-low strategy

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out of the French car window all in the hope of some prodigious profit

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and it seems old 'Canny' Southon has become a Francophile too.

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This little yellow post bag, La Poste, so French.

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Yeah, they were French. Put on your cycle.

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-Maybe to put your bunch of onions in.

-Baguettes hanging out the back.

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Oh, yes, I like that idea.

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You could even wear a little French hat at the same time.

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-It'd look very jolie...

-Tres jolie?

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..cycling through your French countryside.

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-So where exactly would this go? More on the side of the bike?

-Yes, yes.

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When you've got a little cycle rack there, you'd attach that

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to either side of your cycle rack to give you the extra carrying room.

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Can I give you £6 for the two?

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We'll go for eight and I'll shake your hand on it.

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All right, I will shake your hand.

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So, that's her first purchase in the bag. Get it? In the bag(!) Yes.

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What a way to start!

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My first colourful purchase and £8.

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Maybe we won't be selling in Marseille

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but I think these have perfect potential.

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And 'Canny' Catherine doesn't take her foot off the gas

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and quickly nets item number two - a copper jam pot for £12.

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I'm rather chuffed with this for £12.

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Can you imagine you're bubbling strawberry jam in this

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on the Victorian stove?

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Well, I think I can make quite a bit of money out of this.

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Well, Catherine's taking this boot sale by storm,

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but Bingo is hot on her heels.

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I think I am feeling confident. Is it my natural environment?

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Probably not, but I'm a good adaptor.

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We never doubted you, Bingo.

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He may not be in his comfort zone,

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but James won't let anything stand in the way of his quest for profit.

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-I think it's for thistles, isn't it?

-Is it?

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Yeah, for taking thistles out of the... So you've got a good purchase.

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It's had some wear.

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-They normally make about a fiver, I'm told.

-Do they? Call it six quid?

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-Seems fair, doesn't it?

-It does.

-I'll take it. Thank you very much indeed.

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No more thistles on my ground.

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Back on strategy,

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our auctioneer action man bags his fourth item for just a few pounds.

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His opponent is lagging behind with just two deals done,

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but she's taking her time and surveying her hunting ground.

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It's interesting here. You do get the real car booty people.

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You get the people who are selling items from their house, having

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a good clear out from their loft,

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but you also get a couple of antique dealers, so there is a real mix.

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And our sharp-eyed predator soon fixes her sights

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on a shiny skating coin.

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I like your medal here. Your speed skating...

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Quite interesting, isn't it? Would be nice if it was silver.

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-Just quite quirky. How much is on that?

-I've got 12 on it.

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I'll do it for six.

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I'm going to take that because I think that's an interesting story

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there and I shall test that and see if it's silver

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and then I might have struck gold.

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-You might have done.

-What about these? These are nice.

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Lantern slides. I'm really passionate about things like this.

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I get very excited.

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I have a very warped sense of humour when it comes to this,

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but if you think, going back to the Victorian era,

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they didn't have TVs, didn't have radios.

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They had things like this to entertain the family, didn't they?

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Get your magic lantern out, put your slides in and the whole family

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would sit there amused by these strange little scenes going on.

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Lynn, how much would you like for these?

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They're £18 each and I really would like 15.

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I'll give you 60 for everything.

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-How does that sound?

-I can't do it really.

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Can not do it on those.

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But 'Canny' Catherine's not one to let a purchase

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slip through her fingers and she quickly seals the deal at £70.

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60, 70. Perfect.

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It's almost a third of her budget in one go,

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but the medal is right on Catherine's sparkling strategy.

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Well, this is actually quite the curious item cos I'm not sure

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exactly what it is.

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I think it's almost definitely silver

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and I would say possibly a sort of medal once upon a time.

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It'll be interesting to know whether it is silver or not

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and it will be interesting to try and put it into its context,

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but I think the detail on this is absolutely super.

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It's a really classy thing.

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Whatever this turns out to be, I think I've definitely struck gold.

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And, on the same stall,

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I went and bought seven comical Victorian magic lantern slides.

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Now, the thing about these is every single one is hand-painted

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and the colour is superb.

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It's as clear and as crisp as the day they were painted.

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They probably date from about 1870-1880.

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This is definitely going to be another winner.

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So, savvy Southon's levelled the playing field

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with another two items in her stash.

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Time for Bingo to bring out the big guns!

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-How much for Tony the elephant, the stool?

-30.

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Ooh!

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-It could be a seat. It could be a pot holder.

-Could be a pot holder.

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It could be yours and you look very comfortable on that, I have to say.

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-I feel comfortable. Thank you. I do.

-Yes, you DO look comfortable.

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-Will you take a fiver off? 25?

-Yes, absolutely.

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-You have yourself a deal, sir.

-OK. I've got a deal, you've got a steal!

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And a bit of poetry chucked in for free!

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I like this. Why do I like it? I love the elephant mask.

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There's something very attractive about elephants.

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It's not the smartest garden seat you'll ever find.

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It's a bit wibbly-wobbly, but it's all about character, isn't it?

