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1642 to 1648.
Civil war rages throughout England,
and castles, just like this one here in Newark,
come under constant siege.
It can feel like that on Bargain Hunt
when the teams battle it out to win the biggest profit.
So, let combat commence.
So, let's arm ourselves and go bargain-hunting!
So, no Roundheads or Cavaliers here today, just two teams,
each armed with £300.
And the winning team will be the one that makes the biggest profit,
or, of course, makes the smallest loss, which can sometimes happen.
So, let's see what's coming up.
The Reds have expensive tastes...
-I'm asking £1,200.
-Well, there we go.
..whilst the Blues have lower standards.
-What do you think?
-I have no idea.
It looks nice. I'll go with it.
The auctioneer pulls out all the stops for the Reds...
I'm asking 15, 18, 22, 25.
He's doing all he can for you.
..and has the Blues in suspense.
Come on. Come on, madam.
Before all that, let's meet the teams.
Now, for today's show, we have two young married couples.
For the Red team, we have Stuart and Anna-Marie,
and for the Blue team, we have Dan and Camilla.
Ooh! A deafening sound!
Now, Stuart, you have a slightly different life nowadays to
-your former job, don't you?
I'm a mechanical engineer now,
but I was in the Royal Marines for ten years.
And I run military-style boot camps,
also, and survival schools, in my spare time.
-Now, you're a teacher, aren't you?
-A primary school teacher.
-A primary school... But that's taken you
all round the world, Anna-Marie, hasn't it?
It has. I've been to South Africa, Cambodia,
and Palestine in Jerusalem, as well.
Really? That must have been quite challenging?
It really was, yeah. It was much more difficult
than I actually thought it would be.
-But I did really enjoy it.
Are you going to spend big or small?
I'd like to say big, but I think we'll go middle of the park.
Now, moving swiftly on to this wonderful Blue team,
our musicians, here on the left.
Now, Daniel, you're from the Potteries, aren't you?
I'm from Telford, around that area.
We live in Stoke on Trent, at the moment.
-And, Camilla, you come from Brazil?
-Yeah, I do.
So, Dan, how did that happen? How did you meet?
We met in Brazil. My band went on tour for two weeks in 2009,
so we were on a two-week sell-out tour.
I was talking to Cam
probably a month beforehand, online.
And she met us at the airport, with the fans as well. And that's it.
-She came on tour with us.
-The fans? You have fans?
-Yeah, we had fans waiting.
Yeah, it was awesome. We had fans waiting for us at the airport.
-What's the band called?
-Waiting For Hollywood,
but the last band that I was in is Hill Valley High.
Hill Valley High, now Waiting For Hollywood.
-Now, you're also a musician, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-But you are...
-I play the bass.
-..right-handed or left-handed?
When you're not doing this sort of thing,
-how do you relax?
-You're a photographer?
I love photography.
I did media in college,
so we learned how to take pictures,
develop them, and I love that, so when I'm doing this, I'm doing that.
So, have you discussed tactics for today?
Are you going to be spending big? Small?
Instant harmony. We love that.
Fantastic. Well, good luck today.
Good luck, both of you.
-Now, Reds. £300 for you.
Blues, just to be strictly fair about this, £300 for you.
-Off you go. Have a great time.
I think this could be really quite exciting.
And, as usual, we have a brace of experts on hand today,
guiding two teams, not one.
The Red team have the out-of-this-world Ben Cooper.
And for the Blues, computer says, "Yes," Natasha Raskin.
So, are you going to be going for the same kind of stuff? Tell me.
No, I don't think so.
I'm thinking small, something quirky, something unique.
What on earth are we looking for today? Dan?
-Anything, hopefully, music-related.
-And Camilla, anything in particular?
-I'll say exactly the same.
I'm looking for something silver.
-Maybe a teapot.
-A bit sparkly?
-A bit sparkly.
Well, teams. Your 60 minutes starts now,
so let's go!
And as a bass player, you're going to keep us in time? Is that right?
-I will try my best.
-Well, time is of the essence
so let's not mess around.
-There's two violins.
-I knew you'd like that.
-It's a toy, isn't it?
-It's just a wooden toy.
-No, that's rubbish.
You don't like it? Right, OK. Walk on.
Ooh! Speak your mind, Anna-Marie!
Here's a thing. You've got banjo barometers.
Nothing to do with actual musical instruments, but banjo-shaped.
-That doesn't appeal?
I'm trying to look for, like, metals, and stuff, you know?
Things made solid and sturdy.
What's this one, here?
Is that just a doorstop?
-Well, that's an iron.
-No. That's not for us, Stu.
It needs to be a more precious metal, I think.
There's a kind of musical thing over there.
The deck, there, with the record player,
and the radio system.
-Probably not that one. What do you think?
-Too ugly. Too ugly.
-I think so.
OK, teams. Slow down a bit and reflect.
A hairbrush and mirror set?
-I like this.
-Is it silver?
-Yeah, that's silver.
And it would have been part of a full set.
Originally, when it was first made, there would have been
a couple of brushes, and the mirror.
That's a clothes brush. You'd have also had your hairbrush.
There would have been lots of other parts to it.
Now, what's nice here is that it looks
in wonderful condition, the silver.
Very clear hallmark on the side for Birmingham.
I'd have thought it's around about 1910.
Well, it's silver and it's sparkly, so, I like it.
-Shall we have a look at it?
We'd like to have a look at the... Yeah.
There you go.
What you can see is that the brush
has got slightly overzealously cleaned,
but it's the mirror which has the main part of the value.
You can see that the actual mirror plate itself is in good condition.
Yeah. Do you want to make an offer on it?
-Yeah. Let's go for it.
-What is your bottom... er...bottom?
-Could you go £40?
-Can we go for that, then? Fantastic.
-There you go.
That's your first one done very quickly. Marvellous.
Thank you very much.
Ten minutes gone, one item bagged.
Don't worry, Stuart.
I'm sure Anna-Marie will let you choose the next one.
Now, the Blues have gone back to their childhood.
I know we're thinking music, but I bet that Dan
and I have a shared sort of memory of these kinds of desks at school.
