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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that takes
the titans of the antiques trade... and pitches them against each other,
to see who can make the most money from buying and selling.
That's amazing! Truly amazing.
Today, newcomer Catherine Southon takes on Put Your Money veteran
Charlie Ross, in an all-out battle for profit,
giving you the inside view on the secrets of the trade.
Coming up...Charlie's legendary charm is tested to breaking point.
-My friend's over there.
-Where is he?!
Well, how dare you negotiate with something...!
Cunning Catherine will use any means to seal a deal.
I'll give you a cuddle. Come on, £9.
All right, then. Go on, then.
And our dealers will go to any lengths to beat their opponent.
Catherine Southon, THIS is the way to sell your items from the boot fair.
Take her away, Chisholm!
Today's car-boot bonanza pitches veteran dealer
Charlie 'The Charmer' Ross against our new kid on the block,
'Cunning' Catherine Southon, as they compete to see who can make
the biggest profit from buying and selling antiques.
Charlie's no stranger to competitive car-bootery!
You're the man!
Will being on familiar turf allow this charming chappie to dominate?
You are an angel! Mwah!
Or can novice car-booter Catherine usurp the Charmer's crown?
£250 and a kiss and a cuddle.
Today, Catherine and Charlie go head to head at a car-boot sale
in Ardleigh, Essex.
They've each got £250 of their own money to spend,
and all the profit they make goes to their chosen charities.
In the battle for profit, there can only be one winner.
Catherine Southon and Charlie Ross, let battle commence!
-Miss Southon! Welcome to deepest - mwah - Essex!
-Thank you so much.
-Boot fairs! Are you good at boot fairs?
-I've done one or two,
but today I think I need an antique hand-warmer. I am freezing!
-Have you got money?
-I've got 250 as well.
-What's your plan of action?
-My plan of action is to try and find an antique.
On paper, this challenge might look like the biggest mismatch
since David took on Goliath,
but we all know how that little tussle turned out!
Booter beginner Catherine has the cards stacked against her,
but she's one tough cookie who learned her trade
at Sotheby's Auction House, and is, of course,
one of the stars of Bargain Hunt. This lady knows how to deal.
MUSIC: "Independent Women" by Destiny's Child
The cunning one is under no illusions about just how tough
this challenge is going to be.
This place is enormous!
It's one of the biggest boot fairs I have ever been to.
I've got my work cut out today, cos I've got to sift through
all this stuff and find one hidden gem. It's going to be impossible!
Catherine's adversary is a high-flying
MUSIC: "Prince Charming" by Adam and the Ants
Our antiques dandy is charm personified.
But underneath beats the heart of a determined competitor.
Here we are in the boot fair, and I need a strategy,
which is...find an antique, buy it, move on.
Find another one, buy it, move on.
It might not be easy here to find antiques,
but that's what I'm going to try and do,
try and get all my buying over and done with by 11 o'clock.
So, our warring warriors commence battle
with different attitudes.
While Catherine moves cautiously through the aisles...
Charlie roars off the starting blocks
and gets straight down to charming the stall holders.
This is brill! The last one of these real ones I sold made 4.4 million.
Well, I don't know how much this one is, but I'm sure
a collector of these things would love a little scale model.
-How much is this, sir?
-That one's £3, mate.
£3! D'you know, three quid, I don't think I'm even going to argue!
Nah, there's probably a profit in that.
See, even the sellers understand the name of the game!
Profit, profit, profit.
While Charlie's gearing up to strike, cunning Catherine's lost
in an uncharted wilderness of aisles and stalls.
I thought this was going to be easy, but...it ain't!
Come on, Catherine! Find your cunning and take the plunge,
because our captain of confidence is lining up
a bargain bonanza of not one, but seven model cars!
15 quid, the lot? You're the man!
Yes, the Charmer's raced ahead, bagging seven model cars for £15.
Our man's unstoppable.
I've bought about £15,000,000's worth of Ferraris for £15.
While the Charmer's at full throttle,
poor old Catherine's hitting the skids.
