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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,
the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts against each other
in an all-out battle for profit and gives you the inside view of the secrets of the trade.
Coming up, our dealers show you the quality checks you need to take on a car boot.
If you are looking at a chair like this, give it good rock, a good old twist,
make sure the frame is sound.
They'll give you the tips on which stall to head for.
When you come to a car boot sale, particularly these very big ones,
you've got genuine people who are literally cleaning out their homes.
Those are the people you want to get hold of.
And how to tell a bargain antique from an overpriced fake.
So whether it's a ceramic or a piece of furniture,
you are looking for the natural wear in the right places.
Today's boot sale buying bonanza pitches our unflappable furniture fancier
Jonty The Hitman Hearnden against the paladin of porcelain,
Mark The Maverick Stacey,
to see who can make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.
The stakes in this competition couldn't be higher.
It's the gentleman of the Oxfordshire countryside...
The queue is still coming in which means the goodies are still coming in.
..versus the south coast's favourite son...
Come early and don't forget, get involved.
..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 duelling duo have up to £250 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 battle ground is the Arundel car boot sale in Sussex, where both professional dealers
and members of the public come in their thousands to sell their wares.
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.
It's the crack of dawn, the sun's up and we've got £250 burning a hole in our pocket,
but I'm just simply pinning my hopes that
in amongst all this lot I'll find a little gem so I can finally beat you.
Well, one thing for certain is there's going to be an awful lot of chaff,
but I'm convinced there's going to be some grains of wheat in there somewhere.
Well, I hope it's enough grains to make lots of bread.
-See you later.
-Let's get in.
The Maverick and The Hitman both have their own secret agenda when it comes to plundering this boot sale
and coming trumps on the profit-making pieces.
If you are coming to a car boot sale, get here at the earliest opportunity you can,
because if you don't all the bargains will have walked out the door the minute that the gates open,
so you've just got to be here.
It really is like bees around a honey pot, it's extraordinary.
Jonty plans to attack the stalls at speed,
making a beeline for the best booty like a bargain-seeking missile.
His opponent's approach couldn't be more different.
With Mark, it's all softly, softly, catchee monkey.
Don't be frightened to get stuck in and ask the people - they are very friendly
and they might know something more, where they got it from,
and that could be the key to securing a real bargain.
So, Mark's mission is to charm the stallholders into offering him their very best prices.
So it's ready, steady, boot sale, and already at first base it's the mighty Maverick.
Now, this is quite fun.
We've got a wall mirror here which looks 1930s art deco with this two-tone glass,
this sort of copper glass and the plain glass, with this etched design.
I think this is more likely to be around the 1950s, but if the price is right
it's worth considering because these are fashionable now.
-Can I just ask you?
-How cheap is this?
Oh, no. Really? Can I, can I...?
Give me £30.
-Oh, I can't do it for 20.
-28, that's my last.
28, you can't go wrong.
You cannot go wrong with that.
-29 and it's yours.
-No, 28 you just said.
-It's 29 now.
No, no you said 28, no you can't go up. I'm not going to go up.
-Give me 28 then.
-Oh, go on. Thank you.
-Thank you very much.
Yes, The Maverick's off to a flyer.
He's added a mean streak to his friendly game plan
and has driven down the mirror's asking price from £45 to just £28.
Jonty is hot on Mark's heals.
He has taken a shine to this beauty's impressive curves and bagged it for a princely sum.
Three quid, can't go wrong.
So it's one buy all, and now he's off the blocks,
Mark is more than happy to throw some expert advice our way.
When you come to a car boot sale, particularly these very big ones,
you've got genuine people who are literally cleaning their homes,
or cleaning out a relative's apartment who's died
and they've decided, rather than put it in to auction or sell it,
they'll come here and flog it. Those are the people you want to get hold of.
Both our dealers are focused on profit, and The Hitman knows that where there's boot there's brass.
What I love about this is we've got this bevelled mirror which,
to replace, would be about 200 quid today - they are very, very expensive now to replace,
but the frame itself and therefore the age of this mirror
is about 100 years old.
So it's an Edwardian, maybe even 1920s mirror here.
What people might well do with this is paint it, to give it that fresh distressed paint look.
So in the right situation, again, absolutely perfect. So for 20 quid, that's what I call a bargain.
Yes, Jonty's no-nonsense, straight down to business strategy
nets him his second deal at a spend of £23.
Mark, on the other hand, is relying on his raw charm and charisma to coax out the bargains.
