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I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.
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Get in there.
Today, the saleroom supremo, Phil Serrell, goes into battle
against the red queen of the antiques scene, Katherine Higgins.
Coming up... Katherine risks detention...
I think those words were on my school report at one point. "Distracted.
-"Easily distracted," they said.
-Phil gets hot under the collar...
I can see somebody buying that... Well, to...hang their...
-And there's some risque selling ahead.
-You're missing out, Phil.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Welcome, one and all.
There's a heady mix of competition and petrol in the air today,
as our duo prepare to go hell for leather
around an antiques fair at Donington Park in Leicestershire.
They'll be racing to hunt down the best trinkets and treasures,
which they will then try and turn into oodles of lovely profits.
# Life in the fast lane... #
Up first, it's a finely-tuned motor from Malvern,
a man who lives life in the antiques fast lane
and can track down a potential profit from 50 paces.
It's Phil "The Fox" Serrell.
And the interesting thing here, you see, is I haven't got a clue.
His rival today is a fiery redhead who doesn't plan
on making any pit stops.
She's the darling doyenne of the vintage scene,
and keeps her pedal to the metal in the pursuit of victory.
It's Katherine "The Great" Higgins.
It really pays off making notes. I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.
They each have £750 of their own money to spend, and they'd better
be quick, as this antiques fair
waves its chequered flag at lunchtime.
So start your engines, Phil Serrell and Katherine Higgins,
it's time to put your money where your mouth is.
-Hello, lovely. How are you?
-Ooh. On a cold and frosty morning...
-Absolutely. Are you a Donington virgin?
-I am, indeed.
I've never been on a motorbike.
I've been to car race meetings here, and in the past,
I've been to an antique fair but not this one.
So this is high-end, isn't it? How much money have we got?
-We've got £750 to spend.
-How much are you going to spend?
-I might try and spend £50 of it.
-What, a whole 50?
This is an opportunity for you
-cos you've got to spend some money here.
-I'm feeling comfortable.
I'm feeling like it's going to be a notch up from where we've been.
It's kind of, you know, a calm, cool and collected approach.
-Calm? Cool? We're on the start line.
-The calm before the storm.
-It's about cars, girl. Come on.
-You're a petrolhead.
Well, there's no time to waste as the crowds are gathering.
The fair starts at 9am sharp
but the stalls have been setting up since half seven.
Both our super-charged buying machines need to head inside
and rev their engines.
They really are up for it, these boys.
And they're off. The doors to the fair are thrown open
and it's every man, woman and dealer for themselves.
Time for our treasure-hunters to unveil their expert plans of attack.
If you want to be successful at a fair like this,
you've got to have a really good plan.
And I don't. And that will tell you something.
Hmm. Right then. Winging it, are we, Phil?
I mean, I don't, I just sort of wander round, really.
I'm in a complete world of my own.
Right, maybe our vixen of the vintage will have a more
concrete strategy, or even a strategy, at that.
I think the way to make sense of all this is to take a notebook,
and a bit like your shopping list, write down things that you like,
and then you'll remember where they are and you'll be able
to go back to them if you're not going to buy them immediately.
And I'm just making little notes in my little, green book.
Wow, that's a novel approach from our rummaging redhead.
And who doesn't love a good shopping list?
I'm sort of thinking I should be stopping, looking at things
so I'm going to stop and look at something.
-All very sparkly over here, isn't it?
This is pretty, isn't it? You've just got to go through each of the boxes.
I could be here for days.
Hmm. This is all very thorough,
but is window-shopping really the way forward?
I'm just going to basically look in detail at everything,
and eventually, in about six hours, I might commit to buying one thing.
Actually, I've just been told it finishes around midday
so I've not got very much time. I'd better get started.
Yes. More buy, less browse, maybe.
On the other side of the market,
-the fox has stumbled upon his first potential treasure.
-How much are they?
-Um, about 85.
Go on, mate. 50 quid.
-Split the difference. 55 and they're yours.
-Can I toss you for it?
Yeah, toss me for it.
Heads, it's 55.
You ready for this?
Get in! Tails. Ka-ching.
Oh, he's a wily one
and at £50 that's buy one in the back of the net for striker Serrell.
I would think these are probably... '50s.
Might be a little bit earlier.
But what's interesting about them, there's no nylon or aluminium studs.
These are leather studs that you had to nail into the sole.
