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James Braxton v Catherine Southon - UK Antiques Fair

Antiques challenge. James Braxton competes with Catherine Southon at an antiques fair in West Sussex. It's a difficult day for both as they struggle to find profitable items.


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

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best loved antiques

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experts 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

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-view of the trade.

-Ha-ha! 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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Argh! 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

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most money from buying and selling.

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Get in there!

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Today, the Baron of the Bargain, James Braxton, faces up to the

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First Lady of the Lots, Catherine Southon, at a Sussex antiques fair.

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Coming up, Bingo gets carried away...

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Why, oh why, did I buy these?

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I wanted to buy one, ended up with five.

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..Catherine can't count either...

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Well, I told you I would go in there and buy three items and now,

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I have come out and bought four.

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..and James banks a purr-fect profit.

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You can have the kitten and I'll take the cash. That would be lovely.

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-Fair enough.

-Lead on!

-This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all, to another day in the sunshine.

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We're in the glorious Sussex countryside, rolling hills,

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green pastures, peace and tranquillity, but don't be

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fooled - there's nothing quiet or quaint about today's challenge.

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Two intrepid dealers are about to go head-to-head in a battle to

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be crowned king of the collectibles, or queen of the curio.

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First up, an auctioneer action man who may be posh,

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but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

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On home turf, here in Sussex, it's James "Bingo" Braxton!

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Everywhere I go is opportunity after opportunity. I can't stop buying!

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Taking him on, the corporal of collectibles.

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She's gunning for a deal and is skilled in the art of negotiation.

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It's Kent's answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger,

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Canny Catherine Southon.

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Come on, Bingo! Catch me if you can!

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Today's titanic tournament takes place at one of the biggest

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antiques fairs in the country,

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Ardingly in West Sussex.

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With over 1,500 stalls to plunder, spread inside and out,

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our duelling dealers will need to be like profit seeking missiles.

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They've each got £750 of their own money to spend

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and any profits they make will go to their chosen charities.

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So, on your marks, get set, James Braxton

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and Catherine Southon, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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-Hello, James.

-Hello, Catherine.

-Good to see you.

-How are you?

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-Really good, actually.

-Good, good.

-Familiar territory, this one.

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-It is, isn't it?

-Yes, you always see different things here though.

-Mm.

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Always something a little bit special and so much ground to cover.

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-£750 to spend.

-750, a lot of cash there.

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-A lot of cash, burning a hole in the old pocket.

-Mm.

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-So, are you going to be in or out?

-I'm going to be outside.

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It's going to be a lovely day. Top up the old tan. I'm a multitasker.

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-I'm going to be mainly outside. I might touch on inside.

-Good luck.

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-I'll see you a bit later.

-And they're off!

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Both our treasure hunters are straight on the prowl for profits,

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but Canny Catherine is hoping to get one over on old Bingo already.

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Well, I did say to James that I would be outside to start with,

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but in fact I'm going in straightaway.

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Now, this shed over here has never failed me in the past

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and I don't think it will today.

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Ooh, it's going to be that sort of game, is it?

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Well, watch it, Catherine,

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because Bingo is drawing up his own plan of action.

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My strategy is to find the house clearer.

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The house clearer always has fresh goods,

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but I want somebody who's arrived today with a van full of goodies.

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Our trading terriers are straight into the fray,

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but with so many stalls to see, they need to hit the ground running.

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With his radar set to scan for fresh stock,

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it's not long before Bingo finds himself drawn to a garden table.

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Rather like a moth to a flame, I'm drawn to the three-legged table.

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There's something irresistible about these. Normally painted top.

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Interestingly, I don't think I've ever bought a rectangular topped

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one. They're normally circular, like its neighbour next-door.

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This could be anywhere from about 1890 to about 1930,

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but difficult to date.

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Really, in this sort of condition, it's something you'd want to

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sort of purchase for £50 or £60, but let's find out the price.

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-What price do you have on this?

-Can do 75.

-75? Could you do 65?

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65, I can do, yeah.

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65, you have yourself a deal!

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And it's one-nil to Bingo. Good work, old chap.

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I'm pleased with this.

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Maybe £5 too much, but a bit of work, bit of paint,

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bit of filling, and I have a lovely table - £100 table maybe.

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So, James has one purchase under his belt.

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Across the market, his arch rival is poised to head inside.

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I'm going in and I'm buying.

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By the time I come out of here,

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I will have bought three items, I promise you.

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Yes, that's a woman on a mission, if ever I saw one,

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and she pounces straight on a boxed painting set.

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How much for that?

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60.

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Can I give you 50?

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-55 and you've done it.

-50 and I will take it away.

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55 and you get a posh carrier bag.

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-Go on, then. 55.

-OK.

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Mm, she doesn't hang around.

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First buy in the bag and a posh bag at that!

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I've just bought this lovely little travelling artist's set.

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Some call it an air box because you're painting "en plein air" -

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you know, the French?

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-With me?

-Yes, otherwise known as "outside"!

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Anyway, these little tubes retail at about £2 each.

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Some really nice good quality brushes and the palette as well.

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It's all complete, it's all there, and it folds up really nicely.

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All ready to go.

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All I have to do now is find an enthusiastic landscape painter.

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So, savvy Southon's made it one-all.

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Back outside, Bingo's already bought a rusty table,

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so the next logical thing is to buy a set of rusty chairs.

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A sparkling £40.

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I love these chairs. Why do I love these chairs?

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They're work, aren't they? Look at them. They're rusty.

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They're quite sweet, aren't they? But they're French, 1960s.

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I think I'm going to put them with that three-legged rectangular

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table and sell them to a little cafe, restaurant, outside.

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Lovely!

