Charlie Ross presents from an antiques fair at Wetherby Racecourse with experts Paul Laidlaw and Philip Serrell.
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Hello, I'm at Wetherby in Yorkshire,
and I'm about to gallop off
to the antiques fair at Wetherby Racecourse,
but will it be the Reds or the Blues who are first past the post today?
And, they're off!
Not too fast...
Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Well, I held on for dear life and made it to the racecourse,
where there are stalls selling antiques and collectables
inside and out.
And you know what our teams have got to do.
They have £300 and just one hour
in which to find three items to take off to auction,
and make a profit.
Now, let's look ahead and study the form of our Reds and Blues.
Done it! You've done it!
I don't know what happened there!
When we finish, you can come back and buy it, OK?
OK, yeah, OK.
-Who's in charge all the time?
-I know, I know.
And we're odds-on for a cracking auction with our Reds.
Or will it be the Blues who romp home?
Oh, I see. Are you confident?
That's all for later. Now, let's meet today's teams.
And for the Red team, we have Susan and her son, Ryan.
And for the Blue team we have good friends, Chris and Alan.
Now, Susan and Ryan, who chose who to come on Bargain Hunt?
I asked him when we were watching Bargain Hunt one day.
I said, "I'd love to go on there."
-And he said, "I'll come on with you, Mum."
-It's been on your bucket list for some time, hasn't it?
-It has, it certainly has, yes.
So, Ryan, what's your antique knowledge like?
Very, very little.
All I know about antiques is they're old!
Well, that's half the battle!
I do like old cars though.
I have a 1983 Land Rover.
I can't wait to insure it, but I'll have to be 25 before I can do that!
So you've got five years to wait, have you?
-A long time!
-Never mind, plenty of time to save up!
Now, Susan, you're the team expert when it comes to antiques?
-No. I like charity shops and car-boot sales.
And I just think I know all about antiques.
Do you? That's good.
What do you do for a living, Susan?
I look after children
who are visiting their parent or relative in prison,
to make their visit more comfortable.
I do lots of craft with them and games
and just have a good time.
-As best we can.
-Yeah, but it must be challenging.
-It's very challenging.
-Now, Ryan, you like working with animals,
-I love working with animals.
I spent a long time re-homing them, which I loved,
following their progress,
getting their confidence back in people again and stuff like that.
Hopefully, I want to start my own dog-walking business in the future.
-Now, what about tactics, you two?
Well, I'm going to buy an item.
-I'm going to buy an item.
-And then we're going to have a joint item!
And that's our Red team, Susan and Ryan.
And now, for good friends Chris and Alan, our Blue team.
Are you full of confidence?
-Indeed I am.
-How long have you known each other?
-We've known each other 30 years.
-And 30 years ago I became the Methodist church minister
in a town just south of Durham city,
and this man here was the leader of the local council.
-So, our paths crossed.
-So, are you still working in the church?
I do the occasional services,
and my main love these days is the company at the gym.
Three times a week, trying to keep fit,
and I meet all sorts of people from all parts of the world.
It really does me good.
-Chris, you're still very active, aren't you?
-Do all sorts of things.
I write books.
I do a one-man show called The Genius of Charles Dickens.
We've played it successfully at the Edinburgh Festival
for the past three years.
Wonderful, who's your favourite Dickens character?
Well, I would say Fagin, because he's so evil!
-You've got to pick a pocket or two!
Now, Alan, you've found out something about Chris
you didn't know quite recently, didn't you?
I knew not only that we were born three days apart,
but that he had three younger sisters, one of whom is very famous!
Tell me more, Chris?
The famous one is Victoria Wood, who sadly died last year aged only 62.
And, me and my first two sisters all had a fair amount of talent.
But the story is that Mum and Dad kept trying
until they found a really good one!
-Which they did!
-They did indeed!
So, chaps, what's your plan?
Well, as we're both strong-minded people,
the idea is that we have one each, and the other one is a mutual one.
Wonderful, that should work well.
Now, all you need is some money to go shopping with.
-£300 I've got for you.
-Thank you very much.
And I've got £300 for you!
-Off you go shopping, have a great time!
Comics versus animal lovers.
Goodness knows if either of them will make a profit!
All our teams need now are their experts.
Hoping to light up some profits for the Reds, it's Paul Laidlaw.
And hoping for a barrel load of profits for the Blues,
it's Philip Serrell.
Susan, Ryan, this braw morning in Wetherby,
what is it we're shopping for?
We're shopping for dogs, Paul!
-Dogs. Dogs. Any dogs.
