Antiques challenge. Jonty Hearnden and Kate Bliss turn a day trip to Belgium into a battle of the buyers, competing to raise the most money for their chosen charities.
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We've all seen them on TV,
but how will the country's favourite antiques experts fare
when they're challenged to make a profit with their own cash?
I'll be switching on my bargain-ometer.
Knocker Knowles, I'm right on your heels!
From car boot sales to auction houses,
our experts will be recreating some of their real life
deals as they go head to head
and try to make the most money for their chosen charities.
You watch out here, Miss Bliss.
So the pressure is really on.
The challenge to our experts is clear -
dealers, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Today's hard-nosed dealers
are Put Your Money's very own genial gent,
Jonty the Hitman Hearnden
and our very own First Lady of antiques,
Kate Absolute Bliss.
With a father who was an auctioneer,
Kate has spent her life surrounded by antiques,
and is a renowned independent valuer, agent and broker
with over 12 years of business experience.
To say that I've got a favourite period is actually quite tricky.
But I think if I had to name one, it would be the Regency period,
the very beginning of the 19th century, when things were very elegant.
Her position as First Lady of antiques
comes from dispensing expert advice on Bargain Hunt and Flog It.
Can I be really cheeky and say, what about 12?
Jonty has carved out a very successful career in the world of antiques and collectibles,
having worked at world-famous auction houses
and running his own antiques business.
I first got into antiques 30 years ago.
I left school with no notion of what I wanted to do at all, so I joined a
firm of London auctioneers, where I got very excited very quickly.
Met lots of very interesting people,
and have really never left the business.
A firm favourite with the housewives,
this antiques hunter can regularly be found
searching for Cash in the Attic.
Today we're giving good old Blighty a well deserved break,
because our challenge will be taking place overseas in Belgium.
Jonty and Kate have headed to Waterloo
and with their reputations and the fortunes of their chosen charities on the line,
it's time for us to find out the aim of today's game.
Well, obviously we've been sent here to Waterloo to do battle.
Yes. That must be for you.
-That's presumably for you.
-Let's have a look.
-Here we go.
Let's see what it says here.
Right, it says, "Jonty and Kate, your challenge today is to spend £750..."
That must be in euros though, surely?
I suppose the equivalent of, "Of your own money on antiques.
"You must then re sell your purchases with the aim of making as much profit as possible.
"The winner is the presenter who makes the most cash."
Well, "Today you must buy all your antiques from a Belgian market."
Well, bonne chance, mon ami.
Let battle commence.
So, our experts can spend up to £750 of their own money
at an antiques market.
They will then bring these purchases back to the UK
and try and sell them on for as much profit as possible.
Today's market is on the outskirts of Waterloo near Brussels.
The market, held every Sunday, hosts hundreds of professional dealers.
It's a fantastic place to pick up top-quality antiques,
but will they be at rock-bottom prices?
Look at this - fishing for bargains, you've got a corset!
Pretty much everybody that Jonty and Kate try to do deals with will
be aware they're on a mission
to raise as much money as possible for charity
and our experts will do everything in their power
to persuade people to give them the best possible prices
when they buy and sell the items
that they hope will drive them to victory.
One thing I am focused on today is,
I'm going to beat that Jonty Hearnden.
In order to get the best deals Kate will keep an open mind on the items she tries to buy.
Jonty, on the other hand, will be focusing most of his
energies on finding potentially profitable pieces of furniture.
Perfect. This is the sort of chair that I always look for in markets like this.
Need to check what's behind the fringe at the bottom,
but I suspect we've got ebony turned legs. Let's have a look down here.
There we go look at that really nice quality turned legs.
They need a bit of a freshen up, but with this fringe taken off,
and with this chair completely re covered,
this is a very pretty little bedroom chair.
Excuse me. Pardon?
-What about this vase. 20
-This is 20?
What's your best price for two?
I will take 80, that's really my best price.
-80 for two?
-80 for both.
You have a sale. Fantastic. Merci.
So, that's just over £75 for the vase and chair.
If every dealer is as quick as that then Jonty
could be back in Blighty by lunch.
