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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
The show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts
against each other in an all-out battle for profit...
That could present a problem for me.
..giving you the insider's view of the trade.
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face
a different daily challenge.
I've got a heavy profit here.
Putting their reputations on the line...
I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.
..and giving you their top tips and savvy secrets...
Let's make hay while that sun shines.
..on how to make the most money from buying and selling.
Get in there!
Today, we have a right pair of bright-eyed bushy-tailed
battlers as Phil "The Fox" Serrell takes on vixen of the vintage,
Katherine "The Great" Higgins.
Coming up... Phil finds the noisy end of a car.
I think it's quite a fun thing that.
Katherine gets more than she bargained for...
-He's going to take me to the pub.
-But not now.
A date later.
..and Phil considers a makeover.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Welcome, foraging fanatics
and antiques enthusiasts everywhere to another
collision of the collectables, as two giants of the trade
go head-to-head, fist to fist and nose to grindstone in
a buying and selling battle in which the only way is profit.
Up today, an iron lady who's as stylish as she's competitive.
It's the reigning queen of collectables,
I'm going to be in the right place at the right time.
And leading the coup against her is a rebel with a cause.
Eager to take down anyone who stands in the way of a good profit,
Get in there and get it bought quickly.
Today's battle of the bargains takes place at
Ford Airfield car-boot sale in West Sussex,
where our crusaders of the curio have £250 of their own money
to buy, sell and make a profit for their chosen charity and,
more importantly, beat their rival.
Yes, Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell,
it's time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Hello, lovely, how are you?
-Oh, bright and early in the morning.
-Oh, goodness me.
-And we're ready to go with our £250.
Well, I'm quite looking forward to this because I know most of these
dealers personally. They always bring nice things down for me.
I've got insider knowledge too. I was last here when I was six.
-In pig tails?
Yeah, pig tails, playing on the beach, all that sort of stuff.
Well, listen, I'm going to go because there's my friend Eric
over there and this place is supposed to be rammed with cars...
I'll be back in a minute.
I'm already on the losing foot.
Hmm, Phil there doing his best to wrong foot his opponent.
Hoping to panic her into an early mistake maybe.
But other than the mind games,
what does the old fox make of today's challenge?
There are car-boots and there are car-boots
and I think this one is one of the best.
I've got £250,
I'm going to try and make a really big hole in that.
So with Phil looking to make a big dent,
has he succeed in putting the wind up Katherine?
I must say, I'm feeling quite relaxed.
I'm feeling that my strategy is going to be
calm, cool and collected.
Phil's out there, running around like a mad thing.
I'm just playing it cool.
Hmm, will it be Phil's dogged determination or Katherine's
cucumber coolness that wins in the end?
As Phil gets chummy with the market owners,
Katherine spies a van opening and gets into place,
hoping to discover the treasures which lie within.
It's very, very exciting.
I've just found this lovely little watercolour of a local scene.
Great church with 15th century additions
and the Star pub next door to it.
Goodness knows where it is.
On the back, Old Heathfield Church and the Star.
-Can I snap that up?
-I've got no idea...
-I mean, I'm presuming it's here, isn't it?
-Is that local?
-Do you know the scene? Can you take me to that pub?
-Yeah, I can, yeah.
-He's going to take me to the pub.
-But not now.
A date later.
Hold on, you're meant to be setting up sales, not dates.
But it's not a great artist.
-Not a great artist, lovely little frame though.
-I like sheep.
Give us a tenner for it.
-Oh, no, I can't that's too...
-Oh, no, that's not cheap.
-No, no, I can't do that. Unless, five?
-Give us seven quid.
£7, there you go, £7.
Katherine's on a real charm offensive
and it's definitely working,
as the seller produces a vintage wedding dress.
Hold on, where's this going?
OK, I'll have that for £2 then.
-£2. Yeah, yeah,
-£2. I owe you two quid, you're not...
-£2! What a silk wedding dress for
Oh, now they're arguing like an old married couple.
But they settle on a price of £8
and Katherine steps to the side to take another look at that dress.
I think it shows quite a lot of the hallmarks of post-war design.
I mean, it was a period where fabric
was still on the rations,
so you had to use what you could.
It has got a fine, fine almost damask style pattern running
through it and that's rather attractive.
The other thing that's very appealing is the condition.
Wrapped in its plastic, that was a great thing
and the size is really good.