And in Brazil, is this the sort of thing you would see at school?
-I've never seen that before.
-You've never seen that before?
But it sounds interesting.
-Do you want to each take a hinge?
See if there are any hidden treasures?
I mean, it looks quite good, doesn't it?
-A little bit of graffiti.
-Oh, look. People wrote things.
"Dan loves Cam." That sort of thing.
This was my desk!
It's not going to be a huge auction estimate.
But it would be 20-40 quid.
So, if we could try and buy it for around that £20 mark,
I think we'd be doing really well.
But at auction, old furniture is tricky to sell.
But vintage furniture is sort of hot right now.
-Want to have a try, yeah?
-You want to do it? You want to take the lead?
-Yeah. I'm going to take the lead.
-OK. Lead singer. Take it away.
-OK, let's do it. Let's do it.
-What's your best offer on the little desk?
We've got £30 on it. I'd take £25 for it.
Do you think...?
-I think £25 is very cheap.
-£25 is cheap.
-I was thinking £12.50 a half.
-That's some good pitch.
-Can we make a tenner each side and make it £20?
-Go on, then.
-That's all right, isn't it? I think you should grab his hand.
That is well done. Let's carry on. Thank you, sir.
Well, it's not exactly musical, but they can see a profit in it.
Over with the Reds, and Stuart's found something right up his street.
I have no idea what that is.
Let me help you.
It's a surveyor's tool for measuring levels.
Probably would've had a stand, so it'd stand on something.
You'd normally have another man stood 100 metres away with
a marker, and then you would look through the eyepiece
and you'd have to size up until you get the correct
angle to work out your height in triangulation.
Now, I know, Anna, you're a teacher
but I think Stuart's now giving us a good lesson.
-This would be sort of late Victorian.
-It is, yeah. It is.
And on the side, here, there's this beautiful copperplate script.
"Stanley, Great Turnstile,
-This is a wonderful thing.
-I like it.
I mean, there's lots of information also inside here.
Obviously, you get the company, as well. So this is the box it came in.
And it's in lovely, original condition. Anna?
Come on. Tell us, what are you feeling?
I'm not sure, actually, Stu.
It's your choice. It's your choice.
I think it's a nice piece. I think it's a good box.
And for the age, as well. I mean, looking on it,
I think it's got markings for...
Yep. And that was when it was repaired and adjusted.
So, it was sent back to Stanley.
You can see how they've changed their label.
They've modernised their design.
It's lovely to still have its original, fitted box.
£145 on it, which is not a lot of money
-for a wonderful bit of kit.
-I wouldn't spend £140 on this.
I, personally, if I was buying this for myself, I would.
-How long have you two been married?
-You're not buying it for yourself.
-Three months? Marvellous, marvellous.
We'll find a divorce lawyer in a minute.
I think we should keep looking but I want to keep this
-on the back burner.
-On your back burner?
-The absolute best price would be £120.
OK, teams. Half an hour gone.
So, might I suggest you step up the pace?
That is a nice thing, isn't it?
For ten quid. Oh. For goodness' sake. Well, it was a lovely thing.
I mean, you've got two tier.
When it's closed, it looks like a nice occasional table.
It's a sewing box inside.
You open it up and you've got all the compartments.
I don't think we should go for another piece of furniture.
-I think we should have a look for something else.
Good plan, Blues. I like your thinking.
Now, where are those Reds?
They also have two more items to buy. Things are getting desperate.
-How much have you got on the Japanese lacquer?
-I'm asking 1,200.
Well, there we go.
Price wise, at the other end of the scale,
the Blues have found some bookends.
It says damaged, hence the price.
I think that our damage might be, if I pass that to you...
I think our damage might be this section here. You can see that?
-It's glued, yes.
-So it's come right off.
But actually, it's been quite a clean break
and it could be quite easily repaired. Yeah.
-Is Art Deco something that you're into?
-Yeah, I like it.
-What do you think?
-I've no idea.
-It looks nice, I'll go with it.
-I'm quite keen on these, actually.
-Me too. Me too.
-Very defined in structure.
And then we've got some sort of gilded metal here.
It's likely to be a spelter base, so not a fine precious metal,
but certainly a composite metal that we can easily mould.
-I mean, £22, so if we can get between 10 and 15...
..then we're doing all right. Go for it, girl.
Hi. What's the best you can do for that?
-It's broken, I mean...
-It is damaged, yes.
And considering the damage, I'll do those for £15.
-OK, best is 15.
-What do you think?
-I'm happy with 15.
-Can't really go wrong with £15.
-I think we should go for it.
-Thank you very much.
Come on, guys. Ten minutes left and one to buy.
And, Reds, you still have two.
Come on, kids. We need to buy something.
-Yeah, I like this.
-You like that?
Satsuma ware, it's Japanese.
Date wise, around about 1910.
You've got a mark on the bottom.
That could well be the artist and it's not one I recognise.
The gilding's good.
We're short of time. Shall we just ask how much it is quickly?
-That's more than what I thought, actually.
-Can you manage 40?
-OK, 45. Yes.
-Do you think?
-That was nice and quick.
Crack on, then!
One to go, with just a few minutes left.
Back to you as a photographer.
Is there anything here jumping out to you?
-I like that one.
-That's chic, isn't it?
-That looks really cool.
-So, collapsible lens, but also portable.
-That's quite cool.
-Shall we have a closer look?
-Yeah, let's have a look.
So, we've got its model there, Kodak 66, Model 3.
-It's got its case, which is nice.
What do we think about the price? What have we got here?
So £28. We've got folding camera, Kodak 66.
-Let's try, shall we?
-Who's going to do that?
-With you being a photographer...
-How about a joint effort?
-Yeah, let's try both.
-Husband and wife together.
-I think I'll leave you to it.
-As low as you can.
Make it snappy though, Blues.
The Reds have gone for their fall back plan of the surveyor's
level, which they haggled down to £120 earlier.
We are £10 over what we can. Do you think you could drop another £10?
Honestly, I couldn't.
-120 is the absolute...
-120 is the absolute death on that.
