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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.'
It's amazing! Truly amazing.
'Today, Maverick Mark Stacey takes on Kate The Diamond Bateman
'in an all-out battle for profit, giving you the inside view
'on the secrets of the trade.
'Coming up, our dealers show you how to handle priceless antiques.'
There must be a profit in this. Unless, of course, I drop it.
'They refuse to let the weather dampen their spirits.'
So I might be able to get some good deals, so bring on the rain, I say.
'And both contenders have cause to celebrate.'
What can I say? I'm truly honoured. I didn't expect this.
'This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.'
'Look out for the blue lights as a day of collectables cops and robbers gets underway.
-'It's Mark The Maverick Stacey...'
'..taking on Kate The Diamond Bateman in a high-speed chase
'to make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.
'It's Mark Stacey, Brighton's bargain maestro and dealer extraordinaire...'
I'm PC Maverick and I'm here to arrest Kate Bateman
on charges of stealing all the bargains!
'..versus his nemesis, Diamond Bateman, the antiques assassin.'
Look out, Mark Stacey, I'm gunning for you.
'These arch rivals will be risking £750 of their own cash
'as they chase each other round the mean streets of Swinderby Antiques Fair in Lincolnshire.
'They're racing to shoot down bargain buys that they can sell on for the most profit,
'all of which goes to their chosen charities. Mark Stacey and Kate Bateman,
'it's time to put your money where your mouth is.'
-Good morning, Mark.
-Hello, hello, hello. What are you doing here?
-This is my old hunting ground.
-So you've got an advantage?
-I'm not sure. I haven't been here for quite a while
so I'm not sure what kind of stuff it'll have today. But we've got £750 to spend.
-What are we going to buy?
-No idea. What about you?.
-Not furniture or paintings.
-But you're so good at paintings, Kate.
-What are you after?
-I really don't know.
-Well, the best of luck to you.
-And you. May the best woman win.
'Hm. They're playing their cards close to their chests today
'but both these antiques aficionados have a profit-hunting plan of action.'
I'm trying to really think about maybe finding those pieces
that I instantly know someone might be interested in,
or preferably two of three people might be interested in,
because it gives you a back-up plan.
It's really exciting because people are still unpacking
and this is the bit of the fair I love, when you're not quite sure what's here.
I'm just going to see if something jumps out at me.
Not a great strategy, but it tends to work for me.
'The sun may not be shining on our collectables chase today,
'but our treasure-hunting twosome won't let that hold them back.'
When it rains, all your stuff gets wet, it's cold, it's miserable. But maybe they'll be keen for a buyer,
so I might be able to get some good deals. So bring on the rain, I say!
Well, the rain is actually proving more resistant than I thought. But we're keeping cheerful.
-The heavens are opening.
If the weather continues like this, I think I've found the perfect advantage
over my rival, Kate Bateman.
I shall water-ski round the fair!
'That's the spirit! Come rain or shine, it'll be an epic battle for victory today.
'And it's Maverick Stacey who's first off the starting blocks.'
Now, these are quite fun. These are a pair of what look like 17th century table legs.
But of course, they're not. They're actually probably late 19th century or early 20th century.
And they would have originally had a big oak top on those.
But they might look quite nice with a plate glass top on it
as a slightly contemporary twist to an antique, as it were.
But we'll see what price they're asking for them.
-I just wanted to know how much your table legs are.
-Well, I quite like those for £80, actually. They're quite decorative.
I would need to get the price down a little bit.
-Can we negotiate on that price, sir?
-70 but that is the very best.
-70 is the very best, it is?
Cos I think they're quite fun, actually. I'm going to take... Where's... I'm going to take those.
'A colossal first purchase for the Brighton black belt
'and he wastes no time notching up a second quirky buy.'
For £20, I think this is a reasonable buy.
I've got to get the electrics sorted out, but I'm sure in Brighton I can find a poodle lover
who would simply adore this!
'A pair of table legs and a poodle lamp,
'neither of which he has a buyer in mind for.
'Not exactly on strategy, but Mark's still confident.'
Well, who's going to make the biggest profit today?
Will it be Kate or Mark?
Well, of course, it's going to be Mark.
'Never underestimate the opposition, though, Mark.
'They don't call Kate the antiques assassin for nothing.'
Well, I really like these. They're a pair of lamps. They've got kind of continental scenes on
They're really heavy. They're brass or bronze.
They're sort of French style. This is a stiff leaf border here, like laurel leaves.
