James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Car Boot Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Car Boot

Kate Bliss and James Braxton face off at a car boot sale in Lincolnshire, where Kate uncovers a peculiar trumpet and James stumbles upon a Victorian iron press.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that pitches

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TV's best-loved antiques experts against each other

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in an all-out battle for profit.

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Let's make hay while that sun shines.

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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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Who's there?

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They'll give you the insider's view of the trade...

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..along with top tips and savvy secrets...

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That could present a problem, I think.

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..showing you how to make the most money...

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Ready for battle!

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..from buying and selling.

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Get in there!

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Coming up, Butterfingers Bliss shows how not to handle antiques.

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Ooh! Ooh! Oh, I'm so sorry!

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James reveals that you need to look to the past if you want

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up-to-the minute interiors...

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This has survived since the early 1960s and I think this is sort of

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bang-on trend.

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And Confident Kate's not too shy to blow her own trumpet.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Today, we're at Hemswell car boot in Lincolnshire,

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where our treasure trackers are up bright and early in a bid to uncover

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some serious boot-sale spoils

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and brush the dust off the best bargains.

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First up, it's the Indiana Jane of today's antiques dig.

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She's armed to the teeth with expert knowledge

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and she won't rest till

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the rarest relics are nestled safely in her satchel.

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It's Kate "Absolute" Bliss.

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I think it's time to go up a gear and get this in the bag.

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Her rival is a veteran raider of the lost artefacts,

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whose enviable experience keeps his eye on the prize and his mind on

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the profits. He wants the best idols and won't stop until he's got them.

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It's James "Bingo" Braxton.

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I think I'm going to beat that Bliss.

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They've each got £250 of their own money to spend

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and all the profits go to their chosen charities, so here we go -

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James Braxton and Kate Bliss,

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

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-Hello, Kate.

-Hi! Well, this is exciting, isn't it?

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It all happens up north.

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It does. Well, Lincolnshire, 800 stalls.

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-That's a lot, isn't it?

-800 stalls. And £250 to spend.

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Yeah. So, what's your strategy, then?

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I'll buy quickly - small, portable things, I think.

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-OK.

-Cheap.

-You're not going for the big furniture this time?

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-No, no.

-OK.

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Too much work. Never buy work, Kate.

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What about you? Small and precious?

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Well, actually, maybe not small and precious, unless it leaps out at me,

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-of course.

-Are you giving me some kind of code, Kate?

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-What's going on?

-But I think I'm going to go for something a bit wacky.

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-Wacky?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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What, plastic, '50s?

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No, a bit wackier than that.

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-Good luck.

-Best of luck, best of luck.

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It's set to be a painstaking and precise hunt for heirlooms.

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Kate has had a quick scoot around the outdoor and indoor stalls

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and has formulated her plan.

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They look like quite established stalls inside, whereas outside here,

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all the action's happening.

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Car boots are arriving all the time and I think this is where

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the fresh-to-the-market stuff that I want is.

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So, outdoorsy Kate is resolutely sticking to the antiques-rich atmosphere

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of the exterior stalls.

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And what about James?

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Does he think he's forged a winning system?

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My tactic today is just to engage the stallholder, draw them out,

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see what sort of goodies they've got

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lying on their little blue tarpaulins.

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So, Bingo's on the charm offensive, is he?

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Well, we all know flowers are a good start.

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Look at this! What are these? Sunflowers?

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Well, I hope so, yeah.

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Nice bit of oak, isn't it?

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Is this your own work, madam?

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-No, it isn't.

-It isn't?

-No.

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There it is, the old Braxton charisma in full effect.

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And it seems to be working.

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Yeah, I think it's rather attractive.

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You've got the taste. I like it.

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-How much have you got on it?

-Well, I'd probably ask about 14.

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14? Really?

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I think it's really nice.

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They're not real flowers, Bingo!

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How about a tenner, madam?

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-Yeah, go on. Seeing as it's you.

-Go on!

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Oh, you lovely lady!

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-OK, cheers.

-You lovely lady!

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He parts with £10 for the painting

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and Bingo the Bewitcher made that look easy.

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Well, it's nice to find an antique at a car boot.

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And this certainly fulfils it.

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It's a nice fielded panel, painted on oak.

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When was it painted?

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Well, it has a really Edwardian feel.

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It reminds me...you know, if you were going to encapsulate a garden,

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a garden near me in East Sussex is Great Dixter,

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and this really is Great Dixter, the extension was Edwin Lutyens,

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sort of natural products,

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these lovely flowers there...

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That's who I need to sell it to - I need to sell it to a great gardener.

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Yes, jubilant James thinks he can smell a profit in his first purchase.

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What a positive start to the day.

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Across the market, Kate is also having a smashing time.

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Look at this - this is a copy of a Faberge egg.

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What a shame it's not the real one.

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Ooh! I'm so sorry!

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Thank goodness it's not a real one, Kate!

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Am I banned? Nothing broken!

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Better move on quick, Kate, before you get chucked out.

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A pair of knightly bottle toppers has caught her eye,

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and she sets out on a crusade to rescue them.

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-How much are these?

-You can have them for a tenner.

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Let's have a little look. I thought I saw a bit of damage on there,

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but I'm just going to check that out.

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Yeah.

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Will you do a fiver, just because there's a bit of a nick on the top?

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Yeah, I'll take a fiver.

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Done.

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-Thank you.

-Good luck with them.

-Thank you.

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Kate slashes the price in half,

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and without even clashing swords with the vendor.

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But before the money's out of her pocket, she spots something else.

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-Isn't that fun?

-I think it's to do with the Teddy Bear Club.

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It says silver.

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A little club medallion or something?

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-Never seen one of those before.

-I haven't.

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I'll give you a tenner for the two.

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Yes? Great.

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Brilliant.

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Don't need any change.

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-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

-Thank you very much. Have a good day.

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-Cheers.

-Great! Two buys in one.

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Indeed, and with that,

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Miss Bliss has leapt in front of her rival and leads two items to one.

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I think I have got a bargain here.

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The first thing, a pair of bottle pourers, so they act like stoppers,

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but you flip up the novelty visors on these helmets

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and you can actually pour through them.

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They're not very old, but I think they're great fun.

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Silver plate, and there's got to be a profit there.

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But the second thing is really interesting.

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Now, I've never seen one of these before.

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It's a little lapel fob, so you would wear it through your buttonhole.

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And on the medallion here it says,

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"The Most Cheerful Order of Merrythoughts."

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Now, Merrythought was a company producing soft toys from the 1930s,

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based in Shropshire, and it particularly specialised in teddy bears.

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I think this is great fun.

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It's probably silver, and the little wishbone

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on the end here is going to be my good-luck charm.

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Yes, and you may need that luck,

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as James has only gone and found a...

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let's say a vintage chair?

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It's got a really good look, hasn't it?

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And Bingo knows the best way to secure a seat is to sit on it.

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This has a good house-clearance feel about it.

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It is house-clearance stuff.

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How much is that... How much is this chair?

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-35.

-Oh, it goes back, as well, look.

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So it has two settings.

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Do you know, I'm getting quite excited about this chair now,

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because not only does it fold, but it also has two settings.

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I've just found it out.

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Madam! Come over here, tell me about this folding chair.

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Good look, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-It's survived, as well.

-Well, yeah. Yeah, it's a good chair.

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The thing is, well,

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it's still got its plastic.

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Yeah, a bit grubby, but apart from that, it's all right, isn't it?

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Yeah, clean up good, scrub up lovely.

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And would you take 30 for it?

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-I will take 30.

-You've got 30, madam.

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These are the antiques of the future.

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Well, they're the antiques of now, madam, aren't they, now?

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-Absolutely, sir.

-Blimey.

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Yeah, blimey indeed. So much for only buying small items!

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Bingo's, um, "antique" chair is his for £30 and, as with so many things

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from the '60s, it's really set off his imagination.

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Do you know, this has got...

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It's very Bond-like, this.

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This is early '60s, isn't it?

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It has that sort of Dr No, Goldfinger look about it.

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It's painted gold, the frame is all gold,

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and it's got this rather fun sort of plastic.

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Very simple way of upholstering a chair.

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It's just a cord that is wrapped

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round and round and round, and the gold

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and the light blue looks really good, it looks really sunny,

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it looks very sort of American and it's just a really clever design.

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Look, I just fold it up like that, I just put it down, shake it,

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and there we are! Go on, Dad, you sit down.

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And, oh! It's in the reclining mode.

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So you just bring these two things up here, just bring it around,

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slap them down and then you're sitting up.