This is retro or vintage at its best and the place for these,
I think, is in a really cool, retro or vintage clothing shop window.
Look at those.
So, the fox is dabbling with a spot of retro vintage,
treading on Katherine's territory it seems.
Speaking of which, where is our browsing beauty?
Just perusing. I'm just looking.
I don't think this is the sort of place that you have to buy immediately.
I reckon that if I see something and go back to it, it'll still be there.
You're going to watch it for me anyway, aren't you?
So it's going to be fine.
Yes, just don't forget the lunchtime deadline.
Across the market, the fox is already on the prowl
for his second potential profit - an unusual, metal funnel.
-Excuse me, how much is that, please?
-45 if that's any good for you?
-OK. I'll have a think about it and might come back in a minute.
-If it's here.
Mm... The mystery object has cause hesitation from Mr Serrell.
Maybe the browsing bug is catching.
A few stalls away, it seems something has finally caught
the eye of our mistress of Miscellania.
Perfect. This is exactly what I like doing.
I feel this need to reunite these images with the setting
which is depicted in the etching.
Oh, that's really nice, they're signed by the artist. 1949.
What I'm looking at here are two etchings of local pubs.
What I'd love to do is take a trip to the Hatchet Inn
and to the George Inn, and give them back a piece of their heritage.
-Hello. Are these yours?
-Yeah, they are. £10 for both.
-£8 and you can have them.
-Can I? OK, £8 is good.
-That all right?
-Can I shake on that?
-Last of the big spenders here.
Yes, she's off the starting grid at last.
And it appears the fox's ears have pricked up at the sound of a sale.
-Did you spend money?
-Do you know what?
He wouldn't give them to me for free but I've spent £8.
I am the last of the big spenders, after all.
Well, she may be frugal but, at the end of the day,
it all comes down to the big P - profit.
Having finished heckling the opposition,
the fox scampers back over to try and back that metal funnel.
-What did you say your best was?
-40 is not going to buy it?
-There was a bit of doubt there.
-..it kind of owes me that much money.
-If you want to sell it, 40 quid is yours.
-Go on, then. 40 quid.
And there's Phil's happy face.
What am I going to do with it?
-Well, wax lyrically in front of the camera.
-Mm, I'm sure he will.
But what is it?
It's a 1950s speaker.
There is no self-respecting garden show or local church fete
that wouldn't have had one of these
on the top of the organiser's roof in about 1955.
I bet you're sitting at home thinking,
"What on earth has he bought that for?" You know what?
You can make this into a garden feature,
you can make it into a light,
you could put a speaker in there for your latest smartphone.
This has everything going for it.
So Phil's £40 funnel puts him in the lead
with two buys to Katherine's one.
But our foraging fashionista is on the hunt for some vintage chic.
This is one of those things that you have to look at in detail
and admire very fondly because smocking,
which this little child's dress is made from,
is incredibly difficult to do. A very nice, little dress.
I'm not sure it's definitely worth buying at the moment but, bizarrely,
I'm moving from the period to the more contemporary.
I'm very interested in that.
I think that is de rigueur for anyone who enjoys
a bit of burlesque in their life.
I'm in a bit of a dilemma as to which to go for,
whether to go for the child's dress
or to go for the sensational burlesque outfit.
What would you like to see?
-Well, as you ask...
-OK, it's burlesque, isn't it?
-What do you want for it?
-Well, it's emu, I'm told. Um...25.
-I'm just wondering if I could have it any less?
-I'd do 20.
-Thank you. Ta.
-Thank you very much.
We're going to watch that shimmy fairly soon.
Ooh, risque. That's purchase number two for the great one.
And talking of risque...
Often, you go to these stands and you pick things up,
and you just don't know what they're for.
# Strike a pose... #
Is our foxy having a Madonna moment? He's taking quite a shine to it.
-What's the best you can do that for?
Oh, done. I've got to have that, haven't I? 15 quid.
What a gentleman. Thank you very much, indeed.
So our speedy spender is now the proud owner of... Um... What is it?
I've always been mesmerised by a lovely pair...of Art-Deco
shop display stands. I'm not sure they're Art-Deco.
I think they're more likely to be '60s,
and I think, at some point or other,
they've had a banner sign across there that may have been
the make of the bra that they were trying to sell.
I just think it's a cool, fun thing, this.
I can see someone buying that, well to...
Don't get your knickers in a twist, Phil.
The word you're looking for is bra.