You've got this plain column base. They are really heavy, and that's a nice sign of quality.
They're a sort of brass or... Well, it's probably bronze, actually.
They're good fun. I don't know what's going on here. We've got ships and animals,
like a tavern and port scene, I think, on the bottom.
I was looking for a signature, but there isn't any.
Now, this chap here wants 175 the pair.
-It's nice to get pairs of lamps.
-£100 each, but I'd sooner sell the pair.
Well, I'll have the both for 150, how about that?
-Take them away.
-Go on, then, take them away.
'Applying that famous charm, the Diamond nets a tasty discount.
'And with the stallholder on side, she goes for the double after spotting a pair of pillars.'
-260, cos I bought the lamps.
-No, no, they cost me 400.
-You're doing 280?
-280. You've had a fantastic deal.
-I'm actually quite tempted by that.
-It's impossible to make a profit...
-Oh, go on, then, 280.
-You're lovely. That's fabulous. I've got another thing! Whoo-hoo! I like those.
I love the fact that these are so theatrical.
It was a bit of an impulse buy, but I kind of talked myself into them.
They're really unusual. They're made of wood, he says they're French, about 1920s.
They'd look great in a house, you could put lamps on them,
you could put sculptures, or they'd look great in an art gallery.
It's just so nice to have pairs of things. Interior designers love these.
But I'm really pleased with that. I think Mark's going to be green with envy.
'Our treasure-hunting thoroughbred pilfers the two pillars, minus the lamps on top,
'and has galloped out of the starting gate having spent well over half her budget already.
'But this very much a two-horse race.'
I've found something interesting. This is something you could keep in your bedroom locked away
and you could have a little quiet drink, a night cap at night, maybe a whisky or a port or a brandy.
And the reason we call them tantalises,
this comes from the word tantalise, and they were locked away
to stop the servants taking a neck of your favourite whisky,
And I think it's quite sweet. It's Edwardian, 1900, made of oak and metal mounted.
It's got the two little decanters in there. I can't get them out. Sir, why can't I get these out?
-Cos it's locked.
-It's locked? And you haven't got the key?
Now, that's a big problem, because I have to try and find a key to open it.
And, of course, maybe there's no bottoms on the decanters, so I'd have to try and replace them.
So hopefully the dealer's going to say it's a very reasonable price.
£75, plus I've got to spend weeks hunting for a key, which I don't have because I've got to sell it quickly.
Can we get it under 65?
-Is that all right with you?
Well, let's hope I'm having a little nip with my success when I find the key and sell this.
'Yes, smooth-talking Stacey does it again. Maybe he's got some alcohol-loving buyers in mind
'as he also splashes out £13 on a yard of ale glass.'
There must be a profit in this. Unless, of course, I drop it.
'Maverick's bagged two boozy bargains, taking his total so far to four.
'But canny Kate has racked up her third buy of the day.'
I'm really pleased with that. I know it's not an antique strictly,
but you don't get antique magazine racks.
This is all this shabby chic, French style, distressed. I quite like it.
And there's lots of places that sell this kind of thing.
I think that's really good. It was 15 quid. And I got a chicken thrown in.
I think I can make a very small profit on that, maybe £10 or a fiver,
but a profit's a profit and we don't sneeze at it.
'Yes, every penny counts in today's epic antiques adventure.
'Sticking to her strategy of buying anything that catches her eye,
'The Diamond homes in on a hefty-looking item.'
-How much is this stone trough?
-100 quid. And the bigger one?
I like those because they're nice and old,
and we see loads of repro ones that are reconstituted stone.
They can make them look older, they put yoghurt on them to make the moss and the lichen grow
and they leave them outside and all sorts of ploys.
But you can tell they're really old. This one is hand-hewn. It's going to be a beast to get back, though.
Blimey, I don't even want to think about how much that weighs.
So it's sort of putting me off, the size of it, but it is a nice thing, I'm sure I could sell it.
Let's see if we can haggle the guy down.
-What's your absolute... Would you do 75?
-Cos it's really heavy.
-I know, but that sort of thing...
-It is really nice.
-What's your absolute best?
-I'll do it for 90. That's the best.
-85, come on.
-Really? 90 quid.
-It's got age about it.
-It is. Do you know where it came from?
-It came out of Yorkshire.
-I'll go for that. 90 quid.
'The daring Diamond is spending money like water today! But she's feeling no fear.'
Alarm bells should be ringing for Mark Stacey. He's on the losing team today.