That is a face which is telling the truth.
Honestly, 120 would be the absolute best.
-Yeah, I think we'd like to go ahead and purchase it.
-Thank you very much.
-Well, there we go.
That's three items done, we've got
about three minutes left, not even time for an ice cream.
Did you hear that, Blues? Three minutes!
What's the best offer that you can do on this?
I've got it marked 28, but you can have it for 20.
Yeah, go on... OK, go on, then.
-18 quid. Are you happy to shake on that?
-Fantastic, thank you.
-Thank you very much.
Your time is up!
Let's go and get a cup of tea.
I don't know about you, but I need a sit down. Come on now.
It's now time to sell.
Today, our teams' lots are going before the bidders of Derbyshire
at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall.
But first, let's remind ourselves what the Red team have bought.
First up was the Georgian silverback mirror and brush for £45.
Next was the early 20th century Japanese satsuma sugar
bowl for another £45.
Finally, the boxed Stanley surveying sight and level was bought for £120.
-How much did you leave him with?
£90. Did you feel happy leaving him with £90?
No, I wanted to leave him less.
Ben, were you happy to have £90?
-Well, it was enough to go out and buy something interesting.
But I also decided that I had to go and find something which I think
Anna-Marie will go, "Ooh!"
-Anna-Marie, no pressure, but let's have a look.
LAUGHTER You see?!
While we were going around, I spotted this.
I mean, it's a kettle. So, it's got the burner.
It's in good condition.
It's a bit yesterday's antique, in one respect, but then again,
these used to be well over £100.
-They were. What is it, about 1900?
-I'd have thought so. 1890-1900, yeah.
You know, there's room for a bit of profit, I hope.
What do you reckon I paid for it?
-What do you think? I think...45?
-Maybe a bit more.
-Not bad. Happy with that?
-Yeah, I think so.
-That wasn't unqualified, was it?!
-It's silver plated.
-What do you think it could make?
It could squeeze up to 60-65.
You don't seem too sure, Reds. But not to worry, decide later.
Now for the Blues.
They chalked up the wooden double school desk for £20.
Next, they fawned over the Art Deco bookends, paying £15 for the pair.
In the dying seconds, they purchased the folding Kodak camera for £18.
You left Natasha with £247!
Is that not a dangerous tactic?!
What do you think, Natasha?
Well, I was quite excited to have all that money.
I fact, it is probably the largest amount
of leftover lolly I have ever been left, so I thought,
"Now is my opportunity to spend."
And spend, I did, on...
-..our favourite little work table.
Do you remember it?
-Yes, I do, yeah.
-Let me reveal the interior to you again.
-See, it just glides...
..to reveal all sorts of bobbins and things.
It comes with some accessories. I actually couldn't believe
-how much I spent on it.
You know what's a nice thing? When we looked at this, I thought,
"Oh, well, 19, maybe, '50s, '60s." I think, in hindsight,
-probably a wee bit earlier.
-It's earlier. If we said 1940,
I don't think we'd be far off.
It could do with a wee French polish on the wood.
I'm not sure - mahogany, walnut. It's a good-quality thing, anyway.
And the design of tapering legs, it just never goes out of fashion.
How much do you think we are going to make with this at auction?
A pretty penny. We cannot fail to make a profit on this.
Confident words. But will Natasha be right?
It's now time to sell. Charles Hanson, take it away!
-Stuart and Anna-Marie. Have you been to a sale before?
-Never been to an auction?
-Oh, how exciting is that?!
We've got a good full room, which does help.
And we've got a good buzz.
Here comes your matching mirror and brush.
Very finely-embossed hand mirror and matching brush.
I am only bid £12.
I am asking 15, 18, 20, 22. 5.
25, madam? 25, in pink.
I have got 8. Bid 30. Bid 30.
I'm out. 30, I'm bid. Do I see 2 now? £30. Surely 2?
Come on! Fair warning...
-He's doing all he can for you!
..or I sell it. That's it. Out online,
at £38. All done.
Well. Minus £7. People have done a lot worse with their first lots.
Historically, I would say that is something of a triumph.
Now, we have the Satsuma pottery twin-handled sucrier and cover.
I am only bid...£12.
-I am asking £15.
-15, 18, 20.
£20. 22, 25.
I'm out. Come on, it's a good object this.
Full of Eastern vigour. 25.
I sell to the lady. That's it.
-25. Going once...going twice...
That's minus 20.
So, we are down 27, but now, we've got
the Stanley surveying sight and level.
Look at this. It is a really good object. 40, I'm bid. Do I see 5 now?
40, I'm bid. Surely 5?
50, 5, 60, 5, 70, 5. How about 85. Do I see 2?
Got to go. Fair warning. Bid me 2.
-By commission. I'll take 2.
For the first time... I'll take 2. Good object.
-We're only losing £40(!)
-I'm out. Surely, a fiver?
Good object. Make no mistake.
We're live in the saleroom. Fair warning.
£82. Goodness me.
That means you have lost £65.
Now, you have this big choice.
Do you go with Ben's super
bonus buy, the electro-plated kettle on a stand? He paid £50 for it.
-You're going with the bonus buy? You have confidence
-in this man?
-No, I think it's desperation!
There we are. This wonderful kettle. 57. Late Victorian,
could be Edwardian, just.
And I am bid here only £10.
Oh, no! £10.
12, 15, 18, 20, 2.
I'm out. Look at this object. At £22. Surely a fiver now? At 22.
At 22. Surely 5?
-It's a lot for the money.
-Are you sure, sir? 25. Bid 8
or I sell to the lady seated. Fair warning. I am asking 8
or I sell, at £25.
Well, that's a loss of 25.
That rounds you up to a very neat minus 90.
Now, don't worry. 90 can be a winning score
and, remember, not a word to the Blues.
-Have you seen the auctioneer?
-He's a performer. Like yourselves,
he is a performer. Like Natasha. She's a performer.
This is the moment.
We can't put it off any more. We're coming up, with the school desk.
A wooden double school pine desk,
with inkwell, recesses and a hinged writing surface.
Where do we start this?