Now, whilst Phil's getting in touch with his feminine side,
Katherine's bagged herself an interesting weather vane.
I've just bought this. The seller was a little bit camera-shy.
It really caught my eye because, as a child, I grew up watching
many a bowling match in Guilford, which was my hometown.
It's an iron weather vane that's actually enamelled over the top.
20th-century. The enamelling has deteriorated a little bit.
Originally, the asking price was £40 and we ended up on £30.
So for a piece of rural history and sporting history and,
quintessentially, British history, that's not a bad price.
Well, she may have taken her time at the start
but with that buy under her belt, Katherine has gained ground
and is hounding her rival with three buys each.
But what about that kitty?
They each arrived with £750 of their own money.
Phil has spent £105 on his three deals,
leaving himself a chunky £645 to play with.
But a thrifty Katherine has kept a tight grip on the purse strings,
spending just £58 on her three items,
so she has a whopping £692 left to spend.
But before their buying bonanza continues,
it's time for a quick pit stop.
How are you, lovely? Are you all right?
-Well, I think I've done three stalls by now.
-How much have you spent?
-I've spent definitely under £100.
-Possibly under 50.
-You see, the budget for today is £750, not £75.
Yeah, but it's what you buy. It's the quality that you buy.
-Now, what have you bought that's fascinating?
I bought a couple of things I think you might just like.
-You've strayed into my territory?
-I have. Just...
Yes. Foxy knows how to ruffle the great one's feathers.
And it seems her thrifty spending is playing on her mind
as she ponders on what her opponent has been buying.
Well, Phil sounded like he's bought some interesting things
because he's crossed the boundaries. He's coming to my territory.
I haven't bought anything boysie. I'm not quite sure whether
I should be straying into his territory, actually.
The fox has bowled her a curveball
and our great lady seems all of a dither.
Generally, I'd say I get quite sidetracked.
I think those words were on my school report at one point.
"Distracted. Easily distracted," they said.
Yep. Here I am, easily distracted.
Surely Katherine hasn't lost her focus!
That's a possibility.
That's a possibility. That is a possibility.
Um... Right. OK.
Just hang on there with me. I will buy something soon.
You've just got to wait. Be patient.
Yes, we've got all the time in the world.
At least her opponent's going full steam ahead to find buy number four,
a pair of railway spotter's guidebooks.
Are they complete?
-Could you hold on to those, just for five minutes for me, please?
The More Than Maestro has a plan up his sleeve.
He's straight on the phone.
Richard, it's Philip Serrell. I got it in my mind, somewhere,
that you were a bit of a railway buff.
Lining up a buyer before he's even bought them.
A super-sly move from the fox.
How much have you got them priced up at?
-And what can you do them for?
-I can do them for a fiver.
-A fiver? What a gentleman.
What an absolute gentleman. Get my money out quick.
Well, he didn't hang around and that's Phil's fourth buy
done and dusted for just a fiver.
Railway memorabilia is a big area of collectability
and the earlier the better.
Now, these are 70 years old, really evocative of their period.
I can only think of Agatha Christie but, you know, these, I suppose,
were originally train spotter's pocket handbooks.
Aren't they great things?
I bought them for £5 and I've got a feeling,
when I come to sell these,
it might just take me on a bit of a journey.
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S TV THEME PLAYS
Aah, he's thinking steam trains, Agatha Christie...
You can just see Phil as Poirot.
But it seems with that £5 buy in the bag,
Phil is channelling someone far more frugal.
Excuse me, sir, how much are these? How much is that?
-No, I haven't got anything like that.
How much is that, please?
Could it be any less than a fiver?
How much are those? 250? I can give you £2 for them.
How much is your poster, please?
Skimping Serrell. Who'd have thought it?
And nearby, the queen of cheap, herself,
has just netted a £5 buy too.
I've just bought these lovely, linen and cotton tablecloths and napkins.
I'm thinking I'm ready for a cup of tea with these, really.
They are really lovely pieces of craftsmanship, for one thing.
Complicated cross-stitch coupled with pulled thread detailing
and they're also a nice piece of social history.
There's one that I've got here,
which has actually got the name of the people that owned it
and I think they will go to somebody who appreciates vintage
as much as I do.
So, our determined duo are neck and neck again
with four buys each.
But this morning's market is already beginning to pack up,
so the race is on to find the final treasures.
Everybody else here's rushing round
and I just seem to be meandering gently.