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Well, while Bingo takes a load off,

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Catherine is still hot-footing it around the inside part of the fair

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and she soon gets the measure of her second potential profit -

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a tailor's rule.

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-Do you know they're definitely tailor's ones?

-They always are.

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They have a special mathematical formula for working out

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-radiuses and curves.

-I couldn't even begin to think how...

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Someone explained to me once how it worked. It was complicated.

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-It goes in one ear and out the other!

-It's very complicated, yeah.

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-Only tailors know!

-Can I give you £20 for it, sir?

-I can't. No.

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I will have paid more than that for it, unfortunately.

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I'll give you 25 for it.

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-You've got a deal.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-A deal? Lovely.

-You're welcome.

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So, that's another deal sewn up and Bingo has been busy too

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and spent £190 on yet another table.

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I like it! Six-legged table. It's engineered, isn't it?

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Rather like those Edwardians, Victorians, those great engineers.

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This was the time of the great housing explosion.

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All those Edwardian property developers,

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those lovely red brick homes we see today.

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The lovely architectural detail.

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This would have filled them.

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At £190, I think there's a lot of value in this

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and it's something I want to keep, but I know I've got to sell.

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Yes, Bingo may be happy

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but his sharp-eyed opponent is showing no signs of stopping either.

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Her indoor tactic is proving very fruitful and

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she's just sealed the deal on not one, but two pieces of jewellery.

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Look at that!

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I have bought these beautiful Art Deco-style earrings

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and I don't know about you, but I think these are so delicate

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and elegant and they really have the look.

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OK, they're costume jewellery, they're marcasite

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and they're on silver, but they certainly have a wonderful look

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and I think for £20, people will be queuing up to buy these.

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Now, my other piece of costume jewellery is this Victorian

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brooch in the form of a bee.

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Once upon a time, in the Victorian era, people went for these insects,

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spiders, bees, and I think today,

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people are still going for these.

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They are more collectible than ever.

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OK, this isn't diamonds, it's not baroque pearls,

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but for £60, it's going to fly away to sweet success.

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So, Catherine's set herself a challenge

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and she's rather proud of herself.

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Well, I told you I would go in there and buy three items and now,

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I have come out and bought four.

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Beat that, Bingo!

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Canny Catherine has snuck into the lead with four deals to James'

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three, but Bingo's had the outdoor market all to himself

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and our agile auctioneer soon homes in on an antique lawnmower.

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Time to get in touch with his inner Titchmarsh.

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This is lovely, isn't it? Just a lovely action, isn't it?

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-And what price do you have on this?

-90.

-£90.

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I rather like the blades. Is there any movement?

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-A tenner, that's about as far as I want to go.

-£80.

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-I'll buy it for 80 quid.

-OK.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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It's deal number four for our trading giant

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and he's over the moon with his antique mower.

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I'm loving this item. Look, the Pennsylvania.

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It's a lovely edging mower.

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So, this is going trickling along, next-door to your herbaceous border.

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Now, I've got to find some lawn fanatic and, I tell you,

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they're quite stiff on the ground, old lawn fanatics.

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Probably made in the 1930s, the ash handle's still sound,

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the mechanics are still sound.

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I think I've just got the man for this.

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At £80, what's it worth to a fanatic?

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150? 200? Maybe even three!

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Ah, yes. Aim high - that's true Braxton style!

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So, with one expert spending big and one spending small,

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let's take a look at the figures.

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Our experts each arrived with £750 of their own money.

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James Bingo Braxton has been quick to splash the cash.

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He's snapped up four items for exactly half his budget,

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giving him another £375 to spend.

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Canny Catherine Southon has spent just £160 on her four deals,

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leaving £590 in her kitty.

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Before their buying bonanza continues, time to compare notes.

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-Colourful Catherine!

-Oh, thank you, James! So, how's it been?

-Very good.

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Very good. Everywhere I seemed to go, I seemed to like something.

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-How about you?

-Oh, really?

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Well, to begin with, I've gone to my old faithful shed

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-and I've gone in there and...

-Inside?

-Yes, inside.

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I thought, I'm definitely going to buy some really good things

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in there, but then, all of a sudden, bum-bum-bum-bum, done.

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-Lots of bums there.

-Lots of bums, yeah. So, pretty good.

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Very good, very good. Well, I've just had steady progress...

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-Good, good.

-And I'm quite pleased with the items I've bought.

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Whether I've bought them for the right price or not, we'll find out.

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We'll see. How's the tan going?

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Very good. Very good, nicely topping up. There's a nice breeze as well,

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so it's a tan without perspiration.

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So, next time I see you, you're going to have all your purchases

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lined up and you're going to be beautifully bronzed.

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Not just bronzed, but mahogany!

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Ah, the colour of a true furniture fanatic!

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So, pleasantries aside, the battle continues.

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Having exhausted her favourite shed,

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Catherine's joining her opponent in the open air.

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I got the impression James has bounced around quite nicely

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out here and bought pretty comfortably,

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so I'm now going to give it a chance outside and see

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if I can find something maybe a little bit quirky,

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a little bit different.

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Well, with Canny Catherine on the prowl,

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Bingo had better watch his back.

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This is probably a time for a bargain.

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Why not sell it, rather than pack it?

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But I've got to get a wiggle on because I'm not going to get

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something that's in the back of a van.

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So, while James goes on the hunt for a last minute bargain, sharp-eyed

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Southon is hoping to tee up a profit with an unusual walking stick.

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It's a Sunday stick.

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-It's what they call a Sunday stick.

-Why is it called

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-a Sunday stick?

-Because...

-You go out for a walk on a Sunday, golfing!

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-Golf was banned in Scotland through the Church on a Sunday.

-Oh, right!

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They'd go out with their walking sticks and when no-one was...

