Tim Wonnacott presents from Newark as experts Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon offer their expertise to two sets of red and blue teams.
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Large antiques fair? Check.
Two teams of hopefuls with their experts? Check.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's go bargain-hunting! Yeah!
Welcome to the International Antiques And Collectors Fair
at the Newark and Nottingham Showground.
This place is vast!
4,000 stalls, to be precise.
So our teams are going to have their wits about them
if they're going to succeed today.
But it's not looking good for the Reds,
who seem to be trying to punch above their weight.
The Blues are having the opposite problem.
Junk, ain't it? I've not seen anything that jumps out at me yet.
Well, we'd better go and meet the teams.
So, for the Reds today, we've got husband and wife duo,
Rose and Alex.
And father and daughter duo, Gary and Charlie.
-So, Rose, how did you two first meet?
About 41 years ago,
I came to England on a six-week work experience.
I was in Oxford. Alex was doing something similar.
He came to see me, kept coming to Malta.
We wrote, and we married 37 years ago. And here I am.
Well done. I see you're retired now, but what did you do for a living?
Before that, both of us used to teach in secondary schools.
We loved our jobs, but we wanted to retire
when we were still on a high and we still loved the job.
Then, we had grandchildren.
Alex, you're something of an amateur photographer?
Yes, I dabbled in wet photography,
sploshing about with fixers, developing solutions
and I went into digital photography.
With a bit more time - hoping to sell a few pictures
and get them displayed.
What will you be looking out for today?
Well, I think Rose will be looking at small, attractive things,
glass, Mdina glass.
I'll be looking at functional things.
More geekish things.
Well, good luck today indeed. Good. Now, Charlie.
-Why did you team up today?
Well, Dad always likes the show.
He always watches it and always says, "We should go on that".
So one day, I just decided to do it and he had no idea, whatsoever.
Then one day I just said, "Dad, guess what?
-"We're going on Bargain Hunt."
-And what do you collect?
Anything with a Union Jack on it.
My whole lounge is covered from head to toe in Union Jacks.
What do you like to collect, Gary?
Blue and white pottery.
Old stuff, and Oxo tins. I've got thousands of Oxo tins.
-And ceramic jars with advertising slogans on.
And how do you rate your chances today?
-Slim to none.
Well, I'm sure you'll do fine.
-Now, the money moment. Here's your £300. £300 apiece.
-ROSE AND CHARLIE: Thank you.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
And those rules ARE that the teams each get £300 and an hour to shop
for three bargains, which they'll later sell at auction.
And, as usual, we have a brace of experts on hand,
today guiding two teams, not one.
For the Reds,
Mark Stacey will be hoping to turn bargains into bucks,
while for the Blues,
Catherine Southon's found a novel way
to make short work of the task ahead.
Well, guys, I was going to ask you, what's our shop income?
I reckon with this rain coming in, we need to get in the shade.
Is there anything in particular you desperately want to try and find?
-I would like to look at glass, or stained glass.
-You think that's going to be a good...seller?
What about you, Alex?
-I was interested in technical items.
-Oh, gosh, that's quite a difference.
Cameras and things like that.
Gadgets versus glass? Mark, you've got your work cut out.
Charlie, Gary, this is all very exciting.
Have we got an idea of what we're going to buy today?
What three things?
-No idea? Right.
-It could be anything that jumps out at us.
We're going to see what we like.
-I like that. No real game plan, just see what happens.
Ah! Self-professed geek Alex is already eyeing up the goods.
-Jewellery. Do you like jewellery?
I like jewellery.
-I can't see much glass there, can you?
No, nor can I. Pick up the pace, then, Reds.
We need to find you glass.
I'm not that sure about that. It's not terribly exciting...
No, not at all exciting.
You've got a lot of fair to get around, team.
But do you like the pattern?
Yes, I like the orange, the Clarice Cliff kind of colour.
We should buy this for Catherine on the Blue team, what do you think?
"It's not the winning but the taking part."
I think you're getting ahead of yourselves, Reds.
-Which way would you like to go now?
I think what you've got to do is just...launch.
-What about that little beauty then?
I think it's reproduction.
Yeah, "Made in China" is a bit of a giveaway.
I mean, you've got a little silver candlestick here,
-a dwarf candlestick.
-Which would've been...
-Wouldn't have been just a one-off?
No, this would have been a pair. This would've been a pair.
-The only nice thing is it's got a Chester hallmark.
Chester's a slightly more unusual hallmark,
which I think is going to date it at the Edwardian period.
We're looking at something that's very much 100 years old.
There's no price on it, so it could be a fiver.
We could ask.
-I don't think it is, but it could be.
-If it is, it would be quite cheap, wouldn't it?
Do you want to ask him? Ask the nice chap?
-How much is this, please?
We want to make a profit. Would you let me have it for £10, please?
-Because you asked nicely, I'll do it for 12.
Are we being mean, wanting it for ten?
It is only one, you see, that's the problem.
-Lovely, thank you very much.
A romantic kiss for a romantic candlestick.
And a kiss, as well!
I'm very impressed with you.
You've spent £10 in ten minutes, that's £1 a minute.
We've got £300 and I don't think we've got 300 minutes.
We need to find the other two pretty sharply.
Your arithmetic is quite right, Mark.
You've got 50 minutes left, actually.
Now, how have the Blues used their time, so far?
What about that? It looks like a monkey, or something.
It's like the head of a rattle, or something, a baby's rattle.
It looks like it's silver.
-Is it a bear, or a monkey?
-It is a bear. Teddy bear.
I think that's quite a sweet, little thing.
Bears are collectable,
although I still think he looks rather like a monkey!
At the moment that's got 45 on it.
-Yes, I'll take 30 quid for it.
Shall we think about that?
Because we're still very early in on our hour.
Would you mind if we have a little think about that?
-I shall be holding my breath.
-Thanks very much for your time, thank you.
Uh! I thought we had one there. Chop, chop, please.