Gosh, he's so laidback he's horizontal.
With the clock ticking, Katherine the great decides to hunt down
her earlier shopping list spots but there's a problem.
The only downside is, I didn't put down where I saw everything
so I'm slightly... It's not terribly helpful.
But hey-ho, you know?
It's quietening down and nobody's started to pack up yet.
Or have they?
Yes, they have, Miss Higgins. It seems there's a flaw in your plan.
However, the man with no plan seems to be sauntering
towards his final buy of the day and they've got a hefty price tag.
We have got a set of Edwardian bowls. Basically four pairs.
I've got a one-off deal. One-off offer. I've got 80 quid.
-That's me finished.
-Yeah, go on. That'll work.
OK, good man. Thank you very much.
So, Phil uses his foxy wiles to secure a quick end-of-fair discount.
I expect you're thinking "This is a load of bowls."
Well, it sort of is, really. Well, it's a box of bowls.
They're 19th-century, made out of lignum vitae.
Lignum vitae is typified by this light and dark,
and it's very, very dense timber. It doesn't float.
Who am I going to sell them to?
Well, you know, there's a decorative angle there.
I could sell them to someone who's going to use them.
But either way, I really like them. They're my sort of lot, really.
Pity I've got to sell them, really.
Well, those are the rules, Mr Serrell.
So, that's our gutsy gavel swinger's priciest purchase.
And with that, he's done for the day. All eyes now are on Katherine.
This is the most desperate moment because I'm, literally, kind of,
running backwards to get to the stall because people's lights are going on.
They are, literally, packing up.
Right, over here, somewhere.
Our red queen relies on her internal antiques homing instinct
to draw her back to the treasure.
And it seems she's straying into Phil's territory after all
with some vintage fuel cans.
I suppose my favourite would be...
-What sort of price are you thinking for that?
Can we go for a bit less than that? Can we go for, maybe...
-I don't know, seven or...
-Oh, it hasn't got a lid. Eight.
-Eight. All right, eight.
Eight cos it hasn't got a lid. Yeah.
It's another cheap and cheerful buy for Higgins the haggler.
It is simply a fuel can but what's quite nice,
it's got the mark of the brand on it.
I think it's definitely a post-war piece.
You forget that it was, sort of, de rigueur to carry something like this
because fuel tank size was much smaller in older cars,
and I've got an old triumph, which, you know,
I have to carry something like this just in case I run out of fuel.
So today they're great interior pieces.
It would look great in someone's home...
or office...or bathroom...
or anywhere, really.
Hmm. Let's hope she's not running on empty
when it comes to the profits. And, with that,
it's time to wave the chequered flag on this antiques grand prix.
Phil and Katherine each arrived at Donington with a budget of £750.
Foxy sniffed out five potential profit-makers and spent £190.
But Katherine kept her costs on the down-low,
spending just £71 on her five items.
Before they head home with their treasures,
there's time to check out the competition.
Do you know what? There's a sense of symmetry here, isn't there?
-Yeah. Great minds think alike.
I wouldn't go that far. How much... I love that. How much was that?
-It was quite a good buy, I must say.
-All of £30.
-You have duplicated...with yours.
-I know, I know.
-How much did you pay?
80 quid. You'd think, when they set this up,
the cleaners would have got rid of all this old tat.
Real, real, great craftsmanship in that.
-That's one of your lots?
-Really nice linen tableware.
-Yeah. Now, what else do I like here?
I can imagine being a little boy with that GWR book.
-They're fun, aren't they?
-They're really fun.
-And of a period.
Sorry, just one question for you. How much have you spent?
Probably around about 70.
My...one lot...has cost more than all of yours.
Get out of here.
Battle-weary and laden with booty, our duo head home.
But there's no time to put their feet up
as the pressure is about to really pile on as they undertake
the gargantuan challenge of selling all their items.
They must hunt down all the right buyers and deploy
their hardest haggling skills in a quest to make the most profit.
Back at his auction house, Phil is assessing his weapons of war.
That was a really good, little antique fair for me.
It wasn't the biggest I've ever been to but if you looked,
there were some interesting things there.
These two little railway books...
You went train-spotting in the '40s and '50s
and every time you saw a locomotive that you hadn't seen before,
you ticked it off in your little book.
That's a great piece of social history and it's cost me a fiver.
But I think that's going to take me on a bigger journey yet.
However... Quite why I bought that, I don't know.