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And pretend, when no-one was looking, give it a quick whoosh.

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-Evolved into a fashion item.

-And this is about...what?

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-Late 19th, early 20th?

-Yeah. 1910 at the latest.

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-Yeah. And what is the very best you can do on that?

-I'll do it 100.

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95 and I'll buy it.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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That's deal number five for Catherine

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and she's sure it's a hole-in-one!

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I cannot tell you how happy I am with my Sunday stick.

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I've never heard of a Sunday stick before,

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but it's one that I will never forget, for sure.

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This is late 19th century.

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Now, this is essentially a novelty walking stick,

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but wonderful that once upon a time,

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when golf was banned on the Sunday in Scotland, it was also used

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when nobody was looking to give a little hit and hit it is

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because I think this one will certainly be a winner.

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Seeing unusual items like this is why I love this business so much.

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We're entering the final furlong of this fast-paced fair

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and Bingo's thinking out of the box.

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Or should that be the basket?

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Could you do me a really cheap cat basket?

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The damaged one, that one's £11.

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-It's pre-loved.

-Pre-loved?

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-Pre-loved.

-What does that mean?

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My Jack Russell's abused it and loved it.

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-So, pre-loved is pre-owned, is it?

-Absolutely.

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-So, what could that be? A fiver?

-Yes, go on, then.

-Fiver.

-Done, sold.

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-You've got yourself a deal.

-Well done. Thank you.

-Thank you.

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It may not be his usual flavour of antique, but never fear.

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Bingo is a man with a plan.

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I live next-door to a cattery - it will be perfect for them.

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A fiver for a pre-loved cat basket. It's not too expensive, is it?

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Yes, shopping with buyers in mind -

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the sign of a true profit hunting professional.

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But what will his rival make of it?

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Hi.

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Do you like my little basket?

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Where's your feline gone?

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-Where's your cat gone?

-It escaped.

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The door... My pre-loved door slipped and it disappeared.

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-James, I think that's absolutely brilliant.

-Basket...

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-Is that what people like?

-Yes.

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How much should I charge somebody for that?

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It's got to be £40, hasn't it?

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Surely, to buy something like this in the shops is about £40, £50.

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-You're...

-I don't know. I don't have a cat.

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I live next door to a cattery - I thought I'd sell it to them.

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-You are a smooth mover!

-50 quid, I think. Don't you?

-Smooth mover!

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I'm impressed!

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And as James saunters on,

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it seems he's left a rather concerned Catherine in his wake.

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It's quite strange because sometimes, the first thing you buy

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and the last thing you buy can be the hardest.

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And quite frankly, I'm struggling. The middle's been fine.

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The beginning and the end have been hard.

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So, while Catherine's losing her mojo, James is chipper

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and joking around.

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This has been a first class antiques fair.

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Everybody's packing up, so I'd better get on post-haste.

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Post-haste!

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The clock is ticking and with the end of the day in sight,

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it's time for our brave buyers to do one last

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sprint around the stalls, as they search for a final killer deal.

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The pressure is rising and it's James who's first to

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swoop on a potential profit, as he spots some wooden drawers.

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-So, how much are your drawers, then, chief?

-Um... They're nice ones.

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A little bit deeper than the average. These are...

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-Is that a good thing? Being deeper?

-I think it may be, yeah, you know.

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The other ones can only fit thimbles.

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-How much for all five then?

-For all five?

-Yeah.

-100 quid.

-100 quid.

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£20 apiece and like, individually...25.

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-I tell you what, can I buy that top one for 20 quid?

-Course you can.

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-Thank you.

-You're not too far out there at all.

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-Pleasure. You know what's going to happen though, don't you?

-What?

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You're going to sell that one so quick, you're going

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to think, "I wish I'd have bought..."

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I know. I'm going to repent at leisure.

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-You think I'm being a fool, do you?

-I think...

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Like I say, I've had quite a few of them and this is what's left.

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Could you do the other four at 70?

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-They're rough as houses, aren't they?

-We'll have a deal at that.

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You've wisen-ed me up now!

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A last minute change of heart

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and James walks away with all five drawers.

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Why, oh why, did I buy these? I wanted to buy one,

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ended up with five, and each one contains 96 divisions.

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They will have come from an electrician's.

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They were all to do with fuses, electrical spare parts when

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everything was assembled, before they were all on circuit boards.

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The 96 divisions cheers me up.

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The five rather bashed drawers gets me rather down.

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Well, it's always a numbers game with Bingo,

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and with that, he decides to call it a day and plan his journey home.

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I've covered some ground today

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and I wish I'd found this trusty white steed earlier.

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My advice to you, if you're doing a big antiques fair like this,

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bring one of these.

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Nice tip there, Mr B, but remember to return the bike, eh?

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Meanwhile, Catherine's not quite done

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and she appears to be following in Bingo's footsteps.

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-Hello.

-Are you all right?

-Yes. How much is your bread basket?

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-Bread basket, 20 quid.

-Shall I be really honest with you?

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-You've got to be, haven't you?

-I have got to be honest with you.

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There's absolutely no way I would pay any more than £5.

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You ARE actually going for profits here, aren't you?

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It's the end of the day, you're trying to pull something out the bag. Have you made a mistake?

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-Probably.

-Have you overpaid for something?

-No!

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You're trying to get it back on this basket.

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-What do you mean?

-I don't know. It seems like a low offer to me.

-No, no, no.

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-You can have it. Give us a fiver.

-Can I?

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-Yeah, I'm feeling sorry for you now.

-Are you?

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Ah, Catherine plays the end of day sympathy card

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and gets a great deal, but was it a wise purchase?

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The big question - why - jumps out at me.

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At this time of the day, I have just bought my last item

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and I have spent £5 on what can only

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be described as...a basket.

