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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is -
the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts against each other in a battle for profit
and gives you the inside view on the secrets of the trade.
Coming up, our experts show you how quality stands the test of time...
If you're dealing in New Bond Street in the 1920s or before, like today,
it was an expensive place to deal from,
so you only dealt in very good-quality objects.
..a guide to what's hot and what's not...
Here's a little baby here.
A little chest of drawers that is so commercial in today's market.
-..and how to sweeten a deal.
-It really summed up to me...
-It's like Christmas, isn't it?
-Black Forest ga...
-Black Forest gateaux!
Today's buying bonanza pitches our unstoppable fancier of furniture...
..against the prince of porcelain...
to see who can make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.
The stakes in this competition couldn't be higher.
It's big game furniture hunter, Jonty...
This is my own happy hunting ground.
..versus high society spender, Mark Stacey...
I often have champagne taste, but unfortunately only a beer balance.
..risking their reputations and their own hard-earned cash,
in a battle that will test their knowledge and contact books to the absolute limit.
Our duelling duo have up to £750 of their own money to spend.
Their mission, over a week of challenges, is to make the most profit possible,
all of which will be going to their chosen charities.
Today's battleground is the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground,
where there are thousands of stalls packed with antiques and collectibles.
In the battle for profit, there can be only one winner.
Jonty Hearnden and Mark Stacey,
time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
We are in one of the UK's biggest antiques markets with £750 to spend. How are you going to spend it?
My strategy is very simple. I've got The Hitman firmly in my sights.
I'm going to put you under pressure. In the first hour, I am going to have bought most of what I need.
OK. I look forward to seeing that.
I am, as you know, a furniture man,
-so I'm going to go to those areas that are predominantly furniture to find my bargains.
-Good luck, Jonty.
Our duelling dealers are limbering up for an almighty tussle
and they've each cooked up their own strategies to achieve victory.
Furniture is this way, follow me.
Jonty's mission is to bag a van full of goodies,
while speed is the name of the game for Mark.
It's a very big fair. Things go very quickly. Get your money out,
spend, negotiate with the dealers, and have a good day.
So The Maverick's master plan is to hit the market hard and fast
and grab any potential profit turners as quickly as he can.
The contest gets the green light and our pumped-up pros are off at full throttle in the hunt for bargains.
As The Hitman knows only too well, it's the early bird that catches the worm.
If you're interested in buying in a market like this,
then come on the first day when the gates open.
That's where you're going to find the genuine bargains.
Goods are already leaving the premises.
Yes, a great tip from The Hitman,
and one that his opponent is already putting into practice
because it's The Maverick who's the first to spot a potential moneymaker.
This looks rather nice.
This is...carved Black Forest,
maybe sort of 1900, 1910.
You've got to look at the quality. This is quite nice quality -
the detailing here on the deer's head, the very realistic glass eyes.
Obviously, we know what it is.
It goes on the wall, and you hang your scarf or hat on there.
I rather like that.
Something else that's taken my eye is this little Art Deco lamp base.
This is 1930s. It's quite heavy,
but I think it's probably going to be spelter, which is an alloy,
and it has been patinated to give the bronze effect.
Now if that was bronze, even unsigned,
it would be worth, you know £600, £700 or £800 or more.
Being spelter, it's probably going to be around the 100 mark, but we'll have to find out from the dealer.
Our demon dealer turns his early interest into a double deal,
snapping up the Art Deco lamp for £100
and the carved coat hook for £55.
It's a turbo-charged start for The Maverick.
A pair of weird and wonderful bamboo legs for £20, but will he walk away with a profit?
I think they're a bit wacky.
Goodness knows where I'm going to make any money on them.
But hopefully somebody is as silly as I am. Fingers crossed.
Mark's mission is to snap up the bargains as quickly as he can
and he's already delivered on his promise.
Well, things so far are going according to plan.
I've bought three items already. I've only spent £175.
I told Jonty that I was going to be putting him under pressure
and that's exactly what I'm doing. Look out, Jonty.
Fighting talk from The Maverick,
but The Hitman's not quaking in his boots yet,
because his finely-tuned dealer radar has just picked up a signal.
Now, that's rather fun.
