Natasha Raskin Sharp presents from Hungerford High Street with Philip Serrell and Richard Madley. Natasha also finds out about a Hungerford businessman.
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Hello and welcome to the show from Hungerford in Berkshire today.
Follow me, I'll show you around.
There are plenty of shops for our teams to peruse in the high street.
But with only one hour, they'll need to get their skates on.
It could be a buying bonanza.
I'm worn out after all that.
But there's no time to rest, we've got to get things kicked off.
So let's go Bargain Hunting.
There is documented evidence that dates Hungerford high street back to
as early as 1200 AD.
Well, I'm not sure that our teams will be unearthing any relics that old today.
Although, they do have their experts.
Let's have a look at what's to come.
The Reds need medical assistance.
You've got those heart pills on you?
And the Blues are slightly obsessed with...
There's some quirky animals down here.
He's quite quirky, isn't he?
-Maybe a bit too quirky.
And over at the auction, there is relief with the Reds...
Right, so that's where it lands.
..and disbelief with the blues.
But that's all coming up later.
First, importantly, it's time to meet today's teams.
And we've got a great show lined up for you, because for the Reds,
we have great friends Clare and Sheena.
For the Blues, we've got a lovely couple, Cat and Sean.
-Hello, everyone. ALL:
Thank you for joining us today.
I'll turn to the Reds first.
Clare, tell me, how did you and Sheena meet?
We met on a flight, flying as cabin crew.
I can't remember which one,
but we met on a flight and we had a great time in the bar that night.
And you hit it off right away, I believe.
-Yeah, we did.
-And did you do long haul flights, the two of you?
Yeah, we did. We're both long haul.
Sometimes you get a wee day off on location, don't you?
Sometimes we had more than one.
We had a week in Mauritius, do you remember?
-Yeah, we did. That was a good one.
-Yeah, that was good.
Now, tell me, when you're not jetting off and catching up for a coffee,
as I believe you do, what do you like to do in your spare time, Clare?
I've got a lurcher called Rodney, so I like to walk him.
I like a bit of calligraphy.
I like watching my son play water polo and rugby.
I love that your dog's called Rodney.
There's a bit of a Del Boy and Rodney action going on there.
He's a plonker!
Sheena, tell me about the air stewarding, then.
I've got to hear, there must be some gossip, surely?
There's been so many instances where we've had a laugh.
I remember once when we were carrying the late Sir Roger Moore and his
wife, and we were in first class, carving the beef and doing lunch.
So I turned to them, and I said, "You know, we've got carrots, broccoli,
which ones would you like, Mr..."
And I was thinking, "Oh, gosh.
What's his name? What's his name?"
And then it suddenly came, "Oh, Mr Bond..."
Well, everyone was just in fits.
The whole cabin, I think, were laughing.
-It was hilarious.
-And what was his reaction?
Well, he just giggled the whole way through.
That is so funny. But what a man to meet.
Yeah, I know. He's fabulous.
So great. And what about now, because you've given up air hostessing,
so what do you do for a living now?
At the moment, I'm a companion to the elderly, which I'm really enjoying,
because I've never done anything like that before.
And I've got a couple of lovely ladies, and we just chat,
they tell me all about their history, they're fascinating.
And we go for cups of tea, they're like my best friends.
I'm really enjoying it.
-Yeah, it's great.
-That's so lovely. Real job satisfaction?
-Right, let's get down to business.
How are you going to work as a team?
Probably choosing things that we love.
When we go round the charity shops, we just love the same things,
-Yeah, generally, if we both like it, it'll be all right.
OK, do you think you're going to spend big?
-I think so.
-Yeah. Yeah, I think we will.
I like your tactics! Let's turn to your competition, Cat and Sean.
Now, Cat, tell me, you think you're going to make a great team,
-why is that?
-Yeah, we've been together for about three years now.
And we do work very well as a team,
so hopefully, that will come out today
and we'll make lots of money.
So as a couple, you like to go on date nights.
Some of them are quite infamous, so tell me about those.
Yeah, we do it once a week, we each take it in turns.
And the idea is that you can't spend more than £7.50,
and it has to be something novel that we've never done before.
And it's really good,
some of them have turned out to be a bit flat.
Tell me about a flat one.
I don't want to insult Sean now!
It was his idea!
-Playing conkers, that's probably a flat one.
-We did, we played conkers.
-Not much of a date, Sean.
-We didn't go far.
Now, tell me, when you're not getting up to mad things on your date nights,
what do you like to do in your spare time, Cat?
So, in my spare time, I like to go horse riding.
I used to do it quite a lot as a child competitively.
But now I just do it for a bit of fun, really.
Also, there is a sport that you love.
Yes. We both support Gloucester Rugby, being from there.