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I think it's made in China. It's made quite recently.

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But you're getting quite a lot for your money.

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You're getting a seat, ceramics and three elephants for £25.

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What am I going to do with this? Tony the elephant. I'm hoping to sell it.

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This is not the finest fellow.

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Where does the great meeting of taste happen?

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In your local Indian takeaway.

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Ah, clever. Lining up the buyers before he's even left the boot sale.

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A master at work. Now, Catherine had better keep an eye on him.

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Let's try and find that Bingo.

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But, before she locates the opposition, let's see who's on track

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to find the gold and who's looking likely to walk the plank?

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Our experts each arrived with £250 of their own money.

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James 'Bingo' Braxton has been flash with the cash.

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He's bagged five items for a sizeable £131,

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leaving £119 to spend.

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'Canny' Catherine Southon may not have liked the early start

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but she quickly got into gear,

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buying four items for a pocket-friendly £90,

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leaving her £160 still to spend.

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Our duo are taking this seaside car boot by storm.

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-Ah-hah-hah!

-You're out-smiling me. What's going on?

-I am so chirpy.

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I've woken up, I'm alive. There's some brilliant things to buy.

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I've spent money. Notes have been exchanged here. Not single coins.

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-Notes.

-Really?

-Oh, yes.

-I've rather plodded, I think.

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-Have you spent coins?

-No, I spent notes.

-Good.

-I have spent notes.

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-I've bought some interesting things that I'm slightly bemused by.

-Right.

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You've slightly shattered...

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Your confidence, your smiles, it's wobbled me.

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-Don't worry, James. Don't worry.

-Be gone! Be gone!

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-It's all a face, honestly.

-Be gone! Take your cheerfulness away!

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Carry on buying.

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Mm, looks like 'Canny' Catherine has got old Bingo rattled.

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I didn't like way Catherine was so smiley and cheerful.

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It would suggest that she's having an easy time and a successful time

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at this car boot, whereas I found it more difficult.

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I think I've got to smile more, be cheerful and just get on with it.

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Where's he off to? Cheer up, the game is far from over

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and on the other side of the market, having done the rounds,

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Catherine's confidence with Bingo

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seems to have been a bit of a front.

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I've done one circuit of this and I was on fire to begin with

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and actually bought some really good things

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but I'm getting a bit nervous now

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because people are starting to pack away and there's only

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sort of the tail end left, so I need to get working very quickly.

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Let's hope James is in same situation.

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Yes... But you know what they say about auctioneers and tea bags -

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you never know how strong they are

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until you put them into hot water.

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Or maybe that's just tea bags.

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I'm liking these, these are good.

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These are Olympic gymnas...

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gymnasium...type pommel horse type of things.

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-Yes.

-So you put them on... You fix them on a beam?

-Yes.

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I like them. They've got a good look about them.

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I'm not sure what I'd do with them, but they are good.

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-How much do you want for them?

-£40, dear. Yeah. Each.

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Each?!

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Oh, no!

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I'd take two...

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but I can't pay that much.

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50 for the pair?

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Catherine, I love you to bits, but I can't do it.

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55.

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OK.

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I like those.

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The auctioneer extraordinaire does it again!

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Our daring duo now have five buys each in the bag,

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but with money left to spend,

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Bingo has set his sights on a little French jug.

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-I like that. Isn't it a great shape?

-Yeah, it is.

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It's a funny glaze, isn't it?

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It's quite sort of grippy,

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but it's just a lovely shape, isn't it?

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Looks as though it's on the move.

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And good design should almost always have humour.

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It's a lovely little pitcher.

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-Ricard, which is the aniseed-y aperitif, isn't it?

-It is.

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How much have you got on it?

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What would be your offer for it?

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I was going to say 10, but I don't want to insult you.

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Oh, sacre blue!

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-Pour vous quinze euros. Quinze livres.

-Can't.

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-Quinze livres.

-Oh! Yeah.

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-Quinze?

-Oui.

-Quinze livres is 15, is it?

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-Correct.

-No! Is it?

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-Yes, of course, it is.

-Really? Oh..!

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Merci, monsieur.

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In case anything was lost in translation, Bingo paid £15.

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But is Monsieur Braxton having doubts already?

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What attracted me to this jug...

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I like the shape of it. It has a sort of beaky, animal-like look.

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£15.

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Profit...

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looking pretty fragile.

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There's no time to dwell on it though

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as the boot sale's drawing to a close.

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So our brave knight goes straight into battle over a bamboo basket.

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How much for this lovely fellow?

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£10. £10.

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Any movement on that?

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A fiver?

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No, sorry. £10.

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Ten's cheap.

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You have a deal, man.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Rather nice, what, wastepaper basket - whatever you call it.

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Made of bamboo, very resourcefully.

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I like it. And I'm sure somebody else will.

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And at £10, I see good profits in this.

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And with that, Sir Bingo's day is done.

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He's got seven items under his belt and he's feeling confident.

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My day has improved, rather like the weather -

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the sun's out, the smile became broader.

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I found unusual items at cheap prices but great quality.

