Charlie Ross oversees proceedings from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. Philip Serrell and Thomas Plant guide the reds and blues.
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As a boy, you couldn't get me off my bike.
And vintage bikes like the one I'm riding are now very collectable.
But more of that later.
And today I'm back in the saddle
in the mid-Wales town of Builth Wells.
Well, I haven't got time to relive my youth.
I've got an important delivery to
make just down there at the antiques fair.
So, let's go bargain hunting!
Bargain Hunt is back at the Royal Welsh Showground,
and it's time for the Reds and Blues to get into gear.
Very soon I'll be delivering £300 to each team.
And remember, they have just one hour
in which to buy three objects to take to auction
and hopefully make a profit.
Let's have a look at what's coming up.
The Reds fall out over tactics.
No, no, start at 30, I told you before.
The Blues forget their manners.
It looks cheap.
-The stallholder's just there.
At the auction, the Reds can't contain their excitement.
And the Blues get all wound up.
Keep going, keep going.
And I go to see a collection of quirky bikes.
You had to be a bit odd yourself to ride one.
But that's all for later. Now let's meet today's teams.
And for the Red team today we have married couple Lee and Rachel,
and for the Blues we have partners Greg and Stephanie.
-Hello, everyone. ALL:
Oh, my word, in fact shouldn't I be saying, "Bore da"?
-Oh, was that right?
Oh, good, good. My Welsh is coming on.
Now, Rachel, you've been married for
just one year, I think, haven't you?
-Yeah, one year.
-How did you meet?
We met through friends and then messaging each other
and then we went out on a date. Well, for a coffee.
It went OK until we went in the car park
and he turned to me and he said, "Is that your car?"
And I went "Yeah, why?"
He went, "Look at those tyres.
I said, "What's the matter with them?"
He said, "They are so shiny."
Not a policeman, are you?
-No, just a driving instructor.
-Oh, a driving instructor.
-Oh, dear, dear.
-Within a couple of hours, he rang me...
He said, "Have you got your bald tyres sorted?"
And I said, "Yeah, I have."
So I thought, right, and then he just said to me, then,
"What about if we go out for a proper date?"
So I said, "Yeah that's fine. Now I've had my tyres done."
He said, "It's OK, I'll pick you up."
So, when you're not looking at bald tyres,
what are you doing with your life?
-I used to be a football referee.
Yeah. I done that for 15 years.
What do you need to be a good football referee?
-That's where Rachel comes involved. She tests my patience!
Very good! And you're not refereeing any more?
No, I appoint referees now.
Are you going to be as fair-minded today?
-No, not at all.
We're in it to win.
I think you've got your work cut out, Stephanie and Greg.
-What do you think about that?
-Yeah, we're going to thrash them!
-We're going to thrash them.
-We're going to take the ref down.
"We're going to thrash them?"
I'm a bit worried about this competition here!
So, Greg and Stephanie, where are you from?
We're from Tonyrefail.
-That was very good!
-Was that good?
Yeah, it was bang on.
Now, Stephanie, you're a nurse, aren't you?
-I certainly am, yes.
-Tell me about it?
I'm a stroke rehab nurse.
Are you attached to a hospital or do you go into people's houses?
No, we work in the hospital.
Now, Stephanie, when you're not nursing,
what do you like to do with yourself?
-Um, I enjoy gardening.
So we tend our two allotments...
Now, Greg, you've got a vision in life, haven't you?
-I have, yes.
-Tell me about it.
Well, I'd love to own a little plot of land somewhere.
-I'd love to keep some pigs, goats and chickens,
and have a little bit of a good life.
A good life. So, does this fit in with you, Stephanie?
-It certainly does, yes.
Yes. I would love to build my own eco-friendly home
and sustainable home.
Having chickens and pigs and ducks
and goats would be a wonderful thing.
Marvellous. So, what are you going to need to go shopping with?
-Money. I've got it for you...
I've got £300 for you.
-And I've got £300 for you.
-So, off you go, join your experts.
That means, by the way, "Good luck."
And I think they might just need it...
And helping our teams are a couple of thoroughbred experts...
Under starter's orders, Phil Serrell joins the Reds.
And hoping for a best in show, it's Thomas Plant for the Blues.
-Rachel, have you got a plan?
-No, not really.
Stephanie, what are we looking for?
I'm looking for some ceramics.
What about you, Lee?
Whatever catches my eyes, Phil, to be honest.
-How about you, Greg?