We are keen supporters, we can walk to the rugby ground,
and we go most other weekends.
-Most home games, yeah.
-Most home games, when it's on.
Every other week, when the season's on.
Now, Sean, tell me, that's obviously what you do in your spare time,
but what do you do for a living?
Well, I work for a timber agency.
So we help sawmills in Sweden and Finland sell their timber to companies
in the UK. So yeah, it's good fun, and it involves a bit of negotiating,
so hopefully that will come in handy today.
Now, tell me, what are your tactics?
-Do you have a game plan?
I like sport, so anything sporting, really.
And you like animals, horses, so maybe that will take your interest.
Right, you have a £7 budget on your date night, but here on Bargain Hunt,
we give you each £300.
So £300 for you, Reds.
£300 for Blues.
You have very eager experts waiting for you.
So off you go, and best of luck.
And there are only 60 minutes on the clock, so I guess it's a speed date.
Giving our teams that much-needed guidance...
He'll be feeling the heat today with the Reds.
And hoping to spot something out of this world for the Blues...
Are you two ready for this?
-What are we looking for today?
I quite like quirky things, so that's what I'll be looking for.
Clare, what are you going to buy?
Whatever takes my fancy.
Any kind of sporting memorabilia, something like that.
-What about you, Sheena?
-I like things that are made of wood.
OK, teams. You're under starter's orders.
Your time starts now.
Let's go buy something.
-I think I know a place where to start, so just come with me.
-Good luck, teams.
-Let's get stuck in, shall we?
What are those? Them, there.
They're saddle racks. Imagine, it's 1895, 1900, you've got your stables,
and those would have been bolted to the wall.
And you put your saddle on there.
They are beautiful. It's the quality.
-Yeah, they're really lovely.
-You can see the quality.
They may not be that commercial for today's transportation needs, hey,
ladies? And now for a different kind of horsepower.
Do you think there's any profit in some of these?
For example, that's only £3.50.
These are reproductions.
So these have been made based on earlier models.
These have been made for the "collectors market" in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
And they were mass produced.
People bought them with investment in mind,
they kept the original packaging, and thought, one day,
these will be worth a fortune.
-And £3.50 for many of them is the right price.
It's our first minute here in the arcade.
It's a good spot, but I think we'll move on.
I'll take your advice.
Thank you very much. OK.
-Let's keep going.
A top tip there. Meanwhile the Reds are on a reclamation rummage.
Those chimneys are lovely.
Those are called Long Toms.
All of these other chimneys,
they're domestic chimney pots,
but the Long Toms were a lot more industrial.
-Let's go and look in here, shall we?
-From chimney pots to porcelain pots.
-Back to the Blues.
-It just looks an interesting cabinet here.
It almost looks as if it's been a little bit neglected.
a little bit tired. Are there things here that have been sitting here,
sleeping for hundreds of years?
-I like the rabbit.
-That one in the middle?
-In the middle.
-He's quite quirky, isn't he?
-He is quite quirky.
-What is it?
-A biscuit tin?
-It's actually a tureen.
Probably more for soup or for vegetables.
Right. I'd put biscuits in it.
-But I can also see the price from here.
So we have £300 to spend.
I don't want to go and spend £185 of it immediately.
That's a lot of money for a bunny, guys.
You did want quirky though.
And speaking of quirky.
Is that an actual grave stone?
Well, no, it's not. I think it's a way marker.
something, something, something, something.
It's quite hard to make out the writing,
but this particular stone refers to
the parish of Baulking in Oxfordshire.
A lot of these are boundary markers.
So instead of a hedge or a fence
you'd have a stone set into the side of
the field and it would be your boundary marker.
-Do you like it?
-I quite like it.
-I love it.
Stuart. How are you?
Philip, I'm well, thank you, sir.
Stuart, is that 1840s or later or earlier?
-They're difficult to age, aren't they?
-They are very difficult,
unless it's dated and I don't think you'll find there's a date on there.
I would have said it's mid-19th century. So 1840's not far away.
I think it's priced at £120.
-I'd want that for £60.
I'd want it for £40.
So £60 and £40, that's £100, OK.
Let me hold Stuart before he falls over. Right, you got those heart pills on you?
-I have. Why would I take those then?
-What's your very best?
It's a lot of money for auction.
Let's have a look round and we can think
about it. He'll keep it for us and see what we can do.
I think Phil may have taken a shine to that boundary marker.
Anyway, it seems the blues are still on the hunt for that unusual piece.
-What do you think of this, Richard?
-Oh, look at this here!
Seems to be some sort of jug.
Don't get technical!
And it's sport-related, Sean.
Well, of course it's a wrong shaped ball for you really, isn't it?
