Charlie Ross is at the helm as the hunt for bargains heads to the East of England Showground, one of the largest antiques fairs in the country.
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Bargain Hunt is coming from Peterborough
in Cambridgeshire today.
Cambridgeshire is one of the driest counties in the UK.
Rains there, rains there,
sometimes rains there, but not here.
Peterborough is also one of the sunniest places
in the whole of the UK, with 1,600 hours of sunshine.
Now, based on that extremely well-informed forecast...
..let's go Bargain Hunting.
Whatever the weather,
the East of England Showground is home
to one of the largest antique fairs
in the country.
And with over 1,000 stalls to choose from,
I'm predicting a cracking show,
so let's have a little look at what's coming up.
On today's show, the Reds are struggling
to find anything they like.
-What I would say is...
-No, you're right.
-..the answer is no.
-No. Do you like the glass?
She doesn't like it. I like it.
-It's just not my era of collection.
And the Blues resort to name-calling.
-Why do you call her Bongo?
-It's just a friendship name, really.
And it all gets very exciting at the auction.
-Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on.
Mwah! How about that?
Well, let's meet today's teams. We've got four gorgeous girls today.
For the Reds, we have Dee and Jean
and for the Blues, we have Alison and Sarah.
-Hello, everyone. ALL:
Now, Dee, you used to be Jean's boss, I believe.
Yes. Many moons ago.
-That's how we first met.
-What were you doing?
I was a customer support manager for a large company in Peterborough
and Jean joined us to do a special product
which was the walk-in food centres, the big freezers.
-Right. Was she good at her job?
-Marvellous. And what was she like as a boss?
-She was excellent.
-Oh, of course she was.
But I have to say that cos she's standing next to me.
THEY LAUGH Now, Dee, you're retired now,
but you are still serving the people of Whittlesey, aren't you?
Full-time job. I'm a town councillor for Whittlesey
and a district councillor for the Fenland area.
-Now, Jean, you're also retired, aren't you?
-I am, yes.
-So, what do you like doing?
-Well, I like shopping.
My friends say I'm a shopaholic.
I don't think I am, but they do say that.
-Today's your ideal day, isn't it?
-It is. A perfect day for me, yes.
-You're going shopping with someone else's money.
It's even better when you've got other people's money to spend.
-I know what you do like buying.
-Well, yes, shoes.
-Look at those shoes.
They are something else. They're fantastic.
They're very comfortable as well.
How about antiques? Good at antiques?
I don't know a lot, but I know what I like.
Dee, where does your knowledge of antiques and collectables come from?
-I inherited silver. It's a labour of love.
-Takes me seven hours to clean about every eight weeks.
Yes, but it looks perfect. It's lovely.
Lots of memories to it, attached to it.
But I also like Waterford Crystal.
I'm not averse to diamonds and a bit of bling as well.
I've never yet met a woman who's averse to diamonds.
-And who will be holding the purse strings?
You don't want to spend too much, do you?
-Oh, yes, you do.
Well, you only have this experience once.
If you put as much into buying your antiques
as you've put into your shoes, you'll win a Golden Gavel.
-Well, thank you to the Red team.
Now onto the Blues, Alison and Sarah.
Now, you're neighbours, aren't you?
-We live about two doors apart from each other.
-Do your families get on?
Our boys are both best friends, aren't they?
-They are, yes. Same age.
-Used to be at the same school.
Now, Alison, you design toys for a living?
-Yes, I work on craft products for children.
-Oh, do you?
And it covers a wide range of craft products
-from chocolate products, jewellery, greetings cards...
Let me stop you there. How can chocolate be a craft product?
Making lollipops, making coins,
making little cakes and things made from chocolate.
Oh, I see. I like things like that.
Now, Sarah, what do you do for a living?
I'm a receptionist at a large secondary school at the moment.
-Gosh. That must keep you busy.
-Very busy. Very, very busy.
But prior to that, I was a freelance wedding florist,
so I still do a little bit of that on the side.
-My wife does a bit of that.
-So, do you arrange flowers at home?
Yes, my kitchen table, but now I have a full-time...
-What I call a proper job.
I'm glad to hear it.
So, what's it going to be like shopping together?
-Are you going to be in agreement?
-We do have similar tastes,
especially in the jewellery department.
-We like similar things.
-We like quirky things.
-Will you be spending big?
-No, I don't think so.
-No, I think our strategy
is to spend smallish amounts of money.
We're not going to be too fixed in terms of the amount,
-but we don't want to be spending a huge amount on one item.
Now, if you're going to go shopping, girls,
there's something you're missing.
-Money. Absolutely. Here we go.
-300 for you and 300 for you girls. Off you go.
One frugal, one spendthrift. Anybody's game.
So, let's get this show on the road and meet today's experts.
Give us a B.
Give us an H.
