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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that pitches TVs best-loved antiques experts against
each other in an all-out battle for profit and gives you the inside view of the secrets of the trade.
Coming up, our experts talk you through the pitfalls of antiques buying.
Again, chips on the side, just don't touch it. Don't touch it with a barge pole.
How a man's best friend can help seal a deal.
Come on, Ziggy, come and help me sell this.
Mark, don't be desperate, love.
And how a little charm goes a long way in any language.
Yes? And then you get a kiss from me.
Today's continental clash pitches the finesse of
our finely-turned furniture fanatic Jonty "The Hitman" Hearnden
against the raw power of the prince of porcelain,
Mark "The Maverick" Stacey,
to see who can make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.
The stakes in today's competition couldn't be higher.
It's the determined Oxfordshire gentleman...
There'll always be something there, you've just got to be patient and keep on looking.
..versus the no-nonsense saviour of Sussex.
It's the sense of anticipation every time you walk round
that you might just find that missing Da Vinci or something.
It would be nice.
Risking their reputations and their own hard-earned cash in a battle
that will test their knowledge and their contact books to the absolute limit.
Our dealers have up to £750 of their own money to spend today.
Their ultimate goal over a week of challenges is to make
the most profit, all of which will go to their chosen charities.
Today's battleground is the enormous Saint-Ouen market in the French capital, Paris.
There are more than 2,500 stalls here selling everything a dealer
could want, from car-boot bargains to high-end antiques.
In the battle for profit there can be only one winner.
Jonty Hearnden and Mark Stacey, it's time to put your money where your mouth is.
Well, Mark, here we are in this amazing French market.
How are you feeling about today?
Oh, nervous, excited. Goodness knows what my approach is going to be.
I'm going to look at lots of things and hopefully something will speak to me.
Yes. I know the feeling.
I think what I need to do is just go a bit methodically, having a look in the shop windows,
talk to people, because it's going to be a tough day. What do you think?
I think it is going to be tough, but I think people of our calibre are up to it, aren't we?
-Of course we are.
-Well, I know you are, Jonty.
-Happy hunting, Jonty.
-I'll see you later.
That's the spirit, boys. But don't be fooled by the bonhomie.
Our dealers may be minding their Ps and Qs now, but behind the good manners lies a ferocious rivalry.
Hearnden, you're for the chop.
These boys both mean business and they both want to win.
Jonty and Mark have both come armed with clear strategies.
Cool as ice, The Hitman's plan is to take his time and systematically work his way round the market
picking out the absolute best bargains.
It's time to really roll up my sleeves.
And burning like fire, The Maverick is going in
with all guns blazing in a race to look at everything and anything in his quest to find the best booty.
Well, it's the start of my day here in this wonderful, sunny French market.
All my thoughts and idea and plans are out of the window.
I'm just so nervous, I just hope these Frenchies are going to be really nice to me.
Yes, better be ready to charm their socks off, then.
With their professional reputations at stake and armed with their own
money, battle commences in the scorching Parisian heat.
And it's the lean mean maverick machine that comes blazing off the blocks.
This is rather fun. It's a little sort of porcelain box and cover.
It's just got "Germany" on the bottom and some numbers,
but it's a fun thing.
It's got lots of gambling connection, and quite honestly, for these sort of
prices I think I've got to gamble everything I've got at the moment.
But I quite like that. It's a bit expensive, I think
it says 35 euros, so I'm just going to try and find the dealer
and see if he or she can give me good price.
-I'll do it more.
You'll do it more?
More than 35 euros? No, for me.
-The price is 30.
Oh, come along. We can do it for 20.
-It is OK 25.
-No? You can't do it for 22?
25. Can I make a profit on it?
-Really? I think you've got a deal.
Well, I really like that, actually.
It's a quirky item, it's got that nice pearlescence, good condition,
and for 25 euros, that could make me quite a sizeable profit.
Well, that's a lightening-quick first buy from decisive Mark.
He's snapped up the ceramic dice pot for just under £23,
and puts himself straight into pole position.
And while The Maverick has rolled the dice on his first item
of the day, his archrival is facing an early gamble of his own.
A pair of French armchairs.
The style is 18th century, but they are only 100 years old.
It is essentially the size.
If these were 18th century, they would be a lot broader on the seat.