'Our duelling duo have fought through the weather and taken this antiques fair by storm.
'But what's the half-time tally?
'Maverick and Diamond both started the day with £750 of their own money.
'Mark's bagged four items, but spent just £168,
'leaving him a sizeable £582 in his kitty.
'Kate has also bought four items, but splashed out £535,
'leaving her just £215 still to spend.
'Buckle up for more action as this antiques adventure enters its second phase.
'The weather shows no signs of clearing and our daring duo are starting to feel the pressure.'
What's worrying is it looks like some stallholders are packing up already and it's only ten past ten.
They're supposed to be here all afternoon. I hope the horrible weather hasn't put them off.
'As the rain falls, so do Maverick's spirits.'
Too much of a gamble to try to sell it to a private collector.
'And his wallet stays firmly in his pocket.'
It's a nothing, really. It's quite decorative, but I think I'll pass on it for now.
-But I'm not buying it.
-'Oh, what's happened to our brave bargain-hunter?'
I don't know about you, but all this rain has extinguished my fire today.
# Relight my fire
'Come on, Maverick, get back in the game!
'And with Mark getting hot under the collar, cool calm Kate shows no signs of stopping.'
Fortnum & Mason wines with Stuart crystal glasses.
Well, I love the hamper. Glasses in it, as well. For quaffing your champagne.
And actually, there's quite a lot of people that go to summer concerts
around where I am, so that might do it. What have we got to drink?
A red. I think this is a very classy buy.
I quite like that.
Yeah, I'd have that. Let's work on the principle "buy stuff that I would like".
-Will you do 30?
-Go on, then.
-Oh, you're a lovely lady!
'Trust the diamond to spot a first-class treasure.
'And speaking of treasures, the Maverick has lined up three contestants for his next buy.
'But which will he choose? Hello antique number one.
'What are you and when are you from?'
It's a candlestick. Of course it's a candlestick.
I would say this piece is probably around about 1880, something like that, so it's Victorian.
If we open the back here, that's for keeping your matches or vestas.
And where do you strike them? Well, you strike them on the rock here.
'And what about you, number two?'
This is a little desk ornament.
It's again bronze, probably French,
and just inset here is a carved cameo shell.
'And last but not least, number three.'
It's a lovely ladies' walking cane.
Again, 19th century.
Silver-plated with a lady artist here at her easel.
Maybe French again, because we've got a little crystal top. I don't think, unfortunately, it's rock crystal.
'So will it be antique number one?
'He's bronze, Victorian and he's desperate to be snapped up.
'Or will it be antique number two, the pricey continental rack
'that makes the ladies go wild?
'Or will Mark walk off with antique number three,
'the 19th century cane that'll always stick around?
'Mark, the choice is yours.'
Here are my two items. I've paid £220 for this, £70 for this,
so a massive total of £290.
But I think I've got a buyer for this and a buyer for that,
so I hope I'm going to snap up a jolly good profit.
'Ooh, Mark, you old devil! He's walked off with not one but two items
'and smacked £290 in one fell swoop.
'Kate had better watch out, as this collectables carnivore
'soon gobbles up another profit-worthy prey,
'a set of silver-plated Deco-style boxed fish servers for £7.'
Another potential tasty profit bought.
'And that takes Maverick's treasure tally to seven.
'But with time running out, the Diamond hits back with a knockout blow of her own.'
Well, this is cool. This is a copper top and a cast-iron base.
You can see there's a bit of rust, but I like it, I don't want it looking new.
It's got some age to it. I think it's really pretty.
So what you can have, it could be inside, you could use it as a coffee table, or in a conservatory,
or outside. I'm thinking I might put it outside with plants on it. It's a really decorative piece.
I only paid £25. There's a very small profit in it.
But it's a nice thing. I think it's probably early 20th century, 1920s maybe.
But it's nice. Somebody's gone to the effort of cutting out all that copper. So I like that.
It's heavier than it looks.
'That's purchase number six for our Lincolnshire lady.
'And with the market starting to pack up around her, she wastes no time hunting down a lucky seventh.'
I've just seen something on this stall that I'd really like.
I've had a word with the owner of the stall. It's a nice lamp base.
He reckons his best price is 35, but I'm going to haggle.
It's the end of the day, people are packing up, he may want to settle
and get rid of something else. So let's see how I go.
-Is... What was your best price on this?
-The best I could do that would be £45.
-45? Oh, my goodness.
-How about 30?
-I'll do it for 35.