-Bronze dogs, wooden dogs.
-Oh, OK, this works!
I'm looking for curves today
because I've heard recently that curves are selling.
It's all about pooches, you love your dogs.
I want to buy something that people would like in their homes.
Because if they don't want it in their homes, they won't buy it.
Right, teams, get your skates on!
Your time starts now!
I'm well-known to be just a big puppy, so...
You understand what a curve is?
-I think I do...
I think we're all clear on what our teams want,
and the Reds are straight onto the scent.
How about those two over there?
-The two side hounds.
Go on, then. Let's have a look.
They'd look good at the end of the drive on the pillars,
-would they not?
-They would look brilliant, wouldn't they?
-What do you think, any age?
-Not really, I don't think.
-You know what you do with those?
-You paint them with yoghurt.
It encourages lichen growth and so on,
so it basically speeds up the ageing of them.
Do you reckon we could do that before the auction, or...
What is that smell in this auction room, anybody?
Depends what flavour yoghurt, as well!
-What would you like to pay for them?
-To pay for those, I would pay... 80?
Good luck, Susan.
That's half the £160 ticket price!
-Do you want to ask?
-We're thinking 80.
I'd love to, but I'm afraid the margins on this one are jolly tight.
What is the best?
The kill on them would have to be 120.
-No, I'm sorry, I can't.
I know my margins, they're very tight on this one.
110? Go on!
-No, I can't.
Is Mum's negotiating embarrassing you, Ryan?
118 and I'll do it.
-Well, you shook the hand now...
You've done it!
You've done it, I don't know what happened there!
Look at this!
Ryan, how do you feel about that negotiating strategy?
Well, I think I might get involved on the next one.
I might be shy but I think I can do a bit better than that!
By get involved, do you mean basically hold her back?
Yes, yeah. If I hold her back, you can do it next time!
Right then, folks. We've done it.
We've got dogs within a nanosecond to start with.
They certainly have.
£118 spent and not even five minutes on the clock.
Are the Blues also cooking on gas?
Do you like those stoves?
Because they're useful things, everybody's got...
They're converting garden sheds and yurts and whatever
and they put these little wood-burning stoves in. French.
Do you like the look of those, or not?
-Yeah, let's come and have a look.
-Do you want to have a look?
-Yeah, let's have a look.
See... I quite... I quite like these.
Now that one's seen better... Well, that one's been well...
Do you like them or not?
-That's sorted that out then, didn't it?
Maybe not enough curves for the blues, Phil?
Now, typewriters weren't on your shopping list, Reds.
Is there any good worth in the typewriters?
Their prices have kept up, recently and I don't know why.
Early ones, big-money.
These 1920s Underwoods, cast iron there, it's ballast.
I don't know? Decorative objects.
I think they're too late to be really desirable to the collectors.
I suspect the Smiths Premier Number 10 is a better one.
-Yeah, it is the better one, isn't it?
But too rich for us.
Yes, definitely, after that first buy!
-I'm not going to let you forget it!
All righty, right, right!
You have £182 left, Reds.
And you'll have to leave something for Paul.
So what has Chris spotted?
This, gentleman, is a cracket.
And it's nicely decorated, it's small.
It'll stand by the hearth and grandkids can sit on it.
-Sounds to me like we're not going to have much say in this, are we?
Shall we find out how much it is?
Excuse me, how much is your little stool, please?
-I would like to get this for... £9.
Oh, right, OK.
£9, it goes for ten and we get a profit.
-How about that?
-Give me £9, then.
There you are, that's it.
-Well done, that man.
-And it's round, as well.
This is not going to be any great age, but it's a bit of fun,
isn't it? And for £9, there's got to be a profit there.
We will make a profit and that is the object of the exercise.
-It's job done, isn't it?
-Job done, job done.
Right, we're going to put that down and find two other
-curvaceous profitable things.
Something with curves for the home.
The Blues think they've cracked it!
That's one we're sharing, right?
That's the sharing one.
You've already chosen that, and now you're saying I'm sharing?
-Well, you are sharing!
-I do hate it when...
What sort of a friend is that?
I hate it when there's rows, come on. Come on.
Brilliant. Good luck with these two, Phil.
Let's go back to the Reds.
The chopping block, what is that?
It's a hat block.
It's from Poland and it's done in sections.
So, the lady would make the hats on it,
and you can make them bigger or smaller, you know?
-I've seen the price there.
-What price have I got on it?
-The best I could do is 60.
-Right, I definitely need your support on that!
Susan, I've heard there's loads of dog things somewhere else...