Maybe I'm just...using the wrong tactics,
I'm just walking around, and I need to really home on in,
and really sift through everything and find that gem.
I'll do it. I have to do it!
That's the spirit, Catherine.
Remember, your opponent takes no prisoners.
Catherine, my dear, are you sinking? If so, I've got something for you!
A buoy to keep you afloat!
Armed with a new plan to leave no stone unturned,
our lady finally spots something.
-1.50, it'd make a nice doorstop.
-It's very beautiful.
-There you go.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you so much.
And she's done it! Cunning Catherine has made her first purchase.
Nice little item, this. And £1.50...there's going to be a profit.
Both our dealers are off the blocks,
and this battle is now in full swing.
But the going isn't easy, even for the Charmer.
Price of table, £150. Potential sale price of table, £45!
Potential loss, £105. What to do? Leave it there.
This game can turn in an instant, and now she's up and running,
could it be that a glimmer of guile is returning to the cunning one?
I'm feeling a bit more upbeat.
Still got a long way to go, still got a lot of items to buy,
but, er, we're getting there.
# Hey, big spender... #
That's the spirit, Catherine. Just another £248.50 left to spend! Hmmm.
The Charmer has been mulling over an item he spotted earlier in the day.
I saw an ebonized torchiere earlier. Not the most exciting thing.
About four foot high, and asked the lady to hold on to it for me.
Just going to see if she has done.
It's still here!
-You're a lady of your word.
-Did we say a fiver?
There we are, my dear. Five of the finest.
It's a torchiere. We might call it a bust stand, and it's ebonized.
Not everybody's cup of tea, but I suppose you could flash it up
with a bit of gilding round the column here,
which would make it a bit spicier, but...let's just sell it as it is.
At five quid, I don't think we can go wrong.
Catherine is hot on Charlie's heels,
and she could be going gaga over a retro radio.
MUSIC: "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen
It's quite fun, isn't it? It's quite retro.
Are you? I can tell in that hat!
-What's your best price on it?
-12 quid, top whack!
-Come on, £8.
-I can't, honestly.
-Tenner, go on. Give us a tenner!
-I'll give you a cuddle. Come on, £9.
-All right. Go on, then.
If I'm getting a cuddle, that's all right.
And our first lady of cunning's not finished there.
She's found a mirror and dressing table stand for just £7.
What we've got,
this lovely mirror which would slot into the top here, for a nice frame.
And this beautiful drawer at the bottom.
We certainly know that this has got a bit of age to it,
and I think it might be Edwardian.
I like the fact that we've got a nice bit of boxwood stringing
going around the outside of this lovely frame.
The drawer as well. Lovely, lovely drawer. Let's take this out,
and you can see, we've got boxwood string in there,
and these little geometric shapes all around the outside.
For £7...I think that's all right.
There's got to be a bit of a profit there. There has to be.
From nowhere, the newly confident car-boot queen is on a roll!
There we are. Thank you very much indeed!
She's nabbed six vintage children's' books for just £1.50.
She's now on four buys to Charlie's two, and she's still only spent £19.
Which means the Charmer will be looking to scour
every nook and cranny of this market.
-Have you got things in the back of the van?
Come on, let's have a butcher's!
I've got money burning a hole in my pocket!
What does that weigh? That'd make a cracking doorstop, wouldn't it?
-It does, yeah.
-Blimey O'Riley, you need to be strong!
I reckon they used to use that for cleaning the chimneys.
Cleaning the chimneys? Really? Where you stick something up there,
-tie a weight on the end and drop it down the chimney?
You wouldn't want to put your foot under it.
-No, you wouldn't.
-How much is that? Is it a pound?
-No, it's 35.
Oh, I can't afford 35 quid for that, but thank you for looking...
-What d'you want to pay for it?
-I'd give you a tenner for it, sir.
A crisp ten pound note.
You heard, no, no, hang on!
You wouldn't want to listen to the ladies?
-I'll tell you what, I'll give you 12 quid.
A tenner, and 11, and 12 of the best, sir!
