Kate Bliss vs Caroline Hawley Foreign Antiques Market Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


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Kate Bliss vs Caroline Hawley Foreign Antiques Market

Experts from the world of antiques go head to head. Kate Bliss and Caroline Hawley travel to Villeurbanne in Lyon, France.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches TV's

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best-loved antiques experts

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

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I think I see a bargain.

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Each day, one pair of duelling dealers

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will face a mighty challenge.

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Oh, yeah.

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Putting their reputations on the line...

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Ready for battle.

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

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I'm a big boy. I'm a player.

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..along with their top tips

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and savvy secrets...

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It's not all about what you spend, it's about what you make.

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

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It really is war.

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..from buying and selling.

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You've got to be in there like a whippet.

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Coming up, Kate's got a problem with a soggy bottom...

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Oh! It's soaking wet.

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I so wish I hadn't done that.

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..Caroline has the key to an instant makeover...

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It's got a little bit of damage to the mirroring,

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which always makes one look an awful lot better.

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..and Kate's on a rocky road at the biscuit factory.

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Ooh! I'm going... Oh!

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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As the morning sun shines optimistically

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across the French city of Lyon,

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we prepare to follow the epic journey of two fearless explorers,

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as they go in search of valuable new territories and bargain booty

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to bring home to Blighty.

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Trying to land her vessel of valuables first

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is the Columbus of collectables,

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a savvy sailor who'll take no prisoners

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in her quest for silver and gold -

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it's...

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Well, if you want an alarm clock, this is the place to come.

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Up against her is the Vasco da Gama of vintage,

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who'll steer through choppy waters

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and negotiate with the natives...

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-Bonjour, Madame.

-Bonjour.

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..to bag armfuls of amazing artefacts.

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It's...

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If I can't find something amongst all this amazing stuff,

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I'm not worth my salt.

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Today, we've dropped anchor at the Sunday market in Villabon near Lyon,

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where our dauntless dealers have each got £750 worth

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of their own euros to spend on items to sell on,

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and any profit they make will go to their chosen charities.

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But who will bring back the treasures and trinkets

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and whose ship will sink?

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It's time to find out.

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Ah, Caroline.

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-Bonjour.

-Bonjour.

-Mwah! Mwah!

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-Ca va?

-It's fab to be here, isn't it?

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Isn't it gorgeous? What's not to love?

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France, sunshine, brocante.

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Yeah. So, have you had a little bit of a mooch?

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Yes. Yeah. Right over there in those big sheds,

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I think it's really expensive.

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They're more fixed shops that are there every week.

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Putting me off, are you?

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No, no, no. And then the middle bit, there's little shops either side,

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from mid-century right back to 18th century...

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Yeah, yeah, there's a real mix here.

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I mean, you couldn't really get much more variety.

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I mean, there's cast-iron stoves straight out of somebody's house...

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-Yes. Yeah.

-..to reproduction items as well.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, I think we're going to have fun. Let's get going.

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-Bonne chance.

-Bonne chance, cherie.

-Au revoir.

-Au revoir.

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So both our dealers are happy

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with the wide range of untapped treasures on offer.

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Today, Caroline is particularly keen to blow her own trumpet,

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or should that be a French horn?

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I've got one major advantage over Kate in that I speak French,

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and that is going to help me get the best prices and the best deals.

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Ah, tres bon.

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But will The Hawk's superior language skills

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be enough to ground Kate's galleon?

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Well, Caroline, you may speak the lingo,

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you may have been to these markets dozens of times,

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but I've got a fresh set of eyes,

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and I'm on a mission, so watch your back.

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And, on that confident note,

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she skates straight towards her first potential purchase.

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So, ice-skating boots...

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I'm not brilliant at ice-skating, but they're a really fun item.

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In good condition. I would think they are probably '60s in date.

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I'm going to ask how much they are.

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Monsieur...

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-50.

-Bother.

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Erm... Could you do...?

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TRANSLATION:

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-OK.

-25.

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-OK, OK.

-OK?

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-OK, OK.

-Bon! Merci beaucoup.

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Well, "OK" is the same in any language,

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and Kate gets her skates on for just under £22 and takes an early lead.

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Well, these are quite interesting,

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because I think Lico maybe is French.

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I'd like to look it up.

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They are leather.

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They're 1960s, 1970s,

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but, interestingly, the steel blades are marked in English,

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and here we've got "Ice Crown tempered hardened steel",

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so even if the boots are French, the steel blades are English.

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Now, I should imagine in the 1970s, to buy these new,

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they would have been quite expensive,

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and I think there might be a bit of profit in those.

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Across the market, Caroline is hot on Kate's trail,

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and making her first advances into unknown territory.

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Oooh.

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A little hibou or owl.

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Very Lalique, with this lovely opalescent base.

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Ooh, it's 18 euros,

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but I think I might be able to get it even a little bit cheaper.

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Time for The Hawk to show off her French.

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Excusez-moi, madame.

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-Madame.

-Bonjour.

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TRANSLATION:

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Merci beaucoup.

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So Caroline gets her late

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20th-century owl for just over £10.

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Tu-whit, tu-whoo!

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He looks a little bit like Lalique.

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Now, if I turn it over, sadly, there is no Lalique mark.

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He's actually just moulded glass.

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And the quality isn't that of Lalique,

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but I just think it is so superb,

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and for 12 euros, it's a steal.

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Caroline stows her glass owl below decks, and it's one purchase all,

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but not for long if Kate's got anything to do with it.

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She's spotted something she could haul all her treasures home in.

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Bonjour.

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TRANSLATION:

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Ooh.