£10. Just look at this desk. 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22.
25. Are you sure, madam? 25, and it's gone. 28.
30. Are you sure, madam? Not one for the road?
I'm asking 30. 5. It's a cracking desk. 35.
Are you sure?
Make a memory.
-I've got 30. I'll take 5, standing.
-Look at him go!
-Bid now 40 or I sell to the lady who is standing,
at £35. Madam, well done.
What a solid start!
-Bookends coming up next.
Art Deco-style bookends. I am only bid £10. I am asking 12 now.
They're charming. 12, 15, 18. I'm out. 18 bid.
I'm asking 20 now. Come on, they're charming.
18. 20 bid online. We're live online.
Online! You are positively printing money, Camilla!
£28. I'm asking 30 online. For the first time...
Bid 30. For the second time... Bid 30.
There's another man bidding down there, look! He's waving like mad!
I'll take 2, Lenny. 32. 35 down here. 35. 38.
Are you sure?
£35. All done?
Sing it, Charlie. Well done!
£35. It's another £20. You've got
£35 profit. This is very consistent work, team.
Now, we are coming up with the Kodak camera.
1958, the last folding camera.
Start me at £5. 5, I'm bid.
Do I see 6 now? At a fiver.
6, 7. 7, I'm bid. I'm asking 8 now.
Good camera, this. 7, 8, 9.
Come on! 8, I'm bid. 9, 10, 12. £12.
Come on, it's a good camera.
-It's cheap. 12, 15, 18.
-Come on! We need 18!
-Come on, madam! 18, 20.
£20. I'll take 2 or I sell it.
That's it. 22, 25, 28.
28. 25, I sell to the lady.
It's yours, madam.
£7 for the camera.
You've got £42,
so you've got a decision to make, because the bonus buy is coming up.
It's the walnut work table.
-What do you think?
-I think we should go for it.
-Go for it?
-Yeah, I think so.
-Let's go for it.
-Here we go.
-A very good washed work table. 12, I'm bid.
Do I see 15? 18, 20. 20, I'm out.
I'm asking 2 now. Come on! At 22.
5. This is a good object.
Let's hold at 25? 28.
I'm asking 5 now.
Fair warning! I shall sell it.
Bid 5 or I sell to you, sir,
at £32. Well done, sir. It's yours.
Guys, this is so good!
And the £66 was a winning score,
and with Golden Gavels on top.
Well done, Blues!
Coming up, two more teams battling it out at the fair and auction.
-Will they be up for a challenge?
-What are they?
-They're called dumps.
Meanwhile, I'm off to Burton for a beverage.
Famous the world over,
the great British pub is an unique institution.
However, the concept of a drinking venue was first
introduced by the Romans some 2,000 years ago.
Now, the Romans called these drinking venues tabernae and they
were built for the Roman army at a time when ale was the local brew.
The tabernae became tavern, which became pub,
a place with which we're very familiar today.
# Another little drink and another little drink
# Another little drink won't do us any harm... #
And of course, it's the pub that's home to the humble pint.
I'm here to meet Des McGonigle at the National Brewery Museum
in Burton upon Trent.
Des, you're the head guide here.
Tell me more about beer production in Burton upon Trent.
By the 1880s, we had 30 breweries in Burton upon Trent.
Bass, William Bass, has got his first brewery in 1777.
Within 100 years, it's one of the biggest
brewers in the world, producing over one million barrels of beer a year.
-A million barrels.
-A million barrels of beer a year.
How was all the beer distributed to the pubs?
By horses, mostly Shire horses.
They would also use Clydesdales and Suffolks as well.
So, bigger horses, bigger wagons, smaller horses, smaller wagons.
-Yeah. And they were called drays?
-Could we have a look at a dray?
-Of course you can.
-There's one over there waiting for us.
Just how important were these drays to the brewery?
The drays were really important,
not just for actually delivering the beer to the local pubs,
but also for use within the brewery yards to transport material from
one side of the yard to the other,
-but also from different breweries.
And when were horses superseded by a different sort of horsepower?
The big decline came after the First World War.
A number of horses were taken off obviously to serve
in the First World War and by about 1919, Bass had 120 horses left.
By this time, a lot of movement within the brewery yards was
-done by tractors.
And then some of the wagons were used to deliver beer,
also tractors were used to pull them around.
The last Bass horse was a horse called Monty.
He actually died in the 1960s,
but his last working day was in the '50s.
-In the '50s, as late as that?
So, Des, can you talk me through these two vehicles behind?
The vehicle to the left is a Leyland Beaver.
It was built in 1949, belonged Mitchell and Butler's brewery,
at Cape Hill in Birmingham, and that vehicle is roadworthy today.
ALE 1, which is the correct numberplate for that vehicle...
It's a real numberplate?
Yeah, we use this one daily
and that is basically based on a Ford Transit van.
Looks like a Model T Ford, not a Ford Transit.
Inside, sometimes we have a bar put in,
so we put the hatch down, have some beers in there.
Well, I don't know if you can arrange this,
but could I have a lift, please?
-Course you can.
-Barry, off you go.
Yes, I'm off to the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground
where another set of teams are waiting for me.
The Reds are game for a laugh...
-How's the action?
-Let's have a look and see. Is he going to score there?
...whilst the Blues hit a bum note.
Also known as...the bum nut.
Oh, of course, yes!
-When you turn it over...
-Look at them cheeks!
Now for today's programme, we have two pairs of great friends.
For the Red team, we have Marianne and Pat.
And for the Blue team, we have Liz and Jane. Hello, all of you.
-Oh, my goodness gracious me, that was positively deafening.
-Now Pat, you're a retired teacher?
-What age group did you teach?
-Well, I taught every age group.
-I started off in the primary sector.
I went on to teach teachers in IT
in the early days of IT.
I taught in secondary school as well.
Goodness gracious me. So, you really have an amazing CV.
-Now, Marianne, you also taught as well, didn't you?
-I did, yes.
I went into teaching quite late on in life.
-Well, recently, I went to university when I was about 45.
-A mature student?
-A very mature student.
And I had some wonderful years training.
