Series in which people raise money by clearing out the clutter. In Birmingham, a self-confessed hoarder hopes to make some money so she can redecorate her house.
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Across the nation homes are hiding secrets behind closed doors.
-Unwanted clutter on a grand scale.
-Luckily, all is not lost.
We'll show you with a little bit of knowledge,
and a lot of hard work how you can turn that trash into cash.
Today we're in Birmingham to tackle unwanted items that have
built up to a huge level in one home.
Now from the outside this looks like any house in any street,
but on the inside it's a completely different story.
There's little pockets of junk and jumble everywhere.
We've had a look round so why don't you go and have a look yourselves.
Upstairs and into the front bedroom
and although it's presentable, it's jam-packed.
Next door in the back bedroom the clutter has clearly started to take hold.
In the study is a lesson in holding onto everything.
Up in the loft and the hoarding really kicks in
with junk and jumble everywhere.
Back downstairs and there are pockets of clutter in the front room.
It's the same story in the downstairs bedroom.
As we move on to the dining room the junk and jumble
starts to take over again.
The kitchen in the new extension is immaculate,
but the finale of this trash tour is a garage full of junk.
So, who lives in a house like this?
'Well, Mark, today's clutter collector is Annette Gough.
'A semi-retired gran of two with an amateur dramatics passion.
'She now wants to take on the lead role dealing with the drama of all her clutter.'
I've been a hoarder all my married life
and hoarded lots of things and collected lots of things.
There's not room to have any more stuff
so it's time to get rid of it all.
Clearing Annette's home of all the clutter is only half the story
because she's hoping that we'll be able to make
some money from all of her junk.
It would be great to get rid of a load of stuff
and have some space in the house.
And also, at the same time, to make £300 if we can
so that we can do some decorating in the house.
Luckily for Annette, her role in this decluttering performance
isn't a solo one because son Matthew who lives with her
is taking on a supporting role.
My mum is a real hoarder and I've inherited that from her
and I'm probably even worse.
We've now got so much stuff there isn't room to put any new stuff,
so it's time to get rid of it and have a clear out.
Well, we may have two self-confessed hoarders on our hands,
but at least they are fully committed to the task.
Before we all set to work though Annette and Matthew
have to agree to the Trash To Cash deal.
OK, so here's the deal. All right?
Matthew and Annette, I know you want to raise £300 here today.
If we can, yes.
-Me and Mark, we'll help you all we can.
But in exchange for our expertise and our advice
and that of the Trash To Cash team, I'd like you to make
exactly the same amount of money again for a charity of your choice.
-Yeah, that would be fine.
-Do you both agree to that?
There's one other thing I need you to agree.
Any items that you do decide to declutter,
anything that leaves the house, doesn't go back in the house.
-OK? Everything has to be sold and gone.
Do you agree to that?
Anything that's left over at the end will go to charity.
-Yeah. Yeah. OK.
-Is that a definite yes?
-Yes, OK. No problem.
Well, that's good news. The Trash For Cash deal has been done.
-So what I want to do now is split us into two teams
for a bit of fun and healthy competition.
-Annette, you're with Paul. And you're with me.
-OK. No problem.
-Shall we start decluttering?
-Yes. Let's get going.
'That was a tough decision there for Annette and Matthew,
'but if we're going to properly rid this house of all its clutter
'and reach our £600 target then everything has to go.
'We'll be selling to private dealers and local shops
'but most of the items cleared will be sold at a grand house sale.
'We've also got the services of handyman Danny Wood who can
'repair, refurbish or revitalise all manner of things
'that we think can be sold on.
'Right, it's time for the talking to stop and the decluttering to start.'
Matthew it is the best collection of unlidded teapots
I've ever seen in my life.
Yeah, it is, and they're a bit tatty, I know,
but basically we've planted plants in them in the summer
and they look really lovely, pretty but enough is enough.
We've had enough of them so let's get rid of them.
Well, they're not worth fortunes but they might
be three to five quid and maybe sell at the house sale.
Now, I want to ask you, how confident are you of winning?
-Oh, no, no contest. Of course we going to win!
-Music to my years!
-I mean, we are the A team and they are the B team.
-I like that, Z team. Right, let's go in the garage.
There's items that I want to discuss with you there.
No problem at all.
Come in, Matthew. Close the door. Don't let a draft in.
-Sorry. Born in a barn.
-Born in a barn? Now, vivarium.
Where did this come from?
It was my niece's, she had a lizard. It died, she wanted rid of it.
They moved house, hadn't got space. We ended up with it.
-Do you just take anything that's given?
-Well, we do actually.
OK, and that's why your full up.
Vivarium is the Latin word for place for life.