-It's a good quality lamp.
-Well, I like it. OK, we'll go for 35.
-Thank you very much! I'll take it away.
-Thank you. Bye-bye.
Right! Well, there we have it.
Wasn't the exact deal that I was hoping. I was hoping for 30.
But I really like it. It's late Victorian.
This is a Corinthian column, so you've got this Corinthian top here, a reeded column.
You can see there used to be a pull chord out of here. So hopefully £50, something like that, I can get.
So not much of a profit but still a profit.
Right, let's go and light up his day.
'A triumphant sprint across the finishing line for the daring Diamond.
'But the Maverick isn't done yet. Despite the wind and driving rain,
'he's spotted one more lot that's got his pulse a-racing.'
This is really quite a top-of-the-range butler's tray, isn't it?
-It's very unusual with the turned legs.
Yeah, it's a little... Just needs a bit of attention but I think it's a lovely thing.
Do you know anything about the provenance of it?
I can tell you the motto is the last Earl of Thanet
-and the family lived in Skipton Castle.
I love pieces of history like this. These are one-off pieces. You won't find another one.
-What are you looking to get on this?
-I was looking around 180.
Yeah. I understand, you know, that there's the bit that needs the repairs there,
but it's such a fascinating piece to me.
And is that the very best?
It's raining, it's cash, 150.
-You're tempted, aren't you?
I'm not going to let the damage rain on my parade
and I'm going to take a punt with it. Please, someone want it.
'A colossal end to the day for the Brighton titan. It's been an epic showdown at this soggy antiques fair
'but now it's time to find out who spent what.
'Our treasure-hunting Trojans started the day with £750 each.
'Mark bagged eight items and spent a sizeable £615.
'Kate splashed out only slightly more at £625,
'and comes away with seven lots to sell.
'Before they go their separate ways, our duelling duo meet up to check out the competition.'
-How do you think you've done?
-I'm very pleased and confident with my pieces. I bought quality.
-You've bought quite a lot. You've bought the bottom half of a table.
-Yes, which will be fun.
-Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.
-No, OK, fine.
-But it is fun.
I'm quite pleased because I've managed to spend around £615.
That's almost the same as me, £625.
-What, on this?
-Yes. You look horrified.
I bought things in pairs today. I bought a pair of brass lamps, or bronze lamps. I quite like those.
And a single lamp. It was a day for lamps. And this, I've got people who go to picnics and concerts
who'll go for that. Do you think we should toast our success to buying.
Well, let's hope so. Come on, get the bottle open.
One for you.
'It took stamina and determination for our two mighty gladiators to battle through the elements
'and make their purchases. But that was just the start.
'Now they must both sell like they've never sold before.
'Back in their respective corners, our feisty fighters survey their treasures
'and plan their means of attack. The Lincolnshire Diamond is feeling chipper.'
Well, the Swinderby Antiques Fair basically drove me to drink, literally.
This hamper. It's my favourite. It's full of wine. How can you not like that?
Maybe I do regret buying these architectural pillars.
I think I paid too much for them and there's going to be a really tricky job to get a profit.
Maybe the same sort of thing with this magazine rack. I love the copper garden table, it's brilliant.
And the lamps I love. Sticking with lamps, I bought a single Corinthian column brass lamp.
Also, which isn't here cos it's so heavy, the stone planter. I might have made a few expensive errors,
but what was he thinking with the table legs without a table top?
Goodness knows. Erm, would it be unsporting to hope he's struggling? I don't think so.
'Yes, the gloves are off. But does the diamond diva have a point?
'In sunny Brighton, the Maverick is sensing a few grey clouds ahead.'
These are my purchases from the antiques fair. Cased 1930s Art Deco fish server.
A lovely 19th century French ladies' walking cane.
An Art Deco French poodle lamp.
A rather sweet and charming Victorian miniature tantalis.
Not much to say on this. It's a yard of ale. I love the candlestick,
but I did pay a lot of money for it and potentially, at this stage, that could even land me a loss.
The tables legs also are great fun but not everybody wants heavy carved oak furniture.
And even though I love the butler's tray and I would adore it in my own home,
that again was quite a lot of money and I've got to spend more money on it to restore it.
So fingers crossed it'll turn me a profit.
'Both our brave warriors get stuck in,
'scouring their contacts books, hitting their phones and leaving no stone unturned
'in this race for maximum profit.
'But until they've shaken on it and the money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.
'It's diamond girl Kate who's first out of the traps.
