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


James Braxton v Kate Bliss - UK Antiques Fair

Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton head to an antiques fair in Peterborough, but who will be the winner?


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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 a different

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-daily challenge.

-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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HE GROWLS

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..along with their top tips

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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 reveals the hidden dangers of sailing...

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It's lignum vitae.

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It's the only wood that'll actually sink.

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..Kate uncovers a Victorian craft...

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It's actually burnt on with a really fine, hot needle point

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and then it's stained to bring that lovely floral design up in relief.

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..and someone proves popular with the buyers.

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I've come here to sell you something.

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-Oh, no.

-Yeah, I'm afraid so. I'm afraid so.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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From the Peterborough Festival of Antiques,

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this is Strictly Come Dealing.

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Please give a warm welcome to your talented contestants.

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First, it's the prima ballerina of buying.

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With a spring in her step, her antiques knowledge is on point

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and her selling spins are dizzying but perfectly placed.

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It's Kate 'Absolute' Bliss.

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I'm looking for something of really top quality.

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And determined to be the lord of the dealing dance,

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it's the sure-footed, twinkle toes of treasures.

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He's going to groove over the gold and tap dance on the trophies.

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It's James 'Bingo' Braxton.

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We're just generally sort of groping around, aren't we?

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And it's a good job they've been rehearsing hard

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as our heirloom hunters are facing each other

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at one of the largest antiques fairs in Europe.

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With over 1,000 stalls to quick-step around, inside and out,

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our dancing dealers must tango towards the most profitable pieces

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without missing a beat.

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

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and all the profits go to their chosen charities.

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So, Kate Bliss and James Braxton, it's time to sew on those sequins

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and put your money where your mouth is.

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-Morning.

-Morning, Kate. How are you?

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-Yeah, well. We're here in Peterborough.

-Peterborough and look.

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I didn't know antiques were fashionable again. Look at this.

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I know. They're queuing to get in.

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-All queuing to get in and we're here early birds, aren't we?

-Yeah.

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-Well, you know what they say.

-Early bird catches the worm.

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Yeah. What are you going to be looking for?

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Erm...I'm going to be looking for mainly bargains. And you?

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I don't know about you but I've got a bit of a feeling

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about a big spend today.

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-A big spend? Well, you've got £750.

-Yeah, a lot of money.

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-A lot of money.

-And it's a big fair, isn't it?

-It is a big fair.

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-I've got my walking shoes on.

-Well done.

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I think there's a bit of ground to cover.

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-I don't know about you but I'm going to beat that queue.

-OK, hurry.

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See you later.

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So our dealers are going to be foxtrotting to a different beat

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at this antiques fair.

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James is planning to keep a close eye on his wallet,

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while Kate wants to splash the cash.

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Staying at opposite ends of the buying scale

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in order to outwit the competition.

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Very clever.

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But Miss Bliss has other plans afoot.

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Now, in the past, I've had some really good finds from this fair

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and there's loads to go at here.

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I did say to James I'd like to spend a little bit of money

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but basically it depends what's here.

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So I'm going to have a really open mind.

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James seemed particularly relaxed this morning

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but I think the key is before the sun's up

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to get round those stalls

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because hordes of people are going to be descending.

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So Kate is eager to beat the crowds

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but what cunning plan does Bingo have up his sleeve?

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My strategy is really to get involved.

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I think we've got an opportunity here - it's still only 8 o'clock -

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to get those bargains.

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There's a lot of people here and here is my opportunity

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to secure them before the vandal hordes arrive.

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Yes. So both our professional prancers have,

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unbeknown to each other,

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hatched a synced-up plan to get ahead of the masses.

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This could be a close conga.

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Bingo has done his warm up and feeling flexible,

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boogies on over to a backgammon board that he likes the look of.

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But a closer inspection reveals a dirty little secret.

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Oh, there's damage there.

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There's always damage on these things.

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How much on your board?

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-It's 55.

-55.

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I'll take a tenner off it.

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45? It's just the damage here, isn't it?

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Oh, I suppose had it been perfect it would have been a lot more.

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They used to be made in Damascus.

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-I wonder if they're still making them now.

-I don't know

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-but it's got a lot of work in it.

-There's a lot of work in it.

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40 quid. Go on, then.

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There we are. Thank you very much indeed, sir.

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Yes, a short shrift deal there

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and James secures his first buy of the day.

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This is probably made in Damascus, the capital of Syria.

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It's a backgammon set.

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We've got chess on the outside and it's this tessera marquetry.

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I had a specialism of Tunbridge ware,

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which is exactly the same.

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It's these little canes that are cut

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and this sort of very complex geometry here.

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Got a couple of losses, a bit of damage there...

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and a bit of damage there.

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It's not hugely old.

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It's not 19th century but it's not bad, it's got some age.

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And it's a good size and at £40, bit of a bargain.

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Yes, James is so far sticking to his thrifty strategy

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but what of our big-spender, Kate?

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Well, she's sashayed over to something she hopes

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will speed her to the finish line.

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-A nice sturdy one, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

-Made for speed.

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-How much is that?

-25.

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What's the name on it then?

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-Davos.

-Yeah, what's that?

-We bought it in France.

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Would you take a tenner?

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-What's your best?

-20.

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Go on, then. I like that.

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-Great, that'll do.

-Thank you.

-Thank you. Let me find you some money.

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It's not quite the big-money item she was looking for

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but at least that haggle was no uphill struggle.

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Everything looks like it's original.

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You've got a bit of rust to the runners here, as you would expect.

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Probably dates from the '50s, maybe a little bit later

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and you've got a stamp here on the top - Davos.

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Now I don't know what that is.

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It's either the manufacturer, maybe the place where it came from,

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so I'm going to be looking that up.

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But for £20...I think that's great.

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But even-stevens is not enough for our ambitious girl

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and she quickly pirouettes into the lead,

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spearing some early-20th-century pickle forks for £40.