It's a nice waistline,
probably equivalent to a size 10-12 today, something like that.
Perfect for the bride-to-be.
Am I going to be on time for that wedding?
I don't know but I'm going to try jolly hard to get there.
Katherine has two purchases under her belt
and wedding plans in the offing, so Phil had better get a move on,
if he wants to avoid being left on the shelf.
Luckily, he's spotted a chimney that he hopes might stack up a profit.
How much was that?
Is that the best on him?
Is that right?
That wasn't an answer to the question, was it?
Eh? Well, not £50.
You've got a chink out here, look.
I was thinking, like, 30, 35 quid for it.
That would be the finish really.
Thank you very much indeed.
I'd better give you some money.
All I need now is a few bricks, some tiles, a door and some windows
and I've got myself a house.
Now, you look at this and you're seeing a chimney but I'm not.
I'm looking at this as a garden feature.
I can see this in someone's garden with all sorts of busy lizzies
and other flowers just cascading out of the top.
I think it's a really, really cool thing.
Now, it's probably turn of the last century.
It's stoneware and it's salt glaze.
What I love is the transition between industrial and decorative because you
think of Royal Doulton Stoneware,
you get glaze jugs, mugs, that type of thing.
But you also get drainpipes and chimneypots
and I love that crossover.
This has cost me £35
and I think it's going to be just the best garden feature
you could see.
Ah, Phil's on top of the world with his chimney and on a high,
swoops in on what looks like a set of mid-century liberty tables.
How much are they?
-Worth a tenner.
-A tenner. There you are, my friend.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you very much, cheers.
Hmm, but on closer inspection it seems Phil may have been
a little hasty.
Do you know, from a distance those actually look really, really
Sort of turn of the century, Islamic, Liberty influence.
But the thing is, buying antiques is not unlike marriage,
you do it in haste and you repent at leisure.
Turn of the century?
Turn of the last century, not the one before.
Certainly not a word you want to be using at this stage but the pressure
of this challenge does sometimes lead to mistakes being made.
After Phil's table error,
he will presumably be introducing a bit more caution to proceedings,
maybe he'll be after something subtle, something delicate.
Or maybe he'll get his hands on a whopping big car horn.
How old is it?
Looks like 1930s. It's English.
-You see, I'd love to give you 30 quid for this really.
-I'm sure you would.
THE SELLER LAUGHS
I'll do 32 for you.
There we are. Thank you very much indeed.
Why have I bought this? Well, I think it's quite a cool thing.
It's an old bulb car horn.
And I know a few people who've got a few cars
and the nice thing about it is that it's English.
How do you know it's English?
Well, if you think about it logically,
an English car is right-hand drive and this,
with that bracket there, fits on the outside of a right-hand drive car.
If it was from an American or left-hand drive car, it would
be on that side and the bracket would be in a different place.
I'm guessing in terms of age it's probably 1930s
but I think it's quite a fun thing that.
So Phil's happy with his horn,
while Katherine is hoping she might have found the next
piece of this purchasing puzzle in a box of Edwardian jigsaws.
I was wondering what they looked like when they were made-up and there they are there, actually.
Yeah, that's the six pictures.
-Isn't that lovely?
-Yeah. They're all there.
-Did you do it?
-Did you put them together? God.
-They all just clicked in together.
-How long did it take?
-It wasn't too bad
because they're actually different colours on the back.
-Oh, right, so you can...
-So, I could sort them...
-Oh, isn't that brilliant?
-Gosh, that's clever, isn't it?
-There's 15 pieces in each one.
Why don't they make puzzles like that now?
-That's obviously the six styles.
-Yeah, how much do you want for those?
-That's a really nice...
-I'm asking £10 for the lot.
OK, em, what about 6-ish?
That's a bit tight for me. Eight would get it.
It's the jigsaw puzzle
from the great hand and the great company of Ernest Nister,
who was a German firm, pre to WW1.
It was very popular to buy toys that were designed by German firms
and they were known for their quality,
quality lithographic printing. Very kindly the man sorted it all out.
So we do know it is complete, it's got six images of birds.
It's a memory of how children played in the past
and I think that's quite captivating.
So with chimneys, paintings, wedding dresses and car horns,
our battling buyers are picking up an extremely puzzling
collection of sellables.
So let's see how our experts are getting on.
