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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that pitches TV's
best-loved antiques experts against each other
in an all-out battle for profit.
Let's make hay while that sun shines.
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a difference daily
-I've got a heavy profit here.
putting their reputations on the line...
They'll give you the insider's view of the trade...
..along with their top tips and savvy secrets...
That could present a problem.
..showing you how to make the most money...
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..from buying and selling.
Get in there!
Coming up: David reveals that old age is all the rage
when it comes to leather.
I love worn-out leather.
It just improves with age.
You can't get that patination without use, abuse and wear.
Phil's haggling technique backfires.
15, I could do.
-Now it's 225.
-No! No, no, no!
And when it comes to selling, it's all about knowing the right lingo.
You'd use this to swing the thingy-thing.
Swing this dingly-dongler, I think we call it in the trade.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Welcome, one and all, to our foreign foray.
Today, we're in Maastricht antiques market in Holland,
famed for its cheese, tulips and the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh,
and of course, the European Union.
In this historic city,
50 stalls of wondrous wares await our dealers as they battle to buy,
sell and earn a winning profit.
First up, it's our fancier of finery.
He knows his Rembrandts from his rubbish.
With his eyes on the prize and a head for haggling,
it's "Devilish" David Harper.
I'm hovering like a hyena.
And trying to beat David
is a man whose antiques artistry knows no bounds.
A forward thinker of fortune with a penchant for the priceless,
it's Phil "The Fox" Serrell.
I can feel a bit of a spend coming on.
They both have £750 worth of their own euros to spend as they go
head-to-head to make a profit,
which will all be sent to our dealers' chosen charities.
So, David Harper and Phil Serrell,
it's time to put your money where your mouth is.
-You know what they say about you, Dave. You never 'mass a tricht'.
-Topical, you see!
-Oh, I can't beat it, Phil.
-It's best not to, really.
-I thought we were in Belgium. Where are we?
-I've been telling you for days we're going to Holland.
-Right. How much money have you got?
-We've got £750...
-And a lot of stalls to go round.
-It looks good.
Shall we try and find something vernacular?
-Vernacular? What, clogs?
-Well, you know, local to the area. A bit of cheese.
-Cheese and clogs!
-See you later on.
Mmm, so now our big spenders have agreed on where they are
and which souvenirs they're going to take back home,
it's time to get down to business, and with "The Fox" out of ear shot,
"Devilish" can dish the dirt.
Right, fantastic, away from Phil Serrell and his dreadful jokes,
that I've heard 48,000 times.
I'm on my own in a foreign fair,
so I'm going to be looking for something out of the ordinary.
Not the kind of thing you might find at a British fair.
So I'm looking for a little bit of continental flair.
Yes, David's plan is to get right in there with the curious continental collectables.
Whereas for Phil, that's the one thing that's worrying him.
Foreign markets are great. I absolutely love them.
The thing is, you really are a fish out of water here because you're
looking at things that are very local and specific to this area,
and I'm going to buy them here and take them back home.
Is that a clever thing to do?
Well, yes, Phil, that's exactly what you're here to do.
Hmm, while Phil ponders on his position,
David is like the early bird.
The very, very early bird.
Hold on, where is everybody?
I think this is the trick, you know. Get here early
and watch things unload. But have you noticed? There are no buyers.
There's only Phil Serrell and me. I can't believe it!
Here is a massive opportunity for people to get here and bag the best
pieces. If this was in England, I think it'd be teeming with buyers.
With "Devilish" confident that he's got the market almost to himself,
it's not long before he spots a wall light he likes the look of.
Now, let's see how much of the local lingo that he's learned.
Hello, there, good morning. Um, I don't speak Dutch, I'm afraid.
Er, none, then. Do you speak English?
-A little bit.
-Oh, good. A little bit is enough.
-How much is the little wall light there?
I don't know where I'd go with that one. What else have you got? What about this doggy here?
Is this a greyhound? Oh, he's actually a pot.
Terracotta, I think.
No great age to him.
-A broken paw there. How much is the doggie?
Um, can I give you 20?
-20. You're a delight.
Thank you very much, thank you very much. I've bought myself a pet.
David's porcelain pooch sets him back 20 euros,
or £14.81 when converted.
And his new pet is already pulling at his heartstrings.
Now, come on. Who could fail to fall in love with that face?
Isn't she just absolutely gorgeous?
A good-sized greyhound or a whippet, probably 20-30 years old,
the odd chip here and there, a little scar down her neck,
but this all adds to her character.