Give us Philip Serrell for the Reds.
And sharing her love of antiques with the Blues,
it's Christina Trevanion.
Right, my girlie-wirlies,
what are we looking for today in the sunshine?
I'd like to find something quite individual, one-of-a-kind,
-very attractive, unique perhaps.
-You're talking about yourself.
-Well, of course me as well.
-Well, I personally like silver jewellery.
But obviously, knowing about the show field,
it's probably expensive.
I'm looking for something functional for the house.
-Something that can be used.
I think small things, quirky things,
-something perhaps a bit shiny as well for my friend.
Now, teams, no time for clowning around.
Your time starts...now. BELL RINGS
-Do you know what I think we should buy?
-We've got a long list, haven't we?
-Yes, we have.
-Go, Phil. Go, Phil.
I said no clowning around, Reds.
If you want to spend a penny, they're ideal, aren't they?
-Well, actually, it could be a water planter.
Phil, you've got your work cut out here.
-OK, right, what do we think? What do we think?
Yeah, I like this trunk.
-Sarah likes this one. I quite like this metal one.
-What's the difference, do you think, in terms of...?
-Trunks. Why trunks?
-What is it you love about trunks?
-Well, they're useful for storage.
-Blanket box and, you know, under-the-bed toy box.
They've kind of got that vintage look, haven't they?
-But that looks... It looks... It's solid.
And it's actually wooden bound, so it's a steamer trunk
and it's got a nice luggage label on the bottom saying
Union-Castle Line from South and East Africa.
-That's a well-travelled trunk, isn't it? I like that.
-Yes, it is.
But... OK. And what do you think about this metal one?
What is that? Military or...?
-I think it's a lot later. Obviously, it's...
-I don't like that.
You wouldn't want that at the bottom of your bed, would you?
Well, it's quite trendy. It's quite retro, maybe.
-Are we going to disagree on styles?
-No, I think we should move on.
-It's the first trunks we've looked at.
-Gosh, she's very decisive.
-I like that trunk.
-What do we do? Why don't we find out how much it is?
Is this yours, sir? How much have you got on it?
-I want £50.
-It's a nice thing, Bongo.
-I'm not sure about it.
-Did you call her Bongo?
-I think she did call her Bongo, Christina.
-It's just a friendship name, really.
Would you be interested in coming down quite a bit lower?
-How about 40?
-How about 25?
-How about 30?
-25? That's fine.
-Oh, gosh! Really?
-That'd be fantastic.
-Well, for 25, we'll take it.
-Hang on a second. What's going on?
-Is that all right?
-But you don't like it.
No, I think Sarah... We said one object for Sarah.
If she thinks she really likes it, I'm a good friend.
You can have it, if you want, for 25.
I don't think you'll find another one for as good a price.
Is that your lowest price? It is, yeah. You're very kind.
Could 20 clinch it?
I think 20's going to clinch it, yes.
-20's going to clinch it.
-20. We'll go for it.
-Are you happy, girls?
-Yes, yes, OK.
-How many minutes?
-Have we actually had a minute yet?
-We have to say thank you.
You've had five minutes, Christina.
Good on you, ladies. First item in the bag.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you, Bongo.
-Well done, Bongo.
This is terrifying. This is going to be over in ten minutes.
-Let's go. Let's go.
-OK, let's go.
-Well, if you carry on at this rate.
Now, are the Reds about to lift the lid on their first item?
-How much is the box, please?
-The best on that's 30.
I think it's absolutely awful, right?
But I think there's a profit in that.
-Which do you think is older, that...
-That's not old.
You've got a better eye than I thought you'd got. This is...
-..remarkably awful, isn't it? Yeah?
-But it's so awful, it'll sell.
-If it's awful, you'll sell it.
-I think that's...
Yeah, I like that cos it's...
Actually, it's flat-topped. You can sit on it.
-Look nice on a landing.
Look better in a dark cupboard somewhere.
How much are those little pigeonhole things over there?
-The one with the pewter on the top?
Right. Well, let's just have a look at those.
My guess is you don't like that.
-What I would say is...
-No, you're right.
-..the answer is no,
but I'm not looking from a personal point of view.
Certain kitchens would have that in.
Which do you prefer out of that and that dreadful box?
You really don't like that box, do you?
-You like the dreadful box, though.
-I think this would be better.
You could buy them both.
Could do. Could do a deal.
-Shall we have a wander on? Cos it's early days yet.
Remember, Reds, it's your shop, not Phil's.
Have the Blues found something ooh-la-la?
It is signed by a French artist.
-His bronzes make thousands of pounds.
It's going to be really expensive.
-It's not actually that expensive.
-I've got 180 on it.
The absolute death would be 120 for it.
It's quite unusual.
-It's been amazing...
-I mean, it is just wacky.