I still think it would make a very, very cool thing.
And my...over there.
I think I'm missing some ends off the things...
I'm not sure how that's going to affect their saleability,
but I still think they're a great lot for someone who's got
a vintage shop. My bowls - there's a plan ahead for those
but my favourite lot has got to be these footy boots.
Now, I'm not quite as old as those
but can you imagine playing football in those?
I'd like to see Mr Beckham in those.
So, while Phil tracks down a vintage-loving sportsman,
down in Surrey, Katherine's making sure her treasures shine.
Now, a real top tip.
If you want to make your items really sell well,
then make sure they look their best. So a little spot of cleaning.
Here I am busying myself, cleaning the glass up on these
great pictures. I'm really pleased with these pictures.
I'm going to make some social history by reuniting them
with the pubs where they should quite rightfully be.
So that's lovely, and I can feel a bit of shimmying
coming on with my burlesque-style boa scarf.
So that's going to be quite fun to work with.
What amazed me is I've already spoken to somebody about the oil can,
my last minute purchase, and it is going to be transformed in a way
you are never possibly going to imagine.
So I'm really excited about that.
My linen, oh, it's going to be lovely.
The only thing that's worrying me is the bowling.
I'm not a great bowling specialist
and the one call I have made was to somebody who said,
"Oh, we've just had a new bowls club built, it's great,
"we're really excited." And I said, "Have you got a weather vane?"
And they said, "Yes, we've just bought one.
"I wish we'd known about yours."
Well, it's back to the drawing board on that one, then.
It's all about the cold, hard cash now
and our brave profiteers waste no time getting straight on the road.
Any money they make will go to their chosen charities.
And remember, until they shake on it,
and the money changes hands, no deal is ever sealed.
For his first sale,
Phil is heading to his local bowls centre in Pershore.
They're one of only a handful of official testers
for the World Bowls Board, no less.
But will his antique bowls make the grade?
Morris, I've bought you some bowls,
and you are the local expert on bowls.
But there's two types of bowls, isn't there?
Level green and crown green, yes.
So one's flat and the other's got a bit of a dome in the middle.
-And all bowls have a bias.
They, sort of, go in a separate shape, is that right?
Absolutely right, yes.
-Are you going to tell me what I've got?
-Right. These are old.
-How old do you think they might be?
-150 years, plus.
-Somewhere between 1840 and 1860?
-I should imagine so, yes.
-Will these get used today?
-Why is that?
Does no-one play crown green or...?
These are not crown green or level bowls. They're lawn bowls.
They were used on a rough and ready lawn.
-But what I love about them is... This is lignum, isn't it?
-You've got that wonderful light and dark, haven't you?
But there's a bit of renovation work. The polishing up.
It'll be a talking point within the shop.
It's at this point we need to discuss whether you'd like to buy them off me or not.
-Well, I will buy them off you.
I'm hoping to get close to 200 quid for them. Hoping.
-No. I've got a set of these in the shop...
..I've given a pair of trousers for. You don't want a pair of trousers, do you?
Well, depends how good they are.
And there'd be a lot of cloth in them. Go on, then, what's your best?
-I'll go 150.
-And you're happy with that?
-I'm happy with that.
Well, if you're happy, I'm happy and I'll shake your hand.
-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
So, the fox kicks off his profit pot with £70
and can't resist trying out his own bowls on the testing equipment.
-So, this machine tests the bias, really.
Right, let's have a go, then. Let's just see what happens.
-Look at that.
-There you go.
-Look at that.
It's gone straight round the end bend at the bottom, look.
-Is that good or bad?
-It's probably very good, from when they were made.
-I'm pleased cos they're yours.
-You take care, Morris. Good to see you.
-Thanks very much.
While Phil hotfoots it back to Serrell HQ, his opponent
is hoping to get her selling spree under way with that vintage oil can.
I've come to Chesterfield, in Derbyshire,
to meet a man called Matt, who is a very creative designer.
He loves to upcycle, and is brilliant at turning oil cans, like this,
into things you could never even dream of.
I hope he wants to buy mine and he likes it.
It cost Katherine just £8 but can she turn a profit?
Matt, this is definitely the right place for this oil can.
You can turn anything into something else, very creatively.
Thank you very much. It's nice to, sort of, keep the life going
of something that, otherwise, would be discarded.
-So, what I've brought you is this.
