Katherine Higgins v Phil Serrell - Car Boot Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


Katherine Higgins v Phil Serrell - Car Boot

Antiques challenge. Phil Serrell and Katherine Higgins battle it out at a car boot in West Sussex. Will hard haggler Phil's profits go up in smoke when he buys an old chimney?


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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-out battle for profit...

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That could present a problem for me.

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

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PHIL GROWLS

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face

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a different 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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..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, we have a right pair of bright-eyed bushy-tailed

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battlers as Phil "The Fox" Serrell takes on vixen of the vintage,

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Katherine "The Great" Higgins.

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Coming up... Phil finds the noisy end of a car.

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I think it's quite a fun thing that.

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HONKS HORN

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Katherine gets more than she bargained for...

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-He's going to take me to the pub.

-But not now.

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A date later.

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..and Phil considers a makeover.

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No, no.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, foraging fanatics

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and antiques enthusiasts everywhere to another

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collision of the collectables, as two giants of the trade

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go head-to-head, fist to fist and nose to grindstone in

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a buying and selling battle in which the only way is profit.

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Up today, an iron lady who's as stylish as she's competitive.

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It's the reigning queen of collectables,

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it's...

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I'm going to be in the right place at the right time.

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And leading the coup against her is a rebel with a cause.

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Eager to take down anyone who stands in the way of a good profit,

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it's...

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Get in there and get it bought quickly.

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Today's battle of the bargains takes place at

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Ford Airfield car-boot sale in West Sussex,

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where our crusaders of the curio have £250 of their own money

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to buy, sell and make a profit for their chosen charity and,

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more importantly, beat their rival.

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Yes, Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell,

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it's time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Hello, lovely, how are you?

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-Oh, bright and early in the morning.

-Oh, goodness me.

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-And we're ready to go with our £250.

-£250.

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Well, I'm quite looking forward to this because I know most of these

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dealers personally. They always bring nice things down for me.

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I've got insider knowledge too. I was last here when I was six.

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-Really?

-Yes.

-In pig tails?

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Yeah, pig tails, playing on the beach, all that sort of stuff.

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Well, listen, I'm going to go because there's my friend Eric

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over there and this place is supposed to be rammed with cars...

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I'll be back in a minute.

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I'm already on the losing foot.

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Hmm, Phil there doing his best to wrong foot his opponent.

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Hoping to panic her into an early mistake maybe.

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But other than the mind games,

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what does the old fox make of today's challenge?

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There are car-boots and there are car-boots

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and I think this one is one of the best.

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I've got £250,

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I'm going to try and make a really big hole in that.

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So with Phil looking to make a big dent,

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has he succeed in putting the wind up Katherine?

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I must say, I'm feeling quite relaxed.

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I'm feeling that my strategy is going to be

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calm, cool and collected.

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Phil's out there, running around like a mad thing.

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I'm just playing it cool.

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Hmm, will it be Phil's dogged determination or Katherine's

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cucumber coolness that wins in the end?

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As Phil gets chummy with the market owners,

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Katherine spies a van opening and gets into place,

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hoping to discover the treasures which lie within.

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It's very, very exciting.

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I've just found this lovely little watercolour of a local scene.

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Great church with 15th century additions

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and the Star pub next door to it.

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Goodness knows where it is.

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On the back, Old Heathfield Church and the Star.

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-Can I snap that up?

-Yep.

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-For pennies.

-For pennies.

-I've got no idea...

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-I mean, I'm presuming it's here, isn't it?

-A watercolour.

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-Is that local?

-Yes.

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-Do you know the scene? Can you take me to that pub?

-Yeah, I can, yeah.

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-He's going to take me to the pub.

-But not now.

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A date later.

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Hold on, you're meant to be setting up sales, not dates.

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But it's not a great artist.

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-Not a great artist, lovely little frame though.

-I like sheep.

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Give us a tenner for it.

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-Oh, no, I can't that's too...

-That's cheap.

-Oh, no, that's not cheap.

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-No, no, I can't do that. Unless, five?

-Give us seven quid.

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£7, there you go, £7.

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Katherine's on a real charm offensive

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and it's definitely working,

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as the seller produces a vintage wedding dress.

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Hold on, where's this going?

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OK, I'll have that for £2 then.

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-Not for

-£2. Yeah, yeah,

-£2. I owe you two quid, you're not...

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-£2! What a silk wedding dress for

-£2? Well...

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Oh, now they're arguing like an old married couple.

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But they settle on a price of £8

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and Katherine steps to the side to take another look at that dress.

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I think it shows quite a lot of the hallmarks of post-war design.

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I mean, it was a period where fabric

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was still on the rations,

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so you had to use what you could.

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It has got a fine, fine almost damask style pattern running

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through it and that's rather attractive.

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The other thing that's very appealing is the condition.

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Wrapped in its plastic, that was a great thing

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and the size is really good.

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It's a nice waistline,

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probably equivalent to a size 10-12 today, something like that.

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Perfect for the bride-to-be.

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Am I going to be on time for that wedding?

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I don't know but I'm going to try jolly hard to get there.

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Katherine has two purchases under her belt

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and wedding plans in the offing, so Phil had better get a move on,

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if he wants to avoid being left on the shelf.

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Luckily, he's spotted a chimney that he hopes might stack up a profit.

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How much was that?

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Is that the best on him?

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Is that right?

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That wasn't an answer to the question, was it?

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Eh? Well, not £50.

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You've got a chink out here, look.

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I was thinking, like, 30, 35 quid for it.

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That would be the finish really.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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I'd better give you some money.

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All I need now is a few bricks, some tiles, a door and some windows

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and I've got myself a house.

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Now, you look at this and you're seeing a chimney but I'm not.

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I'm looking at this as a garden feature.

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I can see this in someone's garden with all sorts of busy lizzies

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and other flowers just cascading out of the top.

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I think it's a really, really cool thing.

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Now, it's probably turn of the last century.

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It's stoneware and it's salt glaze.