-I think there would be profit in that.
I've spent big already, sorry.
Some diversion tactics coming into play there!
Alan, are you getting a look in?
Let's have a look at this.
That's brand-new and it's about £20 worth.
When we finish you can come back and buy that, OK?
-OK, yeah, OK.
-Who's in charge all the time?
I know, I know. I know.
Let's call him team leader!
Reds, are you about to give some more dogs a home?
I do like the figure.
Are they a pair, or... No...
-They've got to be a pair, yeah.
What kind of metal do you think they are?
It will be a base metal alloy and then the pattern, the bronzing,
is just applied over that.
-I think there's a good chance they're French.
Date wise, I think somewhere between '30s and '50s.
But when they were new, it didn't have that chunk out of it there.
But, you know what? It's not the end of the world, is it?
-28 for the two? Fair enough.
I mean, frankly, at auction I put an estimate of 20 to 40 on those.
-As much as 40?
-Look, they're dogs!
It's not just you and your mum...
-People love them!
-I might get a best price and then walk away.
-Play it tactically.
-I like the way you think!
I'd just like to ask what would be the best price on these.
Just considering the big chip.
22, I think.
Would 15 be...?
-I think we'll look around, and...
-Have a look round, and...
Yeah, hopefully they're there when we come back.
-We'll think about it.
-Thank you very much, though.
-No problem at all. Thank you very much.
-See you soon.
Unlike Mum, Ryan clearly wants to be careful with the cash.
Blues, are you moving at full steam?
-You like railways, don't you?
-I absolutely do, yes.
And they would have been used to illustrate a book.
They're not that old and they're not hugely valuable.
But to a train buff...
We both live near the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
-And we're very keen on that.
And I think this would be excellent depending on what price we can get.
Let's have a word with the dealer, see what we can do.
These, they're not hugely... They haven't got great age, have they?
I would think they're probably 1920s, '30s,
going on the type of printing that they are.
Yeah. I was thinking sort of '50s,
but I think they're very nice things.
In my eyes, they're like between £2 and £8 each.
So, do you want to buy one, or all of them?
-Let's have the lot.
-One, two, three, four...
-Give us a price for the whole lot.
-I've actually got £20 each on those.
If you are going to buy them all, I think the very best would be £70.
I actually paid £8 each for them, so I can't do any better really.
Make it 69, and we've got a deal.
He's done it again!
-And he's in charge again, have you noticed?
-Yes, yes. I noticed!
-He wants to buy everything.
I think that's a punchy price you've paid for those...
But if they don't make it in Darlington they're not going to anywhere, are they?
Now, you can definitely buy the last item. Definitely!
-Famous last words!
-Thank you very much.
We'll see what happens, but I won't count my chickens!
That's two down in 25 minutes.
Now, what does Susan have her eye on?
I think there's a dog in it, if you're looking for it!
It's an old steel milk churn, that's been copper plated.
And it works! What are you going to do with that, dog biscuits?
Yeah, what price have we got on that?
It's not a lot of money?
It's practical, so...
It's not something we were going to go for, but if you like it, then...
And you can get it for the right price, go for it.
-I was thinking lower.
-I would go to 30 on that one,
but that would be the best I can do.
Remember, Mum, you can go lower than 30...
-No, it really needs to be 30.
I don't think it's a lot of money, I think people are going to think
I can stick kindling in that, next to the log burner, or whatever.
The guy's only asking £30 for it.
-Sounds all right to me!
Might even go £29...
I've got a sneaking suspicion!
Ryan, you're a positive influence. Thanks very much!
-What do you reckon?
-It's a good buy.
Thank you very much!
Susan certainly likes to drive a hard bargain, but that makes it 2-2.
So, whilst the teams carry on with the shopping,
I'm off for a stroll around Wetherby!
I've come away from Wetherby Racecourse
because I've got something here that I want to show you.
A walking stick, you think?
Well, it is a walking stick - and it isn't.
Cast your mind back to the late 19th century.
The church, there's a lovely example of a church there,
didn't really like you playing any sort of sport,
particularly over there, Scotland.
The national sport, golf.
So, what some cunning golf club makers did
was they made a thing called a Sunday stick,
which appears, to the vicar, to be a simple walking stick.
But on the way home, when no-one was looking,
you turn it round, and look!
It's shaped as a golf club.
And, you could practice your swing on a Sunday,
without anybody knowing.
And a good Sunday stick made by a famous maker is now really quite
collectable. This is a beautiful hickory shafted one made today.