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What a lovely piece.

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This has survived since the early 1960s and I think this is sort of

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bang on trend.

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This is retro, vintage, it's folding, and I'm off.

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I'm going to go and enjoy the sun.

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Yeah, watch you don't trap your Goldfinger in there.

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The man with the Midas touch

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is jolly excited about his retro recliner,

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and he's not the only one in a tizzy, because Miss Bliss,

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as predicted by James, has found a stall full of bling and is besotted.

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Look at that. Cor, look at that!

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Oh, you've got earrings to match. Ooh!

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I quite fancy these.

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I love the colours in that.

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There's not a lot she doesn't like here.

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Our treasure hunter has struck gold.

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So what could you do if I took...

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I can't decide whether that one or that one.

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A fiver for the two.

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-Fiver for the two?

-Yeah.

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That's nice.

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OK. Fiver for the two?

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-Yeah.

-Done. Thank you very much. Lovely.

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Kate has somehow restrained herself from emptying the whole stall,

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and nabbed two necklaces for a bargain £5.

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Now, these two bits of costume jewellery certainly

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don't have much age about them,

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but they've got a lovely look about them,

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and the reason I bought them is, this one particularly

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is a little bit in the style

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of an American costume jewellery designer

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who was working in the 1920s right through to the '60s - Miriam Haskell.

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Now, Haskell pieces are highly desirable,

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so I've bought these as a bit of fun.

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So, Miss Bliss has made a light-hearted purchase,

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but what of our veteran deal-doer James Braxton?

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He's bound to be taking things a lot more seriously...

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See, this is value for money, isn't it?

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..or not!

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Eight quid. Don't look so shocked, sir.

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That is very good, isn't it? Very comfy.

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-Oh, yeah, that's the one.

-That's the one, isn't it?

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That's very nice.

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-Cos you've got to dress accordingly for any event, haven't you?

-Absolutely.

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You look very fine.

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With Kate in the lead, it's time for James to swap that hat for his thinking cap,

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cast his net wide and see what he can catch.

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He's got a nibble.

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That's quite cool, isn't it?

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For a chippy.

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Now, how much have you got on it?

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-12 quid.

-Would you take a tenner for it?

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I've got a tenner. Come on. Like that.

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Bingo got his pincers into that little pot, and he wouldn't let go.

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But what is it?

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So, this is a salt shaker.

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Often single hole for salt, you can regulate.

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Salt's not so good for you, so you don't want too much.

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If you have lots of holes, it's generally for dusting sugar

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over strawberries or whatever.

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What attracted me to it is, one, the feel of it -

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it's got this fabulous eggshell glaze.

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And it's got a great motif.

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But I love the lobster. Look at that, nice, red lobster.

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We've got the lobster pot, we've got stylised fish.

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Sort of era, '60s, '70s.

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It's got a great retro look,

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and a retro fish-and-chip shop would absolutely love this.

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And it was mine for a tenner.

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And with that, our dealers are neck and neck with three buys apiece.

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We're at the halfway mark,

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so let's see who is leading and who is floundering.

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Both our dealers arrived with £250 of their own money to spend.

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James has spent £50 so far, leaving £200 in his kitty.

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Kate, however, has spent considerably less - just £15 -

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leaving her with a much larger £235 for the rest of the day.

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Hey. You found the sausages!

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Yeah. I've had such a good morning, I've been strolling around.

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-Really?

-And I'm just restoring the minerals now.

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-Are you?

-Yeah. Have you been inside?

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Yeah, I've been inside all the time, actually.

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Some great stuff in there. Definitely worth a look.

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-You're giving me a bum steer, aren't you?

-Am I?

-Are you?

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JAMES LAUGHS

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I stayed in the sunshine and I managed to find bits and bobs.

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-Yeah?

-I think the youngest item I bought is about 50 years old, and I bought some antiques.

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-Yeah? I found the odd one, I have to say.

-Have you?

-Sun's come out - I'm feeling quite relaxed.

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What, small and precious? Or not?

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No, not, actually. Little bit of shiny stuff, blingy stuff.

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-Any furniture?

-No furniture yet.

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-Really?

-How about you?

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Yeah, I've bought some furniture.

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-Yeah?

-No other clues, though, Kate.

-OK.

-No other clues.

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All right. Well, I'm off for one of those.

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Well, good luck.

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Well, what a shocker.

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Sneaky old Kate's trying to send her rival on a wild goose chase indoors,

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while James is playing secret squirrels over his stash.

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Mind games are rife today.

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Poor old Kate.

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There's still the same smile, but there's real panic in the eyes.

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Anyway, I am having a lovely time in the sunshine

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and that's where I'm going to stay.

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Now, it's quite late morning now

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and things are definitely getting harder to find.

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I think I need to get a shift on.

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That's the spirit.

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Kate is planning to speed up in order to buy up.

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Better buckle up, then.

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Ooh, this might help.

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-Can I have another look at this buckle, please?

-Course you can.

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There you go.

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-It's a nice bit of enamelling, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

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It's all there - there's no damage to it.

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I think it's about 1920s, 1930s. I've not dated it yet.

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-How much is that?

-That's 35.

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Hm.

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It's a job to know... Buckles used to be really in, didn't they?

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They did, yeah. Yeah.

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They've just gone off the boil a wee bit.

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-It's a lovely bit of enamelling, though.

-Yeah.

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It's nice.

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I'm just...wondering.

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-I'm going to have a think. I might well come back.

-Yeah, no problem.

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I'm dithering.

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Dithering?! Rather than putting her foot down as planned,

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Kate has put the brakes on for now.

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And while she ponders her options,

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Bingo has dug up a bit of old iron

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he hopes he can polish into a precious profit.

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Now, I've just bought this from a stall.

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I'm rather pleased with this. I bought it only for £15.

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Orme & Sons. Now, the clue is in the name.

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Manchester. It's incredibly heavy.

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It's like an iron, a flat iron.

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And I know this is for smoothing the baize of a billiard table.

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We've got the smooth side there,

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so after you set up your billiard table,

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you'd smooth it out, tighten it all up, fabulous.

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That is a lovely item, for only £15.

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This weighs almost the same as me.

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It's quite a specialist item.

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I'm going to have to find a sort of billiards club

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or a mad billiards player who will love this.

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Really lovely item.

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An item from a bygone era.

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# Any old iron, any old iron

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# Any, any, any old iron... #

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And while Bingo wanders off to do the ironing,

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Kate has buckled up and belted over to, well, a belt buckle stall.

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-Can I have another look at your buckle?

-Course you can.

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What's the very best you could do on it?

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-29.

-Oh!

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-Really?

-Yeah.

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-Really?

-It's nice, cos under the enamel, as well,

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you've got the rose, you've got the lovely pattern.

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-Yeah, it is nice.

-The pin's hallmarked, as well.

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-Yep.

-It's nice.

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It's not loose, is it? It's quite...

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No, you're right. It is really nice quality.

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I can do 28.

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Go on, then. Thank you.

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That's Kate's biggest spend so far, and she's enamoured.

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Now, there are quite a lot of people out there who collect buckles,

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and this is a really nice example.

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I can tell you the date exactly because it's made of silver

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and it's hallmarked just on the back here for 1911.

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But the best thing about it is the enamel work,

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and this is where the silver has been engraved in a beautiful little

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pattern of roses, and then the liquid coloured enamel,

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or liquid glass, has been laid over the top,

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and it's in really good condition.

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And that's key when you're buying enamelled items.

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If there is any damage, then the price plummets.

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This one's perfect.

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Bingo has now finished his ironing and is looking for his next chore.

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Our domestic goddess has settled on the idea of baking.

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How much for a load of stuff like that, then, Janet?

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25 for the lot.

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-For the lot?

-Yeah, for the whole lot.

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There's some Forster's pieces in there.

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Cos we're all baking mad now.

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It's gone crazy, honestly.

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-There's tonnes of it.

-How does that go, then?

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Yes, he's no Paul Hollywood and that's for sure.

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Erm... Don't ask!

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"Finest for all sponges"?

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Absolutely.

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-Is that good?

-Absolutely. Yeah.

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MAN SPEAKS QUIETLY

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Really? So that's what I should be buying, should I?

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Baking stuff?

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-Don't know. This is... You know, I'm not used to baking stuff.

-Yeah.

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Neither was I ten years ago.

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Can I make you a bid for that cookware?

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-You can. A sensible bid.

-A sensible bid? How does 15 sound?

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15? 18 and they're yours.

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18 and they're mine?

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Really? All that baking.