You've got miles of stalls to trawl through today.
-Gosh, it is.
It's certainly glass!
-It's a hanging light from the '70s, or '60s.
-It's very heavy. It's almost like crystals of ice.
It's actually glass.
I would think, with the light inside,
it would reflect really nicely.
I mean, yeah, it is - in the right areas,
these are considered really stylish pieces.
They are back in fashion, aren't they?
But it's got no price on it, it may be free.
That would be the day!
-What do you think?
-Let's think about it.
OK, we're doing an awful lot of thinking.
-Would you like an olive scoop?
-Not out of that, probably.
-Not at £44!
-Nice, though, isn't it?
It's got a whacking crack in it, which is a bit of a shame.
It's rustic and it's unusual. I've never seen an olive spoon before.
No, I haven't. Needs to be a lot cheaper than that, though.
-What about 25?
-What about 110?
-Hold on, this is not going the way we want it to go.
I normally knock 10% off, that'll be £4.50.
-I will knock 20% off for the Blues. We like the Blues.
CHARLIE: Do you think anyone will buy that?
I really, really don't know. It's rustic, it's treen.
Treen is a piece of wood that's been made into
something interesting, something useful.
-There is a crack in there.
-That's what we call patina.
That's what we call damage.
You can fill it with chewing gum and put a bit of stain on it.
How about we do it for 30? Then we've got a deal.
Go on, then. Twist my arm.
Are we happy with 30 for it?
-You like it. Let's do it.
-I think it could go well, yeah.
-Are you happy with that?
-What, the monkey?
-No, the olive scoop.
-Yeah, it's different.
-I can't see it's going to make much, but it's...
We either go left, right or straight on,
bearing in mind we've only spent a tenner and time is ticking away.
I know, I know, I know.
-Shall we go there?
They've spotted something already.
Les Gueules Cassees.
It's obviously off some sort of tomb or something.
-Is it bronze?
It certainly feels a bit like bronze, doesn't it?
It's got the marks that show there's a bit of copper in it.
-It's certainly quite decorative.
-I like that.
It's certainly has a visual, decorative appeal, doesn't it?
It's not the kind of thing you can buy today.
It's marked at £35.
I think it's going to be around £20 to £30 at auction.
-It depends what the dealer will sell it for.
-What is your best price on this?
-25 is the very best.
-What do you think about that? It's not a lot of money.
-Not a lot.
-It leaves enough for the big item.
-Yeah. Shall we...?
-OK, we'll go for it.
-Let's go for it.
-I think we'll take it for £25.
-Thank you very much.
So, Rose is thinking big.
Now, where are the Blues?
We've got 20 minutes left.
Ah, having a team talk.
-We've bought one item. Do you want to think about the bear?
You're a bit reluctant, I can feel it, Charlie.
I quite like the monkey bear. The bear monkey...
-Are you sure?
-I think we really like them for 25, don't we?
Maybe we can twist her arm a little bit.
-Do you two want to go and have a little...
-Yeah, I think so.
-..persuasive talk with her and I'll...?
-Knock her down a bit more?
-I'll just hang around here and see what I can find.
I think Gary's got a bit of drive
and I think he probably will get that bear for 25.
He's going to haggle with her. He knows what he wants.
That's what I like about him and he will get it.
Go for it, Gary.
It's still there.
We're going to buy the monkey bear after all.
What did you say?
We said 35, didn't we?
-Any chance we can just squeeze it down?
30 would be absolutely it.
Yeah, OK. 30.
Is that it, then?
-30 quid seems to be the order of the day.
We've got loads of money left, haven't we?
-Let's find something else for 30 quid.
£30? You've got to speculate to accumulate, Gary, old fruit.
We've got ten minutes left. We need to get a move on.
-We need to try and find this item, all right?
-Right...I'm getting a bit worried now.
-Yeah, I am.
So you should be.
Anything grabbing you, guys?
Apart from the time, that is!
I'm glad someone's keeping an eye on the time.
I'm starting to worry about you. That's a made-up piece of junk.
Junk is the word.
-The hanging light.
-The hanging light.
I can't remember where it was. Let's go and find it.
Let's go and find it.
Five minutes to go, teams.
Desperate times call for desperate deals.
Certainly sort of...
We've been here before, you know.
Can you lift it up....?
-It is quite funky.
-Yeah. It's unusual.
Is this yours?
-If you can tell us the price.
Do remember the photo frame that we looked at earlier? The Asprey.
It's got the same initials on. It's stamped underneath.
It is beautiful quality, but I just think, £200...
-That's a lot of money for that.
What is the best price that you'll give us for that?
I'll do 115, if it'll help you.
If you want my honest opinion, sorry, we have run out of time.
It's going to struggle.
I think, in the sort of general sale it's going to,
we'll be lucky if we get 40 or 50 quid for it.
I might be wrong.
I think you might be right.
It's beautifully faceted.
It's lovely. It's hallmarked and it all matches, presumably.
190 is the very best I can do.
-Can we do it 170 and we'll go for it?
175, you said.
-Your choice, my love.
-Yes, go on.
Seconds to go...
We've run out of time, it's 115. I'm sorry.
Yes, I think we'll have to go for it.
-It's something we like.
-And we'll pray before the auction.
Oh, looks as if the teams have finished.
Just as well, because time's up!
It's now time to sell.
Today, our teams' lots are going before the bidders of Derbyshire
at Hansons Auctioneers, but first,
let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The Reds got all het up about a silver candlestick at £10.
They took a chance on a French memorial plaque for £25.
And, back where they started, in a desperate last dash,
Rose got her glass lamp fitting for £115.
Rose and Alex, this is exciting, isn't it? Leftover lolly.
You spent 150. Clean down the middle.
You gave that lovely Mark Stacey £150.
What did the genius spend it on?
I wanted to spend quite a lot of money,
because I thought £150 wasn't a lot.
-It doesn't look very much, does it?
-Looks like a box to me!
A really grotty old box, but actually, when you open it up...