You've got this crazy fish
leaping over these sort of wonderful children
frolicking around in bulrushes and a pond.
-I mean, it's just nuts. If you're going for quirky...
..that has got quirk blaring out of it.
But do you want to spend, big girls, or what do you want to do?
We did say we'd go for lower-priced objects,
but it's where the heart is, isn't it, sometimes?
-Do you love that?
-I mean, I think it's really...
-Yeah, I like that.
..amazing cos it's so unusual.
We haven't had much time, so...keep wandering.
-I think we could potentially...
-Shall we come back to it?
..find something that we could maybe make a bit more money on,
-but we can certainly come back to it.
-Thank you, Irita. See you soon.
-Have a good trip.
-Find some bargains.
-Well, we'll try.
These Blues are taking it all in their stride, aren't they?
Right, time's now coming we've got to buy something, ladies.
Not sure the same can be said for the Reds.
-I'm getting a bit panicky now.
-You're getting a bit panicky?
-I'm getting very panicky, let me tell you.
Very, very panicky.
No need to panic yet.
You still have around 40 minutes on the clock. Just focus.
-What are those?
-Do you like that?
-I was just looking...
Dee and Jean certainly know what they like.
They just can't find it.
-Are you winning?
-Not yet. Hello again.
We need something cheap and profitable.
-Do you like that?
-I don't dislike it,
-but then, it's clean, isn't it?
I don't think people like to clean these days, do they?
That's the problem. It's sort of...
-It's always the price, isn't it?
-It's always the price.
If I remember correctly, Dee spends hours cleaning her silverware.
Ah, ladies, I knew it wouldn't take you long to spot a jewellery stall.
Heaven, you don't want to keep me here too long. Blimey.
All these beads.
This brooch and earring set, priced at £95,
is bringing a smile to Alison's face.
Scandinavian jewellery is a personal favourite of mine
because they don't work a lot in gold.
They didn't believe in actually making jewellery
for the price of the piece itself.
They believed in making jewellery for art's sake
and making jewellery that was incredibly beautiful.
They used a lot of enamelwork and over the last couple of years,
-it has become incredibly popular.
-Do you want to have a look at it?
-I think so.
Thank you so much.
So, you've got a pair of clip-on earrings
and a brooch there.
So, it's silver-gilt.
So, it's stamped 925S
and then it's stamped there DA for David-Andersen sterling, Norway.
-I love the colour.
-I mean, at auction,
-I would put them in probably at £50 to £70.
I think it's a nice...
Nice that you've got the earrings and the brooch.
I think it's really decorative, very pretty
and I think lots of ladies
do actually like blue as a colour, so...
And it's our team colour.
It's our team colour, isn't it? The Blues.
So, yeah, I think it's lovely.
What could be your best price on that, darling?
-Um, I'd do them for 75.
Is there any chance we could sort of nudge it towards the 60-ish?
-Just a bit?
-Are you sure?
-I'd do 65.
-I think he said 50.
-50, wasn't it?
-He's getting cross with me now.
Was it 55?
-What did we say, darling?
-Shall we go for that?
-Let's go for it, yeah.
-Well, do you love it?
-I like it.
-I mean, I like it enough.
-Should this be our joint purchase?
-Yes, that's fair.
-Yes, all right, then.
-We'll have it as a joint, yes.
-So, this could be our joint purchase
-and we'll get Bongo something.
-Right, let's go.
Bravo, Blues. Second item in the bag.
-Are you pleased, Christina?
-I'm so proud of them.
They are being decisive and they're working really well as a team.
Yeah, we might even get time for an ice cream.
Girls, at this rate, we're going to have time for an ice cream.
Mine's a choc ice, Christina.
But with just 20 minutes left on the clock,
-the Reds haven't bought a thing.
-What about the scales there?
£78. I mean, I think they're quite cool.
-Yeah, I like those.
-Really old-fashioned type.
They look to me like they're, what, '30s or '50s?
They wouldn't be '40s, war years,
but they'd be just before or just after, I would think.
Excuse me, sir.
Have you any idea how old these might be, do you think?
'They look sort of '50-ish to me.'
That's what I was sort of kind of thinking. And you think this...?
-And they're clearly English cos they're Avery scales.
-This is enamelled.
Glass-plated. Perhaps butchers.
There's only one thing we need to know is the price, really.
-The price is on top.
-No, I saw that.
That's too round. We need to come down a little bit.
-'That's very round.'
-52 sounds good to me.
-52? Where did you get 52 from?
-I was going to offer him 50.
Could you do them for 50 quid?
-I'll do them for 50, yeah.
-Do you like them?
-Yeah, I do. I think they're very...
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Finally, the Reds have taken off.
The Avery scales are their first item.
I told you not to panic.
-Stay with us.
-We need to find something else now, don't we?
-We do. Come on.
