Christina Trevanion and Mark Stacey go head to head at a car boot in West Sussex. Christina goes all out to win and Mark battles with broken bones to make a profit.
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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.
Let's make hay while that sun shines.
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...
..they'll give you the insiders' view of the trade.
Along with their top tips and savvy secrets.
That could present a problem for me.
Showing you how to make the most money...
Ready for battle.
..from buying and selling.
Get in there.
Coming up, Mark discovers the fashionable side of pottery.
Although blue and white is a little out of fashion,
little unusual shapes like this, you can normally find a buyer for.
Christina is overwhelmed.
Everybody is getting into the back of everyone's vans,
and I'm feeling like I should be in the back of a van.
And there's a lot of mincing going on.
Oh, it's slimy and cold and horrid!
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Welcome, antiques lovers and thrill seekers everywhere, to this twisting
tale of buying and selling,
as a pair of inglorious bargain seekers are unleashed and go head-to-head
in search of prize-winning profits.
First up, they call him Mr Pink, because he's always in the pink.
He's rarely blue and never in the red.
Just watch this space.
It's going to be a hoot.
And he's up against a one-woman army of knowledge,
highly trained in the art of hand-to-hand negotiation,
and always prepared to do her duty to get a profit.
You cheeky monkey!
I'm feeling super competitive today, so let's go shopping.
Today, they are at Ford Airfield car-boot sale in Sussex,
with £250 of their own money to buy,
sell and make a profit for their chosen charities.
So, Mark Stacey and Christina Trevanion -
it's time to Put Money Where Your Mouth Is.
-Oh, is it?
Can you see me through those peepers?
No, not quite. It's so early, isn't it?
It's really early. It's almost dark.
There is an ill wind as well, you know. I hate being cold.
Well, you've got to do some moving around.
Yes. Maybe later, once I've spent some money.
How much have we got?
250 whole Great British pounds to spend at a car-boot sale.
If I spend even a fraction of that, it will be going some.
I want to spend it all, Christina.
-Come on! Enthusiasm.
-This is not just a car-boot sale. This is Ford Market.
-I've not been here before.
-This is quite a good car-boot sale.
-Is this going to be a treat for me?
-This will be a treat.
-You know, you might find some bling.
-Shall we go and find out?
Oh, that got her excited.
So, in spite of his dislike of early starts...
-..Mark has the advantage,
having visited this boot sale before,
while Christina is the new girl on the block.
It's no wonder he is full of beans.
Gosh, it's so exciting.
You never know what is going to come out of a van, do you?
Whereas Christina is already looking bewildered by the pace of the day.
I don't think I've ever seen anything like this.
People are just arriving and there are hundreds of people here,
and everyone is getting into the back of everyone's vans,
and I'm feeling like I should be in the back of a van.
-How much have you got on that?
-OK, thank you.
Oh, dear. It seems this breakneck start to the day
is putting Christina off her game.
And even Mark is being jostled for the stallholder's attention.
Oh, it's wonderful, isn't it?
-How much for the lamp?
-I'll come back. Thank you.
But it doesn't ruffle this old pro's feathers.
He's playing it oh, so cool.
Right, I'm in the middle of the car-boot sale.
The vans have been unloaded.
The problem is that everybody is ducking and diving and grabbing
everything that's coming out, but I'm not going to do that.
I'm just going to wait and see what they bring out, and hopefully find the treasure.
Hold on, he's going backwards!
Still, as he walks, that way and this way, his calm approach is working,
as something catches his eye.
I quite like this. This is what they call a pouffe.
They were very fashionable, I think, in the '70s, weren't they?
Leather circular seats that you could flop on.
This is actually quite a nice one.
I'm not sure how old it is,
but I quite like this sort of almost Aztec design in the leather,
and it's got a sort of vintage look about it.
How much is this, darling?
That is one of the most expensive pouffes I've ever seen.
-Done one like this before?
-Don't be nasty.
-You are very good-looking,
so I'm going to have trouble with this lady.
Yes, she knows you too well.
Maybe she can reel you in with something else.
-Do you like handbags?
-Do you like handbags?
-Only at the weekend.
You must have some other little treasures in there
-that you can tempt me with.
-Let's have a look.
How about a nice gold pair of earrings?
-Are they gold, are they?
-One butterfly's missing, though.
-I know, sorry.
-Kills it, doesn't it?
-It does a little bit, yes.
-What's this funny little thing?
-It's an Avon perfume brooch.
An Avon perfume?
Yes, it's got a little bit of perfume in the back of it.
Oh, gosh. So, what, do you open it up?
Open it up, yeah, on the back.
Good Lord. That's very '70s, isn't it?
Lovely, isn't it? Yeah, it's lovely.
-That's cheap, is it?
I'll tell you what. How about 65 for the two?
-Make it 70.
-I've got to make a profit.
Yes, he's thinking about it.
Oh, he's gone for the hand.
Mark kicks off the buying with two retro purchases under his belt.
So, is he buying with his head, or will his heart sink
when he has to sell this brooch and pouffe?
Or "pouff-ay", as he likes to call it.
I've bought this rather nice embossed leather pouffe.
And this Avon perfume.
I mean, it's actually very cheaply made.
It's only gilt metal, with a little aquamarine glass eye.
You would open this up and inside would be a little block of perfume
you can use. And when you're not using it as a perfume,
then you actually just clip it on as a little brooch.
With Mark swimming into a 2-0 lead,
Christina is paddling hard to catch up, having found a timepiece -
well, a piece of a timepiece.
-What's on that, darling?
-That's come out of an 18-carat pocket watch.
-It's quite sweet, isn't it?
Can I give you a pound for it?
Go on, then.
A whole Great British pound.
Thank you very much.
Well, that cheeky pound gives Christina a cheeky 80% discount.
It would have been part of an 18-carat gold pocket watch originally.
It's the pocket watch face, and movement,
and very nicely engraved on the back.
JH Bexfield, 65 High Street, Chatham.
So I'm going to try and find somebody who needs a potential movement and face.
Some brilliant quality, for a pound!
One pound - not exactly the last of the big spenders, eh?
All that money must be weighing her down,
as she hasn't gone far before she spots
a piece of agricultural equipment.
These are quite fun. Are these yours?
-They are indeed.
-Are they potato weighing scales?