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I don't normally go for little...pickle folks

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but this is such a sweet little set.

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You've got a pair with mother-of-pearl handles

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and little silver folks on the end there.

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Just a neat little set, isn't it?

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And they'll come in handy if Kate ever gets herself into a pickle.

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'Er. Yes? No? Anyone? Oh, never mind.

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Meanwhile, Bingo's been moonwalking tirelessly around the fair

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and seems ready for a little sit down.

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How much on your stools?

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-They're £15 each.

-Can you lift one off? Can I just see?

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-They look very well constructed.

-Oh, they are.

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You can upcycle them and do them in nice...

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Upcycle them.

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Goh, don't know if I've got the energy, sir, for upcycling.

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Haven't got the energy?

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Well, Bingo, fame costs

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and right here is where you start paying...with sweat.

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Very good for the posture.

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-Shall I have a punt then?

-Go on.

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Have you got six good ones?

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Four rubbers, lots of rust.

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Rubbers on that.

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Just check the rubbers.

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That looks a very fine one.

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I want to leave you with some.

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Oh, I thought you wanted six?

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No, I think four. Now the price.

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It's a lot of work and what do they say, sir? "Don't buy work."

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I keep saying it to myself. What am I doing? How about 50, sir?

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-55, sir.

-55. Thank you very much indeed, sir.

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Yes, a steady performance there from James,

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securing the stools for £5 under the asking price.

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These have done a lifetime's work already

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and yet here is Bingo Braxton, he's going to save them

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and give them a new lease of life - not in Belgium but in England.

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Wow, that purchase has left Bingo pepped up and full of pizzazz.

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And whilst he's high-kicking to his heart's content outdoors,

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Kate has sneaked inside and is cosying up

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to a late-Victorian cake stand.

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It's quite a decorative one, isn't it?

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-What's that going to be?

-48.

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It's a nice little bit of pokerwork. I particularly like this handle.

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Couldn't do 40? A round figure?

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No. I'll probably lose money if I go down to 40, so 45 is a bit better.

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That's fair enough.

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OK, yeah, let's do it. I like it.

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45.

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Hm, so Kate settles on just a £3 discount. Very out of character.

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Perhaps she knows something that we don't.

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So what we've got here is a really lovely three-tier cake stand.

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You don't normally see them so highly-ornate.

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And the word for this type of decoration is known as pokerwork.

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So the flowers and ribbons here aren't painted on

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or inlaid like marquetry.

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It's actually burnt on with a really fine, hot needle point

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and then it's stained to bring that lovely floral design up in relief.

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And it's the same here with this chequered handle.

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I can feel an afternoon tea coming on.

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And before leading lady Kate has a chance to pop her kettle on,

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she snaps up some vintage earrings.

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I quite fancy them myself.

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48, did you say?

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But when Miss Bliss parts with them, will they turn her a profit?

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Now I am super chuffed with these.

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They're probably '70s and vintage jewellery

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from this sort of period is really coming back in at the moment.

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They are Norwegian silver enamelled.

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Now the Scandinavians are really good at enamelling.

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They're on silver and the silver's actually been engraved

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with tiny little flowers on each of the petals

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before the pink enamel was laid over the top.

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Perfect condition... I love 'em.

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So will Kate bring the dance floor to a halt with those bobby-dazzlers?

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Stay tuned to find out.

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Our challengers have cha-chaed their way to the halfway mark,

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so time to foxtrot off and check on the scores so far.

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From a £750 budget,

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James Braxton has bought two items so far and has spent thriftily,

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just £95, leaving him with £655 to play with.

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Kate Bliss has bought four items but isn't exactly breaking the bank.

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Spending just £153, leaving £597 still in the kitty.

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-There you are.

-There we are, yeah.

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-Have you been hiding?

-No, I haven't. I've been lurking.

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I've been doing very much the outside stalls but...

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Have you found anything?

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I've bought some items and I've bought work again.

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-Work?

-Oh, dear.

-Have you spent much money?

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Not enough. I need a big purchase.

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-What about you?

-I don't know about you but I'm finding it

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really hard to spend a lot of money. I'm really pleased with what I've

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bought. I've bought a few things but they're all less than £100.

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I'm just not finding anything that I like that's really expensive.

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-Come on, get your wallet out, girl.

-I'm normally quite good at that.

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-Come on.

-What about you? You're normally a big splash-the-cash man.

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-Yeah. Get that wad out.

-Yeah.

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-I'm just getting into my stride, I think.

-OK, good luck.

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See you later.

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So both our dealers are finding it difficult to splash their cash

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and Kate has waltzed back indoors.

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Well, I'm glad James is finding it hard to spend money too.

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Now, I think I've left him outside.

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I've come inside to these quite dark sheds.

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There's some really nice things in here,

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so I'm looking for something of really top quality.

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Miss Bliss is twisting and turning amongst the indoor stalls but

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she won't be alone for long as James is about to stamp his way inside.

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There's some very good stuff in these sheds.

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From memory - I haven't been to Peterborough for about...

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..a long time, about five, eight years -

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but I remember these sheds, these open sheds were very good,

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so let's go.

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Now frontrunner Kate has clicked her castanets

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over to a silver sugar shaker

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with a price tag of £139.

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And it's all about to get serious.

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-Danish silver?

-Yes.

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But the good thing is, you can actually date it

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cos there is a little number 22 underneath for 1922.

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I thought it was English, funnily enough.

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I thought it was English Arts & Crafts.

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But now I've seen that it isn't, which makes me want it

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for a little bit less money.

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£95.

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95?

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I'm going to have a think.

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Hm, so not even a £44 discount

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has convinced Miss Bliss to splash the cash.

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But hold your horses, does she have a sneaky double deal in mind?

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It seems so when she clocks, well, a clock.

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It came off a factory wall in France.

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Obviously had an electric motor in it originally

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but they run on a different voltage to us...

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-Right.

-..hence it's now converted to quartz.

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But underneath the motor it had the exact day and year it was made.

