Katherine Higgins v Phil Serrell - UK Antiques Fair Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


Katherine Higgins v Phil Serrell - UK Antiques Fair

Antiques challenge. It's a trip to Donington for Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell, as they are challenged to spend £750 of their own money on antiques and make a profit.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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

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against each other in an all-round battle for profits...

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That could present a problem for Harry.

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..giving you the insider's view of the trade.

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HE LAUGHS

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HE GROWLS

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Each week, a pair of duelling dealers will face a different

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daily challenge...

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I've got a heavy profit here.

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..putting their reputations on the line...

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I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.

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FANFARE TRUMPETS

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..and giving you their top tips and savvy secrets...

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Let's make hay while that sun shines.

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

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Get in there.

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Today, the saleroom supremo, Phil Serrell, goes into battle

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against the red queen of the antiques scene, Katherine Higgins.

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Coming up... Katherine risks detention...

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I think those words were on my school report at one point. "Distracted.

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-"Easily distracted," they said.

-Phil gets hot under the collar...

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I can see somebody buying that... Well, to...hang their...

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-And there's some risque selling ahead.

-You're missing out, Phil.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all.

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There's a heady mix of competition and petrol in the air today,

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as our duo prepare to go hell for leather

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around an antiques fair at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

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They'll be racing to hunt down the best trinkets and treasures,

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which they will then try and turn into oodles of lovely profits.

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# Life in the fast lane... #

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Up first, it's a finely-tuned motor from Malvern,

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a man who lives life in the antiques fast lane

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and can track down a potential profit from 50 paces.

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It's Phil "The Fox" Serrell.

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And the interesting thing here, you see, is I haven't got a clue.

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His rival today is a fiery redhead who doesn't plan

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on making any pit stops.

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She's the darling doyenne of the vintage scene,

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and keeps her pedal to the metal in the pursuit of victory.

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It's Katherine "The Great" Higgins.

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It really pays off making notes. I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.

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They each have £750 of their own money to spend, and they'd better

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be quick, as this antiques fair

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waves its chequered flag at lunchtime.

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So start your engines, Phil Serrell and Katherine Higgins,

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it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

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-Hello, lovely. How are you?

-Ooh. On a cold and frosty morning...

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-Absolutely. Are you a Donington virgin?

-I am, indeed.

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I've never been on a motorbike.

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I've been to car race meetings here, and in the past,

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I've been to an antique fair but not this one.

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So this is high-end, isn't it? How much money have we got?

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-We've got £750 to spend.

-How much are you going to spend?

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-I might try and spend £50 of it.

-What, a whole 50?

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This is an opportunity for you

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-cos you've got to spend some money here.

-I'm feeling comfortable.

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I'm feeling like it's going to be a notch up from where we've been.

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It's kind of, you know, a calm, cool and collected approach.

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-Calm? Cool? We're on the start line.

-The calm before the storm.

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-It's about cars, girl. Come on.

-You're a petrolhead.

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Well, there's no time to waste as the crowds are gathering.

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The fair starts at 9am sharp

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but the stalls have been setting up since half seven.

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Both our super-charged buying machines need to head inside

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and rev their engines.

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They really are up for it, these boys.

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And they're off. The doors to the fair are thrown open

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and it's every man, woman and dealer for themselves.

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Time for our treasure-hunters to unveil their expert plans of attack.

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If you want to be successful at a fair like this,

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you've got to have a really good plan.

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And I don't. And that will tell you something.

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Hmm. Right then. Winging it, are we, Phil?

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I mean, I don't, I just sort of wander round, really.

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I'm in a complete world of my own.

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Right, maybe our vixen of the vintage will have a more

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concrete strategy, or even a strategy, at that.

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I think the way to make sense of all this is to take a notebook,

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and a bit like your shopping list, write down things that you like,

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and then you'll remember where they are and you'll be able

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to go back to them if you're not going to buy them immediately.

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And I'm just making little notes in my little, green book.

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Wow, that's a novel approach from our rummaging redhead.

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And who doesn't love a good shopping list?

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I'm sort of thinking I should be stopping, looking at things

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so I'm going to stop and look at something.

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-All very sparkly over here, isn't it?

-Yes.

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This is pretty, isn't it? You've just got to go through each of the boxes.

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I could be here for days.

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Hmm. This is all very thorough,

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but is window-shopping really the way forward?

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I'm just going to basically look in detail at everything,

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and eventually, in about six hours, I might commit to buying one thing.

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Actually, I've just been told it finishes around midday

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so I've not got very much time. I'd better get started.

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Yes. More buy, less browse, maybe.

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On the other side of the market,

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-the fox has stumbled upon his first potential treasure.

-They're lovely.

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-How much are they?

-Um, about 85.

-How much?

-85.

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Go on, mate. 50 quid.

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-Split the difference. 55 and they're yours.

-Can I toss you for it?

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Yeah, toss me for it.

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Heads, it's 55.

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You ready for this?

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Get in! Tails. Ka-ching.

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Oh, he's a wily one

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and at £50 that's buy one in the back of the net for striker Serrell.

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I would think these are probably... '50s.

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Might be a little bit earlier.

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But what's interesting about them, there's no nylon or aluminium studs.

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These are leather studs that you had to nail into the sole.

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This is retro or vintage at its best and the place for these,

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I think, is in a really cool, retro or vintage clothing shop window.

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Look at those.

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So, the fox is dabbling with a spot of retro vintage,

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treading on Katherine's territory it seems.

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Speaking of which, where is our browsing beauty?

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Just perusing. I'm just looking.

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I don't think this is the sort of place that you have to buy immediately.

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I reckon that if I see something and go back to it, it'll still be there.

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You're going to watch it for me anyway, aren't you?

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So it's going to be fine.

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Yes, just don't forget the lunchtime deadline.

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Across the market, the fox is already on the prowl

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for his second potential profit - an unusual, metal funnel.

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-Excuse me, how much is that, please?

-45 if that's any good for you?

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-OK. I'll have a think about it and might come back in a minute.

-No worries.

-If it's here.

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Mm... The mystery object has cause hesitation from Mr Serrell.

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Maybe the browsing bug is catching.

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A few stalls away, it seems something has finally caught

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the eye of our mistress of Miscellania.