Something for everyone and for everybody's pocket.
But first, he's got to find something he wants to buy.
This is just the sort of thing that I was hoping to find on this stall,
which is a sewing box I suppose, and if you open it up
you can see there's various little compartments in there
that you can keep your cottons and your reels and your sewing implements,
and then both sides open and you can keep, again, I suppose, anything you want in there, really.
-But it's got that sort of nice 1950s look.
-I'll do it for 20.
-That's as far as I'll go.
-You can't do it for 15?
Well, for 20 quid, you know, I'm going to take a risk.
It's not a lot of money is it?
And if not, I'll come back and needle him next time.
So Mark's charm and persistence put him straight back in the game with his second deal of the day.
And now, it's The Hitman's turn to offer up his own pearls of boot sale wisdom.
Now, in markets like this, you've got to be aware that there is a possibility
that you are going to be looking at objects that were made to look old.
See if there's any sign of real age, real wear.
So whether it's a ceramic or a piece of furniture, you are looking for the natural wear in the right places
and the accumulation of dirt in the right places as well.
But if in doubt, don't touch it.
There you go. The Hitman really knows his stuff and makes a formidable opponent.
But never a man to back down from a challenge, The Maverick intensifies his hunt
for the next bargain.
Now, this is interesting, look at this.
This is teakwood from Her Majesty's Australian Ship, Australia.
It's, I mean, this is, oh, gosh, now, are you a pink sort of person?
It's shocking, it's icing sugar pink. I could live with that, you know.
I know these days it's very fashionable for men to wear pink,
but not this colour pink, all right?
So that would have to go. Now it's only marked up at £10.
Sir, I wonder if we can come to an arrangement on this?
-Can we call it a fiver and then I'll do the work on it?
-Yeah, go on, then.
You're a star. Thanks a lot.
Well, that I think is a bargain, and you know what they say, all the nice girls like a sailor.
What a winner. Our silver-tongued Brighton boy has talked this seller into thinking pink,
neatly netting his antique box for just a fiver.
# Where people make a stand In the navy... #
This latest purchase sees The Maverick sailing into the lead, with three buys to Jonty's two.
It's sink or swim time for The Hitman, who has just spotted his own potential treasure from the deep.
-25 for the lot?
What about 15 quid?
-No. Sorry. No.
-Got to be 20.
-I tell you what, I'll halve it. £17.50.
Thank you very much indeed.
With grim determination, Jonty seals the deal for the dolphins.
So with three items each, our duelling dealers are level-pegging once more.
Keep on looking.
And still carving out a route to victory, The Maverick
is next to get his mitts on a potential profit turner.
This is an old map of the county of Kent, and it's by Robert Morden
a very well-known map maker from the 17th and 18th Century.
You can sometimes find these at a good price at car boots.
This is a little bit creased, but I'm going to find out how much it is.
Can we do it for 20, do you think?
No, it's 30 or nothing.
No come on, 25. For me. Cash.
I'll spin you, 25 or 30.
Oh, I never win when I spin things.
Well, there's your first chance.
Now, deciding a deal on the toss of a coin is a common tactic used
by dealers when their best attempts at agreeing a price fail.
I never win on these things. but you know what?
I feel lucky, let's give it a try.
-OK, spin your coin, make it my win this time, OK?
-Heads or tails?
Tails. 25 quid. You're a star, sir, well done.
Yeah, well done.
All right. Superb.
25 quid. I tell you what, I've got Jonty on the run with this one.
The man is on a mission. His plan to
charm his way to the best possible deal may have failed him,
but Lady Luck comes to The Maverick's aid.
Time now for our profit-hungry gladiators to check on each other's progress.
-There's a bargain hunter.
-Oh, no, I've just found something for you.
-I was going to buy you a piece of good luck charm...
I thought you might need it today. But you're looking far too confident, Jonty.
-Have you found it already?
-I've bought everything.
-I've spent all my money and I'm off for a cup of coffee.
-That's not fair is it?
That's what you do -
you spend all your money, you go and have a cup of coffee.
Well, I know you're an old pro, Jonty, so enjoy your coffee.
Do I believe that? Of course I don't.
Well, what a battle this is turning out to be between our two trading titans.
It's a real humdinger, and it's only just beginning.
Our dealing duo both started the day with £250 of their own money.
So far Jonty has made three deals and spent a total of £40.50,
leaving him with £209.50 in his kitty.