Both Phil and Katherine started the day with £250 to spend.
Phil has bought three items totalling £77,
meaning he has £173 still burning a hole in his pocket.
Katherine also has three purchases but has only spent £23,
leaving her with £227 to spend.
And so, before this tussle continues,
our tenacious two come together for a tete-a-tete.
So how are you getting on?
Well, I've got this budget and I should be spending money but I'm finding it really hard.
-Well, I'm, sort of, spending it.
-What have you bought?
Well, I am regretting something.
-Well, I bought something and I think it was probably a mistake.
In fact I don't think it was probably a mistake, I know it was a mistake.
It was a mistake. Have you spent loads?
-More than you.
Hmm, Katherine there doing a good job of looking concerned about Phil's plight
But don't forget, every mistake he makes brings her that
little bit closer to victory.
I'd say Phil was a worried man and, kind of, hearing what
he was talking about, I think he probably should be too.
She's spent pence, I've spent pounds
and the problem comes, she'll turn her pence into pounds,
I could turn my pounds into pence.
Hmm, but things are soon looking up for Phil as he spots a red coat
being sold by a jolly bearded chap.
Could it be? Erm, maybe not.
So how much of it is original?
The tunic itself is original.
And does it come with trousers?
The trousers go with it, yeah. You can feel there, they're heavy quality ones.
-And how much was it?
-I had 65 but 50.
-They have been put on, probably for fancy dress...
..because the button there, which is where the belt goes, should be flat.
-Right, and those have got nothing to do with it...
-..and those have nothing to do with it.
So all I'm buying is a red tunic, isn't it?
Well, you get those bits and you get the trousers too.
-I mean, you'd look good in those.
You see, I look at that and I think it's, like, 25/30 quid's worth.
That's what I think.
It actually owes me £36.
My best on that is 30 quid.
The first loss is the best, my friend.
-Unfortunately, you're right. I'll take it.
-You're a gentleman.
Thank you very much indeed.
There's a couple of expressions in this business, mishmash,
marriage and there's another slightly ruder one which
all could be applied to this tunic.
But it was 30 quid.
All I need to do now is find somebody who likes dressing up.
Having so far bought a mishmash of items,
Phil now appears to have bought a mismatched item.
Katherine will be pleased though, she's a woman
with a competitive edge. Having already picked up one game,
she's now found a ping-pong set.
This caught my eye.
I kind of remember playing with a set very similar to this
and who didn't really
when table tennis was something you'd attach to your table?
You didn't buy a specially made table,
you actually attached this net
with these clamps and then you were away.
You could be a table tennis champion.
Are you a table tennis champion at heart?
No. Definitely not.
The only thing about this is what's missing?
We can't play it, can we?
-Huh! What did she say?
-Still, that should keep the price down.
So price-wise, three pounds?
-Yep, that's fine.
I'm very excited. This is what our children today should be playing
instead of computer games.
It's lovely to have them, you know,
round a table playing some table tennis.
Where it's going to go,
I don't quite know yet but who couldn't resist that?
So with Katherine buying incomplete items for less than
a pint of beer, Phil is looking at a larger round of purchases,
as he's drawn to a decorative mug and a white stone box.
The only stumbling block, the price.
My issue with these, right, governor, is I'm going to get
what you're are asking for them.
I'm going to get 35/45 quid for that
and I'm going to get, hopefully, 50 or 60 quid for that.
OK, which means I've got to give you for the two,
somewhere between 40 and 50 quid.
I'll give you 60 quid for the two.
There you are. You're a gentleman, thank you.
With two buys in the bag,
Phil also spots a brass letter opener on the stall
and spends a further £7.50 on it,
rounding the total spend to £70.
This is a really interesting mug,
late 19th-century, probably about 1880/1890, something like that.
If you turn it upside down, that, for all the world,
looks like it should be Chinese.
By that we mean made in China with this wonderful armorial
family crest on the front
and exported to Europe.
But the thing is, it's not Chinese.
This, sort of, fake Chinese mark
actually is produced by the Samson of Paris factory.
So that's where it was made, that's when it was made.
This little box is lovely.
Now, I'm not sure whether this is lapis lazuli and alabaster
or what the stone is, that's something I've got try and find out.
It's got a fantastic hinge on there, it's English, it's made in England.
There's a maker's mark on there, I'll try and find that out as well.