Kate, you missed that. You missed it.
Now listen here, listen very carefully.
The right buyer at home is going to pay £600 - £800
for that chair completely restored, but I've got to find the right buyer.
If he's planning to restore the chair to its former glory,
then Jonty will need to remember to hold back some of his budget.
On the other side of the market Kate's made her first purchase too.
But, unlike her rival, she's planning ahead.
"Not very exciting," you say to me.
Pretty dirty and certainly not very old.
It's just a little child's deckchair.
My daughter would love it.
But I bought this with one particular person in mind
and that's the lady who lives just down the road from me
who has the most fantastic collection of child's chairs.
This is in a completely different league of course.
But I'm hoping, I've only paid just under £5 for it, she might just
buy it from me for a small profit as a bit of fun.
The worrying thing is, if I can't persuade her,
I don't know what on earth I'm going to do with it.
Kate may have only splashed out just under a fiver on her deckchair,
but every penny of potential profit counts in today's competition.
Now, our cultural attaches
have been soaking up the atmosphere since they stepped off the train.
However, it seems the drama and pressure
of this continental clash has become a little too much for Jonty.
FRENCH ACCENT: I am broken by the never-ending wheel
of the antiques hunt.
Objects of beauty drive me wild with desire.
I am an empty shell of a man
until I find the splendour of an antique chair.
My heart weeps and is hollow
every hour that passes without the thrill of a deal.
Yeah whatever, Jonty. Just put your money where your mouth is.
Yes, wise words indeed from Miss Bliss.
Pull yourself together, Mr Hearnden.
Now, when it comes to making a profit from Jonty's next purchase,
you could be forgiven for thinking he hasn't got a leg to stand on.
Now, you may well think I've gone completely mad
and I can understand your thinking.
You're thinking, what on earth has he bought here?
Well, what I have bought are two 19th century dining table ends
in appalling condition.
Now, once upon a time, these two lumps of expensive firewood
were part of a very grand
19th century dining table.
The timber itself is walnut,
and you can tell that by the colour and the shape of the grain.
So, for just over £20, how could I refuse?
How, indeed, Jonty.
Put You Money's resident furniture fanatic is on a bit of a roll.
But his rival is also hard at work.
Just look what I've found here.
Filthy dirty, and in a scruffy box,
I've found a German 1950s coffee set. Great coffee pot,
five little cups and saucers, and a sugar bowl and a jug.
Now what I like about this is, although it's German,
it's very reminiscent of what factories like Midwinter and Hornsey
were producing in Britain in the 1950s.
They often used more illustrative designs,
this is a really strong graphic geometric design.
Spots and squares, typically German,
but also very contemporary today and commercial.
Now we've a little bit of damage to this jug,
there's a bad chip out of the rim there, but the rest looks OK.
Now take a look at this sugar pot. It's still got the sugar in it and
it, and it looks like it's been there since the 50s. Nice!
Now I've just picked this up for 15 Euros,
so just under £15 to you and me.
I think that's a bargain.
Let's face it, just a good clean is going to put a tenner on it.
Let us not forget that profit is what it's all about.
With everything still to play for,
our experts continue their search
and Kate needs to knuckle down because, while Jonty has been busy collecting pieces of furniture,
Miss Bliss has barely spent any money.
Well, I have myself a deal.
20 Euros, which is roughly £18.
I'd like it to be slightly less because he is quite badly damaged,
but I'll just have to find
somebody who might be able to do a little bit of repair on my bear.
Let's hope he will bring me good luck.
I think I'm going to call him Pierre.
Pierre, le Francais bear.
Let's hope that Pierre knows a good antique when he sees one,
because so far Kate seems to be buying up bric a brac.
Thankfully, we can always count on Jonty's good taste.
Or can we?
I just bought this tangerine ceramic lamp base with this outrageously
I would no more have this in my house than fly to the moon,
but there's a big market back in the UK,
particularly for this kind of colour.
This tangerine you see everywhere at the moment.
As a consequence there's going to be a profit in there somewhere.
I've just paid 10 Euro, so just a tad under £10.