But very commercial back home at the right price.
So my thinking is that I will need to spend a bit of money on this top rail,
this needs repair work, money in the restorational shop,
but the real question is, what kind of deal can I get on them?
Well, it's great news for The Hitman.
With laser beam focus he locks down his first deal, bagging the 18th-century style chairs
for just under £291
and spending more than a quarter of his budget on his first purchase.
Instantly, the pressure is on The Maverick to return fire, and he's not wasting any time.
This is Lalique style. We've got moulded glass here, which is
smoked and decorated with these lovely catkins.
It's not really talking to me, but it depends on the price, really.
-So that is?
-120 euros. Oh.
No, no. It is a very good vase.
-The lowest price, 80 euros.
-Time is calling. I'll think. Merci.
-How much for you, sir?
Yeah, 60 euros. Come on, shake on it.
There we are, look. Now, Hearnden, that's how you do it.
Always good, Mark effortlessly hurdles the language barrier and swipes his second item,
a Lalique-style vase for just under £55.
Between them, our roving dealers boast more than 50 years of dealing
experience, which means they are overflowing with top tips and trade secrets.
French mirrors at home are very saleable, but they always need to be in good condition.
Here we've got this moulded frame, a big chip out of it,
so I don't even want to know the price of an object like that.
We have a gilded mirror at the back here, again chipped on the side.
Just don't touch it, don't touch it with a barge pole.
With only a single purchase separating our deal-hungry duellists,
today's tussle could go either way. The Maverick's hunt for profit has
led him to this miniature three-piece suite.
It boasts the mighty price tag of 250 euros, but one missing owner.
Where is the dealer?
-Oh, he's on holiday.
Ah! Well, that's no good because I was thinking more of 100 euros.
-Yes. I'll write it down.
-Oh, isn't he bold!
With the stall holder on holiday our Brighton boy is angling for a massive price drop of 150 Euros.
The dealer is going to make a phone call.
I'm quite nervous now.
HE SPEAKS IN FRENCH
So the vendor has agreed to Mark's audacious knockdown offer.
But The Maverick is not about to seal the deal just yet.
He wants to check he can sell this sofa at home without contravening the strict
fire regulations that apply to furniture like this in the UK.
His game plan has at least led him to a potential gem, though, which is more than
can be said for The Hitman, who still hasn't found what he's looking for.
What on earth are these? They are sort of heat lamps,
that's what they are, completely and utterly un-saleable back home.
If I was to buy that at any price, I would still be holding onto it for the next six years.
And hey ho, I've spotted a bit of damage at the top there,
so as a consequence I don't want to touch it.
Remember, Jonty's strategy was to take a methodical approach, but he's
being so cool, calm and collected that he's not actually buying anything.
I've literally spent almost half my day here and I've only had one good purchase.
What's going to happen?
As if to rub his rival's face in it, The Maverick has blazed his way to another potential deal.
He's found a friendly vendor with a silky stash from a fashion house
so old it's become part of Parisian culture.
When do these date from? How old are these?
Um... alors. When you have a little C inside
it's a copyright from Hermes, a remake.
-And when it's not, it's original original and old.
-So no C.
I like the racing cars, don't you, that's rather fun. And this one is?
I know it's not good, very important profit, but usually you don't make
nice profit on the Hermes stuff
because all wares knows the price of the Hermes.
Yes. Unless, of course, you can find
a fashionable lady who drives a sports car.
-Then, of course, you might be able to charge 250 euros.
I think what I need to do is to have a little think about these.
I'm going to ring my friend Tracy who is a great connoisseur on
vintage fashion and things, and run by some of the things I've seen.
I don't know anything about it and I could obviously buy it and end up
selling it for no profit at all, so what do you reckon?
Shall I go for it? I don't know.
So our firebrand's not about to jump on the scarf just yet.
With the Parisian sun beating down,
it's time for fire and ice to come together for a little tete-a-tete.
Jonty, we're halfway through this extravaganza, how are you feeling?
Well, I'm fine, confident, relaxed, just off for a cup of coffee.
I've bought all of my items.
Or, I could be struggling and I've only bought one item so far. What do you think it is?
I think it might be the latter, because I'm spent up I've only spent half my budget
and I'm going to make twice as much when I get back.
I can just see that nose growing longer as you're speaking there.