This is typical for reptiles. This little baby here is worth.
-Have a guess, how much?
-You know everything, don't you?
I would have said 40 to 50 quid.
Our team has found somebody that's interested in buying it
so we're going to load that up in the van in a minute and go and sell it.
-Scooter. Does it work?
It doesn't. I'm not sure what's wrong with it.
That was my other niece's and she had it for a couple of years,
got fed up with it, so, again, they moved house, no room.
-So we ended up with it.
-So, a broken scooter, "We'll have that."
-Why did you accept a broken scooter?
-I don't know.
Well, she wanted to get it fixed, but then it's just never happened.
Right. It's a smashing thing. If it was going,
it'd be great fun just to pop down the shops on,
-No carbon emissions from that.
We've got somebody who's interested in buying that's coming to the house later.
-Oh, brilliant, fantastic.
-Talking about the house sale, we've got trampoline here.
Which is quite nice for the house sale.
-And golf clubs, always a winner, people love a bit of golf clubs.
And the bedstead. Why are you getting rid of that, that seems fine.
Because we haven't got space for a single bed, so...
Well, I'm seeing fivers and tenners everywhere. There's another 25, 30 quid there.
-Let's go and get the team to load this vivarium up.
'You've hit the ground running today, Mark.
'That's a tasty little lot you've got there.
'But Annette and I aren't hanging around either.
'I've started at the top of the house, in the loft - a right Aladdin's Cave.'
I know Mark and Matthew are starting downstairs,
but we've come up into the loft, or, should I say, the dressing room.
It's amazing! It's like being backstage at some sort of pantomime.
-It is a bit.
-So, who wears all this stuff?
Well, we collect it, really, for the drama group,
-and for parties and dressing up and whatever.
-It's great fun
-because you're both quite theatrical, aren't you?
-Yes, we both belong to a drama group.
Can you remember what production that was from, then?
-Oh... Probably a pantomime of some sort.
-What about this?
I take it this is some sort of fake fur jacket.
Let's put that over your shoulders there. There we go.
-We could do Dr Zhivago, shall we? I'm Omar Sharif.
Do you know what, they're great fun we were laughing away here.
Costumes are really fun items.
You're quite lucky, actually, because years and years ago,
up until the 17th century,
ladies weren't actually allowed to be on stage.
-I know, that's right.
-They were banned.
It was the gentleman that dressed up like the ladies. That got relaxed.
-Now the ladies dress up...the men dress up as ladies for pantomime.
Do you know, I feel like I'm in a pantomime today.
-You've got some great stuff here. You've got shoes as well.
-When's the last time
-or the last production when you wore these?
-Years and years ago.
Looks like something from Saturday Night Fever.
-And these here. They look like something from the Wizard of Oz, don't they?
-Do you know, I think you're looking £2 or £3, maybe a five a pair, easily, for those.
-So, we really have got a job lot of theatrical items,
including wigs as well.
I love that, that's ace, that is.
I think things like this are amazing and they're really good fun.
-Yes, suits you.
-Yes, well, thank you very much.
-But even things like wigs are very collectable.
Now, I know that our team have been up here already
and had a good look at these items. We have a lady that's interested in buying some of them.
-Try and get rid of as much as we can.
-Whatever's left then goes to the house sale.
-OK, so we shall go to the ball yet.
There's one thing I wanted to ask you.
This doesn't really fit in with the theatrical things.
I know it's full of Action Men. Who's are the Action Men?
-Those were Matthew's.
-Well, OK. But the vanity case was yours?
The vanity case was mine.
It was when I got married and it was my going away case.
So it's 45 years since I had that. Just didn't think it was...
worth anything or worth doing anything with.
I can see beyond that. I can see the interior is lovely.
This is real retro look. This is 1950s, '60s that people go for.
The exterior looks like it's a little bit worn,
but I can sort of see Marilyn Monroe going to the Ritz with that.
-Can you see that as well?
It's perfect for the house sale and we are going to the ball, Dr Zhivago.
And, there we are. Elvis lives.
-Rock-AHula, where shall we go?
That dress is just your colour, Paul.
You might have picked out some potentially profitable outfits in the loft
but there's plenty of other moneymaking opportunities in this house.
This is a pretty unusual room, isn't it? What is it?
It's basically our spare room but at the minute my brother's in here
several nights a week because he's working in Birmingham.
We'd like it to be a really nice, peaceful guest room.
Well, you've called the right people in
because I think this needs a makeover.
-It certainly does.
-And it needs it yesterday.
Now, let's start off with computer chair, computer table and computer.
-All to go.
-All to go.
The term computer actually dates back before the 1930s
when it was actually used to describe one of these machines.