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Probably a baker's basket.

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But I have now just got to find someone, preferably a baker,

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-who has a space on his shelf and needs to this to fill it.

-Yes.

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So, now, both our experts have a basket to sell.

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Prepare for a war of the whicker!

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Before they come face-to-face, let's take a look at the numbers.

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James and Catherine each arrived in Sussex with a budget of £750.

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James bought six items, costing a total of £470.

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Catherine also made six deals but spent very modestly - £260.

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Before they head home to start selling,

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they get to check out each other's treasures.

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-Catherine...

-Oh!

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The first thing that comes to mind is that you have had...as much

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-difficulty as I have had today.

-I know!

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-I know!

-Am I allowed to say that about your items?

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It's not the finest antiques haul. I like this sort of putter.

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-What's going on here? A club.

-Do you know what it is?

-No.

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-A walking stick. Apparently, it's a Sunday stick.

-Ah!

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Did you know that? A Sunday stick because it wasn't...

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-You weren't allowed to play golf on a Sunday.

-The basket...

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-Oh, don't even go there, James.

-Basket...

-Do not even go there.

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Basket takes on basket.

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Well, I saw your basket and I had to have a basket

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and it was the end of the day and...

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I don't even... Can we not talk about that, please?

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I bought a basket and I don't even like cats!

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-I tell you what, that is a corker, the mowery thing.

-My edging mower.

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-Your edging mower.

-That is lovely, isn't it?

0:21:390:21:42

-That is absolutely brilliant.

-£95. I like your oils.

-Do you?

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-These are palette knives, are they?

-They are.

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-There's some good brushes there.

-I like a palette knife. Look at that.

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And a good selection of oils.

0:21:530:21:55

-Come on, I'm going to take you for a cup of tea...

-Thank you.

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-..and a sit down.

-And a doughnut.

-And a doughnut.

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So, now our duo head home

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and prepare to unleash their inner selling supremos.

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It's time to forget what's gone before

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and focus purely on profit, as they need to find buyers for all

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their items and haggle their way to tip-top prices.

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Back at Braxton Towers, James is feeling manly!

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Look at my items. They're quite sort of macho, aren't they?

0:22:250:22:29

A rather odd purchase from me - a cat basket. Hm. Chairs.

0:22:290:22:34

They've got a bit of style about them.

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I thought I'd put the chairs that I bought for 40 with the table

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that I bought for 65 and it would be perfect for a cafe. Lawnmower.

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I love this lawnmower. It's an edging lawnmower.

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Looking forward to selling that to a lawn enthusiast. And then my table.

0:22:480:22:53

Why have four legs? Why not six? This has got six.

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And sell it to a private buyer who's got a nice sort of Edwardian

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home, it would sit very well in.

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And then these fellows. I want to try and double my money on those.

0:23:040:23:08

I think we'll feed that on to an antique dealer.

0:23:080:23:10

It's for somebody who can add more value to it.

0:23:100:23:13

I think Catherine got a bit of whicker envy

0:23:130:23:16

and she went for that bread basket. Let's see who makes the most profit.

0:23:160:23:21

My cat basket or her bread basket.

0:23:210:23:23

Oh, that sounds like a challenge.

0:23:230:23:25

Now, across the home counties in Kent, Catherine is feeling

0:23:250:23:29

manly too!

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I think that I may have gone down a slightly masculine route.

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It all feels a bit kind of woody, now that I'm looking at it.

0:23:350:23:39

The thing that I'm most happy with has to be my Sunday stick.

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I'm thinking that I can probably sell it as a novelty walking stick

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to maybe someone at a golf club, someone with a golfing interest.

0:23:490:23:54

The tailor's rule.

0:23:540:23:56

Now, I bought that with someone in mind and I really hope that they

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go for it, but the piece that I really love has to be this air box.

0:23:590:24:05

I think I need to sell it to a private person, an artist,

0:24:050:24:08

someone who is going to buy this, love it,

0:24:080:24:11

take it out and paint some beautiful landscapes with it.

0:24:110:24:15

Basket envy.

0:24:150:24:17

James was walking around Ardingly, clutching his little cat basket

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and I saw that and I thought I'd like to buy a basket of some description,

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and I bought a bread basket.

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I will easily double my money, if not triple it.

0:24:280:24:32

My delicate bee brooch. I think that I have a jeweller in mind for this.

0:24:320:24:38

I was really happy with these Deco earrings when I bought them.

0:24:380:24:43

The only problem is they're modern

0:24:430:24:45

and I think it might put a lot of people off.

0:24:450:24:48

All in all, quite brown, rustic items,

0:24:480:24:52

but let's just hope they make me a sparkling profit.

0:24:520:24:56

Now, our daring duo need to hit the phones

0:24:560:24:59

and line up the best potential purchasers for all

0:24:590:25:01

their treasures it requires quickfire research,

0:25:010:25:04

hotshot negotiating and sizzling salesmanship.

0:25:040:25:07

Remember, the most profit wins.

0:25:070:25:09

But until they've shaken on it and the money's changed hands,

0:25:090:25:12

no deal is ever sealed.

0:25:120:25:14

So, first to hit the road is our glamorous auctioneer,

0:25:140:25:18

as she decides to start her profit quest with her sparkliest items.

0:25:180:25:22

A dealer in Surrey wants to see just one of them,

0:25:220:25:25

but Canny Catherine has a plan.

0:25:250:25:28

I've come along to Dorking to see Hillary,

0:25:280:25:31

who specialises in costume jewellery.

0:25:310:25:34

She's expressed some interest in my bee brooch, but I'm hoping that

0:25:340:25:38

I can sneak the Deco earrings in as well and hope that she'll buy both.