What you're looking at here is an Art Deco lamp standard
that has just been freshly painted because originally that might well be walnut underneath all that.
It's been freshly rewired, which is very important.
What else have we got here?
We've got chairs under cover here, so I can't really look at those.
Now, here's a little baby here.
A little chest of drawers that is so commercial in today's market.
Again, this is a piece of furniture that has just been freshly painted.
Date-wise, this is only going to be 1920s, 1930s.
At the right price, I'm bound to find a buyer for it. It's a lovely thing.
What a start for The Hitman, he strikes his first deal of the day
bagging the Art Deco lamp for £40 and the painted wooden chest for £100.
But The Maverick's still got his pedal to the metal
and he zooms further ahead with the purchase of a 1950s' porcelain tennis-themed mug for £25.
And he's quick to tee-up another sporting deal.
We've got a silver-plated tankard.
On the top, we've got the Royal Adelaide Golf Club Championship,
a replica of the MG Anderson Cup,
and this one was won in 1924 by DL Giles.
Golf is big business.
We could have got a hole in one.
Struth! Mark proves he's no drongo as he bags the Adelaide Golf Club tankard for £75.
And as if buying at breakneck speed wasn't enough,
he's already getting ahead on his research.
Well, what are the chances of this?
Don't get confused I haven't gone down under,
but Alan is from Australia, just incidentally been introduced to him.
I've shown him my Adelaide Cup. Now, you can cast some light for us.
You said instantly when I showed you the maker CWO & Co...
-Charles Ottoway and Company.
-They're a very old Adelaide firm of jewellers.
-Over 100 years ago.
-That fits in really nicely with the 1924 date.
Yes, they're very well known in Adelaide.
Isn't that fantastic? You see this is what antiques dealing is about.
You buy something on the spur of the moment and already I've learnt something. What a result!
With five items already in the bag
and a little help from the far-flung reaches of the Commonwealth,
Mark could soon have today's battle with The Hitman all sewn up.
But if Jonty does suffer defeat, he won't be left wallowing all alone.
Have a look at this little fellow here.
I think he's got bags, bags and bags of character.
I just think he's absolutely wonderful.
Now, he's £120, can I make a margin on him?
Are you buying that or are you not buying it?
-I might if you get me a better price.
-He's a rarity and he's 1930s.
-I'll do you £90 on him.
-90? Will you do £80?
-No, because it cost me £75.
-Yes, for £80.
-No, £85, I'm one of the real dealers here.
-You're good at trying.
-Two, four, six, eight, ten...there you go.
-Thank you, sweetheart.
-I want £15 back in change.
-20, 40, 60, 80, 100. You certainly do.
-Thank you very much.
-I'll just get you 15.
-I have no idea who I'm going to sell him to.
Sometimes when you fall in love with something, that's what it's all about in this business.
If you love it, somebody else is.
I just think he's lovely.
I just have to take him home with me.
Ah, it's hip-hippo-hooray for The Hitman and his new chum,
but there's no time to wallow in success as The Hitman's keen to pass on some handy hints
for cutting the best possible deals at market.
Now, if you want to get the best price from a dealer, or anybody, for that matter,
ask their best price and then insist on a little bit more -
sometimes quite a bit more - and just see their reaction.
If you get the right vibe, then you know you're in for the kill.
That's how you get the best price.
One man who doesn't need any advice is The Maverick
whose buying binge is still banging away.
He hands over £10 for a religious figurine and a pair of candlesticks...
Goodness knows what I'll do with it.
..pays a fiver for a framed print of a Spanish lady...
This sort of retro kitsch is really in in the cosmopolitan parts
of the country and I reckon...
..and also picks up an Art Deco 1930s jug and a sugar shaker for £25.
It's been a barn-storming romp of a morning for The Maverick,
but with only half the day gone, there's plenty of time for The Hitman to strike back.
Mark and Jonty each began the day with £750 of their own money.
So far, Jonty's bought a total of three items.
He spent £225, which leaves him £525 still in his kitty.
Mark has raced through the sales and racked up eight purchases.
He's handed over £315 and has £435 still to spend.
Today's buying extravaganza is at full throttle,
and our canny competitors are both desperate to win.