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I wonder if Catherine was able to match it?

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Well, with the end of the sale in sight,

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Catherine's feeling the pressure to root out some last hidden gems.

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I don't like that bit!

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It's all the real house clearance - your hoovers...

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I don't like it very much.

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She seems rattled,

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while her opponent is kicking back and relaxing.

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Never underestimate our Kentish queen though,

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with minutes to spare, she spots a pair of pots with a seaside twist

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and she's quick to add them to her haul.

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£10. OK.

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Yeah? Put it there.

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Well, being by the sea, I thought I might buy something nautical today,

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but I didn't quite think I would be buying a pair of whelk pots.

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Nevertheless, these are pretty damn special.

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The chap I was speaking to said maybe paint them black and sell them as plant pots,

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I think I would probably sell them as plant pots -

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maybe to a fish and chip shop.

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But I don't think I will paint them black.

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I think they look wonderful as they are.

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£10 a pair?! You can't say fairer than that.

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That final catch of the day

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brings our buying bonanza to an end.

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As they get ready to show off their wares, let's tot up the totals.

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James and Catherine each arrived at Brighton with a budget of £250.

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James bought seven items and kept his car-boot-cool,

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spending just £156.

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Catherine had a second-half wobble but bagged six items,

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spending just £1 less than Bingo, at £155.

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It's a close run race so far - now our battling bargaineers

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have a chance to check out each other's spoils.

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Well, the sun is shining, the jackets are off...

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I've had so much fun, James. I don't know about you.

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-Have you?

-It's been brilliant!

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The best car boot ever, one would say.

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-Really?

-Yes!

-That good?

-That good!

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But your items, I have to say, look fantastic!

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Love your deux-cheveaux door!

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-Great colour!

-Great, yeah.

-Brilliant.

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French. Green...

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See, I can see that on the wall of a French cafe or something.

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That is rather classy, I think.

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That, on the other hand, I would put that in the not-at-all-classy camp.

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-Really?

-Why did you buy that, James?

-I like garden seats.

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It was comfortable, I was tired, a bit grumpy and I thought...

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There will be an Indian restaurant somewhere

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that will see great beauty in this.

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Is this a hoe of some description?

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No, they've got holes... That's bigger, a hoe.

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It's small, isn't it?

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It's called a thistle dodger. This is what you...

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Good husbandry is all about keeping thistles and ragwort away.

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You just get them on the roots.

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Your magic lantern slides are beauties!

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Thank you! What really stood out, was the colour.

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I think the colour on these is super.

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Pommel horses, down there - 55.

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-55?

-Is that a lot?

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You'll have to do something cunning with those?

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-Well, they don't call me cunning for nothing, James.

-Ohhhh...!

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Come on - ice cream

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Let's do ice cream.

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So, our car boot bounty hunters head home to plan their selling strategies.

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This is where the Put Your Money challenge is won or lost.

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As our experts now have to find buyers for all their items,

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and eke out every possible penny of profit.

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They need to hit the phones, pound the pavements,

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and prepare to haggle their way to victory.

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In East Sussex, the sun is shining on Braxton Towers.

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Ah, there we are, the dear old car boot.

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In spite of there being lots and lots of goods,

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we managed to refine it,

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and my most expensive item was that door.

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But I just don't know who to sell it to.

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I'd love to sell it to some sort of bistro

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where they just sort of mount it - hang it on the wall.

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And my lovely elephant stool.

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I rather like this.

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I'm hoping to sell this to my local Indian restaurant.

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So, from the stool, go to the jug - a nice little Ricard jug.

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Paid quite a lot of money for that.

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It's a nice shape though.

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So, nice jug there.

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Then we go on to the bricklayer's trowel - rather nice.

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I need to find a bricklayer for that.

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And then this fellow. I said it was a thistle dodger.

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I've been corrected. It's a thistle spud.

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Bought that for no money.

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Six pounds.

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The wicker bin is going to go to somebody

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who has quite a smart, maybe, study,

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or they want a litter bin somewhere in their home.

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But I like that. I like that Picasso poster.

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I'll sell that to a...Picasso, or modern art lover,

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who doesn't quite have the 40 million for the original.

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How did I do at the car boot?

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I think I bought a very eclectic mix of items!

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Thistle spuds and car doors -

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eclectic is one word for it!

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Over in Kent, canny Catherine's feeling buoyant.

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I couldn't have had a better day than the day that I had

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at Brighton car boot.

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Probably the most weirdest of them all are these pommel horse things.

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I've got the idea of selling them to someone,

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perhaps an interior designer

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and maybe they could reupholster them

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and make them into little cute seats?

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But the item that I think will be the hardest to sell

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is this little medal down here.

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I've got to find people who are interested in speed-skating

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or perhaps people who are interested in sporting memorabilia.

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I think I've given myself a bit of a problem there.

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Now these little babies...

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I think they would look wonderful outside a fishmonger's

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or maybe outside a fish and ship shop? Are you with me?