-Before that, it was somebody number-crunched.
-You're a mine of information.
Full of it. Absolutely full of it. Anyway, furniture is another thing.
Every year, we throw away 10-million lumps of furniture.
And a third of that could either be recycled or reused.
People are lazy. They go, "Run it down the landfill," and, you know, plastic doesn't rot.
-That'll be there forever more.
-So what we've got here is probably 40, 50, 60 quid.
Clothes. Clothes always sell.
Definitely, some of those have got to go.
There's a lot of clothes there. We can get that sorted, can't we?
Books, clothes, these are items that can be recycled.
Books can be recycled, clothes can be recycled.
-People throw away clothing in the bin.
-What's the point?
If you give it to a charity shop or sell it,
then it gets another chance for a life.
Even if it's got holes in it, the charity shops can rag it
-and that gets turned into stuffing.
-One man's rubbish is another man's gold, as they say.
You're singing my song. Come on, let's carry on looking.
Hang on a minute, isn't that one of my phrases, Mark?
Don't you worry about phrases, Paul.
You need to concentrate on how you're going to beat us today.
-It's all under control. We're on our way to victory.
But if we're going to hit our target of £600,
we need to start selling.
Matthew and I have jumped in the Trash To Cash van
and are heading to a pet shop to try and sell our vivarium.
-So, what's your selling skills like, then?
I've been to the odd bazaar, and a man in Turkey etc,
but I'm not very good at haggling.
-Now you tell me.
Well, my little tip is have fun, enjoy it,
make the person laugh if you can,
-don't disagree or argue with them.
And when it comes to the price, put the ball back in their court
and always ask them to come up with a price because this guy,
-he's got a pet shop so he knows what things work.
-All right, yes.
-Whatever he offers, doesn't matter what it is, always ask for more.
-It normally works a treat.
-Fabulous. We'll give it a go.
-There we are. Explain what we've got.
-Basically, this was my niece's.
She had a bearded dragon in it
and unfortunately the bearded dragon died.
They moved house, hadn't got space to store it,
-so we ended up with it in our garage, and we need to get rid of it.
It looks in relatively good condition.
What sort of animals could you put in there?
Basically, any sort of lizard,
as long as it's got enough room to turn around.
-Is it something that you sell regularly in this shop?
On occasions, I sell different sizes, especially with young lizards,
small bearded dragons,
small iguanas, that sort of thing. But, obviously, as they get larger,
you have to replace them for a bigger viv.
Right. So, boys, I think it's about time we started talking about money, I'm afraid.
-That boring bit.
So what do you think you could give us for it?
-I think we are looking at about £50.
'£50 is a cracking offer and just what we hoped for.
'But can Matthew push the pet shop owner higher and get even more?'
'At the house, the owner of a vintage clothing shop in Worcester
'has come to take a look at some of the clothes from the loft.'
Is there a style amongst this lot that would sell well. Is there anything trendy there?
-Definitely, military is huge at the moment.
-Have you spotted something military?
This is a perfect example of military which is very in this season. That's a fabulous piece.
-I've seen celebrities wearing those. That's the current look.
People want to look like their idols.
Do you think I'll ever come back into fashion?
-There's hope for us all!
-There is. Very diplomatic.
-Have you sorted out a little pile here, then?
-Yes, I've got a pile here.
-OK, which ones are those?
-These one, here.
-That lot there?
You're looking at this lot here.
-Right, obviously, we're not experts on fashion. You know what your mark-up is.
-We would like to make a profit on these items.
-We want you to come to an agreement on a price. Have you worked out...?
-Let me quickly tot up.
-If you'd like to pass them over to me.
-Yes, of course, that's a good idea.
Well done, Lewis, there you go.
That's amazing, that was Rod Stewart's, I think.
-This one might be coming home to my wardrobe.
-There's Marilyn's there.
-There's quite a lot there, isn't there?
-Yes, there are.
-For an evening out, they're great fun, aren't they?
-They are, yes.
I was thinking £75.
That sounds OK.
-Are you happy with that?
-I think you better shake hands.
-Great, thank you very much.
-Lovely to meet you.
Can I do you a favour, Lewis? I'm sure amongst this lot there's a pair of pants that will fit you.
Let's have a look. Let's get those legs out.
'Paul, I'm not sure there's much of a future you in the fashion world
'but I must say 75 quid is a good result.
'I think there's a definite space in the market for the Paul Hayes clothing range.
'On a different note, the pressure's on Matthew to seal the deal on the Bavarian.
Would you be able to stretch to 70?
-No, I think, 50.
I don't think the VAT man would like it.
What do you think, then?
-Somewhere between 50 and 70?
-I think £60.