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What I love is the transition between industrial and decorative because you

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think of Royal Doulton Stoneware,

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you get glaze jugs, mugs, that type of thing.

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But you also get drainpipes and chimneypots

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and I love that crossover.

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This has cost me £35

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and I think it's going to be just the best garden feature

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you could see.

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Ah, Phil's on top of the world with his chimney and on a high,

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swoops in on what looks like a set of mid-century liberty tables.

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How much are they?

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-Worth a tenner.

-A tenner. There you are, my friend.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you very much, cheers.

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Hmm, but on closer inspection it seems Phil may have been

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a little hasty.

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Do you know, from a distance those actually look really, really

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nice things.

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Sort of turn of the century, Islamic, Liberty influence.

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But the thing is, buying antiques is not unlike marriage,

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you do it in haste and you repent at leisure.

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Turn of the century?

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Turn of the last century, not the one before.

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Gopping.

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Certainly not a word you want to be using at this stage but the pressure

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of this challenge does sometimes lead to mistakes being made.

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After Phil's table error,

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he will presumably be introducing a bit more caution to proceedings,

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maybe he'll be after something subtle, something delicate.

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HORN BEEPS

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Or maybe he'll get his hands on a whopping big car horn.

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How old is it?

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Looks like 1930s. It's English.

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-You see, I'd love to give you 30 quid for this really.

-I'm sure you would.

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THE SELLER LAUGHS

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I'll do 32 for you.

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There we are. Thank you very much indeed.

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Why have I bought this? Well, I think it's quite a cool thing.

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It's an old bulb car horn.

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HONKS HORN

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And I know a few people who've got a few cars

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and the nice thing about it is that it's English.

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How do you know it's English?

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Well, if you think about it logically,

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an English car is right-hand drive and this,

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with that bracket there, fits on the outside of a right-hand drive car.

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If it was from an American or left-hand drive car, it would

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be on that side and the bracket would be in a different place.

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I'm guessing in terms of age it's probably 1930s

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but I think it's quite a fun thing that.

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HONKS HORN

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So Phil's happy with his horn,

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while Katherine is hoping she might have found the next

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piece of this purchasing puzzle in a box of Edwardian jigsaws.

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I was wondering what they looked like when they were made-up and there they are there, actually.

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Yeah, that's the six pictures.

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-Isn't that lovely?

-Yeah. They're all there.

-Did you do it?

-Yes.

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-Did you put them together? God.

-They all just clicked in together.

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-How long did it take?

-It wasn't too bad

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because they're actually different colours on the back.

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-Oh, right, so you can...

-So, I could sort them...

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-Oh, isn't that brilliant?

-Yeah.

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-Gosh, that's clever, isn't it?

-There's 15 pieces in each one.

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Why don't they make puzzles like that now?

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-That's obviously the six styles.

-Yeah, how much do you want for those?

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-That's a really nice...

-I'm asking £10 for the lot.

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OK, em, what about 6-ish?

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That's a bit tight for me. Eight would get it.

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-OK,

-£8. Yep.

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It's the jigsaw puzzle

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from the great hand and the great company of Ernest Nister,

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who was a German firm, pre to WW1.

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It was very popular to buy toys that were designed by German firms

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and they were known for their quality,

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quality lithographic printing. Very kindly the man sorted it all out.

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So we do know it is complete, it's got six images of birds.

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It's a memory of how children played in the past

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and I think that's quite captivating.

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So with chimneys, paintings, wedding dresses and car horns,

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our battling buyers are picking up an extremely puzzling

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collection of sellables.

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So let's see how our experts are getting on.

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Both Phil and Katherine started the day with £250 to spend.

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Phil has bought three items totalling £77,

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meaning he has £173 still burning a hole in his pocket.

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Katherine also has three purchases but has only spent £23,

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leaving her with £227 to spend.

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And so, before this tussle continues,

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our tenacious two come together for a tete-a-tete.

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So how are you getting on?

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Well, I've got this budget and I should be spending money but I'm finding it really hard.

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-Well, I'm, sort of, spending it.

-What have you bought?

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Well, I am regretting something.

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-Oh, what?

-Well, I bought something and I think it was probably a mistake.

-OK.

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In fact I don't think it was probably a mistake, I know it was a mistake.

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It was a mistake. Have you spent loads?

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-More than you.

-Oh, gosh.

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Hmm, Katherine there doing a good job of looking concerned about Phil's plight

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But don't forget, every mistake he makes brings her that

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little bit closer to victory.

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I'd say Phil was a worried man and, kind of, hearing what

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he was talking about, I think he probably should be too.

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She's spent pence, I've spent pounds

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and the problem comes, she'll turn her pence into pounds,

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I could turn my pounds into pence.

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Hmm, but things are soon looking up for Phil as he spots a red coat

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being sold by a jolly bearded chap.

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Could it be? Erm, maybe not.

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So how much of it is original?

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The tunic itself is original.

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And does it come with trousers?

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The trousers go with it, yeah. You can feel there, they're heavy quality ones.

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OK.

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-And how much was it?

-I had 65 but 50.

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-They have been put on, probably for fancy dress...

-OK.

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..because the button there, which is where the belt goes, should be flat.

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-Right, and those have got nothing to do with it...

-No.

-..and those have nothing to do with it.

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So all I'm buying is a red tunic, isn't it?

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Well, you get those bits and you get the trousers too.

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-I mean, you'd look good in those.

-Yeah, yeah.

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You see, I look at that and I think it's, like, 25/30 quid's worth.

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That's what I think.

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It actually owes me £36.

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My best on that is 30 quid.

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The first loss is the best, my friend.

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-Unfortunately, you're right. I'll take it.

-You're a gentleman.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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There's a couple of expressions in this business, mishmash,

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marriage and there's another slightly ruder one which

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all could be applied to this tunic.

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But it was 30 quid.

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All I need to do now is find somebody who likes dressing up.

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Having so far bought a mishmash of items,

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Phil now appears to have bought a mismatched item.

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Oh, dear.