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18 quid and that lot's yours.

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Do you think, you know, with that, I could sort of get into Bake Off,

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-couldn't I? Carry the box...

-Yeah, take it there.

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Take it there.

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I'll assault them with me rock cakes, shall I?

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18. There you are.

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-That's for you, Janet.

-Thank you.

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Goodness me - Mary Berry won't know what's hit her.

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Do you know what? Tins are close to the nation's heart.

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And here's this lovely heart-shaped tin.

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You'd get a little sponge shooting out of this.

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Everything raises in a tin like this.

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Made in the 1940s.

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And then you come over to a later tin here,

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and this is sort of slightly mechanical.

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So if you've got a sticky bottom,

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that you just rush this round here and then out it comes.

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You know, I never knew I was into baking until I found this box.

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£18 of tins, and this is my route to fame and fortune.

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So, with five items rising in his proving drawer,

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James calls it a day.

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But, across the market,

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Kate hasn't forgotten she's on a quest for something quirky.

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-How much is your trumpet?

-35.

-35.

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-Is it all working?

-Yeah.

-It looks like it's all working.

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I don't want to pay 35, what could you do?

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I think the lowest I could go to is 25.

0:20:450:20:48

Ooh.

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I was hoping for about 15.

0:20:520:20:54

-No, sorry.

-No?

0:20:540:20:57

This vendor isn't dancing to Kate's tune yet.

0:20:570:20:59

Time to blow a bit harder.

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20 quid, final offer.

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-23.

-23?

0:21:040:21:06

No.

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I'm thinking 20, will you do 20?

0:21:090:21:11

-Mm...

-I think that's a fair price, if you're happy with that.

0:21:110:21:15

-OK, yeah.

-Yeah?

0:21:180:21:20

Brilliant, thank you.

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And she's done it.

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Band leader Bliss trumpety-trumped her way to a £20 deal.

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Now, this is what you call the punt of the day.

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I am not a trumpeter, but I can tell you it hasn't got a name,

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and I know the better-made ones

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certainly would have a good retailer or maker's mark on it.

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It has got its case, though, and looks to be in working order.

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So this is a bit of a gamble,

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but let's hope, when it comes to selling,

0:21:440:21:46

I hit the high note.

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Well, with Kate off to blow her own trumpet,

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and the stalls starting to pack up,

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our national treasures have completed their search.

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But before they reveal their discoveries to each other,

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it's time to tot up the totals.

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They both started the day with £250 of their own money to spend.

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James is hoping he's seen off the competition with his five purchases,

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costing £83.

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But Kate thinks she's dug deeper with her five items that cost £63.

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Of course, all that matters now is profit.

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Our deal-doing duo have spent their dosh,

0:22:210:22:23

and now it's time to compare their wares.

0:22:230:22:26

Now, you look far too relaxed, waltzing around there.

0:22:270:22:29

And now I can see why.

0:22:290:22:31

Now I've seen all your lovely things.

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I know, they're very bizarre, aren't they?

0:22:330:22:35

Well, do you know, I can see you doing many things, James,

0:22:350:22:37

but baking isn't one of them.

0:22:370:22:40

Well, I'm a polymath, Kate, as you know.

0:22:400:22:42

-We all have to bake now.

-Yep.

0:22:420:22:44

Have to raise something, don't you?

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Bicarbonate...

0:22:460:22:47

I like your Yorkshire pudding tin. I'd use that one.

0:22:470:22:49

-Would you?

-Yeah.

0:22:490:22:50

-What's the tip there?

-Fat in first, really hot,

0:22:500:22:54

then the batter.

0:22:540:22:55

Then the batter.

0:22:550:22:57

Oh! I can taste it now!

0:22:570:23:00

And what about you? What are these carbuncles over here?

0:23:000:23:03

Yeah, you like these?

0:23:030:23:04

Do you know, these really shouted at me.

0:23:040:23:06

The lady had a load of costume jewellery and these just leaped out at me.

0:23:060:23:09

This one particularly.

0:23:090:23:10

I thought it was quite Miriam Haskell,

0:23:100:23:12

-that American costume jewellery designer.

-OK.

0:23:120:23:15

They're a bit of fun, really. I mean, they weren't expensive.

0:23:150:23:18

So what are they - fiver each, tenner each?

0:23:180:23:21

-Fiver for the two.

-Really, fiver for the two?

0:23:210:23:22

-Yeah.

-That's good value.

0:23:220:23:26

Now, tell me about this.

0:23:260:23:27

Trouser press?

0:23:270:23:29

No, it isn't. It's so heavy - it's in fact for billiard tables.

0:23:290:23:34

-Is it?

-It's for ironing the baize.

-That is amazing!

0:23:340:23:38

Flattening the baize. It's lovely, isn't it?

0:23:380:23:40

-You wouldn't think it had a sporting association.

-Nor did the stall holder.

0:23:400:23:44

He thought it was just a doorstop or something.

0:23:440:23:46

That's fabulous. How much was that?

0:23:460:23:47

-15.

-Not bad.

0:23:470:23:50

Not bad. And your trumpet?

0:23:500:23:52

My trumpet is a bit of a punt.

0:23:520:23:54

-I'm not a trumpeter.

-No.

0:23:540:23:56

But it's in working order. I think it looks great.

0:23:560:23:58

-You've got the case.

-Nice case, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:23:580:24:01

And what, £50 for that?

0:24:010:24:03

-20.

-That is cheap, Kate.

0:24:030:24:06

-Is it? Are you a trumpeter?

-That is so cheap.

0:24:060:24:10

-That's outrageous!

-Tell me about your Van Gogh lookalike.

0:24:100:24:13

My Van Gogh...

0:24:130:24:14

With the lovely sunflowers, it's painted on a fielded oak panel.

0:24:140:24:18

I'm looking for a sort of Edwardian gardener.

0:24:180:24:22

-Yeah.

-And I'm full of gardens around me,

0:24:220:24:24

so I think, you know, that's going to be elevated to the home now.

0:24:240:24:27

It's going to be hung.

0:24:270:24:29

-Maybe.

-Maybe.

-No, I like it. I do like it.

-Maybe. Maybe.

0:24:290:24:32

Well, we've certainly got variety, haven't we?

0:24:320:24:34

Haven't we? You can't dispute that.

0:24:340:24:36

We've done very well.

0:24:360:24:37

Well done, Kate. Happy selling.

0:24:370:24:40

So, our booter rooters leg it home

0:24:420:24:45

to hatch some shrewd selling strategies.

0:24:450:24:47

This part of the challenge is the real game-changer.

0:24:470:24:50

Matching the right buyer to the right item

0:24:500:24:53

can make a world of difference in this game of profit.

0:24:530:24:56

Back at Braxton Towers, Bingo is sizing up his stockpile.

0:24:560:25:01

I had to work quite hard to find my antiques in my Lincolnshire

0:25:010:25:04

car-boot sale, but the first one I found was this rather nice fellow.

0:25:040:25:08

Painted about, sort of, 1890s to 1910,

0:25:080:25:12

were these rather lovely sunflowers.

0:25:120:25:15

When I saw it, I thought, grand house, grand gardens.

0:25:150:25:19

So I've got to find a combination of the two for that.

0:25:190:25:21

And then, this rather lovely 1960s chair.

0:25:210:25:23

Very clever form of upholstery here.

0:25:230:25:27

You've just got a plastic cord that's wrapped round.

0:25:270:25:32

Very cheap. It's got one small tear there, but otherwise perfect,

0:25:320:25:35

and that's lasted 50 years, which is quite remarkable.

0:25:350:25:38

And I love this. This really stood out.

0:25:380:25:40

Why did it stand out? Because of its rather clever design.

0:25:400:25:43

It's a salt cellar.

0:25:430:25:45

This is a salt shaker here,

0:25:450:25:47

and it's made by a good maker called Crown Devon.

0:25:470:25:50

It has this lovely eggshell glaze.

0:25:500:25:52

A very nice touch, that.

0:25:520:25:54

And with the lovely lobster.

0:25:540:25:55

A small clutch of items, but watch out, Miss Bliss,

0:25:550:25:58

let's see what profits I make from them.

0:25:580:26:01

Indeed.

0:26:010:26:02

James has also to find buyers

0:26:020:26:04

for his vintage baking tins and Victorian flat iron.

0:26:040:26:09

Over in Herefordshire, Kate is confident with her cache.

0:26:090:26:13

My trumpet, you can see, is fairly straightforward.

