James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Antiques Market Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Antiques Market

Kate Bliss and James Braxton head to Waterloo Antiques Fair in Belgium, where James splashes out on an expensive portrait and Kate buys a rare toy aeroplane.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out battle for profit.

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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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Oh!

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

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That could present a problem for me.

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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, James Braxton tries a new chilled-out approach...

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I don't know what I've agreed to, but I hope I've agreed to 80 euros.

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..Kate Bliss shows how to spot a print...

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Have a look, see if you can see brush strokes.

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If it's a print, the whole picture is going to be made up of tiny dots.

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..and James goes for big, big money.

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If I put this up for auction,

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I would put somewhere in the region of 1,000 to 1,500.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Good morning!

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And it's a very early one here at Waterloo Antiques Market in Belgium.

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In these wee small hours,

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our two dealing detectives are hoping to solve the case

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of the elusive continental collectables

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in a battle to buy, sell and earn a winning profit.

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First up, it's our Sussex Sherlock,

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he's got his nose to the ground and his eyes on the prize,

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determined to be the first to handcuff the hottest antiques.

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Why, it's James "Bingo" Braxton!

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The early bird catches the worm. That is the old motto.

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And trying to beat James to it is an international super-sleuth.

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Eager to shine a light on the best bargains,

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she won't stop till the Belgian booty is behind bars.

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It's Kate "Absolute" Bliss.

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Well, James,

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I'm back in the fight.

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They've each got £750 worth of their own euros to spend

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and all the profit goes to their chosen charities.

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But will they be able to crack the clues and secure the bounty

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before it's too late? There's only one way to find out.

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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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-Bonjour, James.

-Bonjour, Kate.

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-How are you?

-Very well.

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Great to be here in Waterloo.

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It is. And it's very early, very dark.

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It is half past six. Coffeed up?

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-Only the small cappuccinos for me this morning.

-Really?

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But there's masses and masses of stalls here today.

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Yeah, it's incredible actually,

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because they are still unpacking out there.

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-Yeah.

-It's a huge car park we're in,

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-just a few minutes from where the famous battle was.

-I know.

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£750.

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Yeah, which is roughly 1,000 euros, isn't it?

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-I know.

-In my pocket, burning a hole.

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So, shall we get to it?

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I think we should. Good luck.

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-May the best man...

-Yes, yep.

-Good luck!

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So, both our dealers are playing their cards close to their chests.

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They'll be keeping their strategies secret from each other.

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Now Kate is out of earshot, what's Bingo's plan of action today?

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Well, my strategy, apart from obviously buying bargains,

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is to buy things that are attractive and resellable.

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The euro is slightly deflated at the moment.

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I'm going to work the exchange in my favour.

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So, James thinks he has a solid game plan,

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but has his confidence ruffled our Kate's feathers?

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If I know James, he's very methodical

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and he'll be straight in there getting the best price.

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So, if I'm going to beat him, I've certainly got to work fast.

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Yes, Miss Bliss is not to be outsmarted.

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Speed is of the essence and, determined to get a head-start,

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James wheelies towards something he thinks can zip him

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round this market quick smart.

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C'est la classique!

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The Honda Monkey bike.

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I remember falling off one of these in France in about 1981.

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Combien ca coute? Do you know?

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-It's sold.

-It's sold?

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Oh, OK, I'll put it down then.

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Too late. See?

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Mmm, it seems that being up before the sun isn't quite early enough

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in Belgium. Surely that was just a bit of a bad luck

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and couldn't possibly happen again!

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Bonjour, monsieur.

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Combien ca coute pour la chaise?

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-It is sold.

-Ah.

-It's already sold.

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That's the story today.

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It's already sold.

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Oh, dear. Things aren't going James's way this morning.

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He's going to have to pull his socks up and nab something quick.

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FRENCH ACCENT: But, 'ello, 'ello, 'ello!

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What do we 'ave 'ere then?

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Oh, that's nice, isn't it?

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He's spotted a painting with a whopping price tag of 500 euros

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and swoops in for a closer inspection.

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I like this picture, it's got a lot going for it.

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This is really nice, sort of, family group, mother,

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daughter and the little dog there.

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It's quite sort of glamorous, isn't it?

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It's that sort of 1920s era.

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You're getting a big canvas there.

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As the day lightens up, that's going to look better and better.

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That needs some light on it.

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It's probably one to come back to.

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If it's still there.

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So, James is willing to wait until dawn breaks

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before making his final decision.

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It's a risky strategy in this fast-paced market,

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but will it pay off?

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Bingo has so far bought precisely nothing.

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But after a brief scout around,

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Sergeant Bliss thinks she's got a hot lead on a toy aeroplane.

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We're here in Belgium, but it's a British toy.

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And it is Dinky,

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which is one of the best-known names in British toy manufacture.

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But I'm pretty sure we would have some little propellers on here

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and all four of them are missing.

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Let's see what else he's got.

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Kate's not keen to buy damaged goods, but luckily,

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the vendor has another plane Miss Bliss hopes

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is in better condition.

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THEY SPEAK FRENCH

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Oui, sept. Merci beaucoup, merci.

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We have the first purchase of the day.

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I feel so much better now.

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It's probably quite late, it's probably '70s, even '80s.

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It's Dinky Supertoys, which is the later range that they did.

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18 euros was the price, but we've just bought it for seven.

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So, not bad. It has been played with,

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so it has got a few knocks and scrapes, unfortunately.

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But the transfer printing's still good.

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And I've bought something, that's the main thing.

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Hey, we can start now! We're on a roll.

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MUSIC: Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra

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Yes, usually a roll is a succession of buys.

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Nonetheless, Kate's jumbo jet takes a tiny 7 euros or £5.19

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from her kitty and she's pleased at least.

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It seems good news travels fast in Belgium, mmm!

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I've walked along, I hear that Absolute Bliss

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has bought her first item,

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so that's put real pressure on me.

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Oh, don't lose heart, James!

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The sky is getting brighter and spurred on by the new light of day,

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James is back to inspect the 1920s painting that he spotted earlier.