She is absolutely gorgeous, and we as a nation, the British,
love our animals.
And I'm going to find someone who falls desperately in love with this
So, along with his canine companion, David is off the blocks.
Meanwhile, Phil is on the hunt for his first purchase,
and it appears he's looking for the finer things today.
This is a tuning-fork watch.
If you keep it to your ear, you will hear it hum.
Zzzzz! And that's the humming of your tuning fork.
-And that is 350?
-OK, thank you much indeed.
But it seems the price tags on the things he likes...
..are a little too high.
How much are the tiles, please?
No good. There's no middle ground at this fair.
Things are either really cheap and, actually, not too much quality,
or really expensive.
Yes, Phil's struggling with his pricing points today
and is keeping his euros under wraps for now.
But across the market...
This fair is tiny, but brilliant.
Really interesting objects.
And, I think, incredibly cheap.
Ah, well, there's one man that doesn't agree with you,
but he's just spotted something he likes the look of.
A bit of automotive memorabilia.
-How much, please?
-Could you take ten euros?
-Oh, look at the look on his face. Look at the look on his face,
Hmm, recognise that, do you, Phil?
15. I'll have that off you.
-Yes, thank you very much.
Yes, Phil knows a good deal when he sees it, and those shallow pockets get
some action as he bags his first buy of the day
for 15 euros, or £11.11.
This is from that great golden era when Those Magnificent Men In Their
Flying Machines and Monte Carlo Or Bust! and all that sort of stuff.
So you've got the early days of motoring and the earlier days of aviation,
and wouldn't it be just lovely if this came from this period?
It doesn't. It's out of period.
This poster's probably ten or 20 years old.
But I think it's quite stylistic. It conveys a really good,
strong image, and I'm hoping I'm going to find somebody who is either
into their flying, or their cars, who might want a poster.
Or perhaps someone with a flying car! Ha-ha!
Close by, David is still looking for the unusual.
But it appears that when he said he wanted collectables from the
continent, he wasn't necessarily limiting himself to the European one.
I'll tell you what, tribal art is a fascinating area.
Right now, I'm very much into this sort of ethnic carving.
But you have to really understand it thoroughly, or otherwise,
you can badly get your fingers burnt.
It's going to take me a couple of years probably of reading, studying,
handling before I feel completely and utterly confident
to go out there and spend big money on this stuff.
It's a minefield but massively fascinating.
Yes, very sensible.
Meanwhile, Phil is still being cautious with his cash.
And back it goes.
This could be a long day.
How much is that?
-It's 700 and...
-No, too much for me.
After a close inspection of almost every item on the stall,
Phil finds a pair of white metal vintage pens and a
Napoleonic-style, early 20th century straw trinket box.
But there's that all-important question again.
What is the very, very best you can do for those two?
-50 euros together?
-I'll have both those. Thank you very much.
Well, we got there in the end, and Phil gets two pens
and the straw box for a combined price
of just over £37 when converted.
So, what made him splash the cash?
Boys and their toys.
Now, I've got a ballpoint pen and a fountain pen.
I think they're really cool things.
White metal overlay cut and they would adorn and grace any gentleman's desk.
And at the money I paid, there's got to be a profit in these.
And for me, the real little treasure is this straw workbox.
French prisoners of war got straw,
coloured it and split it and covered boxes and they made things just like
this. It's a real good old-fashioned antique and there's got to be a
-profit in that.
-And that double purchase means that our
hard-bargaining Brit now has three items to his opponent's one.
But on the other side of the market,
David could be ringing up his next purchase.
Any idea where that's from?
And dated 1911 as well.
That's handy. Is it a ship's bell?
-From a ship, yeah?
-It's a good sound.
-Good sound, is it?
-You can try it.
That would wake the sailors up!
You can hear it from one mile.
-A mile! Is that the idea?
That's very powerful. What sort of price is that?
-It's not expensive at all.
-I don't think I could say no to that.
I think I'm going to say yes. Thank you very much.
Without even a haggle,
David chimes in his second purchase and spends just over £11.
Mmm, someone feels like they're getting good deals today.
HE RINGS BELL
-Time to go shopping.
-Well, there is just a little snag with that.
This is it. We have kind of come to the end of the fair.
It's a tiny little fair, in actual fact.
That's it! But lots of stuff and it's certainly cheap,
there's no doubt about it.