-He is a goalkeeper,
wearing those roll neck sweaters that they used to in the 1940s and '50s.
There's a maker's mark there.
They're actually quite well known Staffordshire potters.
-And he appears to be in pretty good condition.
-Now priced £7.50.
-It's quite a cheap price.
It is a cheap price. Does cheap appeal to you?
-So, shall we at least find out what...
-I think we should.
-What discount we can get on £7.50.?
-See what we can do.
Luckily Rita the from the antique's centre is on hand.
Sean and Cat, meet Rita.
Hi. Nice to meet you. Cat.
-Nice to meet you.
-Spotted your interesting little jug on the side there.
Well this is £7.50. Since you're special visitors, you can have it for £7.
Well, you're not the last of the big spenders, team.
But at least it fits your brief.
I quite like it. I think it's a bit of fun, so yeah,
let's take it for £7.
-Thank you very much.
As easy as that, Blues.
One item ticked off in ten minutes and cheap, too.
Meanwhile, the Reds are checking out something that would literally cost
you an arm and a leg.
That's a man trap, isn't it?
It is a man trap, yes.
Which is highly illegal. So that would have been in the woods to trap a poacher,
-Unfortunately, yes, poachers.
-And that would have had your leg off.
I'm not sure there's not much call for a man trap these days, ladies.
And remember, you were looking for wood items.
I love the shoetrees there.
Have to be expensive boots.
-Let's go and have another look in the other building, shall we?
Good idea. Whilst you hot-foot it next door Cat has spotted some pottery
of the feline variety.
I really like that.
I would have that in my house.
These are pottery figures by a contemporary potter.
Her name is Anita Harris.
Anita Harris is a former head designer with the famous Poole pottery
company. Now the Stoke-on-Trent artist is exhibiting her own work at
London's Victoria and Albert museum.
I really like the leopard.
I can see the price of £89.
Shall we have a look at it, anyway.
It costs nothing to look.
-Rita, hello again.
Rita, we've been admiring the Anita Harris signed leopard.
Would you know what sort of discount we might be able to achieve?
I'm sure you'd get that for £70.
That's a good discount.
They'd first of all like to have a look at it in the flesh, if that's OK with you.
To me, from here, it looks in great condition.
You've got Anita Harris's signature here.
That is very, very important.
It's confirming it's hand painted.
We know that's there indeed... another mark here.
So really well marked, which I always like to see.
Do you know what, at first, I wasn't so sure, but I do really like it.
We haven't got to decide now.
We can park this one in our mind.
-We may well be back to see you later.
-Thank you for your time.
Thank you very much.
Onwards and upwards.
It's always good to have something in the shopping bag.
Keep that one on the back burner then, Blues.
You still have 40 minutes left of your shop.
I love that. I love that.
I love that.
Oh, look out, Phil's getting excited.
What have you found?
That is quite cool. That is actually quite cool. The only thing is, who would that appeal to?
Are these things tuning bells?
Actually they're dinner gongs, dinner chimes.
Dinner chimes. They would date to what?
-1900. It might have a registered number on it.
So this would have sat in the hall of a fairly grand country house,
-Or the dining room, actually.
-What's the ticket price?
Do you like those dinner gongs, ladies?
I do like them. What do you think, Clare? I think they're just really different.
I like them. They're a lot of money.
I'm not sure that's a yes, really.
Me neither, Phil. Come on ladies, you need to bag that first buy.
Now, just something catches my eye here.
I can see three shiny objects.
The price is very attractive to me.
So it tells me they can't be very old.
-And they're purely decorative.
But there are three of them there and they're each priced the same figure.
-Can't go wrong with £3.50.
So I'm thinking I'd make them a mixed lot,
so the auctioneer can go give me £10 to start. £10, £12, £15.
Maybe £18. So, I would like to think that there's a group lot there. That
there's a profit in that and that's all I'm looking at.
Let's put them on the list.
-I know you're gagging to move on.
So lead on.
-Oh, well, you tried your best, Richard.
Right, Phil, I think it's time you Reds had a regroup.
-Bit of fresh air.
Now then, I reckon we've had 23 minutes, so this is decision time.
Stuart's told us his best for that lump of stone out there is £90.
-What do you reckon?
-I like it.
-Shake his hand quick.
-Thank you, Stuart.
You're a star. We've bought one thing, 23 minutes.
We better go and find something else, hadn't we?
-Yet another Serrell classic.
You are now the proud owners of a lump of stone, Reds.
All we need to do is get it to the auction.
Time to leave the team shopping and for me to tell you about a local
Hungerford man kept busy bottling the fizzy.
After a long day of Bargain Hunting,
there's nothing more refreshing than a nice carbonated soft drink,
so I have just the thing.
