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
where normally there are lots of beasties around here,
but today the whole place is stuffed up with antiques.
Hello, what's this?
A man in a white coat for me.
Best in show. Who, me?
That's all right.
Let's go bargain hunting.
Get your hands off me. What do you think I am? Some sort of bullock?
This is one of the largest antique fairs in the country
with literally hundreds of stalls to choose from,
but how will our teams cope?
For the Reds, Mandy and Chrissie are an expert's dream team.
I'm going to have the best day today and I'm going to win.
-Don't count your chickens yet, Catherine.
-I'm struggling here.
-We'll be fine.
For the Blues, former policewomen Sue and Julia have an arresting expert in a shiny helmet.
-Did you ever wear anything like that?
And at the auction, our two teams are neck-and-neck.
But who will pull ahead to win?
Before all that, let's meet today's teams.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Now, where did you two meet?
-We met at work.
-Where do you work?
-At the Born Free Foundation.
Now, Born Free is the movie, to everybody, isn't it?
So Born Free is about lions, is it?
-It's about all wildlife.
-Oh, all wildlife?
-Yes, all wildlife.
And we look at captivity issues of animals in zoos and circuses and we also look at animals
in the wild and protecting them and the habitats they live in.
-Well, how wonderful.
-Mandy, you're keen on collecting things?
-It's in the blood?
My father was an estate agent and auctioneer and sometimes people couldn't afford to pay the fees
and he used to be given all sorts of antiques and all sorts of items including, a pony, once, for me.
A pony! How nice!
Yes. But my mum wasn't so pleased with the pony.
No. And had you got somewhere to keep it?
We found somewhere pretty quickly, yeah.
I think the deal was done in a pub, so...
One of those deals. Now, Chrissie, what do you collect, darling?
No, mine are either soft toys or ornaments.
And how many sheep have you got?
-Quite a flock, then.
-Quite a flock, yes.
And what sort of things will you be looking out for, apart from sheep-related items today?
To buy to make a profit on Bargain Hunt?
-Something small and perfectly formed, I think.
-Ah! Something like me?
Absolutely, Tim, yes. If only you were for sale.
If only I were small. Anyway, very, very good luck.
Now for the Blues.
How did you two girls meet?
We met 41 years ago.
No need to own up to that.
When we both applied for a job as police constables with Sussex police.
-You were both policewomen?
We went to interviews together,
then we went training together and the friendship continued from there.
And did you get into any scrapes when you were on the beat?
Yes, we did. Yes.
One day, we were out in the policewomen's car, and went to a local park
and I think time overtook us, and when we went to drive
-out of the park they had locked the gates and we were locked in.
-In our panda car.
-Which was very embarrassing.
-Did you radio in, "BD to Zed Victor one,
"lost in the park".
Yes, we did.
And what did your sergeant have to say about that?
Quite a lot, the next day, I recall.
Julia, you're a great collector, what of exactly?
I collect thimbles and I collect royalty memorabilia.
Tell us about that.
That started when I was four and it was the Queen's coronation and my mum and dad bought me
a cup and saucer and a glass and all the rest of it and it developed from there, really.
-It is a rather nice thing to do, though, isn't it?
-Reign by reign.
How do you think you'll get on today?
I think we'll do very well, because we're very competitive and we'll make a profit.
My gosh, that's fighting talk, isn't it? Anyway, the money moment.
Here we go, look, £300 apiece, just like that.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go, and very, very good luck.
Well, I never did, two female rozzers.
But who exactly are our expert suspects today?
For the Reds it's Anita "Mad Dog" Manning.
And for the Blues, Catherine "Slippy Fingers" Southon.
What's our game plan?
Um, something small and perfectly formed.
-Just like us.
-Just like us.
I quite like silver. Silver, tortoiseshell, jewellery.
Jewels for Jules!
We've got one hour.
We need to get going.
Come on then.