Note how it's different from a usual golf club.
It tapers away to a little brass ferrule.
A golf club, of course, would get wider and have a grip.
But if you walked into church with your walking stick with a grip round
the bottom, the vicar would know precisely
what you'd got in your hand!
Anyway, if you could find one from 1890, 1900,
they were made by Anderson,
and they were made by people like Tom Morris.
You could be paying £400 or £500 for one of those,
but a well-made reproduction one's still going to cost you
the best part of £100.
But, what fun - leave church,
turn your walking stick upside down...
Vicar's not watching...
Quick swing...and away we go!
Back to it and we're over halfway.
Both teams have two items.
The Reds seem to love their buys,
and Susan is rather impressed with their expert.
Paul is brilliant, I'm so pleased that we have Paul.
Me mum's just starstruck! Yeah.
And so far, Chris has taken charge of the Blues' two buys.
So, Alan, what's the plan for your final item?
I'm looking for something artistic.
It's not the sort of...
Curve... Art... Art curvature that I'm looking for.
It's a piece of...artistic...
I think I know what sort of curvature you're looking for!
And, Ryan, you're taking charge of the final item for the Reds...
Or maybe not.
-What is that?
-That is just a wee trinket dish.
Interestingly, that casting I've seen before.
I suspect period wise, 1920s, 1930s.
Origin, that might be out of France.
I worry about the lack of substance, but I tell you what it is -
I do like the fact that it isn't damaged,
but like you say, it's that substance.
It doesn't jump out at you,
like if you were walking around an auction room,
would that catch your eye? I think we'll move on.
It's not puppy love, but these medals have caught Alan's eye.
Tell me how George V World War I medals are going to sell?
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, which is what the three medals were known as,
will make between probably
£30 and £50 for the three.
Take it out if you want and have a look.
Yeah... What sort of prices...
-How much have I got on it?
Well, there you go.
There's the extra information in there.
You're not just buying medals, you're buying the guide...
-I like him!
-I realise that.
What's the best that you could do on those?
-What can you do them for?
-Is that the absolute finish?
-Oh, come on, come on.
I think that those two badges are like £30 to £40 at auction.
He's not going to drop lower than 55, so you've really got...
It's time to probably move on.
But you can come back, if you want to.
-We'll have a think.
Come on, off we go.
Have a think then, Blues.
And, surprise, surprise, there's more dogs for the Reds!
I'm loving that Lurcher, those Lurchers mid run.
They are very expensive,
and I don't know if she'll come down with them, being new.
I think you're on a hiding to nothing.
This is good art, but to buy it...
-In an auction...
-And then stick it in an auction.
It doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
-Is that all right?
-No, yeah, yeah.
I'm just trying to give you the right advice.
I just like the scruffy Lurcher!
I mean, I love that, it's really good work.
Yes, sound advice, Paul.
Now it seems our reverend has been distracted...
-I bet you've never seen a volume like this.
Sermons to young women, in two volumes.
By James Fordyce DD, Doctor of Divinity.
This is a piece of tat.
Leave it alone. Come on.
That is not tat. It's only tat to you!
The team leader has spoken!
So, with 45 minutes on the clock, Reds,
what is your third item going to be?
Nothing else has jumped out, like you says.
No, we have to go back for the dogs, Ryan.
Oh, yeah. I can definitely sprint!
-Who's going to win?
-Come on, jog on.
Just look what's put a smile to Alan's face.
-What do you reckon?
-Got some curvature!
Alan, make the lady an offer, OK?
Off you go.
Use all your skills.
Use all your diplomatic skills.
38, what do you reckon?
You're looking at me, aren't you?
And how much are you going to give it to me?
I'll do 20 for you.
Make it 19.
-Make it 19.
-19. Oh, I say!
-Shake her hand.
Oh, I say!
Wonderful, thank you very much indeed.
Shake the woman's hand.
You're my brother!
Well, how much have you just paid for that?
-And what is it?
It is purely decorative, in a house.
-It is... Yes, yes.
-And it's a beautiful colour.
-What did you think to it?
-I think it'll make the money.
At 19 quid, you can't lose very much, can you?
-Well done, you.
Thank you very much indeed.
And do you know what? Joking apart,
I think you've got three items that could show you a profit.
Although, I give up with you...
Job done, Blues, with ten minutes to spare.
You've certainly made us laugh!
Reds, I just hope those bookends haven't gone walkies...
I can't see them, actually...
-Have they gone?
-That boat might have sailed.
-I should be panicking.
-Oh, my word.
-Have they gone...