It's the only thing that is going to, because my profits aren't going to.
How do you think the rest of the day is going to go? A bit like this morning?
I'm worried, because this morning I had this
youthful step of enthusiasm on my side and now I'm thinking, "Oh, no!"
-Three hours to go and I haven't got enough stuff.
Time is running out. The only way is up.
Good luck, Jonty.
The temperature is rising, today's battle is sizzling, and it's only just beginning.
Jonty and Mark each have up to £750 worth of euros to spend on antiques.
So far, Mark has bought two items for a total cost of just over £77,
leaving him with just under £673 in his kitty.
Jonty has just got one item and spent a total of just under £291,
so he's got just over £459 still to spend.
Our brave boys have just got half a day left to bag the best bargains, so they are surging back out into
the maze of shops and stalls that constitute one of the world's largest antiques markets.
Our favourite ball of fire, Mr Stacey, is a man on a mission.
Earlier he agreed a price for an original silk scarf and now,
after a quick phone call to a contact back home...
It's lovely because it has open-top sports cars on it.
The Maverick is ready to seal the deal.
I'm going to take it for 120 euros.
-Now, I have no idea what I'm doing here.
It could be thumbs up, it could be thumbs down.
I like it, the contact I have in the UK liked it,
the person, though, that I've got in mind for it might not like it, so goodness knows what I'm going to do.
Despite the risk, Mark takes the plunge,
bagging an original Hermes silk scarf for a price of just over £109.
He later picked up the box for just over £9.
The Maverick is in no mood to take prisoners.
Straight away he's back to the miniature three-piece suite
that he struck a provisional deal for earlier in the day.
After a couple of quick calls, Mark is now certain that it pre-dates 1950, so he will not have to have
any official safety certification in order to sell it back at home.
We agreed on the suite, yes?
He's unstoppable. He snaps up the set for a total of just under £91.
Mark's strategy of looking at everything and everything that smells of profit
has pushed him into the lead. The Hitman needs to get cracking.
This table here is Art Deco, it has a really wonderful feel to it,
and at the moment it's just a tad over £300. What is your best price?
So we're now down to 300 euros, so that's £270.
This is a fabulous shape, and at the right price it's very saleable
at home. It's very, very stylish, simply because they didn't make furniture like this in the UK and
all of a sudden Art Deco, this line, this shape, is a very modern design.
It's a sort of piece of furniture you could see in a very modern setting as well.
But at the moment I don't necessarily have a buyer for this.
I would need to go back home and do my homework.
So what is your very best price?
-Best, best price?
-Deux cents quatre vingt quinze.
So that's 295. 295.
Et la, c'est un bon prix. C'est vraiment un tres bon prix.
I will say 260.
Deux cents soixante?
Yes, get in there, Jonty, that's a walloping great buy.
Our icy-cool gentleman pays over £236 for the Art Deco table
and it's not just his wallet that's feeling strangely lighter.
Can you see all the weight just lifted off my shoulders?
I was really beginning to feel really quite depressed about how much money I had to spend
and with only two or three hours of the market left.
But it's a really good-looking table, and I knew it would be there,
I knew something like that would be in this market, but you've just got to look.
And the Jonty juggernaut rolls straight on to its next buy,
a gilt frame costing just under £91.
Looks like his ice-cool calculated game plan is finally coming good.
With The Hitman back in the game, The Maverick has fired up his search,
and look at this, he's found another potential purchase.
I liked this this morning.
It's Lalique, but its post-war Lalique, it's crystal Lalique,
so I'm just going to ask the dealer now who might be here
whether he's going to do me a good price. Monsieur?
Le prix de cette assiette, c'est deux cents euros, monsieur.
-Just a little.
-200 euros, did you say?
-But that's so expensive, monsieur.
-No, it's not expensive.
-Because this is 1950s Lalique.
-No. You know Lalique?
Crystal Lalique, that's the name of the pattern.
But it's post-war, after 1945.
Maybe, but that is the price, really.
I was hoping to get it for 100 euros.
No, it's not possible.
-It's not possible?
50 off the price?
150. That's last price.
No, no really. It's a nice price. It's a price for dealer.
If we could do it for 130 I'd be eternally grateful to you. In cash.
-130 in cash.
-Monsieur, you are a star.
