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Ardingly 18

The two teams, led by experts Catherine Southon and Anita Manning, scour the fair at Ardingly. It's a close race. Tim Wonnacott casts an eye over the proceedings.


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We're at Ardingly, south of England Showground, famed for its agricultural fairs

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where normally there are lots of beasties around here,

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but today the whole place is stuffed up with antiques.

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Hello, what's this?

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A man in a white coat for me.

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Best in show. Who, me?

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That's all right.

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Let's go bargain hunting.

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Get your hands off me. What do you think I am? Some sort of bullock?

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This is one of the largest antique fairs in the country

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with literally hundreds of stalls to choose from,

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but how will our teams cope?

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For the Reds, Mandy and Chrissie are an expert's dream team.

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I'm going to have the best day today and I'm going to win.

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-Don't count your chickens yet, Catherine.

-I'm struggling here.

-We'll be fine.

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For the Blues, former policewomen Sue and Julia have an arresting expert in a shiny helmet.

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-Did you ever wear anything like that?

-Fantastic!

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And at the auction, our two teams are neck-and-neck.

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But who will pull ahead to win?

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Before all that, let's meet today's teams.

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Welcome to Bargain Hunt.

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Now, where did you two meet?

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-We met at work.

-Where do you work?

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-At the Born Free Foundation.

-Gosh.

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Now, Born Free is the movie, to everybody, isn't it?

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So Born Free is about lions, is it?

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-It's about all wildlife.

-Oh, all wildlife?

-Yes, all wildlife.

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And we look at captivity issues of animals in zoos and circuses and we also look at animals

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in the wild and protecting them and the habitats they live in.

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-Well, how wonderful.

-Yes.

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-Mandy, you're keen on collecting things?

-I am.

-It's in the blood?

-Yes.

-Why's that?

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My father was an estate agent and auctioneer and sometimes people couldn't afford to pay the fees

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and he used to be given all sorts of antiques and all sorts of items including, a pony, once, for me.

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A pony! How nice!

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Yes. But my mum wasn't so pleased with the pony.

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No. And had you got somewhere to keep it?

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We found somewhere pretty quickly, yeah.

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I think the deal was done in a pub, so...

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One of those deals. Now, Chrissie, what do you collect, darling?

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-Sheep.

-Do you?

-I do.

-Real ones?

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No, mine are either soft toys or ornaments.

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And how many sheep have you got?

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-50.

-Quite a flock, then.

-Quite a flock, yes.

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And what sort of things will you be looking out for, apart from sheep-related items today?

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To buy to make a profit on Bargain Hunt?

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-Something small and perfectly formed, I think.

-Ah! Something like me?

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Absolutely, Tim, yes. If only you were for sale.

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If only I were small. Anyway, very, very good luck.

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Now for the Blues.

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How did you two girls meet?

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We met 41 years ago.

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No need to own up to that.

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When we both applied for a job as police constables with Sussex police.

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-You were both policewomen?

-We were.

-'Ello, ello!

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We went to interviews together,

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then we went training together and the friendship continued from there.

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And did you get into any scrapes when you were on the beat?

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Yes, we did. Yes.

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One day, we were out in the policewomen's car, and went to a local park

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and I think time overtook us, and when we went to drive

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-out of the park they had locked the gates and we were locked in.

-In our panda car.

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-Which was very embarrassing.

-Did you radio in, "BD to Zed Victor one,

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"lost in the park".

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Yes, we did.

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And what did your sergeant have to say about that?

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Quite a lot, the next day, I recall.

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Julia, you're a great collector, what of exactly?

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I collect thimbles and I collect royalty memorabilia.

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Tell us about that.

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That started when I was four and it was the Queen's coronation and my mum and dad bought me

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a cup and saucer and a glass and all the rest of it and it developed from there, really.

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-It is a rather nice thing to do, though, isn't it?

-It is.

-Reign by reign.

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How do you think you'll get on today?

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I think we'll do very well, because we're very competitive and we'll make a profit.

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My gosh, that's fighting talk, isn't it? Anyway, the money moment.

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Here we go, look, £300 apiece, just like that.

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You know the rules, your experts await and off you go, and very, very good luck.

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Well, I never did, two female rozzers.

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But who exactly are our expert suspects today?

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For the Reds it's Anita "Mad Dog" Manning.

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And for the Blues, Catherine "Slippy Fingers" Southon.

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What's our game plan?

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Um, something small and perfectly formed.

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-Just like us.

-Just like us.

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I quite like silver. Silver, tortoiseshell, jewellery.

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Jewels for Jules!

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Exactly!

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We've got one hour.

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We need to get going.

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Come on then.

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If we look and pull this out, it's a wee arts and crafts chair.

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Very, very simple,

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straightforward, and that's what the fashion is now.

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People are going away from the ornate Victorian styles and are looking for something simpler.

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And this is exactly the type of thing that they like - arts and crafts.

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And if you look here, we have this lovely tooled leather seat,

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with this galleon, which is Ruskin-like.

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How old do you think it is?

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It's probably 1900-1920s.

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Is it a child's chair?

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Yeah, I would say it's a little child's chair.