Yes, David's wallet is still bursting at the seams and,
as he heads back to the stalls, he finds somewhere to rest it.
So, this thing is a low table
designed as a little smoker's table or a wine table.
What's nice about it...
It's a real thing. It's not a repro.
It shows it as well.
People may criticise it because it has been kicked and dropped so many
times. It has seen action, this thing, which, to me, adds great character.
Now, "Devilish", what were you just saying about this being a cheap market?
Probably not much more than five euros.
-60. 60 euros.
Oh, 6-0. Oh!
Sorry, language barrier.
Yeah, sure, sure.
-Can it be 40 euros?
-50 will be my best price.
-I'm going to have it for 50 euros. Thank you.
Thank you very much indeed.
-A good piece of period Art Deco.
Clap your eyes on that beauty.
Maybe not as cheap as he would have liked,
but David snaps up this faux tortoiseshell side table
And that brings us up to the midway point.
So, how much have they spent so far?
With £750 worth of euros to spend,
David has so far bought three pieces and spent £62.96,
which leaves him just over £687 in his kitty.
Phil "The Fox" had a slow start,
but has also got three items and spent just £48.15,
leaving him with over £701 to attack the second half.
But before that, they have time for a quick catch up.
Wow! It's not getting any warmer, that's for sure.
And, I tell you what, this is a really interesting fair.
I can't believe there are no buyers here.
-I think the stuff is really cheap.
-They don't get up, do they?
They're sensible, but they should be up because I reckon there are some stonking bargains.
-The early bird and all that.
-We're a pair of early...
-Talking of which,
-I haven't got time. I've got to get buying.
Well, have you ever seen Phil move so fast?
Could it be that David said something he didn't like
the sound of? Perhaps it was that "C" word - cheap.
David has been doing this for many,
many years, and if there is something cheap out there,
you can bet your bottom dollar he'll go and find it,
so I'll have to get my skates on and really concentrate now.
So, all geed up and ready to sink some of his money into this market,
Phil homes in on some vintage leather luggage.
-How much is that, please?
-It's real leather.
-Yeah. Pigskin. Yeah.
It's a lovely thing, isn't it? But you've got to sort the interior out, haven't you?
You've got to line this, really, haven't you?
-What's your best price?
-Would 50 euros buy it?
Yeah, it's OK.
Thank you. I can go on my holidays now, look.
Well, he certainly dipped into his holiday fund with his fourth and most
expensive item so far,
spending just over £37.
But there's more going on here than meets the eye.
Everything in life is not always what it seems.
This looks like a suitcase, but it hasn't been. If you look inside,
this was originally fitted out, probably for a gentleman's vanity case.
I think the way forward is to line this and you've then got
a really cool,
probably pigskin vintage case.
I'd love to own that.
I just hope someone else feels the same way.
The gentleman's vanity case gives Phil a 4-3 advantage and,
with his chokehold on the cash loosening,
it's not long before he spots another potential purchase.
-But what is it?
-How much is that, please?
-It's interesting, isn't it?
-Made out of oak. Yeah.
-PHIL KNOCKS ON ITEM
-It's for shoes.
-For cleaning things, is it?
What's the best you can do it for?
Would 15 euros be good?
-Thank you very much.
So, Phil pays £11.11 for the box,
but he thinks it wasn't made for shoes but for salt.
This is probably mid-19th century, made out of oak,
and I think in England that's worth probably between £40 and £80,
something like that. So, at 15 euros,
I'm kind of hoping there's a profit in that.
So, Phil is hoping for a healthy return on his investment.
And, with that, "The Fox" has nudged ahead with five purchases to David's
three. Meanwhile, our "Devilish"
is still looking for the unusual.
Now, strike a pose.
That is a tiny, tiny mannequin.
Never seen a mannequin so small.
Shop fitting type things are very, very good news in actual fact,
but they've got to have a bit of style as well. It's lost the style.
I know, darling! It's so last season!
Oh, have a look at that, though.
You know what I want? A man-bag.
Seriously, I've been thinking for ages about getting a man-bag.
Good leather gets better with age.
How much for the man-bag?
Do you wear a man-bag?
-No, not everybody can get away with wearing a man-bag.
Mmm, I bet you can, though, David.
How old is it? Ten, 20 years old?
You think it's as old as that? Cool.
You can have it for 20.
So, as soon as I model it, obviously I look so rubbish,
it goes down in price!
Marvellous! 20 euros, that's great, actually.
It's very cool. You should wear a man-bag.