Now, my friend on the stall, he thought that this little brass item
was probably a pipe tamper.
In other words, something you just tapped the tobacco down on the end of your pipe.
I don't think it is that at all, I think this is a paper knife
and it would have done just what it's doing now.
It would have sat on someone's desk or table and I think
that this is clearly the bit for opening your letter.
This here, I believe, would have originally have had a seal on it.
So I think I've got three really interesting items.
And with that, Phil decides to call it a day.
Across the boot-fair, Katherine is still perusing the stalls
and taking yet another trip down memory lane.
I grew up with a picnic hamper
and we used to go come down very near here to the beach
and it was a most exciting moment when you got out of the car,
you opened up your hamper, you opened the plastic box
and inside were your sandwiches wrapped up in paper.
I think it needs a bit of a brush. I think it needs a bit of TLC
but, hey, I'm the sort of girl that can give it all of that.
The picnic hamper nibbles a paltry £8 into her budget.
She really has held back the reins today
and so let's see how the totals tot up
at the end of the car-boot buying.
Phil and Katherine started the day with £250 to spend.
Phil has made seven purchases, costing a meaty £177.
Katherine has five items under her arm, spending a meagre £34.
-I have one question to ask you...
-..just one question.
-Just the one?
How much have you spent on all of this?
Well, in total £34.
You've spent £34 on all of this?!
-I worked really hard to spend that!
-That cost me more than that,
on its own, by itself.
-You paid more than £34 for that?
My question would be, how much do you like chipboard?
You go straight for the throat, don't you? There's no messing around.
-Funnily enough, actually, from a distance...
-Yeah, three miles.
..those do look quite attractive.
Close-up they are...
-Close-up, yes, yes.
-You need to probably change your glasses really, yes, yes.
-Or even get a pair.
I think the favourite thing that you bought, undoubtedly,
and I wish I'd seen it,
is your little lapis box. I mean, isn't it, oh!
I have to tell you, out of the whole £34 that you've spent,
I've got a few favourites.
-The old ping-pong, or table tennis, I love...
-I think the jigsaw's lovely...
The picnic set I like, the watercolour I like.
-I've never really been into dresses.
Wedding dresses in particular have always frightened me.
Anyway, how are we going to do, do you think?
If I can make £34 work for me... It'll be a challenge.
-I think, considering you've spent what, how much?
-Thank you very much.
-100 and something.
-All right, OK...
-No need to rub it in.
So our dealers beat a retreat as they head back to their bases
and turn their settings from buy to sell, sell, sell.
Each will be hoping to keep their prices high,
their profits big and their victories mighty as they both
try to collect a bag of loot for the charities of their choice.
In Guildford, Katherine is taking the time to really get
a good look at her wares.
I think my favourite piece out of everything I bought,
is probably the watercolour.
It's really well painted, I've done some research
into the artist, Rosemary Brown,
and she is known for her animal watercolours
and it makes sense because the sheep in this are beautifully painted.
Finding that jigsaw puzzle was great and what I want to try
and do is perhaps reconnect it with someone who's got parrots
someone who is interested in birds.
We can really explore the Pretty Polly element of that.
With the picnic hamper, I just remember as a child growing up with things like that.
It just would be magical to reunite it was somebody who is
as passionate about picnic hampers as I am.
Table tennis, I haven't even begun to think about that.
It's outside of my area of knowledge but I'm going to find somebody
who rather enjoys a bit of ping-pong.
And the wedding dress, I was really hoping
and I am hoping to find a bride who will wear it.
Phil, that chimney, are you all smoke and no fire?
Yes, fighting talk there. Over in Worcester, Phil appears to be
getting all hot and bothered about his purchases.
This is an object lesson, in that you've got to look little bit closer
before you part with your money.
It's hard to believe this, I am older than these.
But they were only a tenner, so I don't think there's going to be too much damage there.
My car horn, well, I think it's a really cool thing and I think
I'm going to try and find someone with a vintage car for that.
I think it's an old one, so hopefully,
fingers crossed, that will be all right.
The uniform, it wasn't expensive but the badges aren't right,
the buttons aren't right, and I think it's got somebody's pyjama cord
round the middle of it. But, you know, it looks the part,
so I think it's a great decorator's thing.
For me, my star lot, however, is the lapis box,
the Chinese export porcelain mug,
that's actually made in France
and the feather letter opener.
