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Today, the trading tearaway David Harper goes head-to-head with
the queen of the rostrum Caroline Hawley,
in an antiques fair.
Coming up, David gets stood up by Lady Luck.
No! No! Lord!
My life is over.
Caroline's riding away to victory.
On your bike, Harper.
And David goes on a wild profit hunt.
I am being done. You've been done. We've all been done.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
Today, we're in Kent, and the Garden of England,
for another competitive curio contest.
Our daring duo will be playing a game of antiques cat and mouse
as they try to outwit their opposition
and decipher the clues to get to the best bargains
and the biggest profits.
In one corner, it's the mischievous Moriarty of Durham.
A man with a degree in the dark art of dealing,
there's nothing he won't do in the pursuit of victory.
It's the sharp suited, silver tongued...
But his adversary today is the snooping Sherlock of the saleroom.
A woman who can spot an antique at 50 paces, with her eyes closed!
All the way from Hull,
it's the vanguard of vintage...
Elementary, my dear dealers!
Today's collectibles crime scene is Detling antiques fair
at Maidstone in Kent.
Our experts each have £750 of their own money to spend, and they're
here to make as much profit as possible for their chosen charities.
So let battle commence.
David Harper and Caroline Hawley, it's time to
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
It's a bit grotty but it's quite lovely, isn't it, here in Detling?
Grey but lovely. Yes. I've never been to this one before, have you?
You know, I don't know, Caroline.
They all seem to roll into one, don't they?
-They do all look a bit the same!
-And you see the same faces as well.
You do. People travel.
All over. And that's what I love about this business.
They are on the road, wheeling and dealing.
-It's almost medieval, isn't it?
-We've got £750.
-Yeah. Of loving to give.
-Can't wait to start giving it.
-Spread the love.
-I will race you, then.
Can you run OK in your Adam Ant outfit?
-I can indeed, David.
-OK, let's see you do it then.
Well, it's time for Caroline to stand and deliver her
best profit-hunting skills,
as she tries to outwit her Devilish opponent!
The antiques fair is already bustling with bargain hunters,
and with 400 stalls spread inside and out,
our daring duo need concrete plans of attack.
The sun's come out and I've decided to stay outside with it.
I always prefer being outside, rain or shine.
I think the dealers outside are more prepared to do a deal,
more prepared to haggle, they are here to sell it.
Inside, it's all a bit too smart and set up for me.
This is my natural habitat. And I'm going to go and bag myself a bargain.
So the Hawk is staying alfresco.
But Devilish Harper has headed straight inside.
You know, I've got to say, I just love antique fairs.
Look around you! We are surrounded by fabulous things.
Half my job has already been done.
All I've got to do is choose the objects I particularly love.
He makes it sound like a profit pick 'n' mix!
And our dealing dandy soon makes his first selection.
Ah, you know, some stalls shout out at me.
And this one is shouting loud and clear.
There are several objects I love already, but one particular piece...
Can you guess which object I am in love with already?
I'm going to go to it.
MUSIC: Look Of Love by ABC
Isn't that just drop-dead gorgeous?
What do you know about this?
-It's not that old.
-No, it isn't. That's the downside, isn't it?
-But in perfect condition.
-And it's got the look.
It's got the look. It's got the look.
The Chinese have been making ginger jars like this for hundreds
of years. This is sort of giving the impression, with the ring
mark on the base, that it might come from the Kangxi period.
1670 to 1710 or thereabouts.
It's a really clever reproduction.
It's not trying to con anybody at all. It's a decorator's piece.
And look how the lid doesn't fit.
You can see that the lid for this should really be bigger
and cover that unglazed area. And it's very clever
because when things were made in abundance hundreds of years ago,
mainly for the Western market, they were shipped in separate boxes.
The bodies would come in one box and the lids would come in other boxes.
And that is where you get the saying "potluck" from.
You would take the pot lid and you would be very lucky if you found a
pot lid that actually fitted the pot perfectly.
So we have taken potluck and the lid does not fit.
It's never going to be an absolute fortune. How much is it to me?
-The price on there at the moment is 80.
-I would like to see it at 40.
-I think at 40 it is a quick turnaround and I can make a small
profit, to a decorator. How do you feel?
Help me get nearer to 50.