-Thank you very much.
Nicely done, Mark.
Top-draw haggling from The Maverick means he takes the 1950s Lalique
glass dish back to Blighty for a cost of just over £118.
But now he's back in the lead, The Hitman is not about to let his rival
race off into the distance for a second time.
Now, I always think that this shape looks great
on the middle of a dining room table, on the middle of a sideboard.
All of a sudden they are transformed.
In one fell swoop he nets a glass centrepiece
and a glass jewellery box for a total of just over £18,
and Jonty's mighty buying blitz doesn't stop there.
The lady showing me this little glass vase here, which is pretty,
but the problem on the top here, it's only silver plate.
She's asking 70, 60, 70 euros for it, so that's about £50.
I think it's really pretty, it's just so different,
and I love the fact that it's just so wonderfully French!
Do I want to buy it? Will you accept 50?
-Yes, you will.
-Mais non! Peux pas.
Yes, 50. Yes? And then you get a kiss from me.
On peux pas! Charmeur! Charmeur!
Yes, we're quite used to it, madam.
-50? Not expensive.
-You have a deal.
Jonty's English charm well and truly pays off and he snaps up
the glass and silver plate vase for just under £55. What a turn around.
Now it's The Hitman who's sitting pretty on a plinth of ice
and The Maverick who is feeling the fires of desperation.
His scattergun strategy is in danger of firing blanks.
I could do with a few more cheaper items, really, to balance it up,
because I don't think I'm going to make
huge profit, and I suspect Jonty is streaking ahead of me.
Yes, indeed he is, but when the going gets tough
the Sussex scorcher fires things up.
First he picks up a barometer for just under £23
and then he lands four glass lampshades for just over £9.
They are very clearly '50s, the use of the sort of frosted green glass
and this rather harsh gilding. The are quite a funky shape,
almost that sort of sci-fi, you know, the '50s
are known for, those B-movies, science fiction movies,
and they are 2 euro 50 centimes each.
I think that's a bargain and I think I'm easily going to light up a profit
of 50%, 100% on those. Look out, Hearnden.
With just moments left in today's Continental ding dong,
The Maverick has backed his final buy.
The Hitman has kept a slow but sure rhythm all day long,
and now this water jug could be about to give him
the ultimate happy ending.
-No problem, good condition.
And if I could have it for 25, you will be my best friend.
It's a good, good price, monsieur.
Yes? Vingt cinq? We've got a sale.
Ah! The relief! Jonty makes his final purchase,
paying just under £23 for the Venetian glass jug.
I think it's time to see how Mark got on.
It's been a truly magnificent market raid for our fearless dealers,
and as the heat of the Parisian day finally subsides,
it's time to find out who spent the most.
Our polished pair each started the day with up to £750 of their own money.
Mark bought seven items in all and spent a grand total
of just over £436, while Jonty also has seven items
in his booty bag having spent a total of just under £714.
Our duelling duo have strained every sinew and moved every mountain in
their buying quest and all that's left is for them to get an eyeful of their rival's wares.
Well, Mark, what's your favourite buy here?
Well, to be honest with you, I think it has to be
the Lalique bowl.
-It IS Lalique?
-Yes. It's post-war, it's not our Lalique.
-It's not our Lalique, it's just Lalique France.
-It's Lalique France.
-And it's probably 1950s, but I had to pay 130 for it.
-I think there's still a profit in it.
-But did you buy anything else?
Surely that's not all of your purchases.
No, there's one more, a three-piece suite.
But a three piece suite for a child.
My main buys were a pair of Louis XV armchairs.
When I say Louis XV, I mean Louis XV style.
A bit of damage but they are repairable, and I might have gone
completely loopy because I bought this massive great big gilded frame which is just a frame, damaged.
If you think today was hard, just imagine selling back in the UK.
-Oh, don't spoil a perfect end!
-Don't worry about that.
I think we should just drink to the successes of our purchases today.
It's now down to Jonty and Mark to sell their items and secure as much profit as possible
on each of them to donate to their charity of choice.
As well as his Lalique bowl and miniature three piece suite, Mark will also be selling...
..a German porcelain dice pot,
a Lalique-style glass vase,
an original Hermes silk scarf,
a wooden barometer,
and a set of four glass lampshades.
