Antiques challenge. In Stafford, Tim Wonnacott oversees two more teams with help from experts Thomas Plant and Christina Trevanion.
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The Stafford knot is the traditional symbol of the town of Stafford.
The origins of the Stafford knot are lost in time,
but the motto that goes with it says the knot unites
and today we have two teams united in their quest for profit.
The big question is, though, will it be just a lot of money for old rope?
Ha! Let's find out!
Let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
On today's show, we have two teams who are bound together
by a mutual love of everything that's old and retro and vintage
and here's a sneaky peek as to what's coming up.
Our glamorous Reds see the funny side...
Look at him... Oh!
I love that.
..while the Blues find some cutting edge technology.
-Would it work in a butcher's?
-That would be a feature in a butcher's shop.
-So we just need to find another butcher that might like it.
But who will win out at the auction?
I can't bear this.
How cool is that?
That's all for later. But now let's meet the teams.
On today's show, we have two teams of friends.
Well, they're friends at the moment.
For the Reds, we've got Eloise and Dominique,
and for the Blues we have Simon and Darren.
Now, Dominique, how did you two gorgeous chicks meet?
We're both in the beauty industry so we met through...
El was trying to sell me... She did sell me some massage oil.
Yes, sounds a bit funny,
but it was all above board!
She was applying it with a nice brush to my arm,
-which kind of seduced me, really.
-And we bonded.
Well, I mean being brushed with massage oil, I suppose,
is a reasonable lubricant to a friendship.
This is because you're in the beauty business in what kind of aspect?
We've got a salon. My mum owns the salon and I just work with her.
She set it up about eight years ago now.
Once upon a time, before you were wafting around
with these scented facecloths,
you actually used to go around with a mechanic's oily cloth.
When I left school,
-I did some training at a garage to be a car mechanic.
Working on clutches, yes!
-How very funny!
I take it that career wasn't going anywhere.
No, I've gone from one end of the spectrum to the other,
from oily, dirty to glamorous beauty.
Eloise, what does your job entail?
I'm an area sales manager in Stoke-on-Trent
and I basically help people earn money,
look after a large group of people on a day-to-day basis,
long hours but, yeah.
It says here that you're a formidable boss. Is that true?
-Yes, I'm the boss.
-She's a bossy lady.
I am bossy, to be fair, people tell me that.
But I do like to help people and I do like to wear the trousers.
And what about antiques, you two? Know anything about them?
Not a great deal.
That means you're going to do terribly well on Bargain Hunt!
-It's the only qualification that you need on this programme.
-But we have a good eye for things, I think.
We've had a bit of a dabble in antiques,
-we're not complete newbies to it.
-No, no. That's great, isn't it?
-I think you're going to be formidable.
-Why, thank you.
Super-duper. Well, good luck. Now, Simon, how did you and Darren meet?
Well, I'm the co-owner of a butcher's shop in Sutton Coldfield,
and Darren was one of my customers
-and we just got chatting about, erm...
..joints, meat and good food, basically,
cos I was a chef for 28 years.
Oh, right, so you went from chef-ing into butchery?
Yeah, we just got talking about that about two and a half years ago.
-That's lovely, isn't it?
-I bet you cook up some delicious food.
We do. We do the odd one. We specialise in hog roasts, as well.
Oh, do you? Is that one of your favourites, Darren?
It is, cos mine's free.
-Because you shop there so much?
-I'm his best customer!
Now, Darren, you're a fan of all things vintage
and I'm already admiring your glasses.
I love vintage with a modern twist, especially from the '60s -
furniture such as Charles Eames,
the French or Danish style.
You run an online business, so that means you've got plenty of time off.
-Very flexible indeed, yes.
I play golf twice a week, and I do ballroom
-and Latin dancing twice a week, as well.
-What's your favourite step?
My favourite dance is the foxtrot.
So where did the love of dancing come from?
I was sort of pushed into it, really,
from my other half about three years ago, trying to find something
to do together, and absolutely loved it from the very beginning.
Well, isn't that marvellous, this kind of magical link?
Now, what do you two know about antiques?
I don't know a lot, Tim, to be honest,
but I know if I see it and I like it, I'll buy it.
You know a bit of lean, though, don't you, when you come across it?
-Yeah, a bit of lean, leave the fat.
-A bit of streaky.