-The dogs gone?
You did it on purpose!
-How does that feel?
-I don't want to give you a heart attack,
but what about 16?
Your time is running out you see, I've seen this game played before!
-£19, that's... That's it.
I don't know if I like you that much!
Well...! I think I might just go buy a...
-£18, go on, then.
-There you go, thank you very much.
Indeed. Thank you very much, by the way.
-Thanks for that.
And that's it for the Reds, too.
Right teams, your time is up!
-Well, my brother...
-We've done it!
-That's a good ending!
Let's check out what the Red team have bought.
First up, Susan and Ryan were determined to buy some dogs.
And straightaway, bought the statues for £118.
No dogs for their second item.
Instead, they bought a milk churn for £29.
Then, back to the dogs for their final item.
£18 paid for these bookends.
Susan and Ryan, woof, woof!
All about dogs, wasn't it?
I mean, you said you were going to buy animals, and you did.
We did, barking mad, we did.
How was your negotiatings?
-Do you not think they could have been a little sharper?
He's saying nothing!
It's not often you see this man stuck for words!
But you seem to have pulled it off!
-Did you have a good time, though?
-Fantastic, brilliant time.
Marvellous. So, Ryan, have you had a good time?
Oh, I've had a great time.
Especially seeing all the dogs.
-The antiques, and the live ones!
Wonderful. So, what was your favourite item?
The big dogs. The two big dogs.
So certain about that!
-Yeah, they're my favourite as well, the two big Lurchers.
And there's no point in asking you
-which is going to make the biggest profit?
-The big dogs!
No, I don't... I don't think so. I think we overspent on that...
-But I think the bookends'll do well. Yeah.
-The bookends it is.
Well, you spent £165, which is a fraction over half.
It leaves 135, which I'm hoping one of you's got?
-Now, come on, over to me.
I only handle it for a short while, before I hand it on to your man,
who is going to work very hard on your behalf.
I hope so.
I can assure you, the bonus buy will be entirely canine-free!
-So, what WILL you do with it?
-Do you know, I've really no idea,
but I've got a budget, and that'll do me.
So, while Paul goes off with his budget,
let's check out what the Blue team have bought.
First up, friends Chris and Alan wanted something for the home,
and bought this stool for £9.
Next, it was full steam ahead,
and they paid £69 for these railway printing blocks.
And finally, Alan was allowed to buy something,
so he bought this vase for £19.
So, the Chris and Alan show.
Well, it wasn't really, was it?
It was the Chris show, with a splash of Alan.
-I would disagree with that.
-You would disagree with that?
What about you, Chris, weren't you leading things?
It was 50-50 all the way through!
Was it 50-50 all the way through?
We might go to an adjudicator on that.
-I think Chris's 50-50 is 60-40!
-Have you had a good time?
Such a good time,
you bought your third lot without Phil knowing anything about it.
Exactly! It's going to sell.
It's going to sell with a profit.
So, is that your favourite item?
Yes, I think so.
Sure? Chris, what's your favourite item?
Oh, it's got to be the cracket.
And it'll make a fair profit, but I think that Alan's right,
we'll probably make most money on his vase.
Most money on the vase and what do you think, Alan?
I think the green vase.
-The green vase.
-It is magnificent.
Well, well, well. This is the Bargain Hunt of the green vase.
And you spent £97.
-How much did I give you?
So, I reckon you've got 203 to give back.
-Your maths is excellent.
-I would like it now.
-Do we have to give it back?
-I'm afraid you do.
-Oh, dear me.
And it'll sound even worse when I tell you where it's going.
-There it is.
-Because it's going to the great man!
-Well, why not?
-Thank you, Charlie.
What are you going to do with it?
Well, they were looking for something
that was sort of curvy and silver,
so I suppose I've got to go and find something that's curvy and silver,
So, while Phil goes off to find something curvy and silver,
I'm off to the auction room.
Today, we're at Thomas Watson auctioneers,
and I'm with the auctioneer himself, David Elstob.
-David, how are you?
-Very well, Charlie, and you?
Good, yes, thank you.
Now, the Red team, Susan and Ryan,
they said they were going to buy dogs,
and indeed they bought dogs,
the first pair of which you can see down there on the floor.
-What do you think of them?
-I think they're very handsome.
Nicely weathered, I think they'll do well.
Good. People like a dog in a saleroom, don't they?
They do. We do very well with dogs.
Do you? Have you had a bit of interest?
-We might have.
-We might have!
He's cagey, this one!
-What about an estimate?
Have you? Ooh!