-I'll help you with this.
-Thank you very much, Tim.
-Look at that.
-Come on, Rose, come and have a look.
-Come and have a look, Rose.
You see, you've got a little desk stand here.
This, I think, slides up like that. Then you lower it.
-You've got a sort of,
almost like a travelling campaign, or travelling filing system.
-I thought it was rather interesting.
-I think it's marvellous.
I mean, when you look at the back, it's all nicely polished, look.
So, the thing is made to be freestanding in some way, shape or form.
It is, Tim.
I really don't know what it was made for, but I can tell you,
-because I know you are dying to know.
-Yes, how much?
-I didn't spend quite all your money, but I spent £130 on it.
How much do you think it's going to get at auction?
I think it would be estimated something like 100 to 150.
-It's good. It's lovely. We like it.
Decide later, Reds.
Now, the Blues, and let's remind ourselves
what the team bought with their £300.
The Blues were lukewarm on the beechwood olive spoon for £30.
They were a little warmer about the silver cast teddy bear
for another £30, but not much.
But they pulled out all the stops
for the Asprey silver gilt hip flask,
oh, yes, at a whopping £180.
Now, Gary, Charlie, this is exciting, isn't it? Yes.
The leftover lolly moment. You gave Catherine 60 smackers.
-Catherine, what did you spend it on?
-OK, well, I bought... Ta-da! This.
-A bit of novelty silver.
Now, I bought this as a money clip,
but it could be a paper clip of some description,
a desk paper clip in the form of a wishbone
and I thought that was quite novel and quite interesting.
-How much did you pay for it?
-I paid £48 for it.
That seems sort of cheap and exotic, doesn't it?
It's 1905 and I thought it was quite an interesting little thing.
How much do you think that will actually realise in auction?
-I'd like to think we've got about a £10-£20 profit there.
-It'll go with your bow tie, Charlie.
-Yes, do you think?
Cheeky chappie that is, isn't it?
Well, we'll see. We're now going to auction.
-So, Rose and Alex, are you feeling confident?
You paid £10 for a silver candlestick.
How you found that for £10, we just can't work out. Here it comes.
Shown for you there, Chester silver.
Hallmark for you there, 1908, loaded with a lovely Greek key cast base.
I'm only bid £20. I'll take two for the Chester silver stick. Come on!
20, I'll take two now. It's worth that. Two, five, eight, 30.
Oh, come on! 35. 40. One more. 40 I'll take, sir. 40 and five. 50.
Five. One more. It wants a good home. It's lonely.
50. I'll take five now. I'll take one more, sir. Five.
One more for good luck. "No," he says. 50, I'll take five now.
You're all out beside me.
£50, going, all out at £50,
-going, going, going...
Well done, madam! Well done, that girl. Plus £40.
-That's not bad, is it?
Right, now, the memorial plaque.
Where do we start this?
Do I see £20, please? £20, do I see now? 20 I'll take. Do I see £20?
It's history before you. 20 I'll take. I'm bid 20, I'll take two now.
-Come on! 20 I'll take, two now. Do I have two? Two. Five. Eight. 30.
Two. Five... One more. No more. Your own, sir, at £32. Do I see five now?
Come on, I'll take one more if it helps you, sir.
£32, it's bronze, it's solid. I'll take five now. All out at £32...
-Five, 40. Five. Lady in red, look at me.
Are you sure? One more for good luck? No! 40. I'll take five now.
Are you sure? Fair warning, we are going at £40.
Going once, going twice...
All out at £40 and selling it...
Now, that's it.
You have £15 on that, which is brilliant, so you're £55 up.
You have a profit on two items. Will you get a profit on this?
Here it comes.
There it is, it really does look the part. And I'm only bid £40.
I'll take five for it now. Very stylish, I'll take five now.
-Come on! 40, I'll take five for it now.
-This isn't good.
Five now, surely? At £40... I'll take five. Come on!
40, I'll take one more.
-40, all done?
-I don't like the look of this.
It's beside me and around me. I'll take £45. We're selling it at £40...
-Yes, we are, going, going, going... Gone.
-That is minus £75.
-That is a blow, isn't it?
-Yes, you were right.
This is no laughing matter!
It might be a joke to you, but, for our team, it's a disgrace.
-Anyway, minus £75 - you had £55, now you're minus £20.
-I mean, such is the helter skelter of life.
Now, what are we going to do about this military campaign cabinet?
-We should go for it.
-Go for it.
-Yes, go for it.
-We're going to go for it. You have got nerves of steel.
-I do, I do.
You've been right up there, you've been right down there
and you're going to be going for the bonus buy?
-This takes courage.
Courage beyond the call of duty!
-We trust Mark.
-You trust Mark Stacey! Here we go.
More than I do!
You're going with the bonus buy, the decision is made. Merveilleux!
There we are, hinged satin birch front
revealing 17 wonderful metal shelf tiers for your stationery
or you could convert into whatever you like.
-I will start this at £100.
-Look at that!
Do I see 110, please? At £100 now, do I see 110?
I've got to go at £100, do I see 110 now? Come on!
-At £100, my bid, do I see 110?
-120. 130. 140 I'm bid.
140 I'm bid now. Do I see 145? 140 I'm bid now. Do I see 145? Come on!
-I'll take now 145, sir. One more? "No," he says.
All out, we sell on commission. Going, all done at £140?
-Yes, we are.
-There it is. That is a profit of £10.
You have a £10 profit on that, which means your overall state of play
after this extraordinary series of joys and disasters is...minus £10.
-Oh, that's not too bad.
-That is not too bad.
-Anyway, don't say a word to the Blues.
-Listen, have you been talking to the Reds?
-Do you know how they did?
-No, no idea.
-We don't want you to.
This room is crowded.
If there's one person who will auction your goods
to best advantage, it will be Charles Hanson.
If the worst comes to the worst,
you've got the wishbone clip to fall back on, yeah?
Anyway, your first item is the olive scoop.