-So you'd put your sack on there,
and then you'd put your weights on there.
-They're quite fun, aren't they?
-Yes, they're very good.
What have you got them marked at? Oh, you've got £38 on them there.
What would your best offer be on that?
I've already lowered them to 35, would be the lowest I can go.
£30 and you've got a deal.
-You're an angel. Thank you very much.
Christina agrees the price for the scales,
but what use are scales without weights?
So, when the dealer reveals he has a set, she's interested.
But there's a catch.
-Would you throw those in with the price?
-Oh, go on.
-Do they... See how much I weigh. Put them on there.
How much is that one?
I'll do them at a fiver each.
I think, to be honest, I think
-I'm just quite fond of the scales.
-The scales, OK.
Unless those come for free.
£15 for the weights.
Go on, then. £8.
-Thank you very much.
I'm going to need some change now, adding insult to injury.
-Thank you very much.
-Keep the change?
-You cheeky monkey!
Yes, it seems today Christina
is out to get the best bargains at the boot,
and the scales and the weights tip the balance in her favour,
costing her £38 in total.
So, I've just bought these potato weighing scales.
I think they're quite fun.
Probably French. Obviously there is green paint on there.
Might be a little bit of woodworm,
but nothing that can't be treatable.
But what I'm thinking is I could sell them potentially to
a farm shop or some sort of country store, something like that.
I think they are really quite good fun.
Christina's weighty purchase means she has the advantage,
but Mark has found a little piggy he's thinking about
taking all the way home.
That's quite fun, isn't it?
It's a little piggy with a sort of onyx, polished onyx body.
Looks like it might be silver, actually.
Now, how much is that?
I can do that for £20.
It's quite a lot for a little pig, isn't it?
You can do it better than that, can't you?
I can do it for £15.
Well, we're heading in the right direction,
because I don't want to end up with a pig in a poke.
Can't you do it for a tenner? It's only a little thing.
You don't want to take him home. He might get broken.
-You can have it for a tenner.
-Shall we shake hands at
So Mark gets 50% off the asking price,
but will the pig help bring home the bacon?
I really like this little thing.
It's not terribly old.
It's a little ornament, really,
and you've got either silver or silver plate head
and the little curly tail at the back, and his little feet.
And then the body is actually polished onyx.
And it's got quite a nice little grain to it.
But I think just somebody who collects pigs -
pigs are very collectable -
so, I must be able to make a few pounds on that.
So I think that's a good buy.
Yes, that old hand Stacey is hoping to trot off with a profit.
Well, he is a heavyweight opponent.
Well, there's only one question.
Who's going to be the champion of this car-boot sale?
So, with a typically eclectic collection of collectables filling
our experts' pockets,
let's see how much of a dent all this has made in their wallets.
From a £250 budget, Mark has three items so far,
costing £80 and leaving him with £170 still to spend.
Christina has picked up three for just £39,
meaning she has £211 in her kitty.
-Hi, how are you doing?
-All right. At least it's light now.
It is. It's good fun, isn't it?
Seriously, I felt this morning when it was slightly dark, and everybody
was just around, sort of rummaging
through everything, I was like, "Oh, it's quite exciting, isn't it?"
-You've bought, haven't you?
-A few things, yes.
-How about you?
-Well, I have, but the problem I have is
I see a van coming in, and it's, like, everybody heads to it -
-it's like a swarm of locusts all over it.
And the difficulty is I rush over there
when they're rushing over there, and I'm thinking, "Hang on,
-"I'm losing it here."
-Finding yourself in the wrong place?
-But I have bought something.
-I like that you're not a sheep.
You're going in the other direction to the crowd.
I've spent all my life going in the other direction.
-Why doesn't that surprise me?
-It's all right at the moment.
We've got more things to buy.
-So which direction are you going?
-OK. See you later.
Yes, Mark is no sheep,
and much more of a salmon swimming against the current.
Maybe not. But in this eclectic car-boot,
it's easy to find something unique and different,
and it seems Christina has found
a Dutch vendor with some very interesting items.
Hello there, sir.
So, you brought all these things over for you from France?
I quite like those.
-These are from Holland.
-Did they come from a shop?
Yes, from a shop. They're perfume dispensers.
Oh, perfume dispensers.
Eau de Cologne. So what is Boldoot?
You don't speak German?
No. I speak a little bit of Dutch.
-Yeah. And I know "kwallen."
-It's jellyfish, isn't it?
-That is pretty much the only word I know in Dutch.
And how much have you got on those?
The two, 35.
-For the both?
-Yes, for both.
-Are you sure?
What about 30 for the two, and I'm a happy girl?
Thank you very much.
I've just bought these perfume dispensers.
It's a serious amount of perfume that you can fit in there,
aren't they? So, they're old shop fittings, I think.
And, look here - we've got this wonderful JAM, number 182, and 1970.
So a good date on there as well.
I'm hoping I might be able to sell them
to some sort of perfume retailer,
but, if not, wouldn't they make the most amazing pair of lamps?
I'm thrilled with them.
So thrilled, in fact, that while Mark is still rummaging,
Christina goes straight back to the same stall.
This time, she has her eye on some wooden moulds.
Those are lovely, aren't they? What have you got there?
You've got a sheep, a duck...
How much have you got on those?
-For all of them?
I don't know what I'd do with them, though. What would I do with them?
Yeah, very good point.
Would you like to swap places?
What about - bearing in mind
I've just bought the perfume bottles as well -
would you take £10 for the lot?
Thank you very much. £10.
Judging by this little windmill down here,
I'd say that they probably are Dutch. I think they're sugar moulds,
chocolate moulds, gingerbread moulds.
And the thing that I really,
really love about them is that you can see they've been used.
Look, you've got this wonderful charring down here where those have
obviously been in the oven.
I think there is another example here, look - look at that.
They've been used, they've been loved,
and I'd love to sell them to somebody
who is going to use them again.
But, if they don't get used,
I think they are really quite decorative at the same time.
So, £10 for all this!
That's why you've got to love a car-boot sale.
Meanwhile, Mark is lagging behind,
with three items to Christina's five.
-Hello, how are you?
And there may be a reason.
He's got his dealer's head on,
and has got sidetracked looking for things he thinks
some of his contacts could be in the market for.
I've got a friend who collects Wedgwood,
has a very good collection of Wedgwood.