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Perfect. This is exactly what I like doing.

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I feel this need to reunite these images with the setting

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which is depicted in the etching.

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Oh, that's really nice, they're signed by the artist. 1949.

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What I'm looking at here are two etchings of local pubs.

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What I'd love to do is take a trip to the Hatchet Inn

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and to the George Inn, and give them back a piece of their heritage.

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-Hiya.

-Hello. Are these yours?

-Yeah, they are. £10 for both.

-Ooh.

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-£8 and you can have them.

-Can I? OK, £8 is good.

-That all right?

-Yeah.

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-Can I shake on that?

-Yeah.

-Last of the big spenders here.

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Yes, she's off the starting grid at last.

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And it appears the fox's ears have pricked up at the sound of a sale.

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-Did you spend money?

-Do you know what?

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He wouldn't give them to me for free but I've spent £8.

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-Yes.

-Cheapskate.

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I am the last of the big spenders, after all.

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Well, she may be frugal but, at the end of the day,

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it all comes down to the big P - profit.

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Having finished heckling the opposition,

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the fox scampers back over to try and back that metal funnel.

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-What did you say your best was?

-45.

-40 is not going to buy it?

-No.

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-There was a bit of doubt there.

-Well...

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-There was!

-..it kind of owes me that much money.

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-If you want to sell it, 40 quid is yours.

-Go on, then. 40 quid.

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And there's Phil's happy face.

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What am I going to do with it?

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-Well, wax lyrically in front of the camera.

-Mm, I'm sure he will.

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But what is it?

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It's a 1950s speaker.

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There is no self-respecting garden show or local church fete

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that wouldn't have had one of these

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on the top of the organiser's roof in about 1955.

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I bet you're sitting at home thinking,

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"What on earth has he bought that for?" You know what?

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You can make this into a garden feature,

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you can make it into a light,

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you could put a speaker in there for your latest smartphone.

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This has everything going for it.

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So Phil's £40 funnel puts him in the lead

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with two buys to Katherine's one.

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But our foraging fashionista is on the hunt for some vintage chic.

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This is one of those things that you have to look at in detail

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and admire very fondly because smocking,

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which this little child's dress is made from,

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is incredibly difficult to do. A very nice, little dress.

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I'm not sure it's definitely worth buying at the moment but, bizarrely,

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I'm moving from the period to the more contemporary.

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I'm very interested in that.

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I think that is de rigueur for anyone who enjoys

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a bit of burlesque in their life.

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I'm in a bit of a dilemma as to which to go for,

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whether to go for the child's dress

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or to go for the sensational burlesque outfit.

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What would you like to see?

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-Well, as you ask...

-OK, it's burlesque, isn't it?

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-What do you want for it?

-Well, it's emu, I'm told. Um...25.

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-I'm just wondering if I could have it any less?

-I'd do 20.

-OK. £20.

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-Thank you. Ta.

-Thank you very much.

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We're going to watch that shimmy fairly soon.

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Ooh, risque. That's purchase number two for the great one.

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And talking of risque...

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Often, you go to these stands and you pick things up,

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and you just don't know what they're for.

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# Strike a pose... #

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Is our foxy having a Madonna moment? He's taking quite a shine to it.

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-What's the best you can do that for?

-15 quid.

-15? 1-5?

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Oh, done. I've got to have that, haven't I? 15 quid.

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What a gentleman. Thank you very much, indeed.

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So our speedy spender is now the proud owner of... Um... What is it?

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I've always been mesmerised by a lovely pair...of Art-Deco

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shop display stands. I'm not sure they're Art-Deco.

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I think they're more likely to be '60s,

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and I think, at some point or other,

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they've had a banner sign across there that may have been

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the make of the bra that they were trying to sell.

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I just think it's a cool, fun thing, this.

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I can see someone buying that, well to...

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hang their...

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Don't get your knickers in a twist, Phil.

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The word you're looking for is bra.

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Now, whilst Phil's getting in touch with his feminine side,

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Katherine's bagged herself an interesting weather vane.

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I've just bought this. The seller was a little bit camera-shy.

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It really caught my eye because, as a child, I grew up watching

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many a bowling match in Guilford, which was my hometown.

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It's an iron weather vane that's actually enamelled over the top.

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20th-century. The enamelling has deteriorated a little bit.

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Originally, the asking price was £40 and we ended up on £30.

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So for a piece of rural history and sporting history and,

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quintessentially, British history, that's not a bad price.

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Well, she may have taken her time at the start

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but with that buy under her belt, Katherine has gained ground

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and is hounding her rival with three buys each.

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But what about that kitty?

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They each arrived with £750 of their own money.

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Phil has spent £105 on his three deals,

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leaving himself a chunky £645 to play with.

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But a thrifty Katherine has kept a tight grip on the purse strings,

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spending just £58 on her three items,

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so she has a whopping £692 left to spend.

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But before their buying bonanza continues,

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it's time for a quick pit stop.

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How are you, lovely? Are you all right?

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-Well, I think I've done three stalls by now.

-One question.

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-OK.

-How much have you spent?

-I've spent definitely under £100.

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-Possibly under 50.

-You see, the budget for today is £750, not £75.

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Yeah, but it's what you buy. It's the quality that you buy.

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-Now, what have you bought that's fascinating?

-Quality.

-Really?

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I bought a couple of things I think you might just like.

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-You've strayed into my territory?

-I have. Just...

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I'm perplexed.

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Yes. Foxy knows how to ruffle the great one's feathers.

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And it seems her thrifty spending is playing on her mind

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as she ponders on what her opponent has been buying.

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Well, Phil sounded like he's bought some interesting things

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because he's crossed the boundaries. He's coming to my territory.

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I haven't bought anything boysie. I'm not quite sure whether

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I should be straying into his territory, actually.

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The fox has bowled her a curveball

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and our great lady seems all of a dither.

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Generally, I'd say I get quite sidetracked.

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Ooh.

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I think those words were on my school report at one point.

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"Distracted. Easily distracted," they said.

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Yep. Here I am, easily distracted.

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Surely Katherine hasn't lost her focus!

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That's a possibility.

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That's a possibility. That is a possibility.

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Um... Right. OK.

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Just hang on there with me. I will buy something soon.