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Something to sit beside the fireplace. Do you like it?

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-Yes.

-Yes. I think so.

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Yes. I think that could be good.

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It could sit in somebody's room and look quite decorative.

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In a cottage situation, a small house. Shall we ask them?

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-Yes. How much?

-Excuse me? Your wee chair.

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£30, best on that.

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30? It's got some mud on it.

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That's extra.

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Is that extra?

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-What about...

-28?

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Would you do 25?

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Three women are asking you!

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Nice women!

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Could you do 25?

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Lovely. Thank you very much.

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So, the Blues are off in record time.

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Seven minutes.

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Right, Mandy, wait for me.

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-While you were buying, Anita, so was Catherine.

-Biscuits.

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-Biscuit moulds.

-They're very nice.

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Biscuit moulds - they're very nice.

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If you think about where we're selling,

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quite nice in a country kitchen, country cottage.

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But in my experience they don't always sell particularly well.

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Depends how much it is, doesn't it?

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Can I just ask you a price on this?

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-£30.

-£30.

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If you think at auction you'll have a lot of dealers there,

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really, this sort of thing's going to appeal to the private.

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A dealer wouldn't buy it to have in their shop?

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They might do. It's just in my experience, I have bought these before

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and they haven't made huge profits.

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With that in mind, £30 is not a lot.

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On the other side, in a country kitchen, I think it's lovely.

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Do you want to? I did see it and I thought...

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That's the first thing I noticed.

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I thought it was lovely.

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Well, I like it.

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-Shall we go for it?

-Yes.

-Do you want to see if you can try and get it a bit cheaper?

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OK.

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What's your very best on that?

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-25.

-25?

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-25?

-It's up to you, ladies, it's your money.

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-I think so.

-We both went for it.

-It's the sort of thing I would put in my kitchen.

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-You would buy it.

-OK. That's lovely. That's a deal. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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I like you two - you're very decisive!

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-Girls!

-We're coming.

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These ladies are good. We bought the first item in seven minutes.

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That's completely unheard of. They're so decisive.

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I'm going to have the best day today and I'm going to win.

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There's a wee bit of competitiveness there.

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But whoever wins, we'll keep smiling and we are always happy.

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That's Jungendstil?

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Jungendstil?

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Which is the, Jungendstil! Isn't my German good?

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Oh, you're Dutch?

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We've got the silver over there.

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-Is it silver?

-It's got a mark on it there.

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OK, yes. We can see the little lion.

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You picked it up - why did you like it?

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I quite like the patterns on it.

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The piercing on it makes it look attractive. And the twirly handle.

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-And I think probably it could be a collector's piece, if we've got the right people in.

-Yeah.

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-It could be a collector's piece.

-It's a girly thing.

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It is. Is it for sugar?

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It's for sugar. And it's not very dear.

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The price on that is £12, but you do have a hallmarked silver piece.

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Shall we get it?

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I think so, don't you?

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-Who's going to do the business?

-Shall I go up?

-You can do this one.

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OK.

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-Big smile.

-He's down the end.

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Catherine, what about that?

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-That's replaced.

-Is it? Oh, yes.

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It's actually not...

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Haven't got my glasses on. That's a shame.

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Actually, it's not as old as one would think.

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-Ten is his best price.

-Go for it.

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-Go for it.

-OK.

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Yes, you go for it, you industrious Blues.

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Talking of industry, check out what I've found.

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Have you ever worked in a factory?

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Well, if you have, you'd be very comfortable in this stand

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because everything in this selling space relates to industry.

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In fact they're called industrial antiques.

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And these things look brilliant in lofts, conversions from old buildings

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that create large, open spaces that young people just love living in.

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And what might they furnish that space with?

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If you take these four chairs, the hint is in the base here because they're cast iron

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cast with the word "Singer" so these would have come from a textile works and a whole array of women would

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have probably sat at sewing machines going about their seamstress skills but sitting on these chairs.

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And these, I guess, date from the 1930s.

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But one of the most intriguing things I think is this.

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It looks a bit like a bar stool, but if I spin it round like that, you see how long it keeps spinning?

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Because this thing has come out of the decorating workshop of a Stoke-on-Trent factory.

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And what you would have done is to put your undecorated vase here

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and spun the base, and if you took a paint brush, and dipped it in some

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gold paint and applied it to the edge of the vase, as it spun around on this base,

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so you would get a clear and continuous gold line running around the piece of ceramics.

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Pretty useless if you haven't got a ceramics factory except you could

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use it in this modern interior, perhaps for putting a vase on.

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Or, who knows? At a cocktail bar, just planting your bottom on it.

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And if nostalgia is your thing, how about that lot?

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School coat pegs. How evocative of a happy childhood are they?

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What's all this stuff worth?

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The set of pegs would cost you £140.

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These chairs would cost you £240. Each.

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And this little spinning fellow?

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That would set you back £230.

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So, you see, there's money in industrial antiques.

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And there's also money to be made at the fair, girls.

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-OK, girls, so you want to spend big money.

-We do.

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We don't have £380.

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-We certainly don't.

-Of course you can have a look.

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-Ask the lady and see what price she's got on them, shall we?