Do I see £15? Start me off, come on. Let's see £15, surely?
-I am bid £15, straight in. Do I see 18 now? Come on!
-At £15, where's 18 now? At £15, let's see 18. 18. 20. Two.
Get in there!
Five. Eight. One more.
28. 30. Are you sure, sir? No more. At £28, we're going once.
Going twice. Gone.
Was it £28? Oh, bad luck, team.
Minus £2, could have been a lot worse. Here comes the teddy bear.
Early 20th century, he wants a good home. He really does.
Do I see £15 for him? And he probably is silver. £15, surely?
15, do I see? Look at him, he's a bear. 15. 18. 20. I'm out.
20, I'll take two now. Come on.
20, I'll take two for a sweet bear. Come on! Two. Five.
-I like him.
-Go, go, go, go!
"No," he says. At £25...
-He's got to go.
-He's got to go.
-He really has to go, sir. 28? Why not?
-Look at me.
-Do it! £2!
All out? 30, I'll take two now? Fair warning, I'll take one more.
-At £30... Sold.
-Wiped its face. Very good, wiped its face.
-That'll do us.
No profit, no loss. No pain, no shame.
If you want a fabulous hip flask, here is one.
Edwardian, it's silver gilt, glass mounted, London, 1905.
-It's silver gilt. I'm bid £100 straight in.
-Ooh, nice start!
-Do I see 110 now? 110. 120. 130.
-140. 150. 160. 170.
-I've got 160. 170. 180. 190. 200. 210.
-You're in profit!
-I'm bid 210, it's a wonderful thing.
-So good, 210!
-Do I see 220? Come on!
Silver gilt Asprey. I'll take now 220. Going once... I'll take 220.
Going twice. And we sell it at £210. All done?
-You are plus £28.
Now, what are you going to do about this money clip business?
-We're going to go for it, anyway.
-The decision is made.
We're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
Very, very nice in the form of a wishbone,
it's extremely novel and, I'm sure you'll agree, very attractive.
It's London, it's 1905 and we like it. It's a wonderful thing.
Start me off - do I see £25? 25. Eight. 30. Two. Five. Eight. 40.
One more? No. £38 now, do I see 40? Come on, it's a really novel thing.
45. 40 I'll take if it helps you, sir. One more? "No" he says.
-40, I'll take two now.
-Do I see two for good luck? Two. Five.
-Eight for good luck.
-You're in profit. Yes!
It could be yours, sir, with a little luck. No more? 55, yes or no?
No. All done to you, sir, at £52. I'll take one more. Come on!
-All out, fair warning.
Going, going... Gone to you.
Well, well, well, that is something else, isn't it?
-That is £52, yes?
£52, that means you are plus four on your bonus buy.
Well done, Catherine, nothing the matter with that.
Overall, you are plus £32. Do you think it will be a winning score?
-It could be a winning score.
And it was a winning score. Well done, Blues.
Coming up, two more teams battling it out at the fair and auction.
Will they be up for a challenge?
Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere absolutely sublime.
Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire
was built on the site of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery.
The original manor house was built in 1561 by Thomas Leigh.
150 years later, the third Lord Leigh,
on his return from his Italian grand tour,
decided to have a huge extension built,
in the form of this imposing west wing.
It was completed in 1726 and is, of course, the grand entrance.
But in the middle of the 18th century, the Leigh family decided
that they wanted to jolly up
this already incredibly impressive large entrance hall,
and they employed a series of stuccoists - plaster workers -
to create some reliefs that celebrated the life of Hercules.
The main feature is the central scene,
showing the ascent of Hercules to Mount Olympus.
Hercules, with his lion skin, kneels before Jove, with other
heavenly figures looking on, including Mercury, Mars and Venus.
The six ovals that run roughly around on the top of the doors
represent the labours of Hercules.
But the panel that is my favourite is this fellow over here.
Now, Hercules is relaxing up underneath a tree.
And he is leaning on the most enormous club.
There is a girl lying provocatively on her side, and she's gesturing
in a suggestive and tempting way, offering him an opportunity
to come down this gentle slope
to that rather nice looking palace at the bottom,
where there's a swimming pool and plenty to drink
and a disco later.
The girl on the left, however, is a different kettle of fish.
She's got all her kit on.
In fact, she's ready to go and wearing a helmet.
She's pointing up the hill, a steep climb to a temple at the top,
where there's absolutely nothing to drink and no fun going on.
And this is Hercules' dilemma.
Does he go with the girl
who represents sloth and wanton behaviour?
Or does he go with the girl that represents virtue?
And if you look at Hercules's face, he is enigmatic.
We cannot tell which way he's going to turn.
Such is the human condition.
But what a brilliant job the plasterers have done.
All in all, this thing is a tour de force.
Back at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground,
we're about to find out whether our next two teams can choose wisely,
so that they make a decent profit at auction. Let's meet them.
Well, for the Reds today,
we've got Alison and Alison and Alison and Alison.
And for the Blues, we've got father and son Clive and Paul. Hello.
-How lovely to see you all.
So, Alison and Alison.
Alison H, how are we going to tell you two Alisons apart?
Well, when we worked together a long time ago,
because I was quite a bit taller than Alison,
unfortunately, I was big Alison and she was little Alison.
She's not happy about it.
I'm not happy about it, but I've learned to live with that.
No, quite. And how did you two meet, Alison J?
I applied for a temporary job at a school, a maternity leave,
and she was my boss.
And 30 years later, we're still friends.
What's your tactic today, you two girls?
Something small, something we like, perhaps some silver. Er...
Are you going to spend the lot?
-We're going to try.
-That's the fighting spirit that I like.
It's the common room coming to the fore.
-Brilliant. And good luck with that, girls.
Now, likely lads, Clive and Paul.
Clive, let's start with you. What do you do for a living?
Painter and decorator, but in my...with my wisdom,
I like to class myself as a wall covering technician.
-A wall covering technician. I like that.
