Storms descend as experts Paul Hayes and Will Axon go to battle at an antiques fair in West Sussex. Torrential rain closes Will's usual outdoor stomping ground.
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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...
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..and gives YOU the insider's view of the trade!
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers
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Catch me if you can.
The Axeman cometh.
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Get in there.
THUNDERCLAP AND DAVID LAUGHS
Today, Purchasing powerhouse Paul Hayes
takes on Axeman auctioneer extraordinaire, Will Axon.
Coming up, Will gets his animals mixed up...
I've gone and bought a leg of a cow.
Do they race cows?
..Paul plays hardball at the haggling...
It couldn't be £100, could it?
..and Will struggles in the selling.
I'm not getting good vibes here.
I mean, would it help to tell you that it's not very expensive at all?
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
Welcome to a wet and windy West Sussex,
where two weather systems of antiques knowledge
are about to collide in a perfect storm
of high-pressured competitive buying and selling.
And today, the heavens will be opening
over Goodwood Antique and Collectors Fair.
First up, a thundering colossus of collectibles
capable of moving at lightning speed whenever there's gold to be struck.
His cheery smile and sunny disposition belie a steely resolve.
-It's Paul "Mr Morecambe" Hayes.
Look out, Will, I'm coming for you, mate.
He's up against a man willing to brave any weather
in pursuit of a profit.
An auctioneer of torrential talent
who's always ready to storm off with a bargain,
hacking down a price and slicing off a healthy profit.
-It's Will "The Axeman" Axon.
I think I might just have found it.
Both our experts have brought £750 of their own money.
Once they've purchased their pieces, they must sell the lot
in order to silver-line their pockets with profit,
all of which will go to their chosen charities.
So, Paul Hayes and Will Axon,
it's time to put your money where your mouth is.
-Here he is.
-How are you?
-Yes, good, thank you.
-We must be mad.
-You must be used to this from where you are.
-I love the way they've recreated Morecambe here,
-complete with weather! Isn't it marvellous?
-Brought it with you.
There were supposed to be outdoor stalls, that's going to be a problem.
I know, that's kind of my stomping ground, really,
the outside stalls, so I'm going to have to rethink my strategy
to breakables, which is not my forte.
-Oh, well, that is my forte. Small is beautiful.
-Thank you very much.
-My dad said, if it doesn't go in your pocket, don't buy it.
-He's a very wise man.
So, we're allowed to spend £750.
Excellent news, that's a lot of money, yes.
-Good luck to you. It's always good, isn't it?
-And to you, sir.
You know, let's hope this weather clears up.
-Oh, hang on!
A gust carries our experts off to the fair,
but what treasures will blow them away
enough to make them part with their hard-earned cash?
As both lads head indoors,
where many of the stall holders have taken shelter,
Paul Hayes is brimming, nay overflowing, with confidence.
Well, look out, Will, I think I've got the upper hand here today,
I'm so used to being at antiques fairs,
I've practically grown up under the trestle table.
They're fantastic places, you can find bargains if you know where to look.
Yes, Mr Hayes is full of confidence
but Will's game plan has been thrown into disarray by the weather.
Well, I'm somewhere they call indoors
and I'm not terribly comfortable. I'm more used to being outside,
having a rummage in the back of a van and seeing what's what,
but in here it's all very laid out, very displayed and priced up.
I'm going to have to work my magic in here.
Onwards and upwards.
Onwards, upwards, forwards, backwards,
round and round the market,
both Paul and Will now begin to scour the stalls
for items of interest.
Paul is clearly feeling confident today
and it's not long before he's spotted
a Belgian slate clock that appeals.
So, is the clock working?
-Can I have a look at it?
I've often thought, these are underrated, aren't they?
It don't chime.
-It doesn't chime, purely a timepiece?
-Purely a timepiece.
-OK, there we go.
-So, what's the best you can do on that then?
-You can't say £20?
-Yeah, go on, it's you.
How's that? Thank you very much, I'll have that. God bless you.
These items have always been affordable.
I think they're the most underrated items you can find.
It's a beautiful 19th-century clock,
it's known as a Belgian slate, cos that's where it comes from.
It's in great working order, there's no chips, no cracks,
no cracks in the dial, got its pendulum, got its key,
it was 20 quid, what an absolute bargain.
Paul's pleased to be up and running,
but Will is closing in on a stall with a few potential items.
Having said he prefers to buy big, he has indeed changed tack
and is looking at something small.
-I like your Sampson Mordan...
-Yeah, nice piece, yeah.
Where'd you buy that, auction?
-No, private buy.
Sampson Mordan, nicely marked. And stamped nine carat?
-like a little bloodstone?
Yes, I think it is a bloodstone, isn't it?
I see you've got it marked up at 130.
I mean, if it could be anywhere near a "oner", I might be tempted.
110 would suit me better.
Shall we split the difference and say 105?
Let's do a deal, let's get, let's get a buy out of the way.