-OK. I think that will do.
-Thank you very much, that's great.
'That's a great bit of haggling there by Matthew, securing £60.'
It was just brilliant getting rid of it and it was a really good price, 60 quid.
He said 50, I said 70. He then said 60.
It was brilliant, came right in the middle of where we wanted.
Yes, the tip was fab and I'm really pleased it's gone.
'Well, with those sales, we've banked £135 between us,
'putting is well on the way to our £600 target.'
'Today isn't just about making money, though.
'It's also about clearing Annette and Matthew's home of all of its clutter.
'While we've been busy selling, the Trash team have been hard at it,
'getting rid, tidying up and transforming throughout.'
'The transformation of the back bedroom is under way.
'We'll see what Matthew makes of it once it's finished.
'First, though, it's time for a little chat.'
-I feel like we're getting somewhere. Do you?
-There's lots of clutter been leaving the house.
-How does it feel to see that go and get your space back?
Glad that we decided to do it.
It's taken a long time but I'm glad we've done it.
It'll be great when we got more space.
Do you remember earlier on today, we said you wanted to raise £300 for yourself and Matthew?
But also another £300 for a good cause or a charity.
Have you decided what that good cause is?
-Yes, we decided on the British Heart Foundation.
-Is that for a particular reason?
-My husband died from a heart attack
and I've got a brother and a sister who have heart trouble.
I feel that most people, some time in their lives,
are touched by somebody with heart trouble.
The more research they can do, the more it should help people.
Lots of people have been affected by that. They say charity starts at home,
have you decided what you want to do with your half of the money?
We had an extension on the house last year
and it's made the rest of the house look as if it needs decorating.
That's the problem, that's new, the rest of the house needs doing.
-We thought we might use some of the money to decorate.
The main thing is for the Heart Foundation, but also a spruce up for yourself,
-once we've decluttered.
-Once we've declutterd.
It's been lovely chatting to you and they are two great causes.
-It'll spur us on.
'Annette and I want to make sure we win, so we're not hanging around
'and are back in Annette's bedroom, adding more stuff for the house sale.'
Right, now then, Annette.
I must admit this is my favourite room of your house.
-I love what you've done here. Have you had this extended?
-Yes, we had it done about 12 months ago.
-12 months ago this room was absolutely mint, immaculate, brand-new...?
-Well, things got moved into here from other places.
It's not your storage room, you've got to get out of the storage room, cluttered ideas.
Think clean lines and bring your life back.
You've got three jigsaws here, do you ever use these?
-I've done them so they can go to the sale.
-Are they complete?
-Do we need to count them, there's 1,500 in that one?
These are absolutely perfect for the house sale. These always, always sell.
You could be looking at £2 each, at least, for those.
At least a fiver for those three. Then you've got some travel bags here.
Where do all these lot come from? Are they freebies?
-No, I've just accumulated them over the years.
Handbags... If you said for these, a couple of pounds each.
-You got a leather one here, you might get a fiver for that.
These are great, actually.
-You've at least 10 or 15 quid there for the handbags.
Then you've got a bag full of...
-Costume jewellery. When was the last time you wore these sort of things?
-Probably 20 years ago.
-This type of plastic jewellery was very popular in the 1960s/70s.
The idea is with costume jewellery, it goes with your costume.
This would have been bought for a specific outfit.
A nice black outfit like you've got on there and then reused whenever you needed them.
-These definitely are plastic. A lot of people mistake them for ivory.
-If you look carefully you can see the seam. Can you see that?
-But these maybe 20p, 50p, that sort of thing.
There were some other nicer bits in here. This lot here.
Whose are these cufflinks? Were they your late husband's...?
I think they're probably just some we've bought at jumble sales and things like that.
Cufflinks are about the only thing that a gentleman will buy.
Most gentlemen do not wear a lot of jewellery but they will wear a dress shirt with some nice cufflinks.
You're looking a couple of pounds, maybe three or four quid per pair for those.
You've got diamante. Have you heard of diamante?
-Yes, I have.
-Very 1930s, very Hercule Poirot, cocktails...
The secret is with these little bits and pieces,
-get all the items together and these will sell like hot cakes.
I think, in costume jewellery, you've 20, maybe £30.
I think the way to do it, there are a lot of people who are interested
in vintage clothing, jewellery and costume items
and I think we may be able to find a buyer for these.
-I think the rest of the items are all for your house sale.
-Believe it or not, you've about £50 on that bed there.
-Isn't it amazing?
-It is, yes.
Rule one, keep this room lovely like this.
-Get all this clutter out and keep it that way.
-Right, come on, let's go and see what else we can do.
'It's all adding up and it's looking good for my team winning.'