Mark, on the other hand, now has four items that cost a total of £78,
which means there's still £172 left for him to spend.
# Get down, get down...#
Our duelling dealers have locked horns in a challenge
to see who can make the most money from buying and selling antiques,
and with today's epic encounter so close,
our boys must get back out into the car boot jungle.
What were you saying? You can't find anything?
It's like coming and going, very, very busy.
Sorry, man, I can't get you.
No, no, I don't, no, no...
What everyone needs, a good hat like this.
Hunt out those antiques.
He can't find a bargain, you know, poor chap, but I think we just found the missing link.
Right, listen up in the peanut gallery. Top banana Mark
wants to tell you how to avoid slipping up in your hunt for a bargain.
This is one of the most famous designs of Clarice Cliff from the 1930s.
It's called the autumn crocus pattern, or the crocus design. There's several versions actually.
Very nicely painted there, we've got the signature underneath, look.
Crocus by Clarice Cliff.
But there's a lot of wear to the yellow on the inside.
That's another tip from me to you, actually
is go for condition as well, because even though something might appear cheap,
if it's too badly worn or damaged, you won't get your money back.
Today's sale is becoming a battle royale for our finely honed competitors.
So far, The Maverick has kept one step ahead of his rival,
but when the going gets tough, The Hitman gets going.
This is a corker of a nursing chair.
It's also in crackingly good condition,
because the most important thing with chairs like this
is the condition of the upholstery, because this chair,
all it needs is just a recovering, it doesn't need any more work.
So there is a difference between re-covery and re-upholstery.
Re-upholstery is all to do with getting the stuffing correct as well,
is the chair frame sound as well?
So if you are looking at a chair like this, give it a good rock,
a good old twist, make sure the frame is sound.
This chair frame is absolutely solid as a rock,
you cannot move this back away from the seat at all,
which is very, very good news indeed.
Now, the condition of a set here has to be tight as a drum,
and it sounds like a drum too, and if you look at the back, look at the stuffing on the back here,
this is all tickety-boo, this is absolutely perfect.
So you've got to think what sort of price could you get for a chair like this properly restored.
Well, I'm telling you this right now, but don't tell anybody else in this market,
that this chair, once it's fully restored, should be worth...
just think about it, 400 to 600 quid. Has to be.
Did he just say 400 to 600 quid?
That's a mighty wallop. But profit potential will depend on price.
What's the damage?
-We'll take 120 on it.
What's your very best? Would you take a ton?
You have a sale, sir. 110 quid. Very good.
At £110, the chair takes a big slice from Jonty's budget,
but if he can maximise its profit potential
and find the right buyer, it could prove to be a decider in today's competition.
With many stallholders already packing up,
The Maverick is intensifying his hunt for hidden treasure.
Now, look at this, this really takes me back to my childhood.
In fact, I could be that boy there wearing the check shirt when I was about five or six or eight.
I used to love playing this, my brother and I would play for hours
building Lego castles, and this is some of the original 1970s Lego.
There must be collectors for this sort of stuff, I don't know them, but they must be out there somewhere,
people who are desperate to get their hands on these bricks.
Aren't those photographs wonderful? Look at their costumes.
It's really nostalgic, actually. I'm having a trip down memory lane here.
But the dealer is asking £10 each for these boxes, but is that cheap, expensive? I don't know.
Will they eventually build yourself a profit? Who knows?
With buying time at a premium, The Hitman is trying to nab a few last bargains.
He spent almost half his budget on the antique nursing chair, so cheap deals are now the order of the day.
This is a lovely little cane seat which is in very good condition
because to replace a cane seat like this is really quite expensive.
Now, I've got a bit of downside to this chair
insofar that one of the stretchers has just broken off, but that's relatively straightforward to fix.
So, what kind of price do you think I'd pay for it? 50 quid.
No, less than that. 30?
A fiver? Lower.
Oh, come on you big tease.
We're looking at a chair that is dated about 1810, 1820.
I mean, what a bargain.
A pound? What an amazing deal.
A bona fide antique chair for the price of a cup of tea.
And The Hitman notches up another cheap deal with a set of four shot glasses for a mere 20 pence.
-It's my duty in life to haggle.
-Yeah, you wouldn't haggle for those!
-But I'm not going to haggle for 5p a shot glass.
With the fulltime whistle approaching and six items in the bag
our Oxfordshire gent now has a clear advantage over his Sussex rival.
But can our Brighton boy force extra time with a little help from the Peter Pan of Pop?