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I'm looking at the colours, and the colours...

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the girl's dress is slightly warmer,

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the mother slightly warmer.

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I think it's quite good, that.

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Shall I try 450?

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450, do you think?

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Well, that's 50 euros less than the seller is asking,

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but still almost half James's total budget.

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-Monsieur?

-Oui?

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-I like the picture.

-Easy, you pay and you take it.

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-I know, so easy, isn't it?

-Very, very easy.

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Very, very easy.

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HE SPEAKS BROKEN FRENCH

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Excellent use of French, James.

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Thankfully, the dealer speaks English.

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-475?

-475?

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-OK.

-HE LAUGHS

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A 25 euro discount means Bingo pays just under £352 for the painting,

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and he's out of the blocks.

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-Merci, monsieur.

-With our dealers level pegging on one item each,

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Kate spots an unusual piece of antique furniture

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and goes in for the kill.

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You know, that isn't old, but what a feature for a coffee table.

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It all depends on the price, though.

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Bonjour, monsieur.

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THEY SPEAK FRENCH

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-175.

-175? Hmm.

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Ooh.

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Maybe not very practical at all.

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Not very steady.

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And with that precarious wobble in mind,

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Kate chances a cheeky offer of 50 euros.

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50? 50? No?

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Erm...

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-140.

-140?

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SHE SPEAKS FRENCH

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No?

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Quick, Kate, he's doing a runner.

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I don't know whether he's going to have a little think,

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or whether he's offended at my price.

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Better do something to fill the time.

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So, it's not old, it's teak wood, it's imported.

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It's rather like a mushroom, actually.

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But, you know, it's a great decorative piece.

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Look at the grain on that.

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Hundreds of years it's taken to make that.

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All those rings.

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Oh, here's my man again. Monsieur?

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So the very best price here?

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-125.

-125?

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OK. OK, we'll do 125.

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-OK.

-Merci beaucoup.

-Thank you.

-Merci.

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With the wandering vendor settling on a £92.59 deal,

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Kate captures the table.

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Well, I've never bought one of these before.

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Come on, my beauty, I'm sure we can get a profit out of that.

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Yeah, you might want to stick

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a little bit of cardboard under it first.

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Well, with James trailing behind on one buy to Kate's two,

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his keen eye has settled on a bronze plaque, and he's got it surrounded.

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How much is the bronze?

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Erm... I can kick it out for 200.

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It's definitely 19th century, definitely.

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-It is, isn't it?

-Guaranteed.

-Yeah.

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Nicely framed.

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At 200 euros, it's another pricey item.

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Is James willing to take the gamble?

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We've got Madonna and child, we've got a nice oak frame.

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-It's a sort of bronze plaque, I suppose.

-Yeah.

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And we've got, sort of, copper oxide coming through there.

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And it's got... Sometimes weight is really reassuring.

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You know, weight is the sort of indicator of quality.

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On side... I'll take the plaque.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Blimey, straight in with no haggle.

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James is decisive today.

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He's got the bronze plaque bang to rights for a smidge over £148.

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Now, our antiques inspectors are neck and neck,

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but our Nancy Drew of dealing has kept her peepers peeled,

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and her beady eye has been drawn in

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by a teeny tiny 19th-century portrait.

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I've just spotted this. This is quite nice.

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And it is what's known as a miniature.

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It is a proper painting, not a print,

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and it's really important to check that. You need one of these.

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So with the loop, have a look, see if you can see brushstrokes.

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If it's a print, the whole picture is going to be made up of tiny dots.

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Now, here, I can clearly see the brushstrokes.

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And it's quite nicely done.

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It's not gold, it's just a gilt metal,

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but the painting itself is quite nice.

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Yes, Miss Bliss knows what she likes.

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And more importantly, the right question to ask.

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The best price?

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130.

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130?

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Hm. 80?

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80, no.

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-No?

-No possible.

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Can you do a little bit more?

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The last price is 120 is the best.

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120?

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110?

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We can have a deal?

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-DOG WHINES

-He says yes.

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-Yes.

-Yes?

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Merci. Merci beaucoup.

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With a little bit of help from her four-legged friend,

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Kate's collared the portrait miniature for 110 euros, or £81.48,

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and she's delighted.

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And that takes us to the halfway mark.

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Time to find out who's had a hot tip-off,

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and whose case has gone cold.

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With a £750 budget, James had a slow start,

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but he splashed out an incredible £500 on two items,

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leaving £250 in his kitty.

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Kate has bought more, but spent less.

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£179.26 on three items,

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leaving a healthy £570.74 for the rest of the day.

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So how have you got on?

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I've only got two items, and I've nearly spent all my budget.

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-Have you?

-Yeah.

-No way.

-What about you?

-You're bluffing me.

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-No, I have.

-Have you honestly? What have you bought?

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-A big picture. A big, big BIG picture.

-Good picture, then?

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Quite a good picture. Nice picture.

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-And what about you?

-I've bought three.

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I spent a few hundred euros.

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Couple of antiquey things, and one brand-new thing.

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But quite sculptural, quite decorative.

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-All, right, good, good.

-Anyway...

-Good luck.

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-Yeah. Better crack on.

-Crack on.

-All right.

-Bye.

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Big spender!

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Ah, yes. The minute he walked in the joint,

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we could tell he was a man of distinction.

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A real big spender.

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Kate is doing very well. She's buying lots of items.

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My shopping approach has been rather random thus far.

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I think I need to change my luck and move on.

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You know, I can can't stop thinking

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about James's picture that he talked about.

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He's obviously spent a lot of money,

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but for James to spend that much on one thing,

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it's got to be a seriously good picture.

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So I've really got to get my skates on.

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I think I need to find something of quality.

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Slightly worried now.

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And Kate might be right to be concerned,

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as James is swimming in the fast lane,

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and has quickly dived on this 1930s bathing lady figurine,

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plunged his hand into his pocket and splashed out 70 euros,

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or £51.85, on her.

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I bought this lovely bathing belle.