In his quest to catch up with his opponent, The Hitman is sticking to his game plan and his first love.
Have a look at this shape. A nice little barrel back there.
Underneath here, we've just got dried grass.
So all one needs to do with a chair like this is put on a fresh fabric
and hey presto, you have a little nursing chair, a bedroom chair.
Have a look at those legs.
We've got those nice turned legs there.
These are circa 1880, 1890. Napoleon Trois, they're called,
because all of the chairs here that you see, everything here,
it's not English, they're all French or Belgian.
In the UK, we didn't produce chairs of this size and proportion,
to a great extent. Now, I am interested in this chair.
The price says £130. I don't think I can get too much discount on it,
but I'm just going to see what I can get for it.
And then I'll make up my mind.
It's good news for Hitman as he bags the chair for a cracking price.
I've just bought this for £110.
I need to spend as much again, if not more, doing it up.
And after that, I should be into profit, profit, profit.
I'm really very, very pleased with my purchase.
So The Hitman reckons he's sitting pretty with his chair,
but he's still way behind The Maverick in today's buying race.
So far, The Maverick's mission has been to pinpoint and purchase
any potential profit turners as quickly as he can,
and after sprinting into the lead, he maintains it with a £10 deal for a pair of Wedgwood candlesticks.
And soon he spies another item that would make a sharp investment.
It's a walking cane crossed with a sword.
Better known as a sword stick.
It looks pretty dangerous to me.
There's quite a strong law governing these sort of things, isn't there?
There is, yes. The law states that if it's Victorian, it's collectible.
That means you can collect them at home and enjoy them there,
-but they're not a public thing.
When you handle something like this which has been around a long time,
you can see the patination, you can feel it there,
the way these brass studs have mellowed down
to that wonderful warm colour and, when you open it up,
you've got this wonderful quality bluing to the actual blade there,
and, you know, this, I would say, is probably going to be, what, 1880?
Late Victorian? I know a couple of collectors for this sort of thing,
I don't know if they've got one of these, but it would be an interesting challenge.
-Can we get it under £100, do you think?
-Anywhere near £70?
-We can get to £90.
-Could we get to 90?
-Not a little bit under that?
-Not even a little bit under that.
-Are you sure I can't persuade you?
-Just to be nice?
-No, not even to just be nice.
-You don't want to take it home.
-I give up. I think I'm going take a risk at 90. I might be mad, but... Thanks.
The Maverick is racking the deals up, and next he picks up a silver-plated toast rack.
I'm absolutely delighted with this. I think everything about it screams quality.
It's a really novelty item. Silver plate, unfortunately, not silver.
Around the bottom here we've got Thornhill and Co, New Bond Street,
so that tells us these people, if you're dealing in New Bond Street in the 1920s or before,
like today, it was an expensive place to deal from,
so you only dealt in very good-quality objects.
The dealer was very fair to me. We agreed on £49.50.
So I reckon that's not a bad deal.
Our determined dealers have set a relentless pace,
but there's still time for a quick catch-up.
-So how was this morning for you?
-It went very well. According to plan.
I've got you sussed on this one, I think, you know.
-I found so many items straight off, you should be worried.
-Can't you tell I'm quaking in my boots?
You just go for those big lumps of furniture, Jonty.
Broaden your horizons a bit.
-And you go for those twiddly bits.
-Keep my twiddly bits out of this!
-I've still got some shopping to do.
-Yes, so have I.
Our dealers are now battling against the clock
in their bid to bag those crucial last bargains as the traders begin to pack up.
The Hitman has managed to line up another potential purchase
and it's keeping his chances of winning shining brightly.
This is a, probably, French or Belgian chandelier.
It's not particularly old. It's probably 1960s, maybe even 1970s,
but the market always wants something that's a wee bit different.
Where are you going to find something like that in the UK?
As a consequence, at £50,
that's worth a purchase, and I think we're in for a profit.
Jonty picks up the glass-and-chrome chandelier for £50 and his lust for lights isn't satisfied yet.
He seals his sixth deal of the day for a second chandelier, handing over £90 for it.