Here I have two glass Codd bottles.
So, what's a Codd bottle?
Well, where does that name come first of all?
This was a patent, put forward in 1872 by an Englishman called
It's unique in the fact that it
creates the perfect seal to keep your
fizzy drink fizzy and it's unique in its design.
Inside there is a glass marble.
Now why on earth is that there?
Well, these bottles were filled with their fizzy contents upside down.
The gas created pressure that forced the marble to the top.
Now on the bottom of this bottle here you can see a little rubber washer
at the bottom, a little gasket. And that would actually originally have sat
at the top here. So, the bottle marble is
pushed to the top by the gas,
hits the seal and is kept in place by the gas.
So there's no need for a top.
All you have is the glass dome sticking out the top here.
So how on earth does a marble get in there?
Well, this section here is moulded glass and then this section here,
the top of the bottle, is added afterwards.
So marble goes in,
top goes on and that marble is not going anywhere.
But the other question might be, how on earth do you open the seal?
Well, this little handy contraption will be exactly what you need.
You can see that on the inside there's that little point that breaks the
seal. So you push it down.
The glass marble is forced down into its little chamber and gas is
released. So you've now got a glass marble lolling around inside this
bottle. How are you going to pour the liquid out?
This is where Codd's genius really starts to show itself,
because this little pinch in the mould is what does that job so
beautifully. You tilt the bottle,
the glass marble is pushed into that reservoir but it can't go past it and
so, freely can you pour your nice fizzy drink.
It's really quite clever, is it not?
Now, the thing is,
is that this patent was so popular it took off worldwide from 1872
onwards. So there's no rarity here.
What's interesting is the label that has been moulded into this glass.
Champ and Son, Hungerford.
In fact, next door to this very building,
number 99 to 102 High Street was occupied between 1896 and 1914 by the
Champ Mineral Water Works and they were making all sorts of fizzy drinks -
ginger beer, lemonade, carbonated water, you name it, they made it.
Now, when it comes to price, what would this fetch?
Well, in a shop maybe £5.
At auction you'd really have to have a collection of them to gather any
But if you see one and it's not this colour, but it's cobalt blue,
it's red, it's dark racing green, then believe me,
you want to look at it a little bit more closely because it's early,
it's rare and it's probably worth several hundred pounds.
So, here's my tip for you -
if you see one of these and it's nice bright in its colour,
don't bottle it, just buy it.
With both teams level pegging at one item a piece they are now at the
halfway mark of their shop.
Time for some bling for the Blues.
What about silverware?
Well, silver, of course, is always a good market.
There's always a demand for silver,
first and foremost based on its bullion value.
It is worth X pounds an ounce on a given day,
so you've got that to underpin it and then you can have a look at the smaller
collector's items, be it vesta cases or small spoons.
You've got to brace yourself, if you're buying some silver,
you've got to be prepared to pay the money.
-I think you may have just scared them off, Richard.
OK, teams, you are 35 minutes into your shop and you both need to find two items.
That clock's ticking.
Phil, how are you getting on?
I think they've done really well.
You know, that stone, I'm pleased with it and I think it'll do well at
auction. The danger of shopping in a place like this is there's so much
stuff to see, sometimes you're better off going into a small shop where
there's just one or two things, cos there's not so much choice.
But this is just fantastic, there's really good things everywhere.
And I think they've done well, but we've just got to really focus that
last half hour, otherwise we are in trouble.
Hmm, you're right, Phil.
Meanwhile, there's a definite animal theme to the Blues' shop.
There's a big bronze horse down here.
Oh, a big bronze horse.
It's quite expensive.
-Don't worry, we don't mind about it being expensive.
-Are you a rider?
-You are a rider.
-How very appropriate that you should be drawn to a
-Is that a stallion?
-Oh, you'd have to turn it upside-down.
-Oh, of course. Yes, indeed.
-Oh, steady on.
We don't want to get technical, do we, indeed.
Well, I can see the price.
-If that was an original 19th-century French animalier bronze...
-..then it would probably have a nought on that price.
-It's priced at £185, so it's telling me it is a reproduction.
I think that's a polite way of Richard saying, "Time to move on, team."
Meanwhile, the Reds are also under pressure to buy two more items.
Not only have they decided to change shops,
it also looks like they're changing their buying strategy.
Are those scent bottles yours there?
-Could we have a look at them, please?
Do you like them?
-I think bottles are more my thing than yours, aren't they?
-Yeah, they are.
-I'm happy to go along with them.
So this is called hunt the hallmark.
-There it is, just there.
-So you've got the lion passant,
you've got the Chester hallmark and then you've got the date code,
and that's lovely cos someone's looked that up for us.
It's 150 for two it says.
I'd like them for 50, I think.