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It's soaking wet. I so wish I hadn't done that.

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Oh, has anyone got a wipe?

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It's quite a nice hamper.

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Probably would have been used for luggage, I would think,

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when it was made, but unfortunately that metal latch is missing,

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which is a real shame.

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Monsieur...

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TRANSLATION:

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Merci beaucoup.

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So Kate gets her wicker basket for just over £5,

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minus the wet clothes.

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While I love the rustic charm of this piece,

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it probably dates from about 1900, if not a little bit earlier.

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It's a shame that the clasp here is missing, but the rivets, the wood,

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the handles, crucially,

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cos those nearly always go, are all intact.

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I can see this in a grocer's, obviously clean,

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but laden with goodies.

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Miss Bliss may be stacking up the deals,

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but Caroline's drawing a blank,

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and finding things a little too pricey...

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2.30.

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No, too expensive.

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We'll move on.

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Or just money for old rope.

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Hmm...

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Kate, however, is sticking to her mission statement

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and alights on her next potential buyer.

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Oh, now those are pretty.

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And you've got the pair, which is quite nice.

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So they're not particularly old.

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They look to be in good condition, but, of course,

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buying lighting in France means they're wired the French way,

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and to sell than in England

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I've got to bear in mind that I'd have to get them safety-tested,

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and there's a cost.

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Ah, monsieur...

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TRANSLATION:

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That's 80 to you and me.

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-80 euros... Pour le deux?

-Yeah.

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For the pair.

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Mille neuf cent trente ans.

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-1930s?

-Yeah.

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You think maybe? Maybe 1930s.

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Could be older.

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Voila. So I'm just checking the facets.

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One, two, three, four, five, six.

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One, two, three, four, five, six.

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Looks to be all good.

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TRANSLATION:

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In the middle, meet you?

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Yeah, OK. For you.

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-For me.

-For you.

-Bon.

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-Merci beaucoup.

-D'accord.

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So Kate gets a healthy reduction on her chandeliers,

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which cost her just under £39, and her face lights up.

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Well, I've bought this pair for the look rather than the age,

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because if you look a little bit more closely,

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you can see that the stems are moulded glass, not cut glass,

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and actually the facets look quite late.

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So I think these perhaps date from the 1950s,

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and they look as if they've come straight out of a French boudoir,

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where they would have been very elegant.

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Now, for 45 euros, I think they're a snip.

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She'll need to keep some money back for rewiring costs,

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but that's another glistening find for Kate

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to bring home safely in her ship.

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This brings us to the halfway mark.

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Time to find out who's stuck to their course and who's blown off.

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With a £750 budget, Kate's spent a little under £66 on three items,

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leaving over £684 in her kitty.

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Caroline's bought one item for just over £10,

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leaving her just under £740 for the rest of the day.

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Hey, how are you doing?

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-You look exhausted.

-I am exhausted.

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-It's warm.

-I know.

-Are you having fun?

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Yeah, I mean, everybody's super friendly.

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-Aren't they?

-Absolutely, yeah.

-And it's such a mixture of things.

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It's a bit like being in a sweet shop.

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Are you happy with what you've bought?

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I've certainly got a mixed bag, shall we say? But more work to do.

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-I'm going to head that way.

-They're going to close shortly.

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-I know. Crack on.

-See you soon.

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Yes, French second-hand markets can close for two hours at lunchtime,

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and our dealers don't want to get stranded.

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But is Caroline rattled by Kate's purchasing claims?

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Well, I think she's bought some things,

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and I think she's reasonably happy with those,

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but I'm looking forward to seeing her later,

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and having a look at what she's bought.

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That should be really interesting.

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At 3-1 down, Caroline needs to get a move on, and doesn't Kate know it?

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Well, Caroline certainly looks like she's feeling the heat.

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And me? Well, cool, calm and collected, of course.

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Yes, but The Hawk has regained her cool,

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and quick-smart found something that couldn't be more French.

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It's a barrel for putting grapes in, I think, for the vendange,

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which is the picking of the grapes for making the wine.

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And being in Lyon, it's a wine region, gastronomic area...

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It's a lovely thing.

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Excusez-moi, monsieur.

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TRANSLATION:

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Ooh-la-la.

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I think it needs to be a little bit less.

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-OK.

-Merci, monsieur.

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Merci beaucoup!

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Caroline's persuasive French haggling

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gets her the vintage grape carrier for

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just under £26, and she's closing in on Kate's lead.

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I just love it.

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It's in great condition.

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It's from this area.

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It's for gathering the grapes to make Beaujolais wine.

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It's in chestnut wood.

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I don't think there's going to be much call

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for grape-picking containers in the UK,

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but I could see it filled with wine bottles

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in a smart wine retailer.

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This is a great buy.

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Yes, joking aside, Caroline is on a roll,

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and quickly draws level with purchase number three,

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an Art Deco light shade...

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..for £21.55, and she's in the pink.

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Well, look at this lovely shade, dating from the 1930s,

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late Deco period.

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With these symbols, the birds, the fish...

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These sort of swirling lines, and the colour,

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the opalescence of the glass...

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What I'm going to have to do is take this wiring off,

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because it's different to English wiring,

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and besides, it looks very unattractive.

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It's a very good-looking thing in a great colour,

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and it goes with my outfit.

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Determined to regain her lead,

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Kate's found what seems to be a collection of books,

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but looks can be deceiving.

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There's a sneaky hidden secret, because, if I turn it over here,

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you can see that there is a name on the top.

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Now, Huntley and Palmers was a biscuit factory

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that was founded in 1822

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in Reading in England by Joseph Huntley.

