Presenter Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts Anita Manning and Christina Trevanion as they take on the might of the Ardingly antiques fair.
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Here at soggy Ardingly,
we're only a stone's throw from Gatwick Airport,
which, believe it or not, once upon a time, was a racecourse.
It even hosted the Grand National a couple of times.
Anyway, time's flying by.
We've got to crack the whip, so let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
I hope our teams have got their marching boots on today,
because they're going to need them.
Outside, there's 150 acres and the top end of 1,500 stalls
for them to have to scoot around with their £300,
because this is the largest antiques fair in the south of England.
How barking is that!
Let's take a look at what's coming up.
On today's show, the Reds are working out their sums...
..whilst the Blues are having a good work out.
-Right, ladies, we've got ten minutes left.
-Let's really scoot.
-There's no stalls here, we're wasting time!
-Shiny bits up here.
-That was leaving it quite close to the wire.
-I'm so sorry.
Let's meet the teams.
Well, we've got a great bunch today.
We have a married couple for the Reds - Anne and Ray.
And for the Blues, some chums. Renee and La Julia.
-Hello, teams, how lovely to see you.
-Now, Ray, you've been married for nine years.
-And it took you a while to pop the question.
I met Anne when I was 17, 18.
I came back from the sea, my father said there was this wonderful girl at archery,
and saw her, I went down to Portsmouth, bought all the latest archery gear.
I dated Anne for a year, she chucked me.
And then, about 25 years later, I met her again and asked her to...
-You were reunited?
-Yes, we were.
-Do you still do a bit of archery?
-No, it's fishing now.
-Is it? What sort of fishing do you like to do?
-Most tropical fishing.
-We go to Africa.
Gosh. So tell us about your life on the old ocean wave.
I left school at 15, went to a sea school.
At just 16, I flew out to Japan and joined my first ship
-and spent my teenage and early 20s all around the Far East...
-..and Africa, America,
and I've just spent the last 20 years on tugs.
-And it's not just Ray that has the sea legs either, is it, Anne?
-No, it isn't.
-You go off in these boats too.
-Yes, I do.
We build our own boats, so we go off on that and we go round the island
and we fish round our island, on the Isle of Sheppey.
-What's the biggest fish you've ever caught, then?
-A 75 kilo shark,
-off the beach, in Namibia.
-Did you really?
And how do you pull a thing like that in?
Oh, with a lot of strength and a lot of power and a lot of patience...
-..because it takes about two hours, normally, to get them in.
the big question is, are you two going to be able to make a profit at this Bargain Hunting lark?
We're definitely going to be able to fish out a bargain.
You're going to fish out a bargain, I love it.
Well, let's hope you do hook up with something.
Good. Excellent. Now, turning to the Blues, Renee. Are you French?
-No, I'm not.
-Oh. Oh, right.
-So, excuse me.
-You pronounced it so beautifully.
-You reach for the skies, don't you?
-Tell us about your job.
I'm an air stewardess, or cabin crew, as they call it now.
-I've done that for 30 years.
-Have you really?
And what sort of routes do you fly?
I started flying on the short-haul routes and then decided to spread my wings.
That took me to Australia and India and the Far East, Middle East
and over to the States.
Now that I'm getting a little bit older, I decided I couldn't cope
with the time changes so much, so I'm back on short-haul.
-It must interrupt your body rhythm and clock terribly?
You can go from east to west and you're flying in the middle of the night
-and you don't know where you are.
-No. But you still enjoy it, that's the main thing?
I do. I love it. I get to see some fantastic places and meet some lovely people.
Now, Julia, you're good friends. How did you meet?
We met through a postnatal group.
Our daughters have grown up together.
-We've been friends ever since.
-And you keep yourself pretty active?
I do. I do jitterbug jiving and swimming
and a bit of belly dancing.
-Don't ask me to demonstrate, though!
-No demos today.
So, what sort of things will you be looking out for today, girls?
-Maybe something pretty and shiny.
Retro and Art Deco and jewellery, maybe.
-So, very eclectic, actually.
Anyway, now the money moment. You get your £300.
And the opportunity to shop, shop, shop.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go!
Very, very, very good luck.