-What do you think?
-I wanted them for 40.
Wow, that's two thirds off the ticket price.
I can do 50.
-I think we'll go for that.
-Thank you very much.
-Cheers, thank you, thank you.
A little nudge from your expert and the deal is sealed, £100 off the
ticket price. Number two for you, Reds, which means Blues are now playing
catch up with only one item bought. Eight minutes left, teams. Cat, what
-are your thoughts?
-What's the sort of vintage toy market like at the moment?
Well, it's fine. A pond yacht will always sell well.
The blue one's nice.
What do they do? Does it work like a real sailboat?
-The wind hits the sail, it moves around.
-Yeah, absolutely. Indeed. Shall we have a look at it?
-Yeah, go on, we might as well.
-Come on, let's go.
It's Rita we need, isn't it? Where is Rita?
Here she is, keeper of the keys!
-Keeper of the keys.
-Now, what we're interested in, Rita,
is the little model of the boat.
Now, this is a 1950s or '60s by the look of it.
It looks quite fun, doesn't it?
Now, it's got a maker's mark on it, has it not?
-Oh, right, OK.
Star Yacht, OK.
Guaranteed to sail.
Guaranteed to sell or guaranteed to sail?
-It's a reasonable price.
-Now, it's priced at...
I think Rita is the person who's going to help us hugely now to decide.
-Come on, Rita.
-I could do it for 15.
With your permission, Cat, I think that we should maybe go for this one.
-And then we can leave the last item up to you.
-How very diplomatic.
-What a gentleman.
-He's learned, very slowly.
Well trained, indeed.
-Beaten into submission.
-In that case, Rita, at £15,
we'd love to buy your pond yacht.
It's a change of tact, Blues.
Not really quirky or animal themed.
But if the wind blows in the right direction,
it could be child's play at the auction.
Speaking of which...
-Do you like this desk?
-I do like it, actually.
How much is it? It's 45.
Oh, it's Triang.
Phil, what do you think of that wee desk?
Never one to sit on the fence, eh, Phil?
-Look what it says...
-Phil was here.
"I like you, Mum."
-Aww. We like that.
-I really think that's lovely.
How do we know that it's Triang?
There's a little sign here, but it's rubbed off, if you look there.
Oh, there, there, there. Yeah.
The name Triang originated from the three brothers who owned the company.
Their surname was Lines, hence the name Triang, from the shape triangle.
-I mean, people do buy things like that.
-Yeah, they do.
-It's the kind of thing we would have bought for our kids.
-It's probably 1960s, isn't it?
-Yeah, that's what we said. We're '60s girls, kids.
-I'd have bought that for my son.
-But we'd need to get the price down.
-We need you.
-I've got tell you, if you buy that,
I'm going to get a felt tip and I'm going to write "Phil Serrell was ere"
-We want to sell it.
-Good one, Sheena.
I don't want to put any words into your mind here.
20 quid, that's what I want you to think.
-Oh, well done!
-We like that.
I think you've done really, really well.
-Yeah, I'm feeling good about it.
Well done, Reds, that's all three of your items in the bag,
and you've finally bought some wood, Sheena.
Right, Blues, I make that two minutes left on the clock.
We need a decision.
Which is our third and final lot?
-We'll have the leopard.
-You better go and make sure it's still there.
-And go and make our third and final purchase, yeah?
-Come on then.
-And you'd better get a move on.
-Is it still there?
Is it in the cabinet? Is it on the same shelf?
-There it is.
-It is, indeed.
-Well, we better call over Rita.
-Rita, will you come and join us?
Now, he's still there, he's still the same price, he's still £70.
-Shall we go for it?
Yeah, we'll take the cat.
Rita, we'll take the cat.
Seems rather appropriate,
one cat for Cat.
A purr-fect deal.
Stop right there, teams.
Your 60 minutes are up.
-Thanks very much.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
First up was the stone boundary marker, price paid £90.
Next, the two scent bottles set them back £50.
And finally, the child's desk and chair cost them £20.
Clare, Sheena, I am anything but stressed.
That was so laidback.
-Did you enjoy that?
-Yeah, we had a ball.
-So tell me, you bought three interesting items.
Mm-hm. But, Clare, of the lot, which is your favourite?
-And do you think the desk will make a profit?
It might make a smidgen, not a lot.
OK, so what do you think will make the biggest profit?
I think possibly the perfume bottles might make the biggest profit.
Right, OK. Turn of the century silver...
-Yeah, they're lovely.
Now, Sheena, which do you like the best?
I have to say, I probably like the mile stone.
I just like the fact that you don't really see them very often.
But it did cost you £90, so do you think it's going to make the most money?
Yeah, I think it could possibly.