-Right, thank you.
-Thank you, sir.
-Yeah, and you, sir.
Well, what a pleasure seeing the Charmer in action,
and he also bagged a wooden plane for the princely sum of just £2.
Well, that is known as 'a lot for your money'.
This weighs pounds and pounds and pounds, and I suppose,
it wasn't very expensive per pound, but I think if we sandblast it,
it'll make a fantastic doorstop, and nobody will ever be able to move it.
The Charmer's coming up on the inside
faster than a speeding bullet, and our warring warriors
are now on four items each.
They started the day with £250 of their own money.
So far, the Charmer has made four deals
and spent a total of £34, leaving him a total of £216 still to spend.
Cunning Catherine has also got four items in the bag,
but she's only spent £19.
So, she's still got £231 burning a hole in her pocket.
What a corker this is turning out to be!
It's the cautious guile of the novice
against the confident charm of the veteran,
and they're taking no prisoners!
What I want to do is get hold of Charlie and put him in here.
Trap him to stop him finding anything else.
Stop him getting there before me!
The Charmer's not looking quite as confident as he did earlier on,
and he's got good reason. Catherine has already sniffed out
another potential purchase... a silver ice bucket.
-How much d'you want for it?
-You are joking me!
It doesn't matter where you start, it's where you finish!
-What d'you want for it?
-I'll take a tenner for it off you!
Come on, can you do a little bit better on that?
-One price, one price only.
-Fiver. I think I will take that.
I think I've got to make something on that. Someone will buy that from me.
Someone will buy this from me!
Your friend was going to buy it off me for a tenner earlier on.
Charlie was going to buy it? You make me feel a bit better now.
Thank you very much.
-God bless you. Wish you all the luck in the world.
Catherine has played a blinder.
I'm quite happy with this.
What a lovely little silver-plated ice bucket.
Quite commercial, 1930s, 1940s.
But the thing that makes me even more happy is that Charlie
tried to buy this earlier for £10, and I bought it for half!
For £5. Just shows, there's even more bargains to be had!
I'm going to keep looking.
Stand back, people! Cunning Catherine is taking the gloves off.
MUSIC: "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera
She's gaining confidence.
Our lady's now on five purchases to Charlie's four, and next up,
she bags a children's rocking horse for just £8.
Thank you very much.
Come on, laddie!
Yes, Catherine is proving to be a real contender.
Could it be the Charmer who's now on the ropes?
Can't find anything!
Come on, Charmer, get cracking!
With £216 still burning a hole in his pocket,
Charlie makes a bee line back to an item he spotted earlier.
A glazed urn.
I saw this pot earlier, and I really loved it,
-but I didn't like the price!
-Oh, right! What would you...?
-You've had an offer, have you?
-Yes, I've had a couple of offers,
but they're a bit low, so I wanted 25 for it.
-Would you take 18?
-You're a marvellous man, sir!
And the Charmer's delighted with his purchase.
-Pleasure to do business with you.
-Nice to meet you.
It's just such a glorious item. Good size, good glazing.
What I particularly like is the name.
T. Smith and Company, Canal Potteries, Old Kent Road!
I think it's fantastic! It's going to look really good
with dried flowers in it,
or better still... a really nice chateau-bottled.
Still one purchase behind Catherine, Charlie needs to stay focused.
Very Miss Southon, don't you think?
You can take the mickey, Charlie, but Catherine's busy
trying to extend her lead.
She's spotted a framed Scottish whisky map.
-Can I give you £2 for it?
-No, you can't.
Physical impossibility. You can give me three.
Give me £3 and we'll all be happy.
-£2.50, and a kiss and a cuddle.
-I don't want a kiss and a cuddle.
-Don't need one.
-I don't blame you!
-I don't need one.
-Can I give you £2.50, sir?
-Yes, give me £2.50.
-That would be jolly kind of you. Thank you, sir.
Well, the offer of a hug and kiss might not have had
quite the desired effect, but Catherine gets her item in the end.
I quite like this.