It's a level playing field, as both teams limber up
to take on the might of Ardingly Antiques Fair.
Coaching the teams along the way are our experts.
For the Reds, hoping to serve up a big profit is Anita Manning.
And Christina Trevanion will be going round for pound for the Blues.
-Right, ladies, so what's our plan?
-I think something that's not too specific,
but maybe appeals to everybody.
-What do you want to buy?
-Oh, silver. Anything that catches my eye.
-Much like us.
-Something that's bright. It's got to be yellow.
She wants to buy something that glitters and something that's yellow.
This isn't getting anything bought, is it? Let's get looking.
Right, teams, I think that covers most bases.
I want you to buy something that you fall in love with
and that you absolutely love yourself.
-You can leave me as little as £1.
-I'm sure you'll find something.
Hmm...you might regret that, Anita.
Now, the Blues are cracking on.
-Shall we have a look at this guy?
-Let's have a little look over here.
It's got some nice quirky things, and I love it when I see unopened boxes.
Have a good look in there. See if there's anything in there.
What's in the box, then? What is it?
-Nice box, though.
-What have we got there?
-Ah, these are quite sweet.
So, these are Bohemian garnet-set earrings,
and garnet is a semiprecious stone, not a precious stone,
and it's one of the most prolific stones that we do see.
They come in a whole range of colour, you can get pink, green.
But the most usual one that we see is this lovely red colour.
And they are eternally popular.
They are usually set in silver-gilt, which is basically a gold plate.
The key, really, is the fact that this gold coating hasn't worn.
They're in really good condition.
So, how much do you think they would make at auction?
I would happily put these in with an estimate of 30 to 50, 40 to £60, if not slightly more.
-I think they're really sweet.
-What have you got on those?
-£40. For the pair.
-Are you prepared to take an offer?
-Straight in there, girls.
-How about 25?
-I could do 30.
-28? Split the difference?
-Yeah, that's all right.
-Are you happy with that, ladies?
-We like those, don't we?
-Happy with those.
-Shall we shake the man's hand?
-Yes, thank you.
-Shake the man's hand, there we go.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you, Steve.
-No, thank you.
-Brilliant, £28. Well done, ladies.
-That's fantastic. First one down.
-First one down.
No messing, eh? The first purchase for the Blues, a pair of red garnet earrings.
Speaking of red, it looks like your rivals could be close on your tail.
That one's better, don't you think?
-How much is this one here?
-50? Is it gold?
-And that's a brooch.
-What we see here is a pin, so it can be used as a brooch.
-But we've also got a little loop here, so it can also be used as a pendant.
And I think that's rather pretty. It's like a sunburst.
With this purple stone.
If you look carefully there, we can see that the seed pearls are there.
-So, that's quite important.
-That's good. Yes.
This type of thing was out of fashion a wee bit,
but I've seen in the salerooms that there is interest again in these items.
Have a look at it and tell me what you think and what you like.
I think it's unusual.
I think it would look lovely just on a black, or a mauve,
because that will bring out the stone in the middle.
-How much is this?
-What's the best you can do?
-50's on the scales.
- How about a cheeky 40? - I couldn't do it.
-I'd put it in the melting pot for a tenner more.
I like your style, but no.
I tell you what I'll do this time,
we'll start at 55 and you can knock me down to 50. How does that feel?
-That's a good idea.
-All right, then.
-So, let's start again.
-How much is that?
- I'll give you 50. - We've got a deal.
-Thank you very much.
-I'm not sure about your haggling skills there, Reds.
But nevertheless, that's one in the bag.
Let's go down the far side. So, we're one down.
-Some silver cutlery, if it's solid silver.
-How about red glass?
Glassware, at the moment, we're finding, because, I suppose, it is
so fragile, people are not buying as much glass as perhaps they were.
Unless it's a specific maker.
Let's keep wandering.
The Reds are looking pretty as a picture.
It's in the Art Nouveau style.
And we've got a wee bit of enamelling there,
-but it's not a period one.
-No, it isn't.
But it's definitely got the look there.
Right, come on, let's keep Bargain Hunting.
That's my line, Anne.
See what else...
Meanwhile, with the Blues, Renee, who will always be Re-nay to me,
is having a slight team identity crisis.