If we look and pull this out, it's a wee arts and crafts chair.
Very, very simple,
straightforward, and that's what the fashion is now.
People are going away from the ornate Victorian styles and are looking for something simpler.
And this is exactly the type of thing that they like - arts and crafts.
And if you look here, we have this lovely tooled leather seat,
with this galleon, which is Ruskin-like.
How old do you think it is?
It's probably 1900-1920s.
Is it a child's chair?
Yeah, I would say it's a little child's chair.
Something to sit beside the fireplace. Do you like it?
-Yes. I think so.
Yes. I think that could be good.
It could sit in somebody's room and look quite decorative.
In a cottage situation, a small house. Shall we ask them?
-Yes. How much?
-Excuse me? Your wee chair.
£30, best on that.
30? It's got some mud on it.
Is that extra?
Would you do 25?
Three women are asking you!
Could you do 25?
Lovely. Thank you very much.
So, the Blues are off in record time.
Right, Mandy, wait for me.
-While you were buying, Anita, so was Catherine.
-They're very nice.
Biscuit moulds - they're very nice.
If you think about where we're selling,
quite nice in a country kitchen, country cottage.
But in my experience they don't always sell particularly well.
Depends how much it is, doesn't it?
Can I just ask you a price on this?
If you think at auction you'll have a lot of dealers there,
really, this sort of thing's going to appeal to the private.
A dealer wouldn't buy it to have in their shop?
They might do. It's just in my experience, I have bought these before
and they haven't made huge profits.
With that in mind, £30 is not a lot.
On the other side, in a country kitchen, I think it's lovely.
Do you want to? I did see it and I thought...
That's the first thing I noticed.
I thought it was lovely.
Well, I like it.
-Shall we go for it?
-Do you want to see if you can try and get it a bit cheaper?
What's your very best on that?
-It's up to you, ladies, it's your money.
-I think so.
-We both went for it.
-It's the sort of thing I would put in my kitchen.
-You would buy it.
-OK. That's lovely. That's a deal. Thank you very much. Thank you.
I like you two - you're very decisive!
These ladies are good. We bought the first item in seven minutes.
That's completely unheard of. They're so decisive.
I'm going to have the best day today and I'm going to win.
There's a wee bit of competitiveness there.
But whoever wins, we'll keep smiling and we are always happy.
Which is the, Jungendstil! Isn't my German good?
Oh, you're Dutch?
We've got the silver over there.
-Is it silver?
-It's got a mark on it there.
OK, yes. We can see the little lion.
You picked it up - why did you like it?
I quite like the patterns on it.
The piercing on it makes it look attractive. And the twirly handle.
-And I think probably it could be a collector's piece, if we've got the right people in.
-It could be a collector's piece.
-It's a girly thing.
It is. Is it for sugar?
It's for sugar. And it's not very dear.
The price on that is £12, but you do have a hallmarked silver piece.
Shall we get it?
I think so, don't you?
-Who's going to do the business?
-Shall I go up?
-You can do this one.
-He's down the end.
Catherine, what about that?
-Is it? Oh, yes.
It's actually not...
Haven't got my glasses on. That's a shame.
Actually, it's not as old as one would think.
-Ten is his best price.
-Go for it.
-Go for it.
Yes, you go for it, you industrious Blues.
Talking of industry, check out what I've found.
Have you ever worked in a factory?
Well, if you have, you'd be very comfortable in this stand
because everything in this selling space relates to industry.
In fact they're called industrial antiques.
And these things look brilliant in lofts, conversions from old buildings
that create large, open spaces that young people just love living in.
And what might they furnish that space with?
If you take these four chairs, the hint is in the base here because they're cast iron
cast with the word "Singer" so these would have come from a textile works and a whole array of women would
have probably sat at sewing machines going about their seamstress skills but sitting on these chairs.
And these, I guess, date from the 1930s.
But one of the most intriguing things I think is this.