"A journey through Scotland to discover the finest whiskies."
Each of them is marked on the map there.
I know absolutely nothing about whiskies,
but what I do know is somebody's going to like this.
This is the sort of thing that I'm probably going to sell to a pub.
Or if not, just a whisky drinker.
This car-boot's fast turning into a bargain wonderland
for newcomer Catherine.
And after picking up a wicker basket for £4.50, she's pleased as punch.
That's got to make a profit! £4.50, I am definitely,
definitely going to make a couple of pounds on this.
Determined to regain control,
Charlie has launched a full-scale charm offensive.
-What have you got in your pocket?
-It's just a couple of medals.
One's Australian, First World War...
Australia service medal. Oh, yes. That's right. Number 455111,
Beautifully made, aren't they? Beautifully made.
-Are they for sale?
-They are. 45 on both of them.
-What would you like to offer me?
I could stretch to 25.
-28, it's a deal.
-28! Madam, you are an angel! Mwah!
Yes, Charlie's notched up purchase number six for £28,
and like a bargain-seeking missile,
he's straight on to number seven, a candelabra.
It's quite fun, isn't it?
I wonder what part of the world it's from.
-It's not English, is it?
-I don't know.
No, it's definitely not English, this sort of scrolling,
and I think it would be, with respect,
-better quality if it were English.
-I think it's silver-plated...
-It is silver-plated, yes.
If it was solid silver, I'd be pulling out the cash now!
It's a good-looking object.
At £50, the candelabra is Charlie's biggest splash of the day so far.
Thank you very much.
Despite the buying bonanza, our warring warriors still have
plenty of cash left to spend. But, time's ticking away,
and the traders are starting to bag up and head home.
And so begins the mad dash to the finishing line.
Cunning Catherine forks out £18 for a box of maps,
hHer biggest spend of the day.
This is my final, final purchase of the day.
-And I'm sure I've said that before, so...thanks very much.
I'm quite happy with this little box of maps.
1920s, 1930s, a few cycle maps there.
I've got a couple of people in mind for these, so I'm pleased with them.
Charlie's still pounding the aisles in the hope that a final forage
will yield something exceptional.
You are still in possession of about the only antique in this field!
Yeah. Other than you and me, this is the oldest thing here!
A Victorian, helmet-shaped coal scuttle!
And in not bad condition. It's got a hole in the bottom,
but, given the fact that it's 130-40 years old, it's really rather good.
And what have we got here? Griffith and Browett, M&C, 1880.
Well, that dates it for you.
So, time to talk money.
It's going to be 35.
Oh, I was going to say I could get 35 for it!
-If I gave you 30, we'd have a deal.
-32, then I'd make three quid. Oh, 32!
-Oh, go on!
Looks like Charlie's ditched the charm, and is opting for petulance.
I can only ask him, cos that ain't mine...
Oh, it's not yours! Well, what are you doing? Whose is it?!
-My friend's over there.
-Where is he?!
Well, how dare you negotiate for something...!
Luckily, the owner of the coal scuttle hasn't gone home yet!
-Can you do it for 33, sir?
-End of the day.
Come on, sir.
The Charmer knows when to say yes, and seals the deal at £35,
bringing his haul for the day to a total of eight items.
Our duelling dealers are all booted out,
but how do they tally up as today's buying comes to a close!
Charlie and Catherine started out with £250 of their own money.
Veteran Charming Charlie ended the day with eight purchases,
and a total spend of £165.
New kid on the block, Cunning Catherine has one more item
in the bag, but only spent a mere £57.
Before they go their separate ways, our battle-weary booters
have the chance to assess their opponents' weapons of war.
I've never seen such a pile of old tat in all my life!
Oh, don't be so cruel! Let's have a little look through yours.
Actually, not a bad little mixture. Don't like the plane.
Don't like the plane.
-Don't like the stand.
-Don't like the stand. Well, thank you very much.
-My mother had a radio like that.
That didn't work, either.
Now, I saw that earlier. I like that.
-I think it's quite nice.