-OK, well, it's going to be fun. Are you looking forward to it?
I am too, immensely. Great teams!
Now, here we go, £300 apiece. There you go, £300, girls.
You know the rules, your experts await
and OFF YOU SCOOT!
And very, very, very good luck.
I say! Things are looking up.
Let's meet our experts today.
First, look who's popped up for the Reds. It's Thomas Plant.
And always a good turn, it's Christina Trevanion for the Blues.
-Dominique, Eloise, excited?
What do you know about antiques?
Not much, to be honest, but I know what I like to look at.
Expensive and nice-looking things.
-So you're an expensive girl, are you?
I sort of like silver and anything interesting that takes my eye,
and Daz is your vintage boy, really.
Yeah, '50s, '60s, maybe the '70s and '80s.
-What about you, Dominique?
-I like more vintage stuff.
-I like vintage, shabby chic.
I love watches from the '60s period.
-OK, let's go and see if we can find some.
It's a case of WATCH OUT!
Your shopping, teams, starts now.
-I think it's going to be an experience.
-It'll be a good experience.
Anything that catches your eye around here?
Open the lid, open the open the lid...
It's a workbox, as well.
£380! We haven't got 380.
But it is Victorian, it is inlaid and it's an attractive thing.
Oh, well, move on.
You might have your work cut out
keeping these glamorous girls within budget, Thomas.
Meanwhile, Simon has spotted something small and shiny.
-I like that.
-Yeah. Do you not like that?
-Well, it's very modern.
I'm not entirely sure. If you've got this much money,
-you want to buy something that's antique-antique, don't you?
-How much is that?
Now, this looks like it's got a bit more age to it, Blues.
Bit of silver.
Really sweet little bit of silver.
Let's see if we can see some hallmarks, and we can.
That's quite nice. So, WC, William Comyns, who's a great maker.
It's a London assay mark, and that looks like it could be an I,
so 1908, so Edwardian, 1901 to 1910.
It's got this lovely embossed lily.
William Comyns was very famous for his embossed work.
He did a lot of cherubs and quite highly ornate things,
-so William Comyns collectors will want something that's embossed.
That's quite sweet and it's in nice condition.
I would say it's a really nice quality piece.
What is that exactly used for?
This would have been part of a lady's dressing table set,
so you would have had it on your dressing table
and you would have had various jars to put your rouge or your powder
or your hair tidy or whatever in. Anything, really.
I think that's quite sweet. What do you think?
-I quite like it.
-Do you want to have a look?
Yeah, have a look, have a hold. What's on your, erm...?
Can I do something I've never, ever done before?
-We like the sound of this.
-How about that?
SERIOUSLY bid me!
What have you got on that?
I'll let you have that for 30 quid.
Well, at auction, I would be looking at paying £20 for that.
-So what are you saying to me?
-Can I have it for 15?
-How about that?
-Fantastic, we'll take it.
-What a star!
-Thank you very much, sir.
See if you can beat them Reds.
Thank you. You're a star, thank you.
There we go, £15. One down, guys.
-And that's MY choice.
-That's your choice.
An unconventional bit of bargaining,
but very effective.
Well done, Blues. Over to you, Reds.
Oh, I like that! I would use that to go on holiday with myself.
-You wouldn't use it.
-You wouldn't put it on a budget airline.
-First of all, I imagine you would struggle at 20kg.
I'd just pay extra to be allowed to walk down with that.
Have you felt the weight of that? I don't think we can afford the 160.
-Wonder if that's Tim.
How much is this telephone?
I love doing a deal on the phone!
I think it's a lovely thing,
but it might be a little bit on the rich side for us at auction.
Is there any more that you can knock off?
No, love, I can't, not even for you.
-Can I put it down now?
-All right then, bye!
-That was surreal.
-That was incredibly daft.
As a last resort, if we're struggling,
-we can always come back to it. Is that OK?
-Is that a plan?
-That's a plan, I think, yeah. That's a cunning plan.
Decisive, isn't he? Lovely to chat on the phone.
Speak to you again.
Back with the Reds, time is of the essence.
There's quite a nice watch there. It's a military one.
-Which one's that?
-With the broad arrow.
-Do you want to have a look at that?
Can we have a look at the watch, the military issue watch? Thank you.
So, it's HMT, so that's the maker.
It's a 17 jewelled military watch, so it's a proper watch,
probably 1970s, 1960s/1970s.