Two quick buys and The Hitman's back on The Maverick's tail,
but Mark has been buying at a rate of knots all day long and it seems he's not done yet.
I picked up these two rather interesting tables.
This one is Edwardian, around about 1900.
Very feminine in shape, this is the sort of table that would have been in a lady's boudoir.
There are a few problems and issues. There is a little bit of damage here and the whole thing's a bit rickety.
But I'm hoping that my restorer will actually say
it's not too much of a problem and it should look a very pretty table.
Now moving on to my second purchase, completely different. This is an occasional table.
This would have stood in the corner of a room maybe with a jardiniere or a vase on it. Something like that.
It's a tripod base - it's got three legs.
It's in pretty shocking condition
because this leg has come detached and we've got these nasty bolts.
I hope to find somebody to purchase it.
The two tables cost Mark £180.
They're his final buys of the day, bringing his total number of items to 13.
Unlucky for some, but hopefully not for Maverick.
Jonty is on the hunt for one last deal.
-It looks brand-new.
-It is brand-new.
-What's the damage on it?
40 quid. OK. I am tempted simply because it's the right price.
All I want to do is buy things because I might make a margin. I shouldn't be telling you that!
No. But as you have, it's still £40.
I think I'm going to buy it because it's so cheap.
That's The Hitman's last purchase.
It's been a tantalising contest and our fearless dealers have used
every ounce of their expertise in their bid to win.
But who has spent the most?
Jonty and Mark both began the day with £750 of their own money.
Jonty made seven purchases spending a grand total of £515.
Mark ended up with an impressive 13 items and spent a total of £644.50.
All that remains for our weary dealers is to take a look at their opponent's wares.
Mark, come and have a look at my fine antiques.
-A chest of drawers.
-Yes. Sell it to me, what is it?
-I can sell it to you because it cost me next to nothing.
It's been freshly painted. It's a chest of drawers, 1920s, 1930s.
-People do like the almost shabby-type design.
Jonty, you can't do one of these shows without buying a chair!
Why is this rather plain distressed example so important to you?
This is something that's going to be really completely different
when it's finally transformed.
It's just going to look absolutely ticketyboo, lots of profit.
-Well, I tell you...
-I can see a table over here that's only got two legs!
-Well, yes, but the third one is there.
It just needs to be stuck back in. I think that will come up well.
-I had absolutely no intention of buying this,
but this Belgian lady sweet-talked me.
She smiled and beguiled me, and I just saw £10 whizzing from my wallet
and now I think, what on earth am I going to do with it?
-But we've had a good day at Newark, haven't we?
-I know. There is always bargains to be had.
-We've got pack all this up and go home.
-I think this is the way out.
The aim now is for Jonty and Mark to sell all their items
and make as much profit as they can for the charity of their choice.
As well as his chest of drawers and Continental nursing chair,
Jonty will also be selling this Art Deco lamp standard,
a hippo sculpture from the 1930s,
a chrome-and-glass chandelier,
an Italian glass chandelier,
and a contemporary violin.
Along with his occasional table and religious figurine, Mark has to sell
an Art Deco lamp base,
a German wooden coat hanger from the early 1900s,
legs 11, a pair of bamboo legs,
a tennis memorabilia mug,
an Australian golf tankard from the 1920s,
a framed Spanish print,
an Art Deco measuring jug and sugar shaker,
a pair of Wedgwood candlesticks,
a Victorian sword stick,
a silver plate toast rack from the 1920s,
and an Edwardian two-tiered table.
With their arsenal of antiques and collectibles complete,
the challenge now for our profit-hungry pair
is to sell their purchases in order to make the biggest possible profit.
They'll both be pulling out all the stops to find buyers, rifling through their little black books
and setting up deals left, right and centre.
But until they have shaken on it and the money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.
Now, it's Mark who's first to march out in his selling campaign.
He's armed with his Bavarian coat rack and he's hoping his DEER friend
and fellow dealer, Susan, will take a shine to it.
-So are you ready for this?
I shall reveal all to you, Sue.
-I'm excited as well.
-As you know, I've wrapped it very well.
It really summed up to me....
-Yes, it's like Christmas, isn't it?
-Black Forest ga...
-Black Forest gateaux!