There has to be a profit in it. So what I'm going to do is buy yet more.
So, there's method to the big man's madness and true to his word,
he snaps up these kitsch lights for just under £50.
Remember - when buying electrical items abroad,
you will need a qualified UK electrician to rewire them.
Elsewhere in the market, Kate has picked up a bookcase.
It seems as though she's not its only fan.
This is absolutely riddled with woodworm.
Now it's very easy to treat this.
Go to your local hardware store, buy some woodworm killer
and douse it thoroughly, pushing the liquid into all the holes.
Leave it for a good 48 hours and then do it all again.
And hopefully you'll get rid of those worms.
Now because the holes are in the back I'm not too concerned about
them, because this will be pushed up against a wall.
Now, for 20 Euros, that's just under £20 for you and me,
I don't think I can go wrong.
And this little gem might just give Jonty Hearnden a run for his money.
Well, that's almost £20 out of Kate's kitty
and another potential profit-turning opportunity.
And she adds the her haul by snapping up this leather satchel
and bag for just under £30.
Jonty, though, is a man on a buying mission.
He's splashed over £330 on his latest buy.
Just look at this just look at it.
How about this for a fabulous shape? Look at that domed top that we've got there. Wonderful.
Look at these wonderful...
these outrageously good-quality bevelled mirrors on the front here.
It's fabulous. Ready to go.
The only problem I do have here is we've got the marking here.
I think I can disguise that.
I have a lock issue. The lock doesn't work very well at all.
I think that's more of a key issue rather than the lock itself.
Apart from that it's fabulously wonderful value for money.
To the right person, I can see this easily selling for around £800.
If I sell it to the trade it will be a little bit less.
But, hey how about that?
There's bagfuls of profit in it, wardrobes full of profit.
If the Hitman's right about the wardrobe holding a big profit,
then Kate will need to find some heavy-hitting items of her own.
So, it's time to find out who's on course to be today's top trump
and who's the joker in the pack.
Both the Hitman and Absolute Bliss
started with £750 of their own money.
In his search for fine furniture Jonty has managed to spend
just over £485, leaving him with almost £265 to spend.
Kate, on the other hand, has parted with just under £85,
leaving her a little over £665 in her kitty.
So, both our experts still have plenty of money to play with.
And Absolute Bliss is shopping with a vengeance.
One shelf and coat rack
or hat rack,
but lovely wrought iron brackets.
These are really nicely cast with leafy scrolls on them.
Horrible red colour. I don't think I'd want that in my house,
but painted in a lovely heritage duck egg blue,
or even light green, I think you could add £50 to that.
For 20 Euros, just under £20 to you and me,
thank you very much.
Making a profit may be the aim of the game,
but to make money you have to spend money.
With over £600 still in her pocket the First Lady is playing a dangerous game.
So, with time rapidly ticking away,
she really needs to get her skates on if she's going to get herself the best chance of winning this contest.
Hello. You speak English. Great.
-A little bit.
-I like this.
-How much is this?
That sounds quite a lot. I like it because it's tall.
It's a good long one.
Folding door cabinet. Really nice.
Where did it come from?
-From the taxman.
-From the taxman?
It's nice to get a bit back from the taxman,
or at least have something useful.
I notice there's a bit of damage just around here, just slightly.
-It's old as well, so...
-What kind of age?
I think 1950s.
It's still good condition.
It is. Very useful,
and it's got a nice contemporary look that people like these days.
Popular these days.
Have you got anything architectural?
I have a mirror there which is popular at the moment.
A window. Where's this from?
-An old factory.
-I like this.
It's really, if you sand blast it or scrub it, polish it up,
put glass in, mirrors in, it's wonderful.
That would look lovely with mirrors in.
How much is this?
And I've got to get the work done.
What deal can you do if I take the two, the window as well?
It's a sunny day. I take them home for you.
250 is the best.
-It's a popular item.
-You spot the good things.
-Can you go...
I mean I would like 150 for the two.
150? No, no, no.
-I tell you what, 180.
-That's fine. That's just fine. Here we go.
So, at just under £170 Kate's more than doubled her spending.