At £105, Will has spent a big chunk on his little gold item,
but why did he pick the toothpick?
It's sold as a nine carat gold propelling toothpick.
By Sampson Mordan.
Sampson Mordan, better known for their propelling pencils, retracting pencils,
it's a great name as far as small silver and gold pieces go.
And I'm thinking there are toothpick collectors out there
and from talking to the stallholder,
this has come from a private collection itself,
never been on the Yorkshire market,
bought privately and this is the first time out at the fair.
Mm, it isn't Paul Hayes' first time at the fair, though.
And like a moth to a flame,
Paul is drawn to a stall selling musical instruments
that have been converted into lamps.
However, it's a saxophone in its original state that he goes for.
OK, I'll have that.
Paul pays £80 for the sax. So, was that music to his ears?
That, I think, is quite a good price, these things are very expensive to buy new
and I think there's a bit of leeway left in it.
And having bought the saxophone,
Paul nips outside to show off his musical prowess.
MUSIC: Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
PAUL TOOTS WEAKLY
Or maybe not.
Don't call us, Paul, and we probably won't call you.
While Paul's been blowing his sax,
Will has spotted a vase that he hopes won't blow his budget.
How much is your, sort of smoky vase?
Er, that one, I've got...
45 on that, but it can be,
it can be 35 today.
I like a nice round number, that's my trouble.
Yes, well, I like odd ones, that's a problem, isn't it?
Well, I'm a bit odd.
A bit "cepuliar", perhaps?
-Can we say £30?
-We can say 32, thank you.
-Go on, then.
No, it's not a telescope but it is glass,
and what an iconic piece of glass it is.
By Otto Brauer for Holmegaard, it's a Gulvase.
All very much back in fashion,
so I'm going to go and find some young trendy,
who's going to fall in love with it like I did.
I'm pleased with what I paid, but as it's breakable,
I'm going to go and pop it somewhere safe.
Paul is also looking through the breakables.
He's spotted a Doulton figure he likes the look of.
Having now got the taste for a haggle,
he's trying to get the price down.
-What's your best on her, then?
-What have we got on it?
-You've got £30 on.
-30, I'll do 24.
-I'm going to be cheeky.
-Well, that is the best.
-That is the best?
You can't make it £20?
-Give me 22, you've got it.
I don't think I've got £2. You can't make it a round 20, just make it...
-Is that all right?
OK, well, I'll have that, thank you very much.
Thank you, there you are, you see.
Paul uses his cheeky charm and gets the figurine.
So why did he pick her up?
Bit of a blast from the past here.
I used to buy these religiously in the 1990s, early 2000s.
It's a Royal Doulton figurine.
If you turn them upside down, they all have a HN number,
and that's named after a guy called Harry Nixon, the original designer.
And you can actually look that up
and you can find out how long it was made for and when it was made
and more importantly, what the current catalogue value is.
But she's lovely, called Top Of The Hill, and do you know what?
It's a bit of a windy day today, it's quite fitting, isn't it? I know how she feels.
Ah, she's obviously feeling all blustered.
Meanwhile, Will is feeling flustered.
He just can't get used to being indoors.
Struggling a bit here, to be honest.
I've got, er, a couple of items under my belt, but even so,
more to buy and...
..I feel like I am going round and round in circles. I've got to get with it!
I've got to get my money out of my pocket and make some decisions.
Ah! Will fears that his hopes of victory are sinking fast,
which may explain why he's drawn
to a piece of 19th-century diving equipment.
-What sort of money have you got on them?
-It doesn't seem dear.
-It's not a lot, actually.
But you know I'm on a budget, a very tight budget.
-I thought you were going to say that.
-What would be your very,
I mean, is there any chance we could be nearer the 50 quid mark?
No. Um... 60?
Are we not being very cheeky by saying 55?
That's a lucky number in China.
Well, as it's heavy and I was going to have to take it home,
-yes, I'll do it for 55.
-Yes, I'll save you a fiver by...
-Well, shall we say £55?
-55, that's fine.
So, Will takes the plunge and spends £55 on the diving bellows.
When I first saw these 19th-century bellows,
I thought, Inglenook fireplace,
but it turns out that they're actually diving bellows,
basically, to pump air into the helmet.
I think I'm going to have to do some research into these pioneers
of 19th-century underwater exploration.
Our heroic hagglers now need to refuel.
While they do, let's look at the numbers.
Each of our excellent experts
arrived at the fair with £750 of their own money.
Paul Hayes has bought three items
and spent £120.
That means he's got £630 to play with.
Will Axon has matched his opponent
with three items
but spent £192,
so he's got £558 left in his kitty.
-How are you doing?
-Feels it, doesn't it?
-Well, do you know what?
I've bought some great things, actually. I'm pleased with what I bought this morning. What about you?
Yes, I think I am, I think they're growing on me.
You know, because, like I say,
this isn't my comfort zone being under cover,
but you've got to make the best of what you've got.