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In the late 19th and very early 20th century,

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he started making novelty biscuit tins,

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which was all part of his marketing strategy.

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And this is just one of the designs that he came up with.

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Now, I love this sort of thing.

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Kitchenalia enthusiasts love it.

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But it's all about condition, and this one is a little bit scratched.

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So I need to go and see if I can get a bargain.

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-Ah, monsieur... Bonjour.

-Bonjour. Enchante.

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TRANSLATION:

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Kate's picked up another price, but has she picked up on the compliment?

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I'm trying to sell it in England, where the price is...

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at auction...

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At auction, it would be sort of 50 to 70.

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Pour moi?

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I don't know what that was, but it's good.

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Thank you very much.

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Leaving a besotted Frenchman in her wake,

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Kate gets the tin for just under £52,

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and that really takes the biscuit.

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Caroline is also rubbing shoulders with the friendly locals.

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TRANSLATION:

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Oh.

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He's very interesting, isn't he?

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Indeed.

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And after a quick foray elsewhere,

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Kate has sailed back to the biscuit tin store.

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Just checking this fella out.

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It's French stoneware, and I'm pretty sure it's ovenproof,

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so you could actually bake something in this, or for pate, maybe.

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It's a great novelty piece, and I've got to have it.

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If only there was a nice Frenchman around to give her a good deal...

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-Bonjour, again.

-Enchante.

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Ah, oui.

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TRANSLATION:

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It is expensive.

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It's not that old.

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It's moderne, moderne.

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'50s to '60s.

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-Voila.

-Oui. Here, just a tiny, tiny...

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You see, they're very little.

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Oui, un petit peu?

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Could we say 80?

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Oui, 80 euros?

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-Yes.

-OK. Bon.

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Merci beaucoup.

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Our French friend almost halves the original asking price,

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and Kate gets the pate dish for just under £69, and trotters off.

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I've had a closer look at this fella and underneath,

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if I very carefully turn him over, there is a mark,

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and I think that's some sort of signature

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that's been impressed in there,

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so that's something,

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but I'm going to have to get a magnifying glass on it

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and do a bit more research when I get home.

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Well, I think this guy is my favourite piece of today,

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and I don't know about him, but I feel like a pig in muck.

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And, not letting Kate hog all the buying,

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Caroline is on familiar territory at a vintage clothing store.

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I love this. It's a really 1950s style.

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Look at this nipped-in waist.

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Very fitted, and you would have a great big skirt to go with it.

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Well, similar to this.

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TRANSLATION:

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Merci.

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It's 48.

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45.

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It's 45.

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Oh, what shall I do?

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What shall I do?

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45 euros for the two...

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I think I'm going to have it.

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Bon. 45. C'est bon?

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-OK.

-Yes, right.

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Despite some French resistance,

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Caroline seals the deal at just under £39,

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and that's four buys under her vintage belt.

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Meanwhile, Miss Bliss has decided

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the five items she's bought are enough

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and calls it a day.

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Well, that was really fast and furious,

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and I'm feeling quite pleased with what I've got,

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so I'm even more curious to find out what Caroline has got.

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Well, she'll have to wait,

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because Caroline is still combing the stalls for another bargain.

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Gosh. Well, I've done really well so far,

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but I'm just finding it difficult now.

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People are starting to sit down for lunch,

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and I'm getting a bit peckish too.

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And before you can say bon appetit, she spots a gilded mirror...

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It's got a little bit of damage to the mirroring,

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which always makes one look an awful lot better -

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especially first thing in the morning.

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..and snaps it up...

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TRANSLATION:

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..for a little under £147,

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more than all her previous purchases put together.

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Well, I couldn't come to France

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without buying a typically French mirror,

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and I bought this one, which is in the Louis XVI style.

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This hails from the end of the 19th century.

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It's bevelled around here, and it's got some damage in the glass.

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It's otherwise in really good condition.

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I think some of the gilding needs a little bit of a touch-up.

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I think it's great. There is a lot of mirror for your money.

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Caroline's shiny purchase brings the buying to a close.

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Well, I've finished buying for the day.

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Phew. That is a relief.

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I've bought all sorts of everything, but I think I've done OK.

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It's been great.

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Yes!

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Our swashbuckling seafarers

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must load up their spoils and prepare to bring them home,

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but, before they raise the mainsail,

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there's just time to tot up the totals.

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They both started the day with £750 worth

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of their own euros to spend.

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Kate hopes she'll profit from her five purchases,

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costing just over £186.

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Caroline believes she'll win the challenge

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with five purchases for just over £243.

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Time to reveal their new discoveries.

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-Ah, ma cherie!

-Hello, hello.

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How are you doing?

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Great. I've had a fab day.

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-Oh, I know.

-Have you?

-I've had a fab day, actually.

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Yeah, you've got some great stuff.

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I like your vintage.

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In fact, I love that jacket.

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Really nice shorty shape.

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Silk-lined from Lyon.

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I love that. But the skirt is amazing.

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It's all raffia and netting, so it sort of almost stands by itself.

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This is lovely. It looks really Art Deco.

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-Very '30s.

-Yes, yeah.

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-Is it marked?

-No, no.

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Sadly not. It might be later cos I might scratch it on, but, no,

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-I'm only joking.

-No, it's a lovely bit of moulding.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, really nice.

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I just think it's sweet.

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This is fab, and the thing I like about it, actually,

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is the fact it's got an old plate in it.

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-Yes.

-And, you know, some people pay good money

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-to have the old plates.

-They do.

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-But it's a lovely decorative piece, isn't it?

-It is.