We've got the momentum going now. One down, two to go.
Yes, keep it up, Reds.
So, whilst the teams carry on with their shopping,
I'll show you what amazing things you can find
if you pop down to your local auction.
I'm always after a bit of history, a bit of interest.
And I was at a saleroom recently
and I was thumbing my way through the catalogue
and I came across something that really got me thinking,
and it was a scrapbook.
Well, not just any old scrapbook. Actually, it was this scrapbook.
And look at it. It's a bit tatty, it's a bit torn, it's brown,
but the contents are absolutely wonderful.
It's a scrapbook belonging to a very famous actress, Evelyn Laye.
She was born in 1900 and lived for very nearly 100 years.
She died in 1996
and she met everybody in the acting world.
And the moment you open it up,
you start seeing these very personal images
and by the second page, there we have, "Noel and myself."
Noel? Noel who? Noel Coward,
one of the most famous playwrights of the 20th century.
A man who wrote Brief Encounter,
a man who wrote Private Lives.
And Evelyn Laye featured in a lot of his films.
Suddenly, you come across her singing a wonderful song
with Kenneth More.
Here, cutting a cake with Kenneth More.
And the other side of her, we've got Larry.
Who is Larry? Sir Laurence Olivier -
some would say the greatest Shakespearean actor
the country has produced.
And they're all in this album.
And here comes the coup de grace.
Nothing more than a waiter's notepad from the Savoy Grill.
And I'll read it to you.
"Dear Miss Laye, you look quite staggeringly beautiful.
"Your dress is lovely, you are lovely
"and I love you very much.
"Kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, Squitters."
And I thought, "Squitters? What's that?"
And, of course, she has annotated, at the bottom,
"A note from Noel sent across to my table at the Savoy Grill.
"He signed it Squitters, his pet name for me."
How exciting is that?
These sort of notes don't get kept.
They don't get stuck in albums. They get thrown away.
How romantic is that?
And on the opposite page, we've got Danny La Rue,
Kenneth More again and Laurence Olivier again.
We've got Derek Nimmo.
"Yours always, Stanley Baxter."
I mean, isn't it quite remarkable
that something like this can be found in an ordinary saleroom?
And I think I've got a bit of a winner here.
Now, it cost £200,
but as far as I could tell, I was probably the only bidder.
There were no other bidders in the room
because it wasn't in a specialist sale.
If this went in to that sort of sale with this provenance,
I just think it could be worth a lot more than £200.
I think that that one scribbled note from the Savoy is worth £200.
But, of course, to me, it's far too precious.
I'm never going to sell it.
Right, then, back to it and we're halfway through.
Two-one to the Blues, and they've built up an appetite.
Ooh, smell those bacon butties, girls.
-Do you think we'll get time for an ice cream?
-Ooh, that would be nice.
The Blues may be peckish,
but the Reds are hungry to track down their next item.
'Oh, I've got something nice for you.'
Art Nouveau silver brooch. It's a beauty.
It's Scottish agate, set in solid silver,
made in about 1910, 1915.
There's a hallmark. You could date that.
-Don't tell me what your prize is, but I would have...
-'So, I'll do it for 30.'
-It's not very clean.
-If it was 20, it might be more desirable.
-No, I couldn't.
'I paid more than that for it, so I couldn't. It's impossible.'
-Do you like it?
-'Not Arts and Crafts, no.'
I can tell by her face, Phil, she doesn't.
Oh, no! There seems to be a difference of opinion AGAIN.
If it's going to make money, I'm happy.
-It will make money for sure and I reckon you'll get 50 at auction.
She doesn't like it. I like it.
But with just the sniff of a possible profit,
looks like Dee's been persuaded.
-Go with that?
-Thank you very much.
-'That's all right.'
Dee may not like it, but that's the second item for the Reds.
It's two apiece. How are we doing for time, Phil?
-We've got 20 minutes. Where now?
-Into the sheds.
Blues, are you still ploughing on nicely?
What do you think about these tractor seats over here?
Well, I'm a farmer's wife,
so you don't want to talk to me about tractor seats.
-Yeah, I think you're right.
-They're quite unusual.
Yeah, they have been tractor seats that have been converted
-into bar stools or, you know, stools, effectively.
They've obviously been refurbed
cos they've got this new swivel mechanism on them
and they'd never have been on this base originally.
So, somebody's taken an old base and put this seat on it.
I think they're actually incredibly effective.
And if you think, now, a lot of people have kitchen islands.
We'd have to buy both of them if we were going to buy them.
Yes, I think you're right.
What do you think we could get for those at an auction, then?
-You might be looking at £20, £30 apiece.
I think I'll go and see how much they are.
-See if you can do a buy one, get one free.
-Buy one, get one free. BOGOF.
-That would be quite useful.
I'll have a sit down myself, I think.