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It's a porcelain, so...

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it's slightly better than pottery.

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Even the colour is that '30s...

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Go into a '30s house, and if it's still got the bathroom,

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it'll be that sort of greeny colour, won't it?

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That would look great in a bathroom. Rather nice at 70 euros.

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I don't think it's a bad price. I like it.

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And with barely time to catch his breath,

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DCI Bingo is on to his next assignment.

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I rather like this. It's rather fun.

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It's the mystery of the green alien garden set.

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The table looks like a sort of lunar landing spacecraft.

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Do you see how the legs come out?

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Monsieur?

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It's very good, it's a nice shape, isn't it?

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-It's come from a coffee...

-Ah, from a cafe?

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And... Combien ca coute?

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100, but I can give you 90.

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-Best, best price.

-How about...?

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-Oui, ca va.

-Really?

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-OK.

-OK, merci, monsieur. Merci.

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I don't know what I've agreed to, but I hope I've agreed to 80 euros.

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HE LAUGHS

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You did indeed, James, despite your own dodgy French again.

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That works out at £59.26 for the 1960s table set,

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and James has nudged ahead with four purchases to Kate's three.

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And there's no stopping Inspector Bingo now.

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He's just spotted a large wicker laundry basket,

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and, satisfied it hasn't been used to launder money,

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he weaves his way in.

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Ca va. Merci, Madame.

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Thank you.

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And pays 20 euros, or £14.81, and he's done for the day.

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Who doesn't love a bit of wicker, eh?

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I love a bit of caning.

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That is a fabulous piece of work.

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We've got two handles. It would be a linen basket.

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And you can see evidence of there being a lid.

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So it would have been hinged there, loosely hinged.

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Just check for the old woodworm.

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No, nothing coming out, which is good.

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All handmade. I just think it's an object of beauty.

0:17:020:17:06

You don't have to do anything with it,

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just put it somewhere and look at it.

0:17:080:17:11

Better than telly.

0:17:120:17:13

Yeah, there's one basket, and one basket case.

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James is all bought up, but there's no need to call for backup just yet.

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Our Juliet Bravo has always been able

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to punch her way out of a pickle,

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and today is no exception.

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They might be slightly big for me.

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C'est combien?

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-Cinquante euros.

-Cinquante?

-50.

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-For the two.

-For the two?

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THEY LAUGH

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The lady wants 50 euros, but Kate's the one wearing the boxing gloves,

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and she's not going down without a fight,

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and thinks ten is a better price.

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Could you do dix?

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-No. 20. That's the last price.

-Hm...

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Could you not go in the middle? 15?

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OK, OK.

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-15?

-Yes, 15.

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Done.

0:18:040:18:06

-Thank you.

-Merci.

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So, with a bit of knockout haggling,

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Kate pops 35 euros off the price and pays just over £11 for the gloves.

0:18:100:18:16

Well, these were a bit of fun.

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Pair of boxing gloves, not much age to them.

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A little bit of damage, but it's all on the seam, so easily repairable.

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But I've got to crack on.

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Indeed. And with her emergency lights flashing

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and her siren wailing,

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Miss Bliss sets her sights

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on what she hopes will be an open and shut case.

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So it's a pair?

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Ah. C'est combien?

0:18:370:18:39

Les deux, 180.

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I really like them, but 180 euros is quite a lot.

0:18:440:18:50

You've got two exactly matching in a really lovely colour leather.

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This sort of camel-coloured leather.

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It's lovely to have the linen covers...

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..original to them to protect the leather.

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You don't often see that.

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Time to put the pressure on, Kate.

0:19:050:19:07

Excuse me, the best price?

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For the two? Could you do 150?

0:19:090:19:12

No, no, no, no, no. 170.

0:19:120:19:15

Because of the stitching here?

0:19:150:19:18

-No.

-No?

0:19:180:19:19

OK, 170.

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50, 60, 70,

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-voila.

-Merci beaucoup.

-Merci beaucoup.

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And the 1950s cases are Kate's for just under £126.

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And that brings us to the end of an action-packed market stakeout.

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There's just time for one quick game of good cop, bad cop

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as we tot up the totals.

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They both started the day with £750 worth of their own euros to spend.

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James hopes he's created a covetable cache

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with his five purchases costing £625.92.

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But Kate's confident her hoard will win the day.

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Five sellables for £316.30.

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Time for a bit of a show and tell.

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-Well, a busy day.

-I know.

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-So, this must be the picture.

-That is the big picture.

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-Yeah.

-So, nice little family group.

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-Lovely pretty girl.

-Pretty girl.

-Big canvas.

-Big canvas.

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-Yeah, and who's the artist?

-I don't know,

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I'm going to do a little work.

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-It's a nice composition, isn't it?

-It is.

-No, I like it, yeah.

0:20:210:20:25

-I spied your little miniature there.

-Yeah.

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-It's rather nice, isn't it?

-What do you think?

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Lovely frame, beautiful frame.

0:20:290:20:32

-You like the frame.

-Rather nice image as well.

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I always think if you've got a good frame, very often,

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you know, you often get a good picture as well.

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Now, tell me, have you got a lot of washing to do when you go home?

0:20:410:20:44

Probably, yeah.

0:20:440:20:46

My mighty wicker basket.

0:20:470:20:50

I can't resist a bit of wicker.

0:20:500:20:51

-It's a lovely bit of wicker, I have to say.

-I know.

0:20:510:20:54

And your favourite item?

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Favourite item, definitely leather suitcases.

0:20:550:20:58

I don't know about you, but it's not often that I've seen them

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-with their linen covers.

-Yeah, you get those canvas covers,

0:21:020:21:05

-sometimes, don't you? But they're very nice.

-Yeah.

0:21:050:21:08

So, had a good time?

0:21:080:21:10

Yeah, it was tricky, I can't say it was easy.

0:21:100:21:12

But actually, now I see what I've bought...

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-I think I'm happy.

-Good.

-How about you?

0:21:140:21:17

Yeah, I bought two sort of biggish items

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and then some fun items. Got some big stuff.