Mark's eye has been caught by this original 1960s film poster of Cliff Richard and the Shadows,
but it comes with a hefty price tag of £55.
Is Cliff Richard huge?
I know he's big as a singer, but you know, is this going to make me a lot of money?
I don't know about old posters.
I know about those horror film ones that make a lot of money from the cinema.
You know, the Boris Carlos and the Draculas and things.
But it does have some of my favourite actors from that period in it as well
like Robert Morley and Peggy Mount, she was so funny, Peggy Mount. I just loved her.
Shall I take a punt on the swinging, singing Spain?
You see, I've also found this and it's two lads dressed up as soldiers smoking big cigars.
And you know, could I get maybe a better deal if I bought two? I don't know.
Now, come on madam, try and have a little bit of barter with me here.
-Well, I said 55 for that, didn't I?
Yeah. But I'll come down to 50 and ten for that. That is really good price for both and you know that.
Can we say 55 for the pair, cash?
Please. Go on, you know you want to.
-Go on, then.
There we are, a kiss for luck.
So, The Maverick pins his hopes on Cliff and he goes on to increase his
booty of bargains by snapping up this bar room barometer for £60.
There may be stormy weather ahead, you know.
Well, what a turn around.
Mark is now sitting pretty with seven items to sell and he's clearly delighted with his day's work.
As we get to the end of the sale, Jonty needs to step up the pace
in the race to spend those last pennies.
Now, how much is this artist's easel that we've got here?
-I'm asking £4 for that.
It's only got three legs.
I have enough trouble putting three up, never mind the fourth.
-If you want to give me five...
And I'll throw in a hat brush as well. How about that?
A hat brush. Show me your hat brush.
Isn't that lovely? Look at that.
I think that is just so charming.
-It's lovely isn't it?
-Yeah. We've got Prosser & Co,
Our Hatters, Nottingham. So this is a little brush here
to get into all those little crevices that ordinary brushes just wouldn't get into,
so in the brim of a top hat.
I think that's lovely.
The Hitman pulls it out of the bag.
At the death, he's taken his day's haul to an impressive eight items,
and today's contest to a photo finish.
Our exhausted dealers have excelled themselves but who has spent the most?
The Hitman and The Maverick each started the day with £250 of their own money.
Mark made seven purchases and spent a total of £193,
whilst Jonty bought eight items for a grand total of just under £157.
Our duelling dealers have used every ounce of their experience and know-how in today's car boot bonanza
and all that now remains is for them to take a sneaky peak at their rival's wares.
So Mark, this is my fine and rare collection from the boot sale.
I've got this oval mirror, but my star purchase today has to be this little chair here...
Oh, well a pound is a steal, Jonty. How did you get that for a pound?
-Just by being nice.
Listen, I've got some friends in the medical profession,
I might try and get you some help about this chair fetish of yours.
-This is getting ridiculous, Jonty.
-It is getting ridiculous but I spotted that,
the quality is quite superb. I just had to buy it. What have we got here?
-Well, let me show you, Jonty.
-I'm really pleased.
I've got a really eclectic mix again.
This, I particularly like.
This is teakwood from His Majesty's Australian Ship, Australia.
But I like have to do something with the inside.
-Are you ready for this?
-That's a bit pink, isn't it?
-Argh! That's scary.
-I thought that was really interesting, for a fiver.
I love the poster, isn't that fun?
Fun, isn't it? I'll be able to find someone in love with Cliff Richard.
There are enough Cliff Richard fans and Shadows fans around that will want to buy that.
I think my most pleasing buy was I got four little shot glasses for 5p each. I can't go wrong.
Or perhaps I can really. Perhaps we can all go wrong.
I don't think you can, Jonty.
I think I'm stuck. Well done.
-May the best man win.
It's now down to Jonty and Mark to sell the items they bought at today's boot sale
and make as much profit as possible.
As well as his bevel-edged mirror, the antique wicker base chair,
a nursing chair and his four shot glasses,
Jonty will also be selling... a porcelain jardiniere,
three pool pottery dolphins,
this wooden artist's easel and an antique hat brush.
In addition to his Australian naval box
and Cliff Richard and the Shadows film poster,
Mark has to sell the 1950s art deco mirror,
this antique map of Kent, a sewing cabinet,
a framed picture of two boy soldiers and a wooden bar room barometer.
But the buying was just the beginning,
now the real challenge kicks off.
