Bargain Hunt comes from Exeter. Two big men reveal their knowledge of kitchen utensils to Philip Serrell, while Catherine Southon struggles to control a very excited lady.
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Shopping against the clock for bargains is always a challenge.
My gosh! Is that the time? Let's go bargain hunting!
Today, Bargain Hunt is coming from the glorious county of Devon - Exeter to be precise -
at the Devon County Showground.
And here is a quick snippet of what to expect.
'The Red team get themselves all boxed up.'
-It's a salt box.
-So, literally, that's where you keep your socks?
-That makes a lot more sense!
You can, of course, put your socks in there!
'Ha! While the Blues show off some crazy shakes.'
Sold! Shake the lady's hand.
'But will our teams have done enough to pick up a profit at auction?'
Look at that. Another £30 profit!
But let me remind you of the rules. Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items,
which they later sell at auction and the team that makes the most profit wins.
Incredibly simple! Right then, let's go and meet today's teams.
On Bargain Hunt today, we've got two teams of friends. At least, they're friendly at the moment.
For the Reds, we've got Richard and Dominic, and for the Blues we've got Gilly and Marty.
-Lovely to see you.
Now, Richard, tell us about your relationship with Domi?
-We're technically married, I'm afraid.
-No, we're not married!
No, our wives!
-Wives are married?
-Second cousins, is that right?
-Yeah, that's right.
-They're married to you guys?
Brilliant. Well, that's all pretty clear. Thank you. What is it you do for a living?
I'm a part-time maths teacher and a part-time youth worker as well,
but, come September, for the first time in five years, I'll be just teaching full-time.
-And what do you enjoy collecting, Richard?
-Computers. Old computers from the early '80s.
When we got married, my wife made me sell quite a lot of them,
but it remains something of a sad passion of mine.
-Have they gone up in value?
-Absolutely. There was a ZX-80 that I bought, an early Sinclair computer.
50p at a boot sale. I managed to sell it for £200 a few years later.
-So very happy.
-50p to £200 is what it's all about. Now...
Dominic, you used to be a policeman?
-Yes, that's right. I used to be a policeman.
-So what happened?
-It wasn't really for me.
It's not a job I wanted to do. I ended up as a town planner.
So, is that sort of gamekeeper turned poacher in some way?
I don't really see the link with the police force, particularly.
No, there isn't really a link. It's just one of the jobs you fall into.
Finally, you're on a very specific diet. A diet that makes you go taller.
I don't know if it's a specific diet. I'm just really fussy.
-What, if it's green, orange, red or purple, it's off the recipe?
-How do you get your vitamins and your vitamin C?
-I don't! I'm doomed.
-Will you be able to find a bargain, do you think?
-I think we'll find plenty of bargains today.
-Really? Got any strategy?
Buy low, sell high!
No need to eat any vegetables, mate. You're absolutely fine. Now, Blues...
-Gilly, how did you meet Martin?
-Oh, well. Je ne sai quoi.
No, I don't know how to say that! Martin was diving on a diving course with my husband.
-And I wasn't diving.
-I don't like the water.
-But your husband was?
Yes, he's a real fish. And they sort of got together at the diving thing and we had a presentation
and we all stayed good friends and it was really good.
And what do you do in the collecting arena?
Don't do car boot sales. Used to do a lot of charity shops. But collect loads of stuff.
Says here, "Antique dresses, ceramics, clocks, oil lamps,
-"teddy bears, pictures and perfume bottles," is that right?
-That sums it up.
-That's for starters?
-Listen, Martin, Gilly wasn't the only person you met scuba diving.
-No. I met my future partner.
We were on this dive boat and she was so sick that I...
-She was on the dive boat?
-I had to stop her falling in. That was our first date.
When I pulled her back, she was bright green. I've never seen a green person before.
Well, that's romantic, isn't it? So how many times did she throw up on your first date?
-Several times. So...
-Now, both of you, are you confident you're going to beat the Reds today?
-We hope so.
Now, the least upsetting moment is the £300 apiece.
There's your £300. You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go! And very, very good luck!
'Bargain Hunt wouldn't be the same without our experts
'and today Phil Serrell hopes to toast victory with the Reds.
'Whilst Catherine Southon will browse brightly with the Blues.
'That's it! The stopwatch is on.'