0:21:210:21:24

-It's good, very good.

-Onwards and upwards.

0:21:240:21:26

-Onwards and upwards, well done.

-And you.

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Our pair of Belgian buying buffs must now return

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to good old Blighty and turn their focus to selling.

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Using all available methods, Kate and James

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will scour our fine cities and gorgeous countryside

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in search of profitable homes for all their foreign spoils,

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with the intention of building the biggest bank of money

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to go to their chosen charities.

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So, back home and working hard, our Herefordshire hellcat

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is sizing up her stash.

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My most expensive purchase was my pair of suitcases

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and I did splash out on these at roughly £125.

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I think they're worth every penny, so these, I hope,

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are going to be really attractive to somebody who's enthusiastic

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about old leather and suitcases.

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My little portrait miniature, I think, was a great find.

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This is dating from the late 19th century

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and it comes in this lovely frame.

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My boxing gloves, I've done a bit of a running repair on.

0:22:240:22:27

They had a little bit of stitching which was coming undone.

0:22:270:22:30

I've managed to repair that myself, for better or for worse,

0:22:300:22:33

and so they are ready for fighting

0:22:330:22:36

and I tell you, Bingo, so am I.

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Indeed, and, don't forget, Kate will also need to find a home

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for her table and toy aeroplane.

0:22:410:22:43

At his Sussex base, British bulldog James

0:22:450:22:48

is running a critical eye over his cache.

0:22:480:22:51

Here I am with my hoard from abroad. My fabulous wicker basket.

0:22:530:22:57

I really like that. Only £15 -

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I'm sure I'll find a fellow wicker enthusiast.

0:23:000:23:04

And then my lovely interplanetary lunar landing leg table

0:23:040:23:08

and two chairs. £60.

0:23:080:23:10

I need to find some sort of outside restaurant or cafe for these two.

0:23:100:23:15

And this was my most expensive lot, and my most glamorous.

0:23:150:23:19

Over £350 for the lovely family group.

0:23:190:23:24

I like the period, you know, this pre First World War period.

0:23:240:23:28

I've got to find a collector.

0:23:280:23:29

It's a big picture, it's a glamorous picture.

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All in all, I spent quite a lot of money -

0:23:330:23:35

well over £600 - and I know from experience,

0:23:350:23:38

generally, the more you spend,

0:23:380:23:40

the greater the opportunity for potential profit.

0:23:400:23:43

So watch out, Miss Bliss.

0:23:430:23:45

James also needs to sell his 1930s figurine

0:23:450:23:49

and the 19th-century bronze plaque.

0:23:490:23:52

Both our experts are raring to go, hitting the phones,

0:23:520:23:55

the internet and the road in a bid to turn their purchases into profit.

0:23:550:24:00

But no deal is sealed until they've shaken on it

0:24:000:24:03

and the money has changed hands.

0:24:030:24:05

Keen to get going, James has covered up his naked bather's modesty

0:24:060:24:09

and brought her to see antiques dealer Ronnie in East Sussex.

0:24:090:24:13

She cost just over £50, so can Bingo make a splash?

0:24:130:24:18

Beneath this hanky, I have an object of beauty, Ronnie, beauty.

0:24:180:24:22

-Yes, yes, yes.

-Here we are. Whip it off.

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Yes, it is a beauty.

0:24:240:24:26

Now, you reference that you had a similar thing to this.

0:24:260:24:29

Yes, I have, it's behind you. It's very similar,

0:24:290:24:32

-but not in size.

-THEY LAUGH

0:24:320:24:35

-One might say that's slightly small.

-Yes, all right.

0:24:350:24:38

-What can you tell me about this?

-It's got a label...

0:24:380:24:40

-Same period?

-Yours is, yeah, 1920s, 1930s.

0:24:400:24:43

-That's what I thought, that's what I thought.

-Mine is later.

0:24:430:24:46

I would say mine's slightly later.

0:24:460:24:47

-Any restoration?

-Absolutely none.

0:24:470:24:50

The label's Royal D.

0:24:500:24:52

-Remember that company called Royal Dux...

-Yes.

0:24:520:24:55

-..that had the pink triangles?

-Right.

-Well, think of that,

0:24:550:24:58

-but with a paper label.

-I'm interested.

0:24:580:25:01

-Good, I'm pleased you're interested.

-Where are you arriving...

0:25:010:25:04

-Where are you coming from?

-Price-wise?

0:25:040:25:06

I was hoping for north of 200, Ronnie.

0:25:060:25:09

-James, you leave me very uncomfortable, north of 200.

-Really?

0:25:100:25:14

I want to make you semi-uncomfortable.

0:25:140:25:16

-120.

-160.

-No.

-160.

-No, you can move me,

0:25:160:25:19

but you won't move me above the 150.

0:25:190:25:22

I'll give you 140 and I'll put it in your hand...

0:25:220:25:25

-Above the 140?

-140.

0:25:250:25:27

140, you've got yourself a deal.

0:25:270:25:29

Good. Would you like the cash now?

0:25:290:25:32

Yes, he probably does.

0:25:330:25:35

And with that, Bingo's in the swim

0:25:350:25:37

with a bracing first profit of £88.15.

0:25:370:25:40

So, a strong start from James, almost tripling his money there.

0:25:400:25:44

But Kate isn't wasting any time either,

0:25:440:25:46

taking her wobbly table to show

0:25:460:25:48

Herefordshire garden centre owner Andrew.

0:25:480:25:50

-As it's you, Kate, I'll do 140.

-Thank you very much.

0:25:500:25:53

-That's all right, thank you.

-That's super.

0:25:530:25:55

Making a sturdy first profit of £47.41,

0:25:550:25:58

and she's not stopping there.

0:25:580:26:01

Keen to add more money to her coffer,

0:26:010:26:03

she hopes her portrait miniature will bring in a giant profit.

0:26:030:26:06

I'm in Hay-on-Wye to see an old friend of mine, Paul,

0:26:080:26:11

who's got a new antique shop,

0:26:110:26:12

although he's been in the business donkey's years.