What I like about this fair is they've brought all the outside pitches inside...
-..and put them in a secret room. Have you found them?
-You're winding me up.
I tell you, it's full of gear you'd buy,
-you'd love it. Have you not seen it?
-Where is it? Come on!
-It's over that way.
-See you in a bit.
Mm! Paul there well and truly shaking off his nice-guy persona
as he uses every trick in the book to flummox his opponent.
Will is trying to put a brave face on things,
but it definitely feels like Mr Morcambe's got the upper hand today
and he's dealing from the top deck
when he spots an antique writing slope
and yet again chips away at the asking price.
-What are you asking for this?
Make it £50?
I've got to try. No?
-Tell you what, the best I can do is 65.
I do like it, I noticed that split across the top,
but it's coromandel and it's unusual, isn't it? Got a nice...
Make it £60 and I will buy it now.
-Go on, then.
-There you go.
All right? We'll shake on that. You see, I tried. Thank you very much.
I bought something of real quality here. I love this writing slope.
What's unusual about it is the material it's been made from.
This is called coromandel wood.
It's known in the trade as zebrawood and it's quite rare.
It was used since the 18th century into the 19th century,
very popular, very unusual, for the more discerning customer.
Open it out, it's got a beautiful fitted leather interior,
which performs as your slope,
which is used to write your letters upon
and then right in the bottom here
is a little secret compartment.
That's to keep your travelling sovereigns
and things like that, stamps, letters, you know,
all the things you don't want anyone to find. This is really ready to go.
With the writing slope, Paul has edged into the lead again.
And it seems we're seeing a new side to Mr Morecambe today
as he uses his cheeky charm to chip away at those prices,
although it doesn't always work.
-I'm going to be cheeky now, you couldn't do £60 for the pair?
-No. That's me being cheeky.
-It works for other people.
It couldn't be £100, could it?
See? This is what happens!
This is, that's exactly the reaction I get.
There we are, I've tried to be mean, to hammer the stallholder,
just like that Will does.
What happens? I get blown out, you know?
Ah, yes, it's a lot harder than it looks!
But he's not quite ready to give up
and when he spots a pair of silver bonbon dishes,
he's not taking any prisoners.
These are nice, aren't they? How much are these?
I was looking for, the pair, for 110.
-110. They are quite pretty, aren't they?
-Bonbon and that.
Was that a starting price, or is that what you're looking to get?
-Ah, isn't he a charmer!?
-110 for the pair?
But that's obviously what you charge the public, not me. THEY LAUGH
So what would be your very best price on those?
Is that any good to you?
Could they be £80?
Could they be £95?
It's getting better, you're warming up a little bit there.
-95 is your best?
-Why don't we make it 85 and we'll go halfway?
-Shall we do that?
-Yay! Thank you very much.
That's very, very nice of you, I'll have those.
Paul buys the pair of bonbon dishes for a "tres bon" £85,
so he should be feeling pretty pleased with himself, right?
I feel really bad, I was arguing over £5 with that lady for ages.
And I'm glad, I'm delighted to buy them, of course,
they're great things,
these are beautiful quality and they are a pair, nicely hallmarked,
we've got a Birmingham hallmark, 1905
and in good condition. What you've got to watch with these items,
that none of the pierced work is damaged
and that the feet haven't been broken off.
But, do you know what? For 85 quid, that was a good price.
They're still a good price at £90, I don't know why I argued, really.
I feel bad now.
Mm! So much so, a guilt-wracked Paul
buys a cup of coffee for the stall owner.
Ah, how generous!
However, the £1.50 for his drink
takes his total price for the purchase to £86.50.
Will is lagging behind in the buying stakes
but begins to catch up when he picks up...
a cow's leg?
Well, coming from Newmarket,
you hear a lot about people buying legs of horses.
I've gone and bought the leg of a cow. Do they race cows?
-Come on, Will! it's Newmarket, not moo-market.
Mm. Of course, coming from a town famous for horse racing,
Will is always on the lookout for anything with equestrian appeal,
and he thinks he's found something with a novelty corkscrew.
Now, my eye was drawn to your leg pull corkscrew.
It's rather an odd one.
It's got novelty value, exactly right.
-I know it's not antique.
But I'm reliably informed on the packaging
-that it is an antique of the future.
Which, yes, so we're thinking ahead. Um...
But your price, £22...
I mean, I was thinking more legs 11.
-What's your very best?
-15, I think.
-It's got to be worth it.
-Well, listen, I think 15 is a fair price,
-so if I may, I'll shake your hand on that. £15.
-Thank you very much. OK.
Now, I know they're not strictly an antique,
but I was really drawn to the novelty value of this corkscrew.
It is based on an antique design, make no mistake,
Victorian corkscrews, often with ladies' legs, stocking-clad,
but in this instance we have a pair of jockey's legs.
Well, Newmarket boy,
I've got to have a go at anything jockey-related, haven't I?
And I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of establishments
that would be pleased to have these behind the bar.