-What do you think?
-I think that's quite nice.
Have you got any other military watches?
That's interesting - a pink face!
It might be naval or maritime.
When the red light goes on,
if it was a red light against a black face, you wouldn't see it.
But against the pink and the green, the light definition...
-Which one do you prefer?
-I prefer the pink one.
I think you should prefer the pink one.
It's £38. What's the best you can do on that?
Alan, the best on your military watch?
-What have we got on it?
You've got 38 on it. Have you done any research on the pink and green?
-It's Indian military.
-It's Indian military?
-Yes, it is.
-See, it's on the back.
-So what's the best on that?
-You couldn't do it for 30?
-Go on, do it for 30.
-No, no, 33.
33, your final price?
-What do you think?
-I like it, I think we should go for it.
-First item, within 15 minutes.
Well done, mates - a timely first buy and it's pretty in pink.
Back with the Blues,
and something suitably robust for butcher boy Simon.
Looks like an old cheese slicer or something.
It is, absolutely, an old cheese cutter here.
You've got your enamelled base here.
Gosh, it's substantial!
You've got, obviously, the marble here,
which will keep the cheese cold, and then your slice in there.
That's rather lovely, isn't it? A Parnall of Bristol cheese cutter.
At auction, I...
You'd have to cut a lot of cheese for that.
Yeah, and I see that at £80-120, really.
Would it work in the butcher's?
That'd be an absolute feature in the butcher's shop.
-So we just need to find another butcher that might like it as well?
I reckon that's '70s, '60s, is that right?
Oh, no, I'd say earlier.
Yeah, looking at the branding on there,
-I would say that's quite 1930s, 1940s.
I would say so. I might be wrong. Sir, is this your cheese cutter?
-It is, yeah.
-I would have said that was 1930s/1940s, am I about right?
-This looks like it's the original marble, as well.
-The enamel, I would expect...
Oh, is it cast iron? And then enamelled. No wonder it's heavy.
You can't pick that up. Not with two hands.
-Trust me, guys, trust me.
-Hang on a minute.
-Let's prove him wrong.
-No, you're not lifting it off the table.
I love a challenge.
-You're stronger than you think.
-My kind of woman.
It is actually very heavy!
Oh, I do love a challenge.
-There we go. I like that.
-I like that.
-But I don't like it at that price.
Could you do it bang on 100?
-120 is absolute, honest.
-Can we squeeze to 115?
Can we squeeze to 110, perhaps?
I'm going to say 115 and shake your hand.
Should we do it for 115?
-Over to you.
-Go for it?
-Let's do it.
-If nothing else, it's a good ship's anchor.
Thank you very much!
Wahey! That's the Blues' second buy.
Now, want to see something really unusual?
I guarantee you that 99.9% of the audience today
will never have seen an object quite like this.
Why? Cos I reckon
it is a one-off.
Where does it come from? Well, the hint is in the carving.
If you look at this carved hardwood frame,
it is profusely covered with running animals
and trails of foliage all boldly carved into a hardwood
and that is an indication that it comes from northwest India.
We're talking about the moment of the British Raj,
probably around about 1870, 1890, something like that.
And, at first glance, it's remarkably similar
to a European, probably British-made, tantalus.
That is, as you know, a lockable frame
that contains two or three bottles of alcohol.
And, indeed, that's what this is - a form of Anglo-Indian tantalus.
We've got a hasp here
and the hasp has an Indian-made padlock.
The padlock has no key.
Anyway, look a bit closer and you'll find it hasn't got a keyhole.
So, if I had a key, I wouldn't be able to put it in and unlock it.
Give that bar that looks like a keyhole cover a tweak, though,
like that... Hey presto!
The metal hasp opens and the padlock is released.
We can now open the frame like that, that comes up vertically,
and then the two containers can be released.
These are made of brass in the manner of Benares brass.
You can remove the cover like that, and if you look inside
you can see that it's all been hammered out from within
and the purpose of the two containers I reckon is for tea.
So what we have here is a chai box with two different types of tea,
but capable of being locked up.
The other fun thing is the price
because it could be yours today here for £100.
And on another day, in another place,
there's nothing to stop this thing bringing between £200 and £400.
Back with the shopping and, with just one item left to buy,
the Blues are really giving it some hammer.