I quite like the estimate because they paid £118.
I think they'll do well there,
I think there's some nice profit in that.
Good, good. Ooh, watch this space.
Start with a profit, will we have a profit with the next lot?
What do you think about that churn?
It's very nice, country rustic, a little bit battered, I'm afraid.
It has been kicked around a bit, hasn't it?
It has. But people might use it in the garden, put some flowers in it.
Yeah. It's not actually copper, though, is it?
I think it's been coppered.
Yes, and I think they agreed with that when they bought it.
Yeah. What about an estimate?
-20-30, well, that should be all right,
they're a bit near the top of that one -
29, odd figure, really, but they paid £29.
It'll be close, but there might be a small profit there.
Now, Ryan's choice was THIS pair of dogs, much, much smaller,
but quite well-modelled.
And although they're modern, they're quite appealing, aren't they?
They are appealing, they're in an Art Deco style,
they could be 1970s still,
there was a great revival around there of all things Deco.
They're spelter, rather than bronze.
They have a nice patina to them, there is an appeal there to buyers.
Yeah. I think the stands are probably earlier,
the stands look as if they might have
come from a three-piece clock set.
-I wouldn't disagree with that, Charlie.
-Yeah, a French clock set.
But they're appealing, as you say.
-What about an estimate?
-Our estimate is 30-50.
Well, well, well, £18 paid.
They may already be making a profit,
so they might not need their bonus buy.
But just in case they do, let's have a look at it.
Well, Susan and Ryan, I think we can be sure of one thing.
Under that red cloth, there is not a dog.
But we'll see what you have got.
OK. It was not easy, in fairness, I struggled a bit,
and all I could find was an old purse.
What's that doing for you?
I know. Look, I tried hard!
It wasn't easy! Anyway, not any old purse.
-It's a Japanese object.
And this was worn perhaps by a samurai, it has to be said!
Hanging from his waistband and it is a tobacco pouch.
He'd have a little pouch for his pipe, his kiseru,
a little pouch for his tobacco and this is a collectable object.
But the decorative element here
is a lovely little gilt bronze depiction of a samurai
fighting a dragon.
Is it getting any sexier?
How much did you pay for it?
Oh! The price will determine how sexy it is, Mr Laidlaw!
That cost me £20.
-That's not bad.
You had a lot of money to spend.
Aye, well, it's not the size of the spend,
it's the size of the profit that counts.
Can I just have a look?
-Is it leather?
I'm genuinely thinking, just, it's a little purse,
but I hear what you say.
I think we know what Susan thinks, but Ryan,
I'm not really getting anything from your face at the moment.
I knew you weren't going to go for a doggy thing,
but I didn't think it was going to be...
-Yes, a Japanese, samurai, purse, tobacco thing!
So, do you think it will be good at auction, will it bring good money?
I think there should be a healthy profit in that.
Well, I trust you, I really do. We said we would go with you.
-Yes, yeah, definitely.
-Well, you don't have to make your mind up now,
wait until the auction and then just see how the mood takes you.
And anyway, what does the auctioneer think about this pouch?
Is he as enthusiastic as Paul is?
Now, Paul Laidlaw can be a canny chap.
And I think he's hit the nail on the head with this lot.
It's a tobacco pouch. Well, we're not that keen on smoking any more,
of course, but I love the clasp.
I love it, I think it's a lovely object.
It's Japanese, Meiji period, end of the 19th century.
What sets it apart, really, is the quality of the clasp,
the casting's very crisp.
-Yeah. You have online buyers here?
-We'd have a lot of online buyers.
I think that's going online, I'll stick my neck out
and I think it's going to make a really good profit.
Well, what about your estimate?
Would that be slightly conservative?
-I think it's slightly conservative.
But he only paid £20.
-He did very well.
-Anyway, that's the Reds done.
Now, the Blues, Chris and Alan, they haven't spent as much money,
-and we kick off with...the stool.
-Yes, the stool.
Somebody might have a little corner to fill in a house.
-It's all hand-painted, but...
It IS hand-painted, but you'd want it to be 19th century
-and Scandinavian, that style, wouldn't you?
-Yes, you would.
And then it might make some money.
-What about an estimate?
Ooh! I would say bullish.
-Do you know what they paid?
£9 for the milking stool.
£9, OK. Well, they might be nearer than I am.
They might make a profit there. Well, let's turn to the UDDER items.
Chris chose the stool and I think he was really the driving force
with these printing blocks, seven of them.
They're fascinating, they're history, but how saleable are they?
Well, we're in a railway town...