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You've just got to wait. Be patient.

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Yes, we've got all the time in the world.

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Or not.

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At least her opponent's going full steam ahead to find buy number four,

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a pair of railway spotter's guidebooks.

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Are they complete?

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-Could you hold on to those, just for five minutes for me, please?

-Sure, yeah.

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The More Than Maestro has a plan up his sleeve.

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He's straight on the phone.

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Richard, it's Philip Serrell. I got it in my mind, somewhere,

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that you were a bit of a railway buff.

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Lining up a buyer before he's even bought them.

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A super-sly move from the fox.

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How much have you got them priced up at?

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-12.

-And what can you do them for?

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-I can do them for a fiver.

-A fiver? What a gentleman.

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What an absolute gentleman. Get my money out quick.

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Well, he didn't hang around and that's Phil's fourth buy

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done and dusted for just a fiver.

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Railway memorabilia is a big area of collectability

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and the earlier the better.

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Now, these are 70 years old, really evocative of their period.

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I can only think of Agatha Christie but, you know, these, I suppose,

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were originally train spotter's pocket handbooks.

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Aren't they great things?

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I bought them for £5 and I've got a feeling,

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when I come to sell these,

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it might just take me on a bit of a journey.

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AGATHA CHRISTIE'S TV THEME PLAYS

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Aah, he's thinking steam trains, Agatha Christie...

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You can just see Phil as Poirot.

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But it seems with that £5 buy in the bag,

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Phil is channelling someone far more frugal.

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Albert Steptoe?

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Excuse me, sir, how much are these? How much is that?

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-280.

-No, I haven't got anything like that.

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How much is that, please?

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Could it be any less than a fiver?

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How much are those? 250? I can give you £2 for them.

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How much is your poster, please?

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HE GASPS

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Skimping Serrell. Who'd have thought it?

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And nearby, the queen of cheap, herself,

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has just netted a £5 buy too.

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I've just bought these lovely, linen and cotton tablecloths and napkins.

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I'm thinking I'm ready for a cup of tea with these, really.

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They are really lovely pieces of craftsmanship, for one thing.

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Complicated cross-stitch coupled with pulled thread detailing

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and they're also a nice piece of social history.

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There's one that I've got here,

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which has actually got the name of the people that owned it

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and I think they will go to somebody who appreciates vintage

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as much as I do.

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So, our determined duo are neck and neck again

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with four buys each.

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But this morning's market is already beginning to pack up,

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so the race is on to find the final treasures.

0:17:090:17:11

Everybody else here's rushing round

0:17:110:17:14

and I just seem to be meandering gently.

0:17:140:17:18

Gosh, he's so laidback he's horizontal.

0:17:180:17:21

With the clock ticking, Katherine the great decides to hunt down

0:17:210:17:24

her earlier shopping list spots but there's a problem.

0:17:240:17:28

The only downside is, I didn't put down where I saw everything

0:17:280:17:31

so I'm slightly... It's not terribly helpful.

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But hey-ho, you know?

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It's quietening down and nobody's started to pack up yet.

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Or have they?

0:17:400:17:42

Yes, they have, Miss Higgins. It seems there's a flaw in your plan.

0:17:420:17:46

However, the man with no plan seems to be sauntering

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towards his final buy of the day and they've got a hefty price tag.

0:17:490:17:54

We have got a set of Edwardian bowls. Basically four pairs.

0:17:540:18:00

I've got a one-off deal. One-off offer. I've got 80 quid.

0:18:000:18:03

-That's me finished.

-Yeah, go on. That'll work.

0:18:030:18:06

OK, good man. Thank you very much.

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So, Phil uses his foxy wiles to secure a quick end-of-fair discount.

0:18:080:18:13

I expect you're thinking "This is a load of bowls."

0:18:130:18:16

Well, it sort of is, really. Well, it's a box of bowls.

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They're 19th-century, made out of lignum vitae.

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Lignum vitae is typified by this light and dark,

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and it's very, very dense timber. It doesn't float.

0:18:260:18:30

Who am I going to sell them to?

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Well, you know, there's a decorative angle there.

0:18:320:18:35

I could sell them to someone who's going to use them.

0:18:350:18:38

But either way, I really like them. They're my sort of lot, really.

0:18:380:18:42

Pity I've got to sell them, really.

0:18:420:18:44

Well, those are the rules, Mr Serrell.

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So, that's our gutsy gavel swinger's priciest purchase.

0:18:460:18:49

And with that, he's done for the day. All eyes now are on Katherine.

0:18:490:18:55

This is the most desperate moment because I'm, literally, kind of,

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running backwards to get to the stall because people's lights are going on.

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They are, literally, packing up.

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Right, over here, somewhere.

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Our red queen relies on her internal antiques homing instinct

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to draw her back to the treasure.

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And it seems she's straying into Phil's territory after all

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with some vintage fuel cans.

0:19:170:19:20

I suppose my favourite would be...

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this one.

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-What sort of price are you thinking for that?

-£12.

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Can we go for a bit less than that? Can we go for, maybe...

0:19:290:19:32

-I don't know, seven or...

-Ten.

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-Oh, it hasn't got a lid. Eight.

-Eight. All right, eight.

0:19:350:19:39

Eight cos it hasn't got a lid. Yeah.

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It's another cheap and cheerful buy for Higgins the haggler.

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It is simply a fuel can but what's quite nice,

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it's got the mark of the brand on it.

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I think it's definitely a post-war piece.

0:19:520:19:55

You forget that it was, sort of, de rigueur to carry something like this

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because fuel tank size was much smaller in older cars,

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and I've got an old triumph, which, you know,

0:20:010:20:03

I have to carry something like this just in case I run out of fuel.

0:20:030:20:07

So today they're great interior pieces.

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It would look great in someone's home...

0:20:100:20:14

or office...or bathroom...

0:20:140:20:17

or anywhere, really.

0:20:170:20:18

Hmm. Let's hope she's not running on empty

0:20:180:20:21

when it comes to the profits. And, with that,

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it's time to wave the chequered flag on this antiques grand prix.

0:20:230:20:27

Phil and Katherine each arrived at Donington with a budget of £750.

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Foxy sniffed out five potential profit-makers and spent £190.