Odds-on, I make a profit.
And from horse racing to horsepower.
Will has found some Grand Prix posters
being sold by a French stall holder.
Are these reprints of the original?
-Yes, but that's OK.
Well, the originals would be very expensive.
And what sort of money are you selling these for today?
-What have we got?
Monaco '75, look at that, that is great, isn't it?
So, what would be your very best, best, best price on the two?
Could we say £100?
Donnez-mois le main.
-£100 for two?
-It's a deal. Now I've got to choose.
So while Will's shelled out for some modern posters,
Paul has spotted some old shell he likes the look of
in the form of a mother-of-pearl pocket case.
-Lovely. That needs a bit of repair, I thought you might have repaired this. Have you had a go?
A bit of the old Gorilla glue in there would probably do it.
-You've got 28 on it, how much can you do that for?
Right, I'm going to try something, please don't be offended,
-can it be a tenner?
You know what? I think that's a fair price, that's all right.
-Can I have it for £20?
-All right, let's shake on that.
Thank you very much. Here we are.
One last bit of cheeky haggling
and Paul knocks off £8 from the asking price
and pays just £20 for the item.
Well, I must admit the Victorian era must have been the most elegant.
A gentleman would've had this wonderful calling card case,
it's all in mother-of-pearl, beautifully decorated
and the sole purpose of it was
to take it from your pocket and take out your calling card
to give to the butler when you arrived at somebody's house.
Fantastic thing to have. £20, I think, is a good price.
That's reflected, the fact that it has a bit of damage around the top.
I think with a bit of restoration, bit of TLC, that's £60, £70 easily.
All right? A nice calling card, and you know what?
If you're going to up-cycle, put your credit cards in it.
And Paul's calling card holder calls an end to this buying battle.
It's been a wild whirlwind so far
and they haven't even started selling yet,
so just how much have they spent?
Both our experts arrived at the antiques fair
with a budget of £750.
Paul Hayes haggled hard for his six purchases, spending £286.50.
Will Axon was out of his comfort zone,
so his six buys cost him £337.
They both like what they've bought,
but what about each other's?
-There you are. Did you enjoy yourself today?
-I really did, actually.
I was a bit out of my comfort zone being indoors,
but everyone was very friendly
and I think I managed to squeeze a few unusual lots out of them.
You know what? I think I was in my prime here today.
-I loved it, it was great rummaging around, at an antiques fair, that's what I do best.
There's one thing, I know you're a bit of a leg man, Will, but what is that?
Well, I was hoping I was investing in a leg of a horse,
-but unfortunately it turns out it's a cow.
-I don't think that's something I would've bought.
-Well, that's kind of you to say so.
-Good luck. I did see these.
Right, you saw those, and why didn't you buy these?
I don't know, I haven't got anybody that has an Inglenook fireplace...
Well, that's the way I see them but apparently they're diver's bellows.
-Keep you alive.
-See, I knew that all along.
-Yeah, of course, exactly.
And you say traditional, I think I'd go with that,
-got your coromandel writing slope...
..very traditional with your, what, bonbon dishes? Sweetmeats? That sort of thing?
Silver bonbon dishes, yes, and Doulton figure,
this is like going back to the business 20 years ago.
Well, listen, we need people like you to help revive these pieces.
-Bring them back to the fore of fashion.
-That's it. One thing I loved, do you like the saxophone?
I love the saxophone, I used to play the saxophone.
I know, you can just do everything! WILL LAUGHS
-Can you honestly play that?
-Well, I can play one tune badly.
-Oh, come on!
At the moment, it's an inanimate object, I had a go, but I didn't make much...
Let's see if I can't make a few quid. Get your,
-I've forgotten how....
-There must be something.
WILL PLAYS JAZZ MUSIC
Do you know what? You're just good at everything, you.
Now, these two tussling towers of purchasing power
must switch their dials from buy to sell.
As the name of the game
is to shift their carefully considered collection
by whatever means necessary,
hoping to stack up a total profit that will make them the victor!
But before they return to the conflict zone,
our selling soldiers retreat to base camp
to assess their wares. And over in Morcambe,
how is Mr Hayes feeling about the battle ahead?
I'm quite pleased with what I bought, actually.
Most of the items seemed to start me at £20,
which is a complete bargain, really.
So I've got a nice old black slate clock,
I've got a Royal Doulton figurine and this beautiful card case,
which I've actually repaired, this was broken here.
Look at that. You see? Bit of glue I found lying around in a drawer.
The rest of the items were a bit more expensive.
I've had one snag -
the Doulton figure is actually quite a common one.
Most of these figures tend to be collected for the rarer examples.
So I might struggle with that one slightly,
but the saxophone has to be the best buy, I think that's fantastic, that's ready to go.
I'm dying to hear it played well.
I know Will can play it. What a swine, didn't realise he had that talent.
I must admit, the only genuine antique items really here has to be
this beautiful coromandel box which dates from the 19th century
and these early 20th-century solid silver dishes.