I'll go 45.
-OK, quick-fire purchase. Thank you very much.
It seems you can put a price on love. It's £45.
It's getting a bit stuffy in here.
I think outdoors. And we will go and see what the Hawk is up to.
Well, you'd better be quick, Harper, as your rival is being a true
collectibles cowgirl and she's rounding up a little wooden wagon.
Oh, I just think they are gorgeous.
What would be your very, very, very best price?
-Can you wobble a little bit further with the price?
-Just a little bit.
It's really difficult.
-45 and you have a deal.
-Well, as it's you, my dear...
-You are welcome.
She's a sweet talkin' haggler, if ever we saw one!
Well, I'm delighted with this little cart.
£45. 20 years ago, I was selling these for way over £100.
It's in great condition. It's got all the iron round all the wheels.
It's fantastic. Tiny bit of woodworm but you'd expect it to be.
It's soft wood. It really is lovely.
And I can think of thousands of people who would snap this up.
Well, Devilish hasn't caught up to her yet and the Hawk moves fast
and seals the deal on a second item,
a wooden dressing screen for £40 and it's got her pulse racing!
This is fabulous. In all the years I've been dealing,
I've never had a screen of this ilk.
It harks from the Art Deco period
and it really is a very stylish dressing screen.
The only type of embellishment that this has got is this small
string inlay down here.
The price, £40, is ridiculous.
And speaking of ridiculous, Devilish has his eye on a familiar face.
Wow, what a good-looking fellow, don't you think?
Yes. I'm not sure everyone agrees with you, Devilish.
-But you better get back in the game
as your rival has two buys in the bag
and she's going for the hat-trick!
The Hawk's been circling a bicycle that's got a £100 price tag.
# Bicycle! #
I've bought these before at around 50.
-No offence to you, but, yeah, I have.
-No, not at all.
# Bicycle! #
What is your absolute death on it?
-No, I can't go to 70. I've...
I've got to make a little bit of profit on it. It's got to be 50.
You drive a hard bargain.
I'll drive it away now.
# Bicycle! #
We are looking at your bike?
This lovely lady only wants to pay £50 for the bike.
55? Only if you buy a cupcake.
I would be delighted to buy a cupcake. 55 and a cupcake.
Go on, then, it's yours.
Thank you. Thank you. Lovely doing business with you.
# I want to ride my bicycle... #
So she get's the bike at just over half the asking price,
even with the cost of a cake.
British racing green. BSA. 1960s. I love it.
Look at all this chrome going on.
Needs a little bit of a polish up, but it's wonderful. Basket.
Original panniers. £55 plus two quid for a little sweetener.
3-1 to the Hawk.
And she can't resist giving her new wheels a quick road test.
On your bike, Harper.
Oooh! LOUD CRASH
Yes. Maybe she should stick to just dealing.
So while Caroline dusts herself down, Devilish has spotted
a pair of retro armchairs and he's taken the novel approach
of trying to sell them to the seller.
So these chairs were cheap in the '70s or '80s.
There were made by the bucket-load.
But most have been dumped on skips
and those that have survived have suddenly become trendy.
I've got to think first of all, where would I go with these?
Are they 20 quid each?
I was looking at about 140 for the pair.
-Don't be silly.
-For the pair.
-Nice '70s chairs.
-I know. But nah.
-I'll come down a bit. You come...
-Where will you go to?
-Will you go to 80?
-As it's you, I'll do 80.
Go on, then, you're a dreamboat. Marvellous.
That's a mighty discount again. Nicely done, Harper.
Welcome to my world of late 20th-century uber cool design.
I was drawn to these chairs mainly because they are a pair.
A single would be a bit dull and boring.
But a pair of anything is much rarer and much more desirable.
Right now, these things are red hot.
So the sizzling chairs are Devilish's second deal of the day.
And the temperature's rising all round.
Well, this is getting perfect now.
Lots of lovely, yummy stuff.
And the sun is out. Where is my man?
Got to have a man.
Indeed. So while David enjoys the sunshine,
let's take a look at the books!
Our bounty hunters each arrived with £750 of their own money.
David has bought just two items so far and spent £125,
leaving him £625 to play with.
Caroline has gone one better with three deals done, costing £142.
That leaves her £608 still to spend.