-That's a good idea. They are comfy, aren't they?
You know the question I'm going to ask you.
-What's the best price?
-What's the best price?
-The best price is a straight 100 for the pair.
-For the pair?
So, that's 50 each.
It's a little bit on the steep side.
I think probably £100 a pair is a little bit over...
-We're not going to get much return on it, I don't think.
-We'll have a think about it.
-We're in this game for profit, so...
-Aren't we all?
Quite right, Blues. Stick to your game plan.
So, Reds, have you sniffed out anything?
-That's rather nice.
-What am I looking at?
-The perfume bottle.
-You're taking me out of my comfort zone here.
-Oh, am I?
-That has neither got rust, nor is it made of wood.
Yes, Phil, but can you smell a profit?
The thing is, this lady has beautifully presented things,
-but I think it's going to be a bit too much for us at auction.
-We have now got just ten minutes left.
-Ten minutes left.
-Come on. We need to get on.
-Let's get cracking.
Oh, crikey, teams, time really is ticking.
How are you measuring up, Blues?
-Oh, that is sweet.
'That's 20, that one.'
This is quite sweet cos it's a little advertising one
for Chamberlain and Sons Ltd.
-'Stiffener and leather manufacturers.
-That's where we live.
-Yes, it is. I do like it,
but I do like some drawers I've seen over there as well...
-..so I'd like to look at those.
We just need to be aware that we are running out of time.
Oh, isn't that pretty? That's a good spot.
-Love these handles.
Yeah, little acorns on the front. Little swing handles.
-It's a jewellery casket.
-Oh, my goodness.
-What's the rest of it like?
-Anyway, we're running out of time.
-We're running out of time.
-Can I ask how much you've got on your cabinet, darling?
-40 on that and 20 on that.
-Let's go for the tape measure.
Is there any flexibility on the price on your tape?
-Oh, go on. Do 15.
-Then you don't have to take it home.
-Yeah, that's fine.
-Oh, that's great.
-What do I do, girls?
-Yeah, we'll go for it.
-Are we done?
We've got two minutes. We can keep wandering round.
We might go down another....
The Blues have it all taped up. Three items bought. Well done.
Over to the Reds. There's just a few minutes left.
This is a Philips' nine-inch terrestrial globe.
-Harrods Limited of London, Knightsbridge.
You've got a little bit of damage there. A little bit.
But I just think that's quite a nice thing.
-And these are collectables?
-Yeah, massively collectable.
It's priced at 295.
I've had a word with the dealer,
cos you've got to leave me with something.
He'll let you have it for 220.
The risk is, on a bad day, it might make 150, 160.
On a good day, it might make 300, 350.
-I love this, but that just puts me off it a little bit.
Check your budget, Reds. £220 won't leave Phil with a penny.
-Do you want the postbox?
-I like those post...
-How old is it?
No. Right, we've got to go, go, go.
Do you like the fire screen?
-No. Do you like the glass?
-You've got to buy something now.
-We've got to buy it.
You either say, "We'll have the globe" or...
-We'll have the globe.
-That's what you want?
-11 seconds, Dee. Quick.
How are they going to get themselves out of this pickle?
Good sir, good sir, good sir.
They made a mistake earlier with their sums.
They haven't got 220 left. That's everything gone.
If they give you 215, it leaves me with a fiver.
-Is that all right?
-That's all right.
-Cos if it isn't, we're up it!
-Thank you so much.
-Phew! You were lucky there, Reds.
Job done. KLAXON
Right, teams, your time is up.
That is the closest I've ever been in this programme. It really is.
There was about a second to go.
-Yeah, thank you.
-Do you know what?
-I thought we were going to have loads of time at the end.
-So did I.
-So relaxed, so laid-back.
-And, actually, we took it a bit close to the wire.
-We did, yes.
-Bongo, don't do that to me again.
Now, let's see what the Red team has bought.
First up, the Reds weighed in
and paid £50 for these Avery scales.
Next, they'll be pinning their hopes on this brooch, which cost £30.
And finally, at £215,
will this globe have far-reaching appeal at the auction?
But if I may say so, girls, you're looking a little smug.
-Cos you spent a lot of money.
-Blew nearly the lot.
-But how easy was it to spend the money?
-Yeah, I think it was...
I think it was harder than we thought.
It's been an experience much harder than anyone would ever know.
Can I just second that? It most definitely has been an experience.
Charlie, let me tell you, it was one of the longest hours of my life.
But one of the most enjoyable, surely.
Goes without saying. It was one of the best, but it seemed like a day.
THEY LAUGH So, what's your favourite lot?
-Mine is a brooch that I picked, but also the globe.
-Off the scales.
-That covers all three things.
Which is going to make the biggest profit?
-I think the brooch.
-Unfortunately, I think the brooch as well, yes.
-Cos I like the scales.