-Good, isn't it?
So, Paul, are you a bit of a collector yourself?
Yeah, I collect. It's hard to admit this, being a man,
but I do like my Disney figures.
-I've got a few of them. I collect Wade Disney figures.
So, what sort of things
are you two rogues going to be looking out for today, then?
My practice would be buy cheap.
And what do you think, Paul?
I'll be looking for something a bit more retro, 1950s signage,
something like that. Bit of fun.
I think my dad thinks it's his money,
so I don't think we'll get rid of it, to be honest.
Come on. You've got to share.
Talking about money, this is the money moment.
-Here you go with your £300.
-You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
Very, very, very good luck.
I've got quite a lot of decorating that needs doing myself.
Two Alisons. Two teachers.
Do you know, I was hoping you weren't going to say that,
because I feel that I'm going to have a very long day today.
Have we got a plan of action?
-Buy cheap and sell dear.
Any ideas of what you would like to be able to find today?
-Like lots of other people, we like silver.
-Small and silver.
Or perhaps something small and wooden, treen.
-Yeah, tin signs, shop signs, cycle signs.
Well, let's go and find something small, delicate and valuable.
You do know that these plans never materialise?
Oh, Catherine, at least the boys HAVE a plan!
£5 and under!
No, no. You've got £300 to spend, so we've got quite a lot of money.
That's right! Spend big! Nothing cheap, please.
It looks like a tea caddy, but it's not silver.
-And it's not small. And it's not delicate.
-But it is wood.
We are looking at a tortoiseshell card case here.
It needs a little bit of TLC, just like us.
I know the feeling, yeah.
Oh, hang on. Is this a good buy?
With the Bakelite phones, it's difficult,
because you've got to be...
There's collectors of these,
and certain colours are more collectable than others.
-A red is more collectable than a black.
Different styles, as well.
I think you've got to really know that market.
Hmm. I didn't think so.
I wouldn't buy it.
No. Have the Reds hung up on their expert?
-I wouldn't try to force it open.
-We need you!
I'm having a little mooch while they're not looking.
Can we pick your brains, please?
-Oh, is he busy?
What do you think about that stationery box?
Victorian oak. £220.
Let's have a look inside. It's quite nice inside, isn't it?
Quite nicely decorated.
I think I prefer the candlestick.
-But I have found a possible alternative for you.
We thought you'd find something you were interested in.
Shall I show you something?
-I don't know what that is. It's quite nice.
-It's got its faults.
-Like we all have.
Like we all have.
-But it's a sugar shaker.
So you've got a fairly plain glass,
but it has got a little flash cutting on it.
Nice clean lines.
So what age is that, then?
I think that would date to the sort of '30s.
The gentleman said it was £35.
Right. Would you do it for 25?
I'll make it 30.
I'd take a risk at 28, but if not, I wouldn't.
-Are you happy with that?
Yes, that's great. Thank you.
-Thank you very much. There we are, that's our first purchase.
Sweet! The Alisons score their first hit,
but the Blues seem to have rather more expensive taste.
This is £700.
-So it's going straight back.
But it's a walking stick with a snake intertwined.
Isn't it beautiful?
-It's been stuck on there.
-Put it back.
-OK. HE LAUGHS
What about a spirit level?
Ever need a spirit level in your game?
Is it plumbed up, though, is it?
-All right. What's he got on that?
-What do you think it's worth?
-You're an interior...
Well, that's what he's asking, so...
It's actually useful.
I think we could get it for 10, though.
Oh, yeah. Definitely.
How old do you think this is?
'30s. 1930s, I should say.
-I think it's a nice hardwood, isn't it?
-I wonder if he would give it to us for 10.
-Do you want it or not?
-It's one item.
-You are not excited, are you?
-I'm not excited at all.
-You're not going to get 50 quid for it.
Getting a decorator enthusiastic about a spirit level is tricky!
The Red team, though, have picked up the pace.
Come on, Alison. Keep up, dear.
Have you got a penknife? We'll sign something on the bottom.
-You could have added value to that.
-Well, do you like it?
You'll think I'm sad, because I do, yeah.
We're thinking about an awful lot at the moment.
-I nearly stepped on something valuable.
I really like those.
I know they're penguins, but they remind me of the Guinness toucans.
I just think they're...
Toucans, of course, can fly... and they're very colourful.
-But apart from that, they are very close to penguins(!)
He's got your measure, Ali!
Who's got a degree in ornithology around here?
I think it's a similar shape.
-Clearly not you.
-No, not me!
Doesn't membership of the RSPB count?
-No, it doesn't.
-No, clearly not!
I'd hate to see what birds you've recorded in your garden!
Apologies to any twitchers out there.
Meanwhile, the Blue team are having a confab.
I'm going to scoot back and have a look at that spirit level.
See if I can nail him down to a tenner.
Yeah. See, we don't want it for 15.
We want it for less than that, don't we?
-Work your magic!
-We can do it.
-Do you want to go and support him?
I tell you what, I'll just sit down and put my feet up.
While Catherine takes the weight off,
can those Blue boys level the score?
-How did you get on?
-We got the spirit level.
-Well, you sound ecstatic(!)
-Over the moon.
-Yeah, I can tell.
You're really... really excited about...!
Thank goodness the Blues finally got excited about something,
even if it is a spirit level.
At £12, it has to be a bargain.
An item each, and Mark's speaking his mind.
Let's carry on looking.
Let's try and find something of quality, shall we?
No, I didn't mean it quite like that. You know what I...
That came out all wrong, didn't it?
-Oh, dear. How to make friends and influence people.
Mark, could we look at this rocking chair?
So, tell me... Tell me why you like it so much.
I like the shape at the back
and I like the way that that comes out in the middle there,
and I just think rocking chairs are quite sort of gentle.
-Can I have a sit on it?
-Have a little sit on it, Alison.
I mean, I'm not joking...
Well, no, it's whether...
Actually, it's comfy, and it's little.
-What did he say the price was?