Elsewhere, Jonty seems to have fallen in love with, yes,
you guessed it, another piece of furniture.
Can you imagine just how fantastic this would look re-covered?
At the moment, it's covered in this, I suppose, the original fabric,
it's a brushed cotton and it's a raised brushed cotton,
because we've got the pattern that's raised on the fabric itself.
I think, if this is the right price, I've saved the best till last.
Monsieur, how much is this chair?
-What's your best? Best price for me?
-Oui, oui, oui.
HE SPEAKS FRENCH
So late 19th century, yeah.
-80 for you.
You have a sale, sir. That's a buy.
Thank you, let me pay you.
Yes, when the Hitman sets his heart on something,
there's no stopping him.
Perfect. I have saved the best till last.
80 Euros! 80 Euros!
That's just in excess of 70 quid.
Kate, you missed this one.
As a consequence I'm definitely going to keep some money in my pocket,
because this chair will look amazing restored.
The dog won't even sit on it at the moment.
It's going to look fantastic.
# Let's get it on, baby... #
And, as the Hitman carries his latest conquest into the sunset,
it's time to bring down the curtain
on the buying section of today's contest
and find out who is our collectibles Casanova and who's unlucky in love.
Our experts began the day with £750 of their own money.
Jonty's search for furniture has seen him spend over £560,
leaving almost £190 unspent.
Despite flashing her cash at the end of the day, Kate has only parted
with just over £270,
leaving over £475 in her kitty.
Before they begin to make their way back across The Channel,
curiosity gets the better of our duelling dealers.
They decide to have a look at what their rival has bought.
-I've ended up with quite a lot in the end.
-What have we got here?
Well, I like my coffee set and the shelf that I'm going to paint.
But the piece de resistance is my window.
-What do you think?
-Bit of bomb damage there you've got there, Kate.
It is bomb damage. Did you buy that from Steptoe? I didn't see Steptoe and son here!
I'm even more concerned with the teddy with the hole in his heart.
I know. He's lost his growl.
-Lost his stuffing.
-What about your stuff, then?
You like your Dralon, Jonty.
That's all going to be changed.
I can now reveal...
-my tables without legs.
-I like them actually. Fair dos.
Just a tad over £20.
-That's pretty good.
-And £3,000 of work later, they could look great!
So, this is it. This is our collection.
It's going to take us a whole week to pack this up in the van.
But because the sun is shining I'm going to treat you to an ice cream.
-That sounds fantastic.
So, as our guys cool off with an ice cream,
let's look at what they've bought.
Kate purchased a child's deckchair,
a German 1950s coffee set, a book case.
A 1960s raffia clutch bag and leather postbag. A coat rack.
A Belgian taxman's filing cabinet,
a factory window and a cuddly toy.
Jonty bagged himself two 19th century chairs ripe for restoration.
A collection of kitsch,
including a table lamp, ceiling lights and a vase.
Two 19th century table ends
and a 19th century armoire.
So, after the fiercely-fought battle of Belgium,
our two intrepid experts have returned home.
The challenge is now to sell on their spoils of war
and both Kate and Jonty will be pulling out all the stops
to find the right buyers for all their items.
They're working their way through their little black books,
putting deals together on the phone and by e-mail.
But until they've shaken on it, and the money has changed hands,
no deal is truly sealed.
Determined to make a sale, Jonty is stepping back to a time
when Demis Roussos so was number one, Abigail was having a party
and fondue was all the rage.
# And it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
# I'm your toy Your 20th century boy... #
Yes, Put Your Money's very own 20th century boy
has lined up a potential buyer for his retro collection.
-I've got my goodies.
Remember, Jonty's collection of kitsch, including his vase,
table lamp and five glass ceiling lights cost him just over £66.
The last. Saved the best till last.
What do you think?
Fantastic. Some great colours here.
Really retro green and orange. Like them.
What do you think about this?
I think these retro lights are absolutely fab.
I think they're fabulous.
I love the fact these colours have been brought in,
the green and the orange,
which are very strong for the retro thing. It's great.
Price wise, we're looking at £30 for the larger glass light
-and these smaller babies are £20 each.