So I'm looking for a piece of Wedgwood pottery,
but it has to be a really good piece.
But I can't seem to find anything of that vein at the moment.
But plenty of time.
Coming to an eclectic car-boot and looking for specific items can be
distracting, especially if what you want to find, you can't.
Are you buying here today?
I am trying to buy here today.
But I'm looking for a couple of things, and I can't find them.
-My brain is confused, and it's very easily done with me.
I get very easily confused.
I am looking for... You haven't got any early Wedgwood, have you?
Across the market, Christina is hunting for something
that could light the way to profit.
They are... Probably carriage lanterns,
but unfortunately, the glass is cracked in that one.
-And in that one.
And they've been repainted.
So the lacklustre lanterns don't make the grade, and on she goes.
But the Magpie is quick to swoop on a replacement,
bagging herself a ceiling lamp for an illuminating £100.
I found this lamp, which I absolutely love -
it is my favourite purchase of the day.
It's from an old railway station,
and it's obviously made of copper here.
Love the fact that it was originally a gas lamp,
and still has all its guts and its innards for it to be a gas lamp.
And it has got the on-off there.
I just completely fell in love with it.
I had to pay £100 for it.
Personally, I would hang this in my own home.
I just think it's gorgeous, and I can't wait to find somebody
who is going to love it as much as I do.
And with that buy in the bag,
Christina decides to call it a day at the car-boot.
So, that's it. I'm done! And I spent quite a lot of money.
Normally, I'm really quite stingy at a car-boot sale,
but I've spent quite a lot of my money, really,
so I'm quite pleased with that. Done, finished.
Time for a bacon butty, and Mark Stacey is still out there shopping.
Yes, Mark is still at large with his lengthy list of desirables.
But, as the day draws on, has he left it too late?
Happily, he happens upon some pottery.
However, it's not the Wedgwood that is calling out to him.
I like that little box.
-Can I have a look at that?
-Yeah, it's Spode and Copeland.
This is rather sweet, actually. You can see straight away from this,
it's transfer printed blue and white.
This is quite a well-known pattern by one of England's oldest
pottery manufacturers, Spode.
And it's called the tower pattern.
What is quite nice about it is this is a little heart-shaped box,
and you don't see things like this very often.
This is actually the beginning of the 20th century,
and although blue and white is a little out of fashion,
little unusual shapes like this, you can normally find a buyer for.
How much is that, dear?
And that's the best price, is it?
We can take £2 off with no problems.
-So, there you go.
-Oh, wonderful. So we'll have it for £8?
-You can, yes.
Thank you very much indeed.
-I really like that, actually.
And everybody loves a big heart, don't they?
Yes, no time for romance now, Mark,
as having spent so much time sounding relaxed...
-Plenty of time.
Don't want to end up with a pig in a poke.
..and walking backwards...
I'm in the middle of the car-boot sale.
..he's running out of time.
Gosh, I've got to be really quick,
because people are packing up everywhere now.
Actually, half the fair has disappeared
while I'm aimlessly walking around,
so I think I really have to try and find this last item.
Mark won't want to leave the car-boot without
sufficient ammunition to win this battle.
A-ha! He spots something.
Oh, actually, that's quite fun.
But will it spell out success?
This is a late 19th-century sampler.
It's a sort of needlework picture, and it was an educational tool.
Children, particularly girls, were encouraged to learn
the alphabet and numbers by embroidering.
So, here we've got a very simple one.
I mean, it's a sweet little thing.
The problem with samplers, they're not as collectable
as they used to be, and most people want the early ones,
want the late 18th-century or early 19th-century.
1892 is quite a late one.
And it has got a name -
it's Amy Ethel Bill, Church School, Bideford,
And in quite a nice sort of churchy type frame.
A sort of slightly Gothic frame.
It would be quite nice to do some research to see if...
what the church school was in Bideford, and whether, actually,
there is a Bideford historical society
that may be interested in buying pieces back for the local area.
I tried to get it for 25, after the original quote of 40.
And she would not go not go a penny below £30.
I don't think I'm going to make a huge amount of money from it,
but I'm certainly going to have a lot of fun researching this,
and it's going to lead me into an interesting story, I think.
But the best thing about this is I'm now shopped out.
Shopped up? Whatever it is.
Christina, put the kettle on!
Yes, shopped up or shopped out - either way,
both our Sussex spenders can slope off for a sit-down
as we tot up what they spent at today's car-boot.
From a £250 budget,
Mark bought five items and spent just under half his cash,
forking out £118.
Christina bought more and spent more -
six items for £179.
But what did they make of their day?
How did you find that, Christina?
-I can see you loved it.
-Loved it! Oh, it was brilliant.
-I just love everything that I bought.
I know that sounds completely ridiculous, but I don't normally
enjoy all the busy-ness and the "aargh!" franticness,
-but I loved it.
-Well, I loved the first part,
-and then I sort of dipped a bit.
-I don't know. I lost my mojo.
-Oh, no, you didn't?!
-Did you re-find it?
Yeah! The only thing I sort of think, "Oh, why did you buy that?"
-Can you guess?
Yeah. What do you think I paid for it?
-Well, I thought, as spares and repairs, but...
I'll tell you what I do love, is I love - tell me about this,
this copper light.
I saw this and I swooned. I did actually swoon.
-I love it.
-I tell you what is good about it.
It's certainly in all the design magazines at the moment.
-This industrial retro look is in, isn't it?
But warmer, because that lovely copper look, which is...
It's an original railway gas lamp. It's still got
-all its fittings in it.
-It's just heaven.
And obviously, that's your on and off just there.
-It sounds expensive.
-Well, I did have to pay through the nose for it,
but I totally fell in love with it. I can tell you,
I bought that with my heart rather than my head.
-I paid £100 for it.
I think there's a profit there if you can find the right buyer.
-Exactly, that's the key to it, isn't it?
-That's the thing.
And copper - I don't know whether you know, darling,
but copper is so in this season.
-So in this season.
Did you get that? You heard it here first.
-I think it's great.
-And, do you know, I love this.
-It's great fun, isn't it?
-This is fab.
The thing about me with samplers is they're just... I mean,
-you could not get more hand-wrought, could you?
-No, you can't.
Is that your favourite piece that you bought?
Yes, I think it probably is now, looking at it.