No, Black Forest garden, I meant to say.
-Although I do like a bit of Black Forest gateau as well.
-We'll see what we can do.
-Ah, isn't that nice?
-I thought, you know, the thing that sold it to me, was the eyes.
-It's so charming!
Yes. Well, I've got just the place for this. It's going above the door
in the study. So that's going to be lovely.
I do like it. Really, I do.
You've been in the antiques world for more years than I care to think.
Now, tell me a little bit of your history.
I'm right in saying you're the first...
-Female auctioneer in the country, and that was in 1975, so it is a long time ago.
-That was exciting.
It was, the first time up on the rostrum. Yes.
Breaking into a world.
Breaking into a man's world.
-And great fun, you know.
I've always enjoyed it. I would say that's very, very late-19th century.
-I was hoping you would say that because that was my feeling, sort of 1890, 1900.
-Yes, yes, yes.
I just thought it just would absolutely suit your home.
I think the rather modest price would be around about £160.
Oh, no chance.
I was thinking more 100.
Oh, no, Sue, I can't, honestly, that would be too low, darling. Honestly.
Could we say something like 130?
-Let's seal it with a kiss.
-Are you happy?
-Then that's all we can say.
It's a £75 profit for the coat rack
and a cracking start for the Maverick who is feeling rather chipper.
I'm happy. She's happy.
The world is happy and smiling.
With his first sale under his belt, Mark is full of beans and on his way to his next engagement.
He's approaching today's challenge with military precision,
and next up is his sword stick, which he purchased for £90.
He's off to meet Enrico, a collector and connoisseur from California.
What this man doesn't know about sword sticks just ain't worth knowing.
I bought it hoping that you would be delighted to purchase off me,
and to confirm what I thought it was, which is a 19th-century swordstick.
It certainly is. It certainly is. That is very unusual because...
I liked that because there's a good lot of wear on there, isn't there?
It is a nice mellow colour.
I've never seen another one studded that way.
Wonderful. I looked for the blade and it has that bluing to it as well, which I hoped was a good sign.
That is a very good sign.
And think, In the 19th century there weren't really that many policeman around.
-This was a defence piece, wasn't it?
-Well, it was a defence piece
and also it was used by individuals who were picking up a little change for the local pub.
This particular cane that you brought me,
it's very utilitarian in a sense,
because it could be used for any variety of uses before
someone really had to unshield the blade and, shall we say, defend themselves.
I deliberately avoided putting any sort of price on because I thought,
to be honest, I'm going to throw myself into your lap of mercy here.
I know what I paid for it.
Mark, you have to tell me what you would like to get for it.
OK. Oh no, that's a tricky one, isn't it?
Yes. I will tell you why you're not going to.
You just punctuated me
-as if you were stopping me with the thought.
-With a sword stick, yes.
Well, I was hoping for around the £150 mark.
Um... How about 125?
-Brilliant. Well done, sir.
-Thanks a lot.
And thank you for bringing me this really nice addition to the collection.
Well, from the cut and thrust of that deal,
the Maverick emerges with £35 profit,
and our very own musketeer powers his way into an early lead.
Our marauding Maverick
keeps up his momentum by selling his bamboo legs for a profit of £12.
And with the lady of Seville netting him a £15 profit,
Mark's already way out in front.
But when the going gets tough, the Hitman gets going.
Jonty's loaded up the chest of drawers that set him back £100
and he brought it to show fellow dealer, Peter.
There we go. What about that for a beauty?
It is amazing because there's no wear
and it's all there.
I'm looking for £225 for this.
It's an awful lot. I would say it's sort of 1860, something like that.
That really is a very small dove tail.
It is, but I mean, look at the wood they've used, cross grain, short grain, everything.
A challenging piece of wood which is almost done
in spite of the wood.
With the grain going in all directions, when you are trying to do precise work like that,
and cut such tiny little dove tails, I call this heroic woodwork, such great skill. It's...
150 years old? And it's lasted. So a miraculous survivor.
Well, all of a sudden it's £300, this chest of drawers.
I think it's probably 75.
-I would have to repaint it, you see.
-No, no, we're not. No. We're cold. Brr. 175?