-Do you want to ask?

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Yes. We're interested in the little button hook and the shoe horn.

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They're on both sides and they're a pair, look.

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Can I just have a look? Let's look at it. Beautifully made.

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Beautiful quality.

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Well known maker, silver, so we are appealing to silver buyers

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also we've got that novelty aspect of the owls and the boot hook, the shoe horn...

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-And the name of the maker.

-Yes.

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The absolute minimum would be 140.

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-That really is the best.

-I mean...

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That cost me over 100 myself.

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If you think that owls are very...

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That's very fair. The owls are collectible, so collectible. Are you happy with that?

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Yes, definitely, very happy.

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I think they're great.

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Now, will those owls be a wise buy, I wonder?

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Hey, girls, you two used to be bobbies, didn't you?

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-We did.

-Did you ever wear anything like that?

-Fantastic!

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Chanel No 5!

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There is some quality there. There is some quality.

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It's so different.

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-Yeah.

-Double-ended.

-You've got the double-ended one, you've got the condition, which is good.

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You've got this little turquoise detail here. The catch

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is in working order.

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I think that is a very bonny little item.

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And I don't think it's too dear at 120.

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I just wonder, as we've only just walked round, whether we could just look at a few more stalls?

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I think so. Why don't you ask him to keep it for you for 15 minutes?

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-Yes.

-I think you would be more satisfied if you kept on looking.

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You've got plenty of time, ladies. And we won't be stuck.

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-I'll ask him.

-Go and have a look.

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Yeah, can you hold onto it for us?

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I'll put it back in there. I won't hold onto it.

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15 minutes?

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That'll be gone when you come back. You know what happens when people

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-leave things behind. They're sold, aren't they?

-Oh, girls! Oh, girls! It's up to yourself.

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He who hesitates is lost.

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-We'll keep looking.

-Yeah. I think just a quick look, just to be sure.

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All right.

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You might need to listen to the dealer, girls.

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Only 20 minutes left.

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-Where's Catherine?

-Figurative stuff.

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Where have they gone?

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I like that.

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I don't think actually they need me. They're doing their own thing.

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-I'm struggling here.

-Oh no, we'll be fine.

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Anything take your fancy, girls?

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No, not there.

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Where did you go? You left me!

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You abandoned me! You abandoned ship.

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-DOG BARKS

-Hello!

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Oi, Mutley - shut up!

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You're footerin' girls, you're footerin'.

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-Yes, I know. I know.

-We are, we are.

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-We're going to be panicking in a minute.

-Don't panic.

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That's nice, isn't it? With the Cunard white...

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It's lovely actually.

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-Dare we ask how much it is?

-How much?

-£20.

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-The lid does come off.

-Oh.

-It's a fabric hinge.

-British-made.

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Yeah. It's lasted a hundred years, so I think we're doing all right.

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-I think it's fantastic. I love it.

-Not cheap.

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-What about the lid coming off though?

-How about we give you 15 for it?

-I'm afraid not.

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It's a good price that. Should have been 40.

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It's the lid that worries me.

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-Yeah. I think it's great.

-It's lovely, isn't it?

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It's my shabby chic again, Mandy.

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It is. You are shabby!

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And also very chic!

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-£20...

-£20, done. You're not going to budge on that price, are you?

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-I'm sorry.

-I mean, to be honest, I think that's a fair price, £20.

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I can see that going into the auction at about 30-40, something like that.

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You know to begin with you were really, really decisive when you bought your first item?

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Can we end on being very decisive?

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-We certainly can.

-Are we going to go for this?

-It's a deal. Definitely.

-It's a deal! £20!

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Well done. Cup of tea now?

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We've only got 14 minutes left, so we won't footer, we'll go straight back.

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But let's hope it isn't gone.

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Then we'll be in big trouble!

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Now, I warned you girls.

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-HORN TOOTS

-Oh, careful!

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It's not there. Oh yes it is!

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It is there, girls?

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It is! No, it's not!

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-It's a hundred now!

-He's put it up!

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There is a little dent in it actually.

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-Just there.

-Oh dear, we didn't see that earlier on.

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-As we've just noticed it, do you think he'd re-deal it?

-You can have a go.

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We just noticed there's a little dent on the top there.

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So, can we do a deal with you for 80?

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Please? Pretty please?

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I hope she ain't like that in her sale room! Go on then.

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-Yes, 80.

-Yes!

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You're a star. Thank you very much.

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I'll wrap it in the Daily Sport for you, all right?

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Hurrah, rah! The shopping's over.

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Now the experts can hunt for that extra item with any leftover lolly.

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But remember, the bonus buy can mean a big profit or a big loss at auction.

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Now, what did those reds buy again?

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Mandy and Chrissie bought the biscuit mould for £25.

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But will it take the biscuit?

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They picked up this silver shoe horn and a boot hook for 140.

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Ta-wit, ta-wooh!

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And finally, they chose the travelling trunk at £20.

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Now Mandy and Chrissie, you've been incredibly decisive, and we're very, very proud of you for that purpose.

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I mean, decisive is marvellous, isn't it?

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-Oh, it's wonderful.

-It's the only way, isn't it?