That lot, I think, was £70 the lot and I would really hope
there's a profit in those.
If all else fails, I could always fall back on my chimney.
-Oh, that would hurt.
-Oh, yes, it would indeed.
Now, the burning question is, who will buy what as our matchmakers
try to find perfect suitors for their desirables as they utilise
every tool at their disposal,
knowing that for a deal to be done, the hand must be shaken
and the money taken.
And it's Phil who's first with the pair of tables that he's been
regretting buying from the moment he handed over £10.
He's taken them to Herefordshire-based antiques dealer
Lynn but tries the same trick that fooled him,
placing them at a distance from her.
-Don't you think those look the business?
-Yeah, they do...
-Liberty style, do you think?
-Well, I wouldn't have said Liberty
but they do look nice, I'll give you that. Eastern...
I must admit, when I saw them, I sort of thought, perhaps 1900-ish.
That's what I thought when I saw them. Are you interested?
Yeah, but I'd need to look at them,
-only a fool would buy them without looking at them.
-All right, OK.
-That's really done a...
OK, all right, all right.
Normally when you get pairs of things they're more expensive, Phil,
-but there is always an exception to the rule.
-They're not what they seem, are they?
Anyway, I know you're fair. I'm not going to negotiate with you at all.
Give me your best price for them and I'll take it.
Absolute, absolute, absolute, best is £25 because I think...
Fine, you don't have to reason with me.
Thank you very much indeed, my love.
Phil takes the first offer and wins the first profit of...
Who knows, Katherine, I might have just turned the tables on you.
Ah, but Katherine has plans of her own
and they're wedding plans by the looks of it.
I've brought my vintage wedding dress
to the Birmingham School of Sewing to meet a lovely lady called Sheila-May.
She runs classes for young brides-to-be to help them stitch
and sew their own wedding dresses today.
So I think this will really fit in because she'll be able to use it
as a piece of inspiration for her students.
So will Sheila be interested in marrying Katherine to a
tidy profit with a dress that cost her £8?
So Sheila-May, I've taken the liberty of putting it on
one of your mannequins.
I love it because you can now see the structure of it.
What do you think?
I think it's amazing, it looks lovely on a mannequin
and it does need the body inside to show you the actual fit of the dress.
So in your classes when you're teaching, how will you use this?
I will show it to people on the mannequin.
They like to see all the details on it.
They like to see how things are made and how things are put together.
Even though it's a completely different shape to what is
popular at the moment, the detailing is still the same
so we can still learn from seeing
the way that things have been done.
I suppose, in terms of what I would like to achieve for it,
I think between, I guess, £50-£70, that sort of price.
Where do you lie on that?
I'm happy with that. I'd be happy to give you £70.
-OK, that's fantastic. I'd be delighted with that.
So that makes a £62 profit for the dress.
I'm really pleased with how that went.
I've made a good profit but that wasn't what it was all about,
it was about giving it to the right home where it's
going to be used for inspiration and I think I've achieved that.
Well done, Katherine The Great.
That's my first item sold. Phil, you should be worried.
Yes, but Phil isn't one to allow self-doubt to get in the way
as he travels to London for his second sale.
This is me really chancing my arm.
I go and buy a lovely little porcelain mug
from a car-boot in West Sussex
and bring it to one of the best porcelain dealers in Saint James's.
He's that good, he's got a Royal Warrant to sell to the Queen.
I just hope he doesn't show me the door.
Remember the mug cost £30,
so will Mark help Phil top-up his profit sheet?
-It's a very decorative thing but we don't normally buy Samson pieces.
People will buy them for decoration and that's very nicely painted
-and in good condition.
-It's a good example of what it is, isn't it?
It's a good example and it's good that it's still got the Samson mark.
Quite often you find this has been erased off later to disguise
-the fact that it's a copy.
Or they even painted little gold roses over them sometimes
-to hide the Samson mark.
So that's a plus.
Well, it cost me £30. All I would ask you to do is make me
-your best offer and...
I think a fair offer from us would be £65.
-You're a gentleman, sir. Thank you very much indeed.
What a lovely man, he didn't throw me or my mug out, he bought it
and I more than doubled my money.
Yes, Phil is delighted with a profit of...
Now he bought it along with two other items
and, whilst he's in the capital city,
he takes his cigarette box to specialist tobacconist Philip.
Now, this isn't a cigar box but it's got the tobacco connection.