Now you're also something of an action girl, aren't you?
Well, I do like doing lots of things in the fresh air
and in the outdoors.
After my husband died, I wanted to start doing things off my own bat.
-And I decided that the first thing I would do would be
to cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End.
How long did it take you?
It was about two weeks.
I think that's phenomenal! SHE LAUGHS
Now when it comes to the nitty-gritty, to the shopping,
are you going to be spending enormous
-or just in miserable little bits?
-I'd like to think enormous.
I don't often get the opportunity to go and spend enormous like that.
Well, I'm going to be giving you a lot of money
and make sure you spend it.
Now, Elizabeth and Jane.
Elizabeth, it was your husbands, I think,
that brought you together, wasn't it?
That's right, they both belong to the same running club.
So, we used to turn up to support, do a bit of coat holding.
Then they moved on to cycling so we trundled along to the cycling.
So we started having coffee and cake while they were out and...
-They did the running and cycling and you did the coffee and cake?
-Sounds my sort of exercise.
-I think we got a better deal, yeah.
Now, Liz, you're not a cycling widow any more
because you cycle yourself, don't you?
Yeah, I ride the back half of a tandem.
Now, Jane, you're a school cook, aren't you?
Which must mean you're a busy girl.
I am. Every day, term time, I cook for about 500 children.
And you also like a bit of kitchenalia, don't you? As well.
-Yeah, bits and pieces.
-Do you just collect them or do you use them?
No, I just like looking at them.
-Would you be looking for those sort of things today?
-But you're going to have fun, aren't you?
-Of course we are!
-You're going to enjoy it, everyone?
-Now, girls, I've got 300 of the best for you.
-300 of the best for you.
-Oh, thank you.
-Off you go.
These girls are going to have a lot of fun.
Right, girls. We're here so have you got any idea what you'd like to buy?
I'd quite like something small and silver.
But truly, as long as we beat the Reds, I'm not really bothered.
I do like Victorian jewellery.
Well, if she's going small and silver,
-I'm going to go big and rusty.
Your 60 minutes starts straight away.
Shop! KLAXON HOOTS
Let's not waste any time. Let's go, let's go.
Let's head off and see what we can buy.
OK, Jane's straight in. No, she's not. She's out.
-Well, it's just...
-She's in, she's out.
Well, our girls are raring to go today.
Use your eyes and see what talks to you.
-Shame about the chandeliers!
-Got to think profit at auction.
That's the general idea, Ben.
-Something that talked to me at this stall.
The bagatelle has caught my eye
and it's probably just childhood memories of playing it.
-Would you like to have a closer look?
-That would be lovely.
So...now there we go.
-Yeah, it's quite good condition, isn't it?
It's in lovely condition. And you slide back here.
-So you can sit there and...
-How's the action?
There's a question!
Let's have a look and see. Is he going to score there?
-Why don't we...?
-Can I feel?
-It's like a leather surface.
-Yeah, and it's...
obviously the original covering.
-Because of the way you've got the numbers on.
-The one I used to play with was all wood.
-Shall we ask the gent what he's got on it?
-Yes, please. Yes.
Hi, there, can you tell us what have you got on it?
Now, what do you think, girls?
What's your best price?
Oh, I can do £20.
-What do you think?
-Well, put it this way.
-At £20, you're not going to lose an awful lot.
-I wouldn't say you're going to make an awful lot.
But at the same time, it's quite nice you're both agreeing.
You end up with absolutely no agreement.
-It's up to you, girls.
-Yeah, go for it, shall we?
-Do you want to go with it?
-Yes, I'm very happy.
-You better shake the gent's hand, then.
-A really nice price.
-Thank you so much.
-And thank you!
That's all right. Thank you. Well, that was all a bit quick.
We're only a couple of minutes down, we've got at least 50 minutes to go.
We've got two more things to buy.
-We've got plenty of money to play with.
Have they bagged a bargain with the bagatelle? Only time will tell.
Anyway, well done, Reds. That's your first buy.
What have you clocked?
-The big seed pod.
-Oh, the seed pod. Also known as...?
-No, it's a coco...
-Coco de mer. Also know as...?
-I don't know the other name for it.
-The bum nut.
-Oh, of course, yes!
-When you turn it over.
-Look at them cheeks!
So good, is it not? I mean, it's a little bit naughty looking.
And they grow in the Seychelles.
That's the only place from which they originate.
They fall off the tree and they float on the water.
So, quite often, sailors would pluck these out of the water
and they would carve intricate tea caddies and all sorts out of them.
This one here has become a kind of basket of sorts, hasn't it,
with the handle? But still, it's been quite nicely worked.
-There's no price.
There is no price on it and we need to find out what it's worth.
-£140 and that's the absolute death?
I would say at auction,
because of the way it's been worked, probably...
It's not going to get that.
..we'll be talking about £80-120, £70-90, something like that.
-I don't know, do you want to splash that much cash?
Well, you certainly have an eye for finding quality, Blues.
Whilst the Reds have an eye for something else.
-Calm down, calm down.
I don't want it but... it caught my eye!
Hmm, matron! Just move on, Ben.
Going straight to the back room.
OK, Liz. You're in like Flynn. Show me what you're looking at.
I really like that little heart-shaped perfume bottle.
-I think it's really attractive.
-Very attractive, isn't it?
And what's handy is that our stall holder has put the date on it,
so we are literally turn of the century,
first year of the 20th century.
We're 1900, we're marked in Birmingham.
So, it's a big major assay office but it also has
-quite a hefty price tag.
-It does have a hefty price tag.
I've got expensive tastes!
Well, I'm sure you've been told that before.
Another pricey item! Time for a rethink, perhaps?
-Well, that brooch is quite nice.
-I like that.
-It's not a gold one.
And what is the cost of that then?
-Well, the best on that will be £90.
-Do you mind if I have a look?
-I do rather like that, Marianne.
-Yes, I do as well.
This is, I would have thought, is around about 1860, 1850 in date?
What's useful with earlier jewellery like this,
you feel the weight of it.
-It actually is quite lightweight.
-Which means it can be worn on modern fabrics.