Before their buying bonanza continues,
it appears Devilish has finally tracked down the Hawk.
How is the concert going?
I mean, sorry, the buying, the antique buying?
-I'm doing rather well.
-So am I.
-I am quietly smug with myself.
I got quite a few items. Mixed bag of things.
All sorts of weird and wonderful things.
-But on the whole, I'm thrilled.
-There is so much here.
I mean, just look around you. 360 degrees of stuff.
-And a lot of it is just bonkers. It's wonderfully bonkers.
-We do bonkers, don't we?
-Yeah, we do. Very well, David.
-Shall we go and do some more bonkers?
-Come on then.
Well, that's one word for it!
Maybe this sunshine's going to our dealers' heads!
With plenty of cash to spend on more bonkers bargains,
they throw themselves back into the buying,
but has Caroline's confidence unnerved her rival?
This kind of environment is exactly where Caroline feels
completely at home.
This is where she started her trading career 522 years ago.
This girl has an awful lot of experience.
She's going to be a really tough cookie to beat.
That's the Hawk for you, David,
she's got a devilish streak of her own!
The Baron of Barnard Castle is always ready for battle though,
and he's eyeing up some armour!
So what have we got interesting?
-40 quid, I think.
But we can do you a deal.
OK. Can it be £20?
It's already marked up at 40. You are smiling.
You know how cheeky that is.
No, sir. It's a very kind offer but unfortunately,
because it's for friends, I'm going to have to stick with 30.
All right. £30. My very first pith helmet. Thank you very much, madam.
-Thank you very much.
Fantastic. Isn't that interesting?
And I look great.
So Harper continues his stall safari.
Well, you know, for someone who spent his formative years
living in Africa, and with a brother who's had a mad fascination with
pith helmets all his life, I don't know anything about pith helmets.
Now this is my opportunity to discover all there is to know.
And donning his new headwear,
Colonel Harper is back on the hunt for the opposition.
This is absolutely ridiculous.
Looking everywhere for the Hawk. She's nowhere to be seen.
But the Hawk is always one move ahead. And she's got her
eye on a kitsch coffee table.
It's 1950s, isn't it?
-Yeah, about that.
-Quite nice. What sort of price are you looking for?
-I'm looking for around 70.
-That's not finalised.
-Are you having a laugh?
Can I make you a cheeky offer?
35 it's worth to me. I've got to sell it on.
-I can do you 40.
-40. Go on. You've got yourself a deal.
-No worries. Thank you.
So Caroline seals the deal at nearly half the price.
And while the Hawk buys retro,
her Devilish rival is proving he's not one to play it safe.
This is a 'love it or hate it'. Or even 'hate it or despise it' moment.
-Would you agree...?
-Or they are grotesque.
-Do you think they are grotesque?
-They are gorgeous.
I love them. Yeah. I adore them.
This, I suppose, is southern European.
So it is, strictly speaking, the decoration is called majolica.
The original treacly, runny, flamboyant, coloured glaze was
actually invented in southern Europe. But they, what, 1880-1890?
-You think Portuguese, Spanish?
-They are Portuguese.
-What kind of money is it?
Can it be much less?
-The death will be 50.
-Can it be 40?
-I had 40 in mind.
-Would you spin me for 40 or 50?
-No, I wouldn't, no.
I will spin you 40 or 60.
-40 or 60?
OK. What would you like, heads or tails?
-OK, you ready?
-OK. 40 or 60.
-You can change your mind at any time.
-Are you sure?
It never works!
His trademark coin toss may have let him down,
but he doesn't seem to mind that much.
Isn't that just absolutely drop-dead gorgeous?
If you're sat at home now, screaming at the TV screen
that that's positively revolting and it makes you want to vomit,
then I say to you that you have no style,
no sophistication and no refinement at all!
Ooh! Thanks for that, David.
He obviously loves his, errr, let's call it a plate!
Paying £20 over the odds, he'd better.
And, on a roll, he bags himself a lead-lined copper pot,
but stays well away from a coin toss.
-Good man, I'll have it. Thank you very much indeed.
Well, what on earth is that? I'm going to describe it as a planter.
It's obviously lead-lined to take liquids of some sort.
But could well be used for bottles.
You could fill it with ice and lay a bottle sideways on.