0:26:120:26:15

Now, Paul's got a really eclectic taste,

0:26:150:26:17

but he likes really nice quality items.

0:26:170:26:20

So I'm hoping my miniature will be just the thing.

0:26:200:26:23

But will Paul agree?

0:26:230:26:24

Remember, the portrait cost her just over £81.

0:26:240:26:29

-Well, this is the little miniature that I told you about.

-Oh, yeah.

0:26:290:26:32

Which I thought might be up your street.

0:26:320:26:34

The person I bought it from thought it was very late 19th century,

0:26:340:26:38

but I think, actually, it's in that lovely period frame,

0:26:380:26:42

which I think is sort of contemporary with the miniature.

0:26:420:26:45

-Yes.

-And I'm thinking, actually, it's probably early 19th century

0:26:450:26:48

now I've had a chance to look at it properly. What do you think?

0:26:480:26:50

-I think it's about 1820, 1830, it seems to me.

-Do you think?

0:26:500:26:55

-Absolutely beautifully painted.

-It's, of course, painted on ivory.

0:26:550:26:59

Again, the person I bought it from thought it was on porcelain.

0:26:590:27:01

-Yeah, OK.

-But I think it's definitely on ivory.

0:27:010:27:04

Now, of course, ivory's a really controversial substance.

0:27:040:27:07

-Exactly, yeah.

-But this is well over 100 years old.

-Yeah.

0:27:070:27:10

Well, I'm looking for around the sort of 150 to 200.

0:27:100:27:13

I'd like to think...

0:27:130:27:15

-..£150.

-Mm-hmm. That lower end.

-That lower end.

0:27:170:27:22

-All right. If that's good for you...

-Yeah?

-I'll go with that.

0:27:220:27:25

-Yeah, we'll do that.

-Brilliant.

-Lovely.

-Thank you, Kate.

-Not at all.

0:27:250:27:28

-Thank you.

-Pleasure - I really hope you do well with her.

0:27:280:27:31

Yes, everyone's a winner and Kate makes a colourful profit

0:27:310:27:34

of £68.52, giving her the lead on two sales to one.

0:27:340:27:38

But not to be outdone, James is hot on her heels

0:27:380:27:42

with a wicker basket that cost him just under £15.

0:27:420:27:45

I've come to see a Suffolk artisan baker.

0:27:460:27:50

One, to sell him my wicker basket, and two,

0:27:500:27:53

to find out where I'm going so wrong with my sourdough.

0:27:530:27:56

What IS Mark the baker going to do with a wicker linen basket?

0:27:570:28:01

Let's hope there's method to Bingo's madness.

0:28:010:28:03

-Hello, Mark.

-Hello there. How do you do?

0:28:030:28:06

Very good. So, this is where the magic happens, is it?

0:28:060:28:08

Well, yes, this is where we make all the breads and everything else.

0:28:080:28:11

Here is my mighty basket. I showed it to a neighbour of mine

0:28:110:28:14

and she said, "That would be perfect for a baker

0:28:140:28:17

"for putting French sticks in."

0:28:170:28:19

Ah, yes, that SORT of makes sense!

0:28:190:28:22

They're going to have to be very long French sticks,

0:28:220:28:25

-because it's quite high, isn't it?

-It is quite a high one.

0:28:250:28:28

You see, you can put loads in and because it's slightly conical,

0:28:280:28:32

the other ones will go in

0:28:320:28:33

-and they'll all start squeezing and rising up, won't they?

-Yes...

0:28:330:28:37

-Sculptural, Mark.

-Yes.

-You see, that is the artisan baker.

0:28:370:28:40

-He's just bringing more to the party, isn't he?

-Yes.

0:28:400:28:43

I wanted 50 to 80, how do you see it?

0:28:430:28:46

Well, it's a lovely basket, as you say.

0:28:460:28:49

But it does scream "laundry basket" at you, doesn't it?

0:28:490:28:53

I tell you what, as you're going to give me lots of tips,

0:28:530:28:56

how about the bottom estimate? How about 50 quid?

0:28:560:28:59

I can't, because I think, really, the way it is,

0:28:590:29:02

I think it's...

0:29:020:29:05

-We can use it, but...

-There is a level.

0:29:050:29:07

-Is that what you're telling me?

-There is a level, yeah.

0:29:070:29:10

I don't want to take it...

0:29:100:29:12

I thought these bakers all rushed around in Bentleys, don't they?

0:29:120:29:15

-They don't?

-Not yet.

0:29:150:29:16

Not yet!

0:29:160:29:18

-We're working on it.

-Give me 45 and it's yours, Mark.

0:29:180:29:21

-All right, then, 45 it is, sir.

-Come on.

0:29:210:29:23

-And you'll help me with some sourdough?

-Of course I will.

0:29:230:29:25

-That is no problem for me.

-Good.

-I'm looking forward to it.

0:29:250:29:28

-All right, then.

-Get me kitted up and I'm ready.

0:29:280:29:31

James worked up an appetite there and saw his profits rise by £30.19.

0:29:310:29:36

So that's one thing off Bingo's to-do list.

0:29:360:29:38

Time for the second.

0:29:380:29:40

Just where IS he going wrong with his sourdough?

0:29:400:29:43

Be very careful with it, don't knock it back.

0:29:430:29:46

We do not want to knock it back.

0:29:460:29:48

So you push it there... Just gather it up, that's it.

0:29:480:29:50

Just join it up and then squash it together.

0:29:500:29:52

So all we need to do now is to turn them upside down.

0:29:520:29:56

OK? And then very carefully put that on there.

0:29:560:29:58

-Into the top oven.

-Into the top oven.

0:29:580:30:00

They look amazing, Mark. But I'd love to taste them.

0:30:070:30:10

I think we should try this one here.

0:30:100:30:12

-Mmm! That is lovely, isn't it?

-Thanks.

0:30:160:30:19

It looks like all that selling is hungry work.

0:30:190:30:22

With two sales each, our dealers are now neck and neck.