And a little birdie told me that you tried to buy this for 10.
-I think it was probably 15.
I like that. I think that's worth 20, 30 quid of anybody's money.
Well, look at this. What I like about it is the raised WC.
-So, it'd be good for a little toilet.
That is quality!
Oh, Catherine, you've done the business there.
-You like that.
-I love that. Well, good luck.
-I think we're going to need it, aren't we?
-Well, you are!
So am I!
Having bagged all their car-boot booty,
our mighty money makers now face an even tougher challenge.
They've got to sell the lot,
with the aim of making as much profit as they can!
And all of that money will be going to their chosen charities.
Our duelling dealers return home to plot out their selling campaigns.
The Charmer to leafy Oxfordshire...
and the cunning one to Kent, the garden of England.
I'm quite happy with what I bought, because I can see a profit...
I think, on pretty much everything.
My most favourite item probably has to be the ice bucket.
I think it'll probably clean up really well,
and for £5, I will definitely make a nice profit on that.
And what's even better is that Charlie wanted this for £15,
and that makes me very happy cos I got it cheaper!
My least favourite item...sadly, the rocking horse.
The problem is selling it, because people who are looking to buy
a rocking horse, mums for their children or whatever,
they're going to want it to be in perfect condition.
But I think it's going to be a bit of a struggle. Who knows?
As well as her silver ice bucket and rocking horse,
Catherine will also have to sell an antique iron,
a retro style radio, a mirror and dressing table,
a whisky map of Scotland, a wicker basket, six children's books
and a box of maps.
The Charmer is assessing his mighty arsenal.
I'm pleased with what I bought. It's a little odd, my selection.
I bought, actually, an antique. The ebonized torchiere.
I think that won't be a problem to sell.
It's a useful piece of furniture.
Goodness knows why I bought the plane, but it was only £2.
My silver-plated candelabra,
I think that might well go to a European, perhaps an Italian dealer.
They love big bits of silver plate.
It's 20th century, but it's a lot for the money.
Anyway, it's a challenge.
Charlie also needs to sell his seven model Ferraris,
a large JH Miller pot,
two World War One medals,
a coal scuttle...and one extremely heavy weight.
Our canny competitors will be pulling out all the stops
to find buyers.
But, until they've shaken on it, and the money's changed hands,
no deal is truly sealed.
Determined to seize the advantage, the cunning one
is first out of the traps.
She takes her antique iron to her old friend, John.
I need someone with a sense of humour. That's why I thought of you.
And using her powers of alchemy, converts iron into pure hard cash,
taking in £10.50 profit on her first sale.
And with the bit between her teeth,
our antiques thoroughbred sells her mirror and dressing table
to a shop, and nets a hefty £38 profit in the process.
Some powerful opening salvos from cunning Catherine.
The Charmer is already playing catch-up.
He's taking his wood plane to Roger,
an old friend of his who's a carpenter.
-Roger! I've come to interrupt your work!
-I went to a boot fair the other day.
-And I thought of you!
-D'you know why I thought of you?
-Go on, tell me.
Oh, look at that.
That must be much, much better than any ones you've got.
It's incredible how these old guys managed
to use things like this and turn out the craftsmanship that they did.
Now this just slides out like that to let the blade be adjusted,
then all you do is tap that back in with a hammer, and then to use it...
much the same as a modern plane, get hold of that, and away you go.
-Yeah. Can't I tempt you?
-I'm afraid not, Charlie. Thanks all the same.
Frankly, if I can't sell this to you, who the hell can I sell it to?!
-It was worth a try.
-Sorry to interrupt your day.
That's all right. Lovely to see you any time.
You've certainly ruined my day. Never mind.
Oh, the Charmer denied!
Yes, I did know a carpenter! No, he did not want my plane!
What am I going to do now? Frankly, I haven't got a clue.
Charlie is without a sale to his name.
He's got to make up ground fast,
because the selling tsunami that is Catherine
is hoping for another whirlwind of profit, and she's playing on home turf.