No. 200. It's nice chest of drawers. Perfectly formed.
Well, I'm not going to spend too long because I want a coffee. So 200.
-Are you going to make me a coffee?
Look at that. Jonty lands a £100 profit and gets
a free coffee thrown in from Peter, a man with a passion
for craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail.
Jonty presses on by indulging his own passion for cold hard cash by
selling his hippo to a long-standing client and pocketing £55 profit.
But while selling his old violin to his old school,
he goes slightly off key and makes a loss of £20.
However, this setback is minor because after three sales the Hitman has nudged into the lead.
Down to the South Coast, Mark's hooked up with his old mate Serena,
a keen collector of religious object d'art.
-He's hoping that his religious icon will be a welcome addition to her collection.
-Come in, Mark.
-Gosh, Serena. You do like mixing the old with the new.
-Now, listen, as soon as I got this...
..I thought there's only one person.
-Oh my gosh! I love it.
-What do you think?
-But that's not all, you know, because they come with a pair of side arms.
-Oh, my word!
Now there is a little bit of damage,
but they are in the shape of palm fromes
-Now aren't they kitsch or what?
-Yes, they are.
I think it is fabulous. It's right up my street.
-Have you seen all my religious paraphernalia?
Now, Serena, in all fairness, they're not everybody's cup of tea.
-But there's a growing market for these sorts of things.
I'll buy it all up. I absolutely love it
and I think it's pretty de riguer at the moment. Pieces like this are now actually in fine-art auctions.
Bonkers, isn't it? Because about two years ago,
you could get them for 50p down the local car boot.
Now I was hoping for a very, very reasonable £30 for the three.
-I'll give you 25.
-Gosh, that's not even £10 a piece.
I can't believe how mean you are, Serena.
Well, take it or leave it.
Don't you get bolshy with me!
How about 28?
Mwah! Ooh, lovely.
It's a profit of £18 for the Maverick and it is
nip and tuck all the way in today's Put Your Money profit hunt.
Deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, The Hitman is on a mission to turn
an ugly duckling into a beautiful and bountiful profit-turning swan.
He's armed with his battered old nursing chair and some fabric offcuts from home
and he's come to see one of his legion of upholstering contacts.
Where do you want me to put it? Up here?
-Just up here's fine.
I've got what I think will work very well
because really what I go for when it comes to upholstery
is to be as neutral as possible.
I want a chair that will work in almost any room, set in any situation.
That's the most important thing to me, and I've got left in my kitty about £200.
Could we cover the cost of that chair?
We could do, yeah.
-Oh! That sounds so good!
-Here we go..
Look at that.
So now you have got some kind of...
You've got straw and some kind of vegetable fibre.
-All new stuffing we put in have to be fire retardant.
We don't use straw anymore.
-We can use coconut fibres, which have been treated to make them fire retardant.
This front edge has completely gone.
You can see how the scrim
has just deteriorated
and if we lift back, you can see it all fall apart and then you can see the original...
-Those are the springs under there.
-The original springs under here.
So that whole seat's got to be taken out. OK.
The back's got a good shape to it.
It just needs regulating, which means moving the stuffing about a bit
-and new scrim over it and stitching into it.
-Well, I look forward to seeing it in a week.
I'll see you next week.
So Jonty's hoping that for his chair a little speculation will lead to much accumulation.
And now it is time to take a look at which of our antiques aficionados has built up the most profit.
So far Jonty 'The Hitman' Hearnden has sold £360 of goods
and made profits of £135.
His rival, Mark 'The Maverick' Stacey sold £335 worth of goods
and netted himself £155 profit.
So right now just £20 separates our titans of the trading world,
but both our boys have plenty of stock left in their booty bags
and both have a steely determination to win.
Down in Sussex, Mark's hoping to stretch his lead over Jonty by selling his occasional table.
He's taking this exotic piece to his dealer friend Martin
who specialises in shipping antiques all over the world.
Remember, the table set Mark back £80 at the fair and has some damage, so will he be able to seal a deal?
So what do you really want to pay for it, Martin?
What I really want to pay for it is £150.
-Is there any chance of an extra tenner?
-Yeah, I should think so.
-Are you sure?
but I'll give you £160.