0:30:220:30:25

And, keen to pull out in front,

0:30:250:30:27

Kate has packed her bags and made her way to Shrewsbury.

0:30:270:30:31

She's meeting antiques dealer Mark,

0:30:310:30:32

with the suitcases that cost her just over £125.

0:30:320:30:37

-Hi, Mark!

-Hi, Kate.

-Good to see you! I've got a pair of suitcases here.

0:30:380:30:42

-There's another one inside.

-Yes.

-Can I put them on here?

0:30:420:30:45

-Yes.

-And they are, I think, probably around 1950s.

0:30:450:30:51

I particularly like them because they came with these

0:30:510:30:54

lovely canvas linen covers to protect them,

0:30:540:30:57

which I suppose would have come when they were originally sold.

0:30:570:31:00

Yeah, they were probably quite expensive when they were made.

0:31:000:31:02

Mm. Let me take this off and we can have a little look at

0:31:020:31:05

-the leather underneath.

-Not a bad colour.

-Mm-hm.

0:31:050:31:07

It's been well looked after.

0:31:070:31:08

So, we'll have a look inside because we've got another one inside,

0:31:080:31:11

which, again, has got its lovely cover.

0:31:110:31:14

Yeah, well, you can see the interiors here, they've been...yeah.

0:31:140:31:18

-Yeah.

-They have been used.

-Exactly. So, what do you think?

0:31:180:31:21

-Your sort of thing?

-I think it'll go with what we do.

0:31:210:31:24

-Mm-hm?

-Mm.

0:31:240:31:25

How does around 250 sound? For the two? What do you think?

0:31:250:31:28

-Make me an offer.

-I don't know, I don't know.

0:31:280:31:31

We're talking...

0:31:310:31:32

..£200-ish.

0:31:350:31:36

Could we say, I don't know, 220?

0:31:360:31:40

-220.

-Sure? Happy?

-Yeah, OK.

0:31:400:31:43

-220 it is.

-Lovely.

0:31:430:31:45

Thank you very much indeed.

0:31:450:31:47

Kate packs in a profit of just over £94 and we're at the halfway mark,

0:31:470:31:51

with everything still to play for.

0:31:510:31:53

So, let's see who's at the top of the leaderboard

0:31:530:31:56

and who's at the bottom of the pile.

0:31:560:31:58

So far, James has made a profit of £118.34 on the two items he's sold.

0:32:000:32:06

But Kate is in the lead, having sold three items,

0:32:060:32:10

she has £210 in her pot.

0:32:100:32:13

So, James has a bit of catching up to do.

0:32:140:32:17

And failure is not in his vocabulary.

0:32:170:32:20

He's hotfooted it to Tunbridge Wells with his most expensive item.

0:32:200:32:24

I've brought my picture to see Jonathan, a friend,

0:32:240:32:28

who retired from the City and opened a picture gallery,

0:32:280:32:31

to pursue his lifelong passion for pictures.

0:32:310:32:34

This is my big purchase.

0:32:340:32:36

I hope it goes well.

0:32:360:32:38

Remember, James spent more than £350 on the portrait.

0:32:380:32:42

So, he might need to paint a pretty picture to make his money back.

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I bought this in a market, very early in the morning.

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-It must have been very early in the morning!

-Ha-ha-ha!

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What attracted me to it is it had real intimacy.

0:32:530:32:57

Very '20s, isn't it?

0:32:570:32:58

Very '20s, I was about to say Edwardian.

0:32:580:33:01

-Very '20s. Yeah.

-I like the doggie.

0:33:010:33:03

It shows that little dogs have never gone out of fashion, have they?

0:33:030:33:07

That's correct. We can always sell dog pictures.

0:33:070:33:10

-I know.

-I think she is a very, very nice...

-Yeah?

0:33:100:33:14

-..subject matter.

-Yeah.

-And, the mother, sadly,

0:33:140:33:17

just slightly detracts from the daughter a little bit.

0:33:170:33:22

Have you had time to look up the artist?

0:33:220:33:25

I've tried. And I haven't really found him out.

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When I spoke to the seller, he said he was a Belgian portrait artist.

0:33:280:33:34

-Belgian, OK.

-Now, the nasty thing of price.

0:33:340:33:36

If I put this up for auction,

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I would put it somewhere in the region of £1,000-£1,500,

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-as an estimate on it.

-I think that's quite high.

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Because of its size, because of its time. Go on, £1,200.

0:33:460:33:50

No, I'm not, I can't, James,

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because I've got to put it back into the gallery.

0:33:520:33:54

-£500, James, for that.

-Too low, no.

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I've got a lot of work to do on that. And I've got to make a margin!

0:33:560:33:59

Rubbish, you've got... I would settle at 800.

0:33:590:34:02

No, James. I can't see that, James.

0:34:020:34:05

-800.

-I'll go to 600.

0:34:050:34:06

What about seven? I can do it at seven.

0:34:060:34:09

650.

0:34:090:34:10

-675.

-650,

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best offer.

0:34:120:34:14

650.

0:34:140:34:16

Er... OK, go on.

0:34:160:34:17

-Done.

-Done.

-All right, thanks, James. Well done.

-Blimey!

0:34:170:34:21

Bingo had to work hard for that sale.

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And it wasn't quite what he'd hoped for.

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Nevertheless, he walks away with a decent profit of just over £298.

0:34:250:34:31

Sold to Jonathan and a good profit.

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Will it put me in pole position?

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Do you know, it could well do.

0:34:350:34:38

They've now made three sales each.

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And, keen to soar up into the lead,

0:34:400:34:43

Miss Bliss has high hopes for her toy aeroplane.

0:34:430:34:45

I'm here at RAF Museum Cosford, where I've been told,

0:34:450:34:49

there's a real, live, big one of these.

0:34:490:34:52

But I'm also here to meet Ken, who's a toy specialist.

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And I'm really hoping he's going to want to add this to his collection.

0:34:550:35:00

Kate spent £5.19 on the plane, but can she make those numbers fly?