I've decided to go to the end of my road,
and approach my local minister, who I know is Scottish,
and likes a wee tipple.
MUSIC: "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
-Hi, Bill, good to see you.
-Hi, Catherine. Good to see you.
Nice to see you. Well, I want to show you something.
-What have you got?
-I found this recently, and I thought of you.
Oh, right. What's that, then?
What do you think?
Oh, wow, fantastic.
It's nice, isn't it?
There's about 2,000 brands of malt whisky
and they're all distinctive.
I've not tried them all, personally, but I'm assured that they are.
-The Talisker on the Isle of Skye is a favourite of mine.
Absolutely. That's right. Unfortunately, it's only a picture.
Yeah, I know. That would be nice.
Ideally, I'd like to get about £30 for this.
-How does that sound?
I was thinking, that's roughly what you'd pay
-for a bottle of decent whisky.
So, I would give you the price of a bottle of whisky
for this picture of whisky.
-It's a reasonable deal.
-That sounds very reasonable to me.
-Shall we shake on that?
-I'd be more than happy to shake on that.
Thank you, Bill.
All Catherine's prayers are answered in one,
as she's blessed with a heavenly profit of nearly £28. Hallelujah!
It's a long race, but the Charmer is now in danger of being lapped.
He needs to put his foot down on the selling accelerator.
Well, I've booked a very interesting day.
I am going to go into the Cotswolds with all my Ferraris.
I've £15 worth of Ferraris,
and, hopefully, sell them to a man that's got a real Ferrari!
I'm here to see Martin Chisholm, Mr Vintage Car!
-So, how many Ferraris have you got here?
-Three, I think.
Well, how about having...seven more.
They're quite good models. They're well made.
They're very, very good models.
If they were real, which is the most valuable one?
Well, in terms of value, there's the 250 GTO.
They made 36 of these and there was one sold last year for 27,000,000.
-Then, I would say...
-That's a Testarossa.
Testarossa, 250 Testarossa, which translated means "red head."
You can see, it's got red engine coils here on the...
Are these something I could sell you?
50 quid for the lot. Seven Ferraris for 50 quid.
I can see damage on the paintwork there. I'll give you 40 for the lot.
-Go on. I think that's fair enough. Put your hand there.
Rev your engines. Charlie burns up a profit of £25 from that £40 sale.
The Charmer is back in the race.
Catherine Southon, THIS is the way to sell your items
from the boot fair. Take her away, Chisholm!
Oh, just look at him go!
The Charmer's at his best when his back's against the wall.
And he knows he needs to make every sale count now, pound for pound.
Well, I've arrived at Pete Rymer's farm.
He's an old chum from the rugby club, and he says he wants to buy
a cast-iron weight.
But he won't tell me what he wants to do with it.
-No, but he certainly will hear you coming!
-Old weights for new!
Old weights for new, Mr Rymer! Well, how are you?
-How lovely to see you?
-How are you? Is it a local scrap man?
You can't live without. Look at that. Isn't that wonderful?
-It's a whopper!
-It's a whopper!
-I'll let you lift it up!
I sent you an image of that, and you fell in love with it.
Well, I did actually. I had an immediate use for it.
Over there, we've got Hang On Harry.
-Why's he called Hang On Harry?
-Well, because you have to hang on!
Or else, you're on the floor.
But the biggest problem I have with him, Harry is a big chap,
and as you can see, I'm quite short.
So we have a problem.
So where's this going?
I'd struggle to get on him without a bit of help.
And when I saw this, I immediately thought,
'That's an extra couple of foot. I can stand on it...and get on him!
Without a leg-up.
-How heavy do you reckon that is?
-Ooh-a-ar! 25-30 kilos?
About a pound a kilo, then.
-A pound a kilo?
-30 quid for that?!
You're a hard man to do business with. 28!
Cor...d'you know, the reason I asked for 30,
I thought you were going to offer me 10!
28, sold! That's a deal!
Ho-ho, what a weight off my mind.
What a weight off my body, and to think of it...twenty-weight quid!