It looks a bit like a bar stool, but if I spin it round like that, you see how long it keeps spinning?
Because this thing has come out of the decorating workshop of a Stoke-on-Trent factory.
And what you would have done is to put your undecorated vase here
and spun the base, and if you took a paint brush, and dipped it in some
gold paint and applied it to the edge of the vase, as it spun around on this base,
so you would get a clear and continuous gold line running around the piece of ceramics.
Pretty useless if you haven't got a ceramics factory except you could
use it in this modern interior, perhaps for putting a vase on.
Or, who knows? At a cocktail bar, just planting your bottom on it.
And if nostalgia is your thing, how about that lot?
School coat pegs. How evocative of a happy childhood are they?
What's all this stuff worth?
The set of pegs would cost you £140.
These chairs would cost you £240. Each.
And this little spinning fellow?
That would set you back £230.
So, you see, there's money in industrial antiques.
And there's also money to be made at the fair, girls.
-OK, girls, so you want to spend big money.
We don't have £380.
-We certainly don't.
-Of course you can have a look.
-Ask the lady and see what price she's got on them, shall we?
-Do you want to ask?
Yes. We're interested in the little button hook and the shoe horn.
They're on both sides and they're a pair, look.
Can I just have a look? Let's look at it. Beautifully made.
Well known maker, silver, so we are appealing to silver buyers
also we've got that novelty aspect of the owls and the boot hook, the shoe horn...
-And the name of the maker.
The absolute minimum would be 140.
-That really is the best.
That cost me over 100 myself.
If you think that owls are very...
That's very fair. The owls are collectible, so collectible. Are you happy with that?
Yes, definitely, very happy.
I think they're great.
Now, will those owls be a wise buy, I wonder?
Hey, girls, you two used to be bobbies, didn't you?
-Did you ever wear anything like that?
Chanel No 5!
There is some quality there. There is some quality.
It's so different.
-You've got the double-ended one, you've got the condition, which is good.
You've got this little turquoise detail here. The catch
is in working order.
I think that is a very bonny little item.
And I don't think it's too dear at 120.
I just wonder, as we've only just walked round, whether we could just look at a few more stalls?
I think so. Why don't you ask him to keep it for you for 15 minutes?
-I think you would be more satisfied if you kept on looking.
You've got plenty of time, ladies. And we won't be stuck.
-I'll ask him.
-Go and have a look.
Yeah, can you hold onto it for us?
I'll put it back in there. I won't hold onto it.
That'll be gone when you come back. You know what happens when people
-leave things behind. They're sold, aren't they?
-Oh, girls! Oh, girls! It's up to yourself.
He who hesitates is lost.
-We'll keep looking.
-Yeah. I think just a quick look, just to be sure.
You might need to listen to the dealer, girls.
Only 20 minutes left.
Where have they gone?
I like that.
I don't think actually they need me. They're doing their own thing.
-I'm struggling here.
-Oh no, we'll be fine.
Anything take your fancy, girls?
No, not there.
Where did you go? You left me!
You abandoned me! You abandoned ship.
Oi, Mutley - shut up!
You're footerin' girls, you're footerin'.
-Yes, I know. I know.
-We are, we are.
-We're going to be panicking in a minute.
That's nice, isn't it? With the Cunard white...
It's lovely actually.
-Dare we ask how much it is?
-The lid does come off.
-It's a fabric hinge.
Yeah. It's lasted a hundred years, so I think we're doing all right.
-I think it's fantastic. I love it.
-What about the lid coming off though?
-How about we give you 15 for it?
-I'm afraid not.
It's a good price that. Should have been 40.
It's the lid that worries me.
-Yeah. I think it's great.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
It's my shabby chic again, Mandy.
It is. You are shabby!
And also very chic!
-£20, done. You're not going to budge on that price, are you?
-I mean, to be honest, I think that's a fair price, £20.
I can see that going into the auction at about 30-40, something like that.