0:23:530:23:56

The slides are one my favourite items,

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but if anyone out there collects magic lantern slides,

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he is going to love these.

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The postbags - they're a bit of fun.

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And I need to find somebody who's interested in cycling.

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This is my final item.

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It's a Victorian copper jam pot.

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I'd like to sell it to someone who makes jam or that sort of thing,

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because really that's where it belongs.

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Overall, really strange items,

0:24:230:24:26

really unusual...

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but I think a pretty damn good selection.

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So it's shaping up to be a battle of the bizarre,

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and a war of the wacky!

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Our duo need to dig out their little black books of contacts

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and find buyers for their booty.

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Any profits they make will go to their chosen charities,

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and, remember, until they've shaken on it, the deal's not done!

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Bingo kicks off his selling with the porcelain elephant seat

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which cost him £25. Poppadom anyone?

0:24:510:24:54

I'm in my local village at my local curry house

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and I can say I'm no stranger here.

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Prawn balti, is it?

0:25:010:25:03

Or maybe Bingo's a vindaloo kind of guy!

0:25:030:25:06

Anyway, what will owner Ahmed think of the seat?

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Now this is the mighty elephant I spoke about. I bought this

0:25:100:25:13

fabulous fellow, and I do love...

0:25:130:25:15

I like the elephant mask.

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I like stools.

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I always think stools are rather good.

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Yes, and it's a nice one. Very nice.

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-It is nice.

-The colour is very nice. White.

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Quite heavy. Look, what I was looking for, Ahmed...

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I thought I might get somewhere around £100 for this.

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How does that grab you?

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Yes, that's OK. £100 is fine.

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-£100?

-Yes, I can take it - £100.

0:25:380:25:40

That would be very kind. It's yours now!

0:25:400:25:42

Well, Bingo must be a valued customer,

0:25:420:25:45

as Ahmed didn't even haggle,

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and that's a £75 profit.

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He soon tops up his profit pot again

0:25:520:25:54

when he sells his little trowel to his local bricklayer Lawrence

0:25:540:25:57

for double what he paid for it.

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Go on put it there, chief. Well done.

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-Thank you, James.

-Thank you.

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Making James another fiver in profit.

0:26:050:26:07

So with Bingo off the starting blocks,

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Canny Catherine needs to get out of the gates.

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She's lined up a potential purchaser for those French post bags,

0:26:120:26:15

but just where is she?

0:26:150:26:17

Je suis ici, en Angleterre.

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Er... Excuse moi?

0:26:210:26:24

Sorry. I'm here in north London

0:26:240:26:26

to see Graham who has a vintage bike shop.

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Now vintage is very on-trend at the moment.

0:26:300:26:33

Let's just hope he goes for these babies.

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The trendy bags cost Madame Southon just £8,

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but will owner Graham think they're fantastique?

0:26:400:26:42

-Hi, Graham. Hi.

-Hi.

-Wow, look at this.

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This is a real Aladdin's Cave, isn't it?

0:26:470:26:49

But I brought you something which I think is a bit more exciting.

0:26:490:26:51

-What do you think about these?

-They are certainly very bright.

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They would brighten up the shop, wouldn't they?

0:26:540:26:57

And that's because they are the postal colours of France - La Poste.

0:26:570:27:01

Now, are these actually...? I've referred to them as saddlebags,

0:27:010:27:04

-but are they saddle bags or panniers?

-They're panniers.

0:27:040:27:07

-Panniers.

-You can see by the straps on the back,

0:27:070:27:09

they are meant to be fixed to a pannier like this.

0:27:090:27:12

Oh, I see.

0:27:120:27:14

And would remain in place during the day. They wouldn't be taken off.

0:27:140:27:17

-So, tell me, are you interested in them?

-I am.

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If I saw these in a French market,

0:27:200:27:24

I doubt I'd buy them for more than £20.

0:27:240:27:27

That's fine.

0:27:270:27:29

But before I hand over some money,

0:27:290:27:31

what I would like to see is you, perhaps...

0:27:310:27:35

See them in action.

0:27:350:27:37

-See what they look like.

-Oh, come on...!

0:27:370:27:40

No, I'd like to see them on this bike, which is a French...

0:27:400:27:42

-What, me on the bike?

-You on the bike riding around.

-Oh...

0:27:420:27:46

Outside. So I can...

0:27:460:27:47

-Go on, then.

-Yeah?

-Deal.

0:27:470:27:49

-Is that a deal for £20?

-Absolutely.

0:27:490:27:52

That is a deal.

0:27:520:27:53

Well, it's un petit profit of £12

0:27:530:27:57

and now she has to take them for a spin.

0:27:570:27:59

So are you happy, Graham?

0:27:590:28:00

-Yeah, that's fine.

-Happy with them?

0:28:000:28:02

You've done a good job. Good modelling.

0:28:020:28:04

-They look good, don't they?

-Yeah, they're fantastic, thank you.

0:28:040:28:07

The things these experts will do for a profit!

0:28:070:28:10

Now, down in South London,

0:28:100:28:12

Bingo is also on a quest to sell his French fancies.