-But I do love my pouffe, as the French call it.
This big leather seat in front.
Oh! I didn't see that!
-But that, I think, is great.
-I love the design on the front of that.
-The Aztec design?
-Yeah, that is fab. What did you pay for that?
-Quite a lot. 60 quid.
-But it's leather, isn't it?
It is, and it's... It's got a vintage look to it.
Yeah. I like that.
-And I love your perfume dispensers.
-Do you love everything of mine?
I do! But then, I'm naturally polite.
I'll say later what I really feel.
-No, I do, I think you've done very well.
-I'm very pleased.
I look at your hoard, and, you know,
size is important to you.
Seriously, I've gone big. I have gone big, yeah.
If you look at my little selection...
Yeah, what's going on?
-And what on earth is that?
-It's a solid perfume brooch.
-So, almost like a...
-Like a little block.
-But you can actually use it as a brooch as well.
-It's fab. I love that.
-And it was again 10 quid.
I love that it's got a dual purpose. I like that.
What we both know, Mark Stacey, is that size doesn't always matter.
No, it doesn't, but I'm hoping for the sweet smell of success.
Oh, I see what you did there.
Now our pair head home
and turn their attention from buying to selling.
This is the moment where they'll need to assess their arsenal
and ensure they put in the hours.
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.
Over at his Brightlingsea base,
Mark is assessing his boot-sale bounty.
Ford car-boot sale for me is always very good,
because I know the area quite well, although on this particular day,
it was small. There wasn't as many dealers as normal.
But I did pick up some interesting items,
particularly this charming sampler,
dated 1892 by Amy Ethel Hill.
But I'm going to keep plodding on with that,
and who knows what I'll find out?
The other items - the pouffe, it is an attractive thing,
and these sort of retro things are back in fashion.
Actually, the thing that I'm going to have most fun with, I think,
is that little piggy, and I'm sure he's off to market.
The Copeland box and cover I bought
purely because I'm a real sentimentalist at heart, you know.
And I love the heart shape of it,
and i think that's going to find a buyer.
The little brooch came with the pouffe,
so it was a sort of double purchase.
Hoping for a sweet smell of profit on that.
But overall, I'm pleased with the items
and I think I'm going to do all right.
So, Stacey's feeling confident, and he's not the only one,
as over in Shropshire,
Christina's full of boot-sale beans.
Have to be honest, normally I dread car-boot sales. But look what I got!
I mean, this amazing selection of things for under £180.
I am thrilled with what I got.
This I just saw and swooned over.
I just think it is the most gorgeous copper and enamel lamp.
It was from a railway station originally. It's gas,
and I'm hoping that whoever I find to buy it
will keep it as it is, because it's so important.
Look at this wonderful mechanism here
that you can use for turning on and off the gas.
My scales, I paid £38 for, including the weights.
Hoping to find a farm shop that i can maybe sell those to,
that would be quite useful.
These perfume bottles, or perfume dispensers -
I'm hoping to find a person who creates
wonderful smelly smells and perfumes that might find these useful.
And then I bought this.
A little pocket watch movement.
Why did I buy it? Oh, yes, because it was £1.
I'm sure I can find somebody that will give me a profit on that,
even just for spares and repairs.
And the gingerbread moulds and chocolate moulds there,
I'm hoping to find maybe a baker or a chocolatier
who might be looking for some vintage moulds in order to use them.
But, overall, I am thrilled with what I got,
and I can't wait to get selling it now.
Yes, there is no time to waste.
Our battlers must do the research and pull out all the stops
to find the buyers that'll put them on top,
using the phones, the internet, and their little black books.
Remember, no deal is sealed
until the hand is shaken and the money is taken.
It's Mark who is first to get a whiff of a sale
that might just bring home that bacon.
Well, I've come to a pig farm, surprisingly enough,
to sell my little piggy.
I'm here to meet Tracey, and I can't think of a more appropriate place.
-How are you?
-I'm good, I'm good.
Lovely to be here. I mean, tell me about this.
You've got a big operation here.
Well, yes. It's gradually got bigger over the years,
but it wasn't always this big.
You know, I only started out with 30 pigs at the beginning,
and now I've got more like 700.
700 pigs! That'll take some looking after.
They do, yes.
When I was growing up, actually, one of the treats sometimes
during the week for supper was faggots and mash with peas.
And I've never really understood what a faggot was.
It's the off bits, isn't it?
Years ago, a traditional faggot had loads of offal in it, you know?
It was the liver, the lungs, the heart, the kidney and everything.
But these days, our lean pork meat, we have chopped liver,
a little bit of sage and onion. But it is all coming back.
All these cuts of meat are coming back these days, you know?
But will Tracey want to add Mark's little onyx piggy to her herd?
Remember, it cost him £10.
Well, the reason I'm here, of course -
not just to look at your wonderful pigs and learn about your business.
But I bought something which I thought
-was so appropriate for a pig farmer.
-That is lovely.
-It's so sweet.
-And, actually, looking at some of the pigs now,
it really does look like one.
And it looks like it's actually giggling.
It does, doesn't it? I mean, it's...
The centre bit is, like, a polished green onyx,
but the head and the tail are 925 silver.
I think I'd be interested in buying it.
-And at what sort of price?
I know this is going to be too easy, too easy.
Do you think we could do 65?
-Or am I pushing you too hard?
No, I think we could go to 65.
-Are you sure?
-That would be lovely.
-I brought it to the right place.
Yes, Mark makes a meaty profit of £55, but, before he leaves,
Tracey wants him to get hands-on making some of her pork faggot.
In this bowl here, we've got lean pork, chopped pork,
-liver and onions.
-And we're going to tip this one into the machine.
-Is it all going in?
-That's it. Oh, yes, all in.
-That's all in.
Watch, it's all going to come out.
The minced ingredients are then added to
a bowl of finely ground rusk.
-See, it's all...
Oh, my gosh, Tracey.
Now, this has got to be mixed together.
Oh, God. I suppose I ought to help.
Oh, it's slimy and cold and horrid!
It's not that bad! You're over exaggerating matters, I think.
Now we've got to get this content
-to this one, back into this machine.
-Back into this one.
-That looks a lot better, doesn't it?
-That does. It does, doesn't it?
So what we're going to have to do now is to get the right size and
the amount. It looks like I'm better than you at this.