You would suit a man-bag.
OK, I'm going to buy a man-bag, but not for myself.
I need to find a friend, who is a man, who wants a man-bag.
I'll have it. Thank you.
-You, too. Get a man-bag.
Sorry, what type of bag was it?
Let's just review to find out.
You know what I want? A man-bag.
-Sorry, come again?
I've been thinking for ages about getting a man-bag.
man-bag. man-bag, man-bag, man bag...
Got it! So, our fashionista of finery picked up his
"you know what" bag for £14.81
and has fulfilled a lifelong dream.
You know, this is a very big day for me.
This is the day that I first buy a man-bag.
I've always wanted one.
I love worn out leather.
It just improves with age.
You can't get that patination without use,
abuse and wear, and it's fantastic.
Date-wise, the chap thinks it's 1960s.
I think it's a bit later, but I don't think it matters.
It's good quality, nice, thick stitching. Good, thick leather.
Worn in all the right places. Loads of pockets and slips.
It's just brilliant. You can fill it with all sorts of rubbish.
This is it. It is now mine.
I am going to attempt to sell it, obviously.
But in the meantime, before I do sell it, I'm going to wear it.
# Papa's got a brand-new bag... #
Yes, very nice.
And that means our designer dealer is trailing Phil by one item now.
"The Fox" has gone from a gentle simmer to a hot boiled bargainer
as he turns up the heat with his next seller.
So, tell me about these stoves.
-How much is that one?
-But that's sort of Art Deco-ey, isn't it?
-That's Art Deco, yes.
I like that one.
-It's a good one.
-And how much is that one?
-You see, I was thinking a lot less than that.
Oh! You can try...
-I can try.
-But I have the freedom to say no.
Absolutely right, yeah.
I'll give you 200 euros for it and that's me finished.
I haven't got any more. 200 euros.
Phil's not getting the deal he wants.
-215 I could do.
Oh, it looks like the market's got the better of him.
-Now it's 225 again.
-No, no, no.
What about... Look, if I gave you 205 and that gives me a chance.
-You're a gentleman.
Thank you, thank you.
Having left a big impression all over the seller's scarf,
Phil walks away a happy camper, getting his wood burner for 205 euros,
One of the things I love about this business is the way we recycle
everything. This is a cast French stove from about 1900, 1940,
something like that. But we can still use it today.
This would look great in one of the yurts, if you want to go glamping.
My only real regret is I didn't get some wood to put on it, because it is so blooming cold.
# Relight my fire... #
He might have been economic with his euros all day. Phil's final purchase,
though, has also been the biggest and means he can beat a triumphant
-Well, that's me finished, shopped up.
And this has been a really interesting antiques market
because it's not that big, but there are some really good things here,
and some not such good things here. I just hope that
my, uh, eyes haven't let me down.
Well, you've certainly been watching your wallet closely enough!
Now, with dozens of stalls to choose from,
David ends up at the vendor where Phil bought his wood burner.
And while "The Fox" turned on some very suspect tears to good effect,
David is brewing a charm offensive.
Who fancies a rather nice cup of tea?
I've just been talking to this lovely chap here about a fascinating
-And amazing that it still has its gas connector.
The gas came out of the wall...
-..so that they had tea or hot water all the time.
It's amazing. And then you don't
have to actually take it off its cradle, you simply pour like so.
-You're missing a bit on the handle.
-No, I don't think so.
-It's coming away.
-This is original.
-Yeah, that is original,
but the wicker would have come all the way to the end.
I don't think they'd leave that raw, would they?
It's not actually a criticism of it.
I think it's just a sign that it is very original.
This was a very, very posh bit of kit.
I mean, this was for somebody with a lot of money.
-Talking of money...
-150 euros for it.
-Could it be much cheaper?
-My best price would be 125.
-125, thank you very much. Yeah, thank you.
So, David's cooking on gas and secures his kettle
for a hefty £92.59.
You know, I really can't tell you how interesting this thing is to me.
It's not just a kettle on a stand.
It is so incredibly modern.
When youthink it was designed and made in the late 19th century,
it's incredible. It's almost spaceship style.
In completely original condition.
This is the absolute height of fashion
and very expensive, circa 1890,
and the fact that it's still plumbed in for its gas is mind-blowing.
More tea, Vicar?
And with that, the buying is done and a heady day of canvassing,
negotiating and procuring all manner of wonderful wares comes to an end.
It's time to see what our dealers have spent.