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But Katherine kept her costs on the down-low,

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spending just £71 on her five items.

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Before they head home with their treasures,

0:20:450:20:48

there's time to check out the competition.

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Do you know what? There's a sense of symmetry here, isn't there?

0:20:500:20:54

-There is.

-Bowling, bowling.

-Yeah. Great minds think alike.

0:20:540:20:57

I wouldn't go that far. How much... I love that. How much was that?

0:20:570:21:00

-It was quite a good buy, I must say.

-Wicked, wicked.

-All of £30.

0:21:000:21:03

-You have duplicated...with yours.

-I know, I know.

-How much did you pay?

0:21:030:21:07

80 quid. You'd think, when they set this up,

0:21:070:21:10

the cleaners would have got rid of all this old tat.

0:21:100:21:13

Real, real, great craftsmanship in that.

0:21:130:21:15

-Fantastic tableware.

-That's one of your lots?

0:21:150:21:17

-Really nice linen tableware.

-Really?

-Yeah. Now, what else do I like here?

0:21:170:21:21

I can imagine being a little boy with that GWR book.

0:21:210:21:23

-They're fun, aren't they?

-Train-spotting, yeah.

0:21:230:21:25

-They're really fun.

-Really nice.

-And of a period.

0:21:250:21:27

Sorry, just one question for you. How much have you spent?

0:21:270:21:30

Probably around about 70.

0:21:300:21:32

My...one lot...has cost more than all of yours.

0:21:330:21:38

Get out of here.

0:21:380:21:40

Battle-weary and laden with booty, our duo head home.

0:21:430:21:47

But there's no time to put their feet up

0:21:470:21:49

as the pressure is about to really pile on as they undertake

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the gargantuan challenge of selling all their items.

0:21:530:21:56

They must hunt down all the right buyers and deploy

0:21:560:21:59

their hardest haggling skills in a quest to make the most profit.

0:21:590:22:04

Back at his auction house, Phil is assessing his weapons of war.

0:22:040:22:07

That was a really good, little antique fair for me.

0:22:070:22:10

It wasn't the biggest I've ever been to but if you looked,

0:22:100:22:13

there were some interesting things there.

0:22:130:22:15

These two little railway books...

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You went train-spotting in the '40s and '50s

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and every time you saw a locomotive that you hadn't seen before,

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you ticked it off in your little book.

0:22:210:22:24

That's a great piece of social history and it's cost me a fiver.

0:22:240:22:27

But I think that's going to take me on a bigger journey yet.

0:22:270:22:30

However... Quite why I bought that, I don't know.

0:22:300:22:33

I still think it would make a very, very cool thing.

0:22:330:22:36

And my...over there.

0:22:360:22:38

I think I'm missing some ends off the things...

0:22:380:22:42

in the...there.

0:22:420:22:43

I'm not sure how that's going to affect their saleability,

0:22:430:22:46

but I still think they're a great lot for someone who's got

0:22:460:22:49

a vintage shop. My bowls - there's a plan ahead for those

0:22:490:22:52

but my favourite lot has got to be these footy boots.

0:22:520:22:55

Now, I'm not quite as old as those

0:22:550:22:57

but can you imagine playing football in those?

0:22:570:23:00

I'd like to see Mr Beckham in those.

0:23:010:23:04

So, while Phil tracks down a vintage-loving sportsman,

0:23:040:23:07

down in Surrey, Katherine's making sure her treasures shine.

0:23:070:23:11

Now, a real top tip.

0:23:110:23:13

If you want to make your items really sell well,

0:23:130:23:16

then make sure they look their best. So a little spot of cleaning.

0:23:160:23:19

Here I am busying myself, cleaning the glass up on these

0:23:190:23:22

great pictures. I'm really pleased with these pictures.

0:23:220:23:25

I'm going to make some social history by reuniting them

0:23:250:23:28

with the pubs where they should quite rightfully be.

0:23:280:23:31

So that's lovely, and I can feel a bit of shimmying

0:23:310:23:34

coming on with my burlesque-style boa scarf.

0:23:340:23:38

So that's going to be quite fun to work with.

0:23:380:23:40

What amazed me is I've already spoken to somebody about the oil can,

0:23:400:23:44

my last minute purchase, and it is going to be transformed in a way

0:23:440:23:47

you are never possibly going to imagine.

0:23:470:23:50

So I'm really excited about that.

0:23:500:23:52

My linen, oh, it's going to be lovely.

0:23:520:23:54

The only thing that's worrying me is the bowling.

0:23:540:23:57

I'm not a great bowling specialist

0:23:570:23:59

and the one call I have made was to somebody who said,

0:23:590:24:02

"Oh, we've just had a new bowls club built, it's great,

0:24:020:24:04

"we're really excited." And I said, "Have you got a weather vane?"

0:24:040:24:07

And they said, "Yes, we've just bought one.

0:24:070:24:10

"I wish we'd known about yours."

0:24:100:24:12

Well, it's back to the drawing board on that one, then.

0:24:120:24:15

It's all about the cold, hard cash now

0:24:150:24:17

and our brave profiteers waste no time getting straight on the road.

0:24:170:24:21

Any money they make will go to their chosen charities.

0:24:210:24:24

And remember, until they shake on it,

0:24:240:24:26

and the money changes hands, no deal is ever sealed.

0:24:260:24:29

For his first sale,

0:24:320:24:34

Phil is heading to his local bowls centre in Pershore.

0:24:340:24:37

They're one of only a handful of official testers

0:24:380:24:41

for the World Bowls Board, no less.

0:24:410:24:44

But will his antique bowls make the grade?

0:24:440:24:47

Morris, I've bought you some bowls,

0:24:470:24:49

and you are the local expert on bowls.

0:24:490:24:51

But there's two types of bowls, isn't there?

0:24:510:24:53

Level green and crown green, yes.

0:24:530:24:55

So one's flat and the other's got a bit of a dome in the middle.

0:24:550:24:58

-That's right.

-And all bowls have a bias.

-Yes.

0:24:580:25:01

They, sort of, go in a separate shape, is that right?

0:25:010:25:06

Absolutely right, yes.

0:25:060:25:07

-Are you going to tell me what I've got?

-Right. These are old.