Wow, Tracey, I don't think you're going to offer me a job, are you?
Well, everyone has to start somewhere.
Well, he may not have made the butchery grade,
but Mark's certainly carved himself some cash.
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that. I've met pigs, I've seen pigs,
I've made a faggot... I've made a profit!
Across the country, Christina is kicking things off in a pub.
But it's not what you think.
She's brought her beloved copper gas lamp
to Market Drayton in Shropshire.
I'm here to see Steve, who fixes up and refurbishes his pubs
with vintage and genuine antiques.
I bought this from the car-boot sale and I totally fell in love with it,
so I'm really hoping that he loves it as much as I do.
I did pay a lot for it. Here's hoping.
The lamp owes her £100,
so will proprietor Steve shine a light on a profit?
-Brought you a lantern.
-I'm guessing you brought me something
and you're not just here for a beer.
Well, not this time. Maybe next time.
-Have you got somewhere you can prop that?
-Yeah, yeah, sure. How's that?
Oh, it looks beautiful! It looks really beautiful.
So, you basically have pubs, don't you,
that you refurbish and use the vintage fixtures and fittings in -
-is that right?
I mean, all the... As much as we can, we try to buy original things,
and we try to use reclaimed materials.
Always do, if we can.
-It's all about going to the local pub.
-And getting the experience.
Having a proper pint, pulling a beer.
I believe you used to work in a pub back in the day.
Oh, many moons ago.
Many, many, many moons ago.
I've brought you, obviously, this lamp,
which I bought because I absolutely loved it.
And, obviously, it's copper, and you've got an enamel top there.
Apparently, it came from Bridlington station. So, down south.
So, it was reclaimed from the station.
And it's a gas lamp rather than an electric one.
Is it the sort of thing you would use to have
-as a fixture or fitting in a pub?
-Yeah, no, it's a very lovely thing.
And they are now being reproduced. That style is being reproduced,
and we're putting them back in pubs, that kind of retro finish.
This kind of lightened my heart when I walked in and saw this.
-I thought, "Ooh!"
-Well, I've seen some of those being produced
in a very similar way, but they don't have the same patina,
and they don't quite have that sort of bit of grunge around them.
You're absolutely right, they don't have that grunge around them!
Yes, that's right, yeah. I notice you've not polished that.
I was in two minds, because I thought if I polished it,
it would look really shiny and really beautiful,
but then you wouldn't have that patina, would you?
I mean, is it the sort of thing
-that you would polish up and shine and...?
-No, I think you're right.
I'd leave it as it is. Maybe you might polish the highlights
now and again, but it's got a nice enamel lid on it,
which is just very high quality. I think it's very, very nice.
And, funnily enough, you brought a gas lamp, which is tricky to use.
-Because there isn't much gas.
But we do have a pub with gas lighting, still.
-We still use gas lighting.
Less than half an hour from here.
So rather than taking all its innards out and guts,
-you could actually re-use it as a gas lamp?
if you'll give me a handsome discount.
We may well have a go at it.
I mean, I think, really,
it would retail in the region of around £300 or £400.
What are your thoughts?
-What would you be happy to pay for it?
I am not sure I can quite get that far.
-Would a couple of hundred do it?
Would you meet me in the middle at 250?
Or is that pushing you too far?
I think we can probably get that.
And we would probably pay, for a repro version...
-..we would probably be paying a couple of hundred.
-So a little bit of a premium for something that is the real deal.
That's genuine, original grunge, as you said.
-Unpolished, original grunge.
-You're certainly going to struggle to find another one.
So I'll tell you what, I'll do you 250, but you can pour the beer.
-Can I?! It's a deal. Brilliant!
Lovely. Gosh, I haven't done this for years. I look forward to it.
-Right, can I come behind?
-Yeah. Go for it.
Christina pulls in a profit of £150 for the lamp,
and now she relives her time as a barmaid.
I'm not going to give you too many tips,
-cos I know that you have done this, a while back.
-I'm sure it's all coming back to you.
-Not really, no.
But you can't have more than 5% foam
-if it's going to be a proper, acceptable pint.
-Go for it.
Oh! That's not good.
Yeah, it's OK.
You'd have to be a fair bit quicker than that if you're going to
-get a job here, but that's not bad.
-Yeah. That's OK.
Yes... Maybe stick to the day job, eh, Christina?
Oh! I have to be honest, I am completely gutted
that I've sold that lamp. I just loved it.
I could see it hanging in my kitchen. But never mind.
It brings joy to my heart that it is still going to be kept as a gas lamp
in its original condition, and a great profit.
Onwards and upwards.
But Christina doesn't get a chance to go anywhere,
as Mark is back into the fray next.
He's in Halston in Essex with his heart-shaped pottery.
Well, something for the romantics now -
this lovely little heart-shaped Copeland Spode box.
I found a dealer who specialises in jewellery,
but she thinks she may be able to use it somehow in her marketing.
I hope she's not a hard-nosed dealer and has a romantic, sensitive side.
The box cost Mark £8, so will antiques dealer Kim love it enough
for him to walk away with a profit?
You sell a lot of jewellery, don't you, that sort of thing?
Well, I love transfer printed work.
And Copeland Spode, of course, a very important factory.
-You don't often see the heart shape, do you?
-And anything that's a heart shape sells well.
-I can imagine.
-Whether it's your silver or whatever.
-And not just for Valentine's.
-But no, it's lovely.
You can use it in lots of different ways, really.
I could tip the lid and put some jewellery sort of across it,
and coming out, spilling out of it
would look really pretty.
I don't know if you know much about the Copeland Spode factory.
-It's one of the oldest, actually.
The original factory of Spode was founded
in the very late 18th century,
and it went through several partnerships,
and a lot of people recognised as Copeland Spode.
This particular pattern was one of the earliest
blue and white ones they did. It's called the tower pattern.
-Which was originally done, I think, in about 1798,
-1800. But this isn't.
But this is not. No, no, this is much later.
-This is early part of the 20th century.
Sometimes you get little dates stamped in the bottom,
but that round mark tends to be sort of 1920s, '30s.
-And it's got England on it, of course.
-And it's got England.
-Which dates it.
-Which is after 1891, which is, as you quite right-
HE INHALES DEEPLY SHE LAUGHS
You know, suddenly, we're all experts(!)