0:26:130:26:16

It's all in working order,

0:26:160:26:18

and it would be lovely to sell this to somebody who's just learning

0:26:180:26:21

or perhaps even to somebody who's just started playing in a band,

0:26:210:26:25

and to see it used.

0:26:250:26:26

Because I'm a firm believer that instruments were made to be played.

0:26:260:26:30

Now, my bottle pourers here, in the shape of knights' visors or helmets,

0:26:300:26:36

I think, are great fun, and at £5, I think they're a steal.

0:26:360:26:41

And it would be great to offer these to perhaps a vineyard that does

0:26:410:26:45

wine-tasting, perhaps a vineyard at a castle, even better -

0:26:450:26:49

where the knights theme can come in.

0:26:490:26:51

I don't know. That needs a little bit more work.

0:26:510:26:54

My buckle, with its beautiful enamel,

0:26:540:26:57

is probably the best-quality piece.

0:26:570:27:00

It's silver hallmarked, it's in fantastic order,

0:27:000:27:03

which is unusual for enamel pieces.

0:27:030:27:05

And they've even gone to the bother

0:27:050:27:07

of putting this lovely wreath of roses around it.

0:27:070:27:10

I'm thinking a buckle collector for this,

0:27:100:27:13

because they are not the most commercial items.

0:27:130:27:16

It's more of a cabinet piece

0:27:160:27:17

for somebody who collects little objets d'art like this,

0:27:170:27:20

or pieces of enamel.

0:27:200:27:21

Kate also needs to line up buyers for her Mary Thorpe lapel fob

0:27:210:27:25

and modern costume jewellery.

0:27:250:27:28

It's time for our dealers to knuckle down and exhaust all available

0:27:280:27:32

methods in a bid to accumulate the most money for their chosen charities.

0:27:320:27:36

But remember, until they've shaken on it and the money has changed hands,

0:27:360:27:40

no deal is truly sealed.

0:27:400:27:43

James has decided the picturesque Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds

0:27:430:27:48

is the perfect place to launch his selling campaign.

0:27:480:27:51

He's brought the Crown Devon lobster motif salt shaker that cost him £10

0:27:510:27:55

to show local French restaurateur Pascal.

0:27:550:27:58

But will Pascal think it's worth shelling out more for?

0:27:580:28:02

I've brought you a salt cellar.

0:28:020:28:04

I bought it, funnily enough, in this sort of market,

0:28:040:28:07

and what I was attracted to was this very bold lobster,

0:28:070:28:12

with his lobster pot, and then these rather stylised, I suppose,

0:28:120:28:16

little sardines or whitebait or whatever.

0:28:160:28:19

-Yeah, yeah.

-Rather fun, I thought.

0:28:190:28:21

-What do you think of it?

-So, yeah.

0:28:210:28:24

So, tell me about it. So, it's from Devon?

0:28:240:28:27

-Yeah.

-Is it hand painting, or...?

0:28:270:28:29

Yeah, it's a pattern that was moulded,

0:28:290:28:31

and then this decoration would have been transferred onto it,

0:28:310:28:35

and then somebody would have added the colour with a paint brush.

0:28:350:28:38

So, it has some human interaction.

0:28:380:28:41

OK. Do you know the year, or...?

0:28:410:28:43

Yeah. Stylistically, it's '50s, '60s.

0:28:430:28:48

My mum has got Crown Devon collection

0:28:480:28:50

and my mum has started to give me some of them.

0:28:500:28:52

-Funny!

-So, I didn't know that.

0:28:520:28:55

So, when I came up, I thought, "Oh, Pascal, restaurateur, chef.

0:28:550:28:59

"He will like it because of the fish," but...

0:28:590:29:02

So, you have Crown Devon?

0:29:020:29:04

Now, price-wise, I wanted to put it in the hands of somebody good.

0:29:040:29:08

What would you be willing to pay for that?

0:29:080:29:11

-It's a nice item.

-What have you got on your mind?

0:29:110:29:14

I was thinking about £70, Pascal.

0:29:140:29:16

£70...

0:29:180:29:21

I wish to have the pepper with it and do a set. Um...

0:29:210:29:26

I will go for £50.

0:29:260:29:29

-£50.

-£50.

-Pascal, as in the tradition of all remaining friends,

0:29:290:29:34

how about in the middle? £60.

0:29:340:29:37

-55.

-55?

-55.

-55. 55.

0:29:370:29:40

-The five will pay...

-You say three times 55 - deal done!

0:29:400:29:44

The five will pay for the petrol.

0:29:440:29:46

Well, Bingo's catch has come in.

0:29:460:29:48

He's more than quintupled his money,

0:29:480:29:51

making a delicious £45 profit on sale number one.

0:29:510:29:54

Well, that was an unexpected pleasure.

0:29:540:29:57

Not only did he like the item, but his mother collects them.

0:29:570:30:02

What a stroke of luck!

0:30:020:30:04

Also hoping for a bit of good fortune is Miss Bliss.

0:30:040:30:08

She's in Hay-on-Wye looking for a magpie who's keen to take those sparkly necklaces off her hands.

0:30:080:30:14

I've heard about a new dress agency that's opened up in Hay

0:30:140:30:17

that also sells costume jewellery,

0:30:170:30:20

and I'm hoping that the owner might want to build up her stock a bit and take a look at my necklaces.

0:30:200:30:24

They owe her £5, but will shop owner Brenda think they're worth a higher price?

0:30:240:30:29

So, we have this one, which I think will look super with a, sort of,

0:30:290:30:35

-little black dress...

-Oh, great.

-You could call it vintage style.

0:30:350:30:38

-It does look vintage, yeah.

-But I don't think there's any great age to it,

0:30:380:30:43

-um...so I think it was probably made in the last ten, 20 years, I would say.

-Very, very pretty.

0:30:430:30:48

-It's quite nice with the white pastes on it.

-Yeah.

0:30:480:30:52

And then there's this one as well, which is very different,

0:30:520:30:56

-which is a bit of fun, really.

-It is, yeah.

-Lovely blue colours.

0:30:560:31:01

-It's quite jazzy.

-Nice and cheerful.

0:31:010:31:03

Yeah, it is, isn't it?

0:31:030:31:04

Quite chunky, so would they be your cup of tea, do you think?

0:31:040:31:07

-They would.

-Start you off in your new cabinet.

0:31:070:31:09

They'd be perfect, yeah.

0:31:090:31:10

So what sort of price were you thinking of?

0:31:100:31:13

Well, I'm thinking possibly about, um...

0:31:130:31:17

about 25 each. How does that sound?

0:31:170:31:20

-Hm. Prefer a little bit lower.

-Mm.

0:31:200:31:23

-Cos I need to make a mark-up on it, obviously.

-Sure.

0:31:230:31:26

Of course. Where do you see them at?

0:31:260:31:28

Say...40?

0:31:280:31:30

-40 for the two?

-Yeah.

0:31:300:31:32

-If that's good for you, that will do for me.

-Oh, wonderful. That's great. That was easy!

0:31:320:31:36

Wasn't it? Thank you very much indeed!

0:31:360:31:38

Thank you. That's super.

0:31:380:31:40

Kate sells the necklaces for an astonishing eight times the price she paid,

0:31:400:31:44

making her first profit of £35.

0:31:440:31:47

What a glittering start!

0:31:470:31:48

Our ambitious pair are on fire.

0:31:480:31:51

And keen on fanning those profit flames,

0:31:510:31:53

James has travelled to the Big Smoke, and is following a hot lead.

0:31:530:31:58

I'm in the London borough of Hackney, and I've come across a little market

0:31:580:32:03

which has just suddenly sprung up in the last five years.

0:32:030:32:07

I'm hoping to sell my bakers' tins.

0:32:070:32:09

Well, let's hope the stallholder James has in mind likes them.

0:32:090:32:12

The tins cost £18, but will Bingo rise to the challenge of getting Terry to buy them?

0:32:120:32:18

Ah, Terry, it's your lucky day, mate.

0:32:190:32:22

I've got all these fabulous tins.

0:32:220:32:25

You are... The ladies are going to be falling over you.

0:32:250:32:28

-OK. I'll even throw in a dog bowl.

-Terrific. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

0:32:280:32:32

And we've got lots of cupcakes, you know... Still got its tin...

0:32:320:32:37

This is quality stuff. This isn't your modern stuff,

0:32:370:32:40

-and especially...

-What are you looking for all this?

0:32:400:32:44

-..especially look at this! They're going to love that, aren't they?

-Yeah, yeah. Terrific.

0:32:440:32:48

Now, I'm sure you can shift this, Terry.