0:25:070:25:11

-How old do you think they might be?

-150 years, plus.

0:25:110:25:14

-Somewhere between 1840 and 1860?

-I should imagine so, yes.

0:25:140:25:17

-Will these get used today?

-Yeah.

-Why is that?

0:25:170:25:19

Does no-one play crown green or...?

0:25:190:25:21

These are not crown green or level bowls. They're lawn bowls.

0:25:210:25:25

They were used on a rough and ready lawn.

0:25:250:25:27

-But what I love about them is... This is lignum, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:25:270:25:32

-You've got that wonderful light and dark, haven't you?

-That's right.

0:25:320:25:36

But there's a bit of renovation work. The polishing up.

0:25:360:25:39

It'll be a talking point within the shop.

0:25:390:25:41

It's at this point we need to discuss whether you'd like to buy them off me or not.

0:25:410:25:45

-Well, I will buy them off you.

-Really?

-Yeah. Yes.

0:25:450:25:48

I'm hoping to get close to 200 quid for them. Hoping.

0:25:480:25:51

-No. I've got a set of these in the shop...

-Yeah.

0:25:510:25:54

..I've given a pair of trousers for. You don't want a pair of trousers, do you?

0:25:540:25:58

Well, depends how good they are.

0:25:580:25:59

And there'd be a lot of cloth in them. Go on, then, what's your best?

0:25:590:26:03

-I'll go 150.

-And you're happy with that?

-I'm happy with that.

0:26:030:26:06

Well, if you're happy, I'm happy and I'll shake your hand.

0:26:060:26:09

-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much.

-Thank you very much.

0:26:090:26:12

So, the fox kicks off his profit pot with £70

0:26:120:26:15

and can't resist trying out his own bowls on the testing equipment.

0:26:150:26:19

-So, this machine tests the bias, really.

-Yes.

0:26:190:26:22

Right, let's have a go, then. Let's just see what happens.

0:26:220:26:25

-Look at that.

-There you go.

-Look at that.

0:26:250:26:28

It's gone straight round the end bend at the bottom, look.

0:26:300:26:33

-Is that good or bad?

-It's probably very good, from when they were made.

0:26:330:26:37

-I'm pleased cos they're yours.

-THEY LAUGH

0:26:370:26:39

-You take care, Morris. Good to see you.

-Thanks very much.

0:26:390:26:42

While Phil hotfoots it back to Serrell HQ, his opponent

0:26:420:26:46

is hoping to get her selling spree under way with that vintage oil can.

0:26:460:26:50

I've come to Chesterfield, in Derbyshire,

0:26:510:26:53

to meet a man called Matt, who is a very creative designer.

0:26:530:26:56

He loves to upcycle, and is brilliant at turning oil cans, like this,

0:26:560:27:01

into things you could never even dream of.

0:27:010:27:03

I hope he wants to buy mine and he likes it.

0:27:030:27:06

It cost Katherine just £8 but can she turn a profit?

0:27:080:27:11

Matt, this is definitely the right place for this oil can.

0:27:120:27:16

You can turn anything into something else, very creatively.

0:27:160:27:19

Thank you very much. It's nice to, sort of, keep the life going

0:27:190:27:23

of something that, otherwise, would be discarded.

0:27:230:27:25

-So, what I've brought you is this.

-Yeah.

-And I, sort of, felt a sense of guilt about bringing it to you

0:27:250:27:30

because it didn't have a lid and it's a bit rough and ready around the edges.

0:27:300:27:34

Dating-wise, it's difficult to say, but certainly 50 years old, plus.

0:27:340:27:37

-Yeah. Absolutely, yeah.

-So what will you do to this?

0:27:370:27:41

We're actually going to turn it into an mp3 dock.

0:27:410:27:44

We'll seal this in with a clear sealer.

0:27:440:27:46

We'll then cut the holes in for the speakers,

0:27:460:27:48

and we'll fit the modern-style mp3, and turn it into a player.

0:27:480:27:53

Well, price-wise, I'm hovering around about the... Maybe the £20 mark.

0:27:530:27:57

-That's what's in my mind.

-I think £20... I think that's reasonable

0:27:570:28:01

and it's certainly something we can work with and make alive again.

0:28:010:28:04

The coolest bit of battered, vintage item that I've found

0:28:040:28:08

-has sold for £20...

-Fantastic.

-..and I will shake your hand, Matt.

0:28:080:28:13

So, Katherine's can gets a new life as an mp3 dock

0:28:130:28:16

and she pots £12 into her profit pot.

0:28:160:28:19

Meanwhile, Phil's travelled to the bright lights of London

0:28:220:28:25

in search of his next buyer and he's feeling rather grand.

0:28:250:28:29

BIG BEN CHIMES

0:28:290:28:30

I'm outside the Houses of Parliament.

0:28:300:28:33

Now, this has nothing to do with the fact that my parents

0:28:330:28:36

christened me Philip Martin, or "PM", Serrell,

0:28:360:28:38

and everything to do with the fact that I'm here to see railway buff,

0:28:380:28:42

the right honourable, the Lord Faulkner of Worcester,

0:28:420:28:45

who will hopefully buy my little bits of railway memorabilia.

0:28:450:28:49

PM Foxy. Now, there's a thought.

0:28:490:28:52

Now, Lord Faulkner, everyone knows that your daytime job

0:28:520:28:56

is Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords,

0:28:560:28:58

but what I bet all the people at home won't know, is that

0:28:580:29:01

you are a published authority on railway heritage. Correct?

0:29:010:29:04

-Yes, that's true.

-So I've got a feeling that I'm going

0:29:040:29:07

to show you these two little books that I bought,

0:29:070:29:10

and you're going to tell me more about them than I already know.

0:29:100:29:14

I'll try. Well, Phil, these are very, very interesting and iconic...

0:29:140:29:20

-Really?

-..little books. Yes.

0:29:200:29:22

I mean, they are among the very first spotter's guides

0:29:220:29:27

-produced by a company called Ian Allan.

-Yep.

0:29:270:29:30

And Ian Allan, in the years immediately after the war,

0:29:300:29:34

saw that there was a demand for people who wanted to know

0:29:340:29:39

what was running on the railway.