-They're quirky and I think...
-Who chose the brooch, though?
-She chose it, you see.
-I know. No, I know.
-What do you think?
-Well, I love the globe, actually.
-And, of course, you haven't got a lot to hand over, have you?
Well, I think this is what we said at the outset, isn't it?
Don't leave him too much money.
And may I say, you haven't? THEY LAUGH
Five quid! CHARLIE LAUGHS
-Spend it wisely.
-Spend wisely. What are you going to spend it on?
Well, I'm very tempted to go and get them an hour-long stopwatch.
-Ooh! Very cutting, that one.
Well, well, well.
On that jolly note, let's go and see how the Blue team got on.
For starters, at £20, will this trunk be packed with profit?
Next, they paid the pretty price of £65 for this brooch and earrings.
And finally, will this measuring tape go the distance?
Well, the way you set off, girls,
I actually thought you'd done this before.
THEY LAUGH Disciplined, focused,
knew what you wanted to do.
All went a bit wobbly at the end, didn't it?
-A little bit.
-But you bought nice things.
So, what was your favourite item?
For me, it was the David-Andersen brooch.
-Were you in agreement?
-I did like it very much...
..but my favourite item was the trunk, definitely.
I had my heart set on a trunk.
-You had your heart set on a trunk?
I've never met a girl who had her heart set on a trunk before,
but each to her own. THEY LAUGH
And what's going to make the biggest profit?
-I think it'll be the jewellery. The brooch and the earrings.
-Yeah, I agree. I think it will, yes.
-OK, hand over the leftover lolly.
-How much have you got?
I'm just checking that you haven't kept some back.
THEY LAUGH Well, girls, this is the most
dangerous moment of your lives - handing that girl £200.
-Spend it wisely.
-They're very brave, are they not?
What are you going to do with it?
-I didn't really feel that we ticked all of Ali Bongo's boxes.
-So, I want to get something for you, darling.
-And you wanted big, you wanted bold, you wanted beautiful.
-You wanted decorative, didn't you?
Well, while Christina goes off
to buy something big, bold and beautiful,
we'll go down the road to the auction at Lichfield.
-Delighted that you're here, Charlie.
-Well, it's the first time we've met, isn't it?
Well, I've been looking forward to this moment for some time.
Now, let's see what you think of the Red team's purchases.
We're going to kick off with a set of Avery scales.
Do you know, I see a lot of Avery scales.
-Yes, but it's got something about it.
-I quite like that sort of thing, I have to say. You know...
..from that kind of background as well.
So, I love the colours, the whiteness of it.
-You know, it's a good looker.
-What are these worth?
-We've gone 30-40.
-Yeah. Well, they paid 50, so...
-Yeah, we're OK with that.
-Yeah, yeah, like that, yeah.
And they've really not spent much money on the next lot,
to be honest. It's a little silver brooch
-with a pietersite stone. Do you know pietersite?
-I don't, no.
Well, do you know, I'm in the same boat,
so I looked it up and do you know what it said?
-Calms nervous spirits.
-Have a look at it.
Probably best to keep this on me for the sale.
-It's a bit dull, isn't it?
We've only put 20 to 30 on it,
and I don't know if I've overcooked it at that, to be really honest.
Well, they only paid £30 for it,
-so we're pretty safe on that lot, aren't we?
Now come to my favourite lot and I suspect yours as well.
-Yeah, I love it.
-It's just got...
Everyone wants this sort of thing at the moment. It's really in.
And look at the colour.
-That tells you something, doesn't it?
-Yeah. Good maker's name.
-Made by Philips and retailed by Harrods.
-That's the word.
What estimate have you put on it?
-We've put a pretty punchy 100 to 120.
Do you know, I think that is quite punchy,
but not when you hear what they paid for it.
-It begins with a two.
-200-plus, is it?
Oh, dear, Charlie.
It's going to be a pleasure to sell it because I love the object.
If we're going to get close to that,
then I think we're just going to have to wait and see.
It might be, of course, that they'll need a bonus buy.
Let's have a look at what Philip bought.
-Dee, lovely to see you here.
-Thank you, Charlie.
-Where is Jean?
Unfortunately, she couldn't make it today,
-but I have a partner here in Philip Serrell.
Look at this.
-Well, Dee, you were a spendthrift, weren't you?
-Between you, you managed to spend £295...
-We blew it.
..leaving Lord Serrell with a fiver.
Well, let's have a look. I think you might be disappointed.
Yeah, I think you're going to be very disappointed
cos all I could find for a fiver was this little clock,
and I thought it was quite apt
given the time pressures that we were under.
So, how much are we going to achieve?
Well, I was kind of hoping that the minimum bid here is £10.
You know, and then we're home and doubled the money.
I think it's a good thing.
I wonder if the auctioneer will think the same.