Oh, red, I love red.
-Isn't that beautiful?
-What does it say?
-It's very attractive.
-Everything it will tell us is on its bottom.
What does it say? Royal Dalton. And it's got a nice shape number on there, 1618.
-That's not the date.
-It wasn't made in 1618.
It's early 20th century. This wonderful glaze,
they developed in the early 20th century,
it's called a flambe glaze. And it really is just magic,
isn't it, the way it swirls. That wonderful iridescence is just stunning.
-The key to these pieces is condition.
-It's condition, condition, condition. And if there is any kind of flaw...
-..then buyers will not even look at it.
We've got a very, very tiny chip to the foot rim there.
That's not necessarily that important, because it's on the base...
-On the bottom.
-..so it doesn't affect the body of the piece.
The neck, really, is key, as well, see if anything is restored,
and, I think...
So, what I'm testing now is just knocking the top against my teeth.
And if it's... There's a slightly different noise,
but it doesn't feel that hard, hard china feel on your teeth,
then it might be that there's some restoration there.
How many people do you think have done that, had that in their mouths?
When you're in the field, you've got to use everything that you were given!
-What are they saying there?
-So, we've got £95 here.
-£95 is quite a lot.
It is a lot. If this came into my auction house,
I would happily put 50 to £70 on it, any day of the week.
It's a really nice thing, and there are collectors for it.
-What would be your best price on that?
-I can do it for 85.
-85? Gosh, OK.
We've got to stand a good chance of making a profit at auction.
Is there any more that we could squeeze out of that?
I could do another fiver, at the most. 80, really.
-It would have to be 80, I'm afraid.
-So, that is a sizeable percentage of your budget, ladies.
I don't think so.
It's not like you to give in so easily, Christina.
Andy, I'm reluctant to leave the table without just seeing
if there's any more flexibility on that price at all.
- 75 will have to be it. - What do you think, Julia?
-I think we should go and pay for it. I think so.
-You want to?
-We'll live dangerously.
-Oh, I like it!
-I love living dangerously!
-Take a risk.
-Andy, you're a star.
-Thank you very, very much.
I love a bit of risky business, but now that's two red buys for the Blues.
All very confusing.
There are a few confused faces over with the Reds.
Ray has become slightly attached to a wrought-iron Japanese cuirass and helmet set.
-He's all ready for Arisaka.
-I mean, it's quite fun, isn't it? Not old.
-Not old, no, no.
-Do we like it?
-I think it's cracking.
-Are we going to consider it?
-It could be on our wish list.
-Could be on your wish list?
-But it's not old.
Where was it, I mean, you have no history of this?
No, no. It's for, like, re-enactments.
- Yeah. - It's not authentic.
This is the type of thing that would be used,
perhaps, by an interior decorator.
-It could be a conversation piece on your dinner table.
What's the very, very, very best,
taking in mind that we're only buying it for a laugh?
-Well, we're not selling it for a laugh!
45 is the best we can do on that for you.
40 quid and it's yours, we shake your hand. How about that?
- Good man, well done. - No!
35 and we'll have it now.
Now you're getting the hang of it, Ray.
Now, time to regroup, Blues?
What's on your wish list for item number three?
What would you not want to leave without?
-What about a nice candelabra or...?
-Do they fetch...
-I think let's...
-..certainly keep our eyes peeled.
-Yeah, I mean, candles on the table are nice, aren't they?
And maybe we should veer away from red because...
-Ooh, the penny's dropped.
-And a red vase...
-And we're the Blue team!
-..and we're the Blue team!
A very good point, Renee.
Time to trawl those stalls.
And trawling is something the Reds are very familiar with.
As keen anglers, they're looking quite at home with their next find.
-So, you would keep your fishing rods in there?
Transporting them. It's just that, these days, they're all nylon or plastic.
-That's a lovely thing, isn't it?
-It's a lovely item. I think so, yeah.
I bet he's going to want a lot of money for that.
-I think so, but there's no harm in asking.
- How much? - The very best is 320.
Yes, we shall walk away right now.
Crikey, looking a bit green around the gills there, Ray.
That's one whopper of a price tag.