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Three girls together making their mind up quickly, is unbelievable! No, I don't mean it like that.

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But it is incredibly difficult sometimes, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-But you've done very well.

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-You've spent £185, I'm told. Is that right?

-We did, yes.

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So £115 of leftover lolly, please.

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-There we are.

-We've got that cash. That's super.

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-That's going to go to Catherine now to find you a bonus buy.

-Thank you.

-I think you know our taste now.

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I think you've given me a fair idea!

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All she has to buy is something that's going to make a profit.

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It doesn't matter whether you like it or not, remember that. It can

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be ghastly from your point of view, as long as it's going to make cash.

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-That's her challenge. And she's very good at doing this.

-Excellent!

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-Anyway...

-Good luck.

-Good luck, Catherine.

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Go and have a cup of coffee, girls.

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Why don't we find out what the blues have bought?

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Sue and Julia went with Anita's stool for £25.

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Then they picked up this silver sifter spoon for 10.

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Their last buy was this double-ended scent bottle for 80.

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-So, Sooze and Jools, did you have a good shop up?

-Fantastic.

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You certainly whipped around.

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Now you can take the mickey, can't you, Anita?

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-No, I'm a serious wee thing.

-Och aye! I mean, centurion's helmet?

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I don't know.

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It's no way to carry on, is it?

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-Quite becoming.

-For serious members of the constabulary.

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OK girls, how much did you spend again?

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-£115.

-£115.

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-So what do I want? I want £185 back then, do I?

-You do.

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£185. It was hardly worthwhile giving you 300. You spent so little.

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£185. There we go, Anita. That's a lot, isn't it?

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A lot of money. I'm going to enjoy spending it.

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But I will always, when buying items, box clever.

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Good.

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Yes. That is very enigmatic, isn't it?

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That means we don't know whether you're going to spend the lot, only part of it...

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But you are going to find something that will make a profit, aren't you?

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-Of course.

-Of course. Well, God bless you, girls. Have a lovely time.

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For us though, we're going to whizz up the A23, round the M25, up the M4 and have a look at Chiswick.

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That's if we don't just go up the A23 and go straight to Chiswick that way round.

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Got it?

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Chiswick House and Garden

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are an oasis of calm in West London.

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The house is also one of the finest examples

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of neo-Palladian design in the country.

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It was built by the third Earl Burlington, who

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was inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome in 16th Century Italy.

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But everywhere that you look in this exquisite villa, you find the standard of

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finish is incomparable, and the proportion is just delicious.

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Burlington hired the designer, William Kent, to collaborate on the villa.

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No expense was spared.

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Feast your eyes on this.

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So what makes this room look so incredibly rich?

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Well, it's the use of honey gilding.

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You literally take a frightfully thin piece of gold leaf, and blow it,

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because it's only a millionth of an inch thick,

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onto a prepared surface which has honey painted on it.

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The honey sticks the thinned gold to the carved area,

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and you achieve this miraculous finish.

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But for William Kent, by far the most important area in a typical Palladian room, is the ceiling.

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Just look at that!

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Isn't it glorious?

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The first thing that strikes you are these massive brackets,

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which are actually completely unnecessary.

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They're entirely artificial.

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They support the ceiling a bit,

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but the ceiling doesn't actually need this massive bracket.

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It's there for effect.

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We have this large central square area, which is indented or coffered,

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which is contained all the way around it by another six coffers.

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William Kent painted the ceiling

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with a figure emblematic of architecture.

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And around and about there are a curious series of little gold dots,

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which are supposed to represent mosaic.

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Now, here is a real piece of mosaic.

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Do you see that?

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This was designed to be applied to a ceiling.

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And within it we've got all these tiny pieces

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of coloured glass, which have

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been inset into a smooth surface,

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so that when they were displayed up above in the ceiling, you get that

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glorious reflected light and extreme richness,

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which is exactly what you would have found in a Roman villa.

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And that's why William Kent has painted it in imitation of mosaic.

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Of course the big question is today, are our teams going to be feeling blue over at the auction?

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40 now... 45.

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Well, it's extremely nice to be at Bellmans Auctioneers at

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Wisborough Green, West Sussex, just down the road from Ardingly

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with our man of the moment, Jonathan Pratt.

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-Thank you, Tim.

-Very nice to see you again.

-What an intro.

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It was a thrill actually. I mean, for us to be here.

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Mandy and Chrissie went with this gingerbread mould,

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or pastry mould, or butter mould.

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Mould what you like it in really.

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Mould what you like in it - that's what I think! A multi-faceted mould.

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Do you like it though - "kitchenalia"?

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Yeah, I do actually. And that sort of thing does quite well here.

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There's quite a lot of people who buy into this sort of very country cottage sort of look.

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-So yeah, I do like it.

-Good. How much?

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-£20-£30.

-£25 paid by Chrissie.

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She loved it, so I think she's about spot on.

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Next is this little owl-ended group.

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I really like them. I'm quite a fan of novelty silver. They're not Sampson Mordan.

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They're by a firm called Crispin & Norris, I think it is.

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-But they are listed.

-A known maker.

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Exquisitely done. Complete with the eyeballs and everything.