-I think he said 30 quid, I think.
-Well, why don't you offer him 20?
-No, he said 35.
-He said 30, I think.
-You don't want to take it home, do you?
-I'll tell you what - I'll meet you halfway. 25.
-I think we...
-Yeah, that's great.
-Thank you very much.
-Are you happy with that?
-Silver and treen and little and delicate.
-Well, I wouldn't call it treen.
-No, but I could...
-Well, it's little.
-It's little? In terms of what?
In terms of a massive great big throne chair, it's little.
-But if you're collecting treen,
-you wouldn't come out and buy an Ercol chair, would you?
-So, the logic, madam...
-There's no logic.
-But you did say...
Ah, now we've got to... Ah, you see? Women teachers of no logic.
-I'm doomed. I'm doomed.
-You said if we liked something, and I like that.
Well, someone has to, Alison. Now, I spy with my little eye...
What do you think about this?
Now, I was attracted to it because of the handle.
-Mm, what is it?
-It's shagreen, which is ray-skin.
And it's got the name...the maker's name stamped on the bottom.
Where's the man? Where is he?
Go and have a word with him, see what he can do on that.
-Or shall I have a word?
-One of you needs to.
-I'll do it. Where is he?
-Is there anything else...?
I've found nothing that's jumping out at me.
-Nothing at all.
-Have you not?
-What can we do on this?
Catherine's got these boys under control.
They're just going to check how much the magnifying glass is, right?
-£50, bought, we've got a product.
-Have you just bought it?
-Yeah, we've had it.
-There you are.
Turn your back for five minutes, Catherine.
But the good news is, they've got two in the bag.
-See if we can find something of...
-At the right...
Huh! Well, will our teachers memorise Mark's mantra or not?
-We've got some silver.
-Well, can't we have any more?
No, you can. You can have whatever you want.
As you've seen with the rocking chair.
Let it go, Mark, eh?
..sit in a room really nicely
next to a Ercol rocking chair, don't you?
No, really, Mark, let it go, old fruit.
-You've got 20 minutes left.
I don't want you to look at old tins,
kitchen signs or royal memorabilia.
You're getting cross with us now.
No, I'm getting firm with you. There's a difference.
-Sounds grumpy to me.
Looks like there's going to be a bit of a fight in the playground.
But I'm not sure the Blues are getting on any better.
We'll see. Let's get a bit of furniture, then.
I'm... Do you know what?
-I'm not going to say anything...
-..or show you anything...
-..for the next 20 minutes.
No, no buts.
-I'm keeping zipped.
-Let's have a look.
Come on, then, Paul.
-Get your brains into organisation, young man.
Looks like the boys need to go it alone
to find themselves that final bargain.
Here you are, then, Paul, have a look at that.
-It's definitely not MDF.
-Lovely Bakelite handles.
-I like it.
But it's a little bit more specialised-ish.
-And what price we're going to get for it, you know what I mean?
-I want to go for that. It's either that or the banjo.
-A huge gamble.
That's a big risk, boys. £280.
-Yeah, if we get the right price.
Let's have a word with the man.
-I'm not taking it on my head, though.
-It's your problem.
I'm washing my hands of you two.
What are we going to do on this one, then, the walnut Deco?
-It's got to be 150s.
-175, that's my very best.
-Otherwise it's going back on the van.
-Hang on, just let me sit down.
I've gone all dizzy. Can't be that much money in the world.
165, that's our top. We can't risk...
-170, that's it.
Catherine just can't take her eyes off that sideboard.
-But it's a big risk.
-I'll do 170.
But the boys have gone ahead and bought it anyway.
I'll make the decision on this one.
-Son takes charge.
-Pleasure being robbed.
That's the Blues all done,
and the pressure's beginning to show on Mark.
-Are you listening here?
-Sorry. I'm trying to see whose it is.
-Well, don't worry about seeing who it is.
-We're talking about the object.
-Yes Mark, yes.
-This is quite pretty.
-It's a silver frame.
-Do you like it?
-Well, how do you know...? Can you tell it's silver?
-Well, it's hallmarked there.
-BOTH: Oh, right.
I think the two schoolteachers are great fun.
I'd love to go out for an evening of debauchtion with them.
In terms of buying antiques, they haven't got a clue.
Headteacher is not amused.
Come on! The clock's ticking.
-What have you found now, then?
-Oh, I like that.
-What do you think of that?
-Yeah, plant it in the conservatory.
-That would be great.
But I'd like it much better if was about 55.
-How much is it, then?
-70's the best, apparently.
But it's... I mean, obviously, it's a fish dish, isn't it?
-Could you keep goldfish in this?
-A lot of them.
-Not for long.
-65 quid for that. You know...
-Oh, can't we do a nice round figure?
-Split the difference?
-Do us a favour, please.
60 quid, come on.
-And you have...
-Are you happy with 60?
-Thank you very much.
-I like that.
-I like that.
-I like that as well.
-Oh, my goodness!
-We all like something.
-All three of us like it.
Thank goodness for that.
Finally, the Reds manage to get full marks from teacher.
Time, ladies and gentlemen, please. The hour is up.
The shopping's done. Time to go to auction.
And we've returned to Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire,
but first, let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The silver-topped glass sugar shaker for £28 had it all -
small, silver and delicate.
The Alisons disobeyed the headmaster
and went ahead with the 1970s Ercol rocking chair for £25.
And harmony descended on the team
when they bought the copper Arts and Crafts fish kettle for £60.
Now, Ali H, Ali J, this is your moment for the bonus buy.
What did Mark spend all that leftover lolly on?
You had £187.
-Such a lot.
-Such a lot.
-But I spent...it on this.
-Oh, my goodness.
Now, this is, I think, rather interesting.
This is a Victorian ceremonial whistle.
It comes in two parts. It's silver, all solid silver.
Around about 1876, something like that.
-I think that's really pretty.
-Quite heavy, isn't it?
-Are you going to give it a blow?