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Katherine will be pleased though, she's a woman

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with a competitive edge. Having already picked up one game,

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she's now found a ping-pong set.

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This caught my eye.

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I kind of remember playing with a set very similar to this

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and who didn't really

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when table tennis was something you'd attach to your table?

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You didn't buy a specially made table,

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you actually attached this net

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with these clamps and then you were away.

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You could be a table tennis champion.

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Hello.

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Are you a table tennis champion at heart?

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No. Definitely not.

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The only thing about this is what's missing?

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We can't play it, can we?

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-Oh, balls.

-I know.

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-Huh! What did she say?

-Missing balls.

-I know!

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-Oh, right.

-Still, that should keep the price down.

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So price-wise, three pounds?

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-Yep, that's fine.

-Yeah, OK.

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I'm very excited. This is what our children today should be playing

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instead of computer games.

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It's lovely to have them, you know,

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round a table playing some table tennis.

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Where it's going to go,

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I don't quite know yet but who couldn't resist that?

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So with Katherine buying incomplete items for less than

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a pint of beer, Phil is looking at a larger round of purchases,

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as he's drawn to a decorative mug and a white stone box.

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The only stumbling block, the price.

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My issue with these, right, governor, is I'm going to get

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what you're are asking for them.

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I'm going to get 35/45 quid for that

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and I'm going to get, hopefully, 50 or 60 quid for that.

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OK, which means I've got to give you for the two,

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somewhere between 40 and 50 quid.

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I'll give you 60 quid for the two.

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£62.50 then.

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LAUGHTER

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There you are. You're a gentleman, thank you.

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With two buys in the bag,

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Phil also spots a brass letter opener on the stall

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and spends a further £7.50 on it,

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rounding the total spend to £70.

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This is a really interesting mug,

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late 19th-century, probably about 1880/1890, something like that.

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If you turn it upside down, that, for all the world,

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looks like it should be Chinese.

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By that we mean made in China with this wonderful armorial

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family crest on the front

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and exported to Europe.

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But the thing is, it's not Chinese.

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This, sort of, fake Chinese mark

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actually is produced by the Samson of Paris factory.

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So that's where it was made, that's when it was made.

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This little box is lovely.

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Now, I'm not sure whether this is lapis lazuli and alabaster

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or what the stone is, that's something I've got try and find out.

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It's got a fantastic hinge on there, it's English, it's made in England.

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There's a maker's mark on there, I'll try and find that out as well.

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Now, my friend on the stall, he thought that this little brass item

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was probably a pipe tamper.

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In other words, something you just tapped the tobacco down on the end of your pipe.

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I don't think it is that at all, I think this is a paper knife

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and it would have done just what it's doing now.

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It would have sat on someone's desk or table and I think

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that this is clearly the bit for opening your letter.

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This here, I believe, would have originally have had a seal on it.

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So I think I've got three really interesting items.

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And with that, Phil decides to call it a day.

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Across the boot-fair, Katherine is still perusing the stalls

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and taking yet another trip down memory lane.

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I grew up with a picnic hamper

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and we used to go come down very near here to the beach

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and it was a most exciting moment when you got out of the car,

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you opened up your hamper, you opened the plastic box

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and inside were your sandwiches wrapped up in paper.

0:17:530:17:56

I think it needs a bit of a brush. I think it needs a bit of TLC

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but, hey, I'm the sort of girl that can give it all of that.

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The picnic hamper nibbles a paltry £8 into her budget.

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She really has held back the reins today

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and so let's see how the totals tot up

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at the end of the car-boot buying.

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Phil and Katherine started the day with £250 to spend.

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Phil has made seven purchases, costing a meaty £177.

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Katherine has five items under her arm, spending a meagre £34.

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-I have one question to ask you...

-Go on.

-..just one question.

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-Just the one?

-Yeah.

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How much have you spent on all of this?

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Well, in total £34.

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You've spent £34 on all of this?!

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-I worked really hard to spend that!

-That cost me more than that,

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on its own, by itself.

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-You paid more than £34 for that?

-Yes.

-That's scary.

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My question would be, how much do you like chipboard?

0:18:570:19:02

You go straight for the throat, don't you? There's no messing around.

0:19:020:19:05

-Funnily enough, actually, from a distance...

-Yeah, three miles.

0:19:050:19:08

..those do look quite attractive.

0:19:080:19:09

Close-up they are...

0:19:090:19:11

-Close-up, yes, yes.

-Minging, horrible.

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-You need to probably change your glasses really, yes, yes.

-Or even get a pair.

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I think the favourite thing that you bought, undoubtedly,

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and I wish I'd seen it,

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is your little lapis box. I mean, isn't it, oh!

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I have to tell you, out of the whole £34 that you've spent,

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I've got a few favourites.

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-The old ping-pong, or table tennis, I love...

-Yeah.

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-I think the jigsaw's lovely...

-Good.

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The picnic set I like, the watercolour I like.

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-I've never really been into dresses.

-No, no.

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Wedding dresses in particular have always frightened me.

0:19:390:19:42

Anyway, how are we going to do, do you think?

0:19:420:19:45

If I can make £34 work for me... It'll be a challenge.

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-I think, considering you've spent what, how much?

-Thank you very much.

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-100 and something.

-All right, OK...

-Quick march.

-No need to rub it in.

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HONKS HORN

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So our dealers beat a retreat as they head back to their bases

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and turn their settings from buy to sell, sell, sell.

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Each will be hoping to keep their prices high,

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their profits big and their victories mighty as they both

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try to collect a bag of loot for the charities of their choice.

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In Guildford, Katherine is taking the time to really get

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a good look at her wares.

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I think my favourite piece out of everything I bought,

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is probably the watercolour.

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It's really well painted, I've done some research

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into the artist, Rosemary Brown,

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and she is known for her animal watercolours

0:20:340:20:38

and it makes sense because the sheep in this are beautifully painted.