-And I, sort of, felt a sense of guilt about bringing it to you
because it didn't have a lid and it's a bit rough and ready around the edges.
Dating-wise, it's difficult to say, but certainly 50 years old, plus.
-Yeah. Absolutely, yeah.
-So what will you do to this?
We're actually going to turn it into an mp3 dock.
We'll seal this in with a clear sealer.
We'll then cut the holes in for the speakers,
and we'll fit the modern-style mp3, and turn it into a player.
Well, price-wise, I'm hovering around about the... Maybe the £20 mark.
-That's what's in my mind.
-I think £20... I think that's reasonable
and it's certainly something we can work with and make alive again.
The coolest bit of battered, vintage item that I've found
-has sold for £20...
-..and I will shake your hand, Matt.
So, Katherine's can gets a new life as an mp3 dock
and she pots £12 into her profit pot.
Meanwhile, Phil's travelled to the bright lights of London
in search of his next buyer and he's feeling rather grand.
BIG BEN CHIMES
I'm outside the Houses of Parliament.
Now, this has nothing to do with the fact that my parents
christened me Philip Martin, or "PM", Serrell,
and everything to do with the fact that I'm here to see railway buff,
the right honourable, the Lord Faulkner of Worcester,
who will hopefully buy my little bits of railway memorabilia.
PM Foxy. Now, there's a thought.
Now, Lord Faulkner, everyone knows that your daytime job
is Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords,
but what I bet all the people at home won't know, is that
you are a published authority on railway heritage. Correct?
-Yes, that's true.
-So I've got a feeling that I'm going
to show you these two little books that I bought,
and you're going to tell me more about them than I already know.
I'll try. Well, Phil, these are very, very interesting and iconic...
-..little books. Yes.
I mean, they are among the very first spotter's guides
-produced by a company called Ian Allan.
And Ian Allan, in the years immediately after the war,
saw that there was a demand for people who wanted to know
what was running on the railway.
If you're a collector of railway memorabilia
then these should be on your shelves.
-Are these plentiful?
-Are there tonnes of them around?
I haven't seen pre-nationalisation ABC guides before.
Mm... Sounding good. Time to go for a big price, then.
Well, I'm going to tell you what I paid for them.
They cost me £5. £2.50 each.
Um, I'm not sure you should have told him that, Phil.
-Would you like to buy them?
-Oh, I would, please, yes.
And the next question is, whatever you care to offer me,
I will accept because I know you're a fair man and that will be it.
-I'll offer you a tenner for them, certainly.
-You're a gentleman.
Thank you very much indeed.
He may have doubled his money but that's just a fiver profit.
Did the fox make a schoolboy error
by admitting the purchase price?
It's not all about the money.
I'm really pleased because, in that instance, I sold those
to a man who's clearly an enthusiast, and that's just great.
Well, if you're happy then we're happy, Phil.
And that's his second sale done and dusted.
Across the country, Katherine the great is on her way to the pub.
Well, here I am at the George Inn in Somerset, Norton St Philip,
and it's still here, which is fantastic news.
I'm hoping to sell my lovely engraving to,
not only the owner of the pub itself, but the owner of the brewery.
I think he might rather like it.
She bought the picture, along with another, for a total of £8.
Time to unveil it to owner, Charles.
-Here we go. This is the moment.
-Look at that.
-I think you will recognise what you're seeing.
-Isn't that lovely?
-It has a tremendously long history.
Can you start me off where it began?
Well, it was certainly an ale house in 1397, but it, you know,
was also famous for the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685,
when Monmouth brought his rebels up against James II and, reputably,
he actually got shot at through the window, there.
-Can we see that in this?
-Yeah. That's the one... It's the north.
-It's one of the oldest, which is that one, there.
-Oh, my gosh.
-And it all happened in that room?
-That room, there.
If it was just an engraving, without the signature,
I'd think of it differently but because it's signed by the artist,
and it's such an exquisite engraving, I'd like to, I suppose,
open my bidding, so to speak, at 200, 220, that sort of price mark.
-I would perhaps pay £100.
-100. Can I edge you up a little bit?
-If we said 130?
-£130, and thank you.
I'm just delighted to have ended the journey here
and brought you a piece of history.
That is a fantastic result.
She then goes on to sell the remaining picture in an
online sale for just over £5.
And after taking out postage and fees,
makes a total profit of £122.60 for the two.
So, that's two sales each to our battling bounty hunters
but Katherine's taken the lead with the profits.