-Go on, then.
-It's good, that is.
-Oh, I love a whistle, don't you?
-Do you want to know what I paid?
I daren't ask... for such a little thing.
-But a quality thing.
-Size isn't always important.
-I only paid £80 for it.
-No, it's really nice.
-You like it, you girls, anyway?
-Yes, well done.
-Well, that's good, Mark.
Decide later, you Reds, but in the meanwhile,
let's discuss the Blue team's three items.
Time for a little reminder.
Clive got his cheap and cheerful way,
buying this hardwood spirit level for a mere £12.
But he couldn't hide his chagrin having to fork out 50 smackers
for the shagreen-handled brass magnifying glass.
Paul came over all decisive
with this walnut Art Deco sideboard with Bakelite handles,
agreeing the £170 price.
So, guys, this is the leftover lolly moment.
£68 you gave to Catherine to go and find you something delicious.
What did you find, Catherine?
Now, I absolutely love, love, love this,
and I really hope you will, too.
-Are you ready?
-Let's have a go.
You open up... Let me just do it with a little tug.
We've got a pencil end this end, quill pen at that end.
-Isn't that just absolutely gorgeous?
How much was it, then?
Well, I paid every single penny that you gave me - £68.
-But let me tell you, this is solid silver.
-This is hallmarked 1881. Each part is hallmarked.
And it's absolutely lovely. Don't you think it's beautiful?
-It is nice.
-Do you like it?
-Is there a profit in it?
-Of course, yes.
-There is a profit in this.
-I would have said so.
-Plenty of lead in your pencil there, Paul.
-Oh! Dear, dear, dear.
-That'll fly by, that will.
-Do you think?
-I'm open-minded, to be honest. I'm open-minded.
-You don't like it, Paul, do you?
Well, we've already got a spirit level, so it's like a mini version.
So, there's two items that's going to fly out the window.
-I was so excited about this.
-It is nice, Catherine.
I can see that, Catherine.
And why shouldn't you be excited? It's a lovely object.
Will the Blues be persuaded, though? We'll see.
The auctioneer, Charles Hanson, is ready to sell, so let's go.
So, you two girls, you share the same name,
but do you share the same sense of apprehension
right at the beginning of the auction?
I think it's exciting.
-I'm excited as well.
-Are you excited as well?
Your first item is the sugar shaker, and here it comes.
Where do we start lot 180? Well...
Do I see £20? It's silver-topped, and look at it.
It's a wonderful thing. Come on. And you can use it, too.
20 I'll take. It's silver-topped. Come on.
20 I'm bid. I'll take 2 now. Come on.
-20 I'm bid. I'll take 2.
-5. It's silver.
2, 5, 8. 40.
One more for good luck, sir. The big 4-0.
45 it could be yours, 45, 50 now!
-Are you sure?
You've come so far, sir, but thank you!
At £45 we're going once, going twice and we're selling it at £45.
-Yes, we are!
-That's £17, that is so good.
Only brilliant auctioneering.
-Now, your Ercol...
-My number now, 181.
Where do we start? I'm only bid here £20, I'm bid.
-I'll take 2 now. Ercol, great name! 258, sir.
I'm bid 30 and 2, I'm out. Do I see 5? 38? 40, madam?
-5, one more, sir.
-I don't believe it.
-I'll take five now, come on!
-40 I'll take. 5, 50, 60, 65, 70.
-Yes! Look at this!
-One more for good luck.
-I'll take... £68?
68? 68? 70!
So the big 70, you're not there yet, 72!
No, but thank you very much, madam, we appreciate it.
I'll take 72, we are selling... 2, 5...
-Are you sure? Thank you. One more! No, he says.
-Go on, sir.
At £72 and we say sale to you, sir.
Going, going, gone!
-Well that is phenomenal, £72.
-You owe me a drink!
182, showing for you now and I'm only bid here 30, I'll take 5 now.
It's a period piece and good. 5, 40, 5.
I'm bid 50 and 5, I'm out.
5, come on, it's Newlyn style, do I see 60, 5?
You've come so far. 5, 70, 5.
80, 90. I'll take 5.
£80, sir, and it could be yours.
-It's a period piece.
-80, I'll take 5 now, come on.
-5! Oh, my goodness me!
-Well done, Charles.
90, 5, he'll go one more, I'm sure, sir.
90! Oh, that helped!
90 all done, we sell to you, sir. Going once, going twice,
-and we sell at £90 all done.
-I don't believe it.
Stick with us, Mark, you could have a career.
What can you say? £90.
Listen, girls, you are plus 30 on the fish kettle.
I can't believe that.
You were plus 64 before,
-which means you are plus £94!
Now, that is quite something else, isn't it?
You only spent £113 and you've made £94 profit on £113 expenditure
-which is very, very fair.
-Really? That's brilliant!
Now, what are you going to do about this whistle for the bonus buy?
You have so much money in the bank that you don't need to worry
-about doing it.
-Don't be offended, but I think we should stick.
-Oh, you think we should go ahead?
I think... Oh, I'm not supposed to say anything.
-Do you want to stick?
-I would go with Mark.
-Oh, go with Mark then.
I think he deserves it for the disappointment.
Yes. Because of my rocking chair.
-Well done. It was my fish kettle.
-You did make a profit.
-OK, chop chop, what are we doing about the bonus buy?
-Yeah, we're going with it.
-Are we going with the bonus buy?
-Yes, we think so.
-We're going with the bonus buy, the decision's made.
-We're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
-I'm bid straight in at £80.
I'll take 5 now
for the mid-Victorian silver whistle in case.
Come on! 80, I'm bid, do I see 5 now? 80 I'm bid, 5, 95, 100, 110.
I've got 120, 130. I'll be out...
-And you wanted to stick!
130 now. It's a wonderful thing at 120, I'll take 125. All done?
Fair warning, all out? Yes, we are, all done.
-Oh, well done, Mark.
-That is plus 40. Well done, Mark.