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-Is that right?

-1954.

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I wouldn't be averse to having that on my wall.

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Exactly, yeah.

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And it's a really nice decorator's piece.

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What's your best on that then?

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-What does it say, 110 on it?

-Yeah.

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Er...I would need 85 for that.

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OK.

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Hm, you can almost hear the cogs turning.

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And if I took the sugar shaker?

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80, and 90 for the caster. That would be it.

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80, and 90 for the caster. That's 170.

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OK, I was hoping for 150.

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So if I meet you in the middle at 160?

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Cash.

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-Can we say 165?

-165.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Is that a nod?

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-I'm happy with that.

-Are you?

-Yes.

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-Sure?

-Sure.

-Fantastic.

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That was a masterclass. Kate bought in bulk and drove the price down.

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£80 for the clock and £85 for the sugar shaker.

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Now I saw this right at the back of the stall

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and was quite excited because I love Arts & Crafts silver.

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You can see it's got Danish marks on the bottom

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and a date number for 1922.

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So one good purchase and something completely different.

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Now I love this because of its simplicity, actually.

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It's got a really heavy cast-aluminium frame,

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a very industrial look, which is quite in at the moment.

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And quite a simple face with these baton numerals

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that harks back to the '30s really, the Art-Deco movement.

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Now it's a shame that a hole has been cut in the back

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but it does mean that it's working.

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Shove a battery in and it's good to go.

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Talking of which, time ticking, I better crack on.

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Indeed and Captain Bingo has already set sail,

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securing a ship's wheel for £50...

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Thank you. Thank you. Really kind.

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..which he hopes will steer him to victory.

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As master of the ship, I would expect to be probably...

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It's power boaty. It doesn't seem big enough for a sail ship.

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So it's probably a little fishing boat.

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What I like about this item - it's got some real weight

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and weight with wood is often associated

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with a wood called lignum vitae.

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It's the only wood that'll actually sink.

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Whether there's any merit in having a wheel on a ship

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that will actually sink is, er, up for grabs really, isn't it?

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But I like it. £50, great fun. Try and sell this to a ship builder.

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Yes, he's a man with a plan and he's not the only one.

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Kate has spied a collection of late-Victorian matchboxes

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and struck upon a bright idea.

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Now I've just spotted some little advertising vesta cases in there.

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Now I know a collector in Herefordshire who I think

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would love these but I'm not sure whether those are the right ones.

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So I'm just going to give him a call and have a chat.

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But this collector is no pushover.

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But it's something you MIGHT be interested in? OK. Thanks, Ewan.

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Nice to talk to you. Bye.

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Well, it sounds like he might be interested but if not,

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there's definitely a demand for them,

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so we'd better go and have a chat.

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Of course, he might not like them

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and remember, nothing is decided until that all-important handshake

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but Kate is going to put her money where her mouth is

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and take the risk.

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Here goes.

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What could you do if I took those two?

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Erm...I've got 55 on each of them...

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-Have you? OK.

-..so we'll do it for 80.

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Well, it's a good start but Kate thinks she can do better.

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That one's just a little bit discoloured, isn't it?

0:17:350:17:38

Could you knock just a wee bit more off cos of the discolour?

0:17:380:17:41

-I'll do 35 on that.

-OK.

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And 30 on that.

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-Done.

-OK.

-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

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Yes, another dual deal for Miss Bliss.

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Let's hope her contact doesn't already have those designs

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in his collection.

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These are known as vesta cases after Vesta the goddess of the hearth

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and essentially you put your matches in here...

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..and you've got a little striker on the bottom.

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But these are a little bit more interesting

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because they're advertising vesta cases.

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On this one it says "Cash & Co - footwear experts"

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and you've got a little boot on the back.

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And this one says "M Blackburn - my tailor"

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based in Wigan.

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Now I know that Ewan has got a fantastic collection of these.

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I just hope he likes these ones.

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If not, I'll be looking for another collector.

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And speaking of collectors,

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Captain Bingo is turning into quite the seafaring superfan

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and sticking to his nautical theme,

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drops anchor next to something he hopes could make him

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a titanic profit.

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God, there's some work in that, isn't there?

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1940s, '50s. Most of it's mahogany.

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It's lovely, isn't it?

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What could be the best on that?

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-I'd do that for 150.

-OK.

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Knowing it can pay to buy a bundle, James trawls the stall and spots

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a folding table, which could give him a bit of haggling leverage.

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It could be used on the deck of a boat.

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If you had a smart yacht, you'd like that, wouldn't you?

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And how much have you got on that?

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The very best on that would be £25.

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It looks good on the table.

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He's a salesman, this man, isn't he?

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-Do you want to make it easy?

-What?

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170.

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170 for the lot? For the two?

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Yeah.

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-Thank you very much indeed, thank you.

-Cheers.

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Really kind.

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Bingo sails away with the table and model boat

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and he's twice as happy as he was before.

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I like this. It's a beautiful model.

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It's a mahogany model of a dinghy but just beautifully done.

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It's missing a stand, it's missing a sail,

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but apart from that, it's pretty well got everything else.

0:19:510:19:53

It needs a good Hoover.

0:19:530:19:54

I think I can add value easily to this item by merely cleaning it.

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He's on a roll, and back inside,

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speedily spots a barber's stool and grabs it.

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In for a penny, in for pound. Thank you very much indeed.

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Spending a final £120.

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And Bingo's day of dealing has come to a stylish end.

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Exhausted and spent up,

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our challengers have charlestoned back to their dressing rooms.

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The judges have marked them on technique, flair and creativity.

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And the scores are in.

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Starting with £750, James Braxton wanted to spend

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thriftily today, but bought six items for £435.

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Kate Bliss was aiming to make a big spend.

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She may have bought seven items, but actually spent less than James,

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just £383.

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The buying show is over, so it's time for our duo

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to take a bow and critique each other's performances.

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Lovely Kate, how have you found today?

