It's a trip to a West Sussex antiques fair for Phil Serrell and Kate Bliss as they do battle to make the most profit out of up to £750 of collectables.
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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
The show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts
against each other in an all-out battle for profit...
Elementary, my dear dealers.
..and gives you the insider's view of the trade!
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a different
Catch me if you can.
The Axman cometh.
..putting their reputations on the line!
Ready for battle.
..and giving you their top tips
and savvy secrets on how to make the most money from buying and selling.
Today's antiques fair, argy-bargy pitches the grand dame of the
hunt Kate Bliss against the crafty wiles of Phil "The Fox" Serrell.
Coming up, Phil divulges the real secret of antique spotting...
If you want to see what something is, it's always best to turn it up
and look at its bottom.
..Kate meets her match...
-I'm thinking 180.
-Will you do 220?
SHE GROANS AND CHUCKLES
..and Phil gets a few home truths.
Oh, Philip, it's only an old brick.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
Ahh! Good morning and welcome, admirers of antiquities everywhere.
We're up with the sun at Ardingly Antiques Fair in West Sussex today.
With two skilled hunters of heirlooms aiming to catch
a cornucopia of collectibles in a race to buy,
sell and earn a winning profit.
First up, it's a thoroughbred filly of foraging.
She's a game girl with a spring in her step
and her eye trained on the price. It's...
I'm going to give Philip "The Fox" a run for his money.
And trying not to be hounded by Kate is a man so crammed
with clever collectible know-how, so filled with super-sly selling skills
and a gnarly thirst for thriftiness, they call him...
You have got to get stuck in here.
Buy cheap, sell expensive.
And it's a good job they're up early, as today both our relics
relishes are at the largest collector's market in the south of
England. With a massive 1,700 stalls to peruse, our dealers must sniff
out and snare the best bargains and then sell them on at a profit.
They've each got £750 of their own money to spend,
and all the profit goes to their chosen charities.
So, Kate Bliss and Phil Serrell,
it's time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
-Top of the morning to you.
-How are you? Good to see you.
-Well, here we are - Ardingly.
-It's a lovely sunny day.
-£750 to spend.
-Are you going to spend all of it?
Well, do you know, I might go some today.
I really feel like something... Mm...I don't know, meaty, quality.
-Well, it's a good fair, isn't it? There's some good stuff here.
There's a lot of very good stuff. And where are you going to go?
Well, this is the thing, I think I might check out the sheds first.
Well, I'm going to go outside. For me...
-Big and lumpy - that's the answer, isn't it?
-Yeah, lumpy is your thing.
Yeah, thank you. THEY GIGGLE
-Go on, then. Meet you for coffee.
-All right, see you in a bit.
See you later.
Yes... Our dealers are going for the old divide and conquer
strategy. Phil is off to sniff the antiques-rich air of the outdoors...
..while Kate is planning to keep it cosy
with the collectibles indoors.
I'll just have a quick look here.
Staying as far away from the competition as possible
in order to snaffle the best bargains. Hm, very cunning.
We're going to have to watch these two.
Now, what else is Kate plotting?
Well, there's loads to go at here.
So, my strategy today is to sort the wheat from the chaff,
to go for something of quality.
So, even if The Fox is buying rapido on the hoof,
the Bliss is certainly going to be classy.
So only the very best will do for our Kate today.
And what's Phil got up his sleeve? Or should that be, under his scarf?
I'm at a massive UK antique fair.
There are bits and goodies everywhere.
What I've got to do is keep focused, stay calm and buy sensibly.
Not spend too much money and remember - I'm not buying objects,
all I'm doing is buying a profit.
Yes, wise words, Phil, wise, wise words.
Phil's taking the magnitude of this fair calmly in his stride
focusing on buying sensibly and with that in mind,
he hotfoots it to the least sensible stall he can find!
There are old 1950s drill guns. I've turned them into Dan Dare Comics.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Turned them into Dan Dare ray gun lamps.
-You've got some vision, haven't you?
Well, Phil's forgotten his strategy already,
but at least Kate is sticking to her guns by heading straight inside.
-This one here is how much?
Oh, maybe not. Some leather cases have caught her eye before she's
even made it into the building.
And this one?
And if I took the two, could you do me...?
HE SPEAKS FRENCH
Hold on, was that French?
Time for Kate to bring out her secret weapon.
SHE BARGAINS IN FRENCH
HE SPEAKS FRENCH
Hm. He's not budging and the French isn't working. Come on, Kate!