I think someone might just have a look at it and can imagine it in their
garden or somewhere. So yeah.
So you only spent 160.
Who's got 140? I have.
OK, I'll take it from you, Sheena.
-There we go.
-Thank you very much.
Philip, £140, come on, are you going to spend the lot?
I might not do that, but the girls said they'd like things for the garden,
so I'm going to go and find a really big old lump of concrete.
So while Phil goes and has a root around,
let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.
Their first buy was a character jug, which cost them £7.
Next, the Star Company pond yacht sailed away for £15.
And finally, the Anita Harris pottery leopard set them back £70.
Well, Cat, Sean, that was fun, wasn't it?
-Really good fun.
-It was, it was a good laugh, I enjoyed myself.
Three interesting items.
-Cat, which do you like the most?
I, without a doubt, like the leopard the most.
That is my favourite item.
Is it going to bring you the biggest profit?
-So tell me, what is then?
I think it's going to be the little toy sailing boat,
is going to bring in the biggest profit.
What about you, Sean? Are you in total agreement?
I do think that is going to bring us the most profit as well,
the sailing boat, just because of the price we paid for it.
Now you only spent £92.
-So 208, who's got the balance?
-I've got it.
-Cat, I'll take it from you.
Right. £208, that's quite a big budget, Richard.
Do you have anything in mind?
I've got something in mind which will please one of them.
-And that's as much as I'm telling you.
While you're off looking for your bonus buy,
it's time for us to head to the auction.
We've come north a little and now we're at Bigwood Auctioneers near
I'm joined by Mark Ashley.
Thank you for having us today.
It's a pleasure to have you with us.
Oh, I'm really thrilled. Let's get stuck in, shall we?
We'll start with the Reds, as per always.
Sheena and Clare, who both, by the by, absolutely love the first item,
this parish boundary marker.
-What do you make of it?
-Well, the inscription is quite worn,
but you can make out "parish."
It's got a parish named on it that was changed in the '70s from Berkshire
So this is the parish of Baulking...
-Previously of Berkshire...
-Now in Oxfordshire.
-Now of Oxfordshire.
So tell me, near Stratford-upon-Avon, what's it going to make?
Fantastic. Well, the team only paid £90 for it, and like I said,
not only is it their favourite,
they both think it's going to bring the biggest profit.
So if it makes the top end of your estimate, it could well just do that.
So we'll move on to a slightly more precious pair, shall we?
We've got these silver mounted scent bottles, they're absolutely gorgeous.
The Reds chose them together, they're a great pair of friends,
and surely you're drawn to these?
I think they're a super item.
It's lovely having the hallmark silver.
To get two, to actually get a pair, lovely dressing table appointment,
great thing to have.
We're only thinking 50 to 70 though.
That's all right. The team only paid £50 for them.
-So they'll be chuffed.
Again, onto something completely different,
but this was Clare's favourite.
Real nostalgia attached to this one.
We've got the Triang desk and matching chair, complete with graffiti.
Is that going to do any damage to the price?
I think it has, only 20 to 30, though.
Once again, I think the team have done really well because they only paid £20 for the set.
So it doesn't look too grave, does it?
No, I think they'll do all right.
But just in case they need our bonus buy,
let's see what Phil bought for the Reds.
Well, Clare, Sheena, you did a dangerous thing.
You left Philip Serrell with £140.
Are you just thinking, "Why did we do that?"
-at this point?
I did say I was going to get you a lump of concrete, didn't I?
-And I got you a lump of concrete.
-Ah, boot scraper.
-I quite like it, actually.
-You do? There you are!
-Home and hosed.
Clare, you say you like it, what is it that you like about it?
-It's not very artistic, is it?
-Well, yeah, it's solid.
I imagine it's functional.
How much was it, first of all?
It cost me £15, and I think if you have a bad day,
it'll make you a tenner profit, and if you have a good day,
it could make you £30 profit.
-That's good then.
-That's great, thank you.
-Well, no pressure on you, Phil, just yet,
cos you don't need to make up your minds just now.
It's time now to find out what Mark, our auctioneer,
thinks of this lump of concrete.
So, here we have Phil's bonus buy, the boot scraper.
It lacks a little bit of finesse, doesn't it, Mark?
But I quite like that simplicity, that sort of blacksmith made,
just the piece of iron bent over and a lump of concrete.
Typical Phil Serrell, isn't it, really?
30 to 50, that's what we think.
Well, that's another bit of good news because
he actually only paid £15 for it. Right, moving onto the Blues now.
Cat and Sean as lead by Richard Madley.
Our first item is this character jug, the goalkeeper.
He looks to me as though he could be quite a collectable thing.
Well, they are, they did a series of them in the '60s.
I think there was the wicket keeper and all that.