From a £750 budget,
David found the bargains today and bought five items
Phil bought six items and spent much more,
Well, that was the fair that was, wasn't it?
Not bad for our first visit to Holland.
I've really, really enjoyed it. We've got a great Dutch takeaway. It was a good old fair, wasn't it?
Great fair. Look at this! Such a continental environment.
-It feels distinctly different, doesn't it?
-Yeah. So, go on, tell me.
Out of all yours, which is your very favourite piece?
The best object, probably, is the kettle.
-It's quite a cool looking thing, isn't it?
You take it home, plug it into your gas system...
-Blow yourself up!
But my man-bag, I've never bought a man-bag before.
-I like that.
-I saw you wearing a man bag the other day and I was admiring it.
-No man should be without a bag.
-Absolutely right, yeah, yeah.
On the luggage front, you see, I love that.
-That, I would use that.
-It's such a good case, isn't it? Really, really lovely.
I tell you what, it's getting that cold here, have you got any wood I for the fire?
-We could do with it actually.
-I've got a mistake, though, I think.
Phil, we both love cars, so you'd be expected to buy that.
Yeah, I know, I know. And I couldn't help myself, but I don't think there's much profit in it.
But, hey-ho! So, we've done the really easy part, haven't we?
-Buying is just a doddle.
-And it's good fun buying. Love it!
-Yeah, but the tough part is selling it.
-Well, we've got a long train journey.
-We can plot, scheme and plan our selling strategies.
-I've got an idea.
I'm going to buy all of your stuff, and you buy all of my stuff, it's
Selling to each other is, of course, against the rules.
So, instead, our pair of Maastricht maestros must head back to good old
Blighty and uncover their own buyers.
Using all available methods,
David and Phil will scour our green and pleasant land to find perfect
homes for all their foreign loot,
focusing on stacking up the biggest possible profits to go to their chosen charities.
Back at his County Durham digs,
the devilish one is giving his Dutch haul some serious consideration.
I've got to say, that was an amazing experience.
My very first visit to Holland.
Look around you, I mean, come on.
Look at that face of the greyhound. She is absolutely wonderful.
I've spoken to a couple of friends of mine that have two rescue greyhounds
that they are in love with, rightly so.
So, I think, you will be sorted, don't you worry.
The bell, I've spoken to a girl about this, she's very interested.
Her dad toured the world on ships, and she collects anything maritime.
The table is really cool.
And I know the coolest man,
and he loves Art Deco and he loves chrome and he loves black,
and I think he is going to go crazy over that table.
So, David has a few cast iron plans up his sleeve,
but he also needs to find buyers for his late Victorian gas kettle
and that man-bag.
At his Worcestershire lair,
Phil is perusing his pile of precious things.
They've sent me to Holland, and what do I come back with?
Well, I've got a French automobile poster.
I think I might have got that sold to a man who loves cars
and loves posters. I've got a French straw workbox.
I've got a West German pen set,
and I've got this lovely French stove,
which I thought I might struggle with,
but I've found somewhere that I think is going to give it a perfect home.
So all I've come back with, really,
is just a little bit of Dutch courage.
Well, he may need that
as he also needs to find buyers for his salt box and vintage case.
Filled with competitive spirit,
both our eager beavers are raring to get going,
hitting the phones and the internet and the road
in a bid to turn their purchases into profit.
But, remember, no deal is sealed
until a hand is shaken and the money is taken.
Who's this, up bright and early?
Yes, David's launching his selling spree in his hometown of Barnard Castle.
He's taking his £11 ship's bell to show antiques dealer Heidi,
and if she can't see him coming in those trousers,
she'll certainly hear him. BELL RINGS
-Hiya, how are you?
-I've heard all about you.
-All good, I hope?
Well, you might just be able to help me with this bell.
-So there is the bell. MS Bremen.
I mean, I've researched the Bremen there's a number of them...
-And I don't know which one this came from.
There was a Bremen that was launched in 1896...
-..and then dismantled in 1929,
but whether it comes from that ship or not, I'm not sure.
It doesn't half ring,
and the guy I bought it off said to me that these things,
the sound would travel, in fog, one mile. Tiny little bell...
That is loud, yeah.
-Have a feel of it.
It would look lovely hanging on a chain.
And one of these attached.
Now, what's all this about, then?
You would use this, then, to swing the ding-y thing.
Swing this dingley-dongler, I think we call it in the trade.
Well, listen, it's £40.