The Hitman and The Maverick have just one goal in mind, to make the most profit
and vanquish their opponent, and so they turn their razor sharp tactical minds to their selling campaigns.
They'll both be pulling out all the stops to find buyers,
riffling through their little black books and setting up deals left, right and centre.
But until they've shaken on it, and the money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.
In pole position it's Jonty The Hitman Hearnden.
He's in Wallingford, Oxfordshire armed with his hat brush and a steely determination to win.
Remember, Jonty paid £5 for both the hat brush and the painters easel at the boot sale.
-Hello. Anyone at home?
Ah, Louise. Nice to see you.
-Now, remember I spoke about the hat brush?
-Here's the offending article.
-What do you think?
-That is really nice.
-Isn't it lovely?
It is, yes. It looks like a bowler hat one with the curl of it.
-It does doesn't it? It absolutely does.
But the most fun aspect of this is the fact that we've got the retailer's name here.
-Isn't that lovely?
So just looking at the typeface there,
it's probably about 100 years old, and I'm looking for £30 for it.
Right. I really do like it and I think it's going to sit well
with the hat stretcher and our other antiques we've got around here.
-So I'd be very interesting in purchasing it from you.
-Oh, how lovely. It's so nice to find the right thing for the right person.
-And to put this in your shop here is absolutely perfect.
-Yes, it is.
-So we have a sale.
-Thank you, Louise, very much indeed.
Hats off to The Hitman, that's a cracking £25 profit
and he's off and running in this profit steeplechase.
Right. That's what I can pull out of hats, Mr Mark Stacey.
Not rabbits, 30 quid.
In Sussex The Maverick has been doing some serious research
and has set up a meeting with two of the leading lights of the Sussex and Surrey Cliff Richard fan club.
And, boy, do they love Cliff.
Yes, it certainly looks like Mark's come to the right place.
He shelled out £50 for his poster but will Collette and her mum Rae like it?
Hello, Collette and Rae. I wanted to find out a little bit more about your love of Cliff Richard.
Now when did it all start for you, Collette?
Well, in 1958, sitting on the doorstep of my friend June's home,
listening to Radio Luxembourg...
-And they played Move It.
And I listened to it and I thought, "American", but I was astounded to find he was English.
I was a staunch Elvis fan at the time.
And then he was on the Oh Boy! show so we saw what he looked like.
I was smitten.
-And I've been a fan 52 years this coming August.
Yes, he's been in the music business six decades.
Gosh. And is Move It one of your favourites then?
Move It is my ultimate favourite.
Is it? Now, that is the poster.
Now that is different to the one I think I've got downstairs.
-But it's so 1960s, isn't it?
-It certainly is.
He looks so young in there. Now you've seen it, is it something you'd like to acquire for your collection?
It certainly is. What do you think, Mum?
-Yes, very nice.
-I'm glad you like it because it's quite big isn't it?
-What do you think about £90?
-I could go to 90, Mark.
-Oh, you could?
-So 90 quid.
Thank you very much, Collette.
-That's all right.
-Time is almost against us and in the words of your favourite song, I've got to Move It.
Well, the research paid off and £40 profit for Mark sees him take an early lead in today's competition.
The Maverick certainly is moving it as he hot tails it straight down to
Brighton for a meeting with a dealer contact of his, Judy.
As we know, all the nice girls love a sailor but will Judy love Mark's navy box.
-Now you know I sent you that email?
-With the box.
-Yes, with the picture, yes.
-That's a picture of the little teakwood box from Her Majesty's ship Australia.
-Well, there it is.
-With this little plaque at the top.
-I know. I know.
-Now, I haven't done anything with it.
-I did some research about this box actually.
-Oh, did you?
-When I'd got the picture. Yes.
-It's very, very interesting.
-Oh, is it?
Yes. There were actually two ships called HMAS Australia.
-And this was the first one.
-1913 I think it went into commission.
Oh, yeah, that's right. And then by 1920, 21, they decided to scrap it.
-Obviously where this came from.
-Cut from where the teakwood came from.
-Yes. Some of the fittings and things from the ship.
-Oh, fantastic. I just thought it had charm.
-Is that something you'd be interested in buying?
-Something that would go into your shop?
-It would depend on the price.
-25 is what I was hoping for.
-No. I was thinking, well, maybe 10.
Oh, no, come on Judy. 18.
-I suppose so.
-Thank you so much, Judy.
-Thank you so much.
Yes, it's £11 recorded in the captain's log for Mark,
who is currently traversing the cape of good profits.