And you're quite right, there are certain keys
that give you date factors, aren't there?
I mean, now you've seen it in the flesh, what do you think?
I think it's really pretty.
And at the right price, it's really commercial.
-Oh, that dreaded... You see, up! Up!
-It's got to be said!
-Up and then down.
-It's got to be said!
I think I said between 15 and 25.
-Oh, yeah, but that's very rare.
Because you often find on heart-shaped pieces,
-you get that little glaze chip. It's a sign of quality.
I believe you(!)
Yes, Mark. There is no pulling the wool over Kim's eyes.
Even so, she is interested.
But I'm thinking, because it's got a chip...
..and it's not very old, 10.
Oh. Oh, dear.
Oh, dear, where's that darkened room that I need to go and lie down in?
Oh, I couldn't do 10.
I mean, it cost me £8.
I'll give you 15.
I think I should be nice to you,
because you've come up quite a lot. Let's say 14.
-And then we're both compromising.
-Really? That's good.
So, are we happy with 14?
-And, you know, you haven't broken my heart.
Oh, that was terrible!
Mark dropping his price?
Very out of character!
Kim must have won his heart.
Still, he makes a £6 profit on the item,
earning him two sales to Christina's one.
But The Magpie is not resting on her laurels.
She's taken her wooden moulds to Tarporley in Cheshire.
To be perfectly honest,
I'm not entirely sure what these were used for.
But I'm sure they'll be able to shed some light on the subject,
and maybe even want to buy them. Who knows?
They set her back £10,
so will they help her cook up a profit
from chocolate shop owner Charles?
Charles, I thought they might be chocolate moulds,
but I suspect you might tell me that they are not.
They are emphatically not chocolate moulds.
-The old chocolate moulds were beautiful metal moulds
with a very, very high shine on the inside,
and this was to make the chocolate release when it set.
These, I think, are bakery moulds.
Almost certainly, these would have had a biscuit mix
or something like that.
So, not desirable for chocolate making?
Not for chocolate making,
but within the chocolate, confectionery and baking industry,
they are wonderful.
-I like them. I like them.
My family have been involved with confectionary
in its various forms for nearly 100 years.
-And we have nothing.
-There is obviously a gap in our business...
..for showing what we used to be used in, eh confectionary.
They are also something which I would think a lot of people
would enjoy having, because there is so much work gone into them.
I would absolutely agree with you,
and I think it's quite interesting, isn't it, that these started out
life as being totally utilitarian pieces, but you're
absolutely right, now they are actually works of art
in their own right, completely. And on a wall,
they would look quite stunning, I think.
I would love you to buy it and I think it's the start of
a new collection for you, I like that idea.
But obviously we need to talk about price, Charles.
Which makes me a bit nervous.
I mean, there are ten moulds here.
-What about 80...
..you're clearly not seeing how we make our chocolates.
We spend hours making our truffles,
and we have to make an awful lot of truffles for £80.
I will give you a proposition.
-I will pay you £60 cash if you will come and dip some truffles,
so that you can appreciate how long it takes us.
Truffle-making. Do I get to taste one?
You get to keep what you dip.
-Is that all right?
My goodness, she nearly ripped his arm off.
And it's probably not because she got a £50 profit on the moulds.
Please tell me that is a vat of chocolate.
That is milk chocolate.
Oh, that looks amazing. Can I just put my head in it?
I get a choccy and I delicately throw it in?
Yes. Move it around with the forks until it's covered in chocolate.
-And then take it out.
-That is very good.
-That's very good, yes.
Like the egg and spoon race.
Oh. Oh, my goodness.
-You're a natural.
Ho! Wowee, £50 profit,
and I got to make my own chocolates!
Not sure I was very good at it, but never mind.
Let's just hope that Mark's profits aren't quite so sweet.
Well, he's certainly trying to sweeten his success, by doing
a bit of extra research into the Victorian sampler.
I particularly like the sampler,
because there are historical documents and unique to that person.
The first thing I did was to go onto the Devon Family History Society,
and I found out quite a bit about Amy Ethel Hill.
She was the daughter of Frank Hagman Hill and Isobel, and they were
married in 1981, so this, again, fits in nicely with the sampler.
Sadly, I found out that this young lady died in 1904 aged 22,
so my initial plan of finding family members may not
prove successful, but who knows, I shall keep searching.
And while Stacey plays detective,
Christina is hoping to tip the profit scales in her favour.
I've brought my scales over the border to Cheshire here,
to a farm shop. They sell fresh fruit and vegetables here
and I thought they would make a really lovely display piece.
I've had them delivered, cos they're quite heavy,
let's go and see what Ian thinks.
Remember, the scales and the weights cost her £38.
-Very nice to meet you, how are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-These look amazing!
-Grand, isn't it?
-Are you using them already?
-I certainly am.
-I'm going to have to charge a hire fee!
Well, it just fits into the environment we have here.
It really does, this is fantastic.
Do you have many other vintage shop fittings around?
Oh, the shop inside is full of old-fashioned shop fittings
-that we've reclaimed from vintage shops.
-And I think my scales...
Oh, your scales - pride of place.
-..will be a valuable addition to the market store.
-They will indeed.
Do you think you'd keep them on here?
-It's just made for it, isn't it?
-It really is, yeah.
-Don't forget the weights you've got here.
That should, when that goes on there, that comes up and balances.
Ahh. They might need a little bit of TLC, Ian.
Yeah, probably a little bit of oil.
-Might need a bit of tender loving Ian care.
-We can do that.
Oh, I like, it, positive thinking already.
So, price-wise, what's your thoughts?
-Erm, bearing in mind you said they need some tender loving care...
-..let's go to £60.
-OK. Is that your best offer?
-That's my best offer.
OK, I can never say no to a man in a cravat.
So that adds a fruity £22 profit
into Christina's pot,
and she's keen to see them in action.
-I'd like two "kilogs" of...
-Two kilos of?
-..of grapes, please.
-No, I'm joking!
-No, no, no. Let's go two kilos of...
Do you think they actually work? I don't know whether they do.
-I think they're going to need a bit of oil.
-I think you might be right.
No, I think that's you playing with it there.
Oh, well, I'm so pleased you've just paid £60 for
-a pair of scales that don't work.
-That don't work!
-They will work.
-Aesthetically though, they look fantastic.