Now, how are those Blues getting on with tracking down the candlesticks?
-A candelabrum is one.
-And a candelabra is two.
-Do you know how I always remember that?
-No, I didn't know that.
-Bra is two, bum is one.
Why, thank you, Christina. I'm not sure you're absolutely right there.
Let's keep on looking, ladies.
Well, here we are, we've got some candelabras, but they're not silver.
-Well, those are wall-mountable light fittings on there.
They're £95. Apparently, they're from the Dorchester Hotel.
Those might be quite fun, but...£95 is quite a lot of money, isn't it?
But great provenance if they are from the Dorchester Hotel.
-They're very impressive. Hi there.
These are rather intriguing. They've got Dorchester Hotel on them.
-Yes, they had a very big sale.
-And they sold off all the fittings?
-Have you got any sort of proof for that?
-No, I haven't.
-That's such a shame, isn't it?
-I mean, that just shows the importance of provenance,
the importance of being able to place something. If I found these in my auction house,
I'd probably put maybe £30 on them, on a good day.
Oh, what a shame. As we all know, provenance is the name of the game with antiques.
And with none, it can affect the value of things quite dramatically.
What do you think?
-Not for me, no.
-Not for me, at that price. Definitely not.
-Sorry! I tried.
-That's all right!
Well, at least you've looked at something that's not red, Blues.
-That's a rather nice one there. Is that dear?
-That's a nice one, yeah.
-This one, that's 50 quid.
-This is cut crystal. And it's a wee bit unusual, because the shape is unusual.
We've got the right stopper here, which is important. It's hallmarked silver.
It's a nice shape.
-I do like it, yeah.
-What was the price?
50 is the very best on that. I know it doesn't seem like I'm doing much
-of a discount, but there isn't much on it.
-50, I can say to you that 50 is a good price.
What makes this different is this lovely shape.
That's a wee bit different.
You've got the intricacy of the cut of the crystal,
which takes it up a wee step.
-I think, actually, it's very nice.
-That is a nice item.
-It's a nice ornament on a nice table.
I'm never going to knock him down on the price,
-and that's how wonderful that is.
-Oh, here we go.
- No, 50 is the best. - £43.24?
-No! No, that's too much.
-God loves a trier, Ray.
I'll tell you what, I'll do it for £49.
I'll give you some on that one.
-Go on, then.
Hang on, Anne put that offer in at the start.
Yeah, but that wasn't your decision. That wasn't your decision.
Oh, I know. The man had to make the decision. But, yes, it's lovely.
-Thank you very much.
-I've heard that one before!
Ah, marital bliss. Well done, Reds.
With plenty of time left, you can head off for a cup of tea.
Back in the Blue camp, panic has set in.
-Right, ladies, we've got ten minutes left.
-Let's really scoot.
So, we've got some good marquees up here. Let's try and be really...
There's no stalls here, we're wasting time!
We can head up... Oh, that looks busy, shall we go up this way?
Oh, eight minutes left, ladies. How about this lantern here?
-That really is, that's lovely.
-I think it's quite modern, though.
OK, right, we've got five minutes. We really, really need to focus.
Yes, let's get going. Anything that you like the look of...
-Oh, look at those.
-They're very '60s and '70s.
They are very modern, but you've got that sort of wonderful bark-effect
-finish which is typical of the 1970s. You've also got a champagne bucket there.
-Right, well, let's ask. Hello!
-Hi. It's £30.
£30, and how much is your champagne bucket?
-The glass one?
Can you tell us anything about the champagne bucket?
Uh, champagne bucket. I think it's about 1960s, this one.
Yes, I'd say so. That wonderful effect finish. Which one do you want to go for?
-I think there would be more use...
I think, if you're looking for mass appeal,
there's only one of those. Who wants just one light fitting?
You're going to need at least two or three or four. If not more.
Whereas that, you can use. We're seriously running out of time.
-I'm getting quite stressed. Make a decision!
-Julia, shall we?
-Definitely, yes. £20?
-Thank you ever so much. Thank you.
Well, I've never seen Christina look so fraught. That was a close one.
-That is heavy.
-That was leaving it quite close to the wire!
-Hey, we've had a lot of fun shopping.