-Let's go straight to the price.
Collectable, but valuable?
Ten to 20. That's about what I thought.
Perfect, worry not, the team only paid seven.
Single figure for that.
£7, so they could be onto a profit.
And then they move on to this pond yacht.
I think this is so sweet.
Tell me, do you love it?
I do. I think the condition's fantastic.
It's a great thing.
The label is still very good on the deck,
very interesting little maker from Birkenhead area, I think it was.
OK. The firm started in about the turn of the First World War.
Lovely thing, good condition.
15 to 25.
OK. Well, the team paid the lower end of your estimate, £15.
So, again, they could be onto a wee bit of profit.
It's a nice buy, it's a nice buy.
But here's the item that they both absolutely love,
both Cat and Sean think this was the cream of the crop on their shop.
Anita Harris is a name we know well on Bargain Hunt,
and here we have this reclining leopard.
So, question is, is Anita Harris a name that's known well in these parts?
Is known, absolutely, well recorded, and I love the glaze.
I think this is hot coals.
It's a fabulous looking thing.
In good condition, good piece, we have only put 40 to 60.
Well, the team actually paid £70.
They were so taken by the leopard.
So this could be their downfall.
In that case, it's all down to Richard.
So let's find out what he bought the Blues as a bonus buy.
Right, Cat, Sean, this is it, Richard standing here with something,
we don't know what, you left him £208.
OK, Richard, take it away, surprise us.
You both love rugby, you like watching Gloucester Rugby Club.
How about something to warm you up in the shed on a wet winter's afternoon
at King's Home? I've got you...
-..your very own Victorian hip flask.
-Silver plated mounts, engraved decoration,
and I just thought it'd be something that you'd both like to take to a
So how much did you spend on it?
-That's pretty reasonable.
Can I take a look?
You certainly can. The case actually slips out.
You could actually fill the case and take a little sip.
So, Cat, tell me, what do you think about it?
I think it's really snazzy and just nice.
I could see myself using it, I know you'd use it as well.
You don't need to make your minds up just yet.
Let's find out if Mark thinks this is an excellent hip flask.
Right, so here it is, Richard's buy.
We've got probably Victorian hip flask.
Yeah. Does that float your boat?
I think it's a great thing.
At least the glass is in good condition.
And the removable cup from the bottom, that's a nice touch.
Take that away, still got the gilding on the inside, it's a good thing.
I think we're only sort of thinking £20 to £30 though.
OK, well, I'm sure that Richard will have thought along the same lines and
he's only paid £20 for it, so he'll be happy to hear it.
So, Mark, are you expecting a busy sale today?
We will have a busy day today, but it'll be a good day.
All right. Well, in the case, we're in your hands now.
580, 600 now.
All finished, 600.
How are you feeling, auction time?
Have you been to auction before?
I have, yeah, but this is different.
Your first item is, of course, that boundary marker.
You paid £90 for it.
-Are you ready to watch it go under the hammer?
-Yeah, we are.
OK, ladies, if you're ready, red team, here comes your first lot. OK.
Lot 125, it's the carved limestone parish boundary marker.
£100 for it, surely?
Who's got £100?
£50. 30 then.
30. Five, sir, thank you.
45, 50, five.
No? £50 and I'm going to sell it, are you all done?
50. OK. Ladies, not the strongest start.
-We are minus 40.
However, are you ready for this?
You paid £50 for the scent bottles, here they come.
On we go now to lot 127, this is the grenade form scent bottles.
Very pretty these, with the silver collars.
The internet's come straight in at £50.
I can go 70, would you go 80 with me?
80 on the net, I can go 85 to cover myself.
Will you go 90?
Yes, you will. Thank you.
Oh, 90. 90 on the net and I'll sell it at 90...
Right, so that's where it lands.
£90. That made you 40, you're back to zero.
Here comes the child's desk.
Lot 129, the mid-20th century Triang stained wood child's desk and chair.
Lovely little thing, this.
Particularly like the graffiti.
Interesting piece, it starts straight off at 20.
Give me two. At £20, at 20 surely?
Who's got two? 22 on the net.
-Would you go 30, please, on the net?
Come on, come on.
If not, I'm selling it on the book at £25.
OK. Yes. £25.
So you've made £5 profit on that lot and actually overall.
But it leaves us in a funny position because £5 profit is small,
but could be a winning score. So the question is,
took you a while to get there.
Are you going to now risk it and go for the bonus buy?
-I think so.
-I think so. We're with Phil.
Well, Phil paid £15 for it.
You thought that was a good price.
-Phil certainly thinks it's a good price,
and our auctioneer thinks it's a great price.
He reckons it could make 30 to 50.
So, Phil, it's all on you. We've got £5 profit,
here's hoping you don't damage it.