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-It's got what it takes, hasn't it?

-Absolutely.

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So, draw yourself up to your full height and give us an estimate.

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Well I've put £60-£80 on it.

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That will be severely depressing to them because they paid 140.

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To get over a hundred, I think that would be pretty ambitious.

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-But there you go, stranger things happen.

-Stranger things happen.

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Now talking about strange things, we've got this trunk here.

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Apparently this went across the Atlantic several times.

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-Well, so you're led to believe really.

-Yeah. Do you believe everything you read?

0:27:250:27:29

No. I mean, I really don't like these two labels.

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-What, these two?

-Yes.

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The other one, down at the bottom is very dirty and very black.

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-Very dirty and very black.

-And these are very clean.

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-And very brown.

-And sort of tea-stained.

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And the writing on it, crikey, it looks like it was done just before Ardingly Fair!

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Do you think a bit of Earl Grey has been dabbed on these then?

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I'm suspicious. I really am suspicious.

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I have catalogued as such that I don't want to draw too much attention to those.

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-How much?

-£10-£15.

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-£20 they paid.

-We might even get that.

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You might even get that, might you? So, it's all a bit of a dodgy pattern really.

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It all depends on whether the wise old owls perform.

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And if they don't,

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they're going to need, ta-wit, ta-wooh, their bonus buy.

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Let's go and have a look at it.

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Now, Mandy and Chrissie, you spent a magnificent £185.

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You gave £115 to Catherine Southon. What did she spend the cash on?

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-Well, you know you wanted glass?

-Yes.

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Well I bought you...this.

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-Silver!

-Silver!

-Isn't that pretty?

-Do you know what it is?

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-Is this something to do with drinks?

-A tea infuser?

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Absolutely, spot on - a tea infuser.

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That's pretty. I really like that.

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-It's really beautiful. I know you two ladies really like silver.

-Yes.

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And I think this is really beautiful with this lovely egg form.

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It's been pierced here with this lovely pattern.

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What's the date on it?

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It is actually hallmarked 1895.

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-Goodness!

-So late Victorian.

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But nice that it has got this lovely bar rather than the chain.

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And how much did you pay for it?

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I paid £85.

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-But these things are becoming more and more difficult to find at auction.

-Lovely choice. Thank you.

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Sorry it's not glass.

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-But I just could not find that piece of glass for you.

-No, I like that.

-We like that.

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-So Catherine, a success there, I think.

-I hope so.

-Let's hope it does well in the auction.

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And for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little brewer.

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-So Jonathan, one thing I can reassure you is that this is not medical!

-Yes!

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It's a painful shape, isn't it?

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It is a strange shape for an infuser though.

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I've never seen one with a solid bar handle. Usually they've got a chain, haven't they? Drizzle that in.

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I did a bit of research. I found one or two examples.

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Not a particularly common thing.

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Hallmarked for Victoria 1895, Birmingham mark. You know, great.

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-Yeah. And it's quite weighty.

-It's the right side of 1900 for it.

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-How much?

-70 to 100.

-Great. Catherine paid 85.

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-Good.

-Somebody might take a bit of a spin at it

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and who knows what sort of a profit it might brew up.

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So, that's it for the Reds, and now for the Blues. Sue and Julia.

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First item Anita found, which is this little stool.

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Looks like shed work to me.

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It has an essence of the arts and crafts about it, doesn't it?

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You know, workaday furniture.

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-Yeah.

-Very simply constructed.

-By a bloke in a shed in 1900.

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-Yeah.

-Pretending he was Voysey.

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You see these things often

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with a little heart-shaped pattern in the back, like the Voysey would have.

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-What's the little joker worth, then?

-£15 to £20.

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Anita paid £25.

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Good. Now, the sifter spoon.

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Has to be one of the dullest things.

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-Yes. It's a bit weak isn't it? Kind of small...

-Yes.

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Apostle finial.

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If it were a big sort of... Even just a fiddle pattern proper thing, pierced nicely...

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-Yes.

-Much stronger.

-And who sifts sugar any more?

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-I don't. I shake it out the packet. It's easier.

-How much then?

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-That little fellow there £10 to £15, I'm afraid.

-OK, £10 paid. They paid the right price for it.

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-Absolutely.

-And they will make a small profit.

-Sure.

-No doubt.

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The last of their three items is this spectacular two-division scent bottle.

0:31:080:31:13

-Yeah.

-Which is, I think, just fab.

0:31:130:31:15

They always sell rather well.

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Well, I rather like this turquoise set circlet in the top.

0:31:170:31:21

Is that something that you admire?

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I'm a bit suspicious of that and I thought that looked like it had been applied later.

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I didn't really... I thought that it just looked a bit out of place, I'm afraid.

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Yes, because it is queer it's not on the other end. I hadn't noticed.

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Yeah, you've got a gold inset patch there.

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It makes me wonder whether it's been dropped.

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And if you look at it, the way that... The proportions look a little bit strange.

0:31:370:31:41

I didn't quite like it for that reason.

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That's a most interesting observation and I think it's probably absolutely correct.

0:31:430:31:47

-So full marks for that.

-Thank you.

-What's your estimate?