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-Yeah. Oh, I love your sanglier.

-He's my favourite.

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Wild boar, sanglier. He's lovely.

0:20:530:20:55

That lovely treacle glaze.

0:20:550:20:57

I have to say, I've got a bit of porcine envy.

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-Have you?

-Yeah, Kate. Yeah, I have.

-Yeah.

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-And the basket is rather lovely.

-Well, the basket was a bit of fun.

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It wasn't very much money at all, but I looked at it,

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and I could just see it

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with gorgeous French sticks coming out of it.

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I won't tell you what was inside it, though. I've got rid of that.

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-Oh, have you?

-It wasn't very pleasant.

-Was it dead?

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No, well, not quite as bad as that, but bad enough.

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So, OK, I'm sure it will be better with bread.

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-Yeah.

-And your ice-skating boots.

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Yeah, no, that's the one I'm slightly worried about,

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cos I would quite like to finish this with two limbs intact.

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-I can see you might have to model those. Are they your size?

-They are!

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I think it's time for a glass or two.

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-Don't you?

-Oh, I do.

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Come on, let's go.

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-With ice.

-Yes.

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Our Francophile fillies hotfoot it back across the Channel

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with their French finds

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to face the selling stage of their challenge.

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Using all methods at their disposal,

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Kate and Caroline must find the best homes and the highest prices

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for their continental collectables,

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with all profits going to their chosen charities.

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Back home in Herefordshire, Miss Bliss is assessing her stash.

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Well, I certainly managed to pick up a variety across the Channel.

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And I've come back home,

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and some things I've done quite a bit more research on.

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If we start with my favourite,

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which is the wild boar tureen, he's just lovely.

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And the more I look at him, the more detailed I see in the moulding.

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But I've managed to look up that name on the bottom,

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and I'm pretty sure it reads Joaquin,

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and it might be pronounced "Hwa-keen",

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and I've traced that name to a pottery factory,

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actually, in California,

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that started producing wares in the 1930s.

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And I've found out that this

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is actually quite an unusual and rare thing.

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Now, my chandeliers, I think, have a gorgeous, delicate look to them,

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and to me they would look great in a bridal boutique.

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Now, to my lovely biscuit tin.

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I found out quite a lot about this piece.

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It wasn't until after 1900 that the novelty shaped tins really took off,

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and would you believe the book set, like this,

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was a really popular design?

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Roughly ten variations were made on this theme.

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However, some are more collectable than others.

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The set which has The Pilgrim's Progress,

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The Pickwick Papers and Robinson Crusoe,

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just like my example,

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actually, in good condition, you can pay upwards of £200 at auction,

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so I definitely picked the right one.

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But, as they say in France, you mustn't hang about -

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allez, allez, vite, vite!

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And speedy Miss Bliss must also find a buyer for her vintage ice skates

0:23:340:23:38

and early 19th-century wicker basket.

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Over at her East Yorkshire HQ,

0:23:430:23:45

is The Hawk satisfied with her French collection?

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Well, what a wonderful array of things I've bought in Lyon.

0:23:480:23:53

Now, this grape-picking barrel hails from between the wars.

0:23:530:23:57

It's beautifully coopered with these metal straps

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going all the way around it,

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and I'm looking for maybe a wine retailer, wholesaler.

0:24:020:24:07

My favourite piece is this lovely mirror.

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It's growing on me.

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The more I look at it, the more I love it.

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It's a good size.

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It's in exactly the state I would like to buy one in.

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And the costume, I think this needs a good pressing,

0:24:210:24:25

but it's rather pretty and I've got a few leads

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as to where this is going to go.

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I'm having a few second thoughts about the skirt.

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I think it's great, but it certainly needs something underneath it.

0:24:360:24:40

And I don't like the sort of curtain tape heading to the top.

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My lovely little Lalique-esque owl is great,

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and I've found the most perfect place to sell him.

0:24:490:24:53

It's going to be a real hoot!

0:24:530:24:56

Caroline also needs to sell her 1930s lightshade.

0:24:560:25:00

Both our experts are gearing up and raring to go,

0:25:010:25:04

scouring town and country to find the perfect buyers

0:25:040:25:07

and make the best profits for their chosen charities.

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But, remember, no deal is sealed until the hand is shaken

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and the money is taken.

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First out of the blocks is Caroline.

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She's had her glamorous mirror delivered to Milton Keynes,

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because she thinks she may have found the perfect buyer -

0:25:210:25:24

specialist French dealer Sophie.

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She knows all about French furniture.

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She lives in France, and she imports a lot of it over here to the UK,

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so she knows what she's talking about.

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She's going to be a hard negotiator,

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but I think it's going to be right up her street.

0:25:370:25:40

The mirror was The Hawk's costliest item at just over £146,

0:25:400:25:44

so will her investment reflect a profit?

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-Hello, Sophie.

-Hello, Caroline.

-Lovely to see you.

-And you!

0:25:480:25:52

-Do you like it?

-I do. I do.

0:25:520:25:55

-The problem you've probably noticed...

-Mmm.

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..is that I think somebody's painted over it.

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Yeah, and what a shame. Much easier to just simply gold leaf.

0:26:000:26:04

But it's a very pretty shape. The decoration is in great condition.

0:26:040:26:07

-Yes, it is.

-There's a little chip on this side, but...

0:26:070:26:10

And it's wood, isn't it? Because very often they're plaster.

0:26:100:26:12

-Do you agree that...

-Yes, that's all wood, isn't it?

0:26:120:26:15

-Wood carving.

-Yeah, the bow is wood.

-Yeah.

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The condition of the mirror, it's been well loved and well used.