To be honest, for £40 I won't bargain with you.
-I think £40 is a reasonable price, so I will...
-Fantastic. That doesn't happen very often to me.
I've totally underpriced it.
Thank you very much, Heidi. Been an absolute delight!
David rings up a starting profit of £28.89, but is he happy?
Well, I've got to say, nice sale, lovely, fun person.
But, you know what? It could have been more! Aargh!
Yes, while David goes off to add some more noughts to his price list,
Phil is at the foot of the Malvern Hills,
with the stove that cost him just over £150.
The Fox is hoping he can find a permanent home for it
with holiday park owner Jim.
You've sort of specialised in doing these wonderful
-shepherds' huts, have you?
We started off with just building the one, which I bought as a hobby.
We thought we'd try and let it out, and it went really well, and this
winter we're going to build another one again,
so we'll have four altogether.
I don't know what your budget is for replacing these...
They're not expensive.
See, that's not what I wanted to hear, that, really, Jim.
-That's, just, no, that's not what I hear at all, really.
-What did you want to hear?
-I wanted to hear £300,
-that's what I wanted to hear, Jim.
-Yeah, I did.
-Yeah. See, it's gone quiet again, now, hasn't it?
-The temperature's dropped a little...
It is nice, Philip. Would you take an offer on it?
I suppose I would, cos I want to sell it.
-What's your offer?
I think it's worth close to £300, right?
And I'd like to get as close to it as I can get,
so you make me your very best offer...
-And I will...
It'll be a yay or a nay from me.
OK. What about, what about £250?
-Is that your best?
-I think so, yeah.
All right, OK. I'll shake your hand on that.
Thank you very much indeed. Gosh, he grabbed my hand rather quickly,
didn't he? I've just begun to wonder whether I got myself burned here.
Well, that's still a toasty £98.15 profit,
and the competition is hotting up.
Not to be outdone, dapper David has donned his man-bag,
for hopefully the last time, and catwalked over to Stockton on Tees.
It cost him just under £15,
so fingers crossed his man friend, Chris,
likes the man-bag.
In Holland, everybody - and I mean everybody, it's by law -
men wear man-bags.
Well, I can't believe that, but I do see it's an original.
Yes, it's vintage.
-It's very nice leather.
-What sort of year?
-I would say that's 1970s to '80s, I'm guessing.
About the time I was born.
How much would you pay for a man-bag of that size and that quality, new?
I, I think, brand-new...
-Possibly around £100, £110, but it's used.
But it's got that added, kind of, extra value, because it's vintage.
OK, David, I'll make one offer.
It's a take it or leave it offer.
-And it's £45.
Ooh... So, I will never see that man bag ever again?
Only me wearing it.
I would like to see you wearing the man-bag.
-We have a deal?
-We've got a deal.
-We have a deal.
-Chris, you've made it.
Welcome to the world of man-bags.
Devilish reluctantly relinquishes his handbag, sorry, man-bag,
but at least he has that £30.19 profit to remember it by.
So, David's sold two items to Phil's one,
but Foxy's not in the mood to lag behind,
and is revving his engine back in Worcestershire.
I've got my really cheap car poster and I'm going to try and sell it
to a friend of mine who's got some, well, not so cheap cars.
I just hope there's a little bit of money left in his wallet that
I can try and eek out for my poster.
Well, as long as car enthusiast Will has more than £11 to spend,
Phil will be in the black.
-Nice to see you.
-How are you?
-What do you think, then?
-Well, it'd be better if you turned it round.
Well, you've seen a picture on my phone, haven't you?
-I have, definitely.
-And there's the little beastie, look.
Little, not so little.
-And, erm... I love it cos it's sort of...
For me, it's very evocative of those early days of motoring,
and of aviation as well. Clearly, there is no age to the poster.
I think you and I are older than this is.
And it's missing a bit of wood off the bottom, but I was sort of,
kind of, hoping I might get, I don't know, £40 for it?
Yeah. How would you feel about £18?
Where the hell has £18 come from?
-I made it up. Yeah, well, make another one up.
-I didn't like that at all.
OK, let's say, then, how would you feel about £20?
I don't think too much to £20, Willie, cos it's a lot...
I mean, you're going up in twos, here.
I tell you what, I know you're a fair man,
bearing in mind I asked for £40,
you give me what you think your best shot is.
-And that's your best shot?
-Go on, I'll take you.
Well, Phil is certainly motoring through these sales,
and pockets a steady profit of £13.89.