0:29:390:29:41

If you're a collector of railway memorabilia

0:29:410:29:43

then these should be on your shelves.

0:29:430:29:46

-Are these plentiful?

-No.

-Are there tonnes of them around?

-No.

0:29:460:29:49

I haven't seen pre-nationalisation ABC guides before.

0:29:490:29:53

Mm... Sounding good. Time to go for a big price, then.

0:29:530:29:57

Well, I'm going to tell you what I paid for them.

0:29:570:30:00

They cost me £5. £2.50 each.

0:30:000:30:02

Um, I'm not sure you should have told him that, Phil.

0:30:020:30:05

-Would you like to buy them?

-Oh, I would, please, yes.

0:30:050:30:07

And the next question is, whatever you care to offer me,

0:30:070:30:10

I will accept because I know you're a fair man and that will be it.

0:30:100:30:13

-I'll offer you a tenner for them, certainly.

-You're a gentleman.

0:30:130:30:16

Thank you very much indeed.

0:30:160:30:18

He may have doubled his money but that's just a fiver profit.

0:30:180:30:21

Did the fox make a schoolboy error

0:30:210:30:23

by admitting the purchase price?

0:30:230:30:25

It's not all about the money.

0:30:270:30:28

I'm really pleased because, in that instance, I sold those

0:30:280:30:31

to a man who's clearly an enthusiast, and that's just great.

0:30:310:30:35

Well, if you're happy then we're happy, Phil.

0:30:360:30:39

And that's his second sale done and dusted.

0:30:390:30:41

Across the country, Katherine the great is on her way to the pub.

0:30:410:30:45

Well, here I am at the George Inn in Somerset, Norton St Philip,

0:30:460:30:50

and it's still here, which is fantastic news.

0:30:500:30:52

I'm hoping to sell my lovely engraving to,

0:30:520:30:55

not only the owner of the pub itself, but the owner of the brewery.

0:30:550:30:58

I think he might rather like it.

0:30:580:31:01

She bought the picture, along with another, for a total of £8.

0:31:010:31:05

Time to unveil it to owner, Charles.

0:31:050:31:08

-Here we go. This is the moment.

-Look at that.

0:31:080:31:11

-I think you will recognise what you're seeing.

-Yes, absolutely.

0:31:110:31:15

-Isn't that lovely?

-It has a tremendously long history.

0:31:150:31:19

Can you start me off where it began?

0:31:190:31:21

Well, it was certainly an ale house in 1397, but it, you know,

0:31:210:31:25

was also famous for the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685,

0:31:250:31:30

when Monmouth brought his rebels up against James II and, reputably,

0:31:300:31:34

he actually got shot at through the window, there.

0:31:340:31:36

-Can we see that in this?

-Yeah. That's the one... It's the north.

0:31:360:31:39

-It's one of the oldest, which is that one, there.

-Oh, my gosh.

0:31:390:31:42

-And it all happened in that room?

-That room, there.

0:31:420:31:44

If it was just an engraving, without the signature,

0:31:440:31:47

I'd think of it differently but because it's signed by the artist,

0:31:470:31:51

and it's such an exquisite engraving, I'd like to, I suppose,

0:31:510:31:55

open my bidding, so to speak, at 200, 220, that sort of price mark.

0:31:550:32:00

-I would perhaps pay £100.

-100. Can I edge you up a little bit?

-Well...

0:32:000:32:05

-120?

-If we said 130?

-£130, and thank you.

0:32:050:32:09

I'm just delighted to have ended the journey here

0:32:090:32:12

and brought you a piece of history.

0:32:120:32:14

That is a fantastic result.

0:32:140:32:17

She then goes on to sell the remaining picture in an

0:32:170:32:20

online sale for just over £5.

0:32:200:32:22

And after taking out postage and fees,

0:32:220:32:24

makes a total profit of £122.60 for the two.

0:32:240:32:29

So, that's two sales each to our battling bounty hunters

0:32:300:32:33

but Katherine's taken the lead with the profits.

0:32:330:32:38

Back in Worcester, Phil's next sale has him hot under the collar.

0:32:380:32:41

I bought this a long way from home and that was fine

0:32:430:32:47

but now I'm wandering around my hometown holding a thing

0:32:470:32:52

for displaying another thing that covers ladies' bits.

0:32:520:32:56

I'm beginning to feel just a little bit...

0:32:560:32:59

Well, people are looking at me.

0:32:590:33:01

Oh, dear. Our red-faced fox skulks around the streets

0:33:010:33:06

trying to stay incognito.

0:33:060:33:08

Finally, he makes it into a vintage shop

0:33:080:33:10

and hurries in for cover with owner, Linda.

0:33:100:33:13

I have severely been embarrassed today cos I've been walking

0:33:130:33:16

round the streets of Worcester with this.

0:33:160:33:18

I mean... Anyway... So, how old do you think that is?

0:33:180:33:21

-I would say, sort of, perhaps '40s, '50s.

-Really?

0:33:210:33:24

-It's clearly missing something here.

-Yes.

0:33:240:33:27

I'm thinking it would have had a banner that would have said...

0:33:270:33:30

Advertising the make.

0:33:300:33:31

..Berlei or Playtex or whatever, and I was thinking that...

0:33:310:33:34

See this is where... You've got to be creative in my business.

0:33:340:33:37

I was thinking that you could have your shop name put across there,

0:33:370:33:40

-couldn't you?

-Mm... Yes.

-Yeah.

0:33:400:33:42

And "As handled by Philip Serrell," across the bottom. I thought that might be a selling feature.

0:33:420:33:46

Really? Hm...

0:33:460:33:47

I'd like to get as close to 60 quid as I could.

0:33:470:33:51

£40, I would have said was quite a nice price.

0:33:510:33:53

What about if we, sort of, met somewhere in the middle?

0:33:530:33:56

Perhaps we could do that cos it would be a nice piece in the window.

0:33:560:33:59

-People do love to look in my window.

-I walk past it all the time.

-Yes.

0:33:590:34:04

-So 50 quid?

-Yeah.

-You're an angel.

0:34:040:34:07

Phew. That's £35 profit but I think our blushing auctioneer

0:34:070:34:11

is just glad to be shot of it.

0:34:110:34:14

So, while Phil heads home to recover,

0:34:140:34:16

let's have a peek at the figures.