0:32:480:32:50

It's a little box of interest.

0:32:500:32:52

Well, what do you want for it?

0:32:520:32:54

I was thinking that, OK? I love that.

0:32:540:32:57

-Yeah.

-I think that's five or ten quid.

0:32:570:32:59

I'll give you 30 quid for the lot.

0:32:590:33:02

I tell you what -

0:33:020:33:04

I'll throw that one in, for the lot,

0:33:040:33:08

and 40 quid for the lot.

0:33:080:33:10

-Go on, then.

-Well done, Terry.

0:33:100:33:12

You know it makes sense.

0:33:120:33:14

James provided all the ingredients for a tasty £22 gain,

0:33:140:33:18

proving he's a master baker when it comes to cooking up a profit.

0:33:180:33:22

Back in Herefordshire, Kate's had her head in the books,

0:33:220:33:25

and she's made a surprising new discovery

0:33:250:33:28

about her little lapel fob,

0:33:280:33:30

and it's not what she thought it was.

0:33:300:33:34

Now, I've been doing a little bit of research into my wishbone fob here,

0:33:340:33:38

which is probably one of the quirkiest items I've ever bought.

0:33:380:33:42

Now, originally, because it says "Order Of Merrythoughts" on the medallion,

0:33:420:33:46

I thought it was connected to the Merrythought teddy bear company,

0:33:460:33:50

but in actual fact, it's got nothing to do with that whatsoever.

0:33:500:33:54

I've done a little bit of digging around, and found in an archive from the Glasgow Herald newspaper,

0:33:540:34:00

dating from 1931,

0:34:000:34:02

that there's a little piece that introduces exactly what this is,

0:34:020:34:07

and it says, "The Most Cheery Order Of Merrythoughts..."

0:34:070:34:10

It's NOT seeking subscriptions from the public,

0:34:100:34:14

but nevertheless, "everyone is invited to take up membership,

0:34:140:34:18

"and assist in the spreading of its gospel

0:34:180:34:21

"by being an optimist, a cheery soul, and a good sport,"

0:34:210:34:26

and it just goes on to say that this organisation

0:34:260:34:29

has actually been formed under the Companies Act in 1931

0:34:290:34:34

"to bring happiness amongst all classes in Great Britain"

0:34:340:34:39

and its watchword is "jingle your wishbone."

0:34:390:34:43

This was given to subscribers of the Daily Chronicle newspaper

0:34:430:34:47

in the 1930s, and was a symbol of that club,

0:34:470:34:52

which actually, if there's anything serious about such an order,

0:34:520:34:56

it says here, it's that it supports children's holiday charities.

0:34:560:35:00

Now, I think that is a lovely idea.

0:35:000:35:03

But now I know exactly what it is,

0:35:030:35:06

I think that can't but help me to sell it and add value to it.

0:35:060:35:11

So, armed with all the happy facts, Kate takes the £5 silver fob to Hereford

0:35:110:35:15

to show goldsmith Colin, and is hoping her research pays off.

0:35:170:35:21

I've brought you something quite quirky.

0:35:210:35:24

It's a little fob chain, I would call it.

0:35:240:35:28

-Yeah.

-I think you would probably wear it through your buttonhole.

0:35:280:35:31

I think you probably would. Through a lapel.

0:35:310:35:33

It's that sort of length, isn't it?

0:35:330:35:34

It is, isn't it? Yeah.

0:35:340:35:36

It says on the little medallion,

0:35:360:35:38

"The Most Cheery Order of Merrythoughts."

0:35:380:35:42

And I thought, "That's interesting - what's that?"

0:35:420:35:44

And I found out, it basically was

0:35:440:35:47

a club formed in about the 1930s

0:35:470:35:50

by members who read the Daily Chronicle newspaper.

0:35:500:35:54

I'm pretty sure it is silver.

0:35:540:35:56

It says sterling on the fob, it feels like silver.

0:35:560:35:59

-And I like the wishbone on the end.

-The wishbone is lovely, isn't it?

0:35:590:36:03

That's the bit I love. And funnily enough, in America, apparently,

0:36:030:36:06

wishbones are known as merrythoughts.

0:36:060:36:09

It's a sort of nickname.

0:36:090:36:11

-Yeah.

-Hence the combination of the two, I guess, the association.

0:36:110:36:15

It's very nice, yes.

0:36:150:36:17

And I've got a friend who would love this.

0:36:170:36:18

-Really?

-Yes, I do, who is a cheery soul.

0:36:180:36:21

I was hoping for somewhere between sort of £30-£50.

0:36:210:36:24

How does that sound?

0:36:240:36:27

Well, I'd certainly do 30.

0:36:270:36:29

-OK.

-You might tempt me up a little bit.

0:36:290:36:32

-Really?

-You could tempt me.

0:36:320:36:33

Could you sort of go for the middle area and say 40?

0:36:330:36:37

-OK, yeah. I will.

-Fantastic.

0:36:370:36:39

-Thank you very much.

-Lovely. I really hope the friend likes it.

0:36:390:36:42

So do I!

0:36:420:36:44

Nothing gives Kate merry thoughts like a £35 profit.

0:36:440:36:48

Our jolly girl has drawn level.

0:36:480:36:50

But Bingo is not about to be outdone.

0:36:500:36:52

Not even a rainy day will dampen his profit-hunting spirits.

0:36:520:36:56

Spot the contrast. Umbrella, deckchair.

0:36:560:36:59

The two don't rather go, but anything can go in Norman Road.

0:36:590:37:03

The epicentre of trendy Hastings.

0:37:030:37:07

Anything goes, eh?

0:37:070:37:08

James is hoping home interior design shop owner Samantha will agree,

0:37:080:37:13

and give him a stylish return on his £30 investment.

0:37:130:37:16

Here is the fellow in person.

0:37:160:37:19

Nice.

0:37:190:37:20

What-what do we call this colour?

0:37:200:37:23

-Azure?

-Azure.

0:37:230:37:24

-That sounds very exotic, doesn't it?

-I think so.

0:37:240:37:27

The reason I bought this item is it's a great survivor - 1960s.

0:37:270:37:31

But what I loved about it, you just lift the arms, easy peasy,

0:37:310:37:35

-and you've got a recliner.

-Yeah, that's lovely.

0:37:350:37:38

-It's clever.

-You see this plastic tubular thing now.

0:37:380:37:41

I've seen it, it's come back around.

0:37:410:37:44

-Has it come back around?

-It has.

0:37:440:37:46

So for an old dinosaur like me,

0:37:460:37:48

if I wait long enough, it comes back, doesn't it?

0:37:480:37:52

It's definitely come back around.

0:37:520:37:54

I didn't know I'd be bang on trend today!

0:37:540:37:57

-It's a lovely chair.

-It's a lovely chair and it's a lovely colour.

0:37:570:38:01

45 years old, how about a pound for every year of its life, Sam?

0:38:010:38:07

Wow. I would... I would say 30.

0:38:070:38:10

-30?

-Yeah.

0:38:100:38:12

I've got to make a bit of money on it.

0:38:120:38:13

How about in the middle, 42?

0:38:130:38:16

SHE LAUGHS

0:38:160:38:17

No.

0:38:170:38:19

THEY LAUGH

0:38:190:38:20

No, I'm toying. 40? £40.

0:38:200:38:23

40, 40.

0:38:230:38:24

-I would say...

-Come on, Sam!

0:38:240:38:26

-38.

-38, you have yourself a deal.

0:38:260:38:32

And that small but comfortable £8 profit brings us to the halfway mark.

0:38:320:38:37

So let's find out how our knick-knacking ninjas are doing so far.

0:38:370:38:40

In the lead, James has sold three of his five items,

0:38:440:38:47

racking up a starting profit of £75.

0:38:470:38:50

Trailing slightly, Kate has done two deals,

0:38:520:38:54

and has a profit of £70 in her pocket.

0:38:540:38:58

This game is incredibly close,

0:38:580:39:00

but Kate is one of the most determined experts around.

0:39:000:39:04

She wants to win, and changes up a gear

0:39:040:39:07

to make sure she leaves James in her dust.

0:39:070:39:09

She's travelled to Gloucestershire,

0:39:090:39:11

and our prize-fighter is preparing for battle.

0:39:110:39:15

Now, I think my bottle pourers were a real steal at the car boot,

0:39:150:39:18

and I always had in mind for them either a vineyard,

0:39:180:39:21

to put on wine bottles, or a castle, because they're knights' helmets.

0:39:210:39:25

Or a vineyard and a castle, but that was a bit of a tall order,

0:39:250:39:29

so I've gone for the vineyard.