So, Martin and Gilly, this is our moment. Any ideas what we're looking for?
Things that are going to make money. Yes, Martin?
-To be honest, I don't have a plan at all.
-That's the best way with this programme.
I quite like ladies with no clothes on, but Martin doesn't.
-Kitchenaria. Anything to do with the kitchen.
Anything to do with mathematics or history of computing, so an abacus.
You've lost me already. We've got one hour. Let's go for it! Let's start here.
-You've got a fair idea of what you're doing?
-I have a list.
I have a list. Look, Catherine, I have a list.
-Can I just say, we're not going round a supermarket!
-No, no, no!
-We have one hour. We have three things to buy. Let's go this way and get shopping.
'So, lots of fascinating stalls for our teams to explore.
'Two big, smart boys versus a canny twosome.
'Who would YOU put your money on?'
These are twist boxes. You'd have put your tobacco in these boxes.
And that's quite fun. How much is that one?
-65. Well, neither of us smoke.
-That's put the kibosh on that then!
-This has caught my eye.
-Is this a Bible?
-Oh, it's not a Bible?
-It's a false book.
-Does it twist?
-I think it's a cigar box.
-I think it is a little cigar box.
-It's not me, to be honest.
-Onward! Onward, onward! Thank you ever so much!
-Vintage frocks! Like a vintage frock, Martin?
-Think about where we're selling.
-Bridgwater. It's good stuff. It's no good buying rubbish.
So look out, Martin. She if there's anything that floats your boat.
Ooh! Boat! Sorry!
-That's unusual, isn't it?
-It's really nice.
-Why do you like that, Martin?
-What do you think about it?
-Martin's loving that.
-So well made.
-It's beautifully made. It's lovely quality. I like that very much.
-That would look nice in Burham-On-Sea.
Shall we think about that, but we'll have a look around. It is absolutely beautiful.
I think this stuff's wicked.
It's a little set of shelves.
-But you could make those. Wouldn't those, in a house...
-In a bathroom or something.
-Fantastic set of shelves.
-That would be brilliant.
-I like that. What's on that?
-The ticket price, 135.
But he's got another thing here that I think is wicked, look. Do you like that?
-I love that.
-Yeah. Can I have a look?
-There you go. Because I think that's fantastic.
-That's brilliant, isn't it?
-Is it meant to have a....?
It's meant to have a mask. It's meant to have the sails.
It would have a boom at the back and all the rest of it.
So it's incomplete, but pond yachts are massively collectable.
And if that was an all-rigged-out pond yacht, it would be, I would guess, a couple of hundred pounds.
Yeah. But I mean, I... I'd love... I'm going to say this loudly, cos he might hear this.
I'd love to see you buy that for around 40 quid, but you see what you can do.
'As Richard discusses price with the dealer, Catherine clarifies strategy with Gilly and Martin.'
-You're wanting to spend quite a lot of money, are you?
-We'd like to.
-Yes. Martin wants to spend a lot and I don't want to spend too much.
-OK. Now we're cooking!
-We want to make a profit.
'Now, can that boat float for the Reds?'
-Right, I've had a word with the gent.
-What's the news?
But he said he'd do it for £60.
-He says it's the best he can do.
-I'd estimate that at £50-£80 You could lose money with that.
Why don't you have a real nice word with him and ask will he throw that in with it?
I wouldn't propose you buy that as another lot. So this is one lot together.
This is only a fiver. I think you might just struggle a little bit with that.
But if we could put the two together,
you know, £40-£60 at auction - it's going to give you perhaps a bit better chance.
It's a bit of a laugh. You can see that hanging up in a...
-More importantly, look, it gives you a clue as to what the finished article looks like.
-Go on then, pay the man.
-All right. Lovely job. Brilliant.
-Thank you ever so much. Thank you.
'So, finally, a deal is done. £60 for a pond yacht and the picture of a dinghy.
'But will they sail safely through the auction?
'Ah! There's a lady with not much kit on.
'What will Gilly make of her?'
-Yeah, for 110.
-They're impressive, aren't they?
-Where's Catherine gone? Where's she gone? Oh, here she is!
-I'm here. What have you found?
-It's really nice. It's got all the bits and pieces. Nothing's broken.
-He's got his fish.
-They're quite nice.
-Now, what's the best you can do on this?