But, it seems, his work here is not yet done.
While you're hanging around, how about giving my car a bit of a polish?
-And don't... Do it properly, this time, as well.
The things I have to do!
Mind you, I'm sort of polishing a profit, here.
Put some elbow grease in, man!
Now, it's been a busy first half of selling,
and a closely contended fight, so far, but who is in the lead?
Let's take a look and see.
Trailing slightly, David has sold two items,
making a profit of £59.08.
But, in the lead, Phil has also sold two items,
but notched up more profit, £112.04.
Yes, David must now dig deep and fight
for that extra profit to overtake his rival.
Now, back in Worcestershire,
profit rocket Phil is keen to increase his lead, so has
invited pen collector Jonathan to his saleroom to see if his German
scribblers, that cost just over £22, can mark up a bigger margin.
Thank you for coming. Well, first off, how many pens have you got?
About 1,000. Would you like to see an old one?
-So, this is a 1905
sterling silver marked one.
May I look?
Now, what would the value of something like that be?
That one is about £300.
-Because it's, cos it's so fine.
So, now, tell me about these. Tell me how old they are.
Yeah, I would think '70s, '80s.
What might you bid for those, at auction, do you think?
I would hope to get them for around about the £60-£70 mark.
OK. Hope to. That means you might pay a bit more, doesn't it?
-If I asked you for £90 for those, would that be excessive?
That would be excessive. I wouldn't be able to go to £90.
-Would you be able to go to £80?
-I will give you £80 for those.
-Because they're nice pens, and I'll keep them in my collection.
-And you're happy with that?
-I'm happy with that.
-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much.
Phil writes up a neat profit of just under £58.
And, keen to add even more money to his coffer,
sells his mid-19th century salt box to antiques dealer Ian,
-I could push you to £70.
-Well, I'll shake your hand, my friend.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you, Phil.
..sprinkling another £58.89
on top of his ever-growing pile of well-earned riches.
So, David is still second in a two dog race.
But, he's made his way to South Buckinghamshire,
in the hopes of finding a home for his terracotta greyhound.
He's meeting friend Anthony and his doggies,
Swift Chocolate Orange, yes, and Polaris,
but will he be able to sniff out more than the £15 he paid for it?
So they're both rescue dogs, aren't they?
-You are gorgeous, you really are!
Now, talking of gorgeous creatures, I mean...
Could you get any more gorgeous than the creature that I purchased,
with you in mind, whilst in Maastricht?
I'm guessing the model is of a greyhound.
It could be. I think it's either a greyhound,
an Italian greyhound or a whippet.
It's probably more whippet-like, I think.
Although the paws are very large.
I don't think it's a very tasteful piece.
-No, not really.
Is there going to be some good news?
Yes, it does interest me.
-I would like to buy it from you, but then donate it to a charity,
for them to raise funds for greyhounds.
OK. So, I'm going to try and sell you something
that you really don't like,
but you want to donate to a really good cause.
Listen, she owes me almost nothing.
£15, or something.
And I'll offer you £50 for it.
We'll have to high-five on that.
Well, without even needing to beg, roll over or play dead,
David managed to make a £35.19 profit.
He then pops over to London with his Art Deco table,
and sells it to Stewart, a hairdresser, for a snip under £48.
Phil has also been on the case in Malvern,
and sold his vintage travelling case to antiques dealer Jeremy...
-Thank you very much.
..making almost £18 profit.
And it's down to his final sale.
He's cleverly targeted hay and straw dealer Alan
as a possible buyer for his 20th century straw box.
But, can he rake in more than the £14.81 he forked out?
Mr Hughes, how are you?
-Good to see you, my friend.
-Lovely to meet you.
-I'm a farmer's son, you know,
so all this brings back memories to me...
-And I can remember, as an 11-year-old, my job,
my dad's smallholding...
-..was to drive the truck around the fields,
and they'd be loading hay and straw.
Now, what I've brought you is this little chap here, look.
-Now, there's an interesting story behind these, because...
..in the Napoleonic wars, prisoners of war,
to augment their really meagre food rations, they used to make things.
-And they used to make straw workboxes, just like this.
-Now, this is a later one. This isn't an original one.
If it was an original one I should be asking an awful lot of money.
-But, if you look at it,
-you can see all the different strands of straw.
-Right? Straw is almost tubular, isn't it?
It is. Oh, yes, it's tubular. It's hollow. Yes.