You've got a deal. £160.
A fantastic £80 profit for the Maverick,
but just as he's riding high, his fortunes take a tumble.
He decides to take a gamble with his Art Deco lamp
and his Adelaide golf tankard by placing them into auction.
Both pieces sell, but unfortunately for Mark they sell for less than he paid for them.
With auction fees on top the episode leaves Mark with a loss just over £96. Ouch!
With The Maverick's campaign blowing a major fuse, The Hitman's looking to seize the advantage
and set this competition alight in a veritable flurry
of quick-fire deals with his collection of lights.
Remember, by law, electricals don't have to be checked if sold in a private sale.
However if you have any concerns when buying or selling,
you should pay a qualified electrician to check it over.
First appointment - Charles, a furniture dealer.
Well I am looking for £180 for this.
-It's a nice size.
-It's actually quite pretty. Quite commercial.
-Do you like it?
Yes. I think...140 quid.
-What about 150?
-All right, that's OK.
-Have we got a sale?
-Yes, we've got a sale.
That's a £60 profit
and Jonty follows it up with the sale of his standard lamp.
So we're looking at an Art Deco lamp standard, 1930s, freshly painted,
but of course this can be painted any colour you like.
Price for this, £85.
-I don't know, I'm thinking maybe 75.
And that nets him a £35 profit.
Next is the chrome-and-glass chandelier to a specialist in West London.
I love that it's all different drops and heights.
-Look, it is cute.
-It's going to be so cheap you will have to buy this.
-This is £110.
-Shall we say £90?
I'm happy with that if you are.
That's fine. I'm absolutely happy with that.
And that sale of £90 sees Jonty land £40 in profit.
That spate of double-quick dealing sees the Hitman surge into the lead,
but Mark is not toast just yet.
The Maverick has e-mailed several of his contacts some pictures of his
Art Deco toast rack and Christine has requested a closer look.
-Here's the kitchen.
Now listen, you know, of course, why I demanded immediately that we came into your kitchen, don't you?
-I sent you an e-mail of this beautiful object and your reply was rather ecstatic.
-"I love it, I love it, I love it!"
-And I said yes, yes, yes.
-You did. And there it is.
When you turn it up side down you've a little registration number there
and that registration number is for the years 1897 to 1900.
-So it's actually over 110 years old.
This also has, which is rather magical, just on the edge there.
It's a retailer's mark - Thornhill of New Bond Street.
There's a bit of wear to the silver plate in the middle.
-When you turn it upside down you see all these wonderful nuts.
This one is a replacement.
Shall we try some toast in it?
Toast. Would you like some toast?
Please. This is going very well, isn't it?
I just want to put some toast in it.
I just hope I'll be toasting my success in a moment.
-I want to make it reasonable because we all want to feel we can be successful in this.
-So I thought £120 was a very fair price, did you?
-Yes, I do actually.
-Yeah, I do honestly.
-I think it is a good investment.
-I really like that. Toast, come on.
-There we are, pop it up.
Perfect. There we are.
Look - as if by magic.
-There we are - very anaemic toast.
-It doesn't matter, I just want to put it in.
That is mighty £70.50 profit for the toast rack.
Today's competition is a rollicking rollercoaster of a ride
and that profit puts Mark firmly back in the frame for today's title.
And with the Maverick selling his Art Deco measuring jug and sugar shaker for a profit of £40.
His 1950s tennis motif mug for a profit of £25 and the sale of his Wedgwood
candlestick holders for a further profit of £20, Mark is heaping the pressure on his opponent.
All Jonty's hopes lie in his nursing chair and he's hoping it will now be
transformed from ugly duckling to profit-loaded swan.
After three. One, two...
-What do you think?
-You've done a great job.
Look at that. That's perfect.
Just absolutely perfect.
So the chair cost Jonty £110
and now the refurbishment set him back a further £200.
So Jonty will have to sell it for well over £300 just to break even.
And Jonty's not the only one restoring items - The Maverick has just one piece left to sell.
His Edwardian two-tiered table, and he's shelled out £50 to have it
fixed and polished before trying for a sale.