So it is a very wearable piece.
-So it could be worn either way, couldn't it?
-And it also could be put onto a pendant, even.
I mean, I don't know...
I mean, are the stones...
They're just paste, are they? I would have thought.
This would look lovely on something dark, wouldn't it?
-I go to sort of things...
-And when it's...
-It looks nice on there.
-It looks very nice on you.
-It would look a bit odd. I mean, it does look...
-It suits you.
-It looks beautiful.
-It brings out my eyes?
-Yes, it does!
-I mean, the lady has already quoted us £90.
She might be able to do a little bit more. We can have a...
I mean, is there any chance you can do any better for us?
We'll do it for £80. There is a ticket price of a hundred and...
-£135 on it.
-Oh, I didn't see that.
-130, yes! Yes!
-Well, at £80, I think the lady is being...
-So what are you thinking, girls?
-So is it a yes?
-Would you like to shake the lady's hand?
-Indeed! Thank you so much.
-Thank you so much.
Thank you for the information.
I say, ladies. That's two buys in 25 minutes,
which is more than can be said for our Blues
who haven't bought a single thing.
So, they're talking tactics.
It's quite expensive in here. We should perhaps go back outside.
Shall we give Natasha a call?
-We're going back outside. We think it's a bit too much.
We all like a plan, especially a good one.
-Don't look at the boxes, they're too expensive.
Don't look at the boxes, get out. Thank you!
-They're worth it but they're too expensive.
-They're so cute.
Will you stop stopping?
Yes, focus, ladies.
You guys are going to fall out, are you?
They may not fall out but they may run out of time.
Lead the way, Natasha.
We don't even have one thing under our belt.
-We don't have anything!
-We don't have anything.
Maybe we could appeal to the gentleman.
-Is there anything interesting that we're missing?
The silver collar. It's pretty chic, isn't it?
OK, let's have a little look.
I mean, that's got a serious weight to it
so we're talking lead crystal here.
OK, not so scary.
I'm not so scared of your price tag. Do we have a hallmark on it?
-Oh, we do. Mappin & Webb.
-Oh, that's really...
So we have here a designer decanter. 1937.
OK, so we are in that sort of mid-war period.
It's 1937, we've got a beautiful piece of cut glass here
which no doubt would have been on display on the mantelpiece
because this is not a piece to hide.
Mappin & Webb is a piece to display and to show your wealth.
-And it is lovely, isn't it? It's super attractive.
-So, it's marked up at £95.
-£95. And the best you can do, sir, is?
I'll do it for 80.
Let me tell you, I reckon auction estimate for this
-is going to be 60 to 80, 50 to 70.
-Go on, then, Natasha.
-It's sort of all the money at £80.
-Yeah. We'll go for it.
-You're quite happy to go for it?
Yeah, we'll go for it, we'll feel happier when we've got something
-under our belts.
-OK. It's risky but you're keen?
-Yeah, we'll risk it.
-We'll risk it for a Swisskit.
Well, I would say shake the gentleman's hand.
Thank you very much. So I'll put that back down there.
They'll keep it aside for us. And thank you ever so much, bye-bye.
Oh, at last! But that's only your first item, Blues.
You need to get a move on.
You have another two to find and time is ticking.
-43 minutes gone.
Probably 44 by the end of that "no"!
It's all a little bit frantic though, isn't it?
-That's quite cool, isn't it? The baby's sort of pen.
Does that... Do you hate that?
You hate that, OK.
Nice try though, Natasha.
At long last, the Blues have got their hands on something -
a tea caddy marked up at £42.
Here's a sarcophagus-shaped box.
Let's have a look inside.
We've got silk lining but we don't have any compartments.
Little bit of staining, French polish would sort that out.
Let's have a little look.
We've got nice cross-banding across the front.
We've got a nice, clean brass escutcheon.
-That's all there, no problem. We've got bun feet.
-Four bun feet.
We've got four of them, they're all there. Yes!
It's veneered wood and you can see it's quite crudely done.
But I think that if we take this to our stallholder, plead with him
-.."Kind sir, we want this for less than half price."
-"It's in a bad way and so are we."
-"Give it to us for 20 quid, no more."
-Go for it, Jane!
-I was going £15?
-Go for it.
-Go for it, Jane!
Jane, take the lead.
Don't come back here without that box!
-How do you think she's going to get on?
-She's going to do it.
She's going to come out of that really well.
That's the spirit, Blues!
What kind of a face is that? You're hard to read, Jane.
-You're hard to read here.
-The bad news - the lowest he'll take is £30.
-What do you think?
We're running out of time, missus!
Do we take it?
-You can do it and we'll go back to plan A.
-Oh, what's plan A?
That was to go up and ask for the cheapest thing on the next stall.
That's not a plan of which I was aware!
But I tell you what, at this stage, it's a plan I like.
Maybe it's a plan that could have been put to use earlier, girls.
Right, let's take it and run because listen, we've got ten minutes left.
We need to find one more item and we need to do it pronto.
-Couldn't have put it better myself, Natasha.
-Go, go, go.
Choose your stall wisely.
Talking of final buys, our Reds seem to have slowed right down, too.
We're down to our last ten minutes.
It was all going so well and we seem to have kind of lost time. So...
-We need to refocus, look carefully
and we need to buy something.
-Marianne, what do you think about the glass?
-I like them, you know, very much.
-What are they?
So, some you can see... And they're priced accordingly,
-because they've been bruised and what have you.
Well, we're quite short on time.
Shall we see if the gentleman has got much movement in his prices?
-So, is the guy there?
-Yes. You all right there?
-Do you mind...?
-Yes, it's my stall.
-We're really very desperate.
-I shall help you out.
And these, sort of five or six years ago,
-were probably about £120.
-They've come down a lot.
-Yes, but we're talking...
-It's all relative.
-And what kind of movement have you got?
-Say for the large one?
-Uh, £55. Yes.
-It's in lovely nick.
You know, it's in lovely nick. They use them as doorstops.
-You know, it's too damaged.
-I rather like that one there.
-You like this one?
-This one has got a bit of a bish...