I thought this was lapis lazuli
but I've since been told it's moissanite..
I just was hoping above hope that you might have somewhere for it.
What do you think, Philip?
-It is, isn't it?
-It's all tailed in.
Would that fit in with your collection?
It would, yeah, very much so, very much so.
So you might be interested in buying it off me?
-If the price is right.
-Look at this...
Tell me what your best, best offer is and I shall shake you by the hand.
-Is that your best?
-Yeah. Go on, then.
Phil charms his was way to profit of...
Not the biggest profit in the world
but from small acorns do big oak trees grow.
Katherine, put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Hmm, charming. So that's three sales to Serrell.
Meanwhile, Katherine's taken her picnic set to Chesterfield.
Not the prettiest place for an outing.
You'll never believe it, but down this alleyway is a real treasure trove.
I've come to see Matt who specialises in renovating
period camper vans.
He's working on one now, so I'm hoping he's going to want
this to go with it.
-Hi. What an incredible place to have a chat.
-Isn't it fantastic?
-We are not in a house...
-We are in a room on wheels.
Yes, yeah, our old 1966 split screen.
-What's the official colour of this?
-This is dove blue.
-OK, I have brought
you a dove blue Brexton picnic hamper.
-Fantastic, great stuff.
-What's the date of this vehicle?
-It's a 1966.
OK, I've brought you probably something from about 1968/69.
-..I'm in the ballpark for the figure area here.
Can you see yourself using it on a summers day?
Absolutely, yeah, yeah, a nice laid-out picnic.
-I'm thinking of around about £15.
£18, maybe a bit more.
What price can you put on a good lunch?
If I'm honest, with the colour match and with it being
so retro, with it, kind of suiting...
This is sounding good.
-I'd be happy to pay 20, if I'm honest.
Do you know, it's so rare that I come into a situation
and I'm actually upped on the price.
-Do you know, I'm going to shake your hand...
-Thank you very much.
..before any more time goes by.
Well, that was positively extraordinary that I pitched it
at one price level and actually he gave me more. Fantastic!
I'm really pleased. In many ways it's gone to exactly the right home,
it's the perfect colour for that home
and, Phil, can you do better than that?
Yes, Katherine unpacks a profit of...
and brings us to the halfway mark.
So it's time to find out who's dancing the fandango
and who's stumbling in the dark.
Phil has sold three of his seven items, making a profit of...
Katherine has only sold two of her five but has £74 to her name.
So this campaign of the collectables is still up for contention
and it's Phil who's striking next, armed with his officer's uniform.
Now, I'm in my home town of Worchester and there are no
army barracks here but there is a fancy dress shop
just round the corner.
I'm not going to find any self-respecting soldier who's
going to wear my uniform
but if you're dressing up, I might just have the thing for you.
But will fancy dress shop owner Sue notice how mismatched
the tunic is and will it matter?
I was told that it's early part of the 20th century,
that's what the guy told me, about 1900 and something. What do you think to that?
-I don't know about these buttons.
-What's wrong with the buttons?
I don't know whether they match the outfit, the time period for
the outfit and, I don't mean to be funny,
but that does look a bit like a dressing gown cord.
-So this is an absolute mashup, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's not bad.
But you could do something with it, couldn't you?
-We could use it for a bandsman...
-..a military and maybe Zulu warrior.
-Oh, the film.
-From Michael Caine.
-Oh, yeah, that would be fantastic, wouldn't it?
-That would fit into our TV and film section.
-That would be brilliant.
It's getting more expensive by the minute now. I was hoping above hopes
I might get, sort of, 75 quid for it.
I could probably go to 50 top
because I am going to have to do repairs and swap the buttons over.
If I can squeeze you for another five quid, I'll sell it to you.
-Go on, then, deal.
-Thank you very much.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Phil marches off with a profit of...
And whilst he's there, considers changing his look.
Not that one.
No, no, no.
That's the one.
So, while Phil is trying to get ahead,
Katherine is winging it for her next sale as she takes her
jigsaw puzzle to Birdworld in Surrey.
Well, I've brought my bird jigsaw puzzle to Birdworld which is
one of Britain's largest bird parks and I'm going to have a chat with
their general manager Mark Anderson to see if he might like this.
As a child I came here and I now bring my children here,
so I pretty much know every bird in this area
and I know there's one bird that matches this puzzle exactly.