-Glass. Maybe a bit of John Ditchfield or the like.
-How are you going to win?
-By finding something different.
Right, which is?
-So, something shiny and whatever.
-And whatever, yeah.
-Sounds like a plan to me!
Not much of a one, but it sounds like a plan to me!
Right, teams, no foul play.
Your time starts now!
-Let's go, come on!
And our teams are off!
And the Reds are determined to stick to their game plan.
Something shiny, isn't it?
Shiny, shiny, shiny...
Well, they should easily find what they're looking for.
There's sparkly stuff everywhere!
Something here is sure to catch their eye.
Do you know what this is?
Hang on, this isn't shiny!
Is it a bureau? A bureau, is it?
Well, you are close. This is a bible box.
-OK, so bible boxes started flat.
Then they put a slope on them, and they put them on a table, like this.
And the next thing they did was put legs on them,
so you had a bible box on a stand.
And then the next thing that they did was fill in in between the legs
with drawers, so you've then got a bureau.
So you're absolutely right with what you said.
-So that's the evolution of how a bible box
-eventually turned into a bureau.
But that's quite a nice little box.
Interesting, Phil. But their silence speaks volumes.
Maybe because it's brown and not shiny.
Now, are the Blues sticking to their plan to buy glass and ceramics?
Now, clocks have always fascinated me.
It seems not.
I can never tell which one is good and which one is...
Apart from that one, which is quite nice.
-What, the Deco one?
-The Art Deco one, yeah, yeah.
Not as saleable as probably those miniature long case clocks.
-What about the Black Forest?
-I like that. I like that piece.
As animal lovers, it must be that goat-like antelope
or chamois on top of the clock that caught their eye.
He is underneath the pine, the conifer...
-..which you see in the Alps.
You've got the traditional rocky outcrop, oak leaf design...
Chamois are known for their agility and speed,
so will the Blues do a quick deal
on the clock which is marked up at £35?
I wouldn't give more than a tenner for it.
-Like you said, it's...
-Yeah, I can see.
-I can see that.
-So, if he doesn't come down to a tenner...
Do you want to go and offer him that?
I would like you to do that.
Would you? You're a bit nervous, are you?
Yeah, no, not nervous, it's just that I trust you.
-Your bargaining skills.
-I'll have a conversation.
While Thomas chats to the dealer,
let's see if the Reds have found some bling.
It's retro, isn't it?
That's a no, then.
-How much is it?
-Best price on that to you would be about 90.
-About? I like the "about" bit...
I mean, 60 is about 90, isn't it?
-Did he say 70?
-Did you say 75?
-I said 80!
-First of all, do you like that?
-I don't, no.
That's got that sorted, then!
Lee doesn't say much, but when he does, there no messing around.
Back to the Blues, and what news, Thomas,
of getting the £35 clock for a tenner?
So, what did he say?
Well, I knew it wasn't going to be...
Any easy bargaining?
Well, I knew we wouldn't get the £10 notes.
I really did know that, because, you know,
he's offered 35 and £10 is like... Ooft, that's a huge come-down.
-Yeah, it is.
But, you know, I spoke to him and he said, "Look,
"there is a little bit of damage just there,
"but the rest of it is perfect and it does work."
And he went in at 25, and then I said, "No. 20."
-And so it's £20, if you're interested.
What do you think? I think 20 is too much.
We could come back, maybe?
Go shopping for ten minutes?
-We'll put it down and have a look and come back if need be.
So it's a maybe on the clock.
Over with the Reds, Phil's also going with the alpine theme.
I mean, winter's coming, isn't it?
I think these are quite cool, aren't they?
What I particularly like about these, look, is that they are...
They're actually quite old. This one is missing it's boot clamp.
-It's got the maker's name on there, and they're from Zurich,
so that's clearly a big ski centre, isn't it?
-Cos you can see there, you've got what looks to be mahogany.
But they are fun things, aren't they?
-Yeah, it's different.
-And these would have been waxed.
And the person who's going to buy
these today clearly is not someone who goes skiing.
-They're going to dress a pub wall, aren't they?
-That's quite trendy. How much... Where's he gone?
-Where's my new best mate?
No, no, no! Start at 30, I've told you before!
-Start at 30.
I tell you what, we don't want the pole.
-That will bring them down.
-35 will do it, then.
-35 will do it?
-Is there a profit in that, Phil?
Well... I wouldn't call myself a ski expert, really,
but I think they're quite fun.
There we are, first buy done!
And in just under 15 minutes.