-Oh, right. OK.
-..on it and bished on the side.
-Oh, even more so.
-What about that one there?
-He's not bad.
-Not bad. What can that chap be?
-What do you reckon, Marianne?
-That is a definite.
-Are we short of time?
-We're short on time.
-So are we going to make a profit?
-I don't think we're going to...
I think they're going to be a bit of a break even.
I don't think there's going to be much to be made.
-But I think the gent's being very generous.
I think it's about time you shake your hand before the big gong goes
-and we've failed.
Thank you very much, sir. Cheers.
Well done, Reds. Now with just a few minutes to go,
panic well and truly kicks in with the Blues.
I don't know, I couldn't make a decision.
You'll have to make the decision.
Ladies, we haven't gone back to the coco de mer.
-The bum nut, we've abandoned the bum.
-What do you think?
-Plan B for bum.
-Plan B for bum!
-And we're running.
-Go for it.
-OK, I'm following you, ladies.
-Don't even know where it was!
-It wasn't on this row.
It wasn't on this row?
If they chuck us out, don't worry, I'll vouch for you.
-Oh, found it!
-Oh, she's found it. Right. There we go.
There she is! Ha, ha!
-Wielding a bottom. Normal. Here we are.
We didn't meet you before, sir.
Hello, we are the Blue team, collectively,
it's how we're known.
And we like this lovely coco de mer.
-Ladies, take it away.
-What is your best price on this, please, sir?
Very best, I think that'd cost £140.
£130 would be the absolute best.
-Can we not just do a round £100?
-It's the end of the day.
End of the day.
-No, I've owned it a week.
-It may well be the end of the day
but that's the gentleman's best price so we have to respect that.
So...three minutes left on the clock. What do you reckon?
-Yeah, three minutes. We can't take the strain!
-Can't take the strain?
-I say if that's as far as he's going, go for it.
Yes. £130, sir.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
Right, teams. Stop clowning around. Your time is up.
Hey! Oh, brilliant. Well done.
The shopping's done. Time to go to auction
and we've returned to Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall.
But first let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
First, they picked up the bagatelle game for £20.
Their second buy came in the shape of a yellow metal
and red paste brooch for which they paid £80.
And lastly, they paid £40 for the glass dump paperweight.
Marianne and Pat, this is the exciting moment.
What's under the cloth?
Shall we have a look?
-Ooh, you'll like that, Marianne?
-Well, yes, I do.
-With £160, how much do you think I actually spent?
-Oh, my gosh.
-Well, I'm going to say about £60.
-I actually spent £30.
-Well, that's why I'm...
-Now, it's a true antique. Three pieces.
They date to around about 1810, 1820.
Not 100% sure of the factory but it's very much after Worcester.
But each piece at only a tenner.
So, how much do you think it's going to make?
Well, I hope it should double its money.
-It might not.
But fingers crossed.
Hm. Will the Reds gamble? We'll see.
Now for the Blues' three items, and here's a reminder.
They bought the Mappin & Webb silver collar glass decanter for £80.
And next, they somewhat panic-purchased the wooden box
Finally, they splashed out £130 on the coco de mer.
-Elizabeth and Jane, you were spenders, weren't you?
-We did, yes.
Spend, spend, spend!
Leaving lovely Natasha with just £60.
Did she spend it all?
I thought to myself, we need an opportunity to claw back.
-Because what if it all just goes south?
So, I played it a little safe but sparkly too.
-Oh, I like it.
-And it's pretty, isn't it?
-Do you want to have a hold? So, what do you think?
-Love it, love it, love it.
-Is it Victorian?
Well, probably slightly later than that. It's 20th century.
I think for its age, it's in lovely condition.
What do you think it's worth, girls?
-I think you probably paid about £30 for it.
Yeah, I'll go with that.
Quite chuffed with that because I paid £25.
Oh! I love you, love you!
-And it's going to make 30, 35.
-It's just I think it's so commercial.
The Blues can make their final decision during the auction,
so let's go there now.
Charles Hanson is on the rostrum and raring to go.
-Are you excited, girls?
-Yes, yes! Bit apprehensive.
Well, you look as if you're absolutely ecstatic!
Have you been to an auction before?
Many years ago when I was first married
and I've also been to car auctions.
Oh, have you? What about you, Pat?
-I've been to livestock auctions.
Well, first up today is the bagatelle board,
-which I think you chose, Marianne, didn't you?
-I did, yes.
There you are, we like this.
There we are, it's a wonderful 1930s bagatelle board. And a nice frame.
Where do we start this?
I'm bid 5, 8, 10, 12, £15.
Bid 18 now. 18, I'm out.
18 bid, look at this object.
-2, 5, 8.
Man with the dog. 8, 30.
-For our bagatelle!
The exotic excitement of your bagatelle!
£30? No. 35, madam?
You've come so far. Are you sure?
Bid me a fiver,
or I sell to you, sir, your lady and the dog. All out at £32.
Plus £12, girls.
Now hold on, don't get too excited cos the brooch is coming up.
A really gorgeous, gorgeous brooch. And I'm bid £30.
Do I see £5 now? It's gorgeous. 35?
35, madam? 35. 40? 45?
Were it gold... They're doing better. It cost £80!
Are you sure, madam? It will suit you so much as well.
Just look at the brooch and look at me. No? Thank you.
-Halfway to paradise.
-Right at the back.
-Do I see 5 now? Or I sell it?
-£40, going, all out.
-Do you know...?
At £40 right at the back.
You've just demonstrated how to divide the price by two.
So you're overall minus £28. But here comes your wonderful weight.
It's a very nice Victorian dump of circa 1880.
And I'm only bid for this great object, £12, I'm bid.
Do I see £15 now?
15, 18, 22, 5, 8. 25...
I've got 8 here, sir. 32, 5.
8, 40, I'm out. 40, I'm bid.
Do I see 2 now? I'll take 2.
40, I'm bid. Do I see 2 online?
-At £40. Come on!
-Which is better than a loss, girls.
-For the dump.
Do I see 2?
At £40 for the first, second, third time.
You've got the dump. It's yours!