Next destination, the shop next door to try and sell the picture of the two soldier boys.
-How are you today?
-I'm very well.
Business, I hear, is booming.
Quite. In sunny Brighton.
In sunny Brighton.
Now, do you not love that?
Oh, that's quite attractive, I rather like that.
-We do like quirky characters in Brighton, don't we?
-Yes, we do.
As soon as I saw that there was only one man I thought of.
-He didn't want it so I brought it to you.
-Oh, I see.
-Thank you very much.
-No, I mean I thought of you straight away.
We're not friends any more, Mark.
You know you don't mean it. Now, Peter, could we get anywhere near 25?
-Is that what you want?
-Well, I'd love 25, but I mean what do you think of it?
-Do you like it?
-I do actually, yes.
I mean, is it worth £25 to you?
It could go in my own collection. I would do that for you.
-Are you sure?
-25 quid. Thank you, Peter.
-Shake on it. All right.
Wow, Mark's charge of the profit brigade nets him £20 and his third sale of the day.
Like the boys in the picture, The Maverick marches onward.
Did you see how slow that till opened? But it is good. 25 quid.
-I'm really pleased with that actually.
-There you are, sir.
Thank you very much, Peter.
-I shall love you and leave you.
-Pleasure doing business.
-And you. See you soon.
-Do take care.
Now, The Hitman has only sold one item so far, but with steely determination
he's on his way to see Alice, armed with his bevel-edged mirror.
Gosh, it's a lot bigger than I thought.
-Here we go.
Let's have a look.
-Wow, that is nice.
-Do you like that?
I do, I like that very much.
Yeah? It's a walnut frame. Date-wise we're probably looking 1920s.
-And the good detailing of it is the fact that we've got this nice bevel to it.
The cost of a mirror like this is really very, very expensive.
-So the mirror itself will be really quite deep.
-A good way of seeing how deep a mirror is, is to actually put a coin on a mirror
and you can just literally see how deep it is just by the reflection on the actual surface.
Interesting. What did you say? A 1920s?
1920s. And I'm asking for less than a pound per year. 60 quid.
Oh, I think that's very reasonable, I think that's a good price.
And we have a sale at 60 quid.
-That's wonderful. Now where is it to go, is it out here?
-In the hall, yes.
-It's quite dark so I think having a mirror there is really quite good.
-Yes. Have a look.
A sale price of £60 lands Jonty £40 profit.
It's so nice to make that connection.
So nice to buy something so cheaply, so reasonably, and then sell it for a great profit at the end of it.
Everybody is happy.
The question is, Mark Stacey, are you?
Time will tell, Jonty.
The Put Your Money profit pursuit is in full swing so it's time now
to find out who's hot and who's not in today's titanic trading tussle.
So far Jonty The Hitman Hearnden has sold two items for a total of £90
and has £65 profit to show for it.
Mark The Maverick Stacey has sold three items for £131
and has £71 profit in his pocket.
So it's Mark who leads by the narrowest of margins,
but with plenty of pieces left to sell, today's title could still go either way.
As this race enters its final dash we join The Maverick
who is looking to sew up his next deal with pinpoint accuracy.
He's taking the sewing box that set him back £20 to a local contact who deals in all things retro.
-Jenny, where are you?
-Here I am.
-Mark, how are you?
-How are you?
-It's nice to see you.
-Nice to see you.
-Are you well?
-I'm very well. Have you brought me a goodie?
It reminded me very much of the sort of gramophone type furniture.
-It is. I love the shape.
-It's very funky, isn't it?
-It's very now, of course, the youngsters like this sort of stuff.
It's got a deco feel to it but it's got to be late '50s, hasn't it?
It has. Late '50s, early '60s I would have thought, particularly with those legs, those are very give away.
It is veneer, isn't it?
-Yes, it is all veneer.
-But it's beautiful veneer.
And it's in, you know, for its age it's in reasonable condition.
-It needs a little bit of magic polish on there but...
Could we get anywhere near 40, do you think?
OK, yeah, it's pretty, it's unusual, let's go for 40, Mark.
-Are you happy with that?
-I'm very pleased with it. Thank you very much.
-Thanks a lot.
Well, that was a painless deal for The Maverick.
It's a £20 profit and sale number four stretches his lead over The Hitman.
-Jen, is that you?
-Time is very cruel.
-No, it's not. I recognised the eyes immediately.
-How old were you then?
-Can I ask?