Well done! Hopefully making a profit won't be an uphill struggle.
Talking of which, the Blues are finding their shop hard going.
There's so much to see!
-Trying to distinguish the...
-Woods from the trees, you know?
That's exactly what everybody says.
I find focusing on what you like can help.
So, in your case, animals.
-These are my favourite.
-They are by Plichta.
So they are by Plichta, yeah?
So if you turn it over, it says Plichta on there, doesn't it?
It certainly does.
-Yeah, Plichta London. England.
-And they are in the style of Wemyss.
Wemyss is a Scottish pottery who made pigs.
-And this is Plichta and they are
the London derivative of the Wemyss factory.
And you can see they are influenced by the Scottish examples because of
the thistles design on there.
-Yes, of course.
-How old would they be?
They are going to be before the Second World War,
so they're going to be first half of the 21st century.
-Yeah, they're not... They're not 1960s.
-I would have thought later, yeah.
-So would've I.
Stephanie, you go and have a chat to the stallholder.
-I certainly am.
-Greg and I will have a chat while you go and do your magic.
-Barter with the stallholder.
So, Stephanie is after a deal on the £18 pigs.
Remember, Greg won't want you to pay more than £10.
Meanwhile, the Reds still have two items left to buy,
and they're still on the hunt for something shiny.
Hang on, Phil - Tunbridge-ware doesn't count!
This stuff used to be hugely, hugely collectable.
I think I know when I'm beaten!
Now, Blues, what's the word on those pigs?
So, the gentleman said that they are £18 for one.
-Oh, right, not the two?
He said the best he can do is £18 for the two.
I did point out that there's no
Plichta mark on the bottom of this one,
and it does look pretty much like a reproduction...
You're nothing but honest, are you, Stephanie?
Well, you know, I'm a nurse!
But I've said no. Because I don't think we'll make money on them.
-Put it back.
-So, it's another no.
With 20 minutes gone, Blues, you need to start buying!
The Reds, on the other hand, are searching for their second buy.
What would you do with that over there?
Tuba or baritone or whatever it is?
Finally, something relatively shiny!
You know what people do with those? Turn them into lamps!
-I don't think they like it, Phil.
-Let's keep walking.
Why don't you find them something more glitzy?
-Excuse me, how much is that tank?
Not what I had in mind!
-It's a lot, isn't it?
-That is cheap.
That's what they all say in this business.
-It's a cool thing, that is.
Not if it's full of hot water, Phil!
Which is what the Blues will be in
if they don't buy something, sharpish!
Right, can we have a look here? Is that all right?
-Do you like ceramics?
-Yes, we do.
They are pretty.
What about... One, two, three, four, five, six, seven...
Seven Copeland tiles.
-So, where would they originate from?
Copeland is an English factory,
and it would be in the Staffordshire region.
Copeland, it's marked there.
How old do you think these are?
-I would say...
I would say, although I know what
you mean when you say in the 1950s...
-Cos of the style.
-..cos of the style and colour...
..but probably 1870.
-Top of the class.
-Was it? Really.
-He's top of the class.
I think they're lovely things, actually.
-So do I.
-I think the colours work quite well.
-Yes, they do.
-What's the best on these?
Well, the very best I can do is ten.
I was thinking more, five. Seriously.
£10 the absolute best.
But £17 is for retail, look, for seven.
You know, we've got to take it to auction, you know. Could we...?
I'll do eight. How's that?
-Eight quid then. That's our first deal. What do you think?
Yes. Yes, that was a piece of...work.
-Shall we shake on it?
-Thank you very much.
-£8. You're a star. Thank you very much.
Your first item. Right, fab.
Come on, then, let's get going.
Great stuff, Greg.
Seven antique tiles for under £10.
Finally the Blues are off the starting blocks.
Now, how are you doing, Reds?
So, is there anything over here that catches your eye at all?
At last, Phil's found something really sparkly.
Is it a submarine? Yes, it is.
Rachel, you've got to see this. In you get.
It's nice and shiny, isn't it, though?
I don't think... I don't think I'll get in there.
-It'll tip over.
-Will you stop whining and get in there, Rachel?
-In you go.
-Come on, you're in, you're in.
-That ain't going to work, is it?
-No. Not buying that.
Swiftly moving on, then.
Time to abandon ship, then, Reds.
With each team needing two more items,
it's going to be a sprint finish.
Meanwhile, I'm back in the saddle
and off to see some weird and wonderful bikes.