As well as his chairs and gilded frame, Jonty also has to sell
a French Art Deco walnut table
and a selection of glass pieces including a table centrepiece,
a jewellery box,
a silver-trimmed glass cup
and a Venetian water jug.
Their Paris buying bonanza was just the beginning for our warring warriors,
now things step up a gear
as Jonty and Mark must sell all their purchases for the biggest possible profit.
They need to apply their razor-sharp tactical minds,
hammer their contact books and use their decades of dealing experience to find buyers for their booty.
But until they've shaken on it and the money has changed hands no deal is truly sealed.
Jonty is first off the blocks, surging through Oxfordshire to an appointment with an old contact,
Helen, who he is hoping will take a shine to his glass centrepiece.
To me they always look like that moment in time when you throw the stone in the water...
-I was going to say...
-And you get that splash.
-It's a splash isn't it?
-For a long time, these have been unpopular.
-So they've been regarded as old-fashioned. They are now back in fashion.
-A lot of people want something different.
So do you like it enough to possibly buy it, Helen?
Well, it depends what you want, doesn't it, really?
-Oh, yes. Well, I was thinking about £70 for it.
-That's a bit more than I had in mind.
Couldn't you do it for 50?
I tell you what, what about 60?
You're still stumbling. 55 it is then.
-Shall we go and try it on the table?
-Let's do it. Excellent.
-I'll carry it for you.
-Yes, you do that.
Well, that's a very solid start for our gentleman dealer,
netting him a profit of over £45.
How about that?
I bought the vase for £9, sold it for 55. That's what I call a profit.
Do you know what? We're up and running already.
Stand back, people, The Hitman is on the march.
But his arch-rival is hot on his heels.
Down on the sunny south coast The Maverick has been busy planning his campaign.
Now, armed with his 1950s glass lightshades, he's off to visit fellow dealer Gareth.
-How are you?
How are you, man? Are you all right?
Have you got something for me?
-These, I think you will really like.
They are very, very 1950s.
Very space opera-ish. Come on.
Yes. Um... We like them with the lamp usually, not just the shades.
I know you are a compulsive buyer, Gareth(!)
We are going to have talk money soon, aren't we?
-Well, we are. I was hoping for around about 35 quid.
What planet are you living on?
I know they look extra-terrestrial but come back to earth, Mark.
I mean I wouldn't pay normally more than 25 just for the shades.
You've given me such pain...!
-I expect to get the lamp as well.
-Let's say 32.
-Let's say 28. So you'd be happy with 28?
-I'm happy with that.
-Thanks very much.
Nicely done. The Maverick nets a profit of just under £19 for his lampshades
and he's up and chasing after The Hitman in the mad dash for profit.
If I make that sort of profit with everything I bought, Jonty ought to be terribly worried.
Both our boys are in profit from their first sales
but the finishing line is a long way off.
We're staying on the south coast and Mark is gambling that his next roll of the dice
will win him more profit and gain him more ground on his rival.
-Terry, where are you?
-Hello. Come on in.
-Typical of you, next to the bar. How are you?
-Lovely to see you.
-Nice to see you.
-Do have a seat.
Oh, I will actually, I'll take the weight off, as they say.
-Now, how are you doing?
-I'm very well, thank you.
All right. I thought of you because you're a bit of a gambler.
Now, it's a sugar box in the form of a dice.
I reckon it was made about 1900, 1920, that sort of period, but I just thought it was rather nice, actually.
-I saw the price inside it.
-Yes, I know.
-Is that how much you paid for it?
-I just saw that.
That's terrible. You see that's really ruined my plan, hasn't it?
Actually that was something else.
Oh, Mark, what a schoolboy error!
-It's like something I'd do, in fairness.
Lovely. Well, the euro rate is very, very bad.
What did I put in the email?
I think you said £70, Mark.
Well! What do you think about that price, Terry?
Shall we shake on £50?
Terry, you can't. I've brought it all the way from Paris for you.
OK, shall we meet in the middle?
£60. Yeah, I think that's quite good, actually.
Very well done.
Well, The Maverick nearly took a tumble on that deal but he bounced
back quickly and still managed to roll in profits of just over £37.
Another tip, never leave the price you paid for it on the item.
It's not a good thing to do.
Yes, Mark won't repeat that little faux pas in a hurry.