'She bought her copper-top table with local florist Tracy in mind.
'Now it's the moment of truth. Can she make a profit on the £25 she paid?'
Here's my table. First impressions.
-Yes, it's nice. It's quirky. I like the curved edges.
-It's a copper top which has been hand-cut.
Very much in the Arts & Crafts style, so Newlyn School type thing. It's not signed.
-I think it is just a piece someone's put together.
-Yes, it's nice. I could put flowers in vases on top
-because that's nice and stable. It looks like it comes off, as well.
-Yep. Perfect for cleaning.
-So are you interested in buying it?
-I think it would work well, cos it's not too big to fit in the shop.
I was hoping for around the £60 mark. How does that sound?
-40? Oh, crikey.
48! Come on! I'm sticking to my bargains!
-47, how about that?
-47. Brilliant. 47.
'Buying the table with Tracy in mind was inspired.
'That's one sale down and £22 profit in the bag.
'While ballsy Bateman plunges head-first into a selling frenzy,
'in Brighton, her rival has decided on a different approach.'
Right, I'm here to see Stuart with my butler's tray.
This guy works miracles on furniture he's restored for me in the past
and I'm hoping he's going to say what a wonderful bargain I got
and turn it into something magical.
-Obviously it needs quite a bit of work to the top.
The stringing needs putting back in.
-We'll pull some of these splits up where it's shrunk over the years.
-You don't sound terribly enthusiastic.
-No, I think... The worst bit of work is the top.
-I am on a limited budget before we go on.
'The Maverick has just £120 left in his kitty for restoration.
'He'd better pray the work can be done on budget or he'll end up with his table half finished.
'In Lincolnshire, Kate is on a mission to persuade interior designer Sarah
'that her pair of table lamps are worth well over the £150 she paid for them.'
I emailed you some pictures of these. What do you think in real life, in reality?
-They are. Big is good.
-Crikey, that's quite heavy.
They're probably French, but looking at the scene, they might even be Dutch.
-It's very continental.
-I like the subject matter there.
So are these of interest to you at all?
I'd say yes, actually, because they're quite individual.
I've probably got a couple of clients in mind that I could show them to
-and would show some interest in them, so what are you asking?
-I did pay quite a bit for them
because I kind of fell in love with them, so I was hoping for around the 250 mark for the pair.
I'd be comfortable giving you 200 for them.
Oh, I need a little bit more, I think.
How about 225? That meets in the middle.
Yeah, go on, then.
-It's a deal.
-Thank you very much.
'Those nerves of steal help her pull off another storming sale
'and a whopping £75 profit.
'She'll be delighted to know the her opponent is yet to sell a sausage.
'But Maverick is tipped off about a geezer
'who's in the market for a tantalis,
'so he's brought it for him to have a butcher's.'
-Oh, this is really nice.
-I just thought it was straight up your street.
My God, I've seen lots of big ones of these but I've never ever seen one, the small one.
I think it's late Victorian. I think we're probably looking at 1890, 1900.
-Is there a key?
-There isn't a key.
-Right. Now, the crunch question, Mark.
I was hoping to get maybe around 130, 140 for it.
Do you know what? I'm so glad I'm at home because I can go and have a lay down now.
-I'll tell you what. I'll split the difference.
-If I can find a key to fit this...
-..then maybe 110.
-110 if the key fits. And 100 if it doesn't.
'The Maverick wants another Ayrton Senna, so Steve the Collector goes off to find some Bruce Lees,
'but can you Adam and Eve it, nothing fits?'
-Gosh. Go on, then.
'Maverick Mark goes home with a ton in his pocket, sorted.
'And the antiques gangster is suddenly on fire,
'going on to sell his poodle lamp to private buyer Masha for £60.'
-Gosh, you're a hard woman! SHE LAUGHS
'After rewiring and PAT-testing costs,
'that's another £32.50 for his profit pot.'
Well, I wasn't barking mad after all because I'm really very, very pleased with that profit. Woof, woof!
'The Maverick proves he's no lap dog in the dog-eat-dog world that is antiques dealing.
'In East Anglia, the Diamond is hell-bent on keeping her nose ahead of the pack.'
I think I'm in the perfect place to sell my picnic hamper. I've come to Cambridge on the river.
I'm going to talk to one of the punting companies who do tours up and down,
and do champagne tours with picnic baskets.
It only cost me £30 so I'm hoping for £100, so a really good profit on this.
Let's see if they're interested.