0:20:380:20:42

Finding that jigsaw puzzle was great and what I want to try

0:20:420:20:46

and do is perhaps reconnect it with someone who's got parrots

0:20:460:20:50

someone who is interested in birds.

0:20:500:20:52

We can really explore the Pretty Polly element of that.

0:20:520:20:55

With the picnic hamper, I just remember as a child growing up with things like that.

0:20:550:20:59

It just would be magical to reunite it was somebody who is

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as passionate about picnic hampers as I am.

0:21:020:21:05

Table tennis, I haven't even begun to think about that.

0:21:050:21:07

It's outside of my area of knowledge but I'm going to find somebody

0:21:070:21:11

who rather enjoys a bit of ping-pong.

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And the wedding dress, I was really hoping

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and I am hoping to find a bride who will wear it.

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Phil, that chimney, are you all smoke and no fire?

0:21:190:21:24

Yes, fighting talk there. Over in Worcester, Phil appears to be

0:21:240:21:27

getting all hot and bothered about his purchases.

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This is an object lesson, in that you've got to look little bit closer

0:21:300:21:33

before you part with your money.

0:21:330:21:34

It's hard to believe this, I am older than these.

0:21:340:21:38

But they were only a tenner, so I don't think there's going to be too much damage there.

0:21:380:21:42

My car horn, well, I think it's a really cool thing and I think

0:21:420:21:45

I'm going to try and find someone with a vintage car for that.

0:21:450:21:48

I think it's an old one, so hopefully,

0:21:480:21:50

fingers crossed, that will be all right.

0:21:500:21:53

The uniform, it wasn't expensive but the badges aren't right,

0:21:530:21:56

the buttons aren't right, and I think it's got somebody's pyjama cord

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round the middle of it. But, you know, it looks the part,

0:22:000:22:03

so I think it's a great decorator's thing.

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For me, my star lot, however, is the lapis box,

0:22:050:22:09

the Chinese export porcelain mug,

0:22:090:22:11

that's actually made in France

0:22:110:22:13

and the feather letter opener.

0:22:130:22:15

That lot, I think, was £70 the lot and I would really hope

0:22:150:22:18

there's a profit in those.

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If all else fails, I could always fall back on my chimney.

0:22:200:22:23

-Oh, that would hurt.

-Oh, yes, it would indeed.

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Now, the burning question is, who will buy what as our matchmakers

0:22:260:22:30

try to find perfect suitors for their desirables as they utilise

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every tool at their disposal,

0:22:340:22:35

knowing that for a deal to be done, the hand must be shaken

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and the money taken.

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And it's Phil who's first with the pair of tables that he's been

0:22:410:22:44

regretting buying from the moment he handed over £10.

0:22:440:22:48

He's taken them to Herefordshire-based antiques dealer

0:22:480:22:51

Lynn but tries the same trick that fooled him,

0:22:510:22:54

placing them at a distance from her.

0:22:540:22:57

-Don't you think those look the business?

-Yeah, they do...

0:22:570:23:00

-Liberty style, do you think?

-Well, I wouldn't have said Liberty

0:23:000:23:03

but they do look nice, I'll give you that. Eastern...

0:23:030:23:05

I must admit, when I saw them, I sort of thought, perhaps 1900-ish.

0:23:050:23:08

That's what I thought when I saw them. Are you interested?

0:23:080:23:11

Yeah, but I'd need to look at them,

0:23:110:23:12

-only a fool would buy them without looking at them.

-All right, OK.

0:23:120:23:17

-Ah!

-That's really done a...

0:23:170:23:20

OK, all right, all right.

0:23:200:23:23

Normally when you get pairs of things they're more expensive, Phil,

0:23:230:23:26

-but there is always an exception to the rule.

-Thanks, Lynn.

0:23:260:23:29

-They're not what they seem, are they?

-No.

0:23:290:23:32

Anyway, I know you're fair. I'm not going to negotiate with you at all.

0:23:320:23:36

Give me your best price for them and I'll take it.

0:23:360:23:40

Absolute, absolute, absolute, best is £25 because I think...

0:23:400:23:43

Fine, you don't have to reason with me.

0:23:430:23:45

Thank you very much indeed, my love.

0:23:450:23:47

Phil takes the first offer and wins the first profit of...

0:23:470:23:51

Who knows, Katherine, I might have just turned the tables on you.

0:23:530:23:57

Ah, but Katherine has plans of her own

0:23:570:24:00

and they're wedding plans by the looks of it.

0:24:000:24:02

I've brought my vintage wedding dress

0:24:020:24:04

to the Birmingham School of Sewing to meet a lovely lady called Sheila-May.

0:24:040:24:07

She runs classes for young brides-to-be to help them stitch

0:24:070:24:10

and sew their own wedding dresses today.

0:24:100:24:12

So I think this will really fit in because she'll be able to use it

0:24:120:24:15

as a piece of inspiration for her students.

0:24:150:24:18

So will Sheila be interested in marrying Katherine to a

0:24:180:24:22

tidy profit with a dress that cost her £8?

0:24:220:24:25

So Sheila-May, I've taken the liberty of putting it on

0:24:250:24:27

one of your mannequins.

0:24:270:24:29

I love it because you can now see the structure of it.

0:24:290:24:32

What do you think?

0:24:320:24:33

I think it's amazing, it looks lovely on a mannequin

0:24:330:24:36

and it does need the body inside to show you the actual fit of the dress.

0:24:360:24:39

So in your classes when you're teaching, how will you use this?

0:24:390:24:43

I will show it to people on the mannequin.

0:24:430:24:46

They like to see all the details on it.

0:24:460:24:48

They like to see how things are made and how things are put together.

0:24:480:24:51

Even though it's a completely different shape to what is

0:24:510:24:55

popular at the moment, the detailing is still the same

0:24:550:24:58

so we can still learn from seeing

0:24:580:25:01

the way that things have been done.

0:25:010:25:03

I suppose, in terms of what I would like to achieve for it,

0:25:030:25:06

I think between, I guess, £50-£70, that sort of price.