0:35:000:35:05

-Ken, hi!

-Lovely to meet you... at last.

-Great to meet you too.

0:35:050:35:09

And you've found the Comet OK?

0:35:090:35:10

It's one of the better exhibits in the whole place, I think, you know?

0:35:100:35:13

-Yeah.

-It's a very rare machine.

0:35:130:35:15

Well, that's right, because it was the world's first

0:35:150:35:17

commercial jet airliner, wasn't it?

0:35:170:35:19

-That's right.

-Launched in 1952, is that right?

0:35:190:35:21

Yes, it was in advance of its time.

0:35:210:35:23

Yes. So, where has your love of Dinky Toys come from, then?

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It's been a hobby of 40 years.

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But now I'm retired,

0:35:290:35:31

it's an opportunity to expand my interest in toy collecting.

0:35:310:35:35

That's lovely. So, from a very rare airliner standing behind us,

0:35:350:35:40

I can show you the model of it!

0:35:400:35:43

So, there you go, Ken. Have a look, tell me what you think.

0:35:430:35:46

Erm, that... Well, first of all,

0:35:460:35:49

it looks a little bit touched up along the top here to me.

0:35:490:35:53

-Do you think so?

-Yes, I think if you look along here,

0:35:530:35:56

there's a little bit of a brush mark.

0:35:560:35:58

The value of these things is directly proportional

0:35:580:36:02

to the condition.

0:36:020:36:04

-Of course.

-And mint, as such, which this isn't,

0:36:040:36:08

but this is, I would say,

0:36:080:36:09

this is average. I would value this, I think, at about...

0:36:090:36:14

I'm going to upset you, I think, now,

0:36:150:36:17

but I would value this at about £15.

0:36:170:36:19

-Would you?

-Now, now, if you had a mint and boxed example...

0:36:190:36:25

..it could be

0:36:260:36:28

£55, £60, something like that.

0:36:280:36:30

Could I push you just very slightly?

0:36:300:36:32

Could we say 18?

0:36:320:36:35

-Well, yes, we could do 18, yes. That would work.

-Brilliant.

0:36:350:36:39

-Thank you very much.

-Lovely to meet you, Kate.

0:36:390:36:41

Next time, I'll try and find you a box.

0:36:410:36:43

Kate lands a profit of £12.81

0:36:430:36:45

but there was a bit of turbulence along the way.

0:36:450:36:49

I was a little bit disappointed with Ken's appraisal of my Dinky.

0:36:490:36:53

But, at the end of the day,

0:36:530:36:55

something's only worth what somebody's prepared to pay for it.

0:36:550:36:58

Wise words, Kate. Wise words.

0:36:590:37:01

Back in East Sussex, James has lugged his spacecraft-like table

0:37:010:37:05

and chairs to a local farm shop and cafe,

0:37:050:37:08

hoping owners Craig and Susannah

0:37:080:37:11

will want it for their outside seating area.

0:37:110:37:13

Remember, it cost him just over £59.

0:37:130:37:16

I love this table.

0:37:160:37:18

I've never seen the like of this table.

0:37:180:37:20

It looks like the lunar landing craft, doesn't it?

0:37:200:37:23

Do you remember those legs that go like that, and then go out?

0:37:230:37:25

So, I think that's sort of late '60s.

0:37:250:37:29

But they're eminently comfortable and that's always a good thing

0:37:290:37:32

with a chair, always have a curved back.

0:37:320:37:34

-Yeah.

-The flat backs are just so uncomfortable.

0:37:340:37:38

How is it in terms of being hard-wearing?

0:37:380:37:40

Well, you know, it's here.

0:37:400:37:42

This is the incredible thing.

0:37:420:37:44

So, it's already done 45 years.

0:37:440:37:46

We're looking for something that you can wipe dry because,

0:37:460:37:49

obviously with a wooden surface, it stays damp if it rains.

0:37:490:37:52

-And let's face it, it's going to rain here.

-Yeah!

0:37:520:37:54

So, actually, the surface fits in with what we are looking for.

0:37:540:37:57

I don't believe you! We're in the South East!

0:37:570:38:00

-It doesn't rain!

-Yes, but we're still in England.

0:38:000:38:03

Anyway. What about, you know,

0:38:030:38:05

I said 100 to 200, the upper end, I like the sound of.

0:38:050:38:09

-Nearer the 200.

-I'm sure you do!

0:38:090:38:11

-What do you think?

-Well, I think, having seen similar items,

0:38:110:38:15

I'd like to make an offer of £120.

0:38:150:38:17

If I said, sort of 150?

0:38:170:38:19

Well...let's say 130.

0:38:190:38:21

130? Yeah.

0:38:210:38:23

130. Can I do it?

0:38:230:38:25

130? Of course I can.

0:38:250:38:26

Craig, thank you very much indeed.

0:38:260:38:28

-Susannah, thank you very much indeed.

-It's been a pleasure.

0:38:280:38:31

Now, you two sit down and I'll rustle you up a coffee, OK?

0:38:310:38:34

Sounds like a great idea.

0:38:340:38:35

That's a far-out profit of £70.74, and Bingo goes from baker to butler

0:38:350:38:41

-with ease.

-There you are.

0:38:410:38:42

Let the seller serve to the buyers.

0:38:420:38:45

Wonderful. Thank you very much.

0:38:450:38:46

Pleasure. Sorry, I forgot the biscuits.

0:38:460:38:49

Oh, you better not give up your day job, then!

0:38:490:38:52

Speaking of which, he takes his final item,

0:38:520:38:54

the 19th-century bronze plaque,

0:38:540:38:56

to St Wilfrid's in Hailsham to show church representatives

0:38:560:38:59

Brian and Bill...

0:38:590:39:01

Go on, I'll take your 250!

0:39:010:39:03

It's been a pleasure.

0:39:030:39:04

..who buy it using donations for their building project,

0:39:040:39:08

giving James a profit of £66.85.

0:39:080:39:10

And, with that, he's all sold up.

0:39:100:39:13

Hallelujah!