I'd pitch this somewhere in the 1950s,
which actually makes it really trendy now.
In the right household, contemporary house, cleaned up, bit of wax,
that will look the business!
That's the fifth purchase under his belt,
and another quirky lot for Harper's haul.
And talking of quirky,
the Hawk seems to be buying a wooden mushroom?
-Go on, then, give us 45.
-Thank you so much.
-You won't regret it.
-All right. Thank you very much.
So that's £45 on a...a... OK, what is it?
It's actually a hatter's block.
This round here, this circumference is the head size.
It's beautiful. It's so tactile. I absolutely love it.
It was priced at 78. I got it for 45. I feel a little bit mean.
But it's not everybody that wants this. And I've got to find somebody
that really wants it.
Caroline's pleased with her purchase
and it's level pegging for our dealers with five buys each.
The race is on to make a final killer deal
and Devilish soon spots something that really gets his motor running.
MUSIC: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
-I like anything motor related, don't you?
-Yeah, I do.
Is it cheap and cheerful?
It can be.
Depends what you think is cheap, doesn't it, really?
Love the colours.
It's the kind of thing you'd sell to, well,
I suppose a classic car dealer or, you know.
What's the absolute death for me?
Go on. Tempt me. You've got loads of them, for goodness' sake!
-How about 55?
-Listen, I'm failing really badly today with the old spin of the coin.
Can I try my luck on you?
-60 or 70?
-Doing the spin?
What do you want?
-I'll have heads.
-I am the unluckiest man alive.
Ahhh, is Harper's luck about to change?
Oh, no! No, no! Lord!
That's it. My life is over.
Lady Luck just isn't shining on our Devilish today!
But his nice shiny tyre sign soon puts a smile back on his face.
Here we have just a delicious enamel sign.
Great colours. But the thing you've got to ask yourself is,
is it an original one or a copy?
It's definitely original because,
if you look very closely at the damaged enamel
and run your finger along it, you can actually feel where the enamel
has come off the tin.
The copies, the repros are just simply tin and then painted over.
I'm going to find out everything there is to know about India Tyres.
I'm going to thoroughly enjoy it.
And I predict a nice healthy profit too.
So with that, David's decided he's bought enough to secure his win.
You've got to be fast and furious in this game.
You've got to get in there, buy the pieces and get out.
I'm relieved I've done it before they all start packing up.
Because that is just far too stressful.
Well, the Hawk is in just that predicament!
She still has bags of money in her kitty
and with the fair drawing to a close, the clock's ticking.
Well, I think I've run out of stalls this way.
I'm going to have to go back that way then I think I'm going to turn left.
Or was it right?
But the Hawk thrives under pressure and she's got a plan -
she's heading back to the stall where she bought the hat block,
to bag herself another cranial curio.
Hmmm. What's the best on that?
13 could be unlucky for some so we'd better make it 12.
Shall we make it 12?
-I was going to... I don't have 50 pences so we'll make it 12.
-That's perfect. Thank you ever so much.
-Thank you very much. Bye.
Nice little thing. I think this is a polo hat.
But I'm going to find out. Do a little bit of research on it.
But it looks sort of early 20th century.
It has got the maker's label right in the centre,
which looks lovely in itself.
I think that's great.
It looks like half a coconut, doesn't' it?
Well, that's six purchases in the bag for our brave bird of prey.
And with our duo over the finishing line,
it's time to see who splashed out the most.
David and Caroline each arrived in Kent with a budget of £750.
Devilish Harper sealed the deal on six purchases, costing £315.
Caroline also leaves with six items today,
but she spent a more thrifty £239.
Before they head back up north with their treasures,
there's time to check out their competitor's buys.
-Have you had a good day then?
-Yeah, great day.
Great day and I'm really pleased with everything I've bought.
I like it. I'm liking the collection.
-There is a hat theme going on.
-Yeah, can you believe it?
-What kind of hat is that?
-I was told that's a polo player's hat.
-I think it's a shell.
-It does have the look of a coconut about it.
-Watch and wait.
-That's a pith helmet.
That's a last. A hat maker's last.
-Oh, my gosh! That's an interesting thing.
What do you think of my funkmeisters?
Funkmeisters? Is that what they are called, David?