0:20:510:20:53

I've had a lovely day,

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and I'm actually pretty pleased with what I've got.

0:20:550:20:57

-You look like you've bought quite a bit of... You've got...

-Wood.

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A lot of wood and a bit of work to do on those tools.

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You know, I am an amateur craftsman,

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so I'll get the old jigsaw out, round those up.

0:21:060:21:09

They'll look very different. What about your clock? What's this?

0:21:090:21:12

Have you felt the weight of this? This is a seriously heavy clock.

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That is heavy.

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-That's out of a French factory.

-The barber's stool is great fun.

0:21:160:21:21

-I like it. I really like it.

-Your favourite item?

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Probably the earrings, actually.

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They're Norwegian silver,

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but the enamelling on them is really lovely.

0:21:280:21:31

-Very nice. Very nice, lovely. Well, best of luck, Kate.

-Well, and you.

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-See you on the other side.

-See you on the other side. Best of luck.

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Our pair of dynamic dealers must now dance to a different tune

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as they swap their beautiful buying ballet for the frenetic

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footwork of the selling salsa.

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The hunt for profit becomes their new driving force,

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and making the most money is their mantra.

0:21:530:21:56

Using all available methods, Kate

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and James will scour the country for buyers, both striving to accumulate

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the biggest possible profits to go to their chosen charities.

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So, at Braxton Towers,

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how is James feeling about his assorted acquisitions?

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Well, what a hoard it is. And quite a utilitarian hoard, isn't it?

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Sort of rather purposeful-looking stools.

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Sort of something that we remember from our chemistry block.

0:22:200:22:24

I need to replace the seats on those.

0:22:240:22:26

They cost me just under £15 each, so if I can get £35 each,

0:22:260:22:32

I'll be doing very well on those.

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And then I've got this lovely...

0:22:340:22:35

This is one of my favourite items, this sort of grate folding table.

0:22:350:22:40

It's extremely heavy, but it's very nice.

0:22:400:22:43

That needs to go to a boat owner for some sort of fancy sailing yacht.

0:22:430:22:47

And then, my fabulous stool.

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I'm hoping to sell that to a rather cool... Maybe a barbershop.

0:22:500:22:55

It gives a barber occasional respite.

0:22:550:22:58

But I'm hoping, with this little lot,

0:22:580:23:01

Kate gets no respite.

0:23:010:23:03

James will also need to sell the 20th-century backgammon board and

0:23:030:23:07

his nautical items - the small ship's wheel

0:23:070:23:10

and the early to mid-20th-century model boat.

0:23:100:23:14

Back at her Herefordshire home, Kate is getting down to business.

0:23:140:23:19

My best buy is without doubt my cake stand.

0:23:190:23:22

It really is the best example of pokerwork that I've seen.

0:23:220:23:26

And I've never seen one with a chequered handle.

0:23:260:23:29

My pickle forks, I saw and I had to buy. I think they're really sweet.

0:23:290:23:33

They are made of silver. Actually, now I've got them back home,

0:23:330:23:37

I've researched the hallmark and they are

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a little bit earlier than I thought.

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They are actually late-Victorian,

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just, because they date from 1901.

0:23:420:23:45

And I want to sell these to somebody who really appreciates what they

0:23:450:23:48

were made for, and I think I've found a pickling specialist.

0:23:480:23:53

Which brings me to my first buy of the day. Now, I've researched the

0:23:530:23:57

stamp here, Davos, which of course relates to Davos, the little town in

0:23:570:24:01

the Swiss Alps. And it was in Davos that the Davos sledge was named

0:24:010:24:06

after the very first tobogganing run in about 1883.

0:24:060:24:10

But now I've done the research, I just need to find a buyer.

0:24:100:24:13

Somebody who will push me over the finishing line

0:24:130:24:17

so that I can glide to victory.

0:24:170:24:19

Kate will also need to shift the 1920s silver sugar shaker,

0:24:190:24:24

1950s clock,

0:24:240:24:26

the late-Victorian matchboxes

0:24:260:24:29

and the vintage enamel earrings.

0:24:290:24:31

So both our experts are revved up and raring to go on their selling

0:24:310:24:36

sprees, so quickly hit the phones, the web and the road.

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

0:24:400:24:43

and the money has changed hands.

0:24:430:24:45

Both our experts know the importance of finding the right buyer.

0:24:450:24:49

And in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye, with her pickle forks,

0:24:490:24:52

Kate is confident that she's done that just that.

0:24:520:24:56

What better home for my pair of top-quality pickle forks than

0:24:560:25:00

an award-winning pickle and jam-making tea room?

0:25:000:25:03

And what have we here? Exactly that. Let's hope they like them.

0:25:030:25:07

Yes, with £40 invested in them, Kate really needs owners Mike and

0:25:090:25:13

Rachel to fall for her forks.

0:25:130:25:15

So here they are. They come in a beautiful, original leather case,

0:25:150:25:20

actually, which is typically sort of late Victorian in date. Open it up

0:25:200:25:24

and it's in lovely order. You've got a velvet lining there.

0:25:240:25:29

You've got probably the retailers here. The name here for Edinburgh.

0:25:290:25:34

Interestingly, the pickle forks are actually made of English silver

0:25:340:25:38

with lovely little mother-of-pearl handles.

0:25:380:25:40

And the silver was actually assayed, or tested, in Birmingham. It's quite

0:25:400:25:44

usual for me in the antiques business to have a pair like that,

0:25:440:25:48

in their original case. Because they date from 1901, so they are well

0:25:480:25:53

-over 100 years old.

-They are dainty, aren't they?

-They are small.

0:25:530:25:56

What kind of pickles do you think they would have been used for?

0:25:560:25:59

Small... I was thinking small gherkins or something like that.

0:25:590:26:02

-Yeah, something like that.

-Yeah, you wouldn't use them for

0:26:020:26:05

-pickled onions or something.

-No, or pickled eggs.

-No.

-No.