What's the best on that one?
I'm thinking 180.
-200's my final.
Can you do a wee bit more for me?
No, sorry. I can't.
Has Kate met her nemesis?
OK, 210, final.
-It's not possible.
-What's it absolutely got to be?
-Can you do 220?
Well, it's not often you see Kate on the losing side of a haggle,
but she forks out £230 for the case to the man who likes to say...
SHE GROANS AND CHUCKLES
Well, I have my first purchase and we're off to a cracking start.
I have a lovely, crocodile skin leather suitcase, which dates
from about 1900s.
But the thing that really sold it to me
was the lovely Regent Street name.
But £230 sounds an awful lot of money,
but I still think there's profit.
So Kate's strategy for buying classy is costing her serious money.
That's almost a third of her budget gone on one purchase.
How's Phil getting on with his search for the sensible?
What on earth is that?
That is a mould for some plumbing...use.
I think they'd put it in the sand and then get the shape
and then run the mould.
I think that's quite fun, actually. 25 quid and I'll buy it.
Go on, then. I'll buy that off you. I think that's a bit of fun.
Quite what the hell I'm ever going to do with it, I don't know.
I think I need to get out more.
-£28. Thank you very much indeed.
And Phil's out of the blocks, shaking on £28 for a wooden...
I think it's a cool thing. It's almost like a piece of sculpture
and you know...
it's clearly been a mould at some point in time,
like he says, probably for some sort of drainage pipe or something
like that, but I think if you mount it like that, it looks quite cool.
Somebody's got to have the vision
to perhaps turn that into a table light or something like that.
or I got to find a plumber
who needs a mould for a drainage pipe.
That's going to happen, isn't it?
Yes, like the wares on offer today, Phil's sensible strategy
is very much a thing of the past, but Kate is back on track.
Well, I hate to leave the sunshine, but I'm going to explore in there!
Now, remember, Kate, you're looking for something classy!
For a dressing gown, my husband would have a fit.
Oh! Just my colour, though. Love it!
Oh, la-dee-dah! Now, that's more like it!
What do you think? Always try it for size!
And that necklace isn't the only thing to have caught Kate's eye.
I've also spotted these little silver coffee spoons.
-What's your best on these?
-That's it. 35 if you are just having those
-35. Let's do that.
Kate pays £35 for her necklace and coffee spoon combo,
stirring herself firmly into the lead with three items to Phil's one.
Well, I'm on a mission this morning. I've just done myself
a cheeky double purchase from the same stall
and got myself a good deal.
So we have a costume jewellery necklace for £10.
It's quite an eyeful and it's simulating a beautiful,
19th-century diamond, crescent-shaped choker.
It's obviously simulated.
It's glass and base metal,
but costume jewellery is really coming back in at the moment.
And I think for a tenner, that's a seriously good buy.
Also, for £25, I've got some 1920s coffee spoons in silver
dating from 1924, so the George V period.
But these have got some really sweet coffee beans finials.
Now, these aren't rare. You see them about from time to time.
But I think, these were a good price
and I smell a barista for my purchaser.
And the scent of competition fills the air as Phil "The Fox",
not one to be left behind, has bagged himself a bit of old iron.
This is a 19th-century French iron radiator cover.
What on earth have I just spent £170 on an iron radiator cover for?
Well, I think this will make a really cool coffee table.
This is shabby chic at its shabbiest.
Well, I hope it's not that shabby, actually, cos I've got a lot
of money invested in this.
The 19th-century ironware takes £170 out of Phil's budget and brings
his total number of items to two.
But leading lady Kate is determined to stay ahead.
OK, I'm all done in here, so I'm heading outside on The Fox trail.
Watch out, Foxy, Miss Bliss has got some little helpers.
Phil's found something to warm his paws on.
Do you know what that is?
Well, I'll give you a clue.
You put that in an oven and you get it really piping hot
and then you put it in your carriage or your bed or wherever,
put your foot on it and it warms it. I think that's wicked.
-How much is your foot warmer, my love?
OK, can I put that down?
I think we may have a little deal on that,
but I'm going to see if I can buy something else off you.
-I just got to find it, that's all.
Wiley Phil knows it sometimes pays to buy a bundle.
How much are those, my love, please?
You can have those for...£25.
What's the best on the two?
Er, you can have the two for 20?
Do you know what, I'm not even going to argue with you.
-Well, I didn't think you were.