0:28:120:28:15

I'm here in Battersea, London, to see an old friend called Jules.

0:28:170:28:21

I'm hoping to sell him my 2CV door.

0:28:210:28:24

He has aspirations that he might do some artwork on that, plus,

0:28:240:28:29

if he's game, this mystery buy.

0:28:290:28:31

Ah, a hidden mystery buy.

0:28:320:28:35

Just keep 'em guessing, eh?

0:28:350:28:36

The door and jug cost £70 and £40 respectively,

0:28:360:28:40

but will art collector Jules be up for buying?

0:28:400:28:44

-Julesy, bonjour.

-Bonjour, mon ami. Mon ami, mon copain.

-Yeah. Er.

0:28:440:28:48

-Tres bien.

-It is, actually, I will say it's a beautiful colour.

0:28:480:28:51

-And I do like the green, funnily enough.

-You like the green?

0:28:510:28:54

I like the green. And I like

0:28:540:28:55

this sort of post-industrial distressed look as well,

0:28:550:28:58

with some genuine French rust on that.

0:28:580:29:00

It is a bit of European post-war history.

0:29:000:29:02

Exactly what one could do with a door, I don't know.

0:29:020:29:05

-But you've got an idea.

-I've got two ideas, actually.

0:29:050:29:09

One of them is that my son is going to learn how to drive

0:29:090:29:11

in about two years' time, and I could start him off

0:29:110:29:14

with this and say, "I'm getting you a car, lad.

0:29:140:29:16

"Here's the door!

0:29:160:29:18

"And by the time you're 17, you might have a complete car."

0:29:180:29:22

Or, alternatively, my other love is that I do love contemporary,

0:29:220:29:26

urban art, it's called.

0:29:260:29:28

And there are a few artists out there and I do have a friend

0:29:280:29:30

of a friend of a friend that knows them quite well.

0:29:300:29:32

So one could actually take this piece of door

0:29:320:29:35

and actually maybe take it back out to France where it belongs

0:29:350:29:39

and get it worked on by one of these local artists.

0:29:390:29:41

-That would be fabulous. Another installation.

-Exactly.

0:29:410:29:44

Now, are you going to love it, Julesy, when I say 150 quid to you?

0:29:440:29:48

Ooh!

0:29:480:29:49

I was going to go more 50 actually.

0:29:490:29:51

-Really? That low?

-It's a bit low, actually, isn't it?

0:29:510:29:54

-That's a bit low.

-Can you come down?

-How about 120?

0:29:540:29:57

-120?

-120.

0:29:570:29:59

And I tell you what - 120, add another 15 to it,

0:29:590:30:02

and I've got a little mystery buy for you.

0:30:020:30:04

135 and you can have the mystery buy as well.

0:30:040:30:07

OK, well, you say... How about 120? Includes the mystery buy.

0:30:090:30:12

-120.

-Includes the mystery buy.

-I'll tell you, 125 and you can have both.

0:30:120:30:18

-125 for both? OK, 125.

-125.

-OK, I'm happy with that.

0:30:180:30:22

Bravo, Bingo. Time for the big reveal.

0:30:220:30:26

And here is your mystery item.

0:30:260:30:28

HE LAUGHS

0:30:280:30:30

Oh! Really nice, actually, yeah. Ricard Anisette.

0:30:300:30:33

What a lovely view - French jugs and a French door.

0:30:330:30:37

THEY LAUGH

0:30:370:30:38

-Thank you very much indeed.

-My pleasure.

0:30:380:30:41

So the mystery buy paid off,

0:30:410:30:42

and that makes James a profit of £40 on the pair.

0:30:420:30:46

Je t'aime le challenge. That was a challenge.

0:30:480:30:51

Two French items to the Englishman. Catherine, comment ca va?

0:30:510:30:56

She's doing very nicely, thank you, Bingo.

0:30:560:30:58

She's galloping on to her second potential profit.

0:30:580:31:02

Well, I'm here in Sussex

0:31:020:31:03

and I've come to see Laura who's an interior designer.

0:31:030:31:06

I'm hoping she'll have some good ideas for these,

0:31:060:31:10

and more importantly, a profit for me.

0:31:100:31:12

The pommel horses were our antiques acrobat's second-most expensive buy

0:31:130:31:17

at £55 for the pair, so she's hoping for a gold medal worthy profit.

0:31:170:31:22

Well, I've brought you these. They're sort of...

0:31:230:31:26

I mean, I found them and I thought what they were was...

0:31:260:31:30

-You know when you have the pommel horse?

-Yes.

0:31:300:31:33

-I think they're for training.

-What sort of age do you think they are?

0:31:330:31:36

-'60s or '70s, I'd like to say. Straight out of a gymnasium.

-Nice.

0:31:360:31:39

What do you think?

0:31:390:31:40

I mean, what would you do with something like this?

0:31:400:31:43

I've got a couple of ideas.

0:31:430:31:45

One might actually be to almost use the two of them

0:31:450:31:49

and create a table or I think they'd make great little footstools.