0:26:170:26:20

-Yes.

-But I wouldn't change that.

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And I think, date-wise, 1880, 1890.

0:26:220:26:26

-Yes, yes.

-Would you agree with that?

-Absolutely.

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And price, I was thinking, sort of...

0:26:280:26:31

-That was a...

-SHE INHALES QUICKLY

0:26:310:26:33

Take a breath, Sophie!

0:26:330:26:34

THEY LAUGH

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I was thinking 320.

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I think, sadly, because it's had gold paint on it...

0:26:390:26:43

-Yes.

-..I might have to negotiate a little harder.

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OK. Go on, then.

0:26:460:26:48

Could we get closer to 250 with it?

0:26:480:26:51

What about 2...80?

0:26:510:26:54

THEY LAUGH

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-I'll do 280.

-280? Oh, thank you. That's brilliant.

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And that gilt-edged deal brings Caroline a whopping first profit

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of over £133, and she sprints into an early lead.

0:27:060:27:10

With five French fancies to sell, Kate is on her way to Ledbury,

0:27:110:27:15

hoping to make a very continental killing with her thoroughly-scrubbed

0:27:150:27:19

wicker basket.

0:27:190:27:20

Now, this is an emporium that has everything from a deli to fashion,

0:27:200:27:24

and I've come to meet the owner, Patricia.

0:27:240:27:26

Now, I'm hoping my basket will fit in.

0:27:260:27:29

Remember, the basket was Kate's cheapest buy at just over £5.

0:27:290:27:33

-Patricia, great to meet you.

-Lovely to meet you, Kate.

0:27:330:27:37

Well, what do you think of it?

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Well, I can see it in the window.

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When we receive French garlic and the onions, perfect.

0:27:400:27:44

Back to its home, really.

0:27:440:27:46

But, as we get towards Christmas time,

0:27:460:27:48

then I can see it in one of the other windows with lots of presents

0:27:480:27:51

tumbling out of it.

0:27:510:27:52

Well, I think it probably dates from about sort of

0:27:520:27:55

1900, or certainly the early part of the 20th century.

0:27:550:27:58

It's got a lot of age to it.

0:27:580:27:59

And the inside I've given a really good scrub and clean.

0:27:590:28:03

I personally really like the fact

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that it's got its original little linen straps here,

0:28:050:28:07

so the lid stays up by itself.

0:28:070:28:10

You can see that, on this clasp, this piece is missing,

0:28:100:28:14

which is such a shame.

0:28:140:28:16

But, actually, if you want to use it for display purposes,

0:28:160:28:19

I guess it doesn't matter too much.

0:28:190:28:21

How does sort of 160-ish sound?

0:28:210:28:24

Cor, she's gone in high!

0:28:240:28:26

Erm... I had started in my head thinking about 130.

0:28:260:28:30

-Mm-hmm?

-Something along those lines.

0:28:300:28:33

Could I... Could I push and sort of meet in the middle?

0:28:330:28:36

Could we say maybe a nice round 150?

0:28:360:28:39

-Yes, I'm happy with that.

-Wonderful.

0:28:390:28:41

-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

0:28:410:28:43

That is an incredible 30 times what she paid for it,

0:28:430:28:46

making Miss Bliss nearly £145 profit.

0:28:460:28:50

Absolutely stonking!

0:28:500:28:52

Well, not a bad profit, and I think Patricia's got a fair price, too.

0:28:520:28:56

Well, I'm really looking forward to seeing my basket in the window.

0:28:560:29:00

Both our moneymaking maestros are reaping huge profits so far,

0:29:010:29:05

but can The Hawk pull in front with item number two?

0:29:050:29:09

# Red, red wine... #

0:29:090:29:11

Her grape barrel owes her just under £26,

0:29:110:29:14

so can she harvest a juicy profit

0:29:140:29:17

from Oxford-based wine bar owner Ted?

0:29:170:29:19

-Hi, Ted.

-Hi.

-Hello. Hi.

-Nice to see you.

-And you.

0:29:190:29:23

-Nice to see you. Take a...

-You've had a...

-Take a seat.

-Thank you.

0:29:230:29:26

-Well, you've had a look at this...

-I have.

0:29:260:29:28

Well, I was told it was a benne a vendange.

0:29:280:29:32

I think I know it just as a hod, and from between the wars.

0:29:320:29:35

-Yes.

-Yeah.

-I bought it in Lyon.

0:29:350:29:37

Right, which is just south of the Beaujolais region.

0:29:370:29:39

This has dropped down a little bit.

0:29:390:29:42

It happens because it dries out,

0:29:420:29:43

and you just need to put a few pins underneath that.

0:29:430:29:45

That can be easily repaired, yeah.

0:29:450:29:47

I think this would look very good in this establishment,

0:29:470:29:52

to either display wines in, or to plant up with geraniums.

0:29:520:29:57

Yes. It's...

0:29:570:30:00

It is a nice piece of kit.

0:30:000:30:01

Well, I was wondering if you might see your way clear

0:30:010:30:06

to give me £130 for this item?

0:30:060:30:10

Could I go down to a local garden centre and buy something

0:30:100:30:14

similar and pay 50 or 60 quid?

0:30:140:30:18

You might, but it wouldn't be the same as this.

0:30:180:30:20

-It wouldn't be genuine.

-No, it wouldn't be genuine.

0:30:200:30:22

-Because a lot of those are manufactured.

-Yes.

0:30:220:30:24

I was thinking nearer the sort of 80 or £90 mark.

0:30:240:30:27

Well, could we make it a nice round figure of 100?