-20 quid is lovely
-and it would have been churlish to have offered you less.
-Well, I hope
-That's a bulk buy deal for the 19th-century foot warmer
and tumblers, and Mr Serrell is in the lead and the purchase has him
reminiscing about his childhood.
I just want you to imagine it's the really early days of Downton Abbey
and in my carriage is really freezing,
so I've got my foot warmer
and what I would do with this is heat it up
and this would have sat on the floor in my carriage.
And I just plunk my feet on it.
Whilst warming my feet,
I would have had these lovely silver-plated tumblers.
And I would have had a quick snifter just to keep me warm.
Keep the feet warm, keep the inner man warm.
While Foxy warms his cockles,
Kate warms her heart as she spots a frame of embroidered war cards.
-What are you offering?
-I'm probably wanting to pay auction price,
sort of £25-£30, something like that.
-Could you do 40?
-Let's do 40.
-40, thank you very much.
-Lovely. Thank you very much.
Now, I've probably paid a little bit too much for this,
but I bought it because I think these are really underrated.
They are beautifully embroidered cards dating from the First
World War period. And for me, they are really emotional items
of social history. I paid £40.
Well, if I can get £5 a card for them, that gives me profit,
but where I'm going to be aiming these
is at a private sentimental collector.
Nostalgic Kate hopes to tug on the old heart strings
and turn that £40 into profit.
Our antiques hunters have delved deep
and at the halfway mark, it's time to see who's blowing the bugle
and who's scrabbling around in the undergrowth.
Our dealers started the day with £750 to spend.
Kate Bliss has four purchases
and has spent £305 leaving £445 still in the kitty.
Phil Serrell has also picked up four items,
but spent £218 leaving him £532 to play with.
All that spending has left our duo in need of a coffee break.
-Oh, bless you.
-There we are, a life-saver.
-So how have you got on?
-Well, I was drawn into...
buy something outside, actually, after saying
I was going to go inside, which was good.
I went down the alleyway here, which wasn't too bad
-and around there, it's been quite good. I've enjoyed it.
-And I'm sort of pleased with what I've got.
-Are you now?
Yeah, I couldn't possibly tell you what it was, of course, but you know?
-Sounds far too confident to me.
-What about you?
Do you know what? Last of the fair,
I don't think these guys are going to hang around for very long.
-So I'm going to be speedy.
-What, speedy now?
-I leave you to finish your coffee and I am out of here.
See you later. Thanks for the drink.
Oh, the mind games are rife today!
Kate sprints back into the market leaving Phil to calmly
consider his options, and quick as a flash, she invests £15
in a contemporary brass plaque.
Obviously, it's the sign outside
the offices of a chartered quantity surveyor in brass.
And the lettering's been picked out in black enamel, which is missing in
places, but for £15, you couldn't buy the brass for that!
Quick Kate's speedy strategy pays off as she zooms into the lead.
Phil, however, is still struggling to remember his plan
to spend sensibly.
How much is the boy?
The boy on its own is 2,850.
Trouble is I've got a good eye and a poor pocket.
I thought we were going to shake on a deal there!
In the nick of time, Phil recalls exactly how much
is in his wallet, and spends a more affordable
amount on this antique poster.
I've just bought this off a camera-shy dealer for only £30.
I think it's a really cool thing.
It's a poster for an auction sale in the mid-19th century
and look what they've got to sell.
"121 good Oxfordshire down sheep, four steers..."
That's cattle to you and I.
"..a valuable cart horse, which is four years old, three cart horses,
"two nags, harness and a fat pig."
I think this is a really, really lovely thing.
The trick for me is to try and find out who Mr Jonas Paxton was
and if that firm is still going, I reckon they would love to buy this.
Now, if there isn't a profit in that...
I'm not an auctioneer.
Mm. The Fox putting his own reputation on the line there and as
the day's end draws ever closer, it seems both our dealers are weighing
up their opponent's determination to win.
Well, if I know Philip, he is getting in amongst it
and is buying like fury.
So, between you and me, I'm slightly feeling the pressure.
Better get on with it.
Well, I know Kate. Kate's got a really good eye and...
..she will be competitive, trust me.
So I just need to be really on my guard.
Leaving no stone unturned, Kate's hurried back to her stomping ground
indoors and, sensing a profit,
swoops on some slightly damaged gold cuff links for £50.
-That's great. Thanks so much.