These are more traditional, you'd think that would be easier to sell.
But if anything, they've gone off the boil slightly,
so it's not all plain sailing, this one.
There are undoubtedly some stormy waters ahead,
so how does Will feel about his chances
of weathering a perfect storm?
Well, here I am, back at home with the items I bought, more or less dried out.
The one that posed me the most conundrum on the day was the bellows.
Were they for divers, were they for a smoke helmet?
I've done a little bit of research,
they are actually fire helmet bellows.
They were used to pump air into the helmets of firefighters
who were entering smoke-filled houses.
Apparently back in Victorian times,
even then they were mechanically-driven,
so these foot bellows are in fact for that.
The corkscrew, well, they were just a bit of fun, not expensive,
I tried to pay legs 11 for them but got pushed up a little bit.
The gold vase, a piece of classic Scandinavian glass,
designed for Holmegaard, of course.
I'm hoping that might appeal to, perhaps, a younger dealer.
And down in the front here, the nine carat gold Sampson Mordan toothpick.
I loved that piece when I saw it, my most expensive buy,
but I had to go for it, the quality just shone through on that.
And my cow's, er, mounted leg bones,
well, I'm not really sure why I bought this.
Perhaps it appealed to my macabre sense of humour.
I'm hoping there's a butcher out there
who would love it in his window
or perhaps someone who's at vet school
might like it as a desk piece.
And then I come to the posters.
Well, I loved these as well, good, strong images,
so I think these are good value for someone who is either
perhaps involved in car racing itself, or is a bit of a petrol head
and would love to have those hanging in his garage.
And talking of petrol heads,
it's time for both our experts to rev up their engines
and get this selling race underway.
They now begin the arduous task of searching the land
for the perfect buyer for each item they've acquired,
both understanding that no deal is sealed
until the shake of a hand and the exchange of cash.
And first to tune in on a potential profit is Paul,
as he travels to Wallasey near Liverpool
with a mind to selling his saxophone
to Brian "Saxophone" Jones,
who plays with a Merseybeat group, The Undertakers, on saxophone,
and teaches music -
specifically, the saxophone(!)
Is that something that you encourage, then,
-kids to get involved with music and playing the saxophone?
-And do you think you can bring it to life, then?
-Well, I hope so.
That depends if there's any leaks on it, you know. It could be...
There could be leaks on it, or there could be, you know...
It looks like it's been unplayed.
-It's probably sat in its box since it's been bought.
How old do you reckon it is?
It's not that old, really.
I'd say in the last five years, probably.
Really? So, it's that new?
It is that new, yeah.
Right, go on, then.
HE PLAYS JAZZ
Is it something that you can use for one of your students,
-or for something that you can pass on...?
-Yeah, I think I could use that, yeah.
It's in mint condition, looks like it's never been used.
Yeah, no, it hasn't. It's very good.
If I was to ask you, say 150,
am I being cheeky or...?
I'd probably offer you £100 for it.
You couldn't see, sort of, 120 in it?
I'll throw the case in and...
-Well, they come with cases anyway.
-And it is delivered!
It has been delivered, hasn't it?
Yeah, yeah. Erm, 120...
-OK, all right, then.
-Shall we do that?
Well, I think it's been worth it to hear you play it
and to bring it alive, and I'm sure you'll have great use for it.
-Shall we shake on that?
-Yes, certainly, yeah.
-Thank you, Brian.
-That's all right, it's OK.
Can you play Bubbles In The Bathtub by Ivor Windy-Bottom?
-No? THEY LAUGH
So, Paul kicks off his selling
with a melodious profit
of £40 for the saxophone.
But this isn't a one-horse race
and our other jockey also has plans
to get his selling underway.
Well, here I am at The Jockey Club Rooms,
home not only to The Jockey Club,
but also an exclusive members-only club.
And I'm here to try and sell them this.
Wish me luck.
Yes, he'll certainly need it,
since he's planning on selling his novelty corkscrew
at the prestigious Jockey Club Rooms,
which houses one of the finest collections
of equestrian artwork in the world.
He's meeting Alan Medlock, the Head Steward.
Do you want me to reveal to you what treasure I've brought along today?
Oh, I'm sort of standing here in trepidation...
Listen, what drew me to this, before I show you,
is the novelty factor.
That's another worrying term.
It's no rare antique,
but I just thought it was a bit of fun.
What have we got? The Leg Pull...
BOTH: "The corkscrew with character."
For us to put this on display,
you may have to donate it and pay a site visit fee as well.
But, erm, it's very kind of you to show it to us.
I dread to think what the Senior Steward would say,
-if we showed it to him.
-I'm not getting good vibes here.
I mean, would it help to tell you that it's not very expensive at all?
It would have to be less than very expensive. Erm...
What sort of figure are you looking at?
I'm prepared to take a small profit
and sell that to you for 20 quid.
If I bought it for £20...