SONG: "O Sole Mio"
'Our Diamond is a perfect picture of tranquillity as she floats along the river.
'But she has gondolier Chris captive, and soon dives in to take a punt on a profit.'
Well, as lovely as this is going up and down the river, and I could do it all day,
the reason we're here is my lovely hamper. Have a quick look. What do you think of it?
-It looks like any other picnic hamper.
Inside this one we've got a white and a red bottle of wine,
and quite conveniently, two rather nice glasses.
So any ideas what sort of price you think this fabulous thing might be?
I was thinking about double that, around £120 mark, something like that.
I see it being closer to maybe £80.
Come on, £90. OK, 85. 85.
-And the last bit.
-Oh! Come on, 85.
It's going to make you heaps of money up and down the river when you get it out for your customers.
-Go on, then.
-£85. You're a gentleman.
'£85 propels our punting profit-hunter
'to pocket a whopping £55.
'In London's Camden Passage, the Maverick is armed with his silver-plated fish slice
'and he's determined to serve up a tasty profit on the £7 he paid for it,
'if he can persuade shop-owner Kay to take the bait.'
I rather like that because it's got some nice little Art Deco detailing on it.
And a nice mark, as well. I don't know if you can tell me what the mark is.
It's CJAM. That's James Darwin.
They made cutlery of all sorts from 1879 onwards.
-So they are a very good maker.
-Of course, it's not ivory, it's ivorine.
-This is ivorine.
There's one thing I would say about it, Mark. I buy things that are in exceptional condition
-and if you look, somebody has left this in the washing up.
-Oh, there is a bit of shrinkage.
-I didn't notice that.
-I'm sorry about this but I'm going to point something else out to you.
Oh, no. This is going all horribly wrong.
-Can you see this edge here?
-It looks like somebody has been prising something. It's got little nicks.
It wasn't me. I'm now going to look very carefully in future at whatever I see
-and I'm going to look at these small details that your trained eye...
-Yeah. How much do you want for them?
-Shall I be brutally honest with you?
-Now, can I get a profit on £7?
Not a lot. £12. That's tops. I'm sorry if it's not a lot.
-Thank you, Kay.
-I'll be back again.
-Good to do business with you.
-And you. Thanks, Kay.
-You're welcome. 10, 12.
Now, Kay, I don't normally do this
but because I bought badly and you've taught me a valuable lesson in the future
and I want to sell to you again, I'm going to give you a pound back.
I made a little bit on it and I want you to make the same.
-Thank you very much. That's very courteous of you. You can come and sell me something again.
'The usually mercenary Maverick must be going soft in his old age.
'His moment of madness means he reels in just a £4 profit
'on the fish slice.
'So as we reach the midway stage,
'how are our two brave contenders measuring up?
'Kate the Diamond got off to a flying start
'selling three items in quick succession and profiting £152.
'Maverick Mark had a slower start
'but after a sudden sprint he's now also sold three items
'and his profit stands at £71.50.
'Our antiques athletes are only halfway through this gruelling selling marathon
'and they're putting every once of strength they have into the race.
'But in Brighton, the Maverick is rather out of breath.'
Gosh, I'm really working hard today. These are heavy.
Maybe I should have my gym workout in the street. What do you think?
Anyway, I've brought them along to a friend of mine. I've shown him some photographs on e-mail.
He's expressed a minor interest in them.
I paid 70 quid. I'm hoping to double my money.
Whether I'll do it or not I have no idea. But please let me put these down now.
'Oh, he'd better not be spent yet. Antiques dealer Jez drives a hard bargain.'
I like them but I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I've got a couple of ideas.
If I sold them to you for 100, would that give your ideas a chance to flourish and turn into a profit?
-I think so, yeah.
-Come closer. Look, I'm going to shake your hands now,
-because 100 is good enough for me if it's all right for you?
I'm so pleased. I've just sold those table legs and made £30 profit on them.
'An ecstatic Maverick rightly celebrates his £30 cash profit.
'He continues his scorching selling spree in nearby Hove
'by bringing his £70 ladies' walking cane to collector Enrico.'
I thought it was 19th century French. What do you think?
-I think it's Russian.
-Why do you think it's Russian?
Well, primarily because it's sort of a one-off prize
for a contest, an art contest.
And the Russians liked to use hardstone.
This particular one is the first one I've seen that was engraved like that.
Ordinarily it's very highly-polished hardstone.
But this is really sweet. I mean, that is a super piece.
So stop tempting me. What's it going to cost me?