Cuff links are perennial good sellers and if they are gold,
even better. But I have broken my golden rule here
and bought something which is damaged.
However, for an experienced jeweller,
putting a little link in there
and repairing it is a five-minute job.
And at £50, which is roughly scrap value,
I think there's still a profit there.
Stubbornly sticking outside, Phil's on the prowl,
desperate to sink his teeth into something substantial.
It'd be really, really nice if I could just find something now
that's just a bit punchy, a bit meaty.
Before long, he pounces on a pair of urns.
Where do you think these were made?
They could be Skey's of Tamworth.
They are not marked, but they very rarely were.
-And how old do you think they are?
-I think they're 19th century.
-Yeah, they are salt glazed.
-What did you say the best is?
-It's got to be £80.
OK, I'm going to buy those off of you, good sir.
OK, thank you very much.
-Two, four, six, eight. There we go.
-Just like shelling peas.
-You're a good man.
-Thanks very much.
£80 for the urns and he's pleased with his pottery,
but nothing gets past his sharp gaze.
If you want to see what something is, it's always best to turn it up
and look at its bottom.
That to me does not look like it was around
when Queen Victoria was sat on the throne. Sorry, ma'am.
Now, salt glazed? Well, it's a simple term, really.
When an object is being fired in the kiln,
you'd lob salt in and it would produce this sort of speckled finish
around here and hopefully, hopefully, I might just have someone for them.
And with that buy in the bag, The Fox calls it a day.
Back inside and Miss Bliss' quest for quality has led her to
Diamonds and ruby. They're nice, aren't they? Contemporary.
-I'm thinking 140...
I'll do 150. That's it, I can't do any more.
-Done. There you go.
£150 for the earrings
and Kate's day of dealing has come to a glittering end.
Now, my eye caught these.
They've got a little bit of an Art Deco look about them
because they are very square, ruby's in the centre
and then a surround of diamonds in what's known as a millegrain setting
after the French '1,000 grains'.
They are 18-carat white gold
and at £150, I don't think they're expensive.
So whether I find a private buyer or a jeweller who wants to stock
these, there's got to be a sparkling profit.
Well, whether Kate will outshine her opponent remains to be seen.
But for now, buying time has come to an end, so before our stalkers of
sellables meet to pick apart each other's prey,
let's see how they got on today.
Kate and Phil each started the day with £750 of their own money.
Kate Bliss has seven purchases and forked out £520.
Phil Serrell has bought less and spent less - six items for £328.
Now, before our dealers depart,
there's a chance to eye up the competition.
As ever, we differ quite considerably.
So which is your best bit?
My favourite bit is probably the earrings.
-And they are Art Deco, aren't they?
-No, they are Art Deco-style.
They are contemporary and they are 180-carat white gold,
-ruby and diamond.
-And how much were they?
-They were £150, but...
Yeah, but you know your jewellery, so they are going to do all right,
-I think that's all right. Tell me about this brick,
because I think that is a lovely piece of history.
It's a great bit of social history, isn't it? It's just a little
salt-glazed foot warmer.
Get it hot, put it in your carriage...
and I'm hoping that I can find a carriage museum or whatever
-that might just buy it off me, but you never know.
But I love this.
It was sold as a radiator cover.
-Might be a window cover, I don't know.
But I think it's a Serrell...
Piece of plate glass on the top and I think that would look really cool.
-My favourite piece, I love this.
-Absolutely love that, yeah.
If that had got PMS there, I know who would buy that off you.
-It's really lovely.
-It should be really for what it cost.
-Well, how much was it?
-Quite a lot, so moving on,
-you'd better tell me some of your contacts, then.
-No, you've done
really, really well.
This pair of diggling dynamos must now swap their buying hats for
selling caps as the hunt for pure profit is their new driving force.
Using all available methods, Phil and Kate will tirelessly search
the country for buyers, and they'll be hoping to accumulate
the biggest possible profits to go to their chosen charities.
So, down in his Worcester lair,
how is Phil feeling about his assorted acquisitions?
If I'm ever going to be an auctioneer again, Jonas Paxton.
What a great name and his fat pig.
There you are. That poster, £30.
I don't see how I can fail with that.
These urns, the guy who sold them me,
they were priced originally at £160.
He thought they were old, I don't think they've got any age at all but
at £80, you know,
I don't think you could buy anything like that today in a modern centre
and I think they are really stylish things to have in your garden.
My nest of tumblers, silver-plated at £15, I can't fail with those.