0:39:290:39:31

Did you follow that, viewers?

0:39:310:39:32

The pourers cost Kate £5,

0:39:320:39:34

but will vineyard boss Thomas top up her "bouteille de profits"?

0:39:340:39:40

-Hello, Kate.

-How do you do?

-Very nice to meet you.

-And you.

0:39:400:39:43

-So, how many vines have you got?

-We've got 75 acres.

0:39:430:39:46

We make about 250,000 bottles of wine a year.

0:39:460:39:49

Gosh, that is a lot of wine, isn't it?

0:39:490:39:52

-Well, yeah, for you or me to drink, it would be a heck of a lot of wine to drink!

-Yeah!

0:39:520:39:57

Well, I thought you must do tastings here, obviously.

0:39:570:39:59

-Just one or two.

-Just one or two!

0:39:590:40:01

So I wondered if bottle pourers might come in handy.

0:40:010:40:06

Have a look. They're a bit of a novelty, really.

0:40:060:40:10

-They are, aren't they?

-They are.

0:40:100:40:12

They're obviously knights' helmets, and you flip the visor up

0:40:120:40:15

and you... There's a little pouring aperture there.

0:40:150:40:19

But I would say, they're definitely plated, as you can see,

0:40:190:40:22

silver-plated, I would suggest.

0:40:220:40:24

They've certainly got a little bit of age.

0:40:240:40:26

-I wouldn't say they were antique, though.

-No.

0:40:260:40:28

Are they for wine or are they more for whisky?

0:40:280:40:30

You just wonder whether they're...

0:40:300:40:32

you know, whether they're more for spirits than for wine.

0:40:320:40:35

Would you say? Cos the aperture is quite small.

0:40:350:40:37

You might be waiting a while for your wine to pour!

0:40:370:40:41

Well, what do you think?

0:40:410:40:43

They're a bit of fun, aren't they?

0:40:430:40:44

We sell a lot of bottle pourers, because it's always fun to have

0:40:440:40:48

a bit of nonsense about the place.

0:40:480:40:50

-Yeah, a bit of a talking point, perhaps.

-Yes.

0:40:500:40:52

OK. Lovely. Well, because it's a pair,

0:40:520:40:55

I was hoping for around the sort of £150 mark.

0:40:550:40:58

-Hm!

-How does that sound?

0:40:580:41:00

-I would have thought that's fairly. expensive.

-Hm-mm. OK.

0:41:000:41:04

£60?

0:41:040:41:05

I was hoping really for about the sort of 120 mark.

0:41:050:41:08

That's quite a lot of money, isn't it? £60 each?

0:41:080:41:11

Can we go to 110?

0:41:110:41:14

-That's good for me.

-OK, super.

-Thank you very much.

0:41:140:41:17

My goodness me. She's £105 up!

0:41:170:41:21

Her glass is brimming with earnings and Kate is brimming with pride.

0:41:210:41:26

Bingo is suddenly playing a serious game of catch-up.

0:41:260:41:30

He's back in Hastings with his sunflower picture,

0:41:300:41:32

and whilst he hasn't tracked down a grand house to sell it to,

0:41:320:41:35

he has found a green-fingered florist.

0:41:350:41:38

He's hoping the £10 he paid for it is but a seed

0:41:380:41:41

that will bloom into a beautiful profit.

0:41:410:41:44

But will shop owner Mao want to pluck it?

0:41:440:41:47

-Hello, Mao.

-Hello, James.

0:41:490:41:51

Here's my lovely sunflower panel. I think it's very attractive.

0:41:510:41:54

Sort of painted in about the 19...

0:41:540:41:56

Turn of the century, about 1900.

0:41:560:41:58

-Right.

-And I must say, I think it would look rather good on your...

0:41:580:42:03

in your thing. It really stands out, doesn't it?

0:42:030:42:05

Yes, the colour goes with all the wreaths we've got here.

0:42:050:42:08

It does. It does.

0:42:080:42:10

I was rather hoping to get somewhere in the region of £40-£60.

0:42:100:42:16

I think it's a beautiful painting, and it's on oak.

0:42:160:42:19

Yes, maybe 40.

0:42:190:42:21

40? Ohh! You see?

0:42:210:42:23

You think around 40?

0:42:230:42:25

Yes, I think so, yes.

0:42:250:42:27

Could you do a little more, 45?

0:42:270:42:30

Er, no, I'd like to keep it for 40, I think.

0:42:300:42:34

I'm not going to fiddle around. You can have it for 40.

0:42:340:42:37

-Wonderful.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:42:370:42:39

Well, James has cultivated a fragrant profit of £30,

0:42:430:42:47

and is closing in on his rival.

0:42:470:42:48

Meanwhile, Clever Kate, knowing that knowledge is power and power equals pounds,

0:42:500:42:55

has travelled to London,

0:42:550:42:56

hoping professional jazz musician Andy Davis can give her some intriguing info on her trumpet

0:42:560:43:02

and help her make more brass from her brass.

0:43:020:43:06

-Andy! That sounded amazing!

-Oh, thanks a lot. Thanks.

0:43:100:43:13

-Great to meet you.

-Nice to meet you, too.

0:43:130:43:14

-Sounds like you've been playing a little while.

-It's been a week now...

0:43:140:43:18

No, it's been about 20 years.

0:43:180:43:19

-Has it?

-Yeah, yeah, so done a fair bit of practice in my time.

0:43:190:43:22

Well, your trumpet looks lovely.

0:43:220:43:24

It's a Bach Stradivarius trumpet.

0:43:240:43:26

This one is worth round about £2,000 bought new.

0:43:260:43:30

Well, from your lovely trumpet,

0:43:300:43:32

-which sounds amazing, I have to say...

-Thank you very much.

0:43:320:43:35

-..to my little number here...

-Yeah.

0:43:350:43:37

-I'm a musician myself, actually. I play the violin.

-Oh, wow.

0:43:370:43:39

I have not got a clue about brass instruments,

0:43:390:43:42

-so I took a bit of a punt on this.

-Yeah.

0:43:420:43:45

OK? So have a little look at it. Now, the one thing that struck me,

0:43:450:43:51

the one thing I know about instruments generally

0:43:510:43:54

is that, obviously if they've got a name

0:43:540:43:56

that helps you to date it, and it's also a sign of quality.

0:43:560:44:00

-Now, I could not find a name on this.

-I can't see anything on it!

0:44:000:44:02

-No. At all.

-I've never, ever seen this before. There's not actually a make on it.

0:44:020:44:08

It's a trumpet with no name.

0:44:080:44:10

And that's unusual, is it?

0:44:100:44:11

Yeah. I've never seen it before in my life.

0:44:110:44:14

-Ooh.

-I'm going to play this trumpet now.

0:44:140:44:17

HE PLAYS A SIMPLE SCALE

0:44:170:44:20

Ooh.

0:44:200:44:22

Well, at least it works.

0:44:220:44:24

I've never played a trumpet like this before.

0:44:240:44:26

-First impressions, I have to say, aren't so good.

-OK.

0:44:260:44:29

It has a weird, um, pitching on it.

0:44:290:44:33

It plays like a C trumpet, but it looks like a B flat trumpet.

0:44:330:44:36

-I've brought you an enigma!

-Yeah, this is crazy. This is crazy.

0:44:360:44:40

If I was going to sell it to, say, a music shop

0:44:400:44:45

-that retails second-hand trumpets, for instance...

-Yeah?

0:44:450:44:47

..are we in the sort of £100 ballpark,

0:44:470:44:50

are we in the sort of £40-£50 ballpark

0:44:500:44:53

or are we in the sort of tenner?

0:44:530:44:54

-I would say you're looking at the £50 ballpark.

-Would you?

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:44:540:44:58

Well, it seems Kate has more questions than answers,

0:44:580:45:01

and while Andy can't identify her unusual trumpet, he can teach her how to play it,

0:45:010:45:05

and just how musical is Miss Bliss?

0:45:050:45:08

All you have to do is play the first three notes

0:45:080:45:12

of the C major scale, which are C, D and E. OK?

0:45:120:45:15

TRIES TO PLAY NOTES

0:45:150:45:18

Can't do it without laughing!

0:45:220:45:24

This is terrible.

0:45:240:45:26

Yeah - better stick to the violin, eh?

0:45:260:45:28

Now, also on a fact-finding mission is our Bingo,

0:45:280:45:32

and like Kate, he knows that unearthing valuable information

0:45:320:45:36

can booster sales and increase profits.