You know to begin with you were really, really decisive when you bought your first item?
Can we end on being very decisive?
-We certainly can.
-Are we going to go for this?
-It's a deal. Definitely.
-It's a deal! £20!
Well done. Cup of tea now?
We've only got 14 minutes left, so we won't footer, we'll go straight back.
But let's hope it isn't gone.
Then we'll be in big trouble!
Now, I warned you girls.
It's not there. Oh yes it is!
It is there, girls?
It is! No, it's not!
-It's a hundred now!
-He's put it up!
There is a little dent in it actually.
-Oh dear, we didn't see that earlier on.
-As we've just noticed it, do you think he'd re-deal it?
-You can have a go.
We just noticed there's a little dent on the top there.
So, can we do a deal with you for 80?
Please? Pretty please?
I hope she ain't like that in her sale room! Go on then.
You're a star. Thank you very much.
I'll wrap it in the Daily Sport for you, all right?
Hurrah, rah! The shopping's over.
Now the experts can hunt for that extra item with any leftover lolly.
But remember, the bonus buy can mean a big profit or a big loss at auction.
Now, what did those reds buy again?
Mandy and Chrissie bought the biscuit mould for £25.
But will it take the biscuit?
They picked up this silver shoe horn and a boot hook for 140.
And finally, they chose the travelling trunk at £20.
Now Mandy and Chrissie, you've been incredibly decisive, and we're very, very proud of you for that purpose.
I mean, decisive is marvellous, isn't it?
-Oh, it's wonderful.
-It's the only way, isn't it?
Three girls together making their mind up quickly, is unbelievable! No, I don't mean it like that.
But it is incredibly difficult sometimes, isn't it?
-But you've done very well.
-You've spent £185, I'm told. Is that right?
-We did, yes.
So £115 of leftover lolly, please.
-There we are.
-We've got that cash. That's super.
-That's going to go to Catherine now to find you a bonus buy.
-I think you know our taste now.
I think you've given me a fair idea!
All she has to buy is something that's going to make a profit.
It doesn't matter whether you like it or not, remember that. It can
be ghastly from your point of view, as long as it's going to make cash.
-That's her challenge. And she's very good at doing this.
-Good luck, Catherine.
Go and have a cup of coffee, girls.
Why don't we find out what the blues have bought?
Sue and Julia went with Anita's stool for £25.
Then they picked up this silver sifter spoon for 10.
Their last buy was this double-ended scent bottle for 80.
-So, Sooze and Jools, did you have a good shop up?
You certainly whipped around.
Now you can take the mickey, can't you, Anita?
-No, I'm a serious wee thing.
-Och aye! I mean, centurion's helmet?
I don't know.
It's no way to carry on, is it?
-For serious members of the constabulary.
OK girls, how much did you spend again?
-So what do I want? I want £185 back then, do I?
£185. It was hardly worthwhile giving you 300. You spent so little.
£185. There we go, Anita. That's a lot, isn't it?
A lot of money. I'm going to enjoy spending it.
But I will always, when buying items, box clever.
Yes. That is very enigmatic, isn't it?
That means we don't know whether you're going to spend the lot, only part of it...
But you are going to find something that will make a profit, aren't you?
-Of course. Well, God bless you, girls. Have a lovely time.
For us though, we're going to whizz up the A23, round the M25, up the M4 and have a look at Chiswick.
That's if we don't just go up the A23 and go straight to Chiswick that way round.
Chiswick House and Garden
are an oasis of calm in West London.
The house is also one of the finest examples
of neo-Palladian design in the country.
It was built by the third Earl Burlington, who
was inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome in 16th Century Italy.
But everywhere that you look in this exquisite villa, you find the standard of
finish is incomparable, and the proportion is just delicious.
Burlington hired the designer, William Kent, to collaborate on the villa.
No expense was spared.
Feast your eyes on this.
So what makes this room look so incredibly rich?