And what a great bit of social history, that foot warmer.
Cost £5. If you want a bit of fun, what about that?
It's a pipe mould. Well, I think it is.
Not that sort of Sherlock Holmes pipe
but a drainage pipe of some sort.
But for me the star of the show is this, I absolutely love this.
This is going to be the basis of a really funky table.
Well, that is Serrell vision.
The thing about Serrell vision is sometimes you have to be really,
really careful with it because it can get a little out of focus.
Hmm, with hopefully a clearer view of her wares,
Kate's getting down to business in Hereford.
Now, I have gone a little bit girlie with at least some of my purchases.
Because we've got a few little sparkly items here.
And my absolute favourite is this necklace.
I paid a tenner for it and I think, in the right place,
I could get a serious profit for this.
It's worth an awful lot more than £10 in my eyes.
My sign down here,
I think is relatively straightforward
and there are a few chartered
quantity surveyors in my local area
so I'm hoping that one of them needs
a nice sign outside
their front door.
My wild card is my suitcase.
It is awfully expensive,
it's got a replaced handle and the lining, I've had
a look at inside, and I'm pretty sure has been replaced as well.
So I'm hoping I can find a profit with this.
My most nostalgic, and if you like emotional piece, though,
is the World War I silks and I love these.
So I've got to find a collector for this who really appreciates
the amount of work and the sentiments that they sum up.
All-in-all I'm really excited about what I've bought,
particularly my jewellery,
but it's all going to depend on my suitcase and I could come unstuck.
Kate will also need to shift the diamond and ruby earrings,
the silver coffee spoons, and the gold cuff links.
Both our experts are revved up and
raring to go on their selling sprees,
so quickly hit the phones, the web and the road in search of potential
buyers. But remember, no deal is truly sealed until the handshake.
So Kate's not sure it's an open and shut case,
but it's Phil who is first to make a break for it.
He's in Worcestershire with his 19th-century foot warmer
and he thinks he's found it the perfect home.
I'm at Hartlebury Castle, which use to be the
home of the Bishop of Worcester but now it's also known
to have a fantastic collection
of carriages and horse-drawn vehicles.
And which carriage would be complete without a foot warmer?
With just £5 invested, Phil is hoping to tempt preservation
trustee Mary into buying it as an addition to the collection.
What have you brought?
Well, I went to an antique fair and I bought this foot warmer.
I thought that these would have fitted into a carriage,
rather like one of these.
-It looks like a brick, Philip!
-It's lovely. That's just what it is.
-You are holding now a very hot brick.
-It's very heavy.
That could go in the bishop's carriage beautifully.
-It could, couldn't it?
-Now, the thing is, this was very expensive.
Was it? How much? It's only a brick, Philip!
-It's a brick.
See, I'm thinking that I should get somewhere between...
£25 and £35 for it.
Oh, Philip, it's only an old brick!
Looks like Foxy's met his match!
I'm part of a preservation trust, we have to be very careful
-with our money.
-Make me an offer I can't refuse.
-I can refuse that.
You are supposed to be a gentle lady who's a pushover.
She's no pushover!
-You're not supposed to give me a hard time.
-Where did that come from?!
-I tell you what.
£20 and it's yours.
Look at this.
-As it's you, Philip. As it's you.
-You're an angel.
So they shake on £20 and Phil toasts his toes on a lovely
warm £15 profit.
Well, Mary might have warm feet
but I came close to getting my fingers burnt there.
But I tell you what, that is still just a tidy profit.
Now, Phil might have been first to strike
but Kate's hot on his heels in Hereford
with grand plans for the costume necklace that cost her £10.
I bought my costume necklace and coffee spoons together
but I'm splitting them up
and I am taking my necklace up a gear to a place where I think it
really belongs, to a luxurious designer boutique.
Now, while the owner of this boutique already likes the look
of Kate's necklace, they want her to meet Candice,
the shop's jewellery buyer, to look it over.
Oh, it's lovely!
-So, I thought it was stunning when I saw it.
It's obviously costume, set with cut paste or crystals on a white
-OK. It's a beautiful piece.
I mean, you could definitely see it in our shop.
The shame part of it, it has no maker's mark
and we do like to sell it with a maker's mark.
And as I can see, there's a few crystals missing
-out of the paste there...
-..which obviously will devalue it.
Kate's got her work cut out here.
When I showed it to the shop owner,
she said roughly around the £100-£150 mark.
Yes, I would be more willing to pay £80 to £120.