0:30:270:30:33

I think I could probably go to £100.

0:30:330:30:36

-It's not far off.

-Brilliant.

0:30:360:30:38

-So, is that the sort of thing we're looking at?

-Oh, it is.

-OK.

0:30:380:30:41

-£100.

-Thank you so much, Ted.

0:30:410:30:42

And with that coup de grace, Caroline gathers up a profit

0:30:420:30:45

of over £74 and overtakes Kate with two sales to one.

0:30:450:30:50

And still in Oxford, The Hawk flies even further ahead,

0:30:500:30:53

selling her 1950s jacket and skirt to vintage buyer Hannah.

0:30:530:30:57

-And would you do 90?

-Go on, then.

0:30:570:31:00

-Are you sure?

-Yes, I would.

0:31:000:31:01

-Lovely. Thank you very much.

-Cheers. Thank YOU very much!

0:31:010:31:03

Making a profit of over £51 and going 3-1 ahead.

0:31:030:31:08

Miss Bliss is in Morven and really needs to get her skates on.

0:31:080:31:12

Now, it's a while since I've had a pair of these on,

0:31:120:31:15

but I'm hoping these are going to glide me to a smooth profit.

0:31:150:31:20

# Ice, ice, baby! #

0:31:200:31:22

The vintage skates set her back just under £22,

0:31:220:31:25

but will they get a frosty reception from leisure centre owner Sharon?

0:31:250:31:30

-Wow. How long have you had the ice rink?

-Just over five years now.

0:31:300:31:32

-Yeah?

-Yes.

-Fantastic.

-Yeah.

0:31:320:31:34

Well, I'm hoping that you might like my vintage skates.

0:31:340:31:39

-They're lovely.

-What do you think?

0:31:390:31:41

I do like them. They're absolutely gorgeous.

0:31:410:31:43

Well, I actually bought them in France.

0:31:430:31:45

Did you? Well, I think these are from Germany.

0:31:450:31:48

I know at some point they were made in Austria,

0:31:480:31:50

but these are from Germany.

0:31:500:31:51

-Ah, that's interesting.

-But they're lovely.

0:31:510:31:53

So, I would think it wise they are, what, '70s, would you say?

0:31:530:31:56

-Yeah, maybe earlier.

-So do you think they might make a nice sort of

0:31:560:31:59

-vintage display piece?

-Oh, I think they'd be lovely.

0:31:590:32:01

I should put them into the area where the parents sit.

0:32:010:32:04

I've already got a gents' pair, so this would be lovely.

0:32:040:32:07

I'll put them both on display.

0:32:070:32:08

Well, I was hoping for sort of £80.

0:32:080:32:13

-How does that sound?

-That's not bad, actually.

0:32:130:32:16

I think I could probably get them for about 75, but, having said that,

0:32:160:32:20

with all the packaging, etc, and the postage, that's great.

0:32:200:32:23

-I'll buy them.

-Are you happy with 80?

0:32:230:32:25

I'd be delighted. 80 would be fantastic.

0:32:250:32:27

Sharon, that's a deal.

0:32:270:32:28

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

0:32:280:32:31

No slippery moment there, as Kate makes a profit of over £58.

0:32:310:32:36

But will she make a clean getaway?

0:32:360:32:38

So, basically, you're just going to move your weight over the foot that

0:32:380:32:41

way, that way...

0:32:410:32:43

-Yeah. Count one, one.

-OK. One, one.

0:32:430:32:46

One, one. One, one.

0:32:460:32:49

-Whoa!

-When you get the hang of it, we'll go up to two!

0:32:490:32:53

Yeah, Jayne Torvill's got nothing to worry about(!)

0:32:530:32:56

Well, a few more months with Chris and I might be getting there,

0:32:570:33:01

but, most importantly, for the sale of the skates,

0:33:010:33:04

I managed to keep a cool head and everything went smoothly.

0:33:040:33:08

And that deal signals the halfway point of the selling,

0:33:080:33:11

so let's see who's warming to the task and who's facing the big chill.

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So far, Kate has sold two items and made a profit of just over £203,

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but Caroline has sold three items

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and has nearly £259 in her profit pot.

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So Kate has some catching up to do in Hereford, and,

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before you can say custard cream,

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she's packed up her novelty biscuit tin and made her way to meet

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biscuit company founder Frank.

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-Hello, Kate.

-Hello there. You must be Frank.

-I am, yes.

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-This is where it all happens, then?

-It is indeed, yes.

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The tin owes her just under £52,

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so will it help her nibble away at Caroline's lead?

0:33:450:33:49

Well, Frank, this is the biscuit tin that I told you about.

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And these lovely tins were brought out between about 1900 and 1924,

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I think, by Huntley and Palmers, who were, of course,

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one of the most famous names in biscuit making.

0:34:010:34:03

They were... Well, they were always a name that I was familiar with.

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So this was produced in, actually, ten different versions,

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and this one is one of the rarer ones.

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So what do you think of this tin?

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Well, I'm intrigued by the tin. And I do like the tin.

0:34:160:34:18

It wouldn't be used, obviously, because nowadays it's not airtight.

0:34:180:34:21

-No.

-And everybody needs to keep things airtight,

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unless they're going to eat them straight away.

0:34:240:34:26

But as a souvenir, yeah, it's nice.

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Mm-hmm. Well, I was hoping for somewhere in the region between

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sort of 200, 220.

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I would have thought more in the region of about £150.

0:34:350:34:39

Could I say somewhere around 180, say?

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I mean, if you need a hand on the production line, I've got time.

0:34:440:34:47

Well, we've got plenty of work.