-I think we should go and toast ourselves and our bucket.
-It really is.
-I certainly need a drink.
-We just need the champagne now.
Beth put the champers on ice because...
Let's stop fannying around, shall we, because time's up.
Let's check out what the Red team bought.
First up, they are pinning their hopes on the brooch. They paid £50.
The reproduction armour was next up, with a price tag of £35.
Could there be a sweet smell of success for the scent bottle?
It set them back £49.
-Now, was that good fun?
-Very good fun.
-It was super fun.
Which is your favourite piece, Ray?
I think the Japanese helmet and armour.
The Japanese helmet and armour. Do you agree with that?
-Yes, I totally agree.
-Even though I was covered in rust!
Don't worry about that. It's called patination!
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-No. I don't think so.
What is going to bring the biggest profit?
-The brooch, I should imagine.
-Yes, the brooch, we think.
-Did they agree about everything today, Anita?
-No, we had a domestic.
-We had a domestic.
-Yes, we did.
Well, you have patched it up most beautifully, which is lovely to see.
And an example to us all!
-Now, how much did you spend?
I'd like £166 of leftover lolly. Thank you very much, Anne.
And there it is.
-Anita, that is a lot of cash, isn't it?
-And for Captain Raymondo I'm going to go for a nautical theme.
She can do as she pleases, and she will probably bring us a lot of pleasure while doing it.
Anyway, good luck with all of that.
Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blue team bought.
Their first lot were the garnet earrings. They spent £28.
Their second buy was the flambe Doulton vase, which cost them £75.
And their last lot of the day was the 1960s champagne bucket.
They paid a corking price of £20.
Well, how lovely to have a whole hour with Christina Trevanion.
-Was it good fun?
-It's been great. We've had lots of fun.
Which is your favourite piece?
I really like the earrings, closely followed by the Royal Doulton vase.
-So, you are hedging your bets, then, as your favourite?
-What do you think, Jules?
-Definitely the earrings.
Will they bring the biggest profit?
I feel they will, followed by the Royal Doulton.
What about you?
I think the earrings. We got a good price, didn't we?
-And how much did you spend?
-We spent £123.
I'd like £177 of leftover lolly, please. Well done.
I'll just get it out of the tissue! There's a note.
That is one note I can do without!
There we go for the leftover lolly.
Christina, you love this moment, because this is the moment you can trot off and find your bonus buy?
Absolutely. We have gone for quite glamorous things.
We have bought some good glam things, which I think match my ladies, so I might go non-glam.
-Yes. A bit rustic. A bit like me!
-Expensive rustic, please.
-OK, no problem.
Try and spend the lot. No, I can't say that. Anyway, good fun.
Have a nice rest up, girls.
Meanwhile, why don't we go and look at some heavy metal?
One of the lovely things about coming to Ardingly
is the variety of outdoor effects you'll find.
For example, this magnificent beastie. Do you like it?
The only thing you need in your garden is a socking great tree.
If you have got a socking great tree and you want to doll it up
and you want to make a special feature in your garden,
then this is the baby for you.
Or should I say bebe?
Because if you look carefully here,
it's got a sign, which is "Usine Sauveue Arras".
That particular factory, the Sauveue factory,
dates back to the early part of the 19th century,
where they manufactured all sorts of casts and wrought-iron goods.
If you sit in it, you would find it is extremely comfortable.
One of the great things about it is the design,
because if you look at the scrolling foot, called the cabriole in French,
it finishes at something called a pied-de-biche.
That is a biche foot. A cloven foot.
Which makes it, I think, extremely stylish.
Actually, the style of this thing is pretty well timeless.
They made them in England in the 18th century out of reeded metal,
and they are extremely rare and expensive.
This one, I guess, was probably made around about 1920,
but for an extremely smart garden, because not only have
they wrought the iron, but they have then galvanised it.
It has been hot dipped expensively so that it won't rust.
Thus, you've painted it, it's chipped all over the place,
but it hasn't rusted, because of the galvanising underneath.
All these features add up to making this thing one of the best examples
of its type, and that's why it's priced up here at £1,000.
Ooh la la!
How bizarre is this?