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You're going to struggle, aren't you, with a pickled egg on there?

0:26:070:26:10

-Yeah.

-Sliding off, yeah.

-OK.

0:26:100:26:13

-Yeah, they're very nice.

-They're beautiful.

-Mm-hm.

0:26:130:26:15

Are they something you think you might like to purchase as part of

0:26:150:26:18

-your collection or to put on display?

-Yeah, no, they'd go on

0:26:180:26:21

display with the others we've got here. No, they'd be nice.

0:26:210:26:25

I was hoping for sort of around the £80, £90 mark.

0:26:250:26:28

Because they are quite a nice pair, in their box,

0:26:280:26:31

which you don't often see. How do you feel about that?

0:26:310:26:34

They are a bit small, aren't they, you know, for £80, £90?

0:26:340:26:37

Can you do a bit better? Maybe 60, 70?

0:26:370:26:41

-60, 70... I'd prefer the 70.

-Right.

-Um...

0:26:410:26:45

-SHE SIGHS

-You couldn't do 80?

0:26:450:26:48

Eh... 75?

0:26:500:26:52

75...

0:26:520:26:54

If you did 80, I could give you a bit of a hand with the pickling,

0:26:540:26:58

if that's any good.

0:26:580:26:59

-Yes, yeah.

-How does that sound to you?

-Yeah, no, that sounds good.

0:26:590:27:02

As it happens, we do have some pickled red cabbage to jar.

0:27:020:27:07

-Do you?

-Yeah, so £80 if you are willing to give us a hand.

0:27:070:27:09

-And I'll give you a bit of labour this morning.

-That'll be fine.

0:27:090:27:12

-Is that all right?

-Yeah, no, that's good.

0:27:120:27:14

Fantastic. I love a bit of red cabbage.

0:27:140:27:16

-Thank you.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:27:160:27:19

So Kate got the price she wanted and preserves a tasty profit of £40.

0:27:190:27:24

-It's such a fab colour, isn't it, Rachel?

-It is beautiful.

0:27:250:27:28

Look at that. This is going to be messy.

0:27:280:27:31

Oh, that's really good.

0:27:320:27:34

In Suffolk, James is hot on Kate's heels. He's brought his model boat

0:27:350:27:40

to a yacht club to show Sean, boss of a shipbuilding company.

0:27:400:27:44

It cost him £150, so it is time for Bingo to batten down the hatches

0:27:440:27:48

and haggle his way across the high seas.

0:27:480:27:51

Now, here is my rather humble offering in comparison

0:27:530:27:55

to this mighty fellow we're on.

0:27:550:27:57

Well, this isn't a humble offering, this is a...

0:27:570:28:00

Just like what you're sitting on,

0:28:000:28:02

this is a handmade, beautifully crafted wooden yacht.

0:28:020:28:06

And...I'm rather taken with that.

0:28:060:28:09

This is, I would say, 1930s.

0:28:090:28:12

It's in a pretty rough old state.

0:28:120:28:14

This is a classic, traditional boat building in miniature.

0:28:140:28:17

-Yeah.

-And it's beautifully done because these little ribs would all

0:28:170:28:22

be made from taking slivers of timber -

0:28:220:28:24

in this case, it's mahogany...

0:28:240:28:26

-Yeah.

-..and steaming them, probably just over a kettle,

0:28:260:28:29

-to bend them into shape.

-Right.

0:28:290:28:30

I think it's lovely. It needs a lot of work, and I shall take great

0:28:300:28:34

delight in re-rigging it.

0:28:340:28:35

Well, Sean seems very taken with Bingo's maritime offering,

0:28:350:28:39

but will he be as keen on the price?

0:28:390:28:42

-I said to you an estimate, 200 to 300.

-Oof!

0:28:420:28:46

I'm going to be brutal with you because it's going to take me quite

0:28:460:28:49

a lot of work to put this back alive,

0:28:490:28:51

but I'm going to offer you £150 for it.

0:28:510:28:55

How about...how about 220?

0:28:550:28:59

-Done.

-220? Thank you very much indeed.

-Done.

0:28:590:29:02

-Thank you, Sean.

-I think that's... I'm a very happy with that.

-Yeah.

0:29:020:29:05

And so is James, adding £70 to his profit pot.

0:29:050:29:09

And he takes his windswept hair and barber's stool

0:29:110:29:14

to Brighton barber Alex.

0:29:140:29:16

-Free haircut and 125?

-Yeah. Put it there.

0:29:160:29:19

THEY LAUGH

0:29:190:29:21

Cutting a deal with a pretty tiny but stylish profit of £5

0:29:210:29:25

plus a free haircut. Suits you, sir.

0:29:250:29:28

James is leading at this stage with two sales to Kate's one.

0:29:280:29:32

But back in Herefordshire,

0:29:320:29:34

Kate is hoping to draw level with her late-Victorian matchboxes.

0:29:340:29:38

Now, I've had Ewan in mind to buy my vestas ever since

0:29:380:29:42

I saw them at the fair

0:29:420:29:43

because I know that he's got an extensive collection.

0:29:430:29:46

I've spoken to him about them, he's seen photographs,

0:29:460:29:48

but he hasn't actually seen the real thing.

0:29:480:29:51

So here goes, and I really hope he likes them.

0:29:510:29:54

Ewan is a knowledgeable specialist collector, so this really won't be a

0:29:540:29:58

walk in the park. For Kate, it's a tough task ahead

0:29:580:30:01

to make a profitable return on her £65 investment.

0:30:010:30:05

-Ewan, hi. How are you doing?

-How are you?

0:30:050:30:08

-You said you had a collection, but look at this!

-I know.

0:30:080:30:12

-This is fabulous.

-It's amazing, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:30:120:30:15

-So how many have you got?

-There's got to be around about 400 there.

0:30:150:30:18

There's 80 in each tray, and there's

0:30:180:30:19

-a few drawers there, isn't there? So...

-Wow!

-Yeah, it's amazing.