So he must be tempted. In fact, I think I'm on to a winner.
What I'd love to say about it,
I hope you can spot straight away, is the quality of the illustration.
-I know you've got this bird here.
-We do, we have African Greys.
So where and how would this fit into your remit?
You know, where we might be interested in being able to
use them is as part of our conservation fundraising efforts.
And each year we hold an auction
and these sort of things are obviously quite sought-after
and a lot of the people who follow our online auction
are interested in this sort of thing.
I'm thinking, I mean, it's a lovely piece and should it appear
in a dealer's catalogue, I think it would be around
about the £50/60 mark, that sort of price.
Would you take £40?
Erm, I'd love to settle on £45,
I'd be happy then, would you be?
Erm, yeah, OK, £45. I think that's a fair price.
So Katherine flies off with a squawking...
Leaving her just enough time to feed the penguins.
OK, line-up everybody.
Who's first in the queue? You?
Here we go.
I think, I think that means love.
Katherine is putting in the hours matching her items to the
right buyers and, true to form, when it comes to selling
the watercolour, she's tracked down the same Sussex scene it depicts.
I think I'm in exactly the right spot in Old Heathfield in Sussex
because I can see the church spire behind and I can see
the inn to the left.
I'm going to go and see the owner of the inn and see
if I can get him to buy this from me.
Mike, I hope you like this as much as I do.
-What are your thoughts about it?
-It's very sweet.
I have the honour of having quite a lot of painting clubs
sit in the garden during the summer and come for lunch and
the ladies and the gentlemen that attend like to do watercolours.
So I've got a collection that are in the pub,
some are in the loft.
I hope this wouldn't go into the loft,
should you be interested in buying it.
No, I shouldn't think it would, no.
I'm thinking, Mike, because it's a very accomplished watercolour,
and it reflects the scene beautifully and it would look
lovely on your walls, that a price point of about 90-120 is right.
Realistically, for me, if I was to go to Heathfield on Tuesday
-to Heathfield market and one of the stalls...
-You wouldn't find this.
-..there's quite a lot of watercolours there.
-And a lot of them are of the Star Inn.
Erm, 40 quid.
I'd be happier with 60.
-I'd struggle with 50.
-Can we shake on that?
And I would actually love to see where it's going to go on the wall.
I'll show you.
Mike hangs up the picture pride of place
and Katherine departs with a profit of...
Well, that's a picture that's well and truly reunited to the
right place and a great profit in the process.
Can you beat that Phil?
Hmm, well, let's find out, as he's en route to his next potential sale.
He's taking his £35 chimney to Jack, a reclamation specialist.
I'm in Lincolnshire to see my old mate Jack at Junction Antiques.
Now, Jack has got a really good eye.
He buys many and varied things
and I'm, sort of, hoping he's going to take a shine to my chimney.
If anybody can sell it, Jack can.
-Jack, how are you doing?
-I'm all right, thank you.
-Lovely to see you.
-Not bad at all, thank you.
-What's this, this is salt glazed, isn't it?
-Salt glazed, yeah.
-Yep. Not a bad colour, is it?
Salt glaze, they achieved that, didn't they?
Because when they got the kiln, they just threw a handful of salt in
-and it gave this mottled brown effect, didn't it?
What would it sell for, Jack? I mean, you've got to make a modest profit.
Yeah, I don't know. Always better when you own it.
I can't tell until I own it.
It feels better.
-I was thinking it would be worth 75 quid, Jack.
Oh, it's gone quiet, hasn't it?
This could be the end of a fantastic relationship, couldn't it?
-I don't think we're too far off.
-No, no, I think not much
difference between 40 and 75.
-Not much?! It's almost double, Jack.
-Oh, is it?
Go on, make me an offer I can't refuse.
-You're a gentleman, Jack.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Yes, Phil is happy with a top-notch profit of...
He then goes on to sell his brass letter opener to Stephanie,
a dealer from Leominster for £25,
topping up his pot with a further...
So it's all down to his last item, the car horn.
I'm just outside Malvern, on the common, on a glorious day
with my car-boot car horn and I'm here to see an old friend of mine,
Keith, who is a complete vintage car petrol-head
and I'm hoping that my car horn gives him the...
But will car enthusiast Keith want to pay more than the £34 Phil
forked out at the car-boot?