Sorry, just to backtrack a little bit. We're looking at both of these, one of these?
-The pair. The pair.
110 for the pair. So we're looking for best price, madam.
-80 for the pair.
-85 and it's a deal.
-I honestly can't.
-80. Thank you very much.
-They're nice, aren't they? I like them.
-There we go.
-I don't know what to say.
I'm not sure whether it was 80 or 85, but it was thereabouts.
-We bought them. Sorry, Kate... Catherine!
You've never had nobody muddle your name up before. I'm ever so sorry!
-I'm a bit confused, really, cos that all happened so quickly. It was a bit of a whirlwind.
-Right! So you're happy with these, Martin?
-He's nautical, isn't he?
-Oh, yes. We've got a nautical theme going on, definitely.
-Right! Thank you very much.
-I'm pleased with that. Thank you.
-Ha! Onward and upward!
-I can't argue, can I?
'Yes! Despite Gilly's endeavours, the stallholder stuck at 85.
'Are you confused? Yeah, me, too. Let's have a debrief.'
I don't know WHAT happened there.
One minute we weren't buying anything and the next minute I walked in and, like that,
we paid £85 for a pair of spelter figures.
They're very nice, but where did that come from?
-Martin spotted 'em, bless him. Didn't you, Martin?
-And you felt it in your water, didn't you, dear?
'Ah! Here's what Richard's been looking for.'
-It's only 15 quid.
-No, no! Don't say "only" when the dealer's stood just there. We want a deal!
-15 quid?! That is SO much money.
-How expensive is that?!
-Hang on just a minute.
That is lovely. It's a Bournville. These were quite popular around sort of 80, 90 years ago,
where they were branded by the manufacturers who were making things.
So this would have been sold or maybe given away, so you would buy Bournville cocoa.
-I thought it was an egg whisk, but it's not.
-It's a cocoa whisk.
-You'd use a fairly thin sort of container. And you'd put it in and whisk it...
'So while the boys talk kitchen, the Blues talk time.'
How much is your clock, sir?
-Erm, 220 for that.
-Ooh, that's a bit pricey, isn't it?
-It's silver and in working order.
-Yeah, he's a bit "wonky-footy", isn't he?
-So are we all!
-Well, yes! I suppose if we're that age, we would be, wouldn't we?
I'm just thinking about that lustre jug.
-Oh, yes! Martin, you were talking about lustre, weren't you?
-There we are. Sunderland bridge.
-What's on the back?
-"A view of a bridge over the River Wear". But it's chipped.
-How much is it?
-115. That's too much.
-No, I think we've got to go for...
You know, non-chipped and things, because, you know...
Ooh, what about the big box? What's that big box there, Catherine?
'Just what are Rich and Dom cooking up?'
Now this is brilliant. This is sometimes called a mouli grater.
-How does it work?
-You've got some different blades.
Some different cutters, so for fine, or that would sort of be for pushing through
What you do is, you replace the blades... There's a thick, coarse one there.
And then you put whatever it is that you want to cut or sieve in there and you turn it.
And as you turn it, it forces it underneath there and it pushes it out the bottom.
They're actually still really good. Some cooks still use them. It's only 18 quid.
-Cos I'm passionate about that.
-No?! Really?! You've hidden it so well(!)
I don't think that's particular saleable.
-I think that's saleable.
That's saleable because of the advertising thing, but you've got to get the price down.
Right, 28 and 15.50 is, what? 43 quid.
-Could we get a third item?
-I'd like to see you get that for £25.
-I'd do 38 on those.
-You can do a bit better than that, can't you?
-I'll go to 36 and that's it.
-36 is it, seriously.
I don't like even numbers though, that's the problem.
-Can we do it for 35?
-Go on. I'm not going to argue about £1.
-Thanks very much.
-Thank you very much.
'So £35 for the Bournville whisk and the 'erb chopper.
'Are these ingredients for profit?'
-You like that lighter?
-I thought of it cos you saw your other...
-How much is this, young man?
-The best I can do is 15.
So you put your perfume inside. Just a little, ch-ch!
-It's put in a lady's handbag.
-Oh, I see. Yes, right.
-Not for you?
-Well, pop it back because I reckon it could be, but... You know.
-We haven't got an awful lot of time.
-No, no, no!