-..I would buy it personally and donate it to the club,
rather than it save you the embarrassment
of having to put your name to it.
But then again, it's quite all right with me.
Will gallops off with a modest £5 profit on the corkscrew
and makes it one-all.
But he'll need to do better if he wants to win this race.
Paul's back in Morecambe and heading to specialist dealer John,
with his Belgian slate clock underarm.
It stands him at £20.
What was the idea behind these clocks, then?
When do they sort of date from?
-Right, well, really, they're Victorian.
And when Albert died,
-the fashion became black.
She wore black,
-everybody wore black.
They started making black clocks.
-And this is where they're from.
So, a lot of people call them mourning clocks...
-Oh, right, OK.
-..because of Albert.
Well, I was very pleased with this one...
It comes with a key and it is working.
A lot of the time when you see these things, they need some restoration.
-I think you're trying to sell me this clock.
-Well, I am, yes.
I mean, is it a case of bringing snow to the Eskimos,
or is this something that you could genuinely think you could use?
Oh, no, we... I'm sure we could sell it IF the price is right.
-Well, there we are.
-And, as I say,
I've never bought anything from you that we haven't succeeded with.
-But there's always a first time...
There's always a first time. Well, you know how I work.
I mean, if I was to ask you £45 for that,
does that sound about right or does that sound cheap?
-We can shake hands on that, Paul.
Hm, sounds like he could have gone in a bit higher there,
but the sale earns him a respectable profit of £25.
Ah, so there we are, that lovely old Victorian slate clock,
that was fully working, was a great selling item,
and I made myself £25.
That's one in the eye for you there, Will.
Paul is on a selling spree
and he's wasting no time either,
going on to sell his writing slope to Jane from Carnforth,
adding a further £15 to the pot.
So, Will needs to get a move on.
His next sale has led him to Runfold,
where he's located antiques shop owner Hilary,
who he's hoping will help him pick out a profit
with the Sampson and Mordan toothpick that cost him £105.
-Well, this is actually for the gentleman who has everything.
This is not the original box...
-Oh, that's lovely, isn't it?
-But look at that.
-Little Sampson Mordan gold toothpick.
-Isn't that sweet?
-Pick it up, have a feel.
-Love the little bloodstone inset finial there...
-That's very nice.
-..which I think just lifts it.
The chaste decoration as well.
-Of its type, it's a very nice one.
-Does it push up?
it pushes up on the collar there.
-Oh, yeah, push up like...
-Similar to the...
-Like a pencil.
Exactly right. Exactly right,
which they are also known for making.
I would like to be able to ask you for £200 for this toothpick...
-..and I think that leaves a little bit in it for you.
I'm thinking more like... 140?
HE PUFFS Or is that...?
140, it's a fair bid.
-It's a fair bid. 140...
I was looking at 2... Well, look, I think maybe if we could settle on
I mean, I'll come down 10% on my...
I think that's still too high.
I'll come down
You wouldn't do 150?
I can see where this is going.
Let's have a deal at 160
-and I'll be glad that it's with you, amongst friends.
Will makes £55 on the toothpick
and he's so bolstered up by the sale,
that he swings straight into another.
Will has targeted Wimbledon dealer Mark,
who specialises in late 20th-century designer objects.
The vase cost him £32 at Goodwood.
What a great space you've got here.
I love the way the sort of whole industrial warehouse space
-works so well with your stock.
-It's fabulous, isn't it? Yes.
And look what you've got out for me, your very own Gulvase.
Yes, surprise, surprise.
This is the 30cm version.
OK, well, I've got the smaller brother, haven't I?
They come in five different sizes,
the largest being 50cm...
-Oh, that'd be a nice piece.
I've only had one before, but they're quite rare, actually.
-Very rare but very desirable.
-More of a sort of substantial statement?
-Very much so.
But on the other hand, I quite like the sort of understated elegance
-of the smaller ones.
-Yes, they're beautiful, aren't they?
-There's, erm... They come in five different colours.
Basically, the brown, clear, blue, green and olive,
this being the olive, yours being the brown.
Well, listen, I think they look rather smart together like that,
don't they? I'm thinking around the sort of £60 mark.
OK, I was thinking probably around the £40 mark?
40 and 60,
-can we meet maybe in the middle and shake on 50?
-Sounds good, Will.
-It's a nice round number.
-Mark, it's been great fun, excellent.
So, Will makes a profit of £18 on the vase,
which brings us to the halfway point.
So, let's take a moment to consider the scores on the board.
Paul has sold a solid three items
and totalled a profit of £80 so far.
Will has matched Paul sale for sale
and also done three deals,
and has made £78.
With the selling shenanigans now in full swing,
the scores couldn't be any closer.
Paul is only £2 ahead,
but he's hoping to increase that lead
as he arrives in Southend-on-Sea
in search of his next profit.
Do you remember these bonbon dishes,
which date from the turn of the century?