All right? So that's what I'm asking for those.
-The big vase here. That is £20.
-Right. So that's that price there.
-Not too bad.
As I brought this out of the box, I have a little confession to make.
I'm very disappointed about the condition of the shade.
It wasn't like that when I bought it.
That's all happened in transit. That's what happens sometimes.
You bring something back in transit and it's not the way it was.
It's happened to me many times.
It is battered, isn't it?
It will be a tough one, the lampshade, I'm afraid.
It looks like Jonty will have to use all his guile and ingenuity
to sell his retro collection.
The damage the lamp has suffered in transit is causing Amanda concern.
Can the Hitman seal the deal?
In Herefordshire Kate's research and some careful planning
might be about to pay off.
Not only has she tracked down a potential buyer for the coat hooks,
she's also given them a complete overhaul.
-Hello, Kate. How are you?
-How are you?
-All right, thanks.
-The weather's on the turn out there.
-Summer's gone, I think.
Let me put that down.
What do you think? I've brought it to show you.
-Very nice. Nice colour.
-I've actually painted it myself.
It came from a flea market in Belgium
and it was this funny garish red colour,
that you can see just on the back there.
So not a very commercial colour.
So I've painted it this lime white colour.
-It's almost ivory.
-It is. It's quite a good quality paint, so it's come up well. The finish is nice.
These nice brackets are like the old cisterns, aren't they?
I thought that was nice.
I took those off to paint it, so they are exactly as they were.
And the hooks have got a nice little bit of wear on them to give it a nice antiqued look.
And a nice hat rack on the top.
Yes, you put your coats on there and your hats on the top.
Very nice detail.
Is it the sort of thing you could sell?
I think it would go with my garden bits at the back.
Well I'm looking for about £75. How does that sound?
-I think I could do £70.
-All right, brilliant. £70.
So, a little bit of hard graft,
but the paint brush has secured Kate a sale.
£70 for the coat hooks gives her a profit of just over £50.
That went really well. It's a nice little profit for me
and it will look great in Sally's new shop.
That's a good deal for the First Lady of antiques.
Jonty though, is also working hard to secure a sale.
So, you couldn't sell that with the shade?
I'm not sure that I can even really repair it.
Yes, it sound as though the Hitman has his work cut out here.
Kate, on the other hand, is aiming to seal a deal for the book case
she paid just under £19 for.
Here we are, Sandra, here's the book case.
Although today I think it has a contemporary look about it.
You could use it for CDs or little knick knacks.
Whatever you like, really. What do you think?
Yes, I think so. It's, you know, it's a practical piece.
It's got all these little pigeonholes
which you could use for whatever you wanted really.
It's a bit of a funny looking thing.
It is a bit strange.
Originally, perhaps, these little clips on the front
would suggest there was a pole or curtain or a screen of some sort.
Without that, it takes on a bit more of a contemporary look really.
It's almost sort of Heals in type.
I agree with that. Entirely. Yes.
Is it something, do you think you could sell?
I think so. What sort of price were you thinking of?
Well, I'm looking for about £70.
Um, well I think that's a little bit high.
How about £60?
-£60 is fine.
-Is that all right?
-Thank you very much.
Thank you very much. If you'd like to come with me.
And another one bites the dust.
Kate's on blistering form today
as the book case turns a profit of over £40.
She's on a roll and is hoping to bag more money
with the child's deckchair which cost her the grand sum
of £5 at the Belgian market.
Let me shut the door.
It's nice and sunny out there.
I can see the child's chairs already.
Yes. Well. I'm afraid they're everywhere, Kate.
I love that one.
Will she be able to add her chair to her contact's collection and leave with some profit in her pocket?
I've just got back from Brussels.
It was a really good trip.
You know what it's like, shopping at a flea market abroad,
-you never know what you'll see.
So, I saw this little chair and I just thought, "Brenda"!
I thought of your fantastic collection of little chairs.
I mean, it's a bit of fun really.
I don't know how much age it's got to it really.
Probably not that old, 10, 20 years at the most.
Maybe more. '50s or '60s.