-Shall we go and have a wander down this...?
-They're nice. Wishbone.
-Yes, what are they for picking up?
-Oh, tell me to shut up!
-And how much are they?
-What would be your best on those?
-The best I could do is £50.
Quite nicely hallmarked on there - London, 1904.
-58, did he say?
-50? What do you think, Martin?
-I think they're really nice.
-Do you like those?
-I didn't know if we wanted a little wander down here? Cos they're here.
-What do you reckon? Quick!
-What did you...?
-A wander down here?
You wanted a NICE bit of silver. I didn't know if you wanted something a bit better.
-If it's too much, it's not going to make enough money.
-Would you take 40?
45? Split the difference?
-Go for it then, shall we, darling? Cos you like that.
Gone on then. We'll go for that. 45, yeah? Sold.
-I'm not selling it to you!
-Sold. Sold, everyone.
-Go on, Martin. Sold. Cos you liked it.
-Did you want those, Martin?
-Wishbones are lucky.
-Go on then.
-We could make a wish.
I've got a brilliant plan for the rest of the shopping.
-I'm going to put those on her nose and pull her around.
-Oh, mind me glasses!
-We've got 15 minutes left.
-Right, good. We'll have that one.
'Blimey! A bargain hunter brimming with brio!
'So a second item for the Blues.
'Whilst the Reds have a communication breakdown.'
-It's a salt box.
-So, literally, that's where you keep your socks?
-That makes a lot more sense!
-You can put your socks in there! No, it's a salt box.
-Put your ears in it, you might hear better.
-How much have you spent so far? You spent 35...
35 and 60, yeah? £95.
-OK. Let's carry on...
-So we've got 200 quid left.
Let's have a fly around here. Thank you so much.
-So are you happy with what we're bought so far?
-We've got ten minutes.
-I've got me list.
-Oh...! Right, what's on your list?
We've got the silver and the bronzy thing, because we got those big things that Martin got.
-Ooh, look at that! Look at that!
-What, what, what?
-That red thing! I like red.
-Is it old? Is it new?
-No. This is what you call a studio glass piece.
-We have not been able to identify whose studio as it is not signed.
-There's nothing on its bottom?
-It's 180. Best price.
-Can't go any lower than 180.
-All the dealers in the world...
-We can't buy it.
-We can't buy it.
-But we liked it.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you. We admired.
Shall we have a quick look at the silver?
'There's no stopping that Gilly's beady eye.'
-Is that another salt box?
I think that's really lovely.
-It's another sock box, is it?
-Yeah, it's another sock box.
This is a particularly rare, Georgian sock box
because it's, basically, socks in there and pants in the bottom.
-Brilliant! Surely, the other way round.
It's a salt box, again, but it's for string.
-I think that's really lovely.
-What's the price on it?
'Seems quite a lot for a sock... Sorry! ..Salt box.'
-Do you like them?
-They're novel, aren't they? What sort of price are they?
-Oh, that's a bit too much then.
-Is it a little, I think.
You've obviously got taste, Martin.
Shall we whizz round here? We're running a little low on time.
'You're right, Gilly. Time's catching up with both teams.
'There's less than ten minutes left.'
I think, guys, that at auction is going to make between £30 and £50.
-It's got 65 on it. Do you like it?
-I do like it. But if you think it's not going to make the money.
You're running out of time. Out of everything else you've seen, what would you buy?
-I'd probably buy the sock box, or the salt box.
The second one. What would you go with, Phil?
-It doesn't matter, cos it's not my game. It's you two.
-You're the expert.
-I will advise you on what you choose to buy.
-So advise us then.
-Well, you've got that there.
The lady wants £50 for it and that there, that's got a price of 195. You've got to make a decision.
-Let's go with the stool.
-Is that a definite?
-That's a definite.
-Yeah. 50 quid.
-Pay the lady.
'So the Reds have made all three buys.
'But are the Blues going to run out of time?'
-We've got four minutes.
-We've got four minutes and we want something really nice that's going to make loads of money.
What about this? This is quite nice as a set, Catherine?
-Yeah. Birmingham. I quite like the shape of it.
-Pretty, isn't it?
-I think go with that.
-Go with it.
-We need it cheaper though.
Wait, wait, wait! Let's just have a look at it.