0:25:380:25:43

The brooch and earrings cost £60 and £20 respectively,

0:25:430:25:47

but this canny woman's aiming for a double deal.

0:25:470:25:50

-Hi, Hillary.

-Oh, hello!

0:25:500:25:52

-How are you?

-Oh, I'm fine, thank you.

-Lovely to see you.

0:25:520:25:55

Nice to see that you've got a wonderful cabinet of jewellery.

0:25:550:25:58

-Now, I've brought a couple of items to show you. I bought these.

-Right.

0:25:580:26:04

That wasn't a very enthusiastic "right".

0:26:040:26:07

Mm. Well, they're not very old.

0:26:070:26:09

-No, they're not old, but I think they're beautiful.

-They are.

0:26:090:26:11

-They're really nice Deco-style, aren't they?

-Yes, they are.

0:26:110:26:14

They are lovely.

0:26:140:26:17

-And the other piece?

-The... Oh, OK. OK, here we are.

0:26:170:26:20

Ooh!

0:26:200:26:22

-You like that.

-I do.

0:26:220:26:24

It's going to be a lot of money, I suppose.

0:26:240:26:27

Well, it is going to be a bit, yes. Um... I would like...

0:26:270:26:33

-How does 150 sound?

-It sounds a lot!

0:26:330:26:35

Too much. OK.

0:26:350:26:37

I'd probably like to do...125.

0:26:370:26:42

125, OK.

0:26:420:26:43

All right, I'm happy with that.

0:26:430:26:46

-Yes?

-125 is fine. Are you interested in these?

0:26:460:26:49

At a price.

0:26:490:26:51

They'd have to be very cheap for me to buy them in.

0:26:510:26:55

-What would you pay for those?

-Not a lot.

0:26:550:26:57

What's "not a lot"?

0:26:570:26:58

£30, then.

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-£30.

-£30 would have to be the death.

-Right. OK. So, 30 and 125.

-And 125.

0:27:000:27:06

-Is 155.

-155.

0:27:060:27:08

I'm happy with that. They're yours.

0:27:080:27:10

All I need now... All I need now is a handshake and some money.

0:27:100:27:14

-Thank you.

-Wonderful. Thank you. That's easy.

0:27:140:27:17

Well, savvy Southon worked her magic and nets herself

0:27:170:27:20

a profit of £10 on the earrings and a buzzing £65 on the brooch.

0:27:200:27:25

Two items sold, two profits. What do you think about that, Bingo?

0:27:290:27:35

Ooh, she's confident!

0:27:350:27:37

Meanwhile, in Sussex, James' first customers are waiting patiently.

0:27:370:27:41

They sense their master approach.

0:27:410:27:43

Connoisseurs of whicker, their leader has leapt over

0:27:430:27:46

the garden fence with a cat carrier in hand.

0:27:460:27:49

Yes, it's Bingo "Basket-man" Braxton!

0:27:490:27:54

I have come to see a near neighbour of mine,

0:27:540:27:57

Sue, who runs a very smart luxury cattery, a sort of cats' hotel.

0:27:570:28:01

When she hears the price, let's hope she doesn't have kittens!

0:28:010:28:05

-Hey, Sue.

-Hello, James. How are you?

-Very good. How are you?

0:28:070:28:10

-Nice to see you. You well?

-Very well, thank you.

0:28:100:28:12

And who's your little occupant in here?

0:28:120:28:14

-This is young Barney...

-Barney.

0:28:140:28:16

..who just arrived yesterday, so he's just settling in.

0:28:160:28:19

-He's settling in.

-Yes.

-Oh, that's good.

-Nice little chap.

-Now, Sue.

0:28:190:28:23

I bought this very much with you in mind. Is this a familiar object?

0:28:230:28:27

We have seen one or two, yes.

0:28:270:28:28

Bang on trend, this. Bang on trend.

0:28:280:28:31

-Shabby chic, I think we say.

-Shabby chic!

0:28:310:28:34

Now, if I said to you, Sue, £60, would you think I was barking mad?

0:28:340:28:39

-Barking mad is a good thing to say in a cattery.

-Is it?

0:28:390:28:42

It's not the perfect price.

0:28:420:28:45

-£15?

-I tell you what, Sue, special price, 40.

0:28:450:28:48

25!

0:28:480:28:50

-How about that?

-25. I tell you what...

-It would be very useful.

0:28:500:28:53

£30 and you've got yourself a deal.

0:28:530:28:56

-Go on, then. £30.

-Well done, Sue. It's yours!

-Thank you very much.

0:28:560:29:01

-A prize basket. Treasure it!

-All I need is a kitten to put inside.

0:29:010:29:06

-BINGO LAUGHS

-You can have the kitten and I'll take the cash. That would be lovely.

0:29:060:29:09

-Fair enough.

-Lead on.

0:29:090:29:12

Bravo, Bingo! That's a profit of £25 on his very first sale.

0:29:120:29:16

That was a purr-fect profit. Beat that, Catherine.

0:29:170:29:21

So, the basket battle lines are drawn,

0:29:210:29:24

but Bingo is not stopping there.

0:29:240:29:26

That rusty metal table and chairs are next on his hit-list.

0:29:260:29:29

He's brought them to show a dealer in Lewes, and having spent

0:29:290:29:33

£110 on them at Ardingly, he needs to unleash his best selling pitch.

0:29:330:29:38

-Hello, James.

-Hello, Andre. Very nice... Very good to see you.

0:29:380:29:43

Now, in all the time I've known you, Andre,

0:29:430:29:45

you have always been at the forefront of these lovely

0:29:450:29:50

sort of continental three-legged tables, which I love as well.

0:29:500:29:54

On the whole, they always were quite popular, even in the past.