-It's a fun thing, isn't it?
It's a little deckchair. You could almost use it in the garden
for the grandchildren if you like.
I certainly haven't got one like that and I would love to have it.
I think it's lovely.
-I was thinking around £25. How does that sound?
Excellent. I've brought it to the right place then?
You certainly did.
That's more profit for Absolute Bliss.
It looks like she bought well in Belgium.
Jonty isn't a man to crack under pressure, though.
His collection of kitsch might not all be in tip top condition
but he's pulling out all the stops to sell it.
That was £20. But I'm happy to take a tenner for that.
So collectively, where are we then?
Let's do that. That's two, four, six, eight. £110.
£140 all together.
All right. You've got a deal.
The Hitman's back in the groove
and back in today's competition
with a very respectful profit from his collection of kitsch.
That is amazing.
I've sold all my kitsch items.
Sold all those lamps, including the tangerine lamp.
Even that was a teensy-weensy small profit.
That's what I call groovy, baby.
With both our experts desperate to win today's contest, the profits are rolling in.
Jonty has decided that instead of refurbishing his 19th-century table ends,
he'll try and make a quick sale to one of his London contacts.
In Hay-on-Wye, Miss Bliss is hoping to cash in on the leather post bag
and raffia clutch bag that cost her just over £28.
Hi, Stuart. Hello, Kate, nice to see you.
-And you, how are things?
Good. Great. Well, look,
I've brought you something that might be just your cup of tea.
-I know you sell quite a lot of leather bags.
This one actually came from Belgium.
I bought it in a flea market over there.
I thought it was a great size.
Because you could fit a laptop in there, if you wanted to.
Or, at a push, you could use it as a little overnight bag.
And inside I've noticed you've got, on a strap here,
-Now I think that means it's German.
And it means literally a sort of rider's bag,
or a courier's bag, if you like.
So I think it's an old postbag for the mail.
-It's that sort of size.
-It is isn't it?
I've got this one as well, which is probably more Carol's cup of tea.
-It would be, yes.
-Fifties, I'd say.
-A bit glitzy.
-What kind of money are you looking for?
Well, I'm looking for £30 on that. Because it's in such nice condition.
And 60 for the leather bag.
-I can do 30 on this one.
-I can't do 60 on that.
-OK. What do you think, then?
I can allow you 50 on that one.
All right, I'm happy with that.
Let's do 80 for the two.
-Shall we call it a deal then?
-I think that's a deal. Brilliant.
That's more than £50 profit for Kate,
and she extends her lead even further when she sells
her 60s coffee set, making a profit of over £35.
£50? Yes, that's good for me.
-Brilliant, thank you very much indeed.
Hay-on-Wye has been a profitable stomping ground for Kate.
In the capital, has the Hitman's gamble
of trying to make a quick sale with his legless table ends paid off?
Quick sale. Talk about a quick sale.
£90 I've just got for those pair of tables.
That's roughly 70 quid profit, just like that. Kate, are you watching?
Don't buy earrings, buy furniture, you just can't go wrong.
Now remember, Mr Hearnden paid almost £24 for those table ends.
Selling them for £90 has given his profit pot a much needed boost.
It's been a roller coaster ride for Jonty today.
He's still trailing in Kate's wake,
and his position isn't improved when his large wardrobe
sells at auction for just £250.
At 250 I'm selling, all done? Sold at 250.
With commission, the Hitman has lost almost £100 on that sale
and at the moment
there's no doubt about who's the selling sorcerer,
and who's the lowly apprentice.
The Hitman has sold £480 worth of antiques but, having taken a big
loss on the wardrobe, he's got just over £40 of profit in his kitty.
Kate, on the other hand, is setting a blistering pace.
She's sold items totalling almost £300
and has made profits of just over £200.
So, as we enter the final furlong of today's challenge,
Kate is out in front and has three items left to sell.
But Jonty has got his two fabulous chairs left, so all is not lost
as our profit hunting pair hit the phones in search of their next deal.
-Hi, is that Rita?
-Yes, it is.
-Rita, it's Jonty here.
Yeah, I know you've got all sorts of goodies, yeah. I know.