0:31:490:31:53

I just think that something like this could possibly work for you?

0:31:530:31:57

I think so. It depends on the price.

0:31:570:31:59

For me, somewhere between 100 to 120 ish would be nice.

0:31:590:32:04

I was thinking more around the 70 mark.

0:32:050:32:07

-70 mark, right.

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:32:070:32:10

I prefer somewhere around 85.

0:32:100:32:13

-How does that sound?

-Could we settle on 80?

0:32:140:32:16

We could settle on 80. Yeah.

0:32:160:32:18

-You've got a lot of work to do there, but...

-OK, lovely.

0:32:180:32:21

I am sure that these will be amazing.

0:32:210:32:23

Well, it's a modest £25 profit for Catherine's coffers.

0:32:250:32:28

So with both our wily warriors up and running,

0:32:280:32:31

let's take a peek at the books.

0:32:310:32:32

James has done an impressive four deals and made a profit of £120.

0:32:340:32:39

Catherine is trailing behind, with only two of her items sold

0:32:400:32:44

so far, and her profit pot stands at a very modest £37.

0:32:440:32:48

Our diamond dealer may have had a slow start,

0:32:510:32:53

but with four items still to sell, the game is far from over.

0:32:530:32:57

She's come back to Brighton with her copper jam pot

0:32:570:33:00

and she's fired up for the challenge.

0:33:000:33:02

Let's turn up the heat and get cooking.

0:33:030:33:05

I've come to see Michelle, who says she's interested in my jam pot,

0:33:050:33:09

so let's just keep our fingers crossed.

0:33:090:33:12

Now, our ace auctioneer pays just £12 for the copper pot.

0:33:150:33:18

Time to unveil it to jam-maker Michelle.

0:33:180:33:22

-Hello, Catherine.

-How are you?

-Good, and you?

-Yeah, good.

0:33:220:33:25

-You're busy cooking?

-I am.

-That's what I like to see.

0:33:250:33:28

-Right, I know you make chutneys and jams.

-I do.

0:33:290:33:34

And I thought of you, cos I saw this in Brighton

0:33:340:33:37

and I just thought it was a really nice jam pot.

0:33:370:33:40

It's got VR on, which tells us it's Victorian.

0:33:410:33:45

But I'm not sure that this is definitely the lid for this,

0:33:450:33:49

cos it doesn't sit quite flush,

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but then that might just be how it's been over the years.

0:33:510:33:54

Do you use copper pots when you make your jam?

0:33:540:33:56

I don't, because I haven't been able to actually ever find one.

0:33:560:34:00

-So actually, you've done me a real service here, as they say.

-Oh, good!

0:34:000:34:03

Good. Oh, well, the price is going up and up and up.

0:34:030:34:06

-No, no, no!

-So it all comes down to money, then?

-Yes.

0:34:060:34:09

If we said somewhere around...

0:34:100:34:13

..50-60?

0:34:140:34:16

-What does that sound like?

-I'm thinking. I was thinking more...

0:34:160:34:19

-..35-40.

-I was thinking more 45-50.

0:34:210:34:24

-£42.50?

-£42.50 sounds good to me. Let's go £42.50.

0:34:250:34:31

Well, that's more than three times what she paid for it

0:34:310:34:34

and a very tasty £30.50 profit for our jammy dealer.

0:34:340:34:39

Well, Bingo, I am seriously cooking on gas.

0:34:400:34:43

Yes, we love a kitchen pun.

0:34:450:34:47

On a sugar high, Catherine heads down to Brighton's sea front

0:34:470:34:50

with her pair of whelk pots and, quick as a flash,

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she sells them to the first fish restaurant she goes to.

0:34:530:34:56

-25.

-25?

0:34:570:34:59

-Is that it?

-Yes.

-Is that your best offer?

-Yes.

0:34:590:35:02

They're blooming heavy, so I'm going to let you have them for 25.

0:35:020:35:06

That's more than double what she paid for them,

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and nets our daring dealer another £15 profit.

0:35:080:35:11

She's having a Brighton bonanza.

0:35:120:35:14

Meanwhile, Bingo's been a busy bee too.

0:35:140:35:17

He's found a new home for that thistle dodger -

0:35:170:35:19

sorry, thistle spud -

0:35:190:35:21

selling it to a farm in East Sussex for a tidy £14 profit.

0:35:210:35:25

But his luck runs low when he sells his Picasso print

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to antiques dealer Mark in Lewes for just £22,

0:35:300:35:34

losing him £3 from his pot,

0:35:340:35:36

which, in such a closely contested game, could make all the difference.

0:35:360:35:40

But now Bingo's heading back to the bright lights of London Town

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to take his final item to see an old school pal.

0:35:450:35:49

I'm in Battersea, London, to see my great old school friend, James,

0:35:490:35:53

who in the early part of his working career

0:35:530:35:56

was a political speech-writer

0:35:560:35:58

and that's when you wrote with a pen and paper.

0:35:580:36:01

Well. Let's see what he makes of the bamboo basket.

0:36:020:36:05

It cost Bingo just a tenner.