-Philip went off and made a shrewd investment, I think...
..with the Bakelite faux tortoiseshell-cased clock.
What do you think? ROBERT LAUGHS
-Um, I don't think
-he would have paid very much for it...
-..so I think that's a plus.
-A really good plus. I don't know...
Cos I have really early starts.
..I would trust it to get me up in the morning...
-We've gone £10 to £15 on it.
-That's a plus.
He paid £5 for it.
-Fine. Can't go wrong with that.
So, it appears to me that that is an out-and-out winner. Can't be bad.
Now, let's have a look at what the Blues bought.
Now, Alison and Sarah started off by buying a bit of vintage luggage.
-What do you think?
-I love luggage.
I do. And I love trunks.
It looks, to everyone, it's a bit battered,
but that wouldn't take much to get
-waxed up and cleaned up, would it?
And they're really... You know, at the moment, they're a bit trendy.
Under the bed, that sort of thing.
-It's a nice thing.
-What estimate have you put on it?
-We've gone 40 to 50.
-Ooh! Good news.
-Ooh, it is.
-Do you know what they paid?
The next lot is super, isn't it?
The David-Andersen brooch and earrings.
-I'm sure you agree with me on this lot.
-Yeah, I love it.
-I love the blue. Um, David-Andersen items are hot at the moment.
Anything from Norway is hot, I have to say,
cos they're beautifully done.
-40 to 60.
-Yeah. Paid 65.
That's a perfect guide to the price. Yeah, yeah.
Should be happy with that lot.
They bought an interesting little lot as well, the third item,
which is the advertising tape measure.
It's a fun little item and there'll be a collectable market out there.
-You know, we've only gone £10 to £15 on it. Um...
-Couple of quick bids from Winterton and you're away.
-Can't go wrong.
Well, it's all looking quite good, isn't it, for the Blues?
Will they need the bonus buy? Let's find out what it is.
Well, this is very exciting, isn't it? What's under there?
-Oh! Oh, my goodness.
-A deafening silence.
-Is it, what, a duvet?
It is an early-20th-century paisley eiderdown.
-How much do you think I spent?
-Ooh, close. I spent £25 on it.
-That's quite close.
And what will it make?
So, I think, at auction,
you're going to be looking at 30 to 50, £40 to £60.
-Something like that.
-That's all right, isn't it?
Yes, it's a profit.
Pleasantly surprised, aren't you, girls?
-But you don't have to make up your mind now.
Plenty of time to think about it.
Meanwhile, let's see what the auctioneer thinks
about Christina's duvet.
Well, for the bonus buy, Richard, it's bedtime.
-Will we fit in it both together?
-I'm not sure.
-I don't know.
-Depends how well the auction goes, I think.
-Yeah, I don't think it's...
Is it a single or are we a double or are we a king-size?
-What do you prefer?
-Depends how well you get on, I suppose.
I think it's a single. HE LAUGHS
-We'll leave it just like that.
-OK, what can we say about it?
-Nice colours. Fresh. It's got its age. It's vintage.
-It is, isn't it?
-Yeah. We've got £20 to £25.
Hopefully, if they're in that estimate, it'll do OK.
-Not a problem. Paid 25.
-That's bang on.
Well pleased with that. Yeah, no, we'll be fine with that.
-Will you be taking the auction?
-I will be.
Well, this will keep Richard warm on the rostrum.
160's in the room. 60 in the room. 60 in the room.
-Dee, now's the moment.
-Are you excited?
I'm totally up for it and I'm enthusiastic.
-You look completely wound-up.
-Ooh, I am.
-Have you been to an auction before?
-A couple of times.
Have you? Which of the lots do you think will make the biggest profit?
-On balance, it could be the scales.
-I like that.
Is that one of your lines? On balance?
-I'd need to weigh that one up.
-I'll take the measure of your judgment.
-Oh, dear me.
I can't compete with this.
The set of the shop Avery scales. White enamel.
-Here are the scales.
-At 20. We're at five. We are 30.
We are five. We are 40. £40 bid.
Just need a little bit more, don't we?
£40. £40. At £40.
We're just down a tenner. Come on.
-Oh, he's stopped.
Well, you're down a tenner. That's not the end of the world, is it?
-That was a very rare object.
-That might come, Charlie.
Here comes the brooch.
£8, I'm bid. £8. £10. £15. £20.
Only cost 30. It's getting there.
£20. At £20 in the room. At £20.
-25, the internet.
-Let's get 30 in the room.
-Yes! Come on!
-Minus two means you're minus 12.
-They failed me.
-This is pretty good.
All we need now is a really good result.
Now the globe. The terrestrial globe.
I have got seven bids on the book. 150 bid.
-THEY GASP Oh, Philip!
-160. 170. 180.
-Was this a Serrell special?
-This was a Serrell.