And that sale pushes him ever so slightly ahead in today's race for profit.
Back at Hearnden HQ, Jonty has invited fellow dealer Amanda
to take a look at his glass jewellery box.
I love the colour. This pink Deco glass is just lovely.
But this is a box with a difference. Open that up. Look.
Oh, wow. You didn't tell me about this bit.
Yes. A mirrored interior as well.
For when you put your jewellery on.
It's in lovely condition.
-It's got that nice feel of age about it, without any damage.
You've put the price up now.
Done myself in, haven't I?
-No, I'm looking for the tender price of 25 quid.
-OK, maybe more like £20?
I'm going to be a lot more greedy and say 23 and leave it at that.
-I'm fine with 23.
Good. You've got a sale.
What a smoothie. The gentleman of the antiques world
nets a profit of just over £13
and he's inched back into the lead.
It's as close as close can be in today's early exchanges and back
in Brighton Mr Stacey is armed with his rather racy designer silk scarf.
He's hoping to sell it to a contact who is on the hunt for a perfect present for a friend who happens
to have a penchant for all things Fifties.
-Now look at that.
-Well, that's beautiful, isn't it?
I love this colour. It's so Fifties, isn't it, the colouring?
Very Fifties. I think it's beautiful.
-Now I was thinking...
I think that is a very reasonable price on it.
-Yeah, that's what
-We could do this one of two ways, shall we?
I sourced an Hermes box.
Oh. Oh, that is nice.
And I was going to say, if you bought the scarf I would throw in the box with it.
Now you can't say fairer than that, can you?
Look, cardboard, for a Hermes box?!
Well, I've got somebody in mind as you know, for a very special present
and they are in their fifties so it's a perfect present.
I'll pay £249 for the box, I'll give you a pound for the scarf.
-You've got a deal. Thanks Sharon.
Thank you, Mark.
I think it's a wonderful object and I knew the box would clinch it.
Thinking outside the box lands Mark
a truly whopping profit of just under £132
and sees him race into the lead.
So far Jonty has sold two items and Mark has sold three, but who will clinch victory
in today's tussle of antiques aficionados?
Time to find out how much our duelling dealers have made so far.
Right now The Hitman has sold just £78 worth of goods and netted
himself just under £60 worth of profit.
The Maverick has made sales of a massive £338
and he's raked in £188 of all-important profit.
Currently Mark is out in front and all the pressure is on Jonty to kick into gear and catch up.
Our ice man is never one to crack when the going gets tough though,
and with fellow dealer Jen on her way, he's going for a sale of his most expensive Parisian purchase,
a pair of chairs he bought for £291.
-Come and have a look.
-So what's your first impressions?
-Very nice. I'm not sure I like the fabric
but I do like the chairs and the shape of the chairs and the style.
I'm pleased you said that. When I buy chairs like this,
of this sort of quality, I'm only buying the chair frame.
-Somehow I blank completely what it's covered in because that's perfectly acceptable to change.
I agree with you, this is a rather dated looking fabric on the outside
and to put a modern fabric on it would look absolutely wonderful.
-So these are probably early 20th Century.
-They have to be around 100 years old.
So what price were you looking at for the chairs as they are?
-The way they are right now they are £600, and then there's extra work, of course, on top of that.
-Well, so it's £600 for the chairs, I think is...
-Yes, as they are.
Yes, I think that sounds fantastic.
-So you're happy?
-Yes. Absolutely. I think they are going to be lovely chairs.
Well, he had to come up with something pretty spectacular and boy, has he done it.
The Hitman has landed himself a whopping great profit
of just over £309.
He has almost doubled his money and he's streaked
into the lead in today's competition.
Now, Jonty wasn't the only one who dipped into the realm of furniture whilst in Paris.
Mark picked up a child sized three piece suite and now he thinks he's found the perfect buyer.
He's off to see Maggie who runs a local coffee shop where she hosts,
yes, you've guessed it, tea parties for doggies and their proud owners.
Are you ready to see what I've brought you?
-I'm nervous but I'm ready.
-Close your eyes.
-Now come here.
-What do you think?
-Oh, my god...
..I really, really like them.
-They are unusual. Are you thinking dogs?
-Yes, I am thinking dogs.
Because you have a lot of dogs' tea parties, don't you?