Like 25 million other Brits, I have been the proud owner of a bicycle.
Our love affair with cycling began way back in the 1890s,
when bikes became more affordable
and were no longer the playthings of the rich.
This building in Llandrindod Wells was one of Wales's first bike shops.
And here you could buy all sorts of makes and models.
Well, sadly you can't buy a bike here any more,
but it's well worth a visit.
It's home to the National Cycle Museum.
From Penny Farthings...
..to futuristic racers...
..this collection celebrates the evolution of cycling.
It also has an extraordinary array of wacky bikes.
You wouldn't want to fall off that one.
Today I'm looking at some bikes that were innovative and imaginative
but, sadly, massive flops.
My guide is the museum's historian, Scotford Lawrence.
The first bike he's showing me is his favourite, the Dursley Pedersen.
-Looks like a hammock.
-It is just that.
They are referred to as a hammock saddle.
It is a sprung seat, and if you look closely at that,
that component actually moves
and is held by tension wires to the rear hub.
They are extraordinarily comfortable.
I had one for many years.
-And rode it very happily.
Dursley Pedersens are now collectors' items.
When they were made in the 1890s they weren't very popular,
due to their unusual design.
But, like all these odd machines,
they never prevail over the standard ordinary bicycle.
You had to be a bit odd yourself to ride one.
Are you saying you're a bit odd?
-Oh, yes. It goes with cycling.
-Oh, does it?
When bicycles were first produced in the early 1800s,
they were made of wood. Then came metal bikes.
But early manufacturers also experimented with unusual materials.
A-ha. Is this what I think it is?
Yes, it is indeed a bamboo bicycle.
Made by the Bamboo Bicycle Company in 1896.
The tubes are just that -
they are lacquered bamboo,
and they slot into aluminium lugs at the corners.
So, it's very light.
That was one of the selling points.
But the bamboo bike quickly became very unpopular.
Bamboo could not be relied upon
because bamboo was not strong enough to stand the torsional load.
And they had a very short life.
By the late 20th century,
the popularity of plastic caught the imagination of bike designers,
who came up with this, the Itera.
But, despite being innovative,
it had a bad reputation amongst cyclists.
When put under load by pedalling, the whole machine bent and warped.
And it picked up all sorts of derisive names -
like riding a blancmange, like riding cooked spaghetti.
And one of these came up for sale
and a friend of mine put his hand up and bid £5 for it,
amid howls of laughter, and got it for a fiver.
And we said, "What on Earth are you going to do?"
And he said, "Well, did you see where I parked the car?
"I'm going to ride it as far as the car park."
This collection is a treasure trove on two wheels.
But now it's time for me to head back to the fair.
With just under 30 minutes left on the clock,
our teams have only bought one item each.
And the Blues have only splashed out a measly £8.
You have not spent very much money.
-No. I know.
-You're being really mean.
-We are being mean. We are being mean.
-Are you quite tight?
-Really? Is he?
Oh, that's miserable, isn't it?
I'm the big spender. He's the purse string puller.
What about the Reds, Phil?
They're very, very fussy, very pernickety.
And I haven't found anything shiny yet.
We had noticed.
Meanwhile, the Blues are back on safari.
-Are you crocodile fans?
Have you ever seen a crocodile butter dish?
-I've never seen a crocodile butter dish before.
However, it looks cheap.
-The stallholder's just there!
I know. Sorry, sir!
It's another no buy.
Now, come on, teams, you've got 20 minutes left,
so it's time to big up the pace.
I love these bits of social history.
-Your sugar cutters...
-I can't see a price on those.
The ones on the stand are 95.
Hand-held ones which are 28, on the ticket.
Sugar came in a cone, big inverted trumpet about that big.
Circular. Bit like the end of a trumpet,
and you had to cut it of the cone.
So, you used these things to, basically...
That comes off there.
And you cut your sugar.
That then hammers it. And the thing is,
a lot of these, incidentally, are broken there,
so it's nice that this one is perfect.
But the way that our world has changed is that these,
25 years ago, would probably have been...
And now, at £28,
it is no money at all.
Do you like those? You like the price, don't you?
Yes, I like the price.
What's the best you can do those for?
-You like them?
-He likes them, yeah.
I think we'll have a go at the sugar cutters.
Right. The hand-held ones?
-Yes, please, yes.
-Yes OK, absolutely fine.
That's lovely. Thank you very much indeed.
What a sweet deal, Reds.
Although you still haven't got that shiny thing that Rachel is after.