0:34:470:34:49

-Have you?

-Yes, if you're willing to come and do some work,

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-we can go to 180.

-Can you? Let's shake on it. Great!

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Kate's not short of dough after that deal,

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rolling out a sweet profit of just over £128.

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But her work here is not done yet.

0:35:010:35:04

Oh. Fetching, eh?

0:35:040:35:07

-Well, what sort of biscuits are these?

-Rocky Road.

-Rocky Road?

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They've got chocolate in them!

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Oh... And three...

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We might need you to work a little bit faster, Kate.

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I'm going... Oh! As quickly as I can.

0:35:190:35:23

-Oh. What, it's meant to look like that?

-Yeah.

-OK!

0:35:230:35:26

Give me... Give me just a minute.

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I think Gary can tidy that tray for you, Kate,

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and we'll put you on to another job.

0:35:290:35:31

-All right. Something a little bit easier maybe.

-Maybe!

0:35:310:35:34

Well, I'm really pleased that my tin has gone to Frank,

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a connoisseur of biscuits.

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But, when it comes to baking,

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I think he's quite pleased to see the back of me.

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And with food still on her mind,

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Kate sells her beloved 1950s pate mould to Adam,

0:35:490:35:52

owner of an appropriately-named pub in Ludlow, for £180.

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How does that sound?

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Yeah, I think we can... We can agree on that.

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-That would be fine.

-Can we do that?

-Yeah.

-Fantastic.

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Kate adds a profit of just over £111 to her coffer,

0:36:030:36:06

leaping one sale ahead of Caroline in the process.

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But our very own bird of prey isn't slacking and has landed in the

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East Yorkshire countryside with the glass owl in her clutches.

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I'm at the South Cave Falconry and Bird Rescue Centre

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to see Peter with my little owl.

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The place is full of birds,

0:36:240:36:25

and I'm sure he's going to fall for this one.

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Wow, look at this big guy!

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The little owl cost Caroline just over £10,

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but can it make her profits fly?

0:36:330:36:35

-Good morning, Peter.

-Good morning.

-Morning.

0:36:360:36:39

-How are you?

-I'm fine, thank you.

0:36:390:36:41

-Looking after the birds?

-Yes, we are. Definitely. Yeah.

0:36:410:36:43

-Well, I've brought you another one.

-I won't have to feed this one!

0:36:430:36:46

No!

0:36:460:36:48

Well, I bought this in France, and immediately thought of you.

0:36:480:36:51

-Yeah.

-Because you house owls as well as having all these lovely hawks.

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We do. We rescue owls, yeah. We have a rescue centre here,

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and we've got a lot of birds which have been taken from the public.

0:36:570:37:00

Well, would you like to re-house this little bird?

0:37:000:37:03

We'll definitely rehouse this little bird.

0:37:030:37:05

-Well, have a look at it. He's in perfect condition.

-Yeah.

0:37:050:37:07

And I was looking for about 50 for him.

0:37:070:37:11

That's fantastic, yeah. Yeah.

0:37:110:37:13

-Brilliant.

-Yeah, I'll... Yeah, we're quite happy with that.

0:37:130:37:16

-It's a deal.

-It's a deal!

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The little hibou makes Caroline a profit of nearly £40,

0:37:180:37:21

and she claws level with Kate.

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And The Hawk even gets to spend a bit of time with the family.

0:37:230:37:26

Off you go!

0:37:260:37:28

-A little bit more like that.

-Yeah.

-OK? Here, Casper.

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Come here.

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THEY LAUGH

0:37:360:37:38

Came from nowhere!

0:37:380:37:40

He's light as a feather, isn't he?

0:37:400:37:42

-He is, yeah.

-He's gorgeous.

0:37:420:37:44

-He's quite happy just to stay here, isn't he?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Gosh.

0:37:440:37:48

-He's my new friend.

-Yeah.

0:37:480:37:50

While Caroline's flying around in Yorkshire,

0:37:500:37:53

Kate is still in Herefordshire.

0:37:530:37:55

She's had her chandeliers delivered to a local interior design company,

0:37:550:37:58

and is hoping for an illuminating profit.

0:37:580:38:01

Now, their shop is a converted coach house in an idyllic location.

0:38:010:38:06

And I'm hoping, particularly as this is my last sale,

0:38:060:38:09

the chandeliers will set it off beautifully.

0:38:090:38:12

The glamorous pair owes her nearly £75 after electrical testing,

0:38:120:38:17

so will owner Nigel think they're worth more?

0:38:170:38:19

Well, I see they've arrived safely, Nigel.

0:38:210:38:22

-Yes, indeed, yes.

-And you've hung them really well up here.

0:38:220:38:25

Yeah, these are only temporary fixings, just to display them.

0:38:250:38:28

I originally thought that you were interested in them as light fittings

0:38:280:38:31

-for here.

-Yeah.

-But could they be something that a client might be

0:38:310:38:34

-interested in?

-They could, because they're crystal.

0:38:340:38:37

They look very good in a lot of locations.

0:38:370:38:39

Date-wise, they hark back in style

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to the early part of the 19th century, I would say.

0:38:430:38:45

They almost look a little bit Venetian with these lovely

0:38:450:38:48

sort of moulded glass fronts, and faceted glass drops, which I love,

0:38:480:38:52

that catch the light.

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But, actually, they're not very old,

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and I've had my electrician look over them,

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so they've been safety-tested,

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and he says the wiring on them is very modern,

0:39:000:39:02

so I would say in date they're actually late 20th century.

0:39:020:39:05

So you've got the best of both worlds, really.