-Now, you know why we're here because you've seen this.
What year is that?
I would think that's late '20s.
Not suitable for this car.
In mind I've got...
Our daughter and son-in-law have got an Alvis, late Alvis...
It's a 1930 but it would be very suitable for...
-So that would go on there ideally?
-Yes, and he's got a birthday coming up so...
Have you any idea who that might be by?
I've done a little bit of research and I have another one that
-I made earlier here...
..and I would think we're not far away, are we?
-Can I have a look?
And that's King of the Road, which is Lucas, isn't it?
-Lucas, yeah, Birmingham.
-Because they did King of the Road, they did those big lamps
-that featured on veteran cars, didn't they?
I paid £32 for it, or there abouts,
and I was kind of hoping I might get close to 60 quid, what do you think?
-You're not far away.
Well, you're the expert. What's fair?
Well, the other day I saw one sold at auction for 50.
-That sounds like a hand shake to me, doesn't it?
-We're not far away.
You're a scholar, thanks, Keith.
Well, that's my car-boot all done, all finished, in the pocket.
Katherine, let's see what you're doing.
Come on, Keith, start her up.
Phil rides off with a final profit of...
and he's all sold up.
Katherine, however, has one last item to sell and she's hoping
to serve up a strong profit to end her game and put her in front.
The sport shoes have gone on, the table tennis set is under my arm and
I've come to King's Lynn in Norfolk
to meet the chairman of the King's Lynn table tennis association
to see if I can persuade him to part with a little bit of money.
Katherine paid £3 for the game,
will club owner John help her score a big profit?
I've brought you this because I think it shows you perfectly
how things maybe changed from then to now.
Things certainly have changed.
What's nice about his actually is you probably notice that it's
-made by Spear's Games.
They were great, you know, games manufactures
and known for their quality printing.
So the image itself is really rather striking, I think
and that caught my eye to start with when I saw it.
Would you... Would this be useful to you as a club
to bring a bit of nostalgia back into the game?
Yep, we could have...
We have a display cabinet
so it could go in the display cabinet with the trophies.
Oh, fantastic. I was hoping for around about the £15 mark.
I'm sure our association would be pleased to pay the £15 that you want.
-OK, well, shall we shake on it?
And I'd love to have a game.
With all this going on in the background, I'm itching to play.
So, having sold her final item in this competition,
Katherine takes on a new opponent.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's Charlie.
He's a little bit of a better player than I am and he's only three!
Well, that was tremendous fun but beaten by a three-year-old?
Yeah, but I'm not going to be beaten by you, Phil.
Oh, still fighting talk from Katherine but will her
profit of £12 for the game be enough to win this competition?
Before we find out whether Katherine's selling skills
are better then her table tennis,
let's remind ourselves what our experts spent in total.
From a £250 budget,
Phil made seven purchases and spent...
Katherine picked up five items for the minuscule amount of...
All of the money that Phil and Katherine have made
from toady's challenge will go to charities of their choice.
So let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
-Hi, lovely, how are you?
-I'm very well.
-What fun we had at that car-boot.
-What was your best car-boot moment?
Best car-boot moment was finding that wedding dress
-at the back of a huge lorry...
-Oh, yeah, yeah.
..and then selling it to somebody
who is going to use it for inspiration.
-So it was a real journey for me.
Well, my best car-boot moment was my car horn which I sold to a car man.
-Yeah, rooty-toot-toot. He had a Bugatti.
A 1930s Bugatti, absolutely fantastic.
So not just any car, you know, the top of the tree.
It was just wonderful.
Anyway, I'm feeling a bit more confident about this one.
I'm feeling like I could be in deep water with this.
No, no, I think I might be all right here.
Ready, on the count of three, two, one, go!
-It must be down to those tables, remember those tables?
Yeah, I did say don't buy them.
-I'm going to go and find another programme to do.
-An easier one.
Or, better still, someone who's just a bit gentler with me.
-Who would have you?
-Someone gentler with me, that's what I want.
So Katherine is today's winner but it couldn't have been much closer.
Success or failure can be measured in very fine margins.
In this instance, eight quid.
I guess, if there was a moral to this, Phil, it would be that
you need attention to detail for this game and I had it on that task.
I really found the items that would turn a profit.
And tomorrow our pair get to fight it out in one last hurrah,
as they go head-to-head in the contest to end all contests, the...
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?