0:45:360:45:38

He's brought his flat iron to show restorer Peter Ludgate,

0:45:380:45:42

who's a specialist in cue sports, no less.

0:45:420:45:46

This is the mighty item I want to know more and more about.

0:45:460:45:49

-It's a billiard flat iron.

-Yeah.

0:45:490:45:52

Orme and Sons from Manchester.

0:45:520:45:55

-Are they a really good manufacturer?

-They were one of the best Victorian manufacturers.

-One of the best.

0:45:550:45:59

That would go on the range in the kitchen.

0:45:590:46:02

What, for all those Victorian industrialists building their mighty houses

0:46:020:46:07

with...what, everybody had a billiard room, did they?

0:46:070:46:09

Absolutely, and the under butler or somebody, it would be his job to heat it up

0:46:090:46:14

and then iron the billiard table before the master played a game of billiards,

0:46:140:46:19

but the problem was that they got terribly hot,

0:46:190:46:22

so you had to be very careful you didn't scorch the table.

0:46:220:46:26

Billiards most likely developed from the French for bille or balles,

0:46:260:46:30

and the game called trucco,

0:46:300:46:33

which was similar to croquet and played on lawns.

0:46:330:46:36

When the game moved indoors, green cloth was used to simulate the grass,

0:46:360:46:40

and the clubs replaced with cues.

0:46:400:46:44

By the mid 19th century, the quality of tables had improved considerably,

0:46:440:46:48

with slate bases and newly discovered vulcanised rubber used for cushions,

0:46:480:46:53

but the quality of the baize was key,

0:46:530:46:56

and caring for it was paramount.

0:46:560:46:59

So you heat the iron up,

0:46:590:47:02

and it's always best to put a slight angle on it

0:47:020:47:04

and take it up the table

0:47:040:47:06

and it smoothes the mat down,

0:47:060:47:08

and you always...

0:47:080:47:09

It would smooth the mat.

0:47:090:47:10

Now, you put it a slight angle

0:47:100:47:12

so that it doesn't leave lines, like a tennis court.

0:47:120:47:15

You certainly don't do what one of our clients did, which was have stripes going up and down,

0:47:150:47:20

which was...he was very proud of but completely messed up the game!

0:47:200:47:23

-Does it always go...

-From the baulk up to the spot end.

0:47:230:47:29

It always runs up the table.

0:47:290:47:30

On a really good quality cloth,

0:47:300:47:32

when the ball goes up the table,

0:47:320:47:34

it's smooth and silent. When it comes back,

0:47:340:47:36

there's a gentle hiss

0:47:360:47:37

as it runs against the baize.

0:47:370:47:40

So James knows how to use his flat iron, but how much is it worth?

0:47:400:47:44

What's the best price you've ever got for a smoothing iron?

0:47:440:47:47

-I think the best price I've got is about £200.

-Really?

0:47:470:47:51

Yeah.

0:47:510:47:53

This is... This is a particularly nice one, in good condition.

0:47:530:47:58

I bought this for 15.

0:47:580:48:00

Well, I think you've probably got a bargain.

0:48:000:48:02

Now I've just got to find a purchaser.

0:48:020:48:04

-Really I need to target somebody who has a nice billiard room.

-Yeah.

0:48:040:48:08

-Absolutely.

-Part of the furniture.

0:48:080:48:10

And if they had a William Orme table, they might be very tempted.

0:48:100:48:13

So, James could be sitting on a little gold mine!

0:48:130:48:16

Now, back to Kate. Her trumpet research threw up some interesting questions,

0:48:160:48:21

but all she knows for sure is that it cost her £20,

0:48:210:48:24

so armed with nothing but her new musical talents,

0:48:240:48:27

she heads to a music shop in Cheltenham

0:48:270:48:30

and hopes owner Ian wants to buy her brass.

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-# Yeah, yeah

-Let's get down with the trumpets

0:48:340:48:36

-# Yeah, yeah

-Let's get down with the trumpets

0:48:360:48:38

-# Yeah, yeah

-Let's get down with the trumpets. #

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This is the trumpet I told you about on the telephone.

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-Have a look inside.

-Oh, right.

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There it is.

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Right. Pity, really, because the case is a bit nicer than the trumpet.

0:48:490:48:53

Oh, that's not a good start, I would say.

0:48:530:48:55

This is something that's made in India, I think.

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And is probably not as old as it looks.

0:48:580:49:00

So, what makes you say that it's from India?

0:49:000:49:03

I recognise the finger buttons, to start with.

0:49:030:49:06

I've seen those on instruments of the same ilk.

0:49:060:49:09

-Right.

-It's not very well-made - that's the other giveaway.

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And they didn't bother stamping a name on it,

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because if it was well-made, they'd want to put their name on it.

0:49:150:49:18

-Right...

-Not terribly exciting, but go on.

0:49:180:49:20

OK, do you want to try it out?

0:49:200:49:22

Let's see if we can get a note out of that, shall we?

0:49:220:49:24

Yeah. Interesting, just while you

0:49:240:49:26

put that in, what do you think of the mouthpiece there?

0:49:260:49:28

That's actually an American mouthpiece.

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Made by Old's. It's actually a flugelhorn mouthpiece.

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So it's the wrong mouthpiece for the instrument anyway, but it will work.

0:49:330:49:38

-I'm sure.

-It'll work?

-Well, let's see.

0:49:380:49:40

All right.

0:49:400:49:41

HE PLAYS A FEW NOTES

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Oh, beautiful, isn't it?

0:49:450:49:47

It sounds good when you play it.

0:49:470:49:49

It sounded great!

0:49:490:49:50

I took it to a very good jazz trumpeter, and he tried it out for me, had it a little go,

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and he thought that it looks like a B flat trumpet

0:49:560:50:00

but it plays more like a C trumpet, he thought,

0:50:000:50:04

which he didn't quite understand, so that might fit with the fact that it's not

0:50:040:50:09

particularly well-made, that it's slightly off-pitch.

0:50:090:50:12

It's because they've copied an old instrument,

0:50:120:50:15

which would have been a high-pitch instrument,

0:50:150:50:17

-which was the old military band pitch.

-Yes.

0:50:170:50:19

A modern orchestral pitch is low pitch.

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-It's about a quarter of a tone sharp...

-Right.

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..to what it should be.

0:50:230:50:25

I see. Because they've copied it. They haven't copied it that accurately.

0:50:250:50:28

Well, they've copied the old instrument very accurately,

0:50:280:50:31

but it's no good for modern pitch.

0:50:310:50:33

And what about the mouthpiece?

0:50:330:50:35

-The mouthpiece is the nicest thing.

-Is it?

-Yeah!

0:50:350:50:37

-What's that worth?

-If you wanted to buy that new, probably £45.

0:50:390:50:42

OK, all right.

0:50:420:50:43

Lovely. After all that, would you like to buy it?

0:50:430:50:47

I might take a punt.

0:50:490:50:51

You might take a punt?

0:50:510:50:53

What if we said 25 for the trumpet and...

0:50:530:50:57

um...

0:50:570:50:58

20 for the mouthpiece?

0:50:580:51:02

-45 altogether?

-45 altogether.

0:51:020:51:04

And the case, of course.

0:51:040:51:06

-And the case.

-You get the case thrown in.

0:51:060:51:09

All right, we'll do that.

0:51:090:51:10

-45, yes?

-Yeah.

0:51:100:51:11

See if we can make a go of that.

0:51:110:51:13

Wonderful. Thank you very much indeed.

0:51:130:51:17

Well, that ended on a high note.

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A £25 profit and even better,

0:51:190:51:22

with that trumpet off her hands, she won't be able to play it again.

0:51:220:51:25

With just his well-researched flat iron left to sell,

0:51:250:51:29

James is armed with all the info he needs to make a killing,

0:51:290:51:32

including a tip-off on a possible buyer in the shape or snooker fan John in East Sussex.

0:51:320:51:39

Here we go.

0:51:390:51:40

-Hello, John.

-Good to see you.

-Very nice to see you.

0:51:400:51:43

Now, here's the mighty... Feel the weight of that.

0:51:430:51:46

Let me feel that.

0:51:460:51:48

-Feel the weight of that.

-That is some weight.

0:51:480:51:50

It is heavy, isn't it?

0:51:500:51:52

-Four kilos?

-I would have thought so.

0:51:520:51:53

Anyway, you know what it is.

0:51:530:51:55

-It's a smoothing iron.

-Smoothing iron.

0:51:550:51:57

-Yeah. Do you have one?