'Don't be so sure, Paul. We're not just here to make money, though.
'We're also called in to clear this home of its piles of junk and jumble
'and it's time now to find out if the transformed back bedroom gets the seal of approval.'
Left a bit. There we are. Now, settle down.
Remind me what this room was like before the makeover team took over?
OK, it was a bit of a tip.
There was a computer table and chair over there. Bookcase...
Quite a dull, cluttered, boring room.
-Not very relaxing, was it?
-No, not at all.
-Are you ready to have a look?
-I think so, it's quite exciting.
-Let's hold this moment for a few seconds.
-Open your eyes.
Oh my God, it's great.
-I love that lamp.
-I knew you would.
What a nice little chair as well.
Gorgeous, I love it. I love the colours. That's gorgeous as well.
Nice curtains. Fab. Oh, silver light shade. Yeah, very funky. Fabulous.
-Yes, very relaxing. It's lovely.
-Cool, as well.
-Very, very nice indeed. Perfect.
-Yes, thank you very much.
-Do think Mother would like it?
-I think she will, yes. I think she will love it.
-The team's done well.
-Yes, yes definitely, really good.
'Well, Matthew's certainly pleased with the transformed back bedroom.
'I think the Annette will be too because the room looks fantastic.
'All the unwanted junk and jumble has gone and has been replaced by order and style.
'It's the perfect room for friends and family to now stay over.
'We're on our way to clearing the mountains of clutter and making progress towards our £600 target.'
'We've managed to bank a respectable £60 from selling the Bavarian
'to a pet shop, which is a tenner more than we were hoping for.
'Respectable that may be, but we've banked even better £75
'for some dresses, putting us in the lead
'and still leaving more clothing to be sold at the house sale.'
'We may be leading the way, but Annette and I am not basking in our glory, quite yet.'
You know something, Annette, is there a competition
-into how much stuff you can cram into one room?
-It looks like it, doesn't it?
What exactly do you use this room for?
It's supposed to be an office for Matthew come and work in,
but it's just got so cluttered Everything, as you see, we're collectors,
-and everything has just accumulated.
-It needs to be sorted.
When's the last time you had use for this room? Has Matthew taken over at?
I really don't come in here at all.
Would you like to have a room that you could come in and lose yourself?
-Yes, I would.
-If you had a choice, what could you use this room for?
I sometimes do a bit of sewing, so I could put sewing stuff in here,
which normally is left in the loft, so it's more awkward to get to.
-This desk is really big.
I could probably do with a smaller desk.
As you can see, it just gets stuff all over it.
It does, but what we need to do is get some of this clutter out and get it usable again.
There is far, far too much stuff.
You've got a hostess trolley going on here.
Anything with a shelf, items are put on it and it stays there.
-That is cluttering up the whole feel of the room.
We need to clean out a bit.
We have some very snazzy designer glasses here. Are these yours?
-No, they're Matthew's.
-These are fabulous. People are always looking for sunglasses.
-They are the sort of thing that's an iconic fashion statement.
They've been around a long time.
Legend has it, it was the Emperor Nero, in Rome, that had a type of sunglasses.
He apparently used to watch the gladiators through solid emeralds.
-Isn't that amazing?
-It must have taken a bit of the gore off.
The sunglasses we know today really were developed
in the 1940s and '50s.
They're actually a by-product of the space race.
A lot of that technology was transferred into designer items.
There's a lot of history with sunglasses.
As fashionable items these are perfect, we have some good makers.
-Those are Vivien Westwood, aren't they?
-They are, does she know you've got them?
Are they her pair?
Do you know what, I think we need to make a real start in here.
I'll send the makeover team in.
We'll declutter, and then, you'll be surprised, this room is bigger than you think.
All right? It's time to let go.
-Thanks very much.
-Say, "goodbye" to it all.
You've got some good stuff there, Paul, but this competition isn't over yet.
We've got another potential buyer who's come to the house
to take a look at the scooter in the garage.
Let's hope Matthew remembers my advice from earlier to ask for a little more than the first offer.
-Well, these items, they're OK.
-But they've got a history of being a bit unsafe.
-So really, it wouldn't go back on the road as what it is.
-It's just for spares for somebody.
-So long as it can be used, recycled in some way,
and not going into landfill, that's all that's important.
-That won't happen, someone will use the pieces.
-Boys, we need to start talking about money, that's the bit we need to do now.
-What's it worth to you?
-Well, if I said nothing, and came up to 30 quid straightaway.
I'd just be trying to be generous,
so somebody else can have use of the bits out of it.
-If that's any good to you.
-That sounds great.
-30 quid's OK?
-Yes, it sounds good.