Yeah, that might be the only golden gavel we see in this room.
The Reds, on the other hand,
seem to have been a little slower off the blocks.
So, we're halfway, we've bought one item, we've spent £33 -
-it's pretty pathetic.
-It is, isn't it?
It's really bad form.
-But it's fine cos good things come to those who wait.
-I hope so!
-I really like your optimism. Is she always like this?
-Full of hope?
-And when it all goes...?
-We can do it.
-We've got half an hour, we can do it.
Down here, follow me.
I like your spirit, girls.
Meanwhile, the Blues are having an Austin Powers moment.
-I like that a lot.
-That's got a really good look to it.
-How retro is that?
-It's a bit worse for wear there.
Be careful cos the leather is peeling ever so slightly there.
Yeah, I mean it's iconic, isn't it?
So, plastic, this wonderful leather,
especially the contrast of the colours, it's very 1960s.
-What do you think? Do you love it enough to risk £100 on it?
OK, let's move on.
Well, that's cleared that up.
I'm loving my boys.
I'm sad that we haven't got anything for Darren yet,
and he's such a quirky individual
that I want to get something that reflects his character.
And he wants something vintage and collectible,
but it is still within living memory, the mid-20th century,
so it's a bit of a narrower market.
We'll find something, I'm sure.
I'm sure you will, Christina.
Back with the Reds
and all this shopping is child's play for the girls.
So, here we are, there's loads of toys here.
These are real traditional tin plate toys.
I do like the Piggy because I have a pug and I call him Piggy.
-That could go along with that.
-And it's got a box.
-I like it.
-He's got a box.
-And I do like the pig frying a little egg.
-Frying an egg, yeah.
At least he's not frying bacon, that would all be a bit wrong.
-That would be a bit weird!
-This is a Japanese toy from the 1960s.
-That is awesome.
Look at him, the little...
-I think that's quite funny.
-I love that.
I do love it.
The reason why this is so good is because of Japanese engineering.
In the 1960s,
they really pushed the boundaries of toy manufacture with tin plate
by doing amazing robot toys,
and they make mega, mega money, these space toys.
So then they went to another market and looked at toys ALL children
could play with, girls and boys, and hence we have the Piggy Cook.
You've got 120 on him.
-Could do 105 on that one.
I would really like to look at two figures.
No, no. Let's think about starting with a 9 in front of it.
-Let's put a 9 at the end of it - 99.
97 and you've got a deal.
-97 it is.
-Shall we do it?
-Yeah, go on, then.
-I love it.
I think it's great fun. You've got the box.
Cos we are weird, we are quirky and that just proves...
Doesn't sell us well, does it? "We're weird!"
You're not that weird!
-Thank you very much.
-Pleasure doing business, good luck.
-Good luck to you.
Let's hope it brings home the bacon, eh, Reds?
So, 25 minutes left, girls, and one item to find.
-We're looking for a piece of furniture.
-A nice item of furniture.
-I like that.
-I like that.
Well, it's called a Carolean style after Queen Caroline.
You've the carved scrolls
and the barley twist or like a tapered twist on the back rail,
and the top rail at the top you've got that shell and scroll.
I don't like the burgundy, it doesn't do it for me,
-but I can see the quality in it.
-Shall we find out how much it is?
-I'll find out, you stay there.
While Thomas checks out the chair,
Christina's found something that might turn a profit.
So, I think this is quite cool, look.
You spin it round and round and round,
and then there's a little ball that drops into there
and it goes "Whee!"
I think there's three balls missing.
Does it really matter that there's balls missing?
I don't think so.
-But look, see? Still working.
-I like that.
All these kids these days, they're all like this all the time,
head down and into their things.
Well, you know...
But you prefer the phone. I'm feeling guilty now.
-Don't feel guilty. Pressurise him.
-I'm easily persuaded.
I tell you what, we'll go for this. I'm warming to it.
-Shh, don't tell him things like that.
-But I'll only have it for 20.
-We don't like it that much.
It's got 35 on it now.
Surely there's a bit more of a margin in it than that, isn't there?
-No, definitely not.
-Are you sure?
-I paid £20 for it, so...
No, you can't do that.
-I'm not losing money.
-No, I don't blame you.
I think it's a bit of fun, isn't it?
We have got time, do you want to keep looking?
-We've got just over ten minutes.
I am going to stand by this and make sure nobody buys it.