Couldn't do better than that which means you are plus £134.
# Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo! #
-This is folding money, right? Folding money.
This is almost a handbag full.
Now, listen, don't say a word to those Blues.
No point spoiling their day.
Now, boys, Catherine, do you know how the Reds got on?
-I haven't got a clue.
-No idea, no idea.
And we don't want you to either.
First up though, is the level and here it comes.
Lot 200, where do we start?
Well, at 200 I'm only bid here at £20.
-I'll take 5 now. 5, 35, 45.
-Look at this!
At 45 now, do I see 50? Come on!
Who's the Daddy?
-Hey, that was my idea.
-Oh, all right then.
-At £45, 50 please?
-Come on! 60! Oh, come on! One more for good luck!
-70! That's it, she says. Out. You're in, sir.
Fair warning, all done? We say sale! At £65 we say sale.
-Thank you very much.
-Just amazing! Plus £53!
201. Where do we start? Well, 30 I am bid now, I'll take 5, come on!
30 I'm bid, do I see 5 now? 30 I'm bid, do I see 5? Come on!
-One more do I see?
-BOTH: Come on!
30, I'll take 5, come on, it's shagreen! Hands go up!
5, 40, 5, in the doorway, sir.
35, now, do I see 40 over there? Come on, it's a good thing.
-It is a good thing.
-40, 5, 50.
60, 5, one more, you've come so far, sir. One more?
5, 70! Are you sure?
But thank you.
You're in, sir, I'll take now, 70 or we sell it, fair warning, all done.
You're out now, madam. We say sale at £65.
-Going once, going twice and we sell it to the gentleman.
-That is plus £15, you are doing so well.
-We're doing well.
-You've got 68...
-Here we go.
202, we have got some interest here. I've got two bids.
-I'm bid... there's a phone line. Hello, Miss.
-Oh, I like it.
Miss White's on the phone.
The phone line as well and I am bid here 40, I'll take 5 for it now.
40, I'll take 5, at £40, 5, 55. 65. 75. 85.
ALL: Come on, come on, come on.
85, 100, 110. I'm out. At 110 now.
Do I see 120 on the phone?
-Get your wallets out!
-110, Miss White, come in at 120.
-120, 130, sir.
-Come on! Come on! Come on!
-It's evocative, 170!
-170, that's the number!
One more for good luck.
170, 180, thank you, sir.
We're live on the phone at 170, I'll take now 180.
-At £170, going, going, gone.
-No, no, no!
Whoo, Charles! That is a result! Well done, boy.
-Charles is amazing.
-I'll tell you, you wiped your face with that.
-You're dead right.
-But you are dead lucky, you two aren't you?
-I was always confident.
-Shall we say it was on a level plain?
Listen, that is so jammy, all right?
You are plus £68
and have to be a pair of the luckiest contestants ever.
You've not taken my sideboard yet, have you?
Now, listen, what are you going to do about her silver ruler,
-all right? You've got £68 in the bank, lads.
You don't have to spend it. You don't have to go with her ruler.
Or are you going to go with it and risk some of your £68?
What are you going to do?
I'm going to say bow to the expertise of this lovely lady
-and we'll go with it.
-Yeah, we will. I agree.
-I was always confident anyway, to be honest.
-No, you weren't.
The decision's made, we're going with the bonus buy.
The number now is 205, I'm bid here £50. I'll take 5 now.
It's a wonderful thing.
-5, 65, one more, sir.
-Come on, come on.
-I've got 75! 5, 80.
You've come so far. But thank you.
-80, I'm bid, I'll take 5 now. Wonderful, 5, 90.
It's got to be 100!
£85 now, do see 90? Come on!
£85 standing, I'll take 90. At £85, yes, we are, sir. I've got you!
-Yes! Happy with that!
-Catherine, my darling, well done.
£17 profit on your ruler so that's lovely.
Profit on everything, profit on the ruler, 68, 78, £85 profit.
-That is pretty good, isn't it?
-I can't believe...
-Now, listen, don't say a word to the Reds.
-Because £85 profit could be a winning score.
-It's not bad.
Well, well, well, what an exciting programme we've had today!
That Charles Hanson really has been on fire.
-Now, have you teams been chatting at all?
No. Well, we've got teams that've made substantial winnings today.
Which is lovely - both of them!
But it's all a question of the scale,
and sadly the team that's marginally behind today is...
-Oh, dear, dear, dear, dear, dear.
-The Blues are marginally behind but have nevertheless won £85.
-£85, how about that?
-Thank you very much.
-The winners though, the Reds, who have won by taking home £134.
Which is quite something, isn't it? £134.
There's £130 and here come your four. Two and four.
You also get an additional prize which is your golden gavel
as a result of winning on each of your three items,
making a profit on all three items.
And this is the special pad with the golden gavels which are
-exclusive and special, please do take one.
-Oh, thank you very much.
-Lovely. Please do take one, Alison.
-Thank you so much, thank you.
-Please do take one, Mark.
-Oh, you get one as well!
-Well, I shall put it with my other one.
-Oh! You show off, you!
Anyway, three golden gavels awarded for scoring a stellar score
-so I congratulate you.
But I do have some discretion on this programme and if you get
a winning score for at least two of your items and a wiped face,
which is what the Blues did, I think you're in line for
-a golden gavel as a special compensatory prize.
So, out comes the pad again. There you go. Take one out of the pad.
-What a gentleman!
-Hang on a minute, that goes straight to Catherine.
-Oh, and me!
-Oh, thank you!
-To go on your lapel, darling.
-What a nice man.
What a nice man, absolutely.
Gives away golden gavels like nothing on earth.
Anyway, it's a rare occurrence to have both teams doing
so extraordinarily well, so I congratulate you.
-Anyway, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
Tim Wonnacott presents from Newark as experts Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon offer their expertise to two sets of red and blue teams as they try and spend a little to sell for a lot at auction. Tim visits Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire to explore the spectacular plasterwork adorning the palatial west wing.