We do have a lot of dogs' tea parties. Let's see a dog on it.
Can I grab a dog? Can we try Ziggy on the sofa...?
On the sofa. Come on Ziggy.
-Come and help me sell this.
-Don't be desperate now!
-Come on. Oh, come on, darling.
-Come on, darling.
-Up you get.
On the sofa. Oh, darling. Clever boy.
He goes with the colour scheme.
He wants it himself, you see.
Helen, come and have a look at an Art Deco three piece suite for dogs.
Helen is Maggie's business partner.
Now, Helen, you've got to say that you love it.
Well, when I first saw it I thought that something had happened to our suite
because it looks exactly the same but smaller. I thought that someone had put it in the wash.
-I was hoping to get around £250.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
My god, I've just gone hot.
-Let's go from 150.
Don't scream at me, you know I'm nervous.
£150. You're having a laugh.
Mark, are we talking money or...?
-Oh, come down lower. Bit lower for me.
-Oh, no, I can't.
210, come on. And you get a kiss.
Oh, darling. Two. Thank you.
-And so do you, Helen.
-Thank you. OK.
Oh, look, Charlie will go on. Come on, Charlie.
Oh, look, we've got more dogs arriving.
-Try our new sofa.
-That is just like animal magic, isn't it?
Come on. Come on.
Well, The Maverick has scored a blinder there, just when he needed it most.
He's notched up a mighty profit of over £119
and he's right back in contention
for the day's title.
This competition is really hotting up as our two heavyweight dealers go toe-to-toe.
It's another hit for Mark when he offloads his barometer
to dealer contact, Stef,
netting himself just over £27 profit.
-Excellent. OK, 50 quid. Lovely.
But The Hitman takes a major blow when he is forced to sell his ornamental cup
for a loss of just under £25.
But there's still hope.
In Paris Jonty was seduced by a rather broken-down old gilt mirror frame
and he planned to restore it to its former glory back in Blighty.
But now he's really running out of time so he's brought the frame along to a longstanding contact, Katie,
who is expert at breathing new life into tired antique pieces like this.
I've held up my hands to say, not for me,
because I just think there is so much work to do in this frame.
-So really what I'm looking for, is to sell it.
I think it's a bit of a mess.
I think it's a huge shame you haven't got the mirror plate though because that's most of the value.
I'm looking for 125 quid for this frame.
Hmm. Well, I wouldn't give you more than 50, Jonty.
Well, if it's only worth 50 quid to you then I'm making a big loss but you can't win them all.
-It hurts, but yes.
-Yes, please. Thank you.
By not taking on the restoration of the mirror
Jonty has put some serious limits on what he could expect to get for it.
The result, a loss of just under £41.
The Hitman's bid for today's title is floundering but thanks to those hefty deals he made earlier
he is still slightly ahead on the judges' scoreboard.
The Maverick is in Brighton.
He's hoping a visit to his good friend Fran with his moulded glass vase will land him the profit
he needs to smash his rival's lead.
-It's got remnants of Art Nouveau, I think.
-Because it's actually quite ornate.
-It's quite organic as well I suppose...
-..with the design.
-Arts and craftsy.
-So you quite like it, Fran?
-Yes, I do actually.
I was hoping to get around about the hundred mark for it.
Oh, the face says it all, doesn't it?
I would go 70.
Well, meet me in the middle and say 90.
No, no, no, actually, it's about 75.
Oh, that doesn't give me much profit, does it?
-Oh, Fran, you meanie.
78 and we've got a deal.
-Go on then.
-We're done. £78.
I think that was one of the hardest deals I've done.
Well, he had to work for it but he didn't give up,
and Mark's made himself a tasty profit
of just over £23.
The Maverick has now sold all of his Paris purchases except for one.
He's still got that most quintessential of French pieces left, the Lalique bowl.
He's powering his way around to see an old dealer friend, David, who happens to be a Lalique expert.
Can he make enough loot from this deal to clinch victory?
To true lovers of Lalique like us it's considered a late piece because it's post-war.
Yes, some of the post-war pieces are doing very well,
particularly Fifties and Sixties area. They've come on a lot.
Yes, which I think this is.
Yes, because a lot of the early stuff has got very expensive.
Yes. If you want to start collecting really nice pieces of pre-war Lalique
the opening is sort of £400 or £500, isn't it?