You go and find something.
Go, go, go, go.
Oh, I like your style, Christina.
OK, Thomas, we're on the edge of our seats. What's the news on the chair?
-Come on, tell us.
Well, we can afford it.
-We can easily afford it. That's always a nice thing, isn't it?
It's stained oak, 19th century.
She said, "Can you give us a tenner?" on what she bought for it,
and she bought it for 75, therefore she wants us to pay 85 for it.
-What do you reckon?
-It's quite a statement piece.
It does stand out.
I'd put it at the top of my dinner table
so I could sit on it and feel special.
We came here today to buy things that we wouldn't necessarily buy.
You've bought military, a toy and a piece of furniture, carved.
-I think we should go for it.
-Yeah, do it.
-Would you go for it?
-Yeah, I really like it.
-So that's it.
Done, bought, three items -
-it's been manic.
It's been manic!
Well done, Reds. Now, with just five minutes left,
have those Blues spotted anything else?
-It's a lovely piece that, isn't it?
Have you found anything?
He loves it. He absolutely loves it now.
-No, you don't. Do you?
You can't bully him into buying something.
He said to me no more free hog roasts unless I buy this.
Are we going for...?
-We are going for the tombola.
-Is that number three done and dusted?
-It is indeed.
£20? You're a gentleman. Thank you.
-Thank you very much.
-Let's have a well-deserved cup of tea.
-A stiff drink.
-Let's do it.
-Thanks, Christina. Really enjoyed that.
OK, teams. Stop monkeying about.
Let's check out what the Red Team bought.
They were all fired up about this military wrist watch,
bought for £33.
They flipped over this tin plate toy for £97.
And, finally, they hope they'll be sitting pretty with
this 19th century carved oak chair for £85.
You may be young, but you certainly know what you want, right?
Now, Dominique, which is your favourite piece, please?
-We bought a piggy cook.
-That's your favourite-favourite?
-What about you, Eloise?
-I actually quite liked that as well.
But, obviously, my decision was the chair,
so that has to be my favourite.
And is your chair going to bring the biggest profit?
I think the watch that we chose is going to be the biggest profit.
Which is the thing that is going to bring the biggest profit?
Possibly the watch.
OK, so you are thinking, really, the watch is going to be your best
profit making potential. That's what I want to hear.
-Now, how much did you spend?
I would like, please, £85 of left-over lolly.
-There we go, I've got that.
-Right, that's good. Tom, a reasonable sum?
-It's a reasonable sum.
-Something for you to get your teeth into.
You need to buy something really good.
-You've got a lot of weight on your shoulders.
-A lot of weight.
-I want to impress you two and buy a good thing.
-Well, don't overstrain yourself.
Anyway, thank you very much, Tom.
Why don't we, in the meanwhile, check out what the Blue Team bought?
They started out small and dainty
with this Edwardian ladies jar, prettily priced at £15.
Next, something really cutting edge
- a vintage cheese slicer, bought for £115.
And it all turned out all right in the end
with this tombola game for a round £20.
Well, Darren, it was a disaster
not finding what you were looking for, right?
Nothing here for me, I'm afraid.
But for you, Si, pure bliss.
-I've had a great day.
-You've had a brilliant time.
OK, now tell me, which is your favourite piece?
My favourite piece has got to be the cheese slicer for me.
-Cheese slicer for you.
-Same for me, I love it.
We have unanimity there.
And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
I feel the silver item will give us the biggest profit.
OK, silver biggest profit. Do you agree with that?
-No, tombola. The tombola machine.
-Really? Cos it's quirky, right?
-And you like a wager?
All right, fine.
-And how much did you spend, all told?
I'd like £150 of left-over lolly, please.
-Absolutely. It's all there, Tim.
-Thank you very much.
No need to count it, I trust you, you're a butcher.
-Over we go then to my friend.
-Thank you kindly.
Are you feeling skilful today, Christina?
I am. I'd really like to get something for you.
I really want to get something cos we didn't really find
anything that really floated your boat.
You're going to go shopping for Darren now?
I'm going to go shopping for Darren
and I'm going to get your proverbial boat floating.
No greater love hath an expert
for a contestant than to go shopping for you.
-How sweet is that?
-I will do my best.
OK, good luck with that, Christina.
You'll have to go quickly, though, because we're heading off to the auction.