Mark's brought it to an antique centre in Hungerford to see dealer Sue,
and any money he makes on this potential deal will prove absolutely crucial to his bid for victory.
-Now, how are you?
I'm fine. That's very pretty. Attache, isn't it?
It is a little attache. It is a lady's kidney shape.
I would have thought about 1900ish.
-The restorer carefully restored it rather than over done it.
It is extremely pretty and it's also quite small which is nice.
-Is that a good thing?
-Well, it is quite good in this area
cos there's a lot of small cottages and they like little tables or small cabinets.
-Is it something you might be interested in?
-Yes, it is.
Give me your honest opinion on what you think you would be happy to pay for it.
Well I would be happy to pay about 160.
-Are you sure?
That's the maximum I think I would be prepared.
Well, I would be delighted with that.
-Thank you, Sue.
Oh! Only a £10 profit for The Maverick, but at least it's
not a loss in these gripping final stages of the competition.
Mark's all sold up and right now he is ahead of The Hitman.
However, Jonty still has to sell his nursing chair.
Our furniture fancier spotted the potential in his nursing chair from the outset.
Some might have said it was a lost cause, but not the Hitman.
So will his confidence and foresight prove to be well founded?
He's pinning all his hopes on his regular client Jan
being prepared to pay out for his mighty phoenix from the flames.
Jonty, please come in and put it down.
-Just here would be great.
-Right. It's not covered in grey, you'll be pleased to hear.
-Do you want to have a look?
-Are you ready to see it?
-Yes. I'm very excited.
-Ready for the big reveal.
-That is lovely.
The fabric is perfect. That's going to go in my bedroom. It's beautiful.
-Is it a bedroom chair for you?
This seat here has been traditionally replaced, including the springs.
This will allow the chair to have another 100 years' worth of life.
-Would you want to have a go?
-I'd love to. Yes. Thank you.
-It's lovely. Very...
-Very nice. It is lovely.
-Do you like it?
Yes. It's just what I was after.
Well, Jan certainly seems very taken with the chair,
but can Jonty turn enough profit to seize the accolades today?
We'll find out shortly because right now it is time to remind ourselves of who spent what.
Our experts pitched up at the market with up to £750
of their own money to spend.
Jonty spent a total of £515
and a further £200 on restoration, meaning a total spend of £715.
Mark spent a total of £644.50
and a further £50 on restoration, meaning a total spend of £694.50.
Remember, all the profit made by our duelling
dealers over a week of challenges will be donated to charity.
So without further ado, let's find out who is today's champion.
So Newark, what a great market, eh?
I always love Newark. There's always such a lot of choice there.
I bought some really whacky items from some pretty whacky people,
which I sold to pretty whacky people.
-So all in all, it was a whacky time.
-What was your star item?
It was a combination, but the one I loved most
was that lovely little toast rack. The silver-plated one.
I made a really reasonable profit on that.
-What about you?
-Do you remember my chair?
-The one from the market.
-Oh, that one.
-That's covered in a really beautiful fabric.
Talking of profits, have we made one?
-I hope so.
-Are you ready?
-Three, two, one.
Oh, Jonty, this is ridiculous!
Oh, dear. I think the ice creams are on me this time.
Drinks. I'm going to get merrily drunk by the end of this.
-No. It's ice-cream.
Yes, it's a triumph for Jonty, the market maestro,
but how exactly did the Hitman seal his victory?
-Yep, that's fine.
-Are you happy about that?
-Yes, I am. That's fantastic.
The sale of the nursing chair gave Jonty an incredible £540 of profit
and that, ladies and gentlemen, is furniture trading at its finest.
Well, I knew I'd made profits at the market, but I had no idea that
it would be just over 800 quid, so I'm really very pleased indeed.
But I'm the champ today.
I'm absolutely thrilled that I've made over £300 from the Newark
antiques fair, but that Jonty is a hard man to beat. Congratulations.
Jonty's done well today, but in this game, it ain't over until the fat lady sings,
There's more challenges to come until any profit made can be banked.
Tomorrow, will be another test of the boys' trading prowess
when they take a trip across the channel to a Parisian market.
Yes, 50. Yes?
And then you get a kiss from me.
Hearnden, you're for the chop!
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