At 200. Anyone in the room?
Internet's out. And sold at £200.
Pretty jolly good, really.
And you're only down £27 out of all that.
-So, we're going with the bonus buy?
-Well done, Dee.
Little Bakelite bedside clock.
Here we go.
-The bedside clock.
-This is it.
-£2 to start me.
£2 to start me.
£4, the internet.
-£6. £8. £15, the internet.
-You've done it.
-£15. The internet's at £15.
Hammer's up. All done. 15.
-That's a faux profit, that, Charlie.
-How about that?
Overall, you have only lost...
-That is just such a result.
We spent all of our money, Charlie.
Spent all your money and only lost £17.
-And he was very stressed at the end.
Now, promise me, not a word to the Blues.
-Oh, I shall be silent.
-Not a word.
Well, girls, you look as if you're expecting something enormous.
-We're very excited.
-I think you should be pretty happy.
-Yeah, we're confident.
-Are you, girls?
-Are you sure?
-Have you been to an auction before?
-You have and you haven't?
-I haven't, no.
-You've never been?
-Do you like the atmosphere?
-I do. It's great.
-It's exciting, isn't it?
-What do you think?
-I can hardly breathe.
-Do you feel a Golden Gavel coming on?
-Yes, yes, yes.
-Oh, Charlie, stop it.
-I hope so.
Now we move to 333, the vintage
bentwood-bound canvas trunk.
£20, I'm bid. 25. £30. 35.
-Oh, my God.
-'£40 bid. £40, I'm bid.'
£40. 45. £50.
£50, internet. £50, I'm bid.
-'£50, I'm bid with me.'
There must be something very special in this trunk.
At £50. At 50.
£50, I'm bid. All done?
Sold at 50.
Girls, that is a profit
-of 30 smackers.
-I think I need her shopping with me all the time.
And after all, here comes your Andersen brooch.
The lovely David-Andersen brooch now.
Interest all over the book on this one.
We are 20. 30. We are 40. We are 50. We are 60.
£60, I'm bid.
-Take five. Take five.
'On my book at 60. Internet, you're out.'
All done? Sold at 60.
-So, broken even. Broken even.
-It's a loss.
-Lost a fiver.
You're still plus £25.
No fretting, girls.
And now you've got the wonderful advertising tape measure
by W W Chamberlain and Sons.
15. 20. £20, I'm bid. Internet, you're out.
-£20 with me.
-It's £20. £20. £20.
All done. Sold at 20.
So, you're up £30 overall.
Well, of course, that really puts the eiderdown in jeopardy,
-What do you think about the vintage eiderdown?
-100% yes? 100% yes?
-No pressure. Despite the fact you're £30 up?
-I think we'll make more.
-It cost 25.
So, what do you think that nice auctioneer has made of this?
-What's he put it at?
-20 to 25.
-You did well.
-No, I think you'll be all right.
Stop crying, Christina, for goodness' sake.
We have the paisley eiderdown.
Vintage one there. Paisley cover.
Lovely and fresh. Nothing on my book on this.
I'm in your hands again.
£2 a bid. £2 a bid.
-I beg your pardon?
-'£2 a bid.'
Don't... £4. £6. £8.
£10. 15. 18. 20.
-The boy's on fire, isn't he?
-Oh, come on.
-We're nearly there.
-£20. £20. All done?
Sold at 20.
It's only minus a fiver.
Overall...overall, you're plus £25.
It's a profit, girls!
It's been a bit of a yo-yo, hasn't it?
A little bit up, a little bit down, a little bit in the middle.
But overall, £25. I think that's good.
-Yes. Very happy, aren't we?
-Yes, we're happy.
Not a word to the Red team. That could well be a winning score.
So, we've had a lot of fun. A lot of fun.
-Haven't we, girls?
Dee, we haven't got Jean. How would she have enjoyed it?
I think she would have loved it today.
I'm sure she would have.
Of course, as always, on the programme, we have a winner
and we don't have a loser, we have a runner-up.
And the runner-up today is, without doubt...
-..the Red team.
-Well done, girls.
-If only Jean had been here...
..things might have been different.
-Unlikely, but they might have been.
Anyway, it's been a lot of fun and there hasn't been much in it,
I have to say. You know, you only lost £17,
but not as good as the smug Blues.
-Overall, you've made £25.
-Yay! Well done, girls.
Stunning work. Look at that.
Don't spend it all at the same time.
Take it before I put it back in my pocket.
You've been great contestants. A lot of fun.
-In the meantime, join us for more Bargain Hunting. Yes? ALL:
Charlie Ross is at the helm as the hunt for bargains heads to the East of England Showground, one of the largest antiques fairs in the country. Expert Philip Serrell is on hand for the reds and Christina Trevanion guides the blues as it all gets very exciting at the auction in Lichfield.