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I still put £80 to £120 on it.

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-£80 to £120. They paid 80. So it's about right, really.

-Yeah.

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Overall, then, they probably won't need their bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it anyway.

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-Now, Sue and Jules, you spent a miserable £115.

-We did.

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Can't believe that, really.

0:32:050:32:06

You gave Anita £185, who's grinning like a Cheshire cat.

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Because I think she's got a big secret underneath here.

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And I'm just going to whip this off, Anita, to help you.

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Oh.

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-Ooh.

-That looks nice.

0:32:170:32:19

-It's what we call, in Scotland, a lovely wee kist.

-Kist?

0:32:190:32:22

-A wee kist?

-That's a new one.

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It's a little pine box and if we lift the lid

0:32:250:32:30

we see this nice little compartment here.

0:32:300:32:34

We have a brass plaque on the front and it tells us that it belongs to

0:32:340:32:41

-D Girling in the village, and that's quite sweet.

-Ooh, it is a nice box.

0:32:410:32:46

-How much did you pay for it?

-I paid... Oh, how much?

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Straight in there!

0:32:500:32:52

-I paid £30.

-Oh, right, OK.

0:32:520:32:54

-Sue likes it.

-I like it.

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-You like it, Jules? Yeah, lovely.

-We like it, Anita.

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-You like it? Good, good.

-Anyway, hold that thought.

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You get your opportunity to choose it or not after the sale of your

0:33:030:33:06

first three items, but right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little box.

0:33:060:33:12

Right then, Jonathan.

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The sweetest little pine workbox

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you're likely to ever see in all your born days.

0:33:160:33:18

Isn't that just perfect?

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It's rather cute, I think.

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-Cute?

-Yeah.

-It's got it all.

0:33:220:33:25

Well, even... Look at this, the dovetailing on the edge.

0:33:250:33:28

-It's like this is his lifetime's work, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:33:280:33:31

He's been in his shed, he's done the necessary.

0:33:310:33:33

Another piece of shed work. No, I like that very much.

0:33:330:33:37

The plaque refers to a local village here, which I thought was quite sweet.

0:33:370:33:40

-Yes.

-Putting that in the catalogue description, that'll get picked up.

0:33:400:33:43

-Yup.

-£30 to £40, I've estimated it at.

0:33:430:33:45

£30 to £40? Well, that's brilliant.

0:33:450:33:47

-Anita will cover you in kisses because she only paid £30.

-I was looking forward to that!

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I thought you were. We're looking forward to you taking the sale. Are you taking the auction?

0:33:510:33:56

-Of course.

-We're in safe hands.

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65, now.

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85, 87.

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Anybody feeling nervous?

0:34:060:34:08

-Me.

-Why?

-I don't know.

0:34:080:34:10

-We'll be fine.

-We'll be fine.

0:34:100:34:12

We'll be absolutely fine.

0:34:120:34:13

-You all right, Mandy?

-I'm fine.

-Are you?

0:34:130:34:15

-Yes.

-Are you nervous because you think something's not going to go particularly well?

-Oh, no.

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-They're all going to be wonderful. They're going to make massive profits.

-Massive profits?

-Yes.

0:34:200:34:24

So you're not that nervous, then, are you? Quite confident.

0:34:240:34:26

First up, though, is the biscuit mould, and here it comes.

0:34:260:34:31

A butter or biscuit mould, carved with fish and a shell.

0:34:310:34:36

And I can start at 25.

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35.

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45.

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-£50.

-Wow!

0:34:440:34:47

-Well done.

-Back of the room, 60. 65.

0:34:470:34:50

£65, Kate!

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75.

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£70 against you. Five anywhere else?

0:34:540:34:56

With me at £70. One more might do it, sir.

0:34:560:34:58

At £70, any more? At £70.

0:34:580:35:00

He's waving.

0:35:000:35:02

I can see him. At 75. £80.

0:35:020:35:03

-Yes. Excellent.

-£80, then.

0:35:030:35:05

Against you at 80, and selling, if you're all done...

0:35:050:35:07

One more might do it this time.

0:35:070:35:09

It's £80. Selling at 80.

0:35:090:35:12

-£80. That is plus £55.

-I'm so pleased. That is lovely.

0:35:120:35:16

-Brilliant!

-We all liked that, didn't we?

-That was fab!

0:35:160:35:19

-Dear, oh dear, oh dear.

-Well done, ladies.

0:35:190:35:21

-I've gone all tearful.

-Now, the shoehorn.

0:35:210:35:24

A silver shoehorn and boot hook, with owl figural handles,

0:35:240:35:29

and I can start at £40, £50.

0:35:290:35:31

No, come on!

0:35:310:35:33

£50, looking for five now. Who'll bid me five? £50.

0:35:330:35:36

Straight in at 50. 55, 60.

0:35:360:35:39

65, 70. 75, 80.

0:35:390:35:42

Come on. Come on, Jonathan. Keep going, keep going.

0:35:420:35:44

85 takes it now. Do I see 90?

0:35:440:35:46

-Yes.

-90 standing.

-Come on.

0:35:460:35:49

95. 100. 110.

0:35:490:35:51

They are good.