0:36:050:36:08

James, although we've been friends

0:36:080:36:10

for almost the fat end of half a century,

0:36:100:36:13

we still have that formality, don't we?

0:36:130:36:16

-You refer to me as Mr B. You are Mr C to me.

-I would always do so, yes.

0:36:160:36:22

Anyway, Mr C, I have brought you this wastepaper basket.

0:36:220:36:25

Why have I brought you this wastepaper basket?

0:36:250:36:27

Former speech-writer, before the computer.

0:36:270:36:30

Yes. No, one used to get through a lot of paper.

0:36:300:36:33

What I like about it is it's got a sort of brass rim,

0:36:330:36:37

so if you're chucking something in anger, it'll spin in.

0:36:370:36:41

Do you think it might favour the hooper?

0:36:410:36:44

Er, very much so. It could favour anything.

0:36:440:36:47

Or, again, against a wall, you could get a sort of back drop in.

0:36:470:36:51

-I put to you, it's a very handsome fellow. It's a nice big size.

-It is.

0:36:510:36:55

-No, no, it's a decent size.

-I was going to charge you 40 quid.

0:36:550:36:58

-Were you?

-40 quid. But...

0:36:580:37:02

What I was going to do is I was going to set you a challenge.

0:37:020:37:04

I'm going to give you three pieces of paper.

0:37:040:37:07

You can scrunch it up in a ball.

0:37:070:37:09

Every piece of paper you get in the basket, it's a fiver off, chief. OK?

0:37:090:37:14

-Oh, OK.

-So I'm going to put it there. Hold on. Steady on, steady on.

0:37:140:37:17

-You're going to come back a bit.

-I'm looking forward to this.

-Right, OK.

0:37:170:37:21

Every hoop in is a fiver. You're happy with that?

0:37:210:37:25

Oh, I'm down a fiver.

0:37:250:37:27

-That's £35.

-I'm extremely happy. And...

0:37:270:37:30

-Got lovely action, if I might say so.

-Fire up your abacus, Mr B.

0:37:320:37:37

THEY LAUGH

0:37:370:37:39

Well done.

0:37:390:37:40

Ah, £15 down, but Bingo is still happy with it.

0:37:400:37:46

So three clear hoops, that's £25 to you.

0:37:460:37:50

-I think I'll go with that.

-HE SPITS

0:37:500:37:52

-Deal.

-Deal done.

0:37:530:37:55

Hmm, sealed with saliva? An old school tradition perhaps.

0:37:550:37:59

It may not be a slam dunk,

0:37:590:38:00

but Bingo's still more than doubles his money, banking £15 profit.

0:38:000:38:05

And that's him, done and dusted,

0:38:050:38:07

but his opponent still has two items left to shift.

0:38:070:38:10

She's brought her most expensive boot sale buy to Suffolk,

0:38:100:38:13

and she's got a particular buyer in mind.

0:38:130:38:15

I'm in Newmarket and I've come to see Richard.

0:38:170:38:19

He's a member of the Magic Lantern Society.

0:38:190:38:22

Now, Richard's bought slides from me before

0:38:220:38:25

and he said any time I get some more, to give him a call.

0:38:250:38:29

So here I am.

0:38:290:38:31

Turn the lights off, get the popcorn out and watch this show.

0:38:310:38:36

It could be exciting.

0:38:360:38:38

Oh, lovely. As long as it's not a horror flick.

0:38:380:38:40

Remember, the slides cost her £64.

0:38:400:38:43

-Hi, Richard, lovely to see you again.

-Ah, Catherine.

0:38:450:38:47

-Really nice to see you.

-And you.

0:38:470:38:49

-Ah.

-I've brought you some slides here. Now, do you call these...

0:38:490:38:52

I call them sort of slip slides because...

0:38:520:38:54

-Slipping.

-Slipping?

-Slipping slides, yes.

0:38:540:38:56

Because they've got the glass in the back to move it from side to side.

0:38:560:38:59

-They're beautiful.

-I thought they're actually really bright.

0:38:590:39:02

-They've been kept very, very well.

-They have, haven't they?

0:39:020:39:05

Yes, they're in nice condition.

0:39:050:39:07

-Let's have a look at the...wicked monkey or cheeky monkey?

-Erm...

0:39:070:39:11

-I'd say wicked.

-Wicked.

0:39:110:39:13

-Really bright.

-He beats it.

0:39:130:39:15

Oh, yeah, he's beating...

0:39:160:39:17

He's already tied a saucepan onto its tail, and...

0:39:170:39:20

-And now he's just beating it.

-Treating it like a racehorse.

0:39:200:39:23

Let's try the...

0:39:230:39:24

-..the bowl.

-Oh, that one made me laugh. Cos you've got Punch.

-Yes.

0:39:250:39:28

-Going in the punch. I think that's brilliant.

-It's lovely, isn't it?

0:39:280:39:32

-I really, really do.

-We often call these, "What happens next?" slides.

0:39:320:39:35

It is rather nice.