Well, it's the use of honey gilding.
You literally take a frightfully thin piece of gold leaf, and blow it,
because it's only a millionth of an inch thick,
onto a prepared surface which has honey painted on it.
The honey sticks the thinned gold to the carved area,
and you achieve this miraculous finish.
But for William Kent, by far the most important area in a typical Palladian room, is the ceiling.
Just look at that!
Isn't it glorious?
The first thing that strikes you are these massive brackets,
which are actually completely unnecessary.
They're entirely artificial.
They support the ceiling a bit,
but the ceiling doesn't actually need this massive bracket.
It's there for effect.
We have this large central square area, which is indented or coffered,
which is contained all the way around it by another six coffers.
William Kent painted the ceiling
with a figure emblematic of architecture.
And around and about there are a curious series of little gold dots,
which are supposed to represent mosaic.
Now, here is a real piece of mosaic.
Do you see that?
This was designed to be applied to a ceiling.
And within it we've got all these tiny pieces
of coloured glass, which have
been inset into a smooth surface,
so that when they were displayed up above in the ceiling, you get that
glorious reflected light and extreme richness,
which is exactly what you would have found in a Roman villa.
And that's why William Kent has painted it in imitation of mosaic.
Of course the big question is today, are our teams going to be feeling blue over at the auction?
40 now... 45.
Well, it's extremely nice to be at Bellmans Auctioneers at
Wisborough Green, West Sussex, just down the road from Ardingly
with our man of the moment, Jonathan Pratt.
-Thank you, Tim.
-Very nice to see you again.
-What an intro.
It was a thrill actually. I mean, for us to be here.
Mandy and Chrissie went with this gingerbread mould,
or pastry mould, or butter mould.
Mould what you like it in really.
Mould what you like in it - that's what I think! A multi-faceted mould.
Do you like it though - "kitchenalia"?
Yeah, I do actually. And that sort of thing does quite well here.
There's quite a lot of people who buy into this sort of very country cottage sort of look.
-So yeah, I do like it.
-Good. How much?
-£25 paid by Chrissie.
She loved it, so I think she's about spot on.
Next is this little owl-ended group.
I really like them. I'm quite a fan of novelty silver. They're not Sampson Mordan.
They're by a firm called Crispin & Norris, I think it is.
-But they are listed.
-A known maker.
Exquisitely done. Complete with the eyeballs and everything.
-It's got what it takes, hasn't it?
So, draw yourself up to your full height and give us an estimate.
Well I've put £60-£80 on it.
That will be severely depressing to them because they paid 140.
To get over a hundred, I think that would be pretty ambitious.
-But there you go, stranger things happen.
-Stranger things happen.
Now talking about strange things, we've got this trunk here.
Apparently this went across the Atlantic several times.
-Well, so you're led to believe really.
-Yeah. Do you believe everything you read?
No. I mean, I really don't like these two labels.
-What, these two?
The other one, down at the bottom is very dirty and very black.
-Very dirty and very black.
-And these are very clean.
-And very brown.
-And sort of tea-stained.
And the writing on it, crikey, it looks like it was done just before Ardingly Fair!
Do you think a bit of Earl Grey has been dabbed on these then?
I'm suspicious. I really am suspicious.
I have catalogued as such that I don't want to draw too much attention to those.
-£20 they paid.
-We might even get that.
You might even get that, might you? So, it's all a bit of a dodgy pattern really.
It all depends on whether the wise old owls perform.
And if they don't,
they're going to need, ta-wit, ta-wooh, their bonus buy.
Let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Mandy and Chrissie, you spent a magnificent £185.
You gave £115 to Catherine Southon. What did she spend the cash on?
-Well, you know you wanted glass?
Well I bought you...this.
-Isn't that pretty?
-Do you know what it is?
-Is this something to do with drinks?
-A tea infuser?
Absolutely, spot on - a tea infuser.