0:35:510:35:53

110. Do I see 20?

0:35:530:35:55

£110, then. It's selling.

0:35:550:35:57

Going at £110, all done. £110.

0:35:570:36:01

£110.

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Better than we thought, wasn't it?

0:36:030:36:05

Minus 30, which means you are plus £25.

0:36:050:36:09

Now, the cabin trunk.

0:36:090:36:11

20th century travel trunk

0:36:110:36:14

with canvas-covered panels and you've got some labels on there.

0:36:140:36:18

Three bids I have.

0:36:180:36:19

Bad?

0:36:190:36:21

15, 20...35.

0:36:210:36:25

-At £35.

-That's fine.

0:36:250:36:28

40, anyone? £35, 40 standing. 45.

0:36:280:36:32

Do they know the lid comes off? It's broken.

0:36:320:36:35

£50 to the gentleman, then. Standing at £50. Five anywhere else?

0:36:350:36:38

It's going to go at £50. It's going to take it away at £50. All done.

0:36:380:36:41

-Plus £30 on that.

-Brilliant.

-Well done.

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Which means overall you're up £55.

0:36:450:36:49

-Wowee!

-Plus £55. Now, what are you going to do about the tea infuser?

0:36:490:36:53

-We'll go for it.

-Do you think? Are you sure?

-Yep.

0:36:530:36:56

Because you've made a profit.

0:36:560:36:57

-We've made a profit.

-Oh, I'm not saying anything.

0:36:570:37:00

Do you want to put it in the bank?

0:37:000:37:02

-What shall we do?

-£85, it has to make.

0:37:020:37:05

Yes. That's right. Ooh, I don't know!

0:37:050:37:08

-£85 it has to make.

-Let's stick with what we've got.

-All right then, yes.

-OK.

0:37:080:37:12

So we were going to go with it and now we're not, is that right?

0:37:120:37:15

Yes, that's right. Yes. Sorry, Tim.

0:37:150:37:17

-We're not doing it.?

-No.

-No, we're not going with the bonus buy.

0:37:170:37:20

Right. I think the die is cast.

0:37:200:37:22

We're not going with the bonus buy. And here it comes.

0:37:220:37:24

A Victorian silver tea infuser, of pierced egg form.

0:37:240:37:28

Birmingham, 1895.

0:37:280:37:30

A nice little lot, this.

0:37:300:37:32

And interest once again.

0:37:320:37:34

45. 55. With me at £55.

0:37:340:37:37

Who'll bid me 60 now. It is £55.

0:37:370:37:39

Who'll bid me 60?

0:37:390:37:42

At £55? Any more than £55? 60, 65?

0:37:420:37:45

70, 75.

0:37:450:37:47

£75 against you, then, at £75.

0:37:470:37:49

It's going at £75.

0:37:490:37:52

-Good call, girls.

-Oh, brilliant!

0:37:520:37:56

Don't you love this programme?

0:37:560:37:57

I'm so glad that you didn't go with it.

0:37:570:37:59

-Are you glad that you didn't go with it?

-Very glad.

-Thank you.

0:37:590:38:02

I'm glad you didn't go with it. Even though you loved it.

0:38:020:38:05

It would have been minus £10.

0:38:050:38:06

As it is, you ring-fenced £55, which is what you're up.

0:38:060:38:12

But don't tell me the Blues a thing, all right?

0:38:120:38:14

-No, we won't, no.

-Don't say a thing to them.

0:38:140:38:16

We won't breathe a word.

0:38:160:38:18

-Not a word, you girls.

-That was like running a marathon!

0:38:180:38:21

Are you feeling nervous at all, you girls?

0:38:260:38:28

-No.

-Yes.

0:38:280:38:30

Why are you nervous?

0:38:300:38:31

-We're nervous.

-Very nervous.

-Why?

0:38:310:38:33

I want to make a profit.

0:38:330:38:35

You really want to win, don't you?

0:38:350:38:37

-We do. We do.

-Anyway, your first lot coming up is the arts and crafts stool. Here it comes.

0:38:370:38:41

Oak three-legged stool.

0:38:410:38:44

With the embossed seat.

0:38:440:38:46

Nicely embossed with a galleon. And £15 I'm bid. With me at £15.

0:38:460:38:50

-Oh, oh, come on.

-Starting at £15.

0:38:500:38:51

£15. I'll take 20. At £15...

0:38:510:38:54

-20!

-20, 25?

0:38:540:38:56

30, 35.

0:38:560:38:58

£35 against you. At £35.

0:38:580:39:01

Looking for 40, now. At £35. Are we all done at £35?

0:39:010:39:03

I'll sell it, then, at 35. All done.

0:39:030:39:05

It's going. Last chance. £35.

0:39:050:39:09

-Yes!

-Excellent!

-It's what we like.

-Good start, girls.

0:39:090:39:12

Good start, isn't it? £10 up.

0:39:120:39:14

Now your sifter.

0:39:140:39:16

Silver sifting spoon with an apostle finial. I'm bid £10.

0:39:160:39:21

Oh, good start.

0:39:210:39:22

12. 15. £18 in the front row.