0:34:160:34:19

Phil has sold three of his five buys and banked himself £110 profit.

0:34:190:34:24

Katherine's only sold two items

0:34:240:34:26

but is out in front with £134.60 in her profit pot.

0:34:260:34:32

So it's a close-run race so far but with plenty of items left to sell,

0:34:320:34:37

there's everything to play for.

0:34:370:34:39

Katherine's next target is her bowling themed weather vane.

0:34:390:34:43

She's managed to track down a bowling club in Surrey

0:34:430:34:46

who haven't already got one.

0:34:460:34:47

But will club secretary, Stuart, play ball.

0:34:470:34:50

When I walked up, I noticed there was one thing missing on this

0:34:500:34:54

brand spanking new clubhouse. It's a weather vane.

0:34:540:34:57

I have to show you this because, personally,

0:34:570:35:00

I was totally drawn to it because of that inter-war feel.

0:35:000:35:04

-It's, sort of, 1930s, I think.

-That is, really, very good. Excellent.

0:35:040:35:09

And it would be rather nice to put

0:35:090:35:10

on the end of our pavilion, there, wouldn't it?

0:35:100:35:13

-Stuart, I suppose it comes down to the price.

-I think it does, yes.

0:35:130:35:17

I'm looking for something in the region of...

0:35:170:35:19

£40, £45, that sort of price range.

0:35:190:35:22

I was thinking of 30.

0:35:220:35:24

The fact is that it's a bit smaller than I would have liked.

0:35:240:35:28

It may be small but it is perfectly formed.

0:35:280:35:30

Would we be able to negotiate, perhaps, a £35 finishing point?

0:35:320:35:36

-I think we could do that.

-Let's shake on 35.

0:35:360:35:39

-Shake on 35.

-Thank you.

-Yes.

0:35:390:35:41

Well, at just a fiver, that's Katherine's smallest profit yet.

0:35:410:35:44

But she doesn't seem to mind and jumps at the chance of a game.

0:35:460:35:49

-You have a go.

-Oh, my gosh.

-Yes, that's good. You're a natural.

0:35:490:35:53

-Oh...

-So you've got the winner at the moment.

-Ooh...

0:35:560:36:00

Ooh, you're not supposed to do that but it's going to be close.

0:36:000:36:03

Wow.

0:36:030:36:05

SHE CHEERS HE LAUGHS

0:36:050:36:07

Who knew our great lady was a budding bowler?

0:36:070:36:10

Is there no end to her talents?

0:36:100:36:12

Well, that was a great way to make a little bit of profit,

0:36:120:36:15

and I've come away with a membership form to join the bowling club.

0:36:150:36:18

Yes, no time for that now.

0:36:180:36:20

Our budding sportswoman heads off to bank some more cash

0:36:200:36:24

when she sells her collection of vintage tablecloths

0:36:240:36:27

to food writer, Sam, as a prop for her photoshoots.

0:36:270:36:31

I think I could certainly make use of these in the shoots.

0:36:310:36:34

At £25, they make her a tasty £20 profit.

0:36:340:36:38

Katherine is in the lead,

0:36:380:36:40

four sales to Foxy's three.

0:36:400:36:42

But, in Worcester, Phil's popped down the road

0:36:420:36:45

to a local menswear shop.

0:36:450:36:47

He's had a bright idea about those football boots.

0:36:470:36:50

Now, these boots, they are really, really old

0:36:500:36:52

but not as old as my tailor's because they've been in Worcester since the 18th century,

0:36:520:36:56

and I think these are going to look great dressing their window.

0:36:560:37:00

I just hope they think the same.

0:37:000:37:02

Having paid £50 for them,

0:37:020:37:04

will Phil be able to volley his profit into the back of the net?

0:37:040:37:08

WHISTLE BLOWS

0:37:080:37:09

-Have a look.

-Wow.

-They're archaic.

0:37:090:37:11

I was thinking of getting a felt-tip and putting "S Matthews"

0:37:110:37:15

on the bottom of them.

0:37:150:37:16

-Do we know how old they are?

-Well, I don't know.

0:37:160:37:19

I think they might have been, sort of, 1930s.

0:37:190:37:21

And we're probably looking at these as being good for the window,

0:37:210:37:24

-do you think?

-Well, that's what I was thinking.

0:37:240:37:26

I think they'd look great in one of your windows with,

0:37:260:37:29

I don't know, some colourful socks coming out of them, or whatever.

0:37:290:37:32

See, I can't go too far cos I could get a job here

0:37:320:37:34

as a window dresser and that's, you know... I'm just too busy.

0:37:340:37:37

-Um...

-No.

-Are they of interest to you?

0:37:370:37:39

I think they could be. Yes, they could be.

0:37:390:37:41

I'd like to try and get as close to 120 quid as I could for them.

0:37:410:37:44

-I am a retailer.

-I'm not sure where this is going now.

-Well...

0:37:440:37:48

-I've got a feeling it means I'm not going to get 120 quid.

-Possibly.

0:37:480:37:51

-Yeah, yeah. Go on.

-If we talked about £100.

0:37:510:37:53

-If you talked about £100 I'd shake your hand.

-Would you?

-Yeah, I would.

0:37:530:37:57

There you go.

0:37:570:37:58

That's a Premier League score for our star striker,

0:37:580:38:01

netting him £50 profit.

0:38:010:38:03

And with one item left to sell,

0:38:040:38:06

Phil heads to Lincolnshire to meet retro junk dealer, Jack.

0:38:060:38:10

He's taking his, what he thinks is unique, tannoy speaker,

0:38:100:38:13

hoping to make some money to shout about,

0:38:130:38:16

but only to discover it's not so unique.

0:38:160:38:19

-Jack, that's the same.

-These were rare last week.

-Yeah, and this week?

0:38:210:38:26

This week, not so good.

0:38:260:38:28

Now, I don't know what you think, Jack,

0:38:280:38:30

but I always think these things sell better in pairs.

0:38:300:38:33

-Oh, dear. Sometimes.

-So, that's about 1950s,

0:38:330:38:36

-and it's been a PA system.

-Yeah.

-Who would be the buyer for these, then?

0:38:360:38:40

Film props, probably. They're just decorative.