-So we've got a mustard and we've got the salt here.
With the original liner, which is quite nice.
-Yes, but that doesn't matter, cos it's silver and it's nice, isn't it, Martin?
-We haven't even dated it yet. We don't even know how old it is.
-But you've got loads of money left.
-What's the best we could do on that, then?
-In 60 seconds.
-Yes, er, 70?
-No, we need about 50 on that.
< Would you meet me halfway at 60?
-Thank you so much.
-Sold! Shake the lady's hand.
-Are you happy with that?
-Sold! Shake the lady... Go on!
-I don't think I have a say.
-Apparently not. Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
-Are you happy with that?
-Yes, I think so. Don't you, Martin?
-I think it's lovely.
-And you've got loads of money left, I think.
-I'm worn out, Martin.
-< You've had an exciting day!
-YOU'RE worn out?!
-Catherine's worn out, bless her!
'Yes, Catherine's blessed with saintly patience.
'I'm exhausted just watching. What do you think?'
Right, that's it! Time's up. Why don't we check out how the Reds spent their cash?
'Richard and Dominic's maiden buy
'was the pond yacht, plus photo of a dinghy.
'At £35, will the whisk and chopper cook the books?
'Finally, a three-legged milking stall was secured for £50.'
-So, Ricko and Domo, was that good?
-It was brilliant!
-How much did you spend all round?
£145 on all three items.
-£155 leftover lolly then, please, someone.
-Who's got it? Which do you think's going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think the boat.
If I was sitting in the auction, I would bid for that kitchenaria.
Determined to get back to his old kitchen gear!
Anyway, that's fine. £155.
-You could buy most of this fair with that.
-I am going to blow the lot.
That's what I love about this man. He's going to go do it.
Good luck, chaps. Have a nice cup of tea.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
'Blink and you've missed it.
'Gilly snapped up the spelter figures for £85. Believe me.
'Will the sugar tongs in the form of a wishbone
'bring them luck at the auction?
'And against the clock, £60 bought the three-piece cruet set.'
These look like several cats that have had a whole load of cream. Look, at Marty's face!
-You've had a good time, Martin?
-I've had a wonderful time and Catherine's lovely.
-She is that.
Gilly's not so bad either.
-Now, tell me, Gilly, which is your favourite piece, baby?
I think those big, old spelter things that Marty found.
-And how much did you spend all round, darling?
-So who's got the 110 then?
-Oh, that's me.
You've got that? So how do you see things going in the auction?
Er, quietly confident, I reckon, don't you, Martin?
-We've heard all this before, of course.
There we go. £110, Catherine. What are you going to spend it on?
-I don't know, but these two have said what they what. They've given me a list...
-I have a list!
I don't want to see your list!
-You keep that in your pocket.
-On that personal note, I wish you good fortune.
And good hunting, Catherine. Meanwhile, we're heading off to Sherborne Castle.
What could be more delightful than that?
This handsome castle in Dorset was built by Sir Walter Raleigh
during Queen Elizabeth I's reign. It's a delightful structure.
Sitting in fine grounds that were hugely enhanced by the family who took over the property.
In the early years of the 18th century,
Robert Digby, the owner, set about changing these grounds.
He introduced lawns, parterres, formal gardens, a canal, even a bowling green.
But in 1758, Lancelot Capability Brown was brought
in to create this 50-acre lake.
He cunningly utilised the shallow valley,
which used to flood occasionally,
and incorporated it into the magnificent sheet of water, which we're able to enjoy today.
It was also Capability Brown who had a bit of a hand in this little garden.
Originally, the brick wall here was aligned differently
and Capability Brown constructed this trench -
a form of underground tunnel, so that the servants could pass from the house
through the garden without being seen.
They'd be coming out, perhaps, with a cooling ice cream.
An ice cream, in the 18th century? Yes!
So is this the end of the tunnel of love?
No, it's not. It's the beginning of the icehouse.
Installed in the 1780s, inside you can see the usual,
enormous, 40-foot, brick-lined pit
into which the ice would be stored having been gathered from the lake in the winter,
so that in August you could make that delicious ice cream.
The lakeside garden was set out by Capability Brown in 1776
just before the construction of the orangery itself.
This, of course, is in the Near-Classical style.