# ..Leave me hanging on the telephone... #
Hi, Lynne, it's Jonty calling.
# ..Don't leave me hanging... #
See you soon. Bye.
The Hitman and Miss Bliss might be putting together
more deals on the phone,
but until money has changed hands, no deal is secure.
After talking to a potential buyer,
Kate thinks she might have found a home for Pierre the bear,
who cost her just £19.
Will his new board and lodgings give her a profit?
Well, Pierre, you're in very distinguished company.
Sue, this is just a mind blowing collection.
How many have you got in total?
Altogether I've got about 2,500.
-But that includes more modern ones right back to older ones.
I think you're in very distinguished company,
but I'm not sure you're quite in this league, old boy.
Is he a bear that you'd want in your collection?
-Well, I think that I've fallen in love with Pierre.
Yes, the finer details of this adoption
still need to be ironed out.
But, with Kate's contact losing her heart to Pierre the bear, the pressure is building on the Hitman.
Jonty, though, thrives under pressure, and he's hoping one of his favourite restorers will be able
to breathe new life into his two chairs and give him a good price for the work that's needed.
Would £100 be OK?
That'll be fine for you. I'll get on with them for you.
-Simon, you're a star.
-We'll sort them out today, if we can.
Really? I can't wait to see them transformed.
-Because they're going to be fabulous. Wonderful. Great, mate. See you later.
As he's on a mission to raise as much money as possible for charity,
Mr H has got a great deal out of Simon to re-cover his chairs.
But he's trailing in his rival's wake.
Kate is trying to seal a deal for Pierre the bear.
Can she agree a price with his potential new owner?
So what do you think?
I'd like to offer you £45.
That sounds great. You're a very lucky bear, Pierre.
But, the bears have been thinking about things.
-And they've emptied their money box.
And they put it in a purse ready.
And they would like to add £5 more.
-£5 more, Pierre.
-For you, Pierre.
What do you say, Pierre?
Don't tell me that I don't bring you to the best places. Thank you, Sue.
Another sale, and more money for Kate.
Sue gave her £45 for Pierre,
and as she's on a quest to raise as
much money as possible for charity, the bears gave her an extra fiver.
Well, I don't think Pierre could be happier.
Sue seemed delighted, and I've got a tidy profit.
But one thing is for certain,
I think he's going to be quite cosy in there.
So, with Pierre luxuriating in his new home,
Kate can press on with her selling.
She's taken her factory window to a salvage yard and is hoping to reclaim a substantial profit.
I don't think it's in too bad condition. No cracks.
A little bit of marks from the casting,
but I don't think it's actually corrosion.
I think it's just casting marks.
Right. So, although it's rusted, it's not cracked or anything?
No, it's a good raw condition, as it were.
So is this something you think you could sell?
I might be able to do something with it, yes.
It all depends on money, that's the bottom line.
Well, I'm looking for about 150.
Bit too much, really, for us.
-Because of the cost of having it blasted, really.
Kate is doing her level best to strike a deal for her window.
In the capital, there's good news for Jonty about his chairs.
-Hello, Jonty, it's Simon, how are you?
Simon the magician! How are you?
I'm very good. Some news.
I've finished one of the chairs you got in Belgium.
The printed linen. But I've had a bit of interest on it,
is there any chance you can come over and sell it to the fella?
Absolutely, well done. Imminently?
Yes, whenever you like.
-If you could pop over and we could do that for you.
I love you, I love you, I love you.
I know you do.
OK, mate. Thanks so much.
-See you when you can.
Yes, this is good news for Jonty.
He's miles behind in today's competition
and his chances of winning rest on his ability to get a fabulous profit on his two chairs.
In Herefordshire, Kate is closing in on yet another deal.
OK. What could you do?
-No, I need a bit more than that.
What about I meet you in the middle, say 125?
-Yes, go on then.
-Yes? Happy with that?
-Thank you very much indeed.
Kate was a long way out of her comfort zone buying that reclaimed window,
but our plucky expert has still managed
to turn a profit of more than £30.
Well I've sold my window.