-Yeah. Get with it.
-I can see people will love them.
-But not you?
OK, if I was to say to you, you can swap over
and have all of my lovely luscious goods for all of your very
mediocre, ordinary goods, what would you do?
No. Absolutely not.
-Goodbye. Off you go. Come on.
-Oh, David, you know you don't mean that.
I love you really but go on, we are having a tiff.
This direction. Thank you.
I'm not going to be talking to you for some time.
So now our brave profiteers make their way to their bunkers
to plan their next moves.
They need to hunt down buyers for all their treasures, and the
pressure is on to bank every possible penny of profit
for their chosen charities.
This is where their selling prowess really comes under the spotlight,
as they hit their phones,
and travel the countryside, in a quest to rack up the sales.
At Devilish HQ near Durham, Corporal Harper's ready for action.
Well, I've got to admit, the jungle is probably more of a natural
environment for a pith helmet than Barnard Castle.
But I don't care. I just love this thing.
And I'm keeping it on in the hope it takes me on a bit of a journey.
Talking of journeys,
my two funky 1970s chairs are going on a big journey.
They are going back to a workshop,
they are going to be ripped to pieces, stripped and restored
and reupholstered in something wild and funky.
And goodness knows where they are going to end up.
The Chinese pot with the symbol for 'double happiness.'
It's really important, I think, that we really hone in on that.
And take it either to a Chinese person who understands and really
values that symbolism, or maybe to someone involved in weddings.
I don't know.
And my car sign, well, that's got to go to something to do with cars.
There is no doubt about that.
You know I love cars so I'm hoping I'm going to get to see some
real beauties with this thing.
And along with that,
David also has to sell his majolica plate, and copper planter.
Down near Beverley,
it seems Caroline's taking a laid-back approach.
I've got some great things.
Look at my cart. I'm absolutely thrilled to bits with it.
Moving on to my bicycle. I love this. And it works.
I had great fun on the day of buying it
and I'm going to have more fun still in selling it.
This helmet has caused me quite a bit of angst.
I've done quite a lot of research on this.
It is a horsey item but whether it is polo,
whether it's racing, the jury is still out.
This screen is Art Deco, mahogany, but all in all, I think
I'm going to have fun placing these items.
She also has her hat block and '50s coffee table.
Now our battling dealers need to seek out the very best buyers
and haggle for top drawer prices.
And remember, until they shake on it, no deal is ever sealed!
Before David gets his selling spree under way,
he's sending his retro chairs off on their makeover journey.
First stop Darlington, and a meeting with re-upholsterer Barry.
-Hello, how are you?
-Hi, how are you?
-Good to see you.
-What do you think of these beauties?
-I think they're fantastic.
What are you going to have to do here?
Basically, we are just going to have to strip the whole lot.
-Brand-new fillings, brand-new fabric.
And then they are sorted.
OK, what's the price per chair?
-We had a think about it and we thought 140 per chair.
-140 a chair.
That's fine. In any of these fabrics.
-I shall go to the fabric choosing table.
-And you do what you do.
So Barry sets to work on the chairs and David looks
at fabrics for his potential buyer who's shown an interest in them.
He rings Richard from a creative design agency.
If he's in.
He's looking for some furniture for his office.
David's just got to get the colour right.
'He has a red chair in there and our tables are bright red?'
I'm liking it already. A bright, bright red, like a Porsche 911 red?
'Yeah, that's right.'
Baby, now you're talking! OK, Richard. Leave that with me.
-Thanks a lot. See you soon.
So David shells out £280 on reupholstering
the chairs for a buyer who's not even seen them yet. That is daring.
Near Harrogate, the Hawk has lined up a possible buyer for her
wooden screen and is meeting Rob, who deals in salvage items.
Remember, the screen cost her £40.
-You found the screen!
Yeah, the screen, found it.
-Do you know, it's a bit unusual, isn't it?
When you normally get them, they are more female orientated, aren't they?
-And I thought this might suit your very stylish display,
with your leathers and your more masculine things.
Inlay. Could do with a little bit of maybe polishing, restoring.
Yeah, I've noticed one or two bits, little chip here.
-I've got a few ideas for this.
It's not actually bad as a backdrop to photo something in front of.
If we were going to sell it. So maybe a piece of furniture in front.