0:38:400:38:43

Well, Jack. Are you going to buy it off me?

0:38:430:38:46

-How much do you want for it?

-I was thinking it was worth 100 quid.

0:38:460:38:49

Yeah? You have got a very vivid imagination, Phil.

0:38:490:38:53

-I'd go...

-Let me just stop you.

-Right, go on, then.

0:38:550:38:58

I know you are a very fair man, right.

0:38:580:39:00

You just make me your best offer and I'll take it.

0:39:000:39:03

Yes, because that strategy worked so well with the railway books.

0:39:030:39:08

-£75, Phil.

-You're a gentleman, Jack. I said I'd take it.

0:39:080:39:11

-Just a question now. How much is that one?

-125, about. Oh, Jack.

0:39:110:39:16

-How did...

-This one's not so good because...

-Shut up, Jack. Shut up.

0:39:180:39:21

Mm... Now, now. Manners.

0:39:230:39:24

It's a final £35 profit and our fox scampers over the finish line.

0:39:240:39:30

Well, that's me sold up and I've almost doubled my money on that.

0:39:300:39:34

Can you hear me, Katherine?

0:39:340:39:36

Um, she's hundreds of miles away in London, Phil.

0:39:380:39:41

And if the bra stand made our fox blush,

0:39:410:39:43

it's a good thing he isn't here for this.

0:39:430:39:45

Well, I've come to London, to the Hippodrome Casino

0:39:450:39:48

to meet its founder, Jimmy Thomas. They put on loads of burlesque shows

0:39:480:39:52

and I think this feather boa could be just the thing for them.

0:39:520:39:55

Remember, it cost our fashionista £20 to buy and after a sneak preview

0:39:570:40:01

of the show from dancer, Polly Rae, it's time to talk business.

0:40:010:40:06

I have brought you something that I think will be

0:40:060:40:10

just the ticket for Miss Polly Rae to wear in her next show.

0:40:100:40:14

What do you think of that?

0:40:140:40:15

-Oh, this is beautiful.

-I'm longing to put it on you. Does it...

0:40:150:40:19

-You see, there you go.

-I want to go home in it.

-Oh.

0:40:190:40:22

-It's beautiful.

-I found it at an antiques fair

0:40:220:40:25

and I think it's post-war

0:40:250:40:27

and it's made from cock feathers so they are...

0:40:270:40:30

They have that natural iridescence to them.

0:40:300:40:32

She would love it if she would dance in that.

0:40:370:40:39

When I bought it, I just thought "It has to go to the best

0:40:390:40:42

-"burlesque dancer in the world."

-Well, she is number one in London.

0:40:420:40:46

So, in terms of price, I'm going to start high and be ambitious here,

0:40:460:40:49

but I'm thinking around about £100 and see what happens.

0:40:490:40:54

Well, let's say, for Polly, I'll pay £100. It's beautiful.

0:40:540:40:57

-Shall we shake on that?

-Yeah.

0:40:570:40:59

-Or shall we shimmy on that, I should say.

-Why not?

0:40:590:41:03

She's done it.

0:41:040:41:05

So Katherine dances over the finish line with £80 profit.

0:41:050:41:09

You're missing out, Phil.

0:41:120:41:14

Aah, if only he knew.

0:41:150:41:17

That's both our experts sold up,

0:41:170:41:19

but who'll be on the winner's podium and who'll be left for dust.

0:41:190:41:23

Let's first remind ourselves of what they spent at the fair.

0:41:230:41:27

Both our experts took £750 of their own money to Donington.

0:41:270:41:31

Phil bought five items and spent £190.

0:41:310:41:34

Katherine also bagged herself five items, but spent a titchy £71.

0:41:360:41:41

But now it's all a matter of profit and selling prowess.

0:41:410:41:45

All of the money that Phil and Katherine have

0:41:450:41:47

made from today's challenge will go to the charities of their choice.

0:41:470:41:51

So, let's find out who is today's

0:41:510:41:53

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:530:41:56

-Hi, lovely.

-Well, this is a sporting entrance from you.

-How are you?

0:41:560:42:00

Well, the chequered flag should be waving. I had such a nice time.

0:42:000:42:04

-How about you?

-I loved it. Let's talk about the experience.

0:42:040:42:07

What was the best bit for you?

0:42:070:42:09

The best bit, for me, was being in the Hippodrome

0:42:090:42:12

-and watching the most amazing burlesque show.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:42:120:42:15

-You didn't ask me to come?

-Well, you see,

0:42:150:42:17

you were busy doing something else.

0:42:170:42:19

-What were you busy doing?

-Well, country boy goes to London.

0:42:190:42:22

I got to sell something to the Deputy Speaker

0:42:220:42:26

of the House of Lords.

0:42:260:42:27

-Really?

-Outside the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, doing a sale.

0:42:270:42:31

You and your friends. Goodness me. What a contacts list.

0:42:310:42:34

Well, come on, time tells. Let's have a look.

0:42:340:42:36

-OK.

-Who's going to count?

0:42:360:42:38

-Three.

-Two.

-Two.

0:42:380:42:39

-One. Go!

-Go!

0:42:390:42:42

Ooh! Gosh!

0:42:420:42:44

-I did not expect that at all.

-I'm really pleased for you.

0:42:440:42:49

Come on. Let's go and um...

0:42:490:42:52

celebrate!

0:42:520:42:54

So Katherine walks away the winner after an impressive display

0:42:540:42:58

of treasure-hunting and profit pioneering.

0:42:580:43:01

It's all about what you buy and not how much you spend.

0:43:010:43:05

Remember, Phil, I spent half of what you did

0:43:050:43:07

but I made that little bit extra profit.

0:43:070:43:10

They say that winning is habit-forming.

0:43:100:43:13

Well, in this instance, so is losing.

0:43:130:43:16

But Phil gets another chance at the top spot tomorrow,

0:43:160:43:19

when they head to a car-boot sale in Sussex.

0:43:190:43:23

HORN BEEPS

0:43:230:43:24

It's a trip to Donington for Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell, as they are challenged to spend £750 of their own money on antiques and make a profit. Phil finds a pair of rare railway books, and Katherine plays a risqué game when she tries to sell to a burlesque dancer!


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