-Oh gosh, yes, sorry, er... 35?
-30 quid's the best I can go.
-I think we need to shake on it.
-Shake hands quickly.
-Definitely, before he goes.
-Thanks very much.
-You're a gentleman.
-Fantastic, thank you very much.
Well, that negotiation may not have gone quite to plan.
But 30 quid is still a cracking amount.
I'm really pleased the scooter's gone.
It's fantastic just to get it out of the way. It didn't sound like it was worth a huge amount
so to get 30 quid for it was fantastic.
And Mark's tip, I just completely forgot.
I just heard 30 quid and thought, yeah, sounds great, let's have it!
Bite his hand off before he leaves!
So, yeah, I'm really pleased that it's gone.
That's what we like to see, Mark, your team-mate clearly remembering your advice!
Maybe, Paul, but the important thing is that scooter's raised 30 quid.
And, adding that to the 60 from the sale of the vivarium, we've made £90 so far.
We haven't made any further deals,
so we've still banked £75 from the sale of the clothing.
But we've got plenty left to sell, so don't be complacent.
'It's been a long day, as we try to make £600 by ridding
'Annette and Matthew's home of all their unwanted junk and jumble.'
'But, there's still more items to go through.'
What is this room? A dining table there, little settees.
And whatever this strange thing is.
That's a flip-flop bed, and somebody stayed over the other night and it's not been put back in the loft.
Basically, this is our games area. We eat and then we come and entertain.
Right, this is where you play.
-Okey-dokey. Now, rocking chair.
-Yeah. It's a bit wibbly wobbly, isn't it?
-It got broke.
I bought it, somebody bought it for my birthday.
I was going to varnish it and put it in the garden.
But, it was too, it wasn't sturdy enough really to go in the garden
-and I never got round to doing anything with it.
So I thought, it sits there, it's in the way,
it doesn't really get used because the arm's broken, so it needs to go.
-Originally, rocking horses inspired rocking chairs.
The first rocking chairs were made from regular chairs.
They literally took it to a carpenter
and he would put a little horseshoe rocker on the bottom of it. And away you go.
If Danny fixes this, then it would become quite a saleable item.
OK, it's not going to change your life, but
-you're still looking at 20 to 30 quid, it's not bad.
I've never seen anything like this before.
-What on Earth is it and where did it come from?
-I think it's a CD rack.
But I never used it as a CD rack.
-I put these little bits of slate in and used to have candles.
-At the house sale, I think it's a fiver. So, happy days. It just adds up, all of it.
-Now, I think the main job is to get this to Danny and get him to restore this arm, let's go.
'Danny should be able to get that rocking chair in tip-top condition.
'If you have something similar to repair, this is how you do it.
'Firstly, dismantle the rocking chair arm and remove any broken wood.
'Then, drill a guide hole through the broken joint and insert a screw.'
'Finally, apply wood glue to the joints and reassemble.
'Now we have a fully repaired rocking chair, just waiting to be re-homed.
'We'll have to wait until the house sale, though, to see how much we can get for it.'
'The day is almost at an end, but there's still time for one last push upstairs.'
Now then, look at this.
-Now, Matthew, I must admit, is a very tidy person.
-He is, yes.
-This room doesn't need anything doing to it.
-But you can always find things to sell.
We've already had a word with him, our team.
There are some boxes of things here. If you grab that one. This one, maybe £5 or £10.
Made from Rosewood. But, more importantly, are the contents.
These are nice, desirable watches, and they're all worth, maybe, a fiver each.
-That sort of price. So possibly 20 quid in that little box.
But there's something in this box which is great. I want to have a closer look at it.
If I open this one up, we've got this, it's solid gold.
-Now this one is rose gold. Do you know how I can tell that?
What happens, if you made an item from solid gold, 24 carat gold, it's too soft. It would break.
So what they have to do is mix it with other metals.
When they mix it with a high copper content,
you get that red tinge, and it's called rose gold.
It has a very high copper content.
What I like is the inscription. When I first saw it, it says,
"Elsie, from Frank, August 1924."
-My heart turned over, do you know why?
I thought it said, "To Elvis, from Frank"!
And that would have made all the difference, wouldn't it?
We also have some things I haven't seen for ages.
-Do you know what these are for?
-Sleeve garters. We've got those. A couple of garters.
This one as well which is a nice, either garnet or ruby imitation.
So there's loads of bits of these small watches in here.
I think you've got £20, £30 at least in that box.
Five or 10 quid in the other one. It's adding up nicely.
Now, the books.
He has all these books he's sorted out he doesn't want any more.
-There's nothing like curling up with a book.
-No, there's not.
But do you know what? I didn't realise that Birmingham was so romantic.