0:29:540:29:57

I'm putting the chairs with it.

0:29:570:29:59

They're still sound, in spite... I like the sort of, that salty patina.

0:29:590:30:03

They look as though somebody's shoved them

0:30:030:30:05

in the sea for a bit, don't they?

0:30:050:30:07

-Special price.

-Oh, right.

-For the lot, 160.

0:30:070:30:11

Yeah, I would say about 90 quid

0:30:110:30:14

and that's being generous.

0:30:140:30:16

115 and it's all yours, all five items.

0:30:160:30:19

110, then, OK.

0:30:190:30:20

-115?

-110! 110, I said, come on, come on!

-Ah.

0:30:200:30:23

Here we go, James, you are a good chap,

0:30:230:30:26

I'll write you a cheque for it.

0:30:260:30:28

So, that banks Bingo just a fiver,

0:30:280:30:30

and with three of his six items sold,

0:30:300:30:33

he's way behind in the profit stakes.

0:30:330:30:35

Two items down but streaking ahead, canny Catherine is in Bromley, Kent,

0:30:350:30:40

travelling paint set in hand,

0:30:400:30:42

to show art teacher Roger.

0:30:420:30:43

It cost her £55.

0:30:430:30:46

Hi, Roger.

0:30:460:30:47

-Hello, Catherine.

-Hi, how are you doing?

-Nice to see you.

0:30:470:30:50

I have brought you, I believe, an air box.

0:30:500:30:53

-Oh!

-Is that what they call them?

0:30:530:30:55

-Yes, a travelling case.

-A travelling artist's box.

-Yes.

0:30:550:30:59

Gosh, this is a substantial box, isn't it?

0:30:590:31:03

-Travelling cases are useful.

-Right, OK, do you have one?

0:31:030:31:08

I don't have one quite like this, actually. It, erm, looks very nice.

0:31:080:31:13

Do you think this is something that you would be interested in?

0:31:130:31:16

Erm, yes, I, erm...

0:31:160:31:18

I like the aspect of it.

0:31:180:31:20

It's a substantial box, got a nice handle...

0:31:200:31:23

-Yes, it has.

-..and lockable, well, clips anyway...

0:31:230:31:25

-Nice clips, yes.

-..to hold it. And it's also lined.

0:31:250:31:28

-I think it's lead-lined.

-Lead-lined, it is.

-It's very nice.

0:31:280:31:33

I would like somewhere in excess of 100.

0:31:330:31:38

Let's say 80. Could we go 80?

0:31:380:31:39

-Could we go 90? That's a nicer half?

-Hmm...

0:31:410:31:44

-How about 85?

-Go on, then. 85, that sounds good to me.

0:31:450:31:48

Yes, that's another £30 into Catherine's profit purse.

0:31:490:31:53

And she rounds it off when she sells her tailor's rule to

0:31:530:31:56

a dealer in Hungerford for a profit of £10.

0:31:560:31:59

And with that fourth sale under her belt,

0:31:590:32:02

just how far ahead of Bingo is she now?

0:32:020:32:05

Let's have a look at the books.

0:32:050:32:07

James has so far sold three of his items but only made a profit of £30.

0:32:090:32:14

But Catherine has stormed into the lead.

0:32:140:32:17

She's struck four deals and taken a decent profit of £115.

0:32:170:32:23

So, it's been a one-horse race so far, but with half his items

0:32:250:32:29

still to sell, Bingo isn't giving up any time soon.

0:32:290:32:33

He didn't have much success with his metal furniture,

0:32:330:32:36

but he's hoping his wooden table will be much luckier.

0:32:360:32:39

It cost him a whopping £190, and he's brought it to St Leonards

0:32:390:32:43

on the sunny Sussex coast to show it to furniture dealer Robert.

0:32:430:32:47

Robert, I had to fight very hard to find a little floor space to

0:32:470:32:51

put this table on. You are packed here, aren't you?

0:32:510:32:54

Right, we are a little bit, just a bit!

0:32:540:32:57

And it's just what I needed was another piece of furniture(!)

0:32:570:32:59

I know!

0:32:590:33:01

Six legged...

0:33:010:33:02

-..mahogany and, er, bit of rosewood.

-Yeah.

0:33:030:33:07

-Very nice, Liberty style?

-Oh!

0:33:070:33:09

-I'm liking it.

-Is it?

-Well, I think it is. I think definitely the shape.

0:33:090:33:13

-It's not one of those dull Edwardian ones, is it?

-No.

0:33:130:33:16

It's got that sort of Arts & Craftsy look about it, which is fun.

0:33:160:33:21

Anyway, Robert, the nutty business price, I wanted £280 for it.

0:33:210:33:26

I could give you two.

0:33:280:33:29

-What, 200?

-It's in nice condition, I'm not knocking the condition.

0:33:300:33:33

Could you narrow your margins a bit for me, Robert, and do 240?

0:33:330:33:38

-I couldn't. I couldn't.

-240?

-I like it a lot.

0:33:400:33:42

But I think, to be honest,

0:33:440:33:46

there's a very small profit in that for me at 200 quid.

0:33:460:33:49

Last and final offer...

0:33:490:33:50

-It's not next week.

-220 and we'll touch hands.

0:33:500:33:54

You know it makes sense.

0:33:550:33:57

JAMES LAUGHS

0:33:570:33:59

Well, it's not a massive profit at £30,

0:34:010:34:03

but it doubles his total so far.

0:34:030:34:05

Ah, well, I was jolly lucky to find space in that shop,

0:34:070:34:10

and Robert was jolly lucky to buy yet another item of stock.

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But, in the end, a good little working profit.

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Wow! Beggars can't be choosers! With Bingo under the cosh,

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canny Catherine swoops in to conclude the war of the wicker!