Well, well, well, Richard Winterton.
To be back in Lichfield, pure bliss, at Richard Winterton Auctioneers.
I'm delighted to have you.
Well, we're very pleased to be here. Now, the Reds have gone a bit weird.
Their first item is the military style wrist watch.
I don't know about you,
but I don't find many military watches with pink dials.
No, and with all watches we always have the backs off
and have them checked, every single watch.
Even the ones that say, "Made in India" on them?
Which is exactly where that is made.
Because that's what it says on the back.
But you still check it, everything has to be checked.
Ah, very good.
How much, then, for the Indian style military watch with the pink dial?
-OK, fine. £33 was paid.
Next is the Yonezawa tin plate toy.
-It's got the box.
-So it's made in Japan.
It has been sold quite a few times in different various auctions
up and down the country, and they're usually around
the same price for virtually every single one of them.
-And what would that be, for frying up an egg?
Is that all? £97 they paid.
-But not a chance, eh?
Now we've got a carved side chair.
Which is just the sort of thing that I think is probably
-quite difficult to sell.
It's got quite a bit of work to it, it's not a boring chair.
I know it's dark, but it has got a little bit going for it.
OK, fine, if you like those twiddly bits. How much?
-£85 they paid.
Well, we've got some huge losses here.
They're going to need their bonus buy, big time.
Let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Dominique, Eloise, this is your moment.
£85 you gave Tom-Tom, in the way of left-over lolly.
Tom, what did you spend it on?
Well, something I think is very pretty.
It's a little gold broach-cum-pendant
with sea pearls in here.
You can either wear it as a little drop or you can pin it
on your jacket or on your top.
But these are proper gold in here. 14 carat gold.
It's a real beautiful, understated...
-..delicate, like you two.
Do you want to take it out, have a little feel?
-It goes well with your nails.
-Look at those nails.
Look at those nails.
And it's gold and you had £85, so it can't be more than £85.
No, no, not £85. Not even close to £85.
-Not even 55.
-Not even 35.
-I mean, what do you think about that?
-I think it's good, well done.
-I really like it.
How much do you think, profit?
Well, it's got to make a £10 profit.
It's got to be £30-40.
-You've scored a hit there, Tom.
Don't pick now. Why don't we find out, though,
for the audience at home,
what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's broach?
There you go, Richard. It's like a mini halo.
-There we go.
Don't know if this is going to get them out of trouble.
Well, the thing is that only £20 was invested by Thomas Plant,
so he's not gone big time. But it is gold, apparently, 14k.
-It is gold, and checked.
-And it's got a ring of pearls on it.
So it's a sweet little broach for not a lot of money.
-It's the circle of life, though, isn't it?
-And it's 30-40.
Oh, well, that's the important thing. Well done, Thomas.
That's it for the Reds.
Now, for the Blues, the silver topped pot, by Comyns.
And if you're missing something out of your lovely boxed
dressing table set, then great.
Yeah, you're away, aren't you?
But if you haven't got a missing part it's not worth very much.
-OK, like how much?
Perfect. They paid £15 for a silver topped pot.
They'll be fine with that. OK.
Much more dodgy, though, is this cutter,
which I guess is for cheese, is it?,
You say dodgy, I quite like this.
-Yeah, I do. Because this sort of look is in at the moment.
-This kind of industrial kind of look.
-Yeah, it's got something about it.
-I know I've built it up, big time.
-You have. So give it your big shove.
That's pathetic after all of that.
Look at the marble there, man.
So you like it now you're looking at it?
-I don't like it at all, but it's £115 they paid.
You don't like it any more, do you?
-Well it's hard cheese on them, isn't it?
What about this fellow? Your tombola ball selector.
Now this would be great if it had all the balls in it,
-which it doesn't.
-It's missing a few.
-Have you been counting these balls?
-One of your chaps?
Yeah, I certainly haven't, but it is missing one or two.
Three, to be precise.
Please don't ask me which numbers, I can't remember.
I don't know, but there's three missing.
-What do you think it's worth?
-OK, they paid £20.
So that's very cool, isn't it, really?
The big number, though, is that cheese cutter,
because if you're right and they're wrong
they are in for serious bad times.
They're going to need the bonus buy, so let us go have a look at it.
Now, Simon, Darren, this is exciting.
£150 you spent, which is magnificent.