-Do you know why?
-Do you know this new toll road that they built?
To make it quieter, what they did is pulped a load of books and put the books underneath the tarmac
so it softened the blow, softened the sound.
-And they used Mills and Boon books.
So, technically, that stretch of toll road is the most romantic road in Britain, there you go!
-All right. Enough messing about.
I reckon you've got, er, if we said 50p a book, you've got at least 15 quid there.
'Hats off, you've got some great stuff there, Paul.'
'Game winning stuff, I think. Annette's worked hard with me today,
'but she's having to dash off now to hit curtain call for a play she's currently starring in.'
Today's clear-out mission is at an end.
The back bedroom has been transformed from a bit of a dumping ground
into a fantastic guest bedroom.
The dining room has become a clutter-free zone, as has the garage.
We'll see the final transformation of the study
when we return for the grand house sale.
Speaking of which, it's time to meet up and compare what we'll be selling.
Well, rain has stopped play, but where's your team-mate?
She's gone to the theatre where she's performing this evening.
The theatre programme is actually about selling things at a church jumble sale,
not dissimilar to what we're doing here actually.
-We've made 90 quid.
-Matthew sold £90.
-I can't take all the credit.
No, you can't actually. How much have you made?
We've done all right and we've found £200 worth of items
for our house sale which I think's more important.
-Is that all? We've at least £201 worth.
-We certainly have.
-Our day is not yet finished.
Ours is, but yours isn't, Matthew. Do you know why? Tell him, Mark?
What you need to do now is contact all your friends.
-People you like.
-People you don't like.
And get them down here for the house sale.
Anything that doesn't sell is being given to charity,
so nothing is going back in the house.
We need bodies down here. No, we don't, we need umbrellas.
After our big clear out, Annette, Matthew and the team
have been inviting friends, family, neighbours
and locals to the house sale.
So far, we've made £165 between us
which is a good start towards our goal today.
We still have plenty of work to do
if we are going to reach our £600 target.
The great British weather is upon us.
Rain will not stop play, there's a great turn out.
There's a load of lovely people here who want to spend their cash.
Without further ado, I would like to declare this house sale open!
'The weather may not be great,
'but it has not deterred other bargain-hunters from turning up.
Annette and I aren't hanging around,
because in this weather there's no time to lose.
We've got someone who's interested in some of the costume jewellery
that was in Annette's bedroom.
I found this amber necklace and these vintage beads.
Also this applique.
Whose are these, Annette?
-These were mine.
-Beautiful, genuine amber that.
That one's a fiver, and that's very pretty.
A couple of quid for that one? How about 10 for the lot?
I don't think 10, what about six? OK?
-Does that sound all right to you?
-What about the typewriter, do you like that?
-I do like the typewriter.
How much for that typewriter?
We were going to ask £15,
but because you're already a customer you get some discount.
-OK. How about if we said 15 quid
for the jewellery and the typewriter?
-So you're getting the typewriter for nine.
-I'll take it.
That sounds fantastic, lovely, well done.
'That's how you do it. I saw the lady eyeing up the typewriter
'and took the perfect opportunity to make a bit of a job lot sale.
'Annette and I are on a roll
'and have someone interested in the fake fur coat from the loft.
I'm hoping my sales patter can bump up the price.'
Now this, believe it or not, was used in the opening scenes to Dr Zhivago.
This is the genuine item that Omar Sharif had on, just try it on.
It's fake fur, remember, so it's all eco-friendly.
Pop it on, I want to see it on you.
-On top of my leather coat, I don't think so.
-That is just perfect.
Hang on a second, is that Marilyn Monroe arrived?
That is worth at least 15 quid,
-I think that's an absolute cracker, don't you?
'Well, Paul, you've started this house sale like you mean business.
'Matthew and I aren't worried.
'We're busy selling hard ourselves
'and are holding an impromptu auction.'
I see you've picked that up, she also picked it up.
Why don't we have a little mini auction, how does that sound?
You can start at £1.
-Would you like to pay £2?
-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
-Out? Go one more.
-14 to you.
That's it. What a top lady, brilliant. Thank you very much.
'That's what we need, a few buyers interested in the same items
'so we get some bidding wars going on.
'We got a good price and that lady got herself a good buy.'
I bought this lovely pottery vase.
As soon as I saw it, I absolutely loved it.
'The weather may be against us today,
'but thankfully there are still plenty of people here.
'I have a customer who wants to walk away with a box
'of unusual shoes that would give us a foothold in today's contest.'
Madam, we have lots of interesting items, good shoe laces.
You can't have too many shoelaces, can you?
-It's the shoes I am interested in.
-I'll have all of them, actually.