So, you've got 15 minutes left to find your last item.
But the Blues still have two buys to go.
-So, what do you think of her?
-She's pretty looking,
but I don't know what she's made of.
Well, it says on the thing, "Painted terracotta bust."
Oh, right, OK. Yes. I didn't read that.
-So I'm going to pick her up and have a look.
Well, she is terracotta.
-It's Klite, that's who she is, she's Klite.
-So, she's a goddess?
In fact, Klite was a name given to a number of different figures in
Copeland did these. The tiles that we've just bought,
he did lots of these.
This one isn't. This is a terracotta one.
This is 19th-century Victorian.
-And there's no markings.
markings, but it has been overpainted rather badly.
-It's rather lovely, though.
-It is pretty.
-I quite like her.
-I like it.
She looks quite miserable.
-Yes, she does look...
-She's quite sad, looking at you.
-She's demure. That doesn't appeal to you?
OK, you've both said it - no. Let's move on, then, OK?
Oh, dear, Thomas. You've really got your work cut out with this pair.
And it sounds like the Reds are also keeping Phil on his toes.
Why do you want to buy a tin trunk?
Because they are in apartments. It's like modern...
Trendy, you're thinking, are you? You're thinking...
-Is she good at this?
-Sometimes, not always.
-I'm just thinking...
-I'm not sure yet.
-Not sure yet. The jury's out.
-Yeah, definitely jury is out.
So, how much is your tin box, sir, please?
-Ticket price is 68.
-And this is a hatbox, isn't it?
I quite like that box there, the trunky thingamajig.
-They're both 68.
-If we could get that under 60...
If you gave me £50 you can have it.
Look at the little look of excitement on her face!
-The smile says enough.
We said we're going to buy different.
I do think I've let you down though. None of its shiny, is it?
No, it's not.
-The lock's shiny.
-The lock's shiny.
Well, that's it, then. Pay the man, pay the man.
-Yeah. Thank you.
What a relief, eh, Phil?
That's your third item in the bag with ten minutes to spare.
-Telephone bid already, look.
Now the Blues are really under pressure.
The clock's counting down and they still have to items to find.
-I've found you a bit of Lalique.
-Oh, my God.
Oh, yes, Greg said at the start he was after some Lalique.
They're famous for their glassware,
and have been making glass fish since 1913.
It's a modern piece of Lalique in its original packaging.
Now, that... You're not going to like that, £95, are you?
Wouldn't give more than 50 quid for that, but there we are.
We could always offer them the money.
Right, now. The other thing I've
seen while you've been down there is... You want a bid of ceramic.
-Now this is a modern studio vase...
..in stoneware, but it's... I think is rather handsome.
I think it's an handsome piece, actually.
It's a really handsome...
Now, when you think about how that's been made,
it looks like it's a thrown pot,
which means it's put on a wheel and thrown around.
You can see that from the base there.
It's quite a heavy pot.
To have this, to do this decoration with these fabulous flowers,
-is not a five-minute job, I have to say.
Then it gets glazed again.
So that's a proper piece of, you know, art pottery.
-So, how old do you think it is?
-This is relatively modern.
It's going to be made within the last...
15, maybe 20-30 years.
-It's not that old at all.
It reminds me of the tiles that we've just bought.
Exactly. It's a bit of ceramic, it's got something...
-And it's only £38.
Yeah, but it's quite a stylish vase.
-Yes, it is stylish.
-It's got a look.
In auction, really, 20 quid, that's all it will make.
-Yes, so do I.
In auction, really, I think, although it's Lalique,
that would probably make 50 to 70 quid tops.
So, it's an offer. We need to speak to the dealer.
Be quick, Greg - five minutes left and counting.
Going to come in with a cheeky offer of 50 quid for that.
-And 20 quid for that.
-It's very kind of you, but no.
So, what would be your best offer?
My best on it - you can have the pair for 100.
-Come on, then, 85.
-Do you know what? Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
So, the stallholder has said £85 for the pair,
which means that Greg got the fish for 70 and the vase for 15.
Just in the nick of time.
ACCORDION to me, it's time to stop shopping.
I didn't think you'd do it. I didn't think you'd do it.
-Neither did I.
-No, cos you're the most indecisive pair of people
I've ever met in my life. Now come on, we're going.
Let's just check out what the Red team have bought.
Their first buy was a pair of wooden skis for £35.
Up next, a pair of 19th-century sugar cutters, £25 paid.