That's pretty. I really like that.
-It's really beautiful. I know you two ladies really like silver.
And I think this is really beautiful with this lovely egg form.
It's been pierced here with this lovely pattern.
What's the date on it?
It is actually hallmarked 1895.
-So late Victorian.
But nice that it has got this lovely bar rather than the chain.
And how much did you pay for it?
I paid £85.
-But these things are becoming more and more difficult to find at auction.
-Lovely choice. Thank you.
Sorry it's not glass.
-But I just could not find that piece of glass for you.
-No, I like that.
-We like that.
-So Catherine, a success there, I think.
-I hope so.
-Let's hope it does well in the auction.
And for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little brewer.
-So Jonathan, one thing I can reassure you is that this is not medical!
It's a painful shape, isn't it?
It is a strange shape for an infuser though.
I've never seen one with a solid bar handle. Usually they've got a chain, haven't they? Drizzle that in.
I did a bit of research. I found one or two examples.
Not a particularly common thing.
Hallmarked for Victoria 1895, Birmingham mark. You know, great.
-Yeah. And it's quite weighty.
-It's the right side of 1900 for it.
-70 to 100.
-Great. Catherine paid 85.
-Somebody might take a bit of a spin at it
and who knows what sort of a profit it might brew up.
So, that's it for the Reds, and now for the Blues. Sue and Julia.
First item Anita found, which is this little stool.
Looks like shed work to me.
It has an essence of the arts and crafts about it, doesn't it?
You know, workaday furniture.
-Very simply constructed.
-By a bloke in a shed in 1900.
-Pretending he was Voysey.
You see these things often
with a little heart-shaped pattern in the back, like the Voysey would have.
-What's the little joker worth, then?
-£15 to £20.
Anita paid £25.
Good. Now, the sifter spoon.
Has to be one of the dullest things.
-Yes. It's a bit weak isn't it? Kind of small...
If it were a big sort of... Even just a fiddle pattern proper thing, pierced nicely...
-And who sifts sugar any more?
-I don't. I shake it out the packet. It's easier.
-How much then?
-That little fellow there £10 to £15, I'm afraid.
-OK, £10 paid. They paid the right price for it.
-And they will make a small profit.
The last of their three items is this spectacular two-division scent bottle.
-Which is, I think, just fab.
They always sell rather well.
Well, I rather like this turquoise set circlet in the top.
Is that something that you admire?
I'm a bit suspicious of that and I thought that looked like it had been applied later.
I didn't really... I thought that it just looked a bit out of place, I'm afraid.
Yes, because it is queer it's not on the other end. I hadn't noticed.
Yeah, you've got a gold inset patch there.
It makes me wonder whether it's been dropped.
And if you look at it, the way that... The proportions look a little bit strange.
I didn't quite like it for that reason.
That's a most interesting observation and I think it's probably absolutely correct.
-So full marks for that.
-What's your estimate?
I still put £80 to £120 on it.
-£80 to £120. They paid 80. So it's about right, really.
Overall, then, they probably won't need their bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
-Now, Sue and Jules, you spent a miserable £115.
Can't believe that, really.
You gave Anita £185, who's grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Because I think she's got a big secret underneath here.
And I'm just going to whip this off, Anita, to help you.
-That looks nice.
-It's what we call, in Scotland, a lovely wee kist.
-A wee kist?
-That's a new one.
It's a little pine box and if we lift the lid
we see this nice little compartment here.
We have a brass plaque on the front and it tells us that it belongs to
-D Girling in the village, and that's quite sweet.
-Ooh, it is a nice box.
-How much did you pay for it?
-I paid... Oh, how much?
Straight in there!
-I paid £30.
-Oh, right, OK.
-Sue likes it.
-I like it.
-You like it, Jules? Yeah, lovely.
-We like it, Anita.
-You like it? Good, good.
-Anyway, hold that thought.
You get your opportunity to choose it or not after the sale of your
first three items, but right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little box.