-Yes, of course.
-Always interest in railway items in Darlington.
-Although the market is limited.
Yeah. The trouble is, they're not really that visual, are they?
If they were brighter, you could put them on the wall,
-look at them and admire them.
-Yes, you could mount them.
-What about an estimate?
I think they went quite bullish on this, £69 paid.
I think they've been a little bit strong with those.
Yeah. Well, time will tell.
Well, the vase, what about the vase?
I think it's nice, nice piece of art glass.
Very tactile, it's a nice shape.
-Nice bubble inclusions.
-I like it.
-You're making it sound wonderful!
-I'm a good salesman, Charlie!
Well, will you need to be with this?
They loved this and they think this
is going to make them the biggest profit.
So, no pressure, but what's your estimate?
I think you've done them handsomely already with the estimate.
They paid £19.
-They've done well.
-They've done well, could well make a profit.
Well, we might be looking at two profits,
but quite probably not a third, so they might need their bonus buy.
So, let's have a look at it.
Well, Chris and Alan, you sent him off with a bundle of money
to buy something curvy and silver.
-Do you think he managed that?
Well, I wouldn't have put it past him.
-I'm just wondering.
-Well, it is slightly curvy.
But it is silver.
-What is it?
-It's a thermometer.
-Is that what it is?
-It would have sat on a gentleman's desk,
back end of the 19th century.
And it's hallmarked,
and I just think that's a really lovely thing.
Does it work, that's the point?!
It's got below five at the minute, so I think it probably does!
Oh! What do you think of that?
Well, it's got the curves, but...
has it got the temperature?
I think we might be a little cool on this one, I'm afraid.
For me, I get this totally underwhelmed feeling, Charlie,
-I don't know about you.
I mean, if the thermometer doesn't work,
it's a piece of cake to put another thermometer in there.
The point is, how much did you pay for it?
Well, I paid £45 for it and I think it'll make between £50-£80.
Ooh, he's getting excited, Phil.
You could be right. You could well be right.
Come on, fella!
-Well, the boy done good.
Oh, thank you!
You're quite enthusiastic about this, aren't you?
I am now. I am now.
You don't have to make your mind up now, chaps,
wait until the auction.
But let's see what the auctioneer thinks about
Phil's curvy and silver thermometer.
Now, Phil's done pretty well here, I think, what do you think of it?
I like it. Nice Chester hallmark on it.
Chester silver's always very well-collected.
-It is, isn't it?
1902, so it's Edwardian, a nice antique piece.
-So I think that'll do well.
I'd like it to have been one year earlier, it's 1902, I think.
-Then we could call it Victorian, couldn't we?
-Yes, that would have been nice.
-Yeah. What's the estimate?
so there could well be a degree of profit in that, I think.
-Now, you'll be taking the sale?
I think you've got something of a challenge on your hands,
but no doubt you'll rise to it.
At 85, we all done?
Finish at £85, all done.
Susan and Ryan...
Susan, you look so nervous!
-No, I'm not!
-Have you been to an auction before?
-What do you think of it?
-We're starting with a couple of greyhound statues.
-Susan, you love these, don't you?
You really like these. Well, here they are, they're coming up now.
274 is a pair of greyhound garden statues.
I'll start you with interest on commission at £100.
100 I'm bid.
110, 120, 130, 140, 150 bid.
150 bid in the room.
At 150 bid, I'll take 160, at 150 bid, 160 anywhere?
At 150, then, I'm selling, fair warning.
At 150, all done?
-Well, that was...
-Do you know how much you've made?
-Are you there?
Now, here comes your milk churn.
276, a coppered metal milk churn.
I'm a 25 bid.
At 25 bid to see 30.
30 bid. At 30 bid, 35, 40.
40 bid the room.
At 40 bid, then, the internet's out.
I'm selling in the room, at £40 then.
Fair warning at 40...
32 plus 11, even I can do that!
Hey, hey, hey! No pressure, Ryan,
but you stand between your mum and a golden gavel!
Oh, don't say that, it's too much pressure.
Here we go! 278 is a pair of spelter Alsatian bookends on marble bases.
Nice Deco-looking pieces. I'll start you £20.
20 I'm bid.
At 20 bid, I'll take 25 for these.
You've done it, you've done it!
At £20 a bid. 25 anywhere.
25 I'm bid, an internet bidder at 25, to see 30.
At £25 then, are we all done, are we finished?
I'm selling then at 25.
You have made a profit of £50.
So, do you want to go with this pouch?
-Yeah, go on.
-Yeah. We trust him.