It hasn't given me my biggest profit, but it's still a profit.
And you never know, it might just make the difference against Jonty.
Well, Kate's right. Every penny counts.
But it's not all good news for Miss Bliss because,
despite her best efforts,
she's had to sell her filing cabinet for a loss of more than £25.
On the positive side, though, she's sold all her items,
and is way out in front of the Hitman,
whose hopes rest on his two chairs.
Jonty paid just over £140 for the chairs in Belgium,
and has parted with another £100 to have them re-covered.
If he's going to win, he needs to make a huge profit.
Luckily, he's got a potential buyer for the recovered green chair,
and they've sent someone to buy it on their behalf.
As long as the price is right.
-Stuart, nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you, Jon.
Simon gave me a call and told me you were interested in this lovely chair.
I am indeed.
What do you think? I think it's fantastic now it's been covered in this beautiful linen.
I understand that all of the pattern on this chair is hand printed.
It looks like it's been well upholstered. A good shape.
I actually bought this chair from a market in Belgium,
-hence the reason why it's got chocolate stains.
I like the shape. It's got a good firm seat.
Nice deep seat as well.
That will do the job.
So, the price for the chair is 375, and that's not £3.75.
Well, Jonty is aiming high. But, if he wants to beat Kate, he needs to.
We'll find out very shortly if he was able to sell his chairs
for a big enough profit, because it's time to reveal who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
Remember, both our canny competitors
could spend up to £750 of their own money.
Jonty spent just over £560 on antiques, plus a further £100
to have his chairs re-upholstered, making a total spend of over £660.
Kate Absolute Bliss spent a little over £270
on her foray into the European market.
It's been a fierce battle.
And to reveal the final result of today's contest,
we've called Miss Bliss and Mr H to the bright lights of London.
-Kate. Fresh from the battlefield.
-How was it for you?
-Do you know, pretty difficult.
Yeah. Because it was so contained,
and you had to really buy what was there
and I didn't really take a fancy to much until quite late on.
Right. There was a bit of a mixed bag there, but you're never really quite sure with markets like that.
And the whole thing in Euros,
my maths is hopeless, so there was a sort of added difficulty.
Yes. And the language.
Right. Time to find out what we made, or how little we made!
-This was a tricky one.
-After three. One, two, three...
Look at that. That's very good, Jonty. I think.
That's not too bad.
We've done pretty well, both of us, actually.
-It looks like it's lunch on me again.
-Kate, you're becoming an expensive girl.
-This is all right, isn't it?
Well, that's an incredible result. And what a turnaround!
Kate set the early pace, and was out right in front to the death.
So how on earth did Jonty almost double Kate's total profit?
I can do an extra £20.
Go on then. You've got a sale.
Jonty sold his re-covered green chair for a whopping £320
and his red chair for another £350,
giving him a massive profit of almost £430.
Kate, big commiserations.
Our challenge is very much The Beauty And The Beast.
I'm afraid the beast won today.
I am quite disappointed that I've lost today, but I'm still really
pleased that I've managed to raise a good couple of hundred pounds for my good cause.
And pleased you should be, Kate, as you've both raised fabulous amounts for your chosen charities.
The money that I've just raised today will all go to Helen & Douglas House,
which is a children and young adults' hospice, based in Oxford.
I'm raising money for the Alzheimer's Society in Herefordshire.
So it's victory for the Hitman,
but hold on to your hats because tomorrow Kate will be looking
to wrestle the crown away from Jonty when our profit hunting pair will be locking horns again
at a British antiques market.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who's going to make the biggest profit of all? Me.
Now, I'm hoping that this might prove a bit of a nightmare for Jonty.
I've spotted an antiques expert in distress...
and it's Kate!
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Two experts from the world of antiques go head-to-head in a competition to raise money for a charity of their choice. They are challenged to buy antiques and collectibles in a different location each day, and at the end of the week the duelling dealers compete to raise the most money at a special one-off event. Once the deals are done, one expert will be crowned the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
Jonty Hearnden and Kate Bliss turn a day trip to Belgium into a battle of the buyers, competing to raise the most money for their chosen charities.