We've got two triangular pediments on either end,
that sit on top of pilasters. The idea with the orangery, of course,
being that the massive sash windows would open in the spring,
enabling you to take the orange trees in their pots out of the warm orangery,
so that the fruit through the summer could ripen on the terrace.
The lawn that I'm standing on is called the Ginkgo Lawn,
because of this ginkgo tree,
a rare 18th-century import to Britain.
And this particular example was once one of the tallest examples in the country,
until a storm came along in 1990 and blew the top off.
The big question today is, of course, are our teams, over at the auction,
going to be similarly blown away?
We whizzed up the M5 to Bridgwater,
to Tamlyns saleroom, where auctioneer Claire Rawle has her verdict on our teams' items.
..At £120. Done!
First up for Richard and Dominic is the pond yacht.
-And a rather eccentric spare photograph.
-Yes, that bears little resemblance
to the pond yacht, apart from the fact that it's a sailing dinghy. I guess it adds interest.
-And the yacht itself, obviously, is missing a rather important part,
-its mast and sails.
-So how much?
-£60 they paid.
Which is quite an uphill struggle, actually.
Anyway, there we go. That's that. Not looking good.
Next is the Bournville cocoa whisk. I don't think it would pass health and safety, particularly.
Do you? With its rusty bit.
-No, no! I don't think I'd want to whisk too much up with that.
Cleaning it afterwards might be interesting, but I suppose if you like kitchenalia,
-it would be quite fun to put on a cabinet in the kitchen as a decorative piece.
-And we mustn't forget that you've got your 'erb cutter, too.
-Mustn't forget that one.
-So how much for the two?
-£35 they paid.
That's a bit on the rich side, again, isn't it?
-A little bit, I think.
-OK, now we move to something completely different.
-Although you could chop your 'erbs on the top, couldn't you?
Instead of it being a Welsh stool, it could be an 'erb chopping stand!
How much do you think for the Welsh stool?
-I mean, it's a very ordinary thing.
-Well, it is.
-I put 40-60 on it. It's quite an attractive item.
-They paid £50, so bang in the middle.
-Oh, we've got a hope. There's a ray of hope on the horizon!
Things look tough for our Red team. They're going to need their bonus buy, so let's look at it!
Now, Richard, Dominic. This is the moment to discover
what P Serrell's been out buying for you.
-£155 you gave him, right?
-OK, Philip. Take your rag off.
-Well, I spent 155 quid. You said you wanted somewhere to keep your socks in.
-It's a sock box.
-It's a sock box and whatever else you want to keep in it.
I think there's been a bit of restoration to it.
It was on the stall at about £190, you remember? Because we looked at it.
I only bought this cos you wanted a sock box, didn't you?
-I told him it was too expensive.
-I think you might be right!
I thought it was a really nice thing and he could have something he liked.
We'll find out, for the viewers at home, what the auctioneer thinks about Phil's sock box.
Now, Claire, what do you make of this?
It's perfectly OK.
But if you see in the drawers, we do have a rather simple, softwood lining. Not a nice oak one.
-So I'm going to ask you now, Clairey, what is the value?
Well, I felt £30-£60.
-P Serrell paid £155 for this.
-Yes, I think I'll have my work cut out.
-Well, there we go.
With any luck, the team won't go with it,
in which case they'll not realise how close they came to utter disaster.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
And now for the Blues. Gilly and Martin.
-Now, Martin went first off with these spelter figures.
-Do you rate those?
-Not highly. I suspect they're not old. There's something about their quality.
-I suppose she's got the old loose robe on, that helps.
-At least she's not ugly.
-It does make a lot of difference and he's not too bad either really.
-Oh, I see.
-So how much then?
Uh-oh! £85 paid by Martino. OK, fine. Now...
The sugar tongs in the form of a wishbone.
Yeah, very nice. They're not an uncommon item.
The only problem is that the actual spring doesn't work awfully well.
-So if you did want to use them, they're a little bit loose.
-I put 20-40 on them.
-OK. £45 paid.
-Not 100 miles out.
-And silver's going completely crazy, isn't it?
-It's going up all the time. A lot of it is based on the scrap value.
-What about this condiment?
Again, fairly standard. It would be nice if it were in its case.
-It would make a nice gift for somebody then.
-Yes. What I like about it is,
it's clean and angular. It's trying to be 17th century-ish, in style.