0:30:190:30:22

I've gone a little bit overboard, I know, but at the end of the day,

0:30:220:30:25

it's something that I love

0:30:250:30:27

and I think the social history that comes with it

0:30:270:30:30

is amazing, really, to be fair.

0:30:300:30:31

There are real pieces of social history. I mean, just looking

0:30:310:30:35

at the names on them, there's some wonderful names here.

0:30:350:30:38

They're called celluloid vestas,

0:30:380:30:40

or celluloid match safes over in America.

0:30:400:30:42

So they're made from silver-plate and then the celluloid is

0:30:420:30:45

wrapped round and then advertising motif is printed on, basically.

0:30:450:30:48

That's right, it is, yeah.

0:30:480:30:49

Well, I have finally found you two. That one has got the boot on it,

0:30:490:30:53

-which I think is really nice.

-Very nice, yeah.

0:30:530:30:55

Now, the other one, I thought was really interesting.

0:30:550:30:58

It is a little bit fox.

0:30:580:31:01

But again, it's a really nice name. You've got Blackburn.

0:31:010:31:03

-My tailors.

-So the question is, Ewan, do you like them now

0:31:030:31:06

-you've had a chance to look at them?

-Yeah, they are very nice,

0:31:060:31:10

like I say. At the end of the day, they're ones I haven't got and,

0:31:100:31:13

as you can see, I'm a bit of an addict.

0:31:130:31:15

-So I suppose I would be interested in them.

-I was thinking maybe for

0:31:150:31:18

the nice one, perhaps somewhere around 60, 70?

0:31:180:31:23

And maybe for the one that is a little bit stained,

0:31:230:31:27

sort of 40-ish? 30, 40, you think?

0:31:270:31:32

-Perhaps?

-Yeah, I will give you 30 for that one.

-OK.

-I will give you

0:31:320:31:35

-30 for that one.

-Right.

-But this one is a little bit...

0:31:350:31:38

a little bit steep at 60.

0:31:380:31:40

-Is it?

-Just a bit.

0:31:400:31:42

I'll give you £80 for the two of them. How would you feel about that?

0:31:420:31:46

Could you, just...just to help me a wee bit, could you just go to 90?

0:31:460:31:52

I'll meet you halfway. 85, isn't it?

0:31:520:31:55

-You drive a hard bargain.

-I do.

-85 it is.

0:31:550:31:58

She strikes a deal and illuminates her balance sheet

0:31:580:32:02

with £20 profit, then

0:32:020:32:03

spurred on by her success, sells her vintage earrings to vintage dealer

0:32:030:32:07

Marie-Claire in Hay-on-Wye.

0:32:070:32:09

-I think probably around 50 is going to be my best, Kate.

-Really?

0:32:090:32:12

-I'm sorry, I couldn't give you any more than that.

-Well, you know,

0:32:120:32:16

a profit is a profit at the end of the day.

0:32:160:32:18

-Let's do it.

-Fantastic.

-Thank you.

0:32:180:32:21

Yes, it might only be £2, but every little helps.

0:32:210:32:25

James has packed the games board that cost him £40

0:32:270:32:30

and headed to London,

0:32:300:32:31

hoping to make his fortune from his friend, backgammon player Jules.

0:32:310:32:36

-Now here is the...

-Wow!

-..the Damascus board.

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Well, it's beautiful, isn't it? Beautiful. Mother-of-pearl?

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All this, mother-of-pearl. And the incredible intricate mosaic.

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I mean, the degree of work that goes into these is incredible.

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You know, this is bone and, you know, hardwood and softwood.

0:32:510:32:54

-You like the board.

-It's a beautiful board.

0:32:540:32:56

This is a really good sort of bridge, isn't it?

0:32:560:32:58

-That's not a bad bar, they call it.

-Bar.

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Some of the tiny little bits of wood here that have just come away.

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It's a... Yeah, it's a nice board. I mean, make me an offer.

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-Well, I was hoping for 200 quid.

-Oof!

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I was thinking more along £30 to £40.

0:33:100:33:12

JAMES LAUGHS

0:33:120:33:14

-So we are miles apart here, aren't we?

-Yeah.

-The board is not antique.

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I mean, I can come up a bit, but not a whole lot.

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I'll give you £50 for it.

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I think I'd want more than that, Julesy.

0:33:220:33:25

-80 is a good buy.

-You think so?

-Yeah.

-I'm not sure if I think so.

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THEY LAUGH

0:33:280:33:31

-Um...

-I'd give you a tickle on it.

-OK, I'd say I'd split...

-70.

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-70 is fine.

-70. Go on, well done.

-Done.

-Well done.

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James took a gamble there,

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but Lady Luck was smiling and he adds £30 to his balance sheet.

0:33:400:33:44

And that £30 profit brings us to the halfway mark, so let's find

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out who's dancing out front and who's dragging their feet.

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So far, James has sold three of his six items and made £105.

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Kate has sold the same number of items,

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but earned just £62 profit.

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So, Bingo has the sweet smell of success tantalising his nostrils,

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and he's ready to charge onwards.

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So, with the wind in his sails and the ship's wheel

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in his hands, Captain Bingo navigates his way

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to the coastal Sussex town of St Leonards-on-Sea.

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# Somewhere beyond the sea... #

0:34:260:34:32

The wheel cost James £50,

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but can he steer antiques dealer Robert towards a higher price?

0:34:330:34:38

-Get it in your hands, Robert.

-Oh, super. Yeah, nice.

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-You see these, don't you, on small boats?

-Yeah.

0:34:400:34:44

-The size is comparable to the rudder size.

-Oh, I see.

0:34:440:34:48

It is rather a nice one. How much are you looking for?

0:34:480:34:52

-I'm looking for big money, Robert.

-Are you?

-I want three...

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You know, only three figures for this.

0:34:540:34:57

-And what would that be?

-What do you think it's worth? What, 150?

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Oh, I think that's a little bit much.