Back in Worcester, Phil's next sale has him hot under the collar.
I bought this a long way from home and that was fine
but now I'm wandering around my hometown holding a thing
for displaying another thing that covers ladies' bits.
I'm beginning to feel just a little bit...
Well, people are looking at me.
Oh, dear. Our red-faced fox skulks around the streets
trying to stay incognito.
Finally, he makes it into a vintage shop
and hurries in for cover with owner, Linda.
I have severely been embarrassed today cos I've been walking
round the streets of Worcester with this.
I mean... Anyway... So, how old do you think that is?
-I would say, sort of, perhaps '40s, '50s.
-It's clearly missing something here.
I'm thinking it would have had a banner that would have said...
Advertising the make.
..Berlei or Playtex or whatever, and I was thinking that...
See this is where... You've got to be creative in my business.
I was thinking that you could have your shop name put across there,
And "As handled by Philip Serrell," across the bottom. I thought that might be a selling feature.
I'd like to get as close to 60 quid as I could.
£40, I would have said was quite a nice price.
What about if we, sort of, met somewhere in the middle?
Perhaps we could do that cos it would be a nice piece in the window.
-People do love to look in my window.
-I walk past it all the time.
-So 50 quid?
-You're an angel.
Phew. That's £35 profit but I think our blushing auctioneer
is just glad to be shot of it.
So, while Phil heads home to recover,
let's have a peek at the figures.
Phil has sold three of his five buys and banked himself £110 profit.
Katherine's only sold two items
but is out in front with £134.60 in her profit pot.
So it's a close-run race so far but with plenty of items left to sell,
there's everything to play for.
Katherine's next target is her bowling themed weather vane.
She's managed to track down a bowling club in Surrey
who haven't already got one.
But will club secretary, Stuart, play ball.
When I walked up, I noticed there was one thing missing on this
brand spanking new clubhouse. It's a weather vane.
I have to show you this because, personally,
I was totally drawn to it because of that inter-war feel.
-It's, sort of, 1930s, I think.
-That is, really, very good. Excellent.
And it would be rather nice to put
on the end of our pavilion, there, wouldn't it?
-Stuart, I suppose it comes down to the price.
-I think it does, yes.
I'm looking for something in the region of...
£40, £45, that sort of price range.
I was thinking of 30.
The fact is that it's a bit smaller than I would have liked.
It may be small but it is perfectly formed.
Would we be able to negotiate, perhaps, a £35 finishing point?
-I think we could do that.
-Let's shake on 35.
-Shake on 35.
Well, at just a fiver, that's Katherine's smallest profit yet.
But she doesn't seem to mind and jumps at the chance of a game.
-You have a go.
-Oh, my gosh.
-Yes, that's good. You're a natural.
-So you've got the winner at the moment.
Ooh, you're not supposed to do that but it's going to be close.
SHE CHEERS HE LAUGHS
Who knew our great lady was a budding bowler?
Is there no end to her talents?
Well, that was a great way to make a little bit of profit,
and I've come away with a membership form to join the bowling club.
Yes, no time for that now.
Our budding sportswoman heads off to bank some more cash
when she sells her collection of vintage tablecloths
to food writer, Sam, as a prop for her photoshoots.
I think I could certainly make use of these in the shoots.
At £25, they make her a tasty £20 profit.
Katherine is in the lead,
four sales to Foxy's three.
But, in Worcester, Phil's popped down the road
to a local menswear shop.
He's had a bright idea about those football boots.
Now, these boots, they are really, really old
but not as old as my tailor's because they've been in Worcester since the 18th century,
and I think these are going to look great dressing their window.
I just hope they think the same.
Having paid £50 for them,
will Phil be able to volley his profit into the back of the net?
-Have a look.
I was thinking of getting a felt-tip and putting "S Matthews"
on the bottom of them.
-Do we know how old they are?
-Well, I don't know.
I think they might have been, sort of, 1930s.
And we're probably looking at these as being good for the window,
-do you think?
-Well, that's what I was thinking.
I think they'd look great in one of your windows with,
I don't know, some colourful socks coming out of them, or whatever.
See, I can't go too far cos I could get a job here
as a window dresser and that's, you know... I'm just too busy.
-Are they of interest to you?
I think they could be. Yes, they could be.
I'd like to try and get as close to 120 quid as I could for them.
-I am a retailer.
-I'm not sure where this is going now.