-But it sort of works in a contemporary way, too.
Because people prefer something that's not too fussy these days. Clean lines and things.
-How much then?
-Fine. £60 paid.
-That should make them a profit.
And it may pull back the loses on the spelter, who knows? Just in case,
we'd better have a look at their bonus buy.
Now, G and M. Gilly and Martin.
You gave Catherine £110 of leftover lolly, what did Catherine spend on it...?
-..Apart from a seagull.
-Are you ready for this?
-This is a bit unusual.
-It's very small.
-Small is good. Are you ready?
You may think it's a little clock, a little Bakelite clock, which it is.
-But what's that?
-It's a tape measure.
-There we are!
-Isn't that lovely?
A little, novelty, Bakelite tape measure in the form of a clock.
-Definitely different. Does it work? It doesn't work as a clock.
-No, that's asking too much.
-How much did you pay for it?
-That's not bad.
-Do you think?
-That's all right.
-I don't know. Well, I don't know.
What would you have paid for it, Gilly?
-Ooh, about a fiver.
-But I am cheap, Tim.
-Yes, I am. I'm very cheap.
-No! It's very unusual. It's very nice. Yeah!
-I'm not getting great vibes from you.
£45. Well, it all depends on where you're at.
If you've made a massive profit you might decide not to risk it
-with the Bakelite tape measure. On the other hand, you might be clutching at straws.
-We might have bombed.
-Well, let's not be too predictive, shall we?
But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little,
sweet little, charming, novelty tape measure.
Well, it's unusual.
There are collectors for these sorts of things. It's got a little tape measure.
The good thing is that the Bakelite isn't damaged.
They're very fussy. Any chips or cracks and that would make it hard to sell.
-It IS sweet. The clock doesn't do anything.
-It's always ten past ten.
-So it's got some potential. What's your estimate?
-I put 20-40 on it.
-OK. Catherine paid £45.
-OK. Now, Claire, are you taking the auction today?
-I will indeed, yes.
We're in safe hands.
'So the auction's under way.
'How will Rich and Dom's efforts fare?'
Kicking off with your pond yacht. You paid £60.
-She's estimated £20-£40.
-Your cocoa whisk and the 'erb chopper. You paid £35.
-She's estimated £15-£25.
That's the bad news out of the way, cos the good news is
that your three-legged milking stool, she has estimated at £40-£60 and you paid 50.
So that's that bang in the middle. If the worst comes to the worst, you've always got the salt box
to fall back on. First up though, lads, is the pond yacht and here it comes.
Lot 50 is the wooden pond yacht,
together with a photograph of a sailing dinghy.
So what can I say for this one? Start me away.
£10 anywhere? Thank you. Ten I have. At £10. Do I see 12?
The bid's at ten. At £10. And 12. 15.
15 I've got in the coloured shirt. At £15.
18? He says, "Yes." At 18. Yes, you are wearing a coloured shirt.
20. At £20. Do you want to go 22 behind? No. 20 the bid in front.
At £20. Now two anywhere?
Are you all done then? It's going to sell for £20.
-That's minus 40, lads.
-OK, standby for the cocoa whisk.
..Is the Bournville cocoa whisk
and the 19th-century, metal herb chopper. What can I say for these?
£10 anywhere. Thank you. Ten I have.
At £10. At ten. Do I see 12 anywhere?
-The bid's at ten. At ten.
-Come on! I'd bid a tenner for it.
-At £10 then. Maiden bid of £10.
-Are you all done?
-One bid only.
-It's going well, isn't it?
And lot 52. Here we are.
19th-century, Welsh, three-legged milking stool. Lot 52.
And I have to start this one away at £35.
At 35. Do I see eight anywhere? Bid's with me at 35. 38.
40. 45? 45. Clear's my book at 45.
Now 50 anywhere? At £45. On my left at £45. Are you all done?
Not quite good enough. £45, I'm afraid, is a minus £5.
That's minus £70. What are we going to do about this salt box?
Do you want to ring-fence your minus £70 or do you want to punt
-on the £155 sock box?
-No, I don't think so. We'll stick.
-Massively overpriced for where we are today. I think Philip Serrell's been had.
We're not going with it, but we're going to sell it
just for the hell of it and what it will bring. Here it comes!