-I think there is about 20.
-I thought £1 each.
-At £1, that's 20 quid.
-How does that sound?
-Are you sure?
-If you come back next week, you get all left feet.
Thank you very much. Do you know something for certain?
-She is well heeled.
-She certainly is.
'The jokes don't get any better, Paul.
'But at least it's not putting people off spending.
'I'm busy charming the ladies to part with some cash.'
-That's my nan.
-Hello, Nana. I haven't got a nan.
-Can you be my nan too?
-I've got that many,
-I don't mind and another one.
-Thank you. How lovely.
-How much would you like to offer?
-She might be pretty, but she's mean. £6.
-No, I am paying for it.
Nana's spoken, it's a fiver then!
'I think you bet your match there, Mark.
'It's great to see more stuff going.'
I like my shoes because I collect shoes.
As you can see in here, I've got quite a few.
At least 20. So I paid £20.
Then my nan just bought me this lovely picture for a fiver.
That is a bargain.
'We're not just interested in making money,
'we have also been helping Annette and Mathew reclaim their home
'by clearing out all the junk and jumble
'that they've managed to collect.
'The study was packed full to bursting with clutter
'making it almost impossible to move in.
'The Trash team are hard at work clearing,
'tidying and transforming the room.
'I can't wait to show Annette the new de-cluttered, re-ordered room.
'On the stalls, the deals are being made left right and centre
'and a customer from Paul's stall has decided to come and see the A team.'
-Lovely, smiley face.
-You just want me to be generous, don't you, Mark?
-Are you a mind reader?
-I am interested in those scales.
I know you've been looking at my scales. Would £100 be too much?
-I'm shocked at that.
-I thought you was unshockable, you told me. Is 20 too much?
-It's my lucky number.
-I think £20 is fair.
Brilliant. Thank you, lovely lady.
'That's a cracking sale.
'I think that might tip the balance of today's competition in our favour.
'But the customers are spending money on both our stalls.'
These sales don't last long especially when everyone is wet because of the weather.
We have to get on with this and take the money quick.
Once they're gone, they're gone.
Roll up, roll up. Thank you sweetheart. Very kind of you. Lovely.
Whatever you do, don't look around, but the Spice Girls have arrived.
But they've changed a little bit. You'll have nightmares for years.
-Dear me. It is everyone mad around here?
Who's next? roll up. Come here, young lady. Done.
'I reckon we might just have a bit of a lead
'over you at the moment, Paul.
'Don't bank on it, Annette and I have stepped away
'from the stall to talk sunglasses with a couple of interested buyers.'
-I believe you're interested in these sunglasses.
-We certainly are.
-Are they for yourself, or a present for somebody?
-They're not for me.
I'd probably give the Vivienne Westwood ones to my daughter.
These are very trendy. Look at that, excellent.
Like a couple of film stars here.
Annette, you have a price you were expecting to get for these?
Yes, I thought £30 for the two.
I think that's reasonable, but it depends on what you two think.
Shall we say, because we're friends, 25 for the two.
-Is that all right?
-For £25, I'll throw in the case as well.
-Thank you very much.
-It's lovely to meet you both. Thanks for coming.
-There you go.
'That's a cracking result. It's nip and tuck who's ahead,
'but I have a feeling we are in the lead.
'Keep telling yourself that, Paul.
'Despite the weather, the real action is happening outside.
'Before everyone gets fed up with the rain,
'I have decided it's time to auction off the charming, wooden rocking chair.'
Can I have your attention, guys.
We have got a beautiful rocking chair,
freshly restored by DIY Dan the super handyman.
I would like to auction it off today.
Hands up who would give me a pound for it. There's hands everywhere.
A pound, come on.
£1 there, £2 there, £3 there, you smiled, £4 there.
5, who's got £6? 6, 7, who's got eight?
Eight at the back, there we are. Who's got nine?
She's waved, nine. And I'll take a ten.
Who's got 11, scratching her nose, £10.
Who's got 11 quid for this, £11. She's on the phone, £11 there.
Look at that, love it. And who's got £12?
Oh, yes! The lady here on the corner, £12.
I can't believe it's going to go for 12 quid.
-Is that all? £12.
-It's too much of a bargain.
15. What a lovely lady.
Can we round this up to 20 quid? Think about it.
-At least 20 quid.
-£20. £20 there.
20 quid. Anyone want to go more than £20? Hands up now.
£20 going once, 25! 25 going once.
Oh, Angela can we tempt you?
-25 going twice.
-30 quid. Ha-ha! Well done!
Mummy, is that allowed? £30 to Mummy. Brilliant news.
-31. We're going in fives now.
-£35 over there.