-I've got a feeling it means I'm not going to get 120 quid.
-Yeah, yeah. Go on.
-If we talked about £100.
-If you talked about £100 I'd shake your hand.
-Yeah, I would.
There you go.
That's a Premier League score for our star striker,
netting him £50 profit.
And with one item left to sell,
Phil heads to Lincolnshire to meet retro junk dealer, Jack.
He's taking his, what he thinks is unique, tannoy speaker,
hoping to make some money to shout about,
but only to discover it's not so unique.
-Jack, that's the same.
-These were rare last week.
-Yeah, and this week?
This week, not so good.
Now, I don't know what you think, Jack,
but I always think these things sell better in pairs.
-Oh, dear. Sometimes.
-So, that's about 1950s,
-and it's been a PA system.
-Who would be the buyer for these, then?
Film props, probably. They're just decorative.
Well, Jack. Are you going to buy it off me?
-How much do you want for it?
-I was thinking it was worth 100 quid.
Yeah? You have got a very vivid imagination, Phil.
-Let me just stop you.
-Right, go on, then.
I know you are a very fair man, right.
You just make me your best offer and I'll take it.
Yes, because that strategy worked so well with the railway books.
-You're a gentleman, Jack. I said I'd take it.
-Just a question now. How much is that one?
-125, about. Oh, Jack.
-This one's not so good because...
-Shut up, Jack. Shut up.
Mm... Now, now. Manners.
It's a final £35 profit and our fox scampers over the finish line.
Well, that's me sold up and I've almost doubled my money on that.
Can you hear me, Katherine?
Um, she's hundreds of miles away in London, Phil.
And if the bra stand made our fox blush,
it's a good thing he isn't here for this.
Well, I've come to London, to the Hippodrome Casino
to meet its founder, Jimmy Thomas. They put on loads of burlesque shows
and I think this feather boa could be just the thing for them.
Remember, it cost our fashionista £20 to buy and after a sneak preview
of the show from dancer, Polly Rae, it's time to talk business.
I have brought you something that I think will be
just the ticket for Miss Polly Rae to wear in her next show.
What do you think of that?
-Oh, this is beautiful.
-I'm longing to put it on you. Does it...
-You see, there you go.
-I want to go home in it.
-I found it at an antiques fair
and I think it's post-war
and it's made from cock feathers so they are...
They have that natural iridescence to them.
She would love it if she would dance in that.
When I bought it, I just thought "It has to go to the best
-"burlesque dancer in the world."
-Well, she is number one in London.
So, in terms of price, I'm going to start high and be ambitious here,
but I'm thinking around about £100 and see what happens.
Well, let's say, for Polly, I'll pay £100. It's beautiful.
-Shall we shake on that?
-Or shall we shimmy on that, I should say.
She's done it.
So Katherine dances over the finish line with £80 profit.
You're missing out, Phil.
Aah, if only he knew.
That's both our experts sold up,
but who'll be on the winner's podium and who'll be left for dust.
Let's first remind ourselves of what they spent at the fair.
Both our experts took £750 of their own money to Donington.
Phil bought five items and spent £190.
Katherine also bagged herself five items, but spent a titchy £71.
But now it's all a matter of profit and selling prowess.
All of the money that Phil and Katherine have
made from today's challenge will go to the charities of their choice.
So, let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
-Well, this is a sporting entrance from you.
-How are you?
Well, the chequered flag should be waving. I had such a nice time.
-How about you?
-I loved it. Let's talk about the experience.
What was the best bit for you?
The best bit, for me, was being in the Hippodrome
-and watching the most amazing burlesque show.
-You didn't ask me to come?
-Well, you see,
you were busy doing something else.
-What were you busy doing?
-Well, country boy goes to London.
I got to sell something to the Deputy Speaker
of the House of Lords.
-Outside the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, doing a sale.
You and your friends. Goodness me. What a contacts list.
Well, come on, time tells. Let's have a look.
-Who's going to count?
-I did not expect that at all.
-I'm really pleased for you.
Come on. Let's go and um...
So Katherine walks away the winner after an impressive display
of treasure-hunting and profit pioneering.
It's all about what you buy and not how much you spend.
Remember, Phil, I spent half of what you did
but I made that little bit extra profit.
They say that winning is habit-forming.
Well, in this instance, so is losing.
But Phil gets another chance at the top spot tomorrow,
when they head to a car-boot sale in Sussex.
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!