And with ten minutes to go
they parted with £50 for this metal trunk.
Well, Lee and Rachel, you didn't find it that easy, did you?
-No, I didn't in fact. No, I didn't.
-You needed your man.
I certainly did. But did he turn up?
-He did turn up.
-We'll find that out later, won't we?
So, what's going to make the biggest profit?
I'm swaying to either the skis or the trunk.
Right. And what do you like the best?
-Must be the trunk, mustn't it?
-Yeah. Yeah, it is the trunk, yes.
-And what about the biggest profit?
Biggest profit, I think the trunk as well.
-The trunk as well.
-Yeah, I think.
-So, what did you spend. £110?
-£110, that's correct.
That means you've got £190 left over.
-Hand it over.
There we are, Philip.
-Thank you so much.
Charlie, I don't think I can spend that much money.
I think you can. What are you going to do with it?
I've absolutely no idea.
LAUGHTER Not a clue.
While poor old Philip goes to buy goodness knows what,
let's check out what the Blue team have bought.
Greg and Stephanie spent a paltry £8 on a set of tiles by Copeland.
They then splashed the cash on this glass fish by Lalique, £70 paid.
And finally, this studio pottery vase was secured for just £15.
You didn't spend a lot, did you?
-No, we didn't.
What's your favourite item?
Obviously the Lalique for me, but the pottery is quite nice, too.
I think Thomas quite likes the pottery.
Yeah, I mean and for the money we paid for it...
-It's a good buy.
-So, what's to make the most profit?
-I'd say the tiles.
I'll go with the pot.
-And what's your favourite item.
Well, £93, which means you've got £207 left over...
-..to give this man.
-There we go.
-There's the £207.
Do you know? I'm going to follow their lead.
-I'm going to be tight.
-You good man!
Marvellous. So, while Thomas goes off to be tight, oh, so tight,
we're off to the auction.
I've come down the road to Cardiff
to auctioneers Rogers Jones and Co.
And I'm here with the boss and auctioneer Ben.
-Croeso i Cymru, Charlie.
-Gosh, what does that mean?
-It means welcome to Wales, Charlie.
Oh, how wonderful. I feel wanted already.
And so, I hope, do Lee and Rachel, who are the Red team here.
And kicking off, Phil who was the expert,
particularly liked these skis which he bought.
What do you think of them?
Um, they're interesting, but who wants an old pair of skis?
People put them up on pub walls and things, don't they?
Yeah, but are we in the right
-location for ski-themed pubs? I'm not sure we are.
-What about an estimate?
-We've put 30 to 40 on those, Charlie.
Well, they paid £35.
OK. They're in with a chance.
And what about the sugar cutters?
Interesting part of these is that they've got a little
toffee hammer-like device on the ends to bash up the blocks.
A modest estimate, I think - 15 to £20 on those, Charlie.
Yeah. They cost £25.
We're not too far out, are we?
-In with a chance.
-What about the trunk?
Bit of a plain Jane. No labels, turn-of-the-century.
-30 to 40 on that.
-Right. Well, it cost £50.
-So, they might need their bonus buy.
-They might struggle with that one.
If they need their bonus buy, let's have a look at it.
Well, Lee and Rachel, how could you possibly give this man £190?
-Isn't that dangerous?
-Very, very dangerous.
-Any ideas what he's bought?
-Haven't got a clue.
-Not a clue.
-Are you confident in your man?
Well, Philip, what have you got?
I would value your opinion as to where you thought these were made.
Gosh. Not English.
I think they're probably early 20th century, they're European.
They've got almost a Deco look to the top of them, haven't they?
They cost me £30. And I just think they've got a bit of a look to them.
What do you think of them, Rachel?
-I like them.
I do like them. No, I do. I don't think Lee does, but I do.
Well, I'm going to try Lee. What do you think, Lee?
That's probably the best word I can give it is interesting.
Well, you don't have to make up your mind now.
You can leave it until the saleroom.
Then you can decide whether or not
to go with Philip's £30 candlesticks.
Meanwhile, shall we see what the
auctioneer thinks of Philip's dateless candlesticks?
Well, Phil bought a pair of plated candlesticks.
So, what do you think of these?
Not particularly thrilled with those.
People don't want to clean, that's half the problem with those.
And two candlesticks, rather clunky... 15 to 20.
15 to 20. Well he paid £30.
I think Philip's been burning the candle at both ends.
Now, onto Greg and Stephanie, with the Blue team.