You gave Christina £150
and, apparently, you bought something quite chunky.
-In fact, three little chunks.
How did I miss them?
How did you miss them? We did look at a chair, didn't we?
We did, we looked at a few.
These are a set of three Charles and Ray Eames.
-Have you heard of Eames?
-Obviously, yeah, absolutely.
An American couple who are really credited with being
the most influential designers of the 20th century.
So, a set of three chairs upholstered in
what I'm reliably informed are bikini covers.
Because they look like a bikini.
You probably want to go to the front to see that though.
-But, do you like them?
-They're fabulous, yeah.
They're absolutely superb, yeah. I'd have them in my house.
So they're not actually original Eames?
No, original Eames, they would have been a lot of money.
They've got the look, though, haven't they?
They've got the style and they don't need
anything doing to them, they're ready to go.
So how much did they actually cost, then?
They cost me £80 for the three.
Wow! That's good!
That's pretty cool, isn't it?
-Personally, I'd have paid a lot more for them.
-I think so, yes.
-Spectacular buy, I'd say.
-Good, there we go.
-Approval from the master.
-That's what we want, isn't it?
-Screams profit at us.
-She's done very well, again.
-I think she's done very well.
OK, everybody's happy. You don't pick now, you pick later.
Why don't we find out
whether these three chairs would be the pick of our auctioneer?
So, Christina had the £150 and look what she bought.
For the younger, trendy setting sort of type out of there,
-they're the sort of thing that sell really well.
-Many in Lichfield?
We don't have many chairs come through like that, I have to say.
Or trendy people. I think we've got quite a few.
The trendy people.
Yeah, you've got a few style trends here.
I think we're quite good.
Very stylish, lovely.
How much for the three?
Good, good, good. Christina paid 80 for the three.
And £80 for the three, grubby or not, is not a lot of money.
No, it's got to be £30 a chair, got to be.
-Ought to be, shouldn't it?
Because, of course, Charles and Ray Eames are an acquired taste.
And, talking of taste, you'll be taking the sale in a minute, won't you?
-I will indeed.
-Then we're about to have a tasteful offering.
At £8, at £8, no-one else coming in at £8?
708, thank you.
-Now, Dominique and Eloise, are you excited about this?
I mean, this sale room is jam-packed, right?
You could not get a sheet of lavatory paper
-between the people in this room.
-You really couldn't.
You really couldn't, could you?
And, probably, they're jammed in here to buy your lots, right?
-Hopefully. Fingers crossed.
-That is the optimistic route.
The first item is your military watch with a pink dial,
and here it comes.
Here we go, to the watch, £2 to start me. Little watch.
-£2 I'm bid on internet.
£8 in the room. £10 on the internet.
£10 I'm bid. 15 in the room.
Oh, my God. It's a purple watch.
25 in the room. 25 on my left.
25 I'm bid. 25 I'm bid.
On my left at 25. All done.
Sold then at 25.
£25. That is minus £8. Oh, dear.
OK, it's not too bad, minus £8
OK. Now, Piggy Cook.
The boxer tin plate there. Commission bids on the lot.
£20 I'm bid, £20.
-Who's got taste round here?
£30 I'm bid, £30.
£30 I'm bid, £30.
-I can't bear this.
Internet, you're out. £30 I'm bid.
It flips so wonderfully.
And sold at £30.
Goes at 30.
£30, I'm afraid, is minus £67, kids.
-Oh, my God.
-Yeah, which is minus 75 overall.
OK. Hang on a minute. Here comes your chair.
It's the oak side chair, 1535.
£10 I'm bid,
and 15, £20 at the very back.
£20 I'm bid, £20 I'm bid.
Very back at £20,
£20, £20, £20, £20.
You're all out.
Sold then, at £20.
£20 is minus £65...
I'm afraid that's 80, plus 60 is minus 140.
-Oh, my God.
-Triple figure loss, that's not very clever.
That's actually nearly what we've spent.
No, you spent £215, but it's not brilliant.
So what are we going to do about the pendant?
Yeah. I don't think it's going to...
The die is cast for going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
There's the little broach pendant. Lot 1539.
£5 a bid. £8 a bid.
£10 a bid.
£10 I'm bid. £10. £10. £10.
£20 I'm bid.
25 I'm bid, 25 I'm bid.
At 25, 25, 25.
£25 I'm bid.