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I think it needs to be really near the £100.

0:35:030:35:07

£100 mark? OK.

0:35:070:35:09

-Special price to you, Robert, 110.

-110, that sounds brilliant.

0:35:090:35:12

-Go on, put it there. Put it there.

-I'll buy that from you. Thank you.

0:35:120:35:15

You're going to put it on your riverboat now, aren't you?

0:35:150:35:18

-I will, yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:35:180:35:20

Anchors aweigh, Bingo!

0:35:200:35:22

He more than doubled his money, making a bracing profit of £60.

0:35:220:35:25

Desperate to fight back, though,

0:35:260:35:28

Kate makes a delicious £75 on her Victorian cake stand

0:35:280:35:33

when she sells it to Hereford tea shop owners

0:35:330:35:35

Asanghar and Michelle...

0:35:350:35:37

120.

0:35:370:35:39

..and then moves quickly on to potential sale number five,

0:35:390:35:42

her mid-20th century Swiss sledge.

0:35:420:35:45

Now, I think my sledge was a bargain at the antiques fair,

0:35:450:35:48

and I'm bringing it to some Christmas tree growers

0:35:480:35:51

here in Herefordshire.

0:35:510:35:53

Now, they have a lovely seasonal display, a winter wonderland,

0:35:530:35:57

and I'm really hoping my sledge will fit in.

0:35:570:36:01

It set her back £20, but will owners Colin and Davina put her on the path

0:36:010:36:06

to profit or will it be an uphill struggle?

0:36:060:36:09

This is what I've brought you, which is actually, I have to say,

0:36:090:36:12

-a pretty good sledge.

-It's a lovely sledge.

-It's good.

0:36:120:36:15

It's a great size.

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You can certainly get two little kiddies on there.

0:36:160:36:19

I don't know, Davina and I will probably be in it,

0:36:190:36:21

-going down the back...

-Looking at that slope...

0:36:210:36:24

You could get a fair lick-up down there.

0:36:240:36:26

-What does it say?

-It says... It's made of ash and oak, I think.

0:36:260:36:30

And it's stamped Davos.

0:36:300:36:33

Now, only the pukka sledges are stamped Davos,

0:36:330:36:35

which refers to the place in Switzerland.

0:36:350:36:38

I think it has a bit of age to it, but it is certainly not antique.

0:36:380:36:41

-So, what do you think?

-Yeah.

0:36:410:36:42

Is it the kind of thing that would go well in your display?

0:36:420:36:45

Let me turn that back round.

0:36:450:36:46

-I've got an idea of the position that it could go.

-Yeah, I think so.

0:36:460:36:51

Well, I know I said to you somewhere between £60 to £90.

0:36:510:36:54

-The 90 sounds a little bit dear.

-OK.

-Quite a lot dear, actually.

0:36:540:36:59

DAVINA LAUGHS

0:36:590:37:00

Could you come up to 80?

0:37:000:37:02

-Do you think we should go the 80?

-I think we should.

-We'll go the 80.

0:37:020:37:05

-We'll never get something like that again.

-No, we won't get it again.

0:37:050:37:08

-It's lovely.

-OK, 80 it is.

-Sure?

-Yes.

-Brilliant.

0:37:080:37:10

I'm going to shake your hand before you change your mind.

0:37:100:37:13

Thank you very much, Kate.

0:37:130:37:14

What an impressive bit of money-making from Miss Bliss.

0:37:140:37:18

She quadruples her investment and glides away with a £60 profit.

0:37:180:37:22

Now she just needs to pop the sledge into its new home.

0:37:220:37:25

Sort of like that.

0:37:250:37:28

Pressies on the top.

0:37:280:37:30

I think that looks fantastic.

0:37:300:37:32

And with that, Kate slides into the lead.

0:37:320:37:35

I don't think my sledge could've found a better home.

0:37:350:37:37

There's a good bit of profit in the kitty too.

0:37:370:37:40

I'm picking up speed, Bingo.

0:37:400:37:42

Well, with two items left to sell,

0:37:420:37:44

clever old James has replaced the seats on his stools

0:37:440:37:47

and zeroed in on Belgian restaurant owner Stephane in Eastbourne...

0:37:470:37:52

-Thank you, Stephane.

-No problem, pleasure.

-BOTH:

-Thank you.

0:37:520:37:55

..selling them for a profit of £32.26 after restoration costs.

0:37:550:38:00

With just his folding table to shift, Bingo has cast his net wide

0:38:000:38:04

and headed to Hastings. It cost £20,

0:38:040:38:07

but can he reel in a bit more from Mick at the Fishermen's Museum?

0:38:070:38:11

Feel the weight of this, Mick.

0:38:110:38:13

-I've come here to sell you something.

-Oh, no. No, no.

0:38:130:38:16

No, I'm afraid so.

0:38:160:38:18

Made of, I think, teak. And I like this sort of...

0:38:180:38:22

What do you call these? Sort of like hatch covers, are they?

0:38:220:38:25

-They're gratings.

-Gratings.

-They're called gratings.

0:38:250:38:27

I thought, with the grating, I thought it would go quite well.

0:38:270:38:31

But the lovely thing about it -

0:38:310:38:33

I always think weight is a sign of quality.

0:38:330:38:37

-Eh...

-Do you think the museum would have a nice use for that?

0:38:370:38:40

-Well, I expect we could find somewhere to put it.

-Yeah.

0:38:400:38:43

And in fact, funny enough, it's a humble object,

0:38:430:38:46

and you'll think, in a of couple years' time,

0:38:460:38:49

"How did we survive without James' lovely folding table?"

0:38:490:38:54

-That's what you be saying, isn't it, Mick?

-Not necessarily.

0:38:540:38:57

-JAMES LAUGHS

-How about 35 for it, Mick?

0:38:570:39:00

-MICK SIGHS DEEPLY

-Oh, dear.

0:39:000:39:02

Go on, what do you think it's worth to you? What do you think, 30?