They were with Thomas Plant and they started off by buying some tiles,
seven of them, Copeland, wonderful makers,
but these aren't the best tiles ever made, are they?
Rather ordinary, Charlie. The colours aren't a particularly nice,
attractive palette, either - browns and greens.
Not for me, those.
Not sure they're going to have a good night out on those tiles.
-Ten to £15, Charlie.
-Ten to £15.
-They cost £8.
-Now, the next lot is the Lalique fish.
Yeah, it looks like something you'd get from a sweet shop.
-Green or yellow?
-I'm going with greeny yellow.
Yeah, sort of kind of greeny yellow. Modern Lalique.
Not a lot going for it, unfortunately.
-20 to 30.
-They really went bold on this.
-They spent £70.
-Did they really?
Shall we move swiftly on to the studio pottery vase?
I quite like this, Charlie.
Good size, very fashionable, nice under glaze.
No factory mark or studio pottery mark, which is disappointing.
No. I've had a good look.
You really want a name on that, don't you?
You do. But a good minimalist piece, if you like.
A bold statement in a house.
-I quite like it. 20 to £30.
-20 to £30.
Well, they only paid £15. I think that's a bit of a steal, £15.
Not bad. In with a chance on that.
I think you're going to make a substantial profit for them on that.
Let's not get carried away, Charlie.
Anyway, of course, despite Ben's efforts,
they still might need a bonus buy. So, let's have a look at it.
Come on, Thomas, reveal all.
OK. Greg and Stephanie, here we go.
I bought you a liqueur set.
-Do you like a drink?
-This is by a company in Sweden.
Made by Orrefors. Have you heard of Orrefors?
-Never heard of them.
-No? Orrefors, Swedish manufacturer of glass.
But what's more important is the designer.
These are designed by somebody called Simon Gate.
-How old do you think that is?
Yes. It's going to be 1920s-1930s, that was designed.
It's fabulous, isn't it?
It is fab, actually. I like the colour. You're not keen, are you?
It looks like, well, cheap plastic little glasses.
But, do you know, who knows?
I don't know anything, you're the expert.
Greg, Greg, Greg, I will just...
These have been hand-blown. They have been polished.
Here we've got the Orrefors mark, we've got the G for Simon Gate,
and all the details of the manufacture of this fabulous...
So, is Simon Gate well known?
-I do like the black bases on them.
How much did you pay for them?
Well, when I left you I said I was going to take a leaf out of your two
-books, wasn't I?
-And I did.
-So you got them for two quid!
Greg, I'm nothing like you, OK. I try,
-but it's difficult. OK. £30.
That's good. And how much do you think they'll make?
I think they've got a good chance of making at least 40 to £60.
-I knew you'd say that.
-It's a really lovely set.
Well, you don't have to make up your mind now.
Wait until the auction. Seems to me you rather like them.
We know Thomas likes them.
But does the auctioneer like the Orrefors glass?
Thomas was left £207 by Greg and Stephanie,
and he came up with this,
which is Orrefors glass. Good name. What do you think?
I think in the antique world you've got to be two things.
Either practical or decorative.
I'm not sure whether this sits in either camp.
-What about value?
-15 to 20.
Hmm. Paid 30.
We might just be a little short there, Charlie.
Oh, dear, dear, dear. I suppose you might be.
-You'll be taking the sale?
-I will indeed.
Good. Well, I have to say, I'm really looking forward to it.
Lee and Rachel, isn't this exciting?
We're going to kick off with the skis, which cost £35.
Here they come.
15 A, pair of Attenhofer wooden skis,
has to start at £45.
Is there 50?
At 45, 50 in the room.
-Is there five? At 50, 50, £50.
Is there five?
At 50. £50. In the room, the bid.
Everybody done at 50?
That was fantastic. You're up £15.
Look, here come the cutters.
Sugar cutters, nice shape to these.
Bid me £20. Surely a ten.
-Five to start.
Five in. At five.
Any advance now? Eight if you like.
At five now. £8 bid.
Is there ten? Ten anywhere? £8.
Is there ten?
All done, a lowly £8. Anybody else, before these go?
Oh, you've lost £17. But you made £15.
So you're down £2.
Right. Now your trunk.
And I've got 20 to start. Is their five?
At 20, at 20.
Five, surely? Clean and tidy, ladies and gentlemen.
Is there five? At 20.
At £20 only. Five anywhere?
Oh, £20, that's better.
-Is there 30?
At 25, at 25.
Is everybody done?
25 only. Hammer's up.