0:25:060:25:13

Where do you lie on that?

0:25:130:25:15

I'm happy with that. I'd be happy to give you £70.

0:25:150:25:18

-70?

-Yeah.

-OK, that's fantastic. I'd be delighted with that.

0:25:180:25:23

So that makes a £62 profit for the dress.

0:25:230:25:27

I'm really pleased with how that went.

0:25:270:25:29

I've made a good profit but that wasn't what it was all about,

0:25:290:25:32

it was about giving it to the right home where it's

0:25:320:25:35

going to be used for inspiration and I think I've achieved that.

0:25:350:25:38

Well done, Katherine The Great.

0:25:380:25:40

That's my first item sold. Phil, you should be worried.

0:25:400:25:43

Yes, but Phil isn't one to allow self-doubt to get in the way

0:25:430:25:46

as he travels to London for his second sale.

0:25:460:25:50

This is me really chancing my arm.

0:25:500:25:52

I go and buy a lovely little porcelain mug

0:25:520:25:56

from a car-boot in West Sussex

0:25:560:25:59

and bring it to one of the best porcelain dealers in Saint James's.

0:25:590:26:02

He's that good, he's got a Royal Warrant to sell to the Queen.

0:26:020:26:06

I just hope he doesn't show me the door.

0:26:060:26:08

Remember the mug cost £30,

0:26:080:26:10

so will Mark help Phil top-up his profit sheet?

0:26:100:26:14

-It's a very decorative thing but we don't normally buy Samson pieces.

-No.

0:26:140:26:18

People will buy them for decoration and that's very nicely painted

0:26:180:26:23

-and in good condition.

-It's a good example of what it is, isn't it?

0:26:230:26:27

It's a good example and it's good that it's still got the Samson mark.

0:26:270:26:30

Quite often you find this has been erased off later to disguise

0:26:300:26:34

-the fact that it's a copy.

-Yeah.

0:26:340:26:36

Or they even painted little gold roses over them sometimes

0:26:360:26:39

-to hide the Samson mark.

-Right.

0:26:390:26:41

So that's a plus.

0:26:410:26:42

Well, it cost me £30. All I would ask you to do is make me

0:26:420:26:46

-your best offer and...

-OK.

0:26:460:26:49

I think a fair offer from us would be £65.

0:26:490:26:53

-You're a gentleman, sir. Thank you very much indeed.

-Pleasure.

0:26:530:26:56

What a lovely man, he didn't throw me or my mug out, he bought it

0:26:560:27:01

and I more than doubled my money.

0:27:010:27:03

Yes, Phil is delighted with a profit of...

0:27:030:27:07

Now he bought it along with two other items

0:27:070:27:10

and, whilst he's in the capital city,

0:27:100:27:12

he takes his cigarette box to specialist tobacconist Philip.

0:27:120:27:16

Now, this isn't a cigar box but it's got the tobacco connection.

0:27:160:27:21

I thought this was lapis lazuli

0:27:210:27:22

but I've since been told it's moissanite..

0:27:220:27:25

I just was hoping above hope that you might have somewhere for it.

0:27:250:27:29

What do you think, Philip?

0:27:290:27:31

-Beautifully made.

-It is, isn't it?

-It's all tailed in.

0:27:310:27:34

Would that fit in with your collection?

0:27:340:27:36

It would, yeah, very much so, very much so.

0:27:360:27:39

So you might be interested in buying it off me?

0:27:390:27:42

-If the price is right.

-Look at this...

0:27:420:27:44

Tell me what your best, best offer is and I shall shake you by the hand.

0:27:440:27:47

-50.

-Is that your best?

-Yeah. Go on, then.

0:27:470:27:50

Phil charms his was way to profit of...

0:27:500:27:55

Not the biggest profit in the world

0:27:550:27:57

but from small acorns do big oak trees grow.

0:27:570:28:00

Katherine, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

0:28:000:28:03

Hmm, charming. So that's three sales to Serrell.

0:28:030:28:07

Meanwhile, Katherine's taken her picnic set to Chesterfield.

0:28:070:28:11

Not the prettiest place for an outing.

0:28:110:28:13

You'll never believe it, but down this alleyway is a real treasure trove.

0:28:130:28:17

I've come to see Matt who specialises in renovating

0:28:170:28:19

period camper vans.

0:28:190:28:21

He's working on one now, so I'm hoping he's going to want

0:28:210:28:24

this to go with it.

0:28:240:28:27

-Wow!

-Hi. What an incredible place to have a chat.

0:28:270:28:30

-Thank you.

-Isn't it fantastic?

0:28:300:28:32

-We are not in a house...

-Nope.

-We are in a room on wheels.

0:28:320:28:36

Yes, yeah, our old 1966 split screen.

0:28:360:28:39

-What's the official colour of this?

-This is dove blue.

-OK, I have brought

0:28:390:28:42

you a dove blue Brexton picnic hamper.

0:28:420:28:46

-Fantastic, great stuff.

-What's the date of this vehicle?

-It's a 1966.

0:28:460:28:51

OK, I've brought you probably something from about 1968/69.

0:28:510:28:56

-So...

-Close, absolutely.

-..I'm in the ballpark for the figure area here.

0:28:560:28:59

Can you see yourself using it on a summers day?

0:28:590:29:01

Absolutely, yeah, yeah, a nice laid-out picnic.

0:29:010:29:04

-I'm thinking of around about £15.

-OK, OK.

0:29:040:29:08

£18, maybe a bit more.

0:29:080:29:09

What price can you put on a good lunch?

0:29:090:29:12

If I'm honest, with the colour match and with it being

0:29:120:29:15

so retro, with it, kind of suiting...

0:29:150:29:18

This is sounding good.

0:29:180:29:20

-I'd be happy to pay 20, if I'm honest.

-Would you?

0:29:200:29:22

Do you know, it's so rare that I come into a situation

0:29:220:29:25

and I'm actually upped on the price.

0:29:250:29:27

-Do you know, I'm going to shake your hand...