0:39:370:39:38

-And then you get all the children shouting out, "I know! I know!"

-Yes.

0:39:380:39:42

She's going to run away. No, she's not. She's dancing.

0:39:420:39:44

Not the best effect you've ever seen!

0:39:440:39:46

-She's not the best dancer, is she?

-No.

0:39:460:39:48

So before us, it all comes down to money.

0:39:480:39:51

And if you're interested in buying them.

0:39:510:39:54

What did you have in mind?

0:39:540:39:56

I thought they would be worth about £25 each.

0:39:560:40:00

I could go to £15 each.

0:40:000:40:02

-£15 each.

-That would be 105, would it?

-Could we say...

0:40:020:40:07

-What could we say?

-120.

0:40:070:40:09

-120, could we? And then that's...

-That's pushing it.

0:40:090:40:12

That's pushing it then. That's it.

0:40:120:40:14

-Well, that's good enough for me.

-OK, Catherine.

0:40:140:40:16

Well, that's nearly double what she paid for them

0:40:170:40:19

and makes our selling star £56 profit -

0:40:190:40:23

the biggest result yet.

0:40:230:40:24

Well, that showing was a great success.

0:40:260:40:28

Richard's happy and I'm happy and there's more money in my pocket.

0:40:280:40:31

Yes, a thigh-slappingly good sale.

0:40:330:40:35

And, buoyed up by her success,

0:40:350:40:37

she hot-footed it to Hungerford to find a buyer for that skating coin.

0:40:370:40:41

It turns out to be solid silver and antiques dealer Pete is interested.

0:40:410:40:46

-Shall we say 15?

-Go on, then.

0:40:460:40:48

-If you're happy with that.

-I'm happy with that.

0:40:480:40:51

So that's a final £9 profit

0:40:510:40:53

and both our enterprising experts are sold up.

0:40:530:40:57

But who will be worthy of a golden sovereign

0:40:570:40:59

and who will be a mere threepenny bit?

0:40:590:41:01

First, let's remind ourselves of what they spent.

0:41:010:41:04

Both our experts took £250 of their own money to the car-boot sale.

0:41:070:41:11

James bought seven items and spent £156.

0:41:110:41:16

Catherine only made six purchases, but spent nearly the same at £155.

0:41:160:41:21

But now it all comes down to profit and who sold well.

0:41:220:41:26

All of the money that James and Catherine

0:41:260:41:28

have made from today's challenge

0:41:280:41:29

will go to charities of their choice,

0:41:290:41:31

so let's find out who is today's

0:41:310:41:33

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:330:41:35

-Good to see you, James.

-Good to see you, Catherine.

-Keeping well?

0:41:360:41:40

-Very well, very well.

-Good.

0:41:400:41:42

-What a lovely day that was, wasn't it?

-The car boot.

0:41:420:41:44

I have to say, I think

0:41:440:41:45

-that was one of the best car boots I've ever done.

-Really?

0:41:450:41:47

The sun was shining, what a great place,

0:41:470:41:49

-and we bought some really interesting things, didn't we?

-Yeah.

0:41:490:41:52

Loved the car door. What happened to that?

0:41:520:41:54

The car door, I sold it to an Englishman.

0:41:540:41:57

What about your funny pots?

0:41:570:41:58

-They weren't funny, James. They were whelk pots.

-Fishy pots.

0:41:580:42:02

Whelks, whelks.

0:42:020:42:03

I went back to Brighton to sell them, which was quite funny.

0:42:030:42:07

And I had a nice... Do you remember the lantern slides?

0:42:070:42:10

-Oh, yes.

-They did all right.

-Did they do all right?

-Yeah.

0:42:100:42:13

Let's have a look. One, two, three.

0:42:130:42:15

Oh-ho-ho-ho!

0:42:170:42:19

-That is close!

-How close is that?

-Very close.

-Oh, that is so close.

0:42:190:42:25

-Still a margin.

-Enough for me to buy you a cup of tea.

0:42:250:42:28

-That's very decent of you.

-Sugar?

0:42:280:42:30

Oh, only £1.50 in it.

0:42:300:42:31

So, Catherine drives away to car boot success

0:42:310:42:34

while James was left peering under the bonnet

0:42:340:42:37

wondering what went wrong.

0:42:370:42:38

To lose the car boot by only £1.50 is... Well, it's too close.

0:42:390:42:45

And the reason I lost that was that Pablo Picasso print.

0:42:450:42:49

I should have walked on by.

0:42:490:42:51

All that getting up early, well, it was worth it in the end.

0:42:510:42:55

A tiny pinch of a margin, but it was a win.

0:42:550:42:59

A narrow miss for Bingo there, but fear not,

0:43:010:43:03

he gets another chance tomorrow as our treasure-hunting twosome

0:43:030:43:06

go head-to-head at an auction in Somerset.

0:43:060:43:09

I'd be lucky to make a good profit on that.

0:43:090:43:11

James Braxton and Catherine Southon battle over bric-a-brac at a car boot sale in Brighton. Catherine spots some silver and James thinks he's onto a winner with a car door.