There at 25.
Well, it's all helpful, isn't it?
And sold at £25. Yours it is.
£25. You have plus £5 there, Tom, well done.
Which means, girls, if you can keep smiling, you are minus 135.
That's what I love, is optimism.
Which might be a winning score, mightn't it? Be positive.
-You never know.
-Now, chaps how you feeling?
-We're feeling confident.
-Now listen, do you know how the Reds got on?
-Haven't got a clue.
You don't want to know, I tell you.
Right, here comes the lidded pot.
Little silver lidded, glass cosmetic jar.
£2, bit of silver.
2, 2, £2.
£10 on the internet.
15, £20 on the internet.
-That's a profit.
£20 I'm bid. Internet at 20, 20, 20, 20.
Internet at 20.
The room is out.
Oh, dear. But never mind. 25, you see?
25 the internet.
Nope, all done, hammer's up, £25.
Christina, that is plus £10, you clever girl.
And we got that really quickly.
-Straight in there.
Now look out for the cheese cutter.
1556. Great thing, this is.
£20, £20. Cheese cutter at £20. Look great in the kitchen.
-Should have bought some cheese.
£45 I'm bid. Right to the distance at 45.
Eat a lot of cheese, you do, back home.
-This is cutting edge.
£70, front row at 70.
Doorway's out, £70 there, all done.
Sold at 70.
Yours at £70.
-That's not bad.
-Better than yesterday.
Knock off your £10, that's minus 35.
1557. Tombola game.
£2 I'm bid, £2 I'm bid.
£4 I'm bid, £4 I'm bid, £4.
More than that, more than that.
£6, £8, £8 I'm bid.
£10 on the internet, £10 I'm bid, £10.
£12 I'm bid, £15 I'm bid.
£20 I'm bid, £20 I'm bid.
£20, 25 I'm bid.
-What did we pay? 20?
-25, we're in profit.
Bid me another and I'll tell you the three balls that are missing.
Can't be fairer that that.
Oh, no! Now they all know!
We tried. £25, sold at 25.
-It's a profit.
-He could have waited a bit longer.
£5 profit. So, overall, you are now minus 30.
So are you going to with these chairs, then?
And hope that Lichfield's up for it?
-Absolutely, without a doubt.
Are you absolutely sure?
Because they might be brilliant, they might bomb.
-Christina, we've got faith in you, my dear.
-Oh, no, don't do that.
They're the absolute bones, they're lovely.
-Shall we got for it?
Here comes the bonus buy.
And now the three Eames chairs, lot 1561.
60 bid, 70 bid, 80 bid, 90 bid.
Good girl, Christina.
90, 100 the internet.
100, 110 the internet.
-120 the internet.
130 the internet.
You're in profit.
130 the internet, 130, all done?
Sold at 130.
-That's the fella.
Which is plus £50.
-That is a £50 profit. Well done, Christina.
-That was quite nerve-racking.
You made £50 profit on that, you had £30 losses before.
This girl has taken you to a plus £20 situation. How cool is that?
Well done, Christina.
Which may mean that you have a winning score.
On the other hand, you may not.
-You keep that lucky hat on.
-It's all in my head.
All will be revealed in a moment.
-Well, well, well. Was that fun or was it fun?
-It was fun.
It was excellent fun. Thank you very much.
Now, we don't have losers any more on Bargain Hunt,
we only have runners up,
and the runners up today by a considerable margin are...
No surprise there, girls, really, is there?
Minus £135 is quite a number, isn't it?
The only star on the horizon was the pearl broach,
which made a £5 profit,
-and I don't think we should talk about the rest much, do you?
-What I do want to know is, did you have a nice time?
-We did, yes.
And thank you very much for joining us cos it's been great.
But the winners today are substantial winners because
they go home with money, they go home with £20,
£10 for the dressing table pot, that's very fair
and a fiver for the tombola game and the principle contributor
was Christina with her Eames chairs,
which made a profit of £50, which basically bailed you guys out.
So hail Christina, that's all I can say.
Anyway congratulation for that and you've had a nice time chaps?
-So have we.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
In Stafford, Tim Wonnacott oversees two teams looking to buy three items each to make profit at auction. The reds are two ladies who work in the beauty industry, and the blues are two lads with a passion for all things vintage and retro. Guiding them are experts Thomas Plant and Christina Trevanion.