-Thank you very much.

0:29:270:29:30

..before any more time goes by.

0:29:300:29:32

Well, that was positively extraordinary that I pitched it

0:29:320:29:35

at one price level and actually he gave me more. Fantastic!

0:29:350:29:39

I'm really pleased. In many ways it's gone to exactly the right home,

0:29:390:29:43

it's the perfect colour for that home

0:29:430:29:45

and, Phil, can you do better than that?

0:29:450:29:48

Yes, Katherine unpacks a profit of...

0:29:480:29:52

and brings us to the halfway mark.

0:29:520:29:54

So it's time to find out who's dancing the fandango

0:29:540:29:57

and who's stumbling in the dark.

0:29:570:30:00

Phil has sold three of his seven items, making a profit of...

0:30:010:30:04

Katherine has only sold two of her five but has £74 to her name.

0:30:060:30:10

So this campaign of the collectables is still up for contention

0:30:130:30:16

and it's Phil who's striking next, armed with his officer's uniform.

0:30:160:30:21

Now, I'm in my home town of Worchester and there are no

0:30:210:30:23

army barracks here but there is a fancy dress shop

0:30:230:30:26

just round the corner.

0:30:260:30:27

I'm not going to find any self-respecting soldier who's

0:30:270:30:30

going to wear my uniform

0:30:300:30:32

but if you're dressing up, I might just have the thing for you.

0:30:320:30:36

But will fancy dress shop owner Sue notice how mismatched

0:30:360:30:40

the tunic is and will it matter?

0:30:400:30:42

I was told that it's early part of the 20th century,

0:30:420:30:46

that's what the guy told me, about 1900 and something. What do you think to that?

0:30:460:30:50

-I don't know about these buttons.

-What's wrong with the buttons?

0:30:500:30:53

I don't know whether they match the outfit, the time period for

0:30:530:30:57

the outfit and, I don't mean to be funny,

0:30:570:31:00

but that does look a bit like a dressing gown cord.

0:31:000:31:05

-So this is an absolute mashup, isn't it?

-Yeah, it's not bad.

0:31:050:31:09

But you could do something with it, couldn't you?

0:31:090:31:11

-We could use it for a bandsman...

-Yeah.

0:31:110:31:15

-..a military and maybe Zulu warrior.

-Oh, the film.

0:31:150:31:21

-From Michael Caine.

-Oh, yeah, that would be fantastic, wouldn't it?

0:31:210:31:24

-That would fit into our TV and film section.

-That would be brilliant.

0:31:240:31:27

It's getting more expensive by the minute now. I was hoping above hopes

0:31:270:31:30

I might get, sort of, 75 quid for it.

0:31:300:31:32

I could probably go to 50 top

0:31:320:31:34

because I am going to have to do repairs and swap the buttons over.

0:31:340:31:37

If I can squeeze you for another five quid, I'll sell it to you.

0:31:370:31:40

-Go on, then, deal.

-Thank you very much.

-Michael Caine.

0:31:400:31:43

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

0:31:430:31:45

Phil marches off with a profit of...

0:31:450:31:47

And whilst he's there, considers changing his look.

0:31:480:31:51

No.

0:31:520:31:53

Not that one.

0:31:550:31:56

No, no, no.

0:31:560:32:00

That's the one.

0:32:000:32:03

So, while Phil is trying to get ahead,

0:32:040:32:06

Katherine is winging it for her next sale as she takes her

0:32:060:32:10

jigsaw puzzle to Birdworld in Surrey.

0:32:100:32:13

Well, I've brought my bird jigsaw puzzle to Birdworld which is

0:32:130:32:16

one of Britain's largest bird parks and I'm going to have a chat with

0:32:160:32:19

their general manager Mark Anderson to see if he might like this.

0:32:190:32:23

As a child I came here and I now bring my children here,

0:32:230:32:26

so I pretty much know every bird in this area

0:32:260:32:30

and I know there's one bird that matches this puzzle exactly.

0:32:300:32:34

So he must be tempted. In fact, I think I'm on to a winner.

0:32:340:32:38

What I'd love to say about it,

0:32:380:32:40

I hope you can spot straight away, is the quality of the illustration.

0:32:400:32:44

-Absolutely, yeah.

-I know you've got this bird here.

0:32:440:32:46

-We do, we have African Greys.

-Yeah.

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So where and how would this fit into your remit?

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You know, where we might be interested in being able to

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use them is as part of our conservation fundraising efforts.

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And each year we hold an auction

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and these sort of things are obviously quite sought-after

0:33:020:33:05

and a lot of the people who follow our online auction

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are interested in this sort of thing.

0:33:080:33:10

I'm thinking, I mean, it's a lovely piece and should it appear

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in a dealer's catalogue, I think it would be around

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about the £50/60 mark, that sort of price.

0:33:160:33:20

Would you take £40?

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Erm, I'd love to settle on £45,

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I'd be happy then, would you be?

0:33:270:33:29

Erm, yeah, OK, £45. I think that's a fair price.

0:33:290:33:33

So Katherine flies off with a squawking...

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Leaving her just enough time to feed the penguins.

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OK, line-up everybody.

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Who's first in the queue? You?

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Here we go.

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SQUAWKING

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I think, I think that means love.

0:33:520:33:54

Katherine is putting in the hours matching her items to the

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right buyers and, true to form, when it comes to selling

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the watercolour, she's tracked down the same Sussex scene it depicts.

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I think I'm in exactly the right spot in Old Heathfield in Sussex

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because I can see the church spire behind and I can see

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the inn to the left.

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I'm going to go and see the owner of the inn and see

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if I can get him to buy this from me.

0:34:140:34:17

Mike, I hope you like this as much as I do.

0:34:180:34:21

-What are your thoughts about it?

-It's very sweet.

0:34:210:34:26

I have the honour of having quite a lot of painting clubs

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sit in the garden during the summer and come for lunch and

0:34:300:34:33

the ladies and the gentlemen that attend like to do watercolours.