Lot 56 is the 19th-century, mahogany salt box with the drawer.
Start me away. What can I say? £20?
Thank you. £20 I have. At £20. At 20.
Do I see two anywhere? Bid's at 20. At £20. Two anywhere?
Have you all seen it? 22. Thank you. 25...
-25? Oh, well done, Phil.
-Start the car!
On my left at 25. Are you all sure and done then? It's going to sell.
That is minus £130 but you didn't go with the bonus buy.
-So £70 is your finished score.
Just don't say a word to the Blues. Thank you very much, chaps.
-Are you feeling nervous?
-Just a bit.
I should think you're feeling hot. It's like an oven in here. I feel as if I'm inside a casserole.
First lot up then are the spelter figures and here they come.
Lot 72, the large pair of spelter nautical figures. Lot 72.
And these I have to start straight away at £80.
-Do I see five anywhere? At £80...
For the spelter nautical figures. Do I see 90 anywhere?
At £80. It's going to go to my bidder at £80.
-That's brilliant. That's a lot better than her estimate.
Lot 73 are the pair of silver sugar tongs in the form of a wishbone.
These I have to start straight in at £90.
At 90. Do I see five anywhere for the little sugar tongs?
-'Ah, thank goodness for commission bids!'
-Going for £90!
-Look at that. £90 is plus 45,
which means you are plus 40 at this moment.
Lot 74 is the three-piece cruet set.
This one I have to start at... £90.
-Look at that! Another £30 profit.
Bid's with me at 90. At £90. Are you all sure in the room?
-Oh, come on!
-Going for £90.
£90 is plus 30, which means,
overall, you lovely chickens, you are plus £70.
Now what are you going to do about the Bakelite tape measure?
-Are you going to go with it? Quick, quick!
-We'll go with it.
-We trust Catherine.
-If this bombs, you'll be in trouble!
Listen, you've got £70 in the bank. That could be a winning score.
-Are you going to go with it?
-No, we'll stick.
-You are going with it?
-I'd quite like to, but Gilly's not sure.
-I'm not the boss.
-You can do what you want to do.
-OK, we'll go for it.
-You're going to go with it?
-You're lovely, Martin, but Gilly's not...
-Martin, we've got £70 in the bank.
-It's a good amount of money.
-We'll stick with what we've got.
-You're not going with it?
-I'm confused. We're not?
-Is that it? You're parking it?
OK, we're NOT, ultimately, going with the bonus buy. We're selling it anyway. Here it comes!
This is pretty. In a Bakelite casing formed as a mantel clock.
Ooh, we've had a lot of interest in this. I start away at £32. At 32.
Do I see five? 35. 38. 40. 42. 45. Away in the alcove at 45.
-At 45. 8 anywhere?
-That's what I paid 45.
-All done? Selling at 45.
-What did you buy if for?
It wiped its face. Well done, team.
Listen, you have plus £70. Don't say a word to those Reds.
-All right? Not a word. Fantastic team. Well done.
-Well, chaps, we been chatting at all?
-No communications between you?
There's only one similarity between our Reds and Blues today. Both teams decided not to go
with the bonus buy, which was, for one team, quite a sensible thing to do, actually.
Otherwise, you are completely poles apart,
-because the Reds are right down the toilet!
-Minus £70 is not a great score, is it, really?
-It's not that good.
It just wasn't going down your gutter today, boys.
-We had a dodgy expert, that was the trouble.
-No, it's nothing to do with the expert.
It's just a bit of bad luck all round.
-But have you had a nice time, Dom?
-Great time. I've loved it.
-We've loved having you on the show.
-It's been great.
But the winners today are going to go home with £70. Isn't that extraordinary?
They are £70 down the drain and these people are £70 up.
-Look at that.
-Yes, Gilly! Real folding money.
-We've done it!
-Have you had a good time, darling?
-Has it been good with you, Martin?
We've loved having you on the show.
In fact, we've loved it so much, I like to suggest
-that we all go bargain hunting soon. Yes?
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Bargain Hunt comes from Exeter. Two big men reveal their knowledge of kitchen utensils to a bemused Philip Serrell, while Catherine Southon struggles to keep control of a very excited lady. Tim Wonnacott pops over to Sherbourne Castle in Dorset to explore the magnificent grounds designed by Capability Brown.