-And I was thinking with something like this, you know,
it's a substantial piece, it's got all the attributions of Lalique.
I was hoping to get just over the £200 mark.
How do you feel about that, David?
I think that's a little bit much for this.
I mean I quite like it and I think I'd be very pleased to offer you 160 for this.
-Can I squeeze you up a tenner, maybe?
I don't want to push you too much - you've got to make a profit as well.
-I'm not going to quibble about £10.
-Are you sure?
I've known you many years and bought nice things off you before..
-Yes, you have actually.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-A winner and a gentleman.
The Maverick bags a profit of just under £52
and he's chuffed to bits.
So what have you done, Jonty? Have you sold all your bits and pieces yet? I hope not.
So Mark's all sold up and he's off home to put his feet up,
confident that he's got the better of his rival.
But The Hitman is still out cutting deals on the field of battle.
He's got just two items left to sell, his Art Deco table and his small water jug.
He's tracked down a buyer for the latter but it's not gone quite to plan.
Well, I managed to find the dealer but only managed to get £20 for it.
Oh, dear, that's another loss for The Hitman
of just under £3.
Could our boy Hearnden be on the ropes?
Can he make a comeback from here?
He's just got one item left to sell and that is his Art Deco table.
So here's my table.
When you are buying in haste you repent at leisure.
Because this table here is not a period table. It was just too cheap.
And of course when I got it back home I looked around it and I just knew this was a reproduction table.
But I'm still happy with the price. There's a profit here to be had so I've come here to south west London
to meet up with a director and an interior designer of a property company.
I'm not asking top dollar, I just want to make a good profit.
So gents, here's my console table. What's your impressions?
-It's not bad.
Looks like French Deco.
It certainly is.
The lady selling it to me tried to convince me it was a period Art Deco table and in my excitement
I said yes, I'll buy, but very quickly I discovered that this is not a period table.
But this is priced accordingly.
But I love the shape, I love the movement.
-What do you think, Gabriel?
-It is a good quality veneer.
-The edging is done very well, it wasn't a botched job.
There are lots of places it could go.
-Oh, that's a relief.
-It just depends on how much it costs.
Well, it's sounding positive.
The table might not be an original but will Jonty be able to sell it
and make a strong enough return on his investment?
We'll find out shortly because right now it's time to remind ourselves what our mighty giants have spent.
Our experts pitched up in Paris with up to £750 of their own money.
The Hitman spent a total of just under £714
while The Maverick shelled out just over £436.
All the profit our dealers make over a week of challenges will be donated to a charity of their choice.
So without further ado, it's time to see who is today's champion.
-So, Mark, did you enjoy Paris?
-I loved it, Jonty, I must admit.
-The first foray into Europe and I thoroughly had a ball.
-Yeah. What was your highlight?
I think it was that little miniature Art Deco three piece suite.
-Chairs and I missed it.
-I know, you missed it.
-You're too tall you see, you walked straight past.
-Are you ready?
-Shall we do it?
-One, two, three.
£409. Oh, well you did better than me, Jonty. Well done.
I'm really pleased with that.
-That's a good result. We're close, We're very close.
That's not bad, is it? Listen.
-Magnifique, congratulations, Jonty.
-Congratulations to you.
It's congratulations all round for our intrepid experts but the dealer who stands triumphant
is the mighty Jonty "The Hitman" Hearnden.
So exactly how did The Hitman seal victory?
I'm looking for £500 for the table.
I don't think £500 is a bad price.
-So do we have a deal, gents, at £500?
-Yes, we do.
The sale of the table gave Jonty a whopping profit
of just under £264.
Paris, what a market, we had such great fun, and I made £560
and just a bit more for my charity so I'm very, very pleased indeed.
Well, I've turned actually quite a good profit of over £400 on the items I bought, I'm absolutely thrilled.
And what's more, it was a real pleasure working with Jonty.
It's been a gallant effort from Mark. He might be in second place today
but there's more challenges to come so our boys can't bank any profit yet.
Tomorrow, our pair do boot-sale battle.
-It's my duty in life to haggle.
-Yeah, you wouldn't haggle for that.
-But I'm not going to haggle at 5p a shot glass.
I reckon I'm doing quite well!
Right, onward and downward.
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