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OK, Bingo, this is war!

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You've got a basket, I've got a basket.

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I'm in Sevenoaks with mine.

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Who's going to make the biggest profit?

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Our daring duo spent just a fiver each on their baskets

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and Bingo has already banked £25 profit on his.

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Catherine has brought hers to show cafe owner Tim,

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so let the Battle of the Baskets commence!

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-Hi, you must be Tim!

-I am. Hiya.

-Nice to meet you.

-You, too.

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Right, I bring you gifts.

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Lovely, very nice, yeah. It's very much in keeping with

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-the kind of style that we have, so, yeah.

-Yeah, it's quite a rustic theme, isn't it?

-Yeah, no, I like it.

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OK, so it comes down to money. How much?

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Er, I'll give you £15 for it.

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15.

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Would you make it a nice round 20 and make me very happy?

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I would give you £15 and make you a nice coffee.

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All right, then. I need a coffee! CATHERINE LAUGHS

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Yes, that caffeine addiction has cost Catherine dearly.

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She makes just £10 and loses the battle of the baskets,

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which makes Bingo King of the Wicker!

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And back in Sussex, King Braxton himself

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has lined up a meeting with Viv,

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who runs a garden machinery company.

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James is hoping he'll be interested in his metal edging mower

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which cost him £80.

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Look at this - poetry in motion!

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What have we got here?

0:35:520:35:53

-I think I'm strimming your vinyl. Viv, hello.

-I see.

0:35:530:35:56

-James. How are you?

-Hello, James. I'm Viv. Hello to you.

0:35:560:35:59

-Very good.

-Well, you've had that long time, obviously.

0:35:590:36:02

Yeah, I've come to the right place.

0:36:020:36:04

-Yes.

-Viv, you are the expert.

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I thought this is...

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Is it for mowing the edges between the grass and a border?

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A floral border?

0:36:120:36:14

-It's actually for up against a wall.

-A wall...!

0:36:140:36:17

-Which is why you've got a flat side down here...

-Yeah.

0:36:170:36:22

..and it's before the strimmer was invented

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to tidy all the edges up.

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That would go right down... And, specifically, for gravestones.

0:36:260:36:30

Ah!

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Every churchyard would have one for cutting around by the gravestones.

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Can you...? Have you seen many of these?

0:36:350:36:36

I haven't seen these before, but you can still get them.

0:36:360:36:40

-What, buy them?!

-Yes! It's in remarkably good condition.

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They were last made in about 1960.

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-Really.

-Yes, they were made from about 1927 to 1960.

0:36:450:36:49

Anyway, Viv, you would make my day if you gave me 120 quid for this.

0:36:490:36:53

All right, James, you've twisted my arm.

0:36:530:36:56

-What?

-£120.

0:36:560:36:58

You could have £120 for it.

0:36:580:36:59

Viv, you're very kind, indeed!

0:36:590:37:01

Thank you very much indeed.

0:37:010:37:03

What a great salesman - not even a counterbid!

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And at £40 profit, it's Bingo's biggest deal so far.

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So it's time for one final killer deal

0:37:100:37:12

and he's headed home for this one.

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The man I'm awaiting, I've known for over 30 years.

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He's an antique dealer and, bizarrely, he happens to live

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in the same village as me,

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so it's two gentlemen of the parish clashing.

0:37:230:37:26

Anyway, we're going to clash over these five drawers.

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The drawers cost James a sizeable £90,

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and he's given one of them a paint job

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in the hope of enticing dealer Lloyd to buy.

0:37:340:37:36

This... It's rather like Blue Peter -

0:37:380:37:41

this is before and after, OK?

0:37:410:37:43

Did you paint this was a loo brush with no bristles?

0:37:430:37:47

No, I painted it with a brush,

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I did it in a bit of a hurry,

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and I used a lime-based paint,

0:37:500:37:53

-which I probably shouldn't have done.

-How extraordinary!

0:37:530:37:56

What do you see? How do you see them, Lloyd?

0:37:560:37:59

Well, we have a pair of drawers and one free.

0:37:590:38:02

-Two for the price of one.

-OK, OK. Shall I put that away?

0:38:020:38:05

I know it's slightly offends you.

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So we have now a pair and a pair.

0:38:070:38:08

You can get that free.

0:38:080:38:10

I was thinking 90 a pair.

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£30 pair and that is a £60.

0:38:120:38:15

How about 100? £100.

0:38:150:38:18

Can't be done, James. It's madness.

0:38:180:38:20

What are we going to put these holes?

0:38:200:38:23

-90.

-I can't do it.

0:38:230:38:25

I'll give you £80, end of story.

0:38:250:38:26

Put it there, Lloyd.

0:38:260:38:28

I knew you would!

0:38:280:38:29

Well, Lloyd was a tough customer

0:38:290:38:31

and Bingo's balance sheet takes a £10 loss,

0:38:310:38:34

but he's still feeling chipper.

0:38:340:38:36

That was the last sale.

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I may have lost that little battle,

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but have I possibly won the campaign?

0:38:410:38:44

I can't wait to find out, Catherine.

0:38:440:38:46

That's the spirit, Bingo!

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Your canny opponent has one final item to sell, as well,

0:38:480:38:52

and it's been causing her sleepless nights.

0:38:520:38:54

Well, I don't mind telling you it hasn't been easy

0:38:550:38:58

trying to sell this Sunday stick.

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First of all, I thought about selling it to a golf club,

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but that didn't prove possible.

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So, instead I've come to London

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to see leading cane specialist Dominic.

0:39:080:39:11

Well, I hope she's right,

0:39:110:39:13

as it was her most expensive item from the antiques fair,

0:39:130:39:15

so there's a lot riding on this.