Our dapper dealer canters away with £16 profit, and the race is back on.
He gets £12 profit for his medals...
..and £7 profit from his JH Miller pot.
But is it enough for our warhorse to catch up
with our cunning thoroughbred?
After a slow start, charmer Charlie has now sold
four of his eight items, and has made £60 profit.
Cunning Catherine had an almighty start, but it's not in the bag yet.
From the three purchases sold so far, she's netted £76 of profit.
Rolling countryside, picturesque villages, cosmopolitan cities
and historic towns. There are so many selling opportunities
across our beautiful land.
But, Catherine's keeping things simple, taking her basket
and the radio, which she's spent £2 having PAT tested,
down the road to her contact, Sophie.
-Hello, how are you?
-Fine, thank you.
Good, right, well, I've got a couple of things to show you.
First of all, now you asked me for something for storage.
I'm afraid I didn't get you a trunk, but I did get you
this rather nice wicker basket.
I would be looking at about £20 for that.
-How does that sound?
-Yeah, 20 would be fine.
Something else, a bargain I have got for you.
This is completely different.
-Very exciting. Oh, Catherine, that's brilliant!
-Isn't that fantastic?
Absolutely brilliant. I've always wanted it.
It's very retro, isn't it? It's quite funky.
Now these were made, originally, in the '60s and '70s,
but this is a more modern reproduction, if you like.
Would you be happy with 20 for that and 20 for this?
-That's a really good deal.
-Are you sure?
-Well, I'm happy with that.
Yes, nice work from our lady.
The fully tested retro radio gets a great reception
and a profit to the tune of £9.
Weaving the basket into the sale nets a profit of nearly £16.
The profit divide is widening again, and the Charmer needs to make
a bold move if he's to stand any chance of catching up.
He's decided to take his candelabra to local auctioneer, Joe.
-Ah-ha! Here comes the boss. How are you?
Nice to see you. Very impressive.
-It is quite impressive, isn't it?
-It's quite heavy.
-It certainly is.
I need you to get me out of a hole, here.
I bought this specifically with somebody in mind.
-And when you do that, they don't want it, do they?
What can you get me for it? I'm not going to put a reserve on it.
I'm a believer of putting things into auction and letting them go.
I think, pre-sale estimate, £50-80.
We'll just see how we can...persuade them to bid.
That's brilliant. We'll see how it goes.
We'll find out later if Charlie's big gamble will pay off.
The cunning one has arranged a meeting with Lorraine,
the owner of her local pub.
-I've got something to show you - are you ready?
-There we are.
-What d'you think?
Well, it's a little small. I love the rim round the top.
-What age is this?
It's difficult to be certain.
I would probably date it to about 20, 30 years.
What are you asking for it?
Well, what I would really like would be about £50.
I was thinking more 25.
-Oh, that's quite a big drop, isn't it?
-Can we say 40?
You drive a hard bargain.
Is that a 40? Is that a 40? Oh, wonderful! That's fantastic.
Thank you very much indeed.
Surely now the champagne's on ice for the cunning one,
as the cork of profit pops to a tasty £35.
Charlie is in no mood for celebration.
He's powering through Buckinghamshire,
on a mission to sell his torchiere.
And, if he wants to stay in this competition,
he needs to get a good price.
Now, I've had somebody in mind for this for some time.
Justin Lavender, professor at the Royal College of Music.
I sent him an image, and he said "That's just what I need
"to go behind my piano."
Could I get together with him? Absolutely impossible!
He works 24 hours a day. So I said to him,
"Nominate somebody to act on your behalf.
"They can negotiate on your behalf." And that's why I'm here.
Ally, who lives here, is a friend of Justin's, a friend of mine,
and the good thing is...
he is not here to say he doesn't like it.
You might want to shut your boot, Charlie.
Where is she?
I think she's trying to avoid me.
Ah, there you are! He said, walking in rather an awkward fashion!
Here we are! This is for Justin, we hope.
-What do you think?
-Do you think Justin will like it?
-That'll do fine.
Goodie! I want 60 quid for it.