0:39:220:39:25

At £18. Looking for 20, now.

0:39:250:39:27

£18 here. Do I see 20? 20.

0:39:270:39:30

Sealing it now at £20. Two anywhere else?

0:39:300:39:33

Going slowly now. It's £20.

0:39:330:39:35

Do I see two? £20 on the right. I'll sell it to you, sir, for £20.

0:39:350:39:39

Are we all done?

0:39:390:39:40

-At £20 and going, all done at £20.

-Yes!

0:39:400:39:44

Plus £10 on that. Lovely.

0:39:440:39:46

Now, your scent bottle.

0:39:460:39:47

Victorian clear glass and silver-mounted

0:39:470:39:50

double-ended scent bottle.

0:39:500:39:51

Someone start me at £40, please.

0:39:510:39:53

Start me at 40. It's a bid, thank you, at 40.

0:39:530:39:55

Straight in at 40. 45. 50. £50 it is, front row at 50.

0:39:550:39:59

Do I see five? 55. 60.

0:39:590:40:03

-Yes, come on.

-65.

0:40:030:40:06

£65. Takes it now at £65.

0:40:060:40:08

Do I see 70? At 65, gentleman's bid, then, at 65, and selling. Well done.

0:40:080:40:13

£65.

0:40:130:40:16

-Oh, no!

-That is minus £15.

0:40:160:40:18

Which means, overall, you are plus £5.

0:40:180:40:20

So, what are you going to do about the bonus buy?

0:40:200:40:23

-Yep, we're going to go with it.

-We're going to go with it.

0:40:230:40:25

-You're going to go with that box?

-Yes.

-Yeah?

-Yes.

-Sure?

-Yes.

0:40:250:40:29

They're determined. We're going with the pine box.

0:40:290:40:31

We trust Anita.

0:40:310:40:34

We're going with the bonus buy, and here comes the pine box.

0:40:340:40:37

Small pine box, circa 1921. This one from Ewhurst near Guildford.

0:40:370:40:42

And three bids once again.

0:40:420:40:45

I have interest to start me at 35.

0:40:450:40:48

-Two bids of 35.

-Yes, yes, yes!

0:40:480:40:50

£55 on the book. At £55 straight in. Looking for 60, now. It's £55.

0:40:500:40:54

60 by the pillar. 65.

0:40:540:40:57

70, sir, thank you.

0:40:570:40:59

She's my girl.

0:40:590:41:00

£70. Five anywhere else? I'll sell it for 70. It's going.

0:41:000:41:03

It's your last chance, sir. At £70.

0:41:030:41:05

-£70.

-Yes!

-Yes!

0:41:050:41:07

So that is plus £40 on that, no trouble at all.

0:41:070:41:10

-Which means, overall, you are plus £45.

-Brilliant.

0:41:100:41:13

Plus £45 is a very good score. Is that not good?

0:41:130:41:16

-That's really good.

-Yes.

-Delighted.

0:41:160:41:18

Well done. Don't say anything to the Reds, right?

0:41:180:41:20

This could be a winning score and we will reveal all in a moment.

0:41:200:41:24

Ooh, I do love it when we get two teams of winners.

0:41:290:41:32

Just a question of scale, isn't it?

0:41:320:41:34

-Have you been chatting to one another at all?

-No!

-No!

0:41:340:41:37

Well, both teams know that they're in the money, right?

0:41:370:41:40

But the team that is running up today...the Blues.

0:41:400:41:46

-Yes!

-Oh!

0:41:460:41:47

Which is bad luck, isn't it? Because you made some lovely profits.

0:41:470:41:51

-Particularly Anita's bonus buy.

-Yes.

0:41:510:41:54

Anyway, you are up £45.

0:41:540:41:56

Here is your £45. What are you going to spend it on?

0:41:560:41:59

We're going to give it to the Anthony Nolan Trust, because my husband's just

0:41:590:42:03

had a bone marrow transplant and they found his donor for him, and they're very good charity.

0:42:030:42:09

So we're going to donate it to them.

0:42:090:42:11

And we're delighted to give them a little plug. So that's very generous of you.

0:42:110:42:14

Lovely to be taking home some money to be able to make the donation, so congratulations on that.

0:42:140:42:19

Now, girls. £55.

0:42:190:42:22

So just a £10 note between you.

0:42:220:42:25

There's your £55.

0:42:250:42:27

-Thank you very much.

-Chrissie, your gingerbread mould making £55 of profit was a real result.

0:42:270:42:32

-It was fantastic.

-What are you going to spend the money on?

0:42:320:42:36

We're going to give it to the Born Free Foundation, the charity that

0:42:360:42:39

-I work for and Chrissie used to work for.

-Well, isn't that lovely? For the lions?

-Yes.

0:42:390:42:43

Well, there we go. A thoroughly charitable pair of teams we've had today, which is lovely.

0:42:430:42:49

Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

0:42:490:42:51

ALL: Yes!

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The two teams, led by experts Catherine Southon and Anita Manning, scour the fair at Ardingly. It's a close race and, as ever, Tim Wonnacott casts an expert eye over the proceedings.

There's also a visit Chiswick House in London and a room which will take your breath away.