We find ourselves in West London in Chiswick High Road Auctions,
with our excellent auctioneer of the moment, Ross Mercer. Good morning.
-Very nice to see you.
We have got a mixture here, I tell you.
From the sublimely sophisticated gold brooch
to a reproduction arms and armour.
-How's about that for a mix?
-Everything for the weekend!
So, the brooch first.
-It's 14 carat and it's got a little amethyst.
-It has. Beautifully made.
Brooches aren't the easiest items of jewellery to sell.
However, it is quite a pleasing shape, and with the younger buyers,
they seem to be picking them up.
-What is it worth, do you think?
-We have said £100 to £150.
-Whoopee! £50 paid.
That is not expensive when you think it is retail and in a fair.
That is encouraging.
Now, this reproduction armour that is 17th-century style.
-It's got the look because it's rusty and dusty.
If you have a great hall at home or if you have children who want to dress up at weekends.
It would be fantastic for children's parties.
How much are they worth, the two pieces?
-For those, we have said £50 to £70.
A bit of a shot in the dark, really. We will see.
I think the children connection is a winner, and our team paid £35,
which again I think is incredibly cheap.
I should go shopping with them!
-£35, I tell you, for these two is something else.
I am very impressed. So, well done, Reds.
And Anita went strongly on this scent bottle,
which doesn't really do it for me, but it's nicely cut.
It is cut very well indeed. 1920s.
Probably in a slightly earlier style,
probably of ten or 15 years beforehand.
-They are becoming more and more popular.
-There you go.
-How much for it?
-We have said £60 to £100.
£49 is all Anita paid.
So, three brilliant items, all with brilliant estimates.
This team are not going to need their bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
-Anne, Ray, got any idea what she bought?
-No idea at all.
You gave her £166. What did you spend the leftover lolly on, Anita?
I had to get something nautical and I bought...
-It's a barometer.
Are you one of those people that taps it to see if it moves up or down?
No, I just look out the window when I want to see what the weather is like!
You are not supposed to tap them.
What I liked most about this was this wonderful frame
in the shape of an anchor and this rope.
It is a Victorian barometer. It was made in Diss in Norfolk.
There is a sort of naive quality about it, which I personally like.
And I thought you guys might like it as well.
You handle it first.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-How much did you pay for this?
-I paid £50 for it.
-Do you think it will make much?
-I am hoping to make a little profit on it.
I couldn't have got it for anything less.
An ordinary, standard barometer is a precision instrument,
so you'll not get this type of thing cheap.
It says it's very dry here.
-I think it's raining outside!
-They are not 100%, these things, are they?
We also have the maker's name here. This is Arthur Marsh.
-So, that's another positive thing.
-Is he well known?
Yes, a good barometer maker.
-Didn't she do well?
-She certainly did.
-Good. Thank you, Anita.
Right now, though, let's find out whether the pressure is rising
with the auctioneer and see whether he likes Anita's barometer.
-This is a saleroom favourite, isn't it?
And out of many of the items you have brought to us,
-this is one of my favourites.
Generally, the condition isn't fantastic.
Elements of woodworm here at the top, which is a bit of a shame.
-And unfortunately, a very small break to the thermometer.
However, the shape is going to prove very popular.
It makes it a marine collectable, really, doesn't it?
-What is it worth?
-We have said £80 to £120.
Yes. And I think on a good day, that may creep up to being a little bit more.
OK. Well, Anita paid 50.
She certainly knows her way around an economical barometer.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Their first item is the pair of Bohemian and garnet set earrings,
which are in a lovely purple box, I have to say that.
-I can't say that that is contemporary.
-But they do offer the better end of costume jewellery.
-£28 was paid.
-What is your estimate?
-We have said £30 to £50.
-Well, spot on. They stand a good chance.
Now, this flambe Doulton stuff,
is it out of fashion or in fashion at the moment?
Certain shapes and figures are very much in fashion
and command some great prices.
To get that glaze is a very difficult thing to execute.
-The nice thing is that it's in perfect condition.
-How much, then?
-We have said £80 to £120.
-Wow, that's great. £75 paid.
That is very encouraging.
What about the ice bucket, which has got that frosted exterior, which is quite fun, isn't it?