-That'd be quite nice. A chair.
I was hoping for as near to 100 as possible.
-Yeah, 100's strong.
-It's near where I'd want to sell it.
Could you squeeze £5 more, make it 75?
Because you've been so charming, we'll squeeze the £5.
So the Hawk sweet talked her way to a £35 profit.
With Caroline off the starting blocks,
Devilish needs to get selling.
He's hoping his Chinese vase will find a new home
at a hotel near Darlington.
Look at this. Don't you think it's utterly gorgeous?
I've come to a local hotel, a place I visit regularly,
Headlam Hall, to bring my 'double happiness' vase.
I think it's utterly perfect.
They hold glamorous weddings here every week.
And this baby is perfect for right here.
The vase cost David £45.
Time to spread a little happiness to hotel owner, Thomas!
This symbol represents the ancient meaning of 'double happiness.'
Particularly in partnerships, and particularly in marriages.
It's quite modern. It's 10 or 20 years old.
We like old things here. Nice period pieces.
I can get you a 1,000-year-old pot for 50 quid.
-They are cheap and cheerful.
Age has nothing to do with value at all.
Again, it's the look and the style.
-And that has got the look and the style.
And if that was an 18th-century double Chinese pot,
we'd be looking at an awful lot of money.
So what do you think? Are you hoping to achieve...?
I'm hoping to achieve, for that, 85.
-Hmm. I think that's a bit high. A lot high.
What price do you put on double happiness?
-I think 25.
-I can't! It cost me a lot more.
-Did it really?
I can promise you. I can promise you. It cost me £45.
-You know, honestly...
-I think I'm getting my eyes poked out here.
-I don't think so.
-We'll go for 55.
-£10 note. Absolutely pathetic.
But you know what, that's my job.
-Just to spread happiness.
-Not poke peoples eye's out?
Well, Devilish tried his best but that's just a tenner added
to his profit pot, not quite what he'd hoped for.
He has better luck when he sells that colourful majolica plate to
an Italian restaurant in Barnard Castle.
-I love triple figures.
-Thank you very much.
Making him a £40 profit.
Now Caroline's in the heart of the East Yorkshire
countryside for her next deal.
She's brought her wooden cart, which cost £45,
to a local farm shop to see owner, Katie.
Hi, Katie, nice to see you!
-How are you?
-And very well, thank you.
-Nice to see you!
What a treat.
-Well, I brought this to show you.
-Where did you get it from?
-What a treat!
-I bought it from an antique fair in the south of England.
But it's come further than that. It's originally come from Germany.
-Early 20th century. Original metal-bound wheels.
It really is fantastic and I just thought it might be something
-that would fit in with your lovely country decor.
You know, we use the carts for display purposes.
I was looking for 120-125.
-OK. Is there any movement on that?
-As it's you, 110?
-110 and it's done.
-That's a good idea. Thank you.
The Hawk more than doubles her money and that's a cracking £65 profit!
Up near Barnard Castle,
David's going on a profit-hunting safari.
MUSIC: Africa by Toto
Oh, wow! Look at this.
Admittedly not quite deepest, darkest Africa.
But look at these lovely creatures.
I've come to meet a guy called Terry.
I'm going to feed you soon! I'm definitely going to feed you soon!
He is opening an animal sanctuary here and I'm thinking,
"Come on, a pith helmet, it's a bit exotic.
"There's going to be kids coming.
"They are going to love to wear things like this."
Hello, donkeys. Let's go find Terry!
David bought the hat for £30, but will Terry go wild for it?
Nice to meet you. This is just mayhem!
-What are we looking at here?
-These are pygmy donkeys.
They come from Sicily, Sardinia, places like that originally.
You've got geese all over the place.
You haven't mentioned, did you know that I was wearing a pith helmet?
I thought you dressed like that all the time.
-It's a wonderful thing.
I bought this at an antiques fair.
And I was thinking, if you had schools visiting,
they could wear the pith helmet, couldn't they, the kids?
Mm. Yeah. I suppose so, yes.
The military introduced them into service in the 1870s.
And if you were in Africa or India circa 1900,
you would probably have a pith helmet.
Would it look as good on me as it does on you?
To be honest, Terry, I doubt it very much. But shall we try?