-I think it was, yes, 21.
-Do I have to tell you which year that was?
-No you don't.
My friends say I set this up to relive my misspent youth.
-And I hope you've still got it.
-All lies. All lies.
Well, I hope you're still being misspent.
-Well, time to time. Time to time, say no more.
-Wonderful. Thanks, Jen.
Style never goes out of fashion, as proved by Jen.
Still as snappily dressed today as in her sizzling '60s snapshots.
Jonty, 40 quid.
That would have been, what? A month's salary for you in the '60s.
-See you later, mate.
Mark is hoping his next potential purchasers,
who happen to be the doyens of the Brighton fashion world,
will agree that his art deco mirror has style in abundance.
-Are you ready for this?
-Yes. Should I ask you to close your eyes?
-We'll close our eyes.
I'll tell you when to open them.
-Now, ta da.
Oh, very nice.
I think it's really, you see it's very '50s
with this sort of copper tinted mirror.
It's very deco, lovely.
And, in fact, I had my eye on one recently...
-That I was going to purchase.
-Oh, no, come on, that's not true.
-And I think someone else purchased it.
-I bought it instead.
-Yes, I did. But it's very, very similar, so that could be your replacement, Michelle.
-It may well be.
-Well, I was hoping to get around about £70 for it.
-What do you think Michele?
I think that sounds a very reasonable price.
-That's what I was thinking in my head.
-Well, I tell you what.
As you are so glamorous, if I can have another kiss we'll say 60.
-Oh, go on then.
-There we are, done.
Well, there we are, £28 I paid for it, I sold it £60.
£32 profit. That's the kind of deal I like.
A very chirpy Mark there, basking not just in the Brighton sunshine
but also in his success at netting £32 profit.
Those two sales means Mark retains the pole position in today's race.
In Oxfordshire, Jonty is making a pit-stop
at his restorer James' workshop for some running repairs on the wicker base chair that cost him just £1.
To maximise profits, Jonty is having the broken stretcher replaced and a quick wax and polish.
-Get to work now, sir.
OK, now to get into a joint like this properly we use what's called
an expansion cramp and this literally expands the joints.
I can then orientate the rail.
-There we go.
-So you know which end is which.
That's it. So to mark where the new peg goes I just put a pin
a little way in on each end, nip the end off so I've got a nice sharp.
Put it into possession,
push it in to place.
All being well I'll have a nice mark to drill in.
-It doesn't feel right that you are using a...
Battery powered drill for this work.
-Well, we have to make some concessions to modernity.
Testing the dowel. That fits nicely.
So we've got two dowels ready to go in. When it dries
it's completely odourless, but it's got a very distinctive smell.
There we go.
-And you can see the pressure just coming in.
-Yeah. All coming together.
Get the pressure on there and then, with warm water, wipe off the excess.
That's standing flat and proper.
-As it should be and we'll leave that to set.
-Perfect, and ready for somebody's bedroom.
Now, the restoration of the chair cost Jonty £20
and that's on top of the £1 he paid for the chair at the boot sale,
so the burning question is, how much profit can he make on it.
He's tracked down a potential purchaser who is converting
a barn into a new home and is in need of furniture.
Well, the price I'm looking for,
I'm not going to beat around the bush, £55 is what I'm looking for.
I think that's the bargain, Jonty.
-Are you happy with that?
So, if the chair cost Jonty £21, a sale of £55 gives him a profit
of £34 and that, ladies and gents, is trading at its very best.
But The Maverick is still out in front and on his way to visit
an antique dealing contact he's known for over 20 years.
Can Francis help Mark map out his route to victory?
It's a nice 18th Century map of Kent, fully signed Robert Morden.
-In reasonably good condition because, obviously folded,
-cos they've come out of a book.
-So it takes a bit of time.
And I think, you know, to be honest with you,
I'm being fair, I mean, I paid 25, I want 35
which still leaves you with a little bit of a profit, I think.
-Does it leave me with profit?
-I hope so.
And if you do sell it for hundreds then I shall come hunting for you.
-Well, thousands. I shan't tell you.
-No, quite right.
-I think we can do 35.
-Let's have a kiss.
Wonderful. Well, I've got rid of the map of Kent and I've made a small profit.
Mark's penultimate deal of the day lands him a £10 profit
and helps him take another great step towards today's title.
This unstoppable battle is hurtling towards its conclusion.
But right now, antiques pickers,
it's time for our run down of this week's top five sales charts.