It's hollow. So, what they did is they got a splitter...
And they split the straw, and then you just...
-You'd have different...
-..pieces of it, just like that.
-Yeah, I see. Yeah.
-And you just, sort of, lay it on, like that.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah, I see.
And then you got different colours, and you can try and dye them.
-That is incredible, isn't it?
-Did you know that?
-No, I didn't know that.
I can feel the different strands in it, actually.
-It's quite a nice little thing, isn't it?
-It is indeed.
And have you seen anything like this before?
I have never, ever seen or heard of this before.
And it's very fitting in our business, isn't it?
I was hoping I might get around £50 for it.
Well! Were you?
Yeah. It's much, much better to travel in hope
than arrive in disappointment.
Well, I think I'm really, very interested in this little box,
but I think we're just getting a little bit high in the clouds
money, Philip, you know, for me.
Would you accept £40 for it?
I will, sir. You're a gentleman.
Thank you very much. Thank you.
I tell you what, then, you go and put that on the shelf
and I'll carry on doing what you were doing. OK.
He bales up a profit of just over £25,
and gets to relive his farming youth.
Back in London, David has been off the boil with his biggest spend
in Maastricht - a late Victorian copper gas kettle -
but he thinks he's tracked down the perfect buyer,
and is heading to meet Bloomsbury cafe boss Toby.
Remember, it cost just under £93,
so it's full steam ahead with the sales pitch.
I want to introduce you to something that, actually, is very, genuinely,
very special, and designed for hot water for drinks,
but, I think there is much more going on there.
It's got that Arts and Crafts kind of shape...
-But, bearing in mind it's well over 100 years,
-it still has a modern look.
-It does, and it's very brassy.
-Which goes with the sort of livery we've got going here.
We've got a few bits of brass...
-So that, that could fit in, and we have an awful lot of teas.
-Can I pick it up, have a look?
-Go for it.
-The kettle will come away.
-Oh, yeah... OK.
So, it's definitely solid brass, then?
Oh, oh, completely.
I mean, really well constructed. Look at the rivets, here.
Yeah. So, when we talk about Arts and Crafts,
we talk about something that is fundamentally handmade.
Cool, and it's definitely had quite a bit of use.
I'm interested in how much it is - you know,
we're not super lucrative as yet.
OK. Look, honestly, genuinely, it's cheap and cheerful and, you know,
I think it could be more but I need to turn it over quickly...
I'm looking at £140.
-What do you think?
-I think OK.
-Yeah. Yeah, you've got a deal.
Well, David ends his selling spree on a high.
That's a refreshing profit of £47.41, and he's all sold up.
It's almost time to find out who's scaled the dizzy peaks of profit,
and whose dosh has washed down the drain.
First, a quick reminder of how much our experts spent.
Having each started the day with £750, David bought five items,
spending a total of £170.36.
Phil bought six items, costing just over £248,
but who has made the most profit?
All of the money that David and Phil have made from their challenge
will go to charities of their choice, so let's find out
who is our Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
-David, how are you?
-Philip, very good. How are you?
-I tell you what, this is very cool.
-Have you spotted it?
-That's really good, I love that.
-It's a man-bag.
Well, you bought one, didn't you?
I did buy one, but I was unsure whether I was ready for a man-bag...
-Oh, no, no...
-I sold it to my mate - £45.
-Snap his hand off.
-That's really, really good.
Man-bag did me well.
That's fantastic! My best thing was the stove.
-Because I sold it to a man who's sort of into -
I'm not sure what the word is, glamping, but like a shepherd's hut?
-And he was building a new one...
-..and wanted a stove...
-And this was just ideal.
-Did it do you well?
-I made nearly £100 on it.
-Philip Serrell, now I am worried.
-Is it the moment of truth?
-Come on, then.
-Oh, my goodness, gracious me.
-Are we there?
-Shall I count?
Oh, my gosh... You have nailed me, Philip Serrell!
-I think that's down to my stove, you know?
-Well done, you.
-Come on, I'll talk to you about man bags.
-They give you great confidence.
-I need that. I do, I do, I need it...
So, Phil triumphs
and it was the stove that earned him his biggest profit.
This is a very, very strange emotion for me, because I've won,
and that doesn't normally happen.
I can't believe it!
I did so well but Philip Serrell did better.
But, in one way, I'm a winner cos he's really jealous of my man-bag.
But, never fear -
tomorrow David gets the chance to fight back
at a car-boot sale in Chesterfield.