0:34:330:34:36

So I've got a collection that are in the pub,

0:34:360:34:40

some are in the loft.

0:34:400:34:41

I hope this wouldn't go into the loft,

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should you be interested in buying it.

0:34:430:34:46

No, I shouldn't think it would, no.

0:34:460:34:49

I'm thinking, Mike, because it's a very accomplished watercolour,

0:34:490:34:53

and it reflects the scene beautifully and it would look

0:34:530:34:57

lovely on your walls, that a price point of about 90-120 is right.

0:34:570:35:01

Realistically, for me, if I was to go to Heathfield on Tuesday

0:35:010:35:04

-to Heathfield market and one of the stalls...

-You wouldn't find this.

0:35:040:35:07

-..there's quite a lot of watercolours there.

-Are there?

0:35:070:35:10

-And a lot of them are of the Star Inn.

-Are they?

0:35:100:35:13

Erm, 40 quid.

0:35:130:35:16

I'd be happier with 60.

0:35:160:35:18

-I'd struggle with 50.

-Can we shake on that?

-We can.

-Good.

0:35:200:35:24

And I would actually love to see where it's going to go on the wall.

0:35:240:35:27

I'll show you.

0:35:270:35:29

Mike hangs up the picture pride of place

0:35:290:35:31

and Katherine departs with a profit of...

0:35:310:35:36

Well, that's a picture that's well and truly reunited to the

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right place and a great profit in the process.

0:35:380:35:41

Can you beat that Phil?

0:35:410:35:43

Hmm, well, let's find out, as he's en route to his next potential sale.

0:35:430:35:46

He's taking his £35 chimney to Jack, a reclamation specialist.

0:35:460:35:51

I'm in Lincolnshire to see my old mate Jack at Junction Antiques.

0:35:510:35:54

Now, Jack has got a really good eye.

0:35:540:35:56

He buys many and varied things

0:35:560:35:58

and I'm, sort of, hoping he's going to take a shine to my chimney.

0:35:580:36:03

If anybody can sell it, Jack can.

0:36:030:36:05

-Jack, how are you doing?

-I'm all right, thank you.

0:36:050:36:08

-Lovely to see you.

-Not bad at all, thank you.

0:36:080:36:10

-What's this, this is salt glazed, isn't it?

-Salt glazed, yeah.

0:36:100:36:12

-Stoneware?

-Yep. Not a bad colour, is it?

0:36:120:36:15

Salt glaze, they achieved that, didn't they?

0:36:150:36:17

Because when they got the kiln, they just threw a handful of salt in

0:36:170:36:20

-and it gave this mottled brown effect, didn't it?

-Yeah.

0:36:200:36:23

What would it sell for, Jack? I mean, you've got to make a modest profit.

0:36:230:36:26

Yeah, I don't know. Always better when you own it.

0:36:260:36:29

I can't tell until I own it.

0:36:290:36:31

It feels better.

0:36:310:36:34

-I was thinking it would be worth 75 quid, Jack.

-Do you?

0:36:340:36:38

Oh, it's gone quiet, hasn't it?

0:36:380:36:40

This could be the end of a fantastic relationship, couldn't it?

0:36:400:36:43

-I don't think we're too far off.

-Really?

-No, no, I think not much

0:36:430:36:46

difference between 40 and 75.

0:36:460:36:50

-Not much?! It's almost double, Jack.

-Oh, is it?

-Yeah.

0:36:500:36:53

Go on, make me an offer I can't refuse.

0:36:530:36:57

-£65, Phil.

-You're a gentleman, Jack.

-True.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:36:570:37:00

Yes, Phil is happy with a top-notch profit of...

0:37:000:37:04

He then goes on to sell his brass letter opener to Stephanie,

0:37:040:37:07

a dealer from Leominster for £25,

0:37:070:37:10

topping up his pot with a further...

0:37:100:37:14

So it's all down to his last item, the car horn.

0:37:140:37:18

I'm just outside Malvern, on the common, on a glorious day

0:37:180:37:21

with my car-boot car horn and I'm here to see an old friend of mine,

0:37:210:37:25

Keith, who is a complete vintage car petrol-head

0:37:250:37:27

and I'm hoping that my car horn gives him the...

0:37:270:37:30

HONKS HORN

0:37:300:37:32

But will car enthusiast Keith want to pay more than the £34 Phil

0:37:320:37:36

forked out at the car-boot?

0:37:360:37:38

-Now, you know why we're here because you've seen this.

-Ah, yes.

0:37:380:37:41

What year is that?

0:37:410:37:42

I would think that's late '20s.

0:37:420:37:45

Not suitable for this car.

0:37:450:37:47

In mind I've got...

0:37:470:37:49

Our daughter and son-in-law have got an Alvis, late Alvis...

0:37:490:37:53

It's a 1930 but it would be very suitable for...

0:37:530:37:57

-So that would go on there ideally?

-Yes, and he's got a birthday coming up so...

-Oh, right.

0:37:570:38:01

Have you any idea who that might be by?

0:38:010:38:04

I've done a little bit of research and I have another one that

0:38:040:38:09

-I made earlier here...

-Really?

0:38:090:38:11

..and I would think we're not far away, are we?

0:38:110:38:16

-Can I have a look?

-Yes, yeah.

0:38:160:38:21

And that's King of the Road, which is Lucas, isn't it?

0:38:210:38:23

-Lucas, yeah, Birmingham.

-Because they did King of the Road, they did those big lamps

0:38:230:38:27

-that featured on veteran cars, didn't they?

-Yes.

0:38:270:38:29

I paid £32 for it, or there abouts,

0:38:290:38:31

and I was kind of hoping I might get close to 60 quid, what do you think?

0:38:310:38:36

-You're not far away.

-Am I?

0:38:360:38:38

Well, you're the expert. What's fair?

0:38:380:38:40

Well, the other day I saw one sold at auction for 50.

0:38:400:38:46

-That sounds like a hand shake to me, doesn't it?

-We're not far away.