0:39:050:39:08

Indeed, and they will throw off a really good amount of light

0:39:080:39:11

into a room, and a subtle light,

0:39:110:39:12

which works very well with our designs.

0:39:120:39:14

I was hoping for around the £300 mark.

0:39:140:39:18

How does that sound to you?

0:39:180:39:20

I would have thought 300 would be fine.

0:39:200:39:22

OK. Well, that is great for me, Nigel. We'd better shake on that.

0:39:220:39:26

-Indeed.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:39:260:39:27

And what I forgot to mention, Kate, was that we've actually had,

0:39:270:39:30

in the interim, a customer looking at them,

0:39:300:39:33

and they've shown some great interest in them as well,

0:39:330:39:35

so that's absolutely happy days.

0:39:350:39:37

No wonder you were so quick to accept my first offer, then.

0:39:370:39:40

-Indeed.

-No, that's great news.

-Thank you very much.

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A hassle-free haggle earns Kate her biggest profit of all,

0:39:430:39:45

at just over £225, and she is all sold up.

0:39:450:39:50

What a sale to finish on, a dazzling profit for me, and, even better,

0:39:510:39:56

it sounds like Nigel has already sold them.

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At 4-5 down, Caroline's setting out in the hope of her final deal.

0:40:000:40:04

Her rose-tinted '30s lightshade owes her nearly £22,

0:40:040:40:08

and her target is Tim, an Art Deco collector in Hull.

0:40:080:40:12

Right, Tim, so I know you are the king of Deco...

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-You think? Right.

-Yeah.

0:40:160:40:17

-Very pink.

-It is! Is that a bad thing?

0:40:170:40:20

-That's lovely, yeah. Well, it's pretty.

-Well, I bought in France.

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-Did you?

-And there's no signature.

0:40:240:40:26

Sometimes it's moulded into the pattern, isn't it?

0:40:260:40:28

-But that's quite interesting.

-And what period do you think...

0:40:280:40:31

Yeah, it's definitely '30s, yes, isn't it? Yeah.

0:40:310:40:34

Can you see the light through it as well?

0:40:340:40:36

-Yeah, it looks gorgeous.

-Because it's quite shallow, isn't it?

0:40:360:40:39

That interesting, yeah. It's definitely very French.

0:40:390:40:41

-So what sort of price are we looking at?

-Well, cut to the quick...

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So, will Caroline's own classy glass

0:40:450:40:47

deliver enough profit to knock Miss Bliss for six?

0:40:470:40:50

We'll find out soon, but before this final deal is revealed,

0:40:500:40:54

let's have a quick reminder of how much our experts spent in France.

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

0:40:580:41:02

Kate picked up five purchases for just over £222,

0:41:020:41:06

including electrical costs.

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Caroline matched her five but spent a smidge over £243.

0:41:100:41:14

But what matters now is profit.

0:41:140:41:17

All the money that Kate and Caroline have made will go to charities of

0:41:170:41:20

their choice, so let's find out

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

0:41:220:41:27

-Hello.

-How are you? Hi, Kate.

-Hello.

0:41:270:41:30

-So, how have you got on?

-Well, do you remember the big gilt mirror?

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I do! Good size.

0:41:330:41:35

It was. But I think I got it cheap,

0:41:350:41:37

because it was right at the end of the fair.

0:41:370:41:39

-Cunning!

-So I was really pleased with that.

0:41:390:41:41

And the little glass owl, do you remember that?

0:41:410:41:43

Yeah, I do remember that.

0:41:430:41:44

I sold that and I got to walk with a hawk and fly a hawk.

0:41:440:41:48

Amazing! What about you?

0:41:480:41:50

Well, yeah, I had a few jolly japes as well.

0:41:500:41:53

-Yeah?

-I... Oh, you know my ice skates?

0:41:530:41:55

-Yes.

-So, I skated - well, tried to - and I'm still intact...

0:41:550:41:58

-You are, yes.

-So that was good fun.

0:41:580:42:01

So we'd better find out, hadn't we?

0:42:010:42:02

-Are we ready?

-Un, deux, trois...

0:42:020:42:05

Voila. Oh!

0:42:050:42:07

Kate, well done! Well done, you!

0:42:070:42:10

That's pretty good, too!

0:42:100:42:13

-Fantastic!

-I think we both did tres, tres bien.

0:42:130:42:15

-Yeah!

-Well, well done, mon amis.

0:42:150:42:17

-Oh, merci.

-Let's go and celebrate.

-On y va!

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Yes, Kate is today's winner,

0:42:200:42:22

and although Caroline did make money on her final sale...

0:42:220:42:26

-Can I offer you 50?

-Yes.

-It's a deal. Pleasure.

-It's a deal.

0:42:260:42:30

That £28 gained couldn't hold a candle to Kate's overall profits.

0:42:300:42:34

Well, I am really surprised at that result,

0:42:340:42:37

and absolutely thrilled.

0:42:370:42:39

Caroline was very much in her comfort zone, buying in France,

0:42:390:42:42

so I think it must have been more luck than judgment on my part.

0:42:420:42:47

To be fair, I would have thought I would have beaten her on that one,

0:42:470:42:50

so she really has done brilliantly.

0:42:500:42:53

Yes! It goes to show that anything can happen when two demon hagglers

0:42:530:42:58

aim for punchy profits when their own money is on the line.

0:42:580:43:01

Kate Bliss and Caroline Hawley travel to Villeurbanne in Lyon, France. Is Kate dancing on thin ice when she buys some vintage ice skates? And will 'The Hawk' Hawley live up to her name when she flies a real hawk in the selling? And who will make the most money?