-You trust him implicitly, don't you?
-It might not be a dog thing, but we trust him.
-He's like our best friend now.
Here it is!
284's a Japanese tobacco pouch
with a metal relief ornament of a warrior slaying a dragon.
I'll start you £20, 20 I'm bid,
£20 I'm bid on commission.
25 online to see 30.
30 bid, 30 in the room, £30 in the room, 35 anywhere?
It's £30, then, I'm selling in the room at £30, all done.
-It's a profit!
-It's a profit of £10, what more can you ask?
So, you have made £60 profit.
It's difficult not to look smug with a £60 profit,
but not a word to the Blues, OK?
Schtum. And then we'll surprise them.
-Are you confident?
Well, you're kicking off with the milking stool, and after all,
it was cheap, wasn't it?
-I stand corrected.
Anyway, here it comes.
Lot 300's a milking stool with painted flower decoration.
Very folk arty-looking piece.
I'll start you with interest, 15 bid online.
15 bid, 20 I'll take next.
At £15 the bid's at 15, 20 anywhere?
At £15 the bids, then, are we all done, are we finished?
I'm going to sell, then, at £15.
All done at 15?
-What do you reckon, chaps?
-A profit is a profit.
Yeah. Is it cheap for a cracket?
-Cheap for a cracket.
But it's given you a profit of £6.
-Now, the printing blocks.
Here they are, Alan, and we'll need faith, I think!
302's a collection of seven printing blocks,
steam locomotives, very nice.
I'll start you £20, 20 I'm bid.
25, 30, 35 bid, 35 on the gallery.
-Oh, come along!
-35, I'll take 40.
-You're halfway there.
-At 35, 40 online.
-Oh, 40 online!
-45, 45 bid, I'll take 50.
At £45, up on the gallery, then.
The internet's out. £45.
Oh! That's a shame, isn't it?
That's a loss of £24, which is a bit of a blow, really.
Which means overall, you are £18 down.
We'll make it up on the vase.
You'll make it up on the vase. Here we go.
304's a tall, green glass vase of trefoil section.
Nice piece of art glass.
I'll start you at £20.
£20 a bid. 25 I'll take.
At £20 a bid, any interest at 25?
At £20, are we all done, are we finished?
At £20, all done?
-But a profit is a profit!
Anyway, thanks to the vase, your loss of £24 has shot down to £23.
So, what about the easel thermometer,
do you want to go with it?
You weren't referring to me when you said...?
Yes, I have every confidence in Philip, he will bring us a profit.
-Alan, what do you want to do with this?
-Oh, go for it.
-Go for it. Got to go for it.
-Here we are.
This is it.
310 is a Chester hallmark silver-framed easel thermometer.
Hallmark 1902, very pretty, nice little desk piece, this.
I'll start you £25.
25 I'm bid, 25 bid, £30 I'll take.
At 25 bid, 30, five, 40, sir.
At £40 it is up on the gallery, then, at £40, I'm selling.
At £40, all done.
Oh, no! Oh!
-I'm very surprised at that.
Still, you could well win this competition, Alan,
you're quite right. Anyway, not a word to the Reds.
-And we'll find out later.
Susan and Ryan, Chris and Alan, have you had a good time?
Oh, my word, sounds as if you've had a ball!
Well, of course, on Bargain Hunt, we don't have winners and losers,
-you know that, don't you?
We have winners and we have runners-up.
I can tell you, because the runners-up today are...
Yes, it's the Blues!
I'm afraid it was the printing blocks that did it, wasn't it?
Yes. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.
Well, Susan, it all went well, didn't it?
-Swimmingly well. And Ryan, woof, woof!
Those dogs just put the icing on the cake, didn't it?
Well, you could say they brought home the bone, couldn't you?
Brought home the bone!
Well, it certainly did.
Well, you made three profits. You made a profit out of the greyhound
statues, the milk churn and the Alsatian bookends.
-I mean, that's fantastic.
And then for good measure, your good man chucked another tenner on top.
-So, with that, you're going home with 60 smackers.
But of course, that pales into insignificance against
-what I'm about to give them.
The Golden Gavel award.
How about that?!
Oh, my word!
One for you, Susan.
-And Ryan, wear it with pride.
-Oh, I will do.
-We don't dish out those every day, I can tell you!
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Charlie Ross presents from an antiques fair at Wetherby Racecourse. Experts Paul Laidlaw and Philip Serrell are helping the reds and blues to hopefully make a profit at auction in Darlington. Charlie shows us a special stick that was used on Sundays.