It's great fun.
I think people who are chasing the 1960s style
may want that for the summer.
-Exactly. What is your estimate?
-We have said £15 to £30.
OK. £20 paid. So, they have done very well, really.
And once again, I think the team may not need their bonus buy.
But let's go and have a look at it anyway.
Well, this is exciting, kids, isn't it?
Christina seems to have gone out and bought a whopper today!
You have got £177 to spend.
-Let's find out...
-Are you ready?
-..what she spent it on. Yes!
I have never seen two people be so underwhelmed!
I thought for a minute it said British Airways!
I thought as we're the Blue Team, I should buy something blue for you,
and there's a travel connection, with you being an air hostess.
So, I thought travel, let's go blue, it seemed to tick a lot of boxes.
How old is it?
I think probably the 1940s, with wear to match.
Railwayana is very collectable,
and I thought with the sale being on the website, it gets to that international audience,
and people to love these kinds of things.
Signage, railways, anything like that.
So, commercially, they are quite popular at the moment.
-And how much did you pay for it?
-I paid £68 for it.
So, at auction I would hope it would make £80 to £120.
It is not in the best of condition, but it just shows it's got character, it shows it's got age.
It's also not too big, so collectors like being able to fit quite a few in, don't they?
Oh, yes, they definitely do.
I suppose it harks back to a romantic time
in railway travel, doesn't it?
-I love that.
-It's growing on me. It's growing on me.
-Good. Do you like?
-OK, fine. You have got the prediction.
Hold that fond thought, because this train is about to leave the station.
Well, Ross, I'm not going to cart it over, because it's a chunky old thing,
but there it is, hanging on the wall.
The British Railways sign. How do you get on with railwayana?
Well, it's a little bit of an unknown quantity.
It is a very passionate collecting field.
So, we have seen those make quite a few hundred pounds in the past.
But I guess you put it on the internet, you describe it accurately and wait and see what happens, yes?
-Light the blue touch paper.
Have you got an estimate of something on it?
We have said £50 to £100, which I think is cautious.
Christina paid £68, and she lives with a lot of hope, too.
Like most of us. Anyway, good luck, and thank you very much.
Can I say five? 25. 30. Five. 35 bid. 40. Five. One more?
Selling now at 45.
-Do you realise just how well you guys are going to do?
We are looking at a very positive result for you,
based on the estimates, so let's see what happens.
Here comes the first item. Stand by.
The next lot is the rather nice yellow metal amethyst
and split-seed pearl-set brooch.
A lot of interest in it.
The bid starts against you all at £60. With me at 60. Five.
Five, may I say. 75. 80. At £80, bid.
At 85. At £100.
All done. Selling now at 100.
Look at this. Anne!
Selling at 100.
-You have doubled your money. Plus £50.
Look out, here comes the arms and armour.
Wrought-iron cuirass and helmet. £30 surely for it. 30 bid. Five.
35 bid. 40. 45. 50. At £50. We are back at 50.
The gentleman has bid at £50. 55 now. 60. And five.
£60 I have. 65. 70 now, sir. 70 bid. And five, surely.
£75 on the internet. 80 now. At £80. 85. 90, sir. One more. £90. And five.
95. 100, sir. £100. I am bid at 100. Ten, surely. Come along. £100 I have.
In the room at 100. At £100. All done. Selling now at 100.
Well done, team. Now, our next lot is lot 60.
The silver-mounted hobnail and cut-glass scent bottle
and stopper, of course.
A lot of interest in this one. Bids starting at 35.
£35 I have. 40 now. At £40. Five. 50. £50.
Got to go five. 55. 60, surely.
One more. Go on. At £60. The lady has bid at 60. All done now at £60.
And sold at £60.
-£60 is plus 11. 115, 126. £126 profit.
-I can't believe that.
-What are you going to do about the barometer?
Are you going to go with it or just park your £126?
-You want to go with it, don't you, Ray?
-Anne, what do you want to do? You've got to chop, chop.
He says no and he is a gentleman. He is following his wife and you are not going to go with the bonus buy.
Here comes the bonus buy, which we are not going with.
-You are going to walk home if this goes!
-Don't be silly!