You'll have to go a bit lower than that, I'm afraid. What about 40?
-Not going to move, are you?
Shake on that. 40 quid, baby!
Nice work, Charlie. That £35 profit keeps you in the game.
This competition could still go either way, and cunning Catherine
is pulling out all the stops for those last crucial sales.
I've had a bit of a brainwave and I've brought it along
to a local children's club. I'm going to show it to the children,
and hopefully, it'll find its new home here.
Hi, children! How you doing?
ALL SPEAK AT ONCE
I have bought you something special. Any ideas what this is? Hands up.
-What d'you think it is?
-A rocking horse?
-A rocking horse.
Well, shall we take a look? Are you ready for this? ALL: Yeah.
D'you like it? Angela, I'm going to ask you about this,
cos you're the one that's going to decide on this.
-Whether you're going to buy this horse.
-I think it's lovely,
-and he could be a club mascot.
-Oh, that's nice.
And I'm sure some of the younger ones would love to have a little go.
-So, I think, on balance, maybe, we should buy the horse.
I like your thinking, Angela.
I would be looking for £30.
15. I'd like a little bit more, if possible.
I'm getting lots of whispers in my ear.
I think maybe we could go to 20.
20? Well, £20 would be wonderful, I'd be very happy with that.
-So, shall we shake on 20?
£20, thank you very much. Shake on you, and you, and you.
Catherine makes £12 profit on the rocking horse.
And then goes on to sell her box of maps and Enid Blyton books
for a combined profit of £20.50.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much, Ross, thank you.
With the finishing line looming, Charlie sells his wood plane
for a profit of £3 and his coal scuttle for a profit of £5.
But it's now the moment of truth for the Charmer.
His candelabra has gone under the hammer. He's about to find out
how it did.
My candelabra was sold a few days ago, at auction.
I was away, and I don't know how much it made.
It's old Charlie here.
You kindly sold, well, I hope you sold
a silver-plated candelabrum for me.
Can you tell me how much it made?
Fab. Okey-dokey. Lovely.
Thanks. OK, bye.
Ha-ha! Roscoe is out of trouble!
Well, the Charmer's sounding confident,
but has that sale sealed it for Charlie?
We'll find out very shortly.
Our fierce fighters have bravely battled their way through
an epic competition today.
They both started out with £250 of their own money.
Charming Charlie spent £165 on eight purchases, and Cunning Catherine
bought nine items, but spent just £59, including costs.
But now, it's all about profit.
All the money Catherine and Charlie have made from today's challenge
will be going to a charity of their choice. So, without further ado,
let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
-Mwah! How are you?
-Fine, thank you.
Have you warmed up yet?
Well, I have now. That boot sale was...
-Was it cold?
But you bought reasonably well.
I did buy "reasonably well"!
-Couple of hopeless things...
-What about your ghastly candelabra?
-Made a profit.
-Yeah, right. That was horrible.
-It wasn't very nice, was it?
But it was probably marginally better than your linen basket
or your wicker basket or whatever sort of basket it was.
-Don't knock my basket, Charlie.
-Did you profit?
I'm not saying anything. Remember that ice bucket, as well?
I wanted to buy that ice bucket. You stole it!
You should have, Charlie.
Oh! D'you know, I've got a horrible feeling you've won this one.
-Shall we have a look?
-I don't really want to.
-Let's just see. Ready?
-I'm not very confident.
BOTH: One, two, three!
Ohhhh! What a thrashing!
Come on, Charlie, I'll buy you a drink.
You jolly well need to buy me two drinks!
A decisive win for newcomer Catherine.
Despite the feigned glee, Charlie's gamble at auction didn't pay off.
The candelabra made just over £3 profit after costs.
My profit of 100 odd was OK, but not enough.
And Catherine gave me a good thrashing. I take my hat off to her.
And the secret to my success?
Well, I bought lots of low-value items,
and I sold them incredibly well.
Catherine can't celebrate for long. Tomorrow we're taking our dealers
to their preferred territory, the auction rooms.
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