At number five and sliding down the profit chart, it's a no sale
for Jonty as his easel fails to find a buyer.
In at number four it's The Hitman again.
A £5 sale of his jardiniere nets him a £2 profit.
Up to number three, yes, it's Jonty and his pool pottery dolphins,
earning him a profit of £2.50.
Straight in at number two in today's countdown
it's a whole shot of love for the hit maker Hearnden.
His four shot glasses sell for £4, making a £3.80 profit.
And topping today's pot picking profit parade
it's Maverick Mark Stacey with the sale of £110 for his barometer
and his profit, after auction fees, of just over £35.
So, right now it's Mark who is top of the pops in today's challenge.
But Jonty still has his trump card to play.
He is taking the nursing chair to one of his contacts, Susan.
Now, Jonty has not refurbished the chair as the work required would have taken him over his budget.
However, this late 19th Century piece is still in fantastic
condition structurally and just in need of some light cosmetic surgery.
So here's the chair, Susan. What do you think?
I love the shape of it. It's the kind of feminine shape of it.
-Yes, it's lovely.
I mean, I was really taken by the shape because it's buttoned and curved all at the same time.
-So there's movement all the way around.
The question though, the legs and the rest of the chair look mucky to me.
So you put a bit of beeswax on there and they will clean up really very nicely indeed.
And how old is it? What date?
We're looking at a chair that's late 19th Century, so it's 1880 to 1900 in date.
We call these Napoleon trois, Napoleon III, chairs.
So the most important thing here, you've got the right shape and size.
It's all in proportion with one another.
And the cost of the chair, to you, madam, is £375.
Well, that sharp intake of breath means this could still go either way.
Can our resident furniture fancier clinch the deal and make enough profit to beat his rival?
Let's remind ourselves of how much our brave boys have spent.
Jonty and Mark both had up to £250 to spend at the car boot sale.
Jonty spent just under £157 from his kitty and £20 on restoration, giving
a total spend of just under £177,
while Mark spent slightly more, shelling out £193 in total.
Over a week's challenges all of the profit that Jonty and Mark make
will go to a charity of their choice.
So without further ado,
it's time to find out which of them has made the most cash.
Jonty, I don't think car boots are your natural environment, are they?
No, I have to say they are not. What about you?
No, I don't often go to them but I think we were extremely lucky.
Now I bet your favourite buy is that chair, isn't it?
The regency chair, it was just such a thrill to buy something for a pound.
-It was a bargain.
-I know, it was lovely.
My favourite buy really has to be the Cliff Richard poster
because I found the most ardent fans of Cliff Richard.
-It was a pleasure to sell it to them, actually.
-Oh, that's great.
And I think I made reasonable profits so I'm delighted with it.
Who is going to be king of the car boot sale?
Ready? One, two, three.
-Oh, Jonty, come on.
-Oh, deary me.
What can I say. I'm thrilled with that.
-How do you do it?
-I don't know.
Well, at least none of us are off to the Tower of London, cos we did make profit.
I feel I'm heading that way.
It's a triumph for Jonty The Hitman Hearnden, king of the car boot.
But how exactly did The Hitman seal his victory?
What about 340?
For you. 340.
-Thank you very much.
The sale of the nursing chair gave Jonty a whopping profit of £230.
Well, I've just made over £330 at the car boot sale on a relatively small investment.
That means I'm the king of the car boot sale.
In this game, it's up and down and every penny counts.
I've made a very healthy respectable profit on every single lot I bought
and I had a wonderful time.
Well, you might have had a wonderful time, Mark, but all is not lost yet
because you still have one more challenge
before all your profit can be banked.
Tomorrow our intrepid experts face their toughest challenge yet,
the 48-hour showdown.
Oh, God, I hope somebody buys something.
I'm begging you, please buy my mirror.
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Two well-known experts from the world of antiques go head to head over a week of challenges to find out who can make the most profit buying and selling collectibles, all of which will be donated to a charity of their choice. Our dealers are in a different buying location each day: an auction house, a car boot sale, a foreign antiques market and a UK antiques fair; they then sell their purchases for as much profit as possible. On Friday, the duelling experts compete to make the most profit in the ultimate dealers' showdown - a 48 hour buying and selling challenge. Once the deals are done, one expert will be crowned the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is overall weekly champion.
It's pistols at dawn when Mark 'The Maverick' Stacey takes on Jonty 'The Hitman' Hearnden to find out who can make the most money from dealing boot sale collectables.