Right then, Jonathan.
The sweetest little pine workbox
you're likely to ever see in all your born days.
Isn't that just perfect?
It's rather cute, I think.
-It's got it all.
Well, even... Look at this, the dovetailing on the edge.
-It's like this is his lifetime's work, isn't it?
He's been in his shed, he's done the necessary.
Another piece of shed work. No, I like that very much.
The plaque refers to a local village here, which I thought was quite sweet.
-Putting that in the catalogue description, that'll get picked up.
-£30 to £40, I've estimated it at.
£30 to £40? Well, that's brilliant.
-Anita will cover you in kisses because she only paid £30.
-I was looking forward to that!
I thought you were. We're looking forward to you taking the sale. Are you taking the auction?
-We're in safe hands.
Anybody feeling nervous?
-I don't know.
-We'll be fine.
-We'll be fine.
We'll be absolutely fine.
-You all right, Mandy?
-Are you nervous because you think something's not going to go particularly well?
-They're all going to be wonderful. They're going to make massive profits.
So you're not that nervous, then, are you? Quite confident.
First up, though, is the biscuit mould, and here it comes.
A butter or biscuit mould, carved with fish and a shell.
And I can start at 25.
-Back of the room, 60. 65.
£70 against you. Five anywhere else?
With me at £70. One more might do it, sir.
At £70, any more? At £70.
I can see him. At 75. £80.
Against you at 80, and selling, if you're all done...
One more might do it this time.
It's £80. Selling at 80.
-£80. That is plus £55.
-I'm so pleased. That is lovely.
-We all liked that, didn't we?
-That was fab!
-Dear, oh dear, oh dear.
-Well done, ladies.
-I've gone all tearful.
-Now, the shoehorn.
A silver shoehorn and boot hook, with owl figural handles,
and I can start at £40, £50.
No, come on!
£50, looking for five now. Who'll bid me five? £50.
Straight in at 50. 55, 60.
65, 70. 75, 80.
Come on. Come on, Jonathan. Keep going, keep going.
85 takes it now. Do I see 90?
95. 100. 110.
They are good.
110. Do I see 20?
£110, then. It's selling.
Going at £110, all done. £110.
Better than we thought, wasn't it?
Minus 30, which means you are plus £25.
Now, the cabin trunk.
20th century travel trunk
with canvas-covered panels and you've got some labels on there.
Three bids I have.
40, anyone? £35, 40 standing. 45.
Do they know the lid comes off? It's broken.
£50 to the gentleman, then. Standing at £50. Five anywhere else?
It's going to go at £50. It's going to take it away at £50. All done.
-Plus £30 on that.
Which means overall you're up £55.
-Plus £55. Now, what are you going to do about the tea infuser?
-We'll go for it.
-Do you think? Are you sure?
Because you've made a profit.
-We've made a profit.
-Oh, I'm not saying anything.
Do you want to put it in the bank?
-What shall we do?
-£85, it has to make.
Yes. That's right. Ooh, I don't know!
-£85 it has to make.
-Let's stick with what we've got.
-All right then, yes.
So we were going to go with it and now we're not, is that right?
Yes, that's right. Yes. Sorry, Tim.
-We're not doing it.?
-No, we're not going with the bonus buy.
Right. I think the die is cast.
We're not going with the bonus buy. And here it comes.
A Victorian silver tea infuser, of pierced egg form.
A nice little lot, this.
And interest once again.
45. 55. With me at £55.
Who'll bid me 60 now. It is £55.
Who'll bid me 60?
At £55? Any more than £55? 60, 65?
£75 against you, then, at £75.
It's going at £75.
-Good call, girls.
Don't you love this programme?
I'm so glad that you didn't go with it.
-Are you glad that you didn't go with it?
I'm glad you didn't go with it. Even though you loved it.
It would have been minus £10.
As it is, you ring-fenced £55, which is what you're up.