0:39:130:39:14

Last profit in the pot.

0:39:140:39:16

Let's hope it's enough to beat Kate.

0:39:160:39:18

Well, she still has one item left to sell.

0:39:180:39:21

Kate is in Wolverhampton

0:39:210:39:22

and it looks like there's still plenty of fight left in her.

0:39:220:39:25

Well, this is my last sale and my last chance

0:39:250:39:28

to make a really good profit against Bingo.

0:39:280:39:30

And where better place to sell a pair of boxing gloves

0:39:300:39:33

than to a boxing club?

0:39:330:39:35

And Pink Collar Boxing is just for women.

0:39:350:39:38

With just over £11 invested in the gloves,

0:39:390:39:42

Kate hopes it's not going to be a rocky road to profit.

0:39:420:39:45

-Hi there, you must be Gemma.

-Nice to meet you!

-Yeah, and you!

0:39:450:39:48

-And you must be Dan.

-Yeah, hiya.

0:39:480:39:50

How do you do? Great to meet you both.

0:39:500:39:52

The reason I'm here is to show you these boxing gloves.

0:39:520:39:55

Because I am looking to sell them.

0:39:550:39:58

I would call them vintage.

0:39:580:39:59

They've obviously been used.

0:39:590:40:01

I mean, it's difficult to say how old they are.

0:40:010:40:03

I mean, they could be '70s, '80s, or even later.

0:40:030:40:06

Would you say these were for men rather than women, maybe?

0:40:060:40:09

-Or does that make a difference?

-I think they are competition gloves.

0:40:090:40:12

-You know, for...

-Old pro gloves.

0:40:120:40:14

-Really?

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:40:140:40:16

-Definitely got some wear left in those.

-Yes!

0:40:160:40:20

So, I mean, are they something you might be interested in

0:40:220:40:25

purchasing for the club?

0:40:250:40:26

We could either use them or pop them in our trophy cabinet.

0:40:260:40:29

Well, I'm looking for around the £80 mark.

0:40:290:40:32

How does that sound to you for a pair of vintage gloves like that?

0:40:320:40:36

-That sounds OK, yeah.

-So, that's £80. Fantastic!

0:40:360:40:39

Thank you very much indeed.

0:40:390:40:40

-Brilliant.

-Goodness me!

0:40:400:40:42

That's a knockout final profit of £68.89

0:40:420:40:45

and it seems Kate has developed quite the boxing bug.

0:40:450:40:49

Give it to 'em, Miss Bliss!

0:40:490:40:50

Agh! Whoo!

0:40:530:40:55

All right, calm down!

0:40:550:40:56

It's almost time to find out who's reached the mountain peak

0:40:570:41:01

of profit and who's still clinging on halfway down.

0:41:010:41:04

First, a quick reminder of how much our experts spent in Belgium.

0:41:040:41:08

Having each started the day with £750 worth of euros to spend,

0:41:100:41:14

James picked up five purchases, costing £625.92.

0:41:140:41:19

Kate matched his five but spent almost half, totalling £316.30.

0:41:190:41:25

But all that matters now is the bottom line.

0:41:250:41:29

All of the money that Kate and James have made will go

0:41:290:41:32

to charities of their choice. So, let's find out who is today's

0:41:320:41:35

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:350:41:38

-Hey!

-Hi, Kate. How are you?

-Very well.

0:41:380:41:40

-How are you?

-Yeah, very good.

-Good!

-I'm excited about this one.

0:41:400:41:43

-Me too.

-Now, what did you do best on?

0:41:430:41:46

I think, let me think, the suitcases. Suitcases,

0:41:460:41:48

and do you know, when I bought them,

0:41:480:41:50

-I knew they were going to be my best.

-I liked those.

0:41:500:41:52

-With the canvas covers.

-Yeah, with the canvas covers,

0:41:520:41:54

which you don't often get. Actually, when I got them home,

0:41:540:41:57

I thought they were more 1950s than earlier. But good price.

0:41:570:42:01

Go on, do you think it's good enough to beat my painting?

0:42:010:42:04

This is it, the one I want to know about, your painting.

0:42:040:42:06

-How did you do?

-Well, initially, nobody seemed to like it.

0:42:060:42:09

But I found somebody who liked it as much as I did.

0:42:090:42:12

Really? And that was quite a lot.

0:42:120:42:14

That was a chunky item, Kate.

0:42:140:42:16

-Chunky!

-Feeling nervous now. Are we ready? Let's open.

0:42:160:42:20

One, two, three.

0:42:200:42:22

Go!

0:42:220:42:23

Oh, my goodness!

0:42:230:42:25

-He did like the painting.

-He really liked the painting!

0:42:250:42:29

Wow, fantastic. So, how much profit did you get on it?

0:42:290:42:32

-Lots...

-Well, it was a big canvas.

-..and lots and lots.

0:42:320:42:35

Well done, you, for having the gumption to buy it!

0:42:350:42:39

Come on, I'll buy you a cup of tea.

0:42:390:42:41

That sounds grand. Fantastic, well done, you!

0:42:410:42:44

So, James "Bingo" Braxton triumphs,

0:42:450:42:48

pushing past his rival to a comfortable victory.

0:42:480:42:51

I'm really glad I've won.

0:42:520:42:54

It was about finding the right person for that painting.

0:42:540:42:57

Well, what can I say?

0:42:570:42:59

There is a clear length in that victory, so, fantastic.

0:42:590:43:03

Congratulations, James.

0:43:030:43:04

Do you know what? I really didn't like the picture.

0:43:040:43:07

But he obviously found a guy who did.

0:43:070:43:09

But Kate gets another bite of the cherry tomorrow,

0:43:110:43:13

when they go into battle at an antiques fair in Peterborough.

0:43:130:43:17

-Sure?

-Sure.

-Fantastic.

0:43:170:43:18

Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton compete to make the most money from buying and selling antiques and collectables. The pair head to Waterloo Antiques Fair in Belgium, where James splashes out on an expensive portrait and Kate buys a rare toy aeroplane.