Well, I've brought them to an antique sweet shop
and I'll hopefully get a bit of information
about what type of sweets would have been in here,
and see if they want them for their collection.
You never know.
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So, here we are, Kayleigh, these dishes date from about 1900,
-they're solid silver...
..and they would have belonged to somebody quite wealthy at the time.
-But what type of sweets would have gone in these, at the time?
I would say,
the popular ones in that era were pear drops.
They're very popular. Yeah, they've always been popular, those.
-And then a lot of wrapped ones,
acid drops, cough candy, winter mixture,
they're all ones that are still made now to the same recipe.
OK. And would they have been traditional boiled sweets?
-Would that be the type that went in them?
So, yeah, like the rhubarb and custard, it wouldn't have been...
-Very rarely to have chocolate.
-Are they the sort...
I can see these wouldn't be something that you'd sell here,
but would these be something you might be interested in purchasing?
-They are... They would be nice for home.
And would that be full of sweets or as they would be?
-Full of sweets, obviously, yeah.
-Full of sweets. OK, well,
if I said £120 full of sweets...
-..and I'll pay for the sweets, how does that sound?
-Is that all right?
-Shall we do that?
Yes, Paul fills his dishes with sweets and gets a delicious
profit of just over £31
for the bonbon dishes.
Will isn't going to take that lying down.
No, he's taken his bellows
and he's hoping a FELLOW
will help him say HELLO to a profit,
if he can SELL-O them...
Well, here I am at The Cross Keys pub in Chatteris
and I'm here to see Rich.
He's a man with a pub and a man with a fireplace,
so I reckon he's an ideal customer...
-..for my smoke bellows.
OK, what is it?
Well, when I saw them,
I originally thought they might have been diver's bellows, you know,
to pump the air down into the old diving bell or the helmet
-that a diver...?
I've contacted a man who's a specialist in vintage diving
equipment and he tells me that actually,
even Victorian diving bellows were mechanical.
-So, this, he's told me,
is probably more likely to be for the fire service,
pumping air into the helmets
as they enter smoke-filled buildings.
-They're good, though, aren't they?
OK, so what are you actually... How much are you looking for?
Cos I have got no idea what they're worth.
Well, I reckon they should be worth about 100 quid.
Your silence speaks volumes, Rich.
-Well, I've done a little bit of buying and selling...
Yeah, I know you have, yeah.
-I start at 50.
Well, I know how this game works.
How about I come back...
How do you want to do it, 10s or 20s?
What about I say...
Well, if I say 80,
what are you going to say?
I'm going to say 60.
Oh, you're a tough man.
So, that puts me at £70?
-£70. That's a result.
Oh, that was a tough haggle!
Will makes just £15 on the Victorian bellows.
Well, I was hoping for a little bit more on those bellows,
but Rich is a canny buyer.
I'm sure he had the heating turned up in there.
I got all hot, flustered and bothered. Oh, well.
A deal's a deal, onto the next one.
And next, Will hops back to Newmarket with his cow's leg,
which he's hoping will give him a leg up
after receiving a little bit of TLU,
that's Tender Loving Upcycling.
Well, my creative juices have been flowing
and I have created what can only be called
an item of beauty.
Yes, I've turned it into a lamp!
Clever thinking from Will.
The leg cost £30
and conversion and safety testing adds another 30,
standing him at £60.
He's meeting Patrick, the owner of the shop.
Well, Will, I have to say,
it certainly is a unique creation(!)
It's very nice, I do like it.
Might be something that appeals to, erm...
-Various buyers. I mean, I've got maybe vets in mind...
I've got maybe some landlords in mind
-who like quirky taxidermy ideas.
I reckon that this is the only one in the world.
-Is it really?
-Well, if you think about it,
-there can only be three others.
THEY LAUGH That's true. Very true,
Yeah, I can see... I mean, I've traded myself in, you know,
-riding boots that have been turned into lamps...
-..so I know there's a buzz for this kind of unique lamp.
I guess it comes down to, as always, Will,
what are you after for it?
I'm looking, for this lamp, and I think a fair price would be, what...
100 quid? Something like that? £100 for a one-off piece.
You know, I'm a man who doesn't always go for the first price,
so I'm going to maybe beat you down a little bit, Will,
punch you down and say £70.
-Well, I know...
You know, I understand where you're coming from.
Well, listen, I'm going to be even meaner and say 90.
Oh! Well, look,
let's just do the classic and meet in the middle,
call it £80 and you've got yourself a deal.
Come on, Axeman!
I'll make it £80
if we can bump and wave.
BOTH: Bump and wave!
Yes, I'm not sure that'll catch on.
Anyway, Will adds another £20 to his profit sheet
and has just one item left to sell.
Paul, however, has two,
but he's hit a bump in the road
after discovering that his Doulton figurine
isn't worth as much as he hoped.
If I didn't have that one,
I might buy it, I suppose. But...
-Yeah, you've already got one like this?
-We've already got one.