-Yeah, go on.
-I will give you a go. Go on.
I'll give you my honest opinion.
You know what? You look stunning, Terry. Stunning. I am stunned.
It's the man that maketh the clothes.
It's true. You look the business.
And I will tell you what, at £65, I think that will be a very,
-very good investment.
How about 35?
35? That's absolutely dreadful and abominable,
as good as you look in it.
I can't. 55.
50 and you are done.
-I am being done. Well done.
So David's selling safari banks him a £20 profit
and takes us to the mid-way watering hole.
So let's see how both our experts are doing!
David has made three sales and banked a modest profit of £70.
Caroline's done two deals, but has struck out into
an early lead, with £100 profit in the bank.
Both our duo have plenty of items left to sell though,
so it's all to play for.
Caroline's popped down the road from her home in Beverley
for what she hopes will be a sporty sale.
Here I am at Rowley Polo Club with my riding helmet.
And I really want to learn to play polo!
The helmet cost her just £12,
and she's got a meeting with manager, George.
-Hi, how are you?
-I'm well, thanks.
-Oh, who is this?
-Molly. Molly, she is one of our playing ponies.
-Just in for a bit of a break.
I've brought this. I've done... It was sold to me as a polo helmet.
-I've done an awful lot of research on it.
If you have a look inside, Andre & Co.
I think that's Edwardian.
The consensus of opinion is that it's a generic riding helmet which
would have been covered with whichever silk you'd want or
velvet or a peak for polo.
That's basic and then you would make that fit the discipline
-you are doing?
-Right, got you.
Got you. Never seen anything like it. Honestly. Very unusual.
-Would it look nice in your room?
-In our display cabinet?
-I'm sure it would.
-How does 50 quid grab you?
-It grabs me less than if it was less.
Is there any chance of doing a deal at 45 quid and then teaching me
to play polo?
-Without a doubt.
-Brilliant, thank you very much.
Our sporty seller bags herself a £33 profit and a turn in the saddle.
Everything from your shoulder.
-Nothing from your elbow or your wrist.
-So keep my arm straight?
Just pull the mallet back and hit the ball.
Oh! SHE LAUGHS
There's no end to her talents!
Yes. And riding high on her polo success,
our diamond dealer also finds a buyer for her retro coffee table,
selling it to a shop in Hull for a small £5 profit.
Over in Harrogate, David's hunted down a potential buyer
for one of his favourite items.
Talk about taking things to the right market.
I've come to see Tim here, who runs a chain of car repair garages
throughout the North of England.
Tim loves cars and I think he's going to love this.
India Tyres, where do you think they came from?
-No, they didn't!
David spent £70 on the sign and to give owner Tim a chance to have a
good look at it, takes over his job changing tyres. That's commitment!
Where on earth did you get this from, David?
I bought it at an antique fair.
-And I think it is an absolute stonker.
Have you heard of India Tyres before?
Of course I have! They are an old-fashioned Indian company,
aren't they, who make tyres, obviously.
-They are an old-fashioned...
-He's got that so wrong.
-Go on, then, you tell me, then.
They were not made in India. Quite close. Scotland.
By the 1950s, they were employing 3,000 people. Top-end tyres.
Good quality stuff. Out of business in 81.
Would that be one for your collection?
It's possible. It all depends on what the deal is, David.
As per usual.
-I didn't realise you were a comedian as well, David.
I will continue while you just think about that.
-100 quid, David. 100 quid?
That's not halfway. 180. I'll go 130.
-You know where this is heading, don't you?
Where are we going?
150 final bid. Final bid. 150.
And you've got a dirty hand.
Devilish flexes his haggling muscles and banks £80 profit.
And he ticks off another item on his list when he sells his unusual
copper planter to a florist in Darlington,
although it only makes him £10 profit.
Caroline has travelled down south in search of her final buyers.
First, she stops off near Reading, and sells her hat block to
milliner Jane for £90, banking herself a tidy £45 profit.
So with one final item to sell, the Hawk heads to a bike cafe
in London with her vintage bike that cost her £57.
She's meeting regular customer, Adrian,
an online vintage bike dealer.
-Hi, Adrian, how are you?
-All right, how are you doing?
Great. Adrian, I'm not an expert on bikes at all
but I think this is from the late '50s. What do you think?