-Whether they're used or just for decoration purposes,
-a great addition.
Well, lucky for Christina, Ian was very understanding,
and that brings us to the halfway point of this selling bonanza.
So, let's see who is the heavyweight at the moment
and who still needs to bulk up.
Mark has so far sold two items,
turning a respectable profit of £61.
Christina has sold three items,
but made an impressive £222.
So, Christina is ahead in items sold and money made.
But there's still everything to play for.
Until Mark's game is thrown into disarray when he incurs an injury.
Everything was going incredibly well.
Swimmingly well, in fact.
I was getting out there, doing deals, then catastrophe struck,
and I broke my ankle.
But then I thought to myself, "This could actually be quite good.
"I can use my time to search the internet to find those right buyers,
"to make sure that I get as much profit as I can."
Christina, of course, not that I want you to go out and break a leg.
No, I really don't. Honestly, I don't.
No, of course not, Mark.
But as he hits the phones, his profits hit the floor.
Despite all his research into the sampler, he hits a dead end
and ends up selling it to Paula, a dealer in Lansing, for £30,
making not a penny profit.
It seems Mark The Maverick needs to see the whites of his buyers' eyes
to turn the screws and make some money.
Yes, he must put in the legwork...
or wheelwork, in this case.
So, he travels to Margate to meet a possible purchaser
for his pufferfish perfume brooch.
Do you know what? I'm not going to let a broken ankle put me off
finding a buyer and making profits.
I've brought Santi, my partner, along,
who's helping me get from A to B.
I'm here to sell my vintage perfume brooch.
I'm in Margate. There's a lovely vintage shop that specialises
in this type of thing. Let's hope I make a huge profit.
Are you with me? Forward, Jeeves!
So will Deborah, the owner of the vintage shop,
be interested in puffing up Mark's profit margins?
I found this little brooch.
I sent you a photograph of it.
-And it's one of those sort of perfume brooches.
I think it's marvellous.
It's a nice bit of whimsical American...
I'm thinking from the sort of '70s or something, do you think?
'60s, '70s, I'd say.
So, you know the firm?
Yeah, Fuller Brush. They are kind of like an Avon from America.
They started off in the 1912s,
around about that time, in Connecticut.
And it was like a brush company,
and they went round door to door, selling stuff.
And, hopefully, if I open it up, there should be perfume inside it.
Do you know, I haven't actually found how you open it.
-There is a hinge there somewhere, isn't it?
-Should be, yeah.
There we go.
Oh, it smells like Nana's!
Yeah. It's lovely.
Oh, it is quite strong, isn't it?
It's actually quite rare to find it in the brooch,
cos usually they're half-full. So obviously the women made
a bit of an effort and put it behind
their ears for their husbands when they come home
from whatever they done in America in them days.
Mind you, that pungent smell, you'd keep the mosquitoes away.
I mean, now that you've seen it, is it something you'd like?
I like it for myself, yeah.
And I'd probably wear it as a pendant on a necklace.
-And scrape out the perfume, maybe, and put, like,
-lip gloss or something in it.
-Oh, wow, really?
I was hoping to get in the region of sort of £15-£25.
Is that way off? Because it does smell delicious.
Keep breathing it in, we might get to 40!
I mean, I would really pay, for something like this,
-Can we do 18?
-Oh, as it's you, darling.
-Are you sure?
-I feel sorry for you!
-Oh, I know.
-Buy you some new pyjamas!
Yeah, I will. Don't tell her, but I'll take it off later,
cos I can walk normally.
No, viewers, he really can't walk.
But he rolls out with a profit of £8 for the vintage brooch.
Christina has also picked up perfume containers,
although hers are a little larger than Mark's.
I'm here in edgy East London,
where I'm rather hoping that this
luxury gentleman's grooming establishment might be
in need of a couple of retro shop fittings.
Let's go and find out.
Remember, she paid £30 for the pair.
-You must be Jacob.
-Nice to meet you.
Lovely to meet you, Jacob, I'm Christina.
So tell me, I have never been into a gentleman's barbers before
- you might be surprised - or a gentleman's, what was it,
-a luxury grooming establishment?
But there does seem to be this kind of resurgence of interest
-in gentleman's grooming, isn't there?
One of the biggest trends in recent years
is obviously the beards came back.
-I haven't got one myself...
-Yeah, why not?
Well, after 23 years I still can't quite grow one.
-Something to aspire to.
Yeah, one day.
But I think despite a lot of people thinking the beards would
bring back a more scruffy look,
it's actually something that's quite refined,
takes a lot of maintenance, which is why things like
cut-throat razors have become much more in fashion.
And there's all sorts of things,
like beard moisturiser, beard shampoo.
Wow, I didn't know they were such high-maintenance things.
No, absolutely, you have to clean them, moisturise them, brush them.
-There's a lot of work that goes into them.
So, we've talked about these eau de Cologne dispensers.
-What do you think?
-They look amazing.
-Really, really good.
So they would have been full of eau de Cologne,
and then somebody would have gone in
with their refillable bottle of eau de Cologne, and they would have
dispensed it here from this measure,
and through some sort of rubber tube
Obviously, we're in a gentleman's barbers, and I thought of you,
cos they are quite a masculine thing, aren't they?
Yeah, and we do a lot of fragrance work ourselves.
We design all our own fragrances from British ingredients,
so I think this is definitely
something that would look good in one of our places.
Buying them myself, I'd say £100 for the pair.
£100 for the pair?
Oh, my goodness. Well, I was hoping for a bit more than that.
It's time for a proper East End 'aggle!
If you were to see them in a shop today,
they would definitely be marked up at £150 apiece.
-For each piece?
-Move up a little bit.
I think we could go up to 130.
Blimey. We've got a long way to go.
If I came down to 250 for the two?
I don't think I could go quite to that, though.
Oh, God, you're a good haggler, aren't you? Very good haggler.
I think for the two, we'd be prepared to go up to 160.
-For the pair.
Meet me in the middle at 180 and you've got a deal.
180. I'm a girl that sticks to my guns, Jacob.
-180 it is.
-180. Thank you very much. Well done.
Oh, yes. She had to work hard,
but that's a stunning £150 profit for The Magpie.
Well, what a perfect example of what happens when you take the
right things to the right market.
£150 profit, I am absolutely delighted with that, and even
more so because they are going to look great inside that shop.