If we were to restore it,
it obviously would take a bit more money from us
and if we were going to sell it on, it would be devalued by that.
Well, I mean, I want to help you,
-I want to take my little bit of profit.
What if I said - bang in the middle, straight £100?
-That's absolutely fine.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Thank you very much.
That's her first profit in the bag and it's a shimmering £90.
Well, my necklace is in great company in there
and a sparkly profit!
And Kate stirs another £5 into to her profit cup
when she sells the coffee spoons to Richard,
a Gloucestershire-based antiques dealer.
Phil's travelled down to Rutland with his 19th-century ironware.
He's given up on turning it into a table himself
and decided to try and sell it to Tom, who is a furniture restorer.
-What have we got here?
-That's a bit different, isn't it?
I bought this at an antique fair
and the guy I bought it off was a Frenchman who swore blind
that it was a radiator cover.
-How does that...
-And I've given it a great deal of thought.
A radiator cover to start with would only have three sides.
-That's it, yeah.
-It wouldn't have four sides.
And I wonder whether it's a window grill and these...
But that'd be the same again. You wouldn't have four sides, would you?
-Or would you?
-I don't know.
-But the Serrell vision.
-That's it, exactly.
-Table on there, nice slab of glass.
Now, the reason why I haven't done this is twofold.
I've got the vision, it's the ability to get it get there.
-We've got a few guys that could do that.
-I love this sort of...
The scroll on it and the finish.
But I love the fact that it's au naturel.
You've got bits of paint on it.
You won't get this sand blasted, will you?
No, well, you could but it'd be a shame.
And you're not going to get it painted?
No, that's just exactly what you want, isn't it? As is.
Just the way it is. But what it wants is some glass on there.
I think probably clear glass.
I can see that would work well. Good spot there.
I mean, it's cost me £170 and I had some interest in it.
Have you got 350 quid?
I have got 350 quid but I'm going to make you an offer.
I'll bid you, but a good bid,
I'll give you £300 for it done, there, now.
That's it finished.
That's it finished and I'll sort out the rest. I'll get the glass,
I'll get the rubber widgets, get the lot sorted.
That's £130 profit on the radiator cover or window grille or
table, whatever it is.
That was a very impressive bit of money making!
Our antiques athletes are neck and neck with two sales apiece.
Can Kate make it three with the ruby and diamond earrings?
I had a really good feeling when I purchased these
and I've brought them here to Cheltenham to a jeweller's.
They haven't seen them yet so it could go either way.
Wish me luck.
# A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
# But diamonds are a girl's best friend. #
Kate's earrings cost her £150
but will jeweller Casey want them for a rock-bottom price?
These are the earrings that I told you about on the telephone.
I know you haven't seen them so there we go.
Oh, they're lovely, aren't they?
So they are 18-carat white gold and with a ruby
and diamonds around the outside. Little brilliant-cut diamonds.
Now, you mentioned yesterday you think that they're probably modern.
Being in a square mount, it sort of suggests the Art Deco style.
-It does, it does.
-But looking at them, I think they're pretty modern.
Nice little brilliant-cut diamonds.
Nice little princess-cut ruby in the centre.
-So princess-cut because it square?
-And then has facets on the top as opposed to a square cut.
If it was Art Deco,
it probably would have been a square cut or a step cut.
It would have been, yeah. Flatter.
So that's a good indication of date, actually, isn't it?
-How the stones are cut.
Well, what we normally do is we normally give them
a bit of a clean, if you don't mind,
and just have a better look downstairs where the light is a bit
brighter. So I'll just be a couple of minutes, if that's OK.
-OK, no problem.
-What do you think?
-I think they are very saleable.
I think they are nice quality, good-colour rubies
-so I will be prepared to make you an offer.
And the offer is £150.
I could really do with about £190.
I'll give you £175 for them.
If you can do £180, I can do a deal.
-£180. That's fine.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you very much indeed.
And that's £30 added to Kate's sparkling profit pot.
Well, Katie obviously really knows her stuff. Not a vast profit,
but a profit nevertheless.
Yes, that's the spirit, Miss Bliss!
Now, back in Worcester, Phil's hoping
to shift his mysterious wooden mould.
I'm here to see Mark, who I play racquetball against.
Now, he's a builder and, hopefully, not only will he buy this off me,
but also he'll tell me just what it is!
Will Phil be able to build on his £28 investment?
He's donning a hard hat so he must mean business!