But don't tell me the Blues a thing, all right?
-No, we won't, no.
-Don't say a thing to them.
We won't breathe a word.
-Not a word, you girls.
-That was like running a marathon!
Are you feeling nervous at all, you girls?
Why are you nervous?
I want to make a profit.
You really want to win, don't you?
-We do. We do.
-Anyway, your first lot coming up is the arts and crafts stool. Here it comes.
Oak three-legged stool.
With the embossed seat.
Nicely embossed with a galleon. And £15 I'm bid. With me at £15.
-Oh, oh, come on.
-Starting at £15.
£15. I'll take 20. At £15...
£35 against you. At £35.
Looking for 40, now. At £35. Are we all done at £35?
I'll sell it, then, at 35. All done.
It's going. Last chance. £35.
-It's what we like.
-Good start, girls.
Good start, isn't it? £10 up.
Now your sifter.
Silver sifting spoon with an apostle finial. I'm bid £10.
Oh, good start.
12. 15. £18 in the front row.
At £18. Looking for 20, now.
£18 here. Do I see 20? 20.
Sealing it now at £20. Two anywhere else?
Going slowly now. It's £20.
Do I see two? £20 on the right. I'll sell it to you, sir, for £20.
Are we all done?
-At £20 and going, all done at £20.
Plus £10 on that. Lovely.
Now, your scent bottle.
Victorian clear glass and silver-mounted
double-ended scent bottle.
Someone start me at £40, please.
Start me at 40. It's a bid, thank you, at 40.
Straight in at 40. 45. 50. £50 it is, front row at 50.
Do I see five? 55. 60.
-Yes, come on.
£65. Takes it now at £65.
Do I see 70? At 65, gentleman's bid, then, at 65, and selling. Well done.
-That is minus £15.
Which means, overall, you are plus £5.
So, what are you going to do about the bonus buy?
-Yep, we're going to go with it.
-We're going to go with it.
-You're going to go with that box?
They're determined. We're going with the pine box.
We trust Anita.
We're going with the bonus buy, and here comes the pine box.
Small pine box, circa 1921. This one from Ewhurst near Guildford.
And three bids once again.
I have interest to start me at 35.
-Two bids of 35.
-Yes, yes, yes!
£55 on the book. At £55 straight in. Looking for 60, now. It's £55.
60 by the pillar. 65.
70, sir, thank you.
She's my girl.
£70. Five anywhere else? I'll sell it for 70. It's going.
It's your last chance, sir. At £70.
So that is plus £40 on that, no trouble at all.
-Which means, overall, you are plus £45.
Plus £45 is a very good score. Is that not good?
-That's really good.
Well done. Don't say anything to the Reds, right?
This could be a winning score and we will reveal all in a moment.
Ooh, I do love it when we get two teams of winners.
Just a question of scale, isn't it?
-Have you been chatting to one another at all?
Well, both teams know that they're in the money, right?
But the team that is running up today...the Blues.
Which is bad luck, isn't it? Because you made some lovely profits.
-Particularly Anita's bonus buy.
Anyway, you are up £45.
Here is your £45. What are you going to spend it on?
We're going to give it to the Anthony Nolan Trust, because my husband's just
had a bone marrow transplant and they found his donor for him, and they're very good charity.
So we're going to donate it to them.
And we're delighted to give them a little plug. So that's very generous of you.
Lovely to be taking home some money to be able to make the donation, so congratulations on that.
Now, girls. £55.
So just a £10 note between you.
There's your £55.
-Thank you very much.
-Chrissie, your gingerbread mould making £55 of profit was a real result.
-It was fantastic.
-What are you going to spend the money on?
We're going to give it to the Born Free Foundation, the charity that
-I work for and Chrissie used to work for.
-Well, isn't that lovely? For the lions?
Well, there we go. A thoroughly charitable pair of teams we've had today, which is lovely.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, 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.