Hopefully that will edge me ahead of Mark in the old profit stakes,
but we'll have to see.
Now, both our experts have one item left,
and Mark is rolling into Ramsgate,
where he is hoping antique shop owner Andrew
will like the pouffe that cost him £60.
-Andrew, how are you?
-I'm very well, how are you?
Can I give you this? Well...
I've had a bit of a war wound, I'm afraid,
I've broken my ankle and it's been pinned.
-Oh, my goodness.
-I don't recommend it.
-No, definitely not.
And I promise it's genuine, it's not for effect.
-It's not for effect?
-It's not to tug on your heartstrings.
This really struck me when I saw it, cos it's a nice,
-solid lump of leather.
It's got that sort of gentleman's club look about it.
-The colour of it.
But you've got that rather nice sort of Aztec or Mayan decoration on it.
-And I think these type of items are in,
because people want occasional seating furniture.
It's also good for somebody in your situation.
Oh, yes, Andrew. I've had my leg up on it.
-Well, what do you think, though?
Well, I do like it, and I've actually got a customer
on my books who's asked me to look out for one of these.
And I found a couple for them in the past,
but they've never been quite right.
-Because they've been too bright and too modern-looking.
Whereas this has got a lovely colour and a lovely age.
So, I might have a customer that I can move this on to.
Wonderful. I mean, I was hoping to get, as an initial thought,
at around the £100 mark for it.
Now, I mean, can you get anywhere near that, do you think?
Nowhere near, no.
-You are a meanie.
-I mean, I was thinking around about
the 60, £70 mark.
-Around about that.
-Well, that's getting closer.
I'll be absolutely honest with you. I paid 60 for it.
-So I would be happy if we could, say, do 90.
-Could you get anywhere close to that?
-I could get to 80.
Can I push you another fiver, for that client?
-Who I know would love it.
I think I might make a small profit on it, so I think 85.
-Are you sure?
Thank you. Goodbye, old friend.
Thanks for supporting me.
Mark makes £25 profit on the pouffe,
and he's all done and dusted.
Well, that's a good result, isn't it?
I've made a good working profit on the pouffe
and what's better still is I'm sold up for the car-boot sale.
But, for Christina, the clock is still ticking,
and she's taken it to London.
You might think I might have gone a little bit crazy, having bought
this pocket watch movement here with absolutely no case to it whatsoever.
They are a bit ten-a-penny, to be honest.
But it's not necessarily about what the watch is -
it's what's written on the back.
And this says Bexfield.
So, I've brought it to Daniel Bexfield,
hoping that he might want to buy a little bit of his ancestry.
Hello, Daniel. Here we are.
Now, don't hate me.
I... No. Go on.
I've brought you something really special.
-We've got a pocket watch movement.
-Yes. Look what it says on the back.
-No, I'm wondering where the case is.
The case is probably in the melting pot, very sadly.
Obviously, it should have had a case, shouldn't it?
-It would have been...
Is that more interesting now?
It is quite interesting.
In 36 years of dealing, I've never seen one with Bexfield on it.
-Actually, it's starting to work a little more. Ohh.
See? See? There's life.
It is a Bexfield movement - it gets working eventually.
As a piece of Bexfield family history...
As a future present for my son.
Yes. Who might not thank you for it!
So, what do you think I should be paying for this?
-It is interesting, and as I say, I've not come across it.
Exactly. It's got to be worth 50 quid, hasn't it?
No. I'll be a laughing stock.
-Oh, come on, Daniel!
35. No, I meant to say 30!
-I've now said 35!
Thank you. Thank you very much.
Oh, my goodness. What a legend. There is probably nobody else
that would have bought that pocket watch. It was relatively valueless.
But because it had that Bexfield connection on the back of it,
I managed to eke a profit out of it.
Christina makes a final profit
of £34 and brings the selling to an end.
So, before we find out who has won,
let's remind ourselves of how much money our experts invested.
From a £250 budget, Mark bought five items and spent £118.
Christina bought six and spent £179.
But all that matters now is profit.
All the money from their challenge
will go to our dealers' chosen charities, so let's find out
who is our Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
Darling, how are you?
Very well. How are you?
I'm fine. I'm fine.
-The car-boot, Christina?
Do you know, I think this was possibly - no, it definitely was -
my favourite buying location.
It is a very good market, there are a lot of dealers there.
I love your lantern.
Oh, I didn't want to sell it.
It was just so beautiful.
And you bought some other lovely things as well.
I did. I bought those perfume dispensers.
Oh, yes. Those, I was intrigued about.
I think you paid nothing for those?
Sold them to a gentleman's beard maintenance hairdressers type place.
-Did he ask the inevitable question?
-Something for the weekend, madam?
And what about that fabulous brooch? I loved that. It was gorgeous.
It was great fun. I sold it to a vintage shop.
-And you got a good price?
-I made a reasonable profit on it.
I didn't spend enough, that's the problem.
I always think afterwards, I should have spent more.
-Should have been more courageous, like you.
-I don't know about that.
-I'm not looking forward to this.
-Me neither. You ready?
Oh! Oh, Christina!
I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
I'm closing the box.
-I can't look.
-Do you know, this is such a surprise to me!
I didn't realise. Honestly, that's amazing.
So, that's respectable.
That's right. Christina is today's winner,
and manages to bring in a comfortable victory.
Early mornings obviously make me haggle hard, and, boy, did I haggle.
But it obviously shows in the final results.
The Ford car-boot sale - that's my old stomping ground!
I really should have won this.
Christina's just got a natural eye.
Together they've made £500, all of which will go to good causes.
And for Mark, that's The Dream Factory in Essex.
My charity is a small charity who make dreams come true for children
and young adults with life-limiting and severe disablement.
My profits will be going to the Beechtree Community Centre
in Whitchurch, which includes a day centre for elderly people
to combat loneliness and isolation within the community.
Yes, it's been a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills,
and our excellent experts have really put their money
where their mouths are and shown they can make a convincing profit
from buying and selling antiques when their own money is on the line.
Christina Trevanion and Mark Stacey go head to head at a car boot in West Sussex. With £250 pounds to spend, Christina goes all out to win, tracking down a pair of vintage perfume shop dispensers, and Mark battles with broken bones to make a profit. But who will come out unscathed?