-Well, now you've told me it's Russian, it could be Faberge.
It could be... It's a one-off, it's unique.
Originally I thought something like £180.
To maintain my reputation, I've got to beat you down.
-You have to beat me down.
-I mean, there is no alternative.
Everybody has been beating me down. I'm quite used to it by now.
-Just be happy it wasn't with the cane.
Now, I was thinking something in the area of about 140.
Could I just maybe tempt you up a fiver? 145?
Well, seeing as you've gone through all of this fore-work,
-It's a deal.
'So the Russian cane nets the Brighton hustler
'an impressive £75 profit.
'In Cambridge, rock-hard Diamond Kate is hoping her brass lamp stand
'will brighten antique shop owner Brenda's day enough for her to make some money on the £35 she paid.'
Do you know, I'm going to take that. That's brilliant. 48. Thank you very much.
'And she's also got reason to celebrate
'as she picks up an easy £13 profit.
'From Cambridge to the Big Smoke. Kate's brought her pillars along to a movie prop suppliers in London.
'They cost her a blockbusting £280.
'So she'll need all her sparkle to deliver a convincing profit.'
Thanks for giving me a hand, Julia. What an amazing place. Tell me about it.
Well, we actually supply props and scenery, architectural scenery to the TV and film industry.
I'm hoping you'll be interested in my pillars. What are your first impressions?
I think they would complement our range of columns and plinths that we actually do hire out.
-Is there a lot of call for that kind of stuff, columns and things?
-Yes, there is.
So I think it could be quite a useful item for us to have.
We may like to see what we can do on those.
-OK, well, price-wise...
-..I was hoping for around the £400 mark.
-That's about £200 each. It's good solid wood.
I really don't think I could go to that.
-Something between 275, 300.
-Oh, my goodness. That's very low.
Er, well, I can come down a bit. What about 350? Meet in the middle.
325 is really the maximum I can do on that. It really is.
Round number, 330, and we've got a deal.
-That's fantastic. I will take that 330. Let's shake on it.
'And the £50 profit goes to... Kate Bateman for her wooden pillars.
'A supremely delivered performance.
'The Diamond lights up the screen with her haggling skills.'
What can I say? I'm truly honoured. I didn't expect this. I've got nothing planned.
I'd like to thank my mum, dad, husband and children,
but most of all, Mark Stacey, without whom none of this would have been possible.
To a worthy opponent. Thank you, Mark.
'Our leading lady is a natural winner.
'Speaking of the Maverick, he's at a Spanish restaurant in Brighton,
'to see if manager Kareem will buy his yard of ale glass as a novelty decoration.
'It cost him £13 and he's looking for mucho profito.'
This is what we call a yard of ale.
-So you'd fill this up with beer.
-All the way up?
-All the way to the top.
-It's quite a fun object, isn't it?
-It is quite a peculiar object.
-You don't get this in Spain?
-No, not that big, anyway.
We've got smaller ones that we put our flowers in. But not that big.
Well, I thought it was rather fun. I'm looking to get around £30 for it.
-Would you have a budget for that?
Well, I guess I could check with George. He's quite mean, I have to say.
But we can give you a try. George is that chap at the back.
What do you think, George? Do you like this for £30?
-Do we want this to put our flowers in for £30, George?
-I think £30 would be a reasonable price for a very typical English object.
-Shall we shake hands on that?
'Magnifico! Our Maverick matador got £17 out of Kareem,
'and whilst he's there, he can't resist a chance to show off some hot Spanish moves.'
Well, you can't say I don't work hard for my profits.
They're about to teach me flamenco and I've never done this before.
It's nerve-wracking! What makes it even worse is my partner Santiago is over there.
'Ole! Our antiques warriors are level-pegging with just two items each left to sell.
'Far from letting her hair down, country girl Kate is hot-footing it to her next sale.'
Well, I'm here in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside to sell my stone trough.
I've come to the perfect place. It's an old family friend
but she's also a Chelsea Flower Show winning gold medallist.
So she's got the perfect garden for it. I paid £90 and I'm hoping for a small profit.
But the best thing is I can have a sneak round her garden and get loads of ideas, as well.
Bunny, I have bought probably the heaviest item I could have bought, a stone trough. First impressions?
I like the proportions, I like its nice, neat shape.
It's a perfect form and size for what I had in mind,
-which I have been looking for for some time.
Well, I saw it and thought of you, as the saying goes.
-Because it's gnarled, old and a bit raggedy?