25 to 5057.
Oh, minus 15. Minus 17, you're minus 2,
you're down £27. That's not bad, is it?
Disappointing after the start we had, though.
Yeah, but you've got a pair of candlesticks still to come.
So, what do you reckon?
-We're definitely going to go for it.
-Yeah, go for it.
You're going with those candlesticks. Good luck.
Lot 201A. Pair of candlestick holders.
Starting the bid with me at £15.
-Oh, well it's a start.
-15 with me.
Against you now.
At 15. £15 online.
You're out. 18 if you like.
Do they want 18, Peter? At 15, 18.
18 at the back.
-£18, wanting £20, wanting £20.
£18. 18 is at the door.
Are we all done?
-Coming back to me online.
Everybody done at £18?
Philip's now added a cheeky little £12 loss
onto the hitherto £27 loss,
which brings you up to £39 loss.
But never you mind.
Minus £39 has won a lot of Bargain
Hunts over the years, hasn't it, Philip?
-Absolutely right and it might today.
-Yes, might well win.
So, not a word to the Blues, OK? Don't discuss it with the Blues.
-And good luck.
Are you ready for it?
-Yes! We certainly are.
-You look as if you're up for it.
-Yeah, can't wait.
-OK, here we go. Copeland, good name.
Our set of seven Copeland pottery tiles.
With me at ten, £10, any advance?
At 18. Is there 20?
£10, 12. 15, if you like.
That was good.
18. Is there 20?
Keep going, keep going.
At £20. Is there two?
22, second thoughts.
Is there five? 25. Is there eight, sir?
25. Lady's bid. Was there somebody else at 25?
Lady's bid, make no mistake, at 25.
Right. Here's the Lalique.
37B, modern Lalique fish mascot.
I've got ten to start.
At £10, is there 12? 12 bid. 15. 15 I have.
18 now. Is there 20?
£18, 20 bid, two now.
22. Is there five?
-We've got to make 70 or more.
£28. 30, new bidder. 35, anywhere?
Two if you like, sir. £30. Do you want two?
£30. All done at 30.
Oh, no! A loss of £40 here. You're now down £23.
Here's the vase.
I've got interest in this.
Straight in at £55. At 55.
I have to start there. Is there 60 now?
At 55, 60, anybody? 65.
-This is phenomenal!
Just taken you into an overall profit.
Are we all done? 65, a good piece here at 65.
Are we all done? Last call.
-Yes! Thank you, thank you.
-That is a £50 profit.
-Take off the little 23
which lost earlier, which means you're £27 up.
Sweden here we come.
I think we're going to go for it.
-We trust you.
-We trust you.
Lot number 43A, liqueur set.
I'm going to start. It starts with me at £25.
Is there 30 now?
At 25. 30, anyone?
30, 35 with me. 35.
-Profit of £5. We're in.
-Keep going, keep going.
40 now. At 40, at 40, at 40.
With me, then, at £40. Everybody done?
Last call at 40.
Well done, Thomas.
-Thomas, I'm going to shake you by the hand.
What a genius you are. Well done, you two.
Do you know, you've made £37 on Bargain Hunt!
I'm so chuffed.
It's not a golden gavel...
That's because of the Lalique.
But other than that you did superbly.
-Not a word to the Reds.
Well, that was a very hard-fought contest.
Both teams did extremely well.
But, of course, sadly there can only be one winner.
Today's winners are the Blue team!
Well done. But Lee and Rachel, it all started so well, didn't it,
-with the skis?
-Went downhill very fast!
Went like the clappers. Then it went downhill very fast.
But, actually, you only lost £39, didn't you?
-It's not bad, is it?
-Have you had a good time?
Yes, brilliant time.
Well, you've been great sports.
But, as for you two, you've done extremely well, haven't you?
Just a shame about the Lalique, wasn't it?
-It was, I was gutted about that.
-Gutted about the Lalique.
I know. Your vase did so well,
and then he added a bit more profit
-as well, the great man.
So, actually, you have made £37. CHEERING
There we go, look at that.
-And I've got two more pounds for you.
-Thank very much.
-You're a very lucky girl.
-Thank you, Charlie.
-Give him some of it. Very good. Don't forget to
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Charlie Ross oversees proceedings from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. Philip Serrell and Thomas Plant guide the reds and blues, who have £300 to spend on three items that will hopefully make them a profit at the auction in Cardiff. Charlie also gets in the saddle and finds out about a weird and wonderful collection of bicycles.