The next lot is the rather nice Victorian carved-oak barometer. £50.
I am bid at 50. 55. 60. 65. 70 now. 70 bid. Five. 75 bid. 80.
£80, I have in the room at 80. At £80. 85.
-You are walking!
On my right at 85.
-£85. Well done, Anita. That is plus £35.
-This is your bus fare home!
The big question is, is £126 going to be a winning score today?
-It should be.
-But you never know.
-So, say nothing to the Blues.
-OK. Thank you very much.
-You are a couple of sports.
-Now, team, have you been talking to the Reds?
-No, we haven't.
-We haven't seen them.
-You haven't seen them. That's fortunate.
Now, the Bohemian and garnet-set earrings. £28 paid.
The auctioneer thinks they are worth £30 to £50,
and he thinks they are rather good.
Stand by, then, because first up is your earrings, and here we go.
The next lot is the rather nice pair of early 20th-century Bohemian
gilt-metal garnet-set earrings. There they are. £30.
-At £30 I'm bid. At 30.
-Straight into profit.
-At £35, I have.
Make no mistake. £40 now, at 40. On the internet at £40.
Come on, girls.
At £40. All done? At £40.
£40 is plus £12. That's all right. I am liking it.
The rather nice Royal Doulton flambe veined vase,
and some interest in the lot.
I've got a bid here of £50. At £50. But we're looking for more.
Come along. 50 I have. 55. And five. 70. Five.
-Keep going, keep going.
-At £80. I am bid at 80.
You clever sausages.
Any further bids? Now is your chance to tell me. At £80. All done?
Good, £80 is plus £5. That is OK. You are plus 17.
The next lot is the 1960s moulded frosted glass champagne bucket.
Please take it far from here at £10.
15 now. £15 I have. At 15.
Come on, come on, come on, come on.
Come along, make it one more. At 15.
No further interest?
It's letting you down. It let you down.
Minus £5, which means you're plus 12.
So, what are we going to do, go with the British Railways?
Shall we live dangerously?
-I think you look like dangerous girls to me.
-Come on! We are danger.
You are, really!
They're going with a bonus buy, and here it comes.
One of my favourite items, it's the rather fun British Railway
-blue enamel sign hanging from one of the beams there.
There's got to be some interest, surely. Start me off. Got to be £10.
10 bid. 15. 20.
Five. 30 now.
And five. 40. Five.
At 45, 50. £50.
Come on, internet.
-Five now. 60, surely.
65. Going mad on the internet now at 65. 70!
-You're in. That pleased you!
On my right at 75. 85!
£80! This is amazing. Wait a minute!
Done and selling now at £85.
Well done, you lot.
That's two or 17... That is plus £17.
You clever thing.
Yes, 17, plus 27, plus £29, look at that.
How feeble would it have been to have missed that profit?
-So, 17 plus 29?
-Yeah. No. 17 plus 12 is 29.
-That is so cool, isn't it?
We are really pleased with that.
Well, you're a happy-looking bunch, aren't you,
you lot? And why not? Isn't it lovely to be sending both teams home
-Serious folding money.
But who has got the biggest winnings,
that's what we'd like to know.
Well, I have to tell you that the team with the smallest winnings
-are the Blues.
£29, though, is nothing to be sniffed at, is it?
-It was a journey, wasn't it?
-It was great fun.
-Really, really good fun.
-I thought the cabin staff were marvellous.
Did very, very well.
The railway sign was a wise thing to take, thanks to Christina,
which is great, for £17.
But the winners today are going home with a massive amount,
You would have made another £35 if you'd trusted Anita
and gone with the barometer,
so you could have gone home with more,
but still, not to worry. Because you made a profit on all three objects,
you're eligible to enter
the Ancient Order Of The Golden Gavellers.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Pin it on with pride!
Looks well, doesn't it?
-Was it good fun?
-It was super.
Well, we've loved having you here. In fact, it's been tremendous fun,
so join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting!
Presenter Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts Anita Manning and Christina Trevanion as they take on the might of the Ardingly antiques fair. With two teams in tow, they battle it out in search of three items to take to the saleroom. Tim comes across an unusual find on his travels, and some surprises unfold in the saleroom.