-No, for somebody with scope.
Look at this garden. You have a golden touch with things in a garden.
And I thought you'll have loads of ideas what to do with it.
I was thinking, what I love is to have an outside water bowl for my dogs.
Oh! Perfect. I would not have guessed dog bowl, ever, but OK, clearly it's come to the right home.
I was hoping for around the 160 mark for it.
If we went for something like 150. What would you think of that?
I think that's fine. I'll take 150 and shake your hand.
'A sensational £60 profit for the Lincolnshire belle
'who's not the only one finding this selling business thirsty work.'
'And the Diamond storms over the finishing line
'selling her magazine rack to contact Veronica,
'pulling in a final £15 profit.
'But on Brighton beach, the Maverick is in trouble.
'So far he hasn't found a buyer for his most expensive item, the crocodile candlestick,
'which set him back a whopping £220.'
I have dreams about being eaten alive by a crocodile.
And at this stage, I haven't found a buyer.
If I don't, it's going to make a big dent in my profit today.
I'm really worried. HE SIGHS
'Back in his shop, Mark tries to keep his cool,
'knowing his fate rests with a butler's table,
'and potential buyer Ethney who's expressed an interest.'
I've had it fully restored. All that crack has disappeared, the colours have come up.
This lovely inlay is now really showing its potential colour.
Also what I found was when we turn it over, it's inset in the back with a very old piece of baize,
which is actually a card surface, so it's a dual purpose butler's tray, which I think is rather exciting.
There's a lady who is interested in it. And I paid, including restoration, just under £300.
I've been sneaky, I think, and I've quoted a price of that I'm looking for of between 600 and 800.
Might be a bit optimistic but if I play my cards right, there could be a big profit in this.
I like things with armorials on it.
And the dealer I bought it off did mention to me something about the Earl of Thanet.
But what it looks like to me, it does look like a marriage piece.
-Because you've got two different crests there and a pair of initials.
-What does that say, Mark?
-Well, I can't read the Latin.
-But I have translated it, and it says, "He flies by his own wings."
-Oh, I like that.
-That's quite nice, isn't it?
-And obviously it's referring to the phoenix or the bird.
-I think it's going to be around about 1840, 1850.
It's certainly a lovely piece.
-Well, Mark, how little do you want for it?
-Well, somewhere between £600 and £800. Am I being cheeky?
'Oh, it's a massive moment for Brighton's cheekiest chancer.
'We'll find out if he was too cheeky for Ethney later on.
'Unfortunately for the Maverick
'no-one snapped up his crocodile candlestick
'which ended up making him a painful £220 loss. Ouch!
'Our worthy opponents end their selling frenzy with mixed fortunes.
'They both started off with £750 of their own money.
'Kate picked up seven items and spent a total of £625.
'The Maverick had eight items to sell
'and including his restoration costs, his total spend was £747.50.
'But now all that matters is profit.
'All of the money that Mark and Kate have made from today's challenge will go to a charity of their choice
'So, without further ado, it's time to reveal who is today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.'
-Did you do well?
-Erm, I made a profit on everything.
My best was the lamps, my brass lamps, the pair, they sold well. What about you?
-I'm guessing, is it your crocodile?
-It is. Nobody snapped it up.
-Oh! Oh, dear.
-I made good profits on other things like the cane
but I shall never buy a crocodile again, I can tell you.
-Well, my heart's bleeding for you, Mark.
-Yeah, look at the crocodile tears here.
-Come on, I'm intrigued to know.
-I reckon this is going to be close.
-Is it close?
-I don't know.
One. Two. Three.
-Oh, Kate, that's a convincing win.
-Well, not much. 50 quid.
-But it's not over yet, you know?
-It's not over till it's over.
-By a long chalk.
-I'll buy you lunch. Come on, grumpy.
-I'm happy with that.
'It's victory for Kate today.
'But just how close did Maverick Mark get to scoring the £600 to £800 he wanted for his butler's table?'
-550. Thank you.
'Mark pulled off an incredible £550 for the butler's table,
'making him a sensational £275 profit.
'But even that wasn't enough to catch his rival.'
I got a great profit on those two bronze lamp bases, which were lovely, and my stone planter.
The big disappointment and let-down for me was not selling the crocodile candlestick.
If I'd managed to get the sort of price I wanted for that, I would have left Kate running.
'But tomorrow is another day and Mark could pull it all back
'when our sparring Spartans are battling it out at Croft's car boot sale near Leicester.'
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