-I don't. I have a modern one.

0:51:570:52:00

It's electric, it's got a thermostat control.

0:52:000:52:05

It takes a little while to heat up, but probably not as long as this.

0:52:050:52:08

I'm really pleased to see Burroughes & Watts label there.

0:52:080:52:11

They were the sort of Rolls-Royce manufacturers.

0:52:110:52:15

And Orme & Sons were the big boys up in Manchester,

0:52:150:52:19

so, the Northern ones.

0:52:190:52:20

Burroughes & Watts were London-based.

0:52:200:52:23

And they, in fact, acquired Orme & Sons in Manchester,

0:52:230:52:28

and I love the fact that they've got this lovely industrial design.

0:52:280:52:34

If we can get sort of anywhere between 100 and 200,

0:52:340:52:37

-I'd be a very happy bunny.

-OK.

0:52:370:52:40

How do you...? Now, looking at it, are you sold on it?

0:52:400:52:43

-I'm certainly interested.

-You are interested.

0:52:430:52:45

I'm interested. I'll give 100 quid for it.

0:52:450:52:50

But I'll give you an extra 50 quid

0:52:500:52:53

if we have a game of who gets closest to the cushion.

0:52:530:52:57

Fabulous. No, I'm well up for that.

0:52:570:53:00

And it's the nail-biting finale to Bingo's selling spree.

0:53:000:53:05

Can he get his yellow ball closer to the cushion than John's green ball

0:53:050:53:10

and walk away with that extra £50 bonus?

0:53:100:53:14

-On the count of three.

-On the count of three. OK.

0:53:140:53:18

Three, two, one.

0:53:180:53:19

It's a steady shot from both players.

0:53:190:53:22

Oh, James has it!

0:53:240:53:26

Aah, there you go!

0:53:260:53:28

I'd better get the cash out!

0:53:300:53:31

# Snooker loopy, nuts are we

0:53:330:53:35

# Me and him and them and me... #

0:53:350:53:38

Well, with surprising skill and cue control,

0:53:380:53:40

James won the higher price fair and square

0:53:400:53:43

and walks away with £135 profit.

0:53:430:53:47

Nobody expected that.

0:53:470:53:49

Bingo is all sold up.

0:53:490:53:51

But over in Cheltenham, Kate has one final chance

0:53:510:53:55

to make her fortune with the silver belt buckle.

0:53:550:53:57

It was Kate's most expensive item at £28,

0:53:570:54:00

but can she tempt vintage boutique owners

0:54:000:54:03

Theresa and Paul with more?

0:54:030:54:06

I told you about this on the telephone,

0:54:060:54:08

and I'm hoping it might fit in with your mix.

0:54:080:54:11

Either the vintage fashion, maybe,

0:54:110:54:12

or even as a little cabinet piece for a collector.

0:54:120:54:16

As you can see, it's a little buckle, but the enamelling on it -

0:54:160:54:19

which is why I liked it - is really lovely, because...

0:54:190:54:23

-Beautiful.

-Yes.

-Nicely hallmarked there.

0:54:230:54:25

It's Birmingham 1911.

0:54:250:54:27

-Right.

-And in fact it's L and S, which is Levi and Salomon.

0:54:270:54:30

So, just into the reign of George V.

0:54:300:54:32

Exactly. Just into George V.

0:54:320:54:34

A real sign of quality.

0:54:340:54:35

They're known for their nice quality works.

0:54:350:54:38

It's quite stunningly simple, as well.

0:54:380:54:40

Very elegantly simple.

0:54:400:54:41

-That's right.

-And wearable today. It's still a practical piece.

0:54:410:54:45

Exactly. For those people who like to wear nice quality period pieces,

0:54:450:54:48

because they don't really make things like that these days -

0:54:480:54:52

not in that sort of detail, obviously with the age.

0:54:520:54:55

-Yes.

-So, I was hoping for sort of towards 150-ish.

0:54:550:55:00

How does that sound?

0:55:000:55:02

That's probably a little bit rich for us, actually.

0:55:020:55:05

Well, Kate is certainly aiming high with this sale.

0:55:050:55:09

Remember, James was slightly in the lead at the halfway point,

0:55:090:55:11

and after his success with the flat iron,

0:55:110:55:15

this sale could be the decider for Kate.

0:55:150:55:17

Before we reveal all,

0:55:170:55:20

let's have a quick reminder of how much they spent at the boot sale.

0:55:200:55:24

From his £250 budget, James bought five items, costing £83.

0:55:240:55:30

Kate also made five purchases and spent a total of £63,

0:55:300:55:35

but who has made the most profit?

0:55:350:55:38

All the money that James and Kate have made

0:55:380:55:40

will go to charities of their choice.

0:55:400:55:42

So, without further ado, let's find out who is today's

0:55:420:55:45

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:55:450:55:48

Hi. Glad you could show up!

0:55:500:55:52

-How are you doing?

-I'm very good, very good.

0:55:520:55:55

The car boot was quite a struggle, wasn't it?

0:55:550:55:57

You know, it was a bit of a struggle.

0:55:570:55:59

It's finding those gems,

0:55:590:56:01

and they were a bit thin on the ground, I thought.

0:56:010:56:03

I like that lovely enamelled buckle.

0:56:030:56:05

-That was really nice. A really nice quality piece.

-Big profit, Kate?

0:56:050:56:09

Sold OK, sold OK.

0:56:090:56:11

JAMES LAUGHS

0:56:110:56:13

I want to know about your... First of all, your lovely flower picture.

0:56:130:56:16

-That was pretty, wasn't it?

-Yeah, your Van Gogh in the making.

0:56:160:56:20

I sold that to a very lovely flower shop.

0:56:200:56:22

-Did you?

-Yeah. Looked very good on the wall.

0:56:220:56:25

So, what about your unusual flat iron, your table iron?

0:56:250:56:28

Do you really want to know, Kate?

0:56:280:56:31

-Oh!

-Beware of humble objects.

-No!

0:56:310:56:33

-It did really well, didn't it?

-Beware.

0:56:330:56:35

Beware. Shall we see how well?

0:56:350:56:37

-I've got bad vibes.

-No, rubbish!

0:56:370:56:39

I've got really bad vibes.

0:56:390:56:41

Come on, put me out of my misery.

0:56:410:56:43

-One, two, three.

-Go!

0:56:430:56:45

262, 240!

0:56:450:56:48

-How close is that?!

-See, Kate?

0:56:480:56:51

-Oof! That was close.

-That was close.

0:56:510:56:55

Wow, Mrs Bliss.

0:56:570:56:59

Look at that - just a few drinks in it.

0:56:590:57:01

-I'm buying the drinks.

-Ohh!

0:57:010:57:04

Come on, it was pretty close.

0:57:040:57:06

Yes, Kate "Absolute" Bliss triumphs,

0:57:060:57:08

and it was her buckle that strapped her into the winning seat...

0:57:080:57:12

My thoughts are probably around £80.

0:57:120:57:15

Could you just do a wee bit more and say the £100 mark?

0:57:150:57:20

-How would 90 sound?

-£90 sounds good to me.

0:57:200:57:23

-Fantastic.

-Thank you very much.

0:57:230:57:25

Thank you very much.

0:57:250:57:26

..giving her a smart £62 profit and making her the champion.

0:57:260:57:31

Well, I think Bingo thought he had that one in the bag.

0:57:310:57:34

He was pretty confident about his flat iron.

0:57:340:57:37

It may only have been by that much, but I beat him.

0:57:370:57:41

I enjoyed the car boot.

0:57:410:57:42

A bit of a struggle, but I managed to find some nice wheat amongst

0:57:420:57:46

the chaff, but still it wasn't quite enough to beat "Absolute" Bliss.

0:57:460:57:51

Between them, they've made over £500 and every penny of that will go to good causes.

0:57:510:57:56

My chosen charity is the Herefordshire branch of SSAFA,

0:57:560:58:00

because it gives lifelong support

0:58:000:58:02

to servicemen, veterans and their families.

0:58:020:58:05

My chosen charity is the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust,

0:58:050:58:09

bought at auction over 20 years ago,

0:58:090:58:11

saved from dereliction and about to grind corn.

0:58:110:58:15

Our excellent experts have really put their money where their mouths are,

0:58:150:58:19

and shown they can make a profit from buying and selling antiques when their own money is on the line.

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Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton face off at a car boot sale in Lincolnshire. Miss "Absolute" Bliss uncovers a peculiar trumpet which baffles her and "Bingo" Braxton stumbles onto a Victorian iron press with a sporting use.