-50 quid?

-Yeah.

0:38:460:38:50

You're a scholar, thanks, Keith.

0:38:500:38:51

Well, that's my car-boot all done, all finished, in the pocket.

0:38:510:38:54

Brilliant.

0:38:540:38:56

Katherine, let's see what you're doing.

0:38:560:38:58

Come on, Keith, start her up.

0:38:580:39:00

Phil rides off with a final profit of...

0:39:030:39:07

and he's all sold up.

0:39:070:39:08

Katherine, however, has one last item to sell and she's hoping

0:39:080:39:12

to serve up a strong profit to end her game and put her in front.

0:39:120:39:17

The sport shoes have gone on, the table tennis set is under my arm and

0:39:170:39:20

I've come to King's Lynn in Norfolk

0:39:200:39:22

to meet the chairman of the King's Lynn table tennis association

0:39:220:39:25

to see if I can persuade him to part with a little bit of money.

0:39:250:39:28

Katherine paid £3 for the game,

0:39:280:39:31

will club owner John help her score a big profit?

0:39:310:39:34

I've brought you this because I think it shows you perfectly

0:39:340:39:37

how things maybe changed from then to now.

0:39:370:39:40

Things certainly have changed.

0:39:400:39:42

What's nice about his actually is you probably notice that it's

0:39:420:39:45

-made by Spear's Games.

-Yep.

0:39:450:39:47

They were great, you know, games manufactures

0:39:470:39:51

and known for their quality printing.

0:39:510:39:53

So the image itself is really rather striking, I think

0:39:530:39:57

and that caught my eye to start with when I saw it.

0:39:570:40:01

Would you... Would this be useful to you as a club

0:40:010:40:04

to bring a bit of nostalgia back into the game?

0:40:040:40:06

Yep, we could have...

0:40:060:40:10

We have a display cabinet

0:40:100:40:12

so it could go in the display cabinet with the trophies.

0:40:120:40:15

Oh, fantastic. I was hoping for around about the £15 mark.

0:40:150:40:21

I'm sure our association would be pleased to pay the £15 that you want.

0:40:210:40:25

-OK, well, shall we shake on it?

-Yep.

0:40:250:40:28

And I'd love to have a game.

0:40:280:40:30

With all this going on in the background, I'm itching to play.

0:40:300:40:33

So, having sold her final item in this competition,

0:40:330:40:36

Katherine takes on a new opponent.

0:40:360:40:38

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Charlie.

0:40:380:40:41

Yay!

0:40:410:40:43

Ah!

0:40:440:40:46

He's a little bit of a better player than I am and he's only three!

0:40:480:40:52

Well, that was tremendous fun but beaten by a three-year-old?

0:40:520:40:56

Yeah, but I'm not going to be beaten by you, Phil.

0:40:560:41:00

Oh, still fighting talk from Katherine but will her

0:41:000:41:03

profit of £12 for the game be enough to win this competition?

0:41:030:41:07

Before we find out whether Katherine's selling skills

0:41:070:41:10

are better then her table tennis,

0:41:100:41:11

let's remind ourselves what our experts spent in total.

0:41:110:41:15

From a £250 budget,

0:41:160:41:18

Phil made seven purchases and spent...

0:41:180:41:20

Katherine picked up five items for the minuscule amount of...

0:41:220:41:26

All of the money that Phil and Katherine have made

0:41:270:41:30

from toady's challenge will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:300:41:33

So let's find out who is today's

0:41:330:41:35

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:350:41:40

-Hi, lovely, how are you?

-I'm very well.

0:41:400:41:42

-What fun we had at that car-boot.

-What was your best car-boot moment?

0:41:420:41:46

Best car-boot moment was finding that wedding dress

0:41:460:41:48

-at the back of a huge lorry...

-Oh, yeah, yeah.

0:41:480:41:50

..and then selling it to somebody

0:41:500:41:52

who is going to use it for inspiration.

0:41:520:41:54

-So it was a real journey for me.

-Really?

0:41:540:41:57

Well, my best car-boot moment was my car horn which I sold to a car man.

0:41:570:42:00

-Toot-toot!

-Yeah, rooty-toot-toot. He had a Bugatti.

-Really?

0:42:000:42:04

A 1930s Bugatti, absolutely fantastic.

0:42:040:42:06

So not just any car, you know, the top of the tree.

0:42:060:42:08

It was just wonderful.

0:42:080:42:10

Anyway, I'm feeling a bit more confident about this one.

0:42:100:42:13

I'm feeling like I could be in deep water with this.

0:42:130:42:15

No, no, I think I might be all right here.

0:42:150:42:17

Ready, on the count of three, two, one, go!

0:42:170:42:20

KATHERINE SQUEALS

0:42:200:42:22

-Yes!

-No.

0:42:220:42:24

-Great.

-It must be down to those tables, remember those tables?

0:42:240:42:28

Yeah, I did say don't buy them.

0:42:280:42:30

-I'm going to go and find another programme to do.

-Awe!

-An easier one.

0:42:300:42:32

Or, better still, someone who's just a bit gentler with me.

0:42:320:42:35

-Who would have you?

-Someone gentler with me, that's what I want.

0:42:350:42:38

So Katherine is today's winner but it couldn't have been much closer.

0:42:380:42:43

Success or failure can be measured in very fine margins.

0:42:430:42:47

In this instance, eight quid.

0:42:470:42:50

I guess, if there was a moral to this, Phil, it would be that

0:42:500:42:54

you need attention to detail for this game and I had it on that task.

0:42:540:42:57

I really found the items that would turn a profit.

0:42:570:43:00

And tomorrow our pair get to fight it out in one last hurrah,

0:43:010:43:06

as they go head-to-head in the contest to end all contests, the...

0:43:060:43:09

Antiques experts Phil Serrell and Katherine Higgins battle it out at a car boot in West Sussex. Will hard haggler Phil's profits go up in smoke when he buys an old chimney, and can Katherine Higgins beat a three-year-old at table tennis?


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