Yeah, it's about 1956. It's a classic. Definitely.
I have got customers for this. But obviously it has seen a bit of life.
So it's going to need a complete strip down.
For me, the very, very top end would be 50 quid.
-That would be my top offer.
Now, that's all right. I can't take 50.
It doesn't look like Adrian's going to budge.
At £50, Caroline would have made a £7 loss, but luckily
she's right outside the bike cafe, a perfect spot to go hawking.
Well, after turning down that £50 offer,
I've hawked my bike around this cafe
and I found a young lady that wants my bike.
She didn't want to be filmed.
But she wants the bike and she's given me £60 for it.
Yes! That is a result!
Nothing stops our steely-nerved dealer.
It may be a teeny £3 profit but that's the Hawk sold up.
David's got one more deal to do, and it's his most expensive item.
Well, what a transformation!
My mucky brown '70s chairs now look vibrant in red
and absolutely the business.
I've got a buyer lined up. He's keen.
He loves the idea of the colour.
All I've got to do is wait for him to arrive. Not a bad little number!
With the re-upholstery costs,
David's spend on the chairs stands at a sizeable £360.
He agreed a colour over the phone with design company director
Richard, but it's his colleague Andy who gets the final say today.
-Very good to meet you.
-Pleased to see you, sir.
Fantastic. Please, take a seat. They are very comfortable.
-Splendid. Rather relaxed here.
-Aren't they good?
OK, listen, you like the '70s kind of look, it's very trendy,
bang on trend again.
Yes. It is nice and bold. Very stylish.
Let me tell you what I've done. I've restored them.
Kept the chrome exactly as it is, so it will be pitted
-and marked in places, but that's good.
You know, it shows that they are old. Moneywise, I think £300 each.
-For a pair of restored, vintage '70s chairs.
Personally, I think it's no money. What are your thoughts?
I started at 400. Moved to 450.
I can see you at 475.
I'll meet you halfway at 500 quid and we are done.
500 it is then.
Andy, you're a delight. Really, really good to meet you.
-We'll do business again.
-We shall indeed.
Well, that's an enormous sale from the Duke of Durham,
and a very chunky profit of £140.
So after that white knuckle rollercoaster ride,
it's nearly time to reveal who walks away victorious
and who's left feeling weak at the knees.
First let's remind ourselves of what they spent in Maidstone.
Our duo took £750 each to the antiques fair.
David made six purchases and, including the re-upholstery
on the armchairs, he spent £595.
Caroline also bought six items, but spent just £239.
But now, of course, it's all down to the profit.
All the money that David and Caroline have made from
today's challenge will go to charities of their choice.
So without further ado, let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Champion!
-Hello, David. How are you?
-You tore across that lawn there. Honestly.
-I'm a fast mover.
You are a fast mover!
Antiques fairs, I mean, these are our natural environment, you and I.
-Don't you think?
-Absolutely. Loved it.
Mine was really, really transport orientated though, David.
I got a cart, I got a bicycle, and I got a polo helmet.
-Is that what it was?
-Yes. It was. And I got to ride a polo pony.
It was great fun, David. What about you, how did you do?
Talking about transport, how about travel?
-My pith helmet.
-Didn't quite take me to the African bush but we got close.
I saw llamas, goats, ducks and all sorts of things.
I went to a wildlife sanctuary and had a brilliant time.
But did we make much money?
-Open the box. Let's have a look.
-Are we going to count?
-Oh, my goodness me!
-Well done, you.
You're not really that good at antiques fairs, are you?
Well, it's not over yet, David.
Yes, it was a slam-dunk success for Devilish,
and the big profit on the armchairs played a major part.
When you improve and restore objects,
you add huge amounts of appeal and value.
And they are the pieces that won me the antiques fair.
Thank you, my little red beauties.
Well, what can I say? Well done, David.
You did very, very well!
Yes, Caroline gets another chance to knock
David off the top spot tomorrow, as they go head-to-head in the
biggest challenge of the week -
the almighty Put Your Money Showdown!
David Harper competes against Caroline Hawley at an antiques fair in Maidstone, Kent. David buys a helmet with colonial links and goes on safari, and Caroline struggles to sell a vintage bike in a trendy part of London.