0:39:150:39:18

-Hi, Dominic.

-Hello.

-Fancy seeing you here.

-Nice to see you.

0:39:190:39:21

-How are you?

-Wonderful, thank you.

0:39:210:39:24

-It's lovely to be here and see all these canes.

-You're very welcome.

0:39:240:39:27

I have never actually seen so many canes, all in one place.

0:39:270:39:30

I'd love to know how many have you actually got here?

0:39:300:39:33

Well, it's a frightening question, and we're asked it often.

0:39:330:39:36

And the truth is, I don't really know.

0:39:360:39:39

Well, I've got something for you

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and I'm hoping you're not going say,

0:39:410:39:43

-"Oh, I've got 50 of those. I don't need it."

-Unlikely.

0:39:430:39:46

Ah-ha.

0:39:460:39:48

Is this a Sunday stick?

0:39:480:39:49

You're absolutely right, it is. That's exactly what it is.

0:39:490:39:52

They come in different sizes and different shapes,

0:39:520:39:55

and this one is one with a traditional wood head.

0:39:550:39:58

Sometimes they come with the iron head.

0:39:580:40:01

But primarily they were putters.

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-So, it's a novelty cane.

-It is.

0:40:040:40:06

-Which had a sort of added bonus.

-It did.

0:40:060:40:09

And also, it's a good one because it is a genuine Sunday cane.

0:40:090:40:13

Sometimes they're just golf putters turned upside down.

0:40:130:40:15

So, is it something you'd be interested in?

0:40:150:40:17

That's the million-dollar question.

0:40:170:40:19

Well, I think it's certainly something we'd be interested in,

0:40:190:40:22

certainly the sort of thing we've sold in the past,

0:40:220:40:25

-and you better tell me what you're thinking of.

-Right.

0:40:250:40:28

I'll be totally honest with you,

0:40:280:40:30

I paid £95 for this.

0:40:300:40:32

Perhaps we could do...140.

0:40:320:40:36

OK. All right. Well, that's really kind.

0:40:360:40:38

And... And, for me, it's really fantastic

0:40:380:40:41

that it is coming to you, to the right person.

0:40:410:40:44

I think it will sit beautifully with the other walking sticks.

0:40:440:40:47

Well, it will eventually go to a very good home, I'm sure.

0:40:470:40:49

I'm sure. Hopefully, a golfer.

0:40:490:40:51

Indeed. Somebody who could practice.

0:40:510:40:53

-Well, thank you very much.

-You're welcome.

0:40:530:40:55

Catherine banks a tidy £45 profit

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on the Sunday stick

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and with that our daring duo are sold out.

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Before we find out who's the fairest of the fair

0:41:010:41:04

and taking home today's trophy,

0:41:040:41:06

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

0:41:060:41:09

Both our experts took £750 of their own money to the antiques fair.

0:41:110:41:16

James bought six items

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and spent £470.

0:41:180:41:20

Catherine also made six deals,

0:41:200:41:22

but spent just over a third

0:41:220:41:24

of her budget, at £260.

0:41:240:41:25

But now the name of the game is profit.

0:41:260:41:28

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

0:41:310:41:34

will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:340:41:35

So, it's finally time to find out who is today's

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Champion!

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-Hi, how are you?

-Good.

0:41:420:41:44

Fine, thank you. And yourself?

0:41:440:41:46

Very good. Very good.

0:41:460:41:48

It was the basket challenge.

0:41:480:41:50

-I was jealous of your cat baskets, so I had to...

-Jealous of...

-I was!

0:41:500:41:54

So I had to buy one myself.

0:41:540:41:55

And how did you do?

0:41:550:41:56

Erm...

0:41:560:41:58

£10. Not great.

0:41:590:42:00

What about you?

0:42:000:42:02

£25. Is it going to be an omen? Omen!

0:42:020:42:04

Ooohh! What about the rest of your items?

0:42:040:42:07

-Your lawn sort of thing...

-Lawnmower. Yeah, all right.

0:42:070:42:10

I tried. I did... I had the lovely artist set

0:42:100:42:13

and I sold that to an artist.

0:42:130:42:14

I was hoping for a bit more, but didn't quite get there.

0:42:140:42:18

-Shall we see?

-Shall we see?

0:42:180:42:19

1, 2, 3... Baskets!

0:42:190:42:21

Ooh... Ahhh!

0:42:210:42:22

90... 170!

0:42:240:42:25

-90?!

-Oh, James...!

-I don't believe it.

0:42:250:42:29

-I don't know what happened that day, James.

-I don't know.

0:42:300:42:32

Was it the heat that got to you?

0:42:320:42:34

-I don't know. The gin and tonics are on you.

-Oh...!

0:42:340:42:36

Keep them coming, dear.

0:42:360:42:38

Yes, a slam dunk victory for Catherine

0:42:380:42:39

and Bingo is left wondering what went wrong.

0:42:390:42:42

Ardingly is very much home ground for me,

0:42:420:42:45

so the UK antiques fair should have been mine,

0:42:450:42:49

but Catherine...

0:42:490:42:51

Well, she nigh on doubled what I made!

0:42:510:42:53

Well, you may have won the battle of the baskets,

0:42:530:42:56

but I won over all,

0:42:560:42:58

so watch out, James!

0:42:580:43:01

Well, Bingo gets another chance

0:43:020:43:04

to knock his opponent off the top spot tomorrow,

0:43:040:43:06

in the ultimate antiques challenge -

0:43:060:43:08

the mighty Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is showdown!

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James Braxton competes with Catherine Southon at an antiques fair in West Sussex. It's a difficult day for both as they struggle to find the profitable items, but James invests in rusty furniture and Caroline buys a walking stick with a political story.