-Here it comes.
-Lot 136 is this blacksmith-made boot scraper,
with the weighted base.
Tenner to start.
Thank you, sir. Ten to start.
The internet's come in at 20.
Yes, that's good, well done.
I have 25 in the room.
Are we going to sell?
Are we all sure?
He did promise you a profit and it's just sold for £25.
£5 has become a £15 overall profit.
You came, you saw, you bought,
we don't know if you've conquered just yet,
but £15 could be a winning score.
So promise me, you'll say nothing to the Blues?
-I trust you.
-OK. Well done.
Blue team, how are you feeling?
This is crunch time, isn't it?
Excited. I'm really excited.
Keen to know how we did.
Right, Blue team, are you ready for this?
Yes. First item, the goalkeeper, £7 paid, here it comes.
On we go now to lot 152.
It's the glazed pottery character jug, the goalkeeper.
Surely that's a £10 lot.
Little jug, bit of fun, isn't it?
Well done, madam. At the back at ten.
Who's got 15 for the little jug?
We'll be selling it then with the lady at the back of the room
-Well done, madam.
-I'll take that.
It's something, isn't it?
-We're here to make a profit and you did it.
-That's a profit.
-Sold for £10, £3 in front.
Let's keep the profits going with this yacht.
You paid £15, here it comes.
Lot 154 is the star yacht.
Very interesting piece.
Let's get it away. Ten, that would be cheap.
Well done, thank you, madam.
Ten is the bid. Who's got 15 for it?
It's with the lady, front right at ten.
I will sell it.
All finished at £10.
Are you all sure?
I can't believe it!
Wait a minute, we had a £3 profit, you've just lost five.
All of a sudden, as quickly as that, you're now minus two.
So all hopes are pinned on Anita Harris.
Both of you said this was your favourite item.
-You paid £70 for it.
-Here comes the leopard.
-Lot 156 is the Anita Harris Studio
The internet's come straight in at 45.
Who's got 50? Surely £50?
Otherwise, I'll be selling it.
Are you all sure?
It's going then
on the internet at £45.
Oh! Just in time, look at that!
And it's now gone to 60.
Is that going to be it?
Shall I sell it at £60?
Well, it could have been worse.
-It could have been worse.
-£60 is a loss of ten.
We started with a profit and now we're minus 12.
So what are you going to do?
Richard went off and bought you this gorgeous Victorian hip flask,
it's in lovely condition, it's got all its parts.
I think there's a good chance.
-What do you think?
-OK, yeah, we'll take it.
Lot 162, Victorian hip flask.
That's got to be £20 of anybody's money, hasn't it?
Ten then to start.
Ten is the lady.
Well done. Thank you.
At £10, who's got 15 now?
Come on. There we are.
At £10 on the left.
And I'm selling and it's away.
What can you do? What can you do?
None of us has a crystal ball,
but we did all think that would make a profit, I'm surprised.
-But the hammer fell at £10,
which means you made another loss of ten.
Overall, Blues, minus 22.
That's respectable for Bargain Hunt.
-Is that all right?
-I've seen worse!
I'll stick with your positive attitude.
Bear in mind, it could be a winning score.
-So say nothing to the Reds and we'll see how it all pans out,
Well, that was interesting, wasn't it?
Both teams finishing in double figures.
-The only problem is,
one figure has a plus in front of it and the other, a minus,
making our runners up today the Blues, and our winners the Reds!
Congratulations! With a small profit of £15,
but we'll come to that in a minute.
Blues, minus 22, but you're not feeling too blue about it, are you?
Not at all, no. We've had a really good time.
Where did you come closest?
It was the character jug, who'd have thought it?
Your cheapest item.
Only made a £3 profit, but actually, it was the highlight of your shop.
-Anyway, we won't dwell, we were so pleased to have you on the show,
so thank you for taking part.
But now it's time to turn to our winners, the Reds,
with a hefty profit of £15.
-Oh, I'll take that.
Whatever will you do with the money?
Straight to the wine bar, I think.
Just one word - wine.
-I mean, it didn't start off swimmingly, they did lose £40.
But then they came back and they came back and then the old boot scraper
himself, Philip Serrell, helped them out with a tenner.
So, well done, £15.
-Doesn't that feel good?
-It feels excellent.
-Can you believe you came on Bargain Hunt and you made a profit?
Well, let me pinch you, it's real, it's real!
And you had a great time? We had a lovely time.
-We had a ball.
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Natasha Raskin Sharp presents from Hungerford High Street with experts Philip Serrell and Richard Madley, where the teams scour the shops in the hope that they will make a profit at auction. Natasha finds out more about a local Hungerford businessman who was kept busy bottling the fizzy.