But he manages to recover his costs
when he sells it to Margaret from Carnforth
for the same price that he paid for it.
So, at least it's not a loss.
Now, his last item is the calling card holder.
With the clock ticking, Paul teleports back to a time
when no gentleman would be seen without one.
He's in Bolton-by-Bowery to meet Richie,
who runs a Victorian carriage business. Yes.
So, Richie, how old is the carriage?
-It used to belong to German royalty at one time...
-Yes, it did, yes.
And what's the purpose, then? Is it like a classic vehicle
that you just enjoy, or have you turned it into a business?
-What do you do with it?
-No, it's a Victoria carriage...
-Where ladies in the olden days had very big dresses...
And, you know, we do weddings
and they can get in with the big dresses, of course.
Well, there is a reason why I'm here.
In the Victorian times, if you were advertising your business,
you would need a calling card case.
-Have you seen one of these before?
-No, I haven't.
Ah, this is a beautiful thing. It dates exactly about the same time,
so late 19th century.
And the idea is, in here would be your calling cards,
and you would make your announcement.
-Isn't that a beautiful thing?
-Very nice thing.
I mean, if I was to say £30, would that be...?
-No, no, I wouldn't give that.
-You wouldn't(!) 20...
No, no, 20 would be...
-OK, that would be the maximum...?
Do you know what? If it's genuinely something you would like,
-I would accept your £20. Does that sound...?
-That sounds OK.
Paul seems to be stuck in a temporal loop,
selling the card holder for the same price
that he bought it for, again!
And with that, his time travelling
and selling adventure is over.
Will still has his last item to sell,
the Grand Prix posters, which he's taken to Suffolk-based
father and son racing enthusiasts,
Martin and Tim.
The posters cost him £100,
so will they give him the last-minute fuel injection
that will let him pip his opponent at the winning post?
-Now, what do you think of that one?
-I think they're gorgeous.
-They're good, aren't they?
-And it's, by the look of it,
an authentic reproduction of the actual one.
Exactly, because the originals of these are thousands of pounds.
-Yes, I've seen them change hands.
But who knows from a distance, once they're on the wall, eh?
Well, exactly. But I'll show you the other one as well,
-which I liked...
..because I thought it was different enough...
A lovely bit of Art Deco.
Exactly, look at that, 1931...
-Bugatti type of things there, yeah.
-What are they? Sort of Bugatti...?
Well, that must be very close to the first race there,
-I would have thought.
-Well, listen, you like all things vintage...
..you like all things racing,
and I think my two posters tick both boxes.
I'm looking at £100 each for them.
-£200 for the two, sir.
I don't know whether I like them that much.
Will wants to double his money
and secure a win in this competition,
but will Tim and Martin go for it?
You'll have to wait and see,
as it's almost time for the chequered flag.
But before we find out which of our battling barterers
has won today,
let's remind ourselves of how much they spent.
Both our brave boys had a budget of £750
to spend at the antiques fair.
Paul Hayes picked up his six purchases
and spent £286.50.
Will matched Paul's six buys,
but spent a total £337 on his items.
But the winner is the person
who makes the most profit.
All of the money that Paul and Will 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.
-How are you? I'm all right, thank you.
-The antiques fair, wasn't that great?
-at Goodwood and not a horse in sight.
-But there was a cow, or at least part of a cow.
-Remember my cow's leg?
-Yeah, what happened with that?
-I got creative and turned it into a lamp.
-Right. Did you MOO-ve it on?
Oh, that's a shocker.
-Oh, there we go.
-You've done that already.
-Touche. What about you? Your highlight?
-I met Brian "Saxophone" Jones.
-A real gent.
He told me all about it as well.
Wonderful, yeah, I really enjoyed that. And I made a profit as well.
Excellent. Well, I don't think I made a loss,
so I'm hoping that this might well be in the black today.
Well, do you know what, I don't think I made a loss.
-But let's see how we got on.
-Come on, then.
-It could be close, this one, mate.
-One, two, three?
OK, one, two, three.
-Hey! Well done!
I've got another three legs off a cow.
-Do you want to do something with that?
-Yeah, I've got an idea...
Yes, Will leaves his opponent for dust
after selling the racing posters for the biggest profit of the day.
-Go on, then, Will.
-Put it there.
-We've got a deal.
He sells them for an impressive £180,
making £80 profit.
Which means he gets the grand prize
of calling himself today's winner!
Well, it was a wet day at Goodwood but after a win,
it's all sunshine and smiles with the Axeman.
Well, do you know what,
I thought I'd done really well at the antiques market.
I made some great profit but just pipped at the post there by Will.
Well done, Will.
But tomorrow, it's the grand finale, as our boys must muster
the energy to go at it one more time in the ultimate challenge,
Storms descend as experts Paul Hayes and Will Axon go to battle at an antiques fair in West Sussex.
There is a tricky start for Will, as torrential rain closes his usual outdoor stomping ground. Paul has mixed results when he decides to haggle hard for a bargain.