-Remember I told you about it?
The guy I bought it off,
-I paid 28 quid for it, he said it was a drain mould.
And having got it back, you wouldn't paint and make all this quite
as decorative as it is if it was a mould, would you?
-It looks more like a model, really.
-So it's a working model for a drain?
-I quite like it, though.
Is it the sort of thing you might be interested in buying?
-Yeah, I think I would.
I'm remodelling my office at the moment
so I could actually adapt it to make a bit of a lamp to go on my desk.
-That would be quite cool, wouldn't it?
-I think so.
-Make me an offer I can't refuse.
Well, I was hoping I might have got 50 quid for it.
-That's what you call a sharp intake of breath, isn't it?
Split the difference, £40.
£40, that's very kind.
And you've got to get back to this before it all goes off.
Thank you very much.
Now, that's £12 added to his balance sheet.
Which brings us to the halfway mark.
Now, with our enterprising experts doing deals left, right and centre,
let's see who's rolling in it and who's counting the pennies.
So far, Kate has sold three
of her seven items, racking up
a profit of £125.
Phil has also done three deals
with a profit of £157
in his pocket.
Kate is trailing slightly,
but she's hoping to play her cards right in the Cotswolds.
I'm here in Winchcombe with my First World War silks or postcards
and I've come to see Richard.
He's got all sorts of things in his shop
and I'm hoping this will be just up his street.
With £40 invested in the silk postcards,
will this sale be something to write home about?
-What's that you got in your hand?
-Well, this is something
I thought might be up your street.
-I know you've got a huge variety in here, haven't you?
-First World War postcards, or silks, as they're called.
They're quite interesting cos, of course,
they were hand-embroidered by women on the Western Front.
-In France and Belgium.
And it's, actually, was a really important source of income for them.
-Because the soldiers would buy them to send home to loved ones.
This one, I think, is really sweet.
"A kiss from France."
One thing I haven't done is take the back off
to have a look to see if there were any personalised messages.
-That would be interesting, yeah.
Oh, look. We've got all sorts of addresses on here.
-"From George. Best love."
"Dear friends, just a small card
"but remembrance from your loving friend."
"From Arthur. Kiss, kiss, kiss."
I think it's nice that they have got some inscription,
cos it shows they were used.
-They were actually bought in Flanders and sent back.
In this case, to County Durham.
-It's a shame we're not in County Durham, really.
-Well, there is that.
-Yeah. So what are you talking?
-So, what am I talking?
Well, I was hoping...
for around, sort of, £60-£90.
-I was thinking more about the £50 mark, to be honest.
I could do with a wee bit more than 50, I have to say.
I mean, could you meet me somewhere around 70?
I'll do 60.
Could I say 65? And you've got a deal?
-Go on, why not? All right, 65.
-Yeah, we'll do it.
-That's really kind, thank you very much indeed.
That's a profit of £25 and Kate is delighted.
Well, a little bit of profit.
But what an exciting discovery to find those inscriptions.
And, proving she's got a few more selling tricks up her sleeve,
or, rather, up the end of her sleeve,
she makes £30 on her restored gold cuff links,
when she sells them to Hereford jeweller Robert.
With Kate on five sales to Phil's three,
it's time for Foxy to get his hands dirty.
I'm at a local garden centre that's run by a family
I've known for 35 years.
Now, most people come here looking to buy garden urns.
I'm going to try and sell them a couple.
-Hi, Will, how are you?
-Very good, thank you.
I'm glad you've seen these.
-It's quite funny.
I was walking round an antique fair and I saw that.
-That's the price the guy was asking for them.
Just want you to bear that in mind, all right?
You don't, actually, seem to be too short of pots round here
-at the minute.
-We've got a few.
-All I can see is pots.
But none like this.
I mean, he was asking 160 quid for it.
-I don't think they're going to fetch £160.
So, what are you going to bid me, then?
If I bought these for 80 quid and I sell them you for £50...
That's me £30 in a bad place, isn't it?
So, I've got to make a profit.
Hm, Foxy certainly seems to have grasped the idea of the competition.
He just needs Will to do the same.
-You still haven't got this, have you?
Well, I think my best offer would be £100.
-Go on, then.
-And then, we'll plant those up and use them for display.
So Phil doesn't get the price he wanted
but still walks away with £20 profit.
And green fingers.
-You can get your hands dirty.
-What, these hands?
MUSIC: Little Shop Of Horrors Theme
-Look at this. Now, you have to tap its bottom, don't you?
Oh. Look at that.
And not one to let the grass grow under his feet,
Phil adds another £20 to his coffer
when he sells his Edwardian tumblers to Worcester-based
country pursuits shop owner Tim.
Now, our selling supremos are neck and neck.
But, with two items left to sell and determined to pull out in front,
Kate packs her trunk and says goodbye to Hereford.
I've brought my suitcase to Stow-on-the-Wold,
in the middle of the Cotswolds,
to an antique specialist who I know, is always on the lookout...
With a whopping £230 invested in the suitcase,
Kate's sales pitch to Vienetta will have to pack a punch.
So...there you have it.
-It's crocodile skin.
And, as I'm sure you know,
some of these perish on the seams quite easily.
-But this one, actually, is not in bad order.
-I would say it dates from about 1910.
-Certainly Edwardian, I would say.
But then, open it up and you've got, actually, quite a nice surprise
because just on the top here,
-you've got Edward & Sons, Regent Street.
And then, of course, by royal appointment.
-I do like to have a name. I think that's most important.
-And also, with the initials on the top, it's had a life.
-It would need some attention to the skin.
Now, of course, for some people, this is quite a controversial item
because it is using the skin from a dead animal.
But it is well over 100 years old.
So is it the sort of thing you think would go well here?
It is the sort of thing I could sell. Oh, yes, I've sold crocodile.
I have some crocodile here at the moment.
Whereabouts do you see it, price-wise?
I would probably...be looking to pay,
I would think, probably, about £280?
Could you do just a tiny bit more and say, £290?
-Yes. Very happy indeed.
-All right, that's great for me.
And that deal has put £60 profit in Kate's bag.
She then ends her super selling spree with a shiny £45 profit,
when she sells her brass plaque
to a quantity surveyor in her hometown of Hereford.
With Kate all sold up, the pressure is on for Phil
to sell his final item.
The 19th-century auction poster he bought for £30.
With a potential buyer pulling out at the last minute,
Phil is using every ounce of his experience to drum up a sale.
But the clock is ticking.
I've got an auction poster for a 19th-century farm sale.
And I've got to sell it and I reckon you could just be the man.
Using all his foxy wiles, Phil targets a local gallery and,
with the finishing line looming...
Sells the poster for a not-to-be-sniffed-at £10 profit.
That's me, just like my auction poster.
So, our experts have shut up shop.
Who will be doing their happy dance?
And who will be warbling their sad song?
All will soon be revealed.
First, a quick reminder of how much they spent at the antiques fair.
Having each started the day with £750 to spend,
Kate did seven deals. spending a total of £520.
Phil did six deals and spent £328.
But who made the most profit?
All of the money that Phil and Kate have made from today's challenge
will go to charities of their choice.
So let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
-Whoa. I found that really tough.
-Do you know? You're not the only one.
-It was a tough one, wasn't it?
-What was your best thing?
I tell you what one of the nicest things was.
-And that was with my First World War silks.
-My little postcards.
Well, for the potential purchaser, I took the back off.
And there were some lovely handwritten messages
-on the back of them. So, that was a great discovery.
Well, my story, or what I wanted...
Do you remember that sort of radiator cage?
I had all these designs of turning it into this, that and the other,
and putting an engine in it, four wheels,
make it into a car and all the other usual rubbish.
And I decided at the end of the day,
-I was going to let someone do it who knew what they were doing.
-But that was my best thing, really.
-Are we going to...?
-Yeah, let's have a look. Come on. Ready.
-It's pretty close.
-Well, do you know what did it for me?
I think I bought a few girlie bits, a few bits of jewellery.
You know, you've got to invest in a few girlie things.
I think I need to explore my feminine side.
So, Kate is today's winner, having successfully
stalked the sellables, sitting secretly amongst the stalls.
And sold them sensationally.
Well, that's an unexpected pleasure.
And I'm sure it was my sparkly things that did the trick.
This was a really close call.
And if I could have made the same margins on the other things,
as I did my radiator cover, well, who knows,
it might have been a different story.
Phil will be doing all he can to redeem himself tomorrow.
In the ultimate antiques challenge.
The Put Your Money Showdown.
It's a trip to a West Sussex antiques fair for Phil Serrell and Kate Bliss as they do battle to make the most profit out of up to £750 of collectables. Kate meets her match on the haggling front and Phil is put to the test selling an 'old brick'.