0:39:020:39:06

I wouldn't say that it all. No, no.

0:39:060:39:08

Oh, dear, now he's going to get tough on me, isn't he?

0:39:080:39:10

-I'd reckon 20.

-20...

0:39:100:39:12

I tell you what, split the difference,

0:39:120:39:15

don't put yourself in a corner, 25.

0:39:150:39:18

25, come on. Put it down there.

0:39:180:39:20

-OK then, you've pushed me into it.

-Well done.

0:39:200:39:23

Yes, that's a £5 profit in the bag.

0:39:230:39:25

And it's a full house for Bingo.

0:39:250:39:27

So the pressure is on for Kate to sell her final items.

0:39:270:39:31

She takes the £85 silver sugar shaker to Glasbury-on-Wye

0:39:310:39:36

restaurant manager Kate...

0:39:360:39:38

-160?

-160 is great. Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-That's super.

0:39:380:39:42

..and almost doubles her money, adding a sweet £75 to her coffer.

0:39:420:39:47

With the finish line looming and time ticking away,

0:39:480:39:51

Kate targets a cafe on the River Wye

0:39:510:39:54

and hopes owner Jane can give her old £80 clock a new home.

0:39:540:39:59

I love the look you have in here.

0:39:590:40:02

I'm thinking that my clock might fit in quite well.

0:40:020:40:04

My clock has a very industrial look, and this of course

0:40:040:40:08

is cast-aluminium, so it is incredibly heavy,

0:40:080:40:12

if you want to have a feel of it.

0:40:120:40:13

It's really light and simple, isn't it?

0:40:130:40:15

-That's what I...

-Yes, it is.

-It's lovely.

0:40:150:40:18

I was told by the person I bought it from that it came

0:40:180:40:21

out of a French factory.

0:40:210:40:22

You can see the remnants of the dirt there, which I quite like.

0:40:220:40:26

-Yes.

-It shows you it's a genuine piece.

-Yes.

0:40:260:40:28

-It's ready to go.

-I really like it. I do really like it.

0:40:280:40:31

I've had a clock in here that I just haven't liked for ages

0:40:310:40:34

and I've been looking for one, so this is amazing. I love it.

0:40:340:40:37

-Well, it's very handy for me.

-Yeah, very handy.

-Opportune.

-It is.

0:40:370:40:40

Well, because it is an original sort of '50s piece, it's

0:40:400:40:44

in great condition, all in working,

0:40:440:40:47

I was hoping for somewhere around sort of 220, something like that.

0:40:470:40:52

How does that sound?

0:40:520:40:55

Well, Kate's definitely trying her hardest.

0:40:550:40:57

This sale could make all the difference.

0:40:570:41:00

But before we reveal all, let's have a quick reminder of how much

0:41:000:41:04

they spent at the antiques fair.

0:41:040:41:06

Having each started the day with £750 to spend,

0:41:070:41:11

James bought six items and spent £437.74,

0:41:110:41:15

including restoration costs.

0:41:150:41:17

Kate bought seven items, spending a total of £383.

0:41:170:41:22

But who made the most profits?

0:41:220:41:25

All the money that James and Kate have made from today's

0:41:250:41:28

challenge will go to charities of their choice, so let's find

0:41:280:41:30

out who is today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:300:41:34

-Well, hello.

-Hi.

-On this blustery afternoon.

0:41:350:41:39

It is sort of sailing weather, isn't it?

0:41:390:41:41

Yeah, cos you had a bit of a marine theme going on, didn't you?

0:41:410:41:44

Yeah, I had my nice little model boat that somebody really loved

0:41:440:41:47

and that funny ship's wheel.

0:41:470:41:49

What about that funny ship's wheel? How did that go?

0:41:490:41:52

It was more difficult than I thought, one of my last sales.

0:41:520:41:55

-And you?

-Well, my sledge, which I loved as soon as I saw it,

0:41:550:42:00

-that went whizzing along.

-Good.

0:42:000:42:02

Oh, my little pickle forks were a very small purchase,

0:42:020:42:05

but I had lots of fun learning how to make a lovely pickle.

0:42:050:42:09

-It's a learning process.

-It's a learning curve.

-It really is.

0:42:090:42:13

-Yeah. Come on, I'm...

-Come on.

-The suspense is killing me.

-Come on.

0:42:130:42:16

Ready, steady...

0:42:160:42:17

Go!

0:42:170:42:19

-Oh!

-Yes! Well done, you.

-Yes!

0:42:190:42:22

Just-ish.

0:42:220:42:23

There is no just in it, there's about £180.

0:42:230:42:28

JAMES LAUGHS

0:42:280:42:30

-Well done, you.

-Oh, brilliant.

-Well done.

-I think it must have been...

0:42:300:42:34

-What was it?

-..the sledge, actually.

0:42:340:42:36

-The sledge, really?

-It's going to be a bad winter.

0:42:360:42:39

Yes, indeed, the sledge helped.

0:42:390:42:41

But it was also the sale of her 1950s wall clock that pushed her

0:42:410:42:44

past the winning post...

0:42:440:42:46

How does just the very round 200 sound?

0:42:460:42:49

Why don't we settle on 180?

0:42:490:42:51

-Can you go just a tiny bit and say 190?

-190, it's a deal.

0:42:510:42:54

..making a timely £110 profit and making Kate the winner.

0:42:540:42:59

Chuffed, that's the word. I am really chuffed.

0:42:590:43:02

And all that hard work has paid off.

0:43:020:43:04

I was pleased with my sales, but Kate did much better than I.

0:43:040:43:08

Oh, well, you can't win them all.

0:43:080:43:10

Yes, James will be doing all he can to redeem himself

0:43:100:43:13

tomorrow in the ultimate antiques challenge -

0:43:130:43:16

the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Showdown.

0:43:160:43:19

Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton compete to make the most money from buying and selling antiques and collectables. The pair head to an antiques fair in Peterborough, but who will be the winner?