Yeah, there we go. £40.
Plus and minus nought, so overall, minus £28.
-That's not too bad.
-That's quite good.
The bonus buy. Do you want to go with it or not?
-What do you think?
-I think we should just go for it.
-I've got every faith in you.
-Well, thank you, girls.
-Do you know?
When I first met you girls, I thought,
"They are girls that are going to go for it."
And they're going for it.
And I can say that the auctioneer Charles Hanson
is a passionate porcelain lover.
He will do his utmost to get you a profit off this.
This late 18th-century porcelain
in a great neoclassical style.
Very interesting lot, this.
We like it. Where do we start this?
How many, bid? I've got 12, 15, £18 here.
I'm asking 20 now.
Circa 1790, where were you?
18, I'm bid. I'm asking...
It's phenomenal value for a true piece of English porcelain.
I'm asking at 20 now. 18, come on!
-It's got to go?
I'm asking 20. Fair warning.
You're all out. I shall sell it.
Are we sure? That's it, at £18.
Sold at £18.
You've lost another juicy £12, which added to the £28,
makes a loss of £40.
It's a nice round number.
It's a lovely round number and remember, girls,
-minus 40 is really, in the overall swing of things, not too bad.
-You may have won. But remember, not a mutter to the Blue team.
Zippo! Thank you.
-Well, girls. Are we all excited?
-Been to an auction before?
-No. Liz has.
-Yeah, I have.
-Do you like auctions?
-Yeah, they're all right.
-You just get a bit carried away sometimes.
-You can do.
-Don't get carried away today. Don't try buying your own things.
That could be fatal. Enjoy the moment because here is the decanter.
Showing it for you there,
a lovely decanter and stopper.
It's heavy, it's cut
and it's mighty fine.
116, where do we start this?
I'm only bid £20. It's silver.
22, 25, 28, 30, 5. I'm out.
I'm asking 40 now.
I can't believe this, girls. Come on!
-What did we pay for this, Charlie?
-£30? You paid £80.
-Are you sure?
-He estimated 40 to 60.
-55. We've come so far.
-Yeah, come on!
-I'll take one more.
-Is that a yes?
-Yes, come on!
Are you sure, madam?
I'm asking online, 60.
Fair warning, I sell to the lady.
All out, we are at 55.
You're out, the lady here is in.
That's it, fair warning.
-What do you think, girls?
-It wasn't as bad as we thought.
Girls, girls, girls. Here comes the caddy.
It's a magnificent, again, late George III
satinwood banded mahogany tea caddy.
It's not bad at all.
And it's got a lovely silk lining.
I'm only bid £20.
I'm asking 5 for it now.
-25, 35, ma'am. 35?
I've got 30 here.
-I'll take 2.
2 I'm bid, takes my commission.
Do I see 5 now? Come on!
-£32, I'm bid. Surely a fiver?
Look at this caddy.
-5, 8, 40!
-5! Madam, you were so near.
£40 I'm bid.
Or I sell to you, lady. Thanks for coming.
All out at £40 today.
-Plus a tenner!
-You're only down £15.
-We've clawed some back.
-And here comes your...
Your coco de mer.
A most magnificent coco de mer,
Seychelles, carved as a basket.
I am bid £65.
I'm asking £70 for it now. Come on!
Really good Seychelles basket carved from that coco de mer.
-70, 5, 80...
-Oh, here we go.
5, one more? 90. I'll be out.
85, I'm bid, 90.
-You're in? It's cheap.
-Gone very quiet.
90, I'm bid. Do I see 5 now?
-A rare object. £90?
Surely 5 online?
Or I shall sell to the lady. Bid 5?
-You're all out, to the lady.
-And good night.
-That's minus £55.
-A valiant effort.
So, before we get too excited...
..we have the little matter of the bonus buy.
We've got the bar brooch. It cost £25.
-I'm not going to lead you but what are you going to do?
-We're going to go with it.
-Going to go with it?
Well, the estimate the auctioneer's put on this is £20-£50.
So, I think you could nibble away at your loss here.
A bar brooch set with oval facet-cut amethyst
in its lovely brown Morocco box.
I'm only bid for this...
12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 5, 8, 30.
It's so attractive! 30, madam.
No, 28 down here, 30. 2.
It's really attractive, come on!
£32, 5, 8. Ooh! 8, madam?
Either of you? 8, 40. 45.
Now we're going!
Good object, this. 45, 50.
-A lovely, lovely bar brooch.
45 I am bid, madam. 50 on the front row?
No more? 45, the lady standing.
Bid 50 out online.
-And we sell to a lady.
Good morning. So, at £45...
So, plus £20.
-You lost £55 so you're only down 35 smackers.
-Only down 35!
But we bought big so that's all right.
You've done really well.
You spent a lot of money, you've had an absolute ball and frankly,
-at £35, have you ever had such value for money?
-Entertainment for 35 quid.
-Anyway, not a word to the Reds.
-Because you never know, you may well have won.
Sometimes on Bargain Hunt, girls and boys, there is a massive gulf.
This time, the difference is wafer thin.
-Did you think you'd done well?
-Did you think you'd done well?
Well, I can tell you you're both right.
Neither of you did well. But one team...
..did slightly worse than the other one. And they are...
..the Red team. OTHERS YELP
Extraordinary. You started so well, girls.
You went off out of the blocks like the clappers.
Then the brooch.
And then you broke even with that weight, the dumpy weight. Yeah.
And then you decided to go with Ben's,
and I have to say it was lovely, cup, the saucer and the plate
and you lost £12.
-Have you enjoyed it, Reds?
-Oh, that's charming.
-Well, Blues. Well done.
-You were down £55 and you were losing.
..over the brow of the hill with the cavalry came Miss Natasha Raskin,
-who bought that wonderful brooch, which you both liked.
-We did, yes.
-Sensibly went with it.
-It cost £25 and it made £45!
£45! Whoo! High-five.
So that 20 quid did it for you. So, well done.
-I have to say that my pockets are empty.
No money to dish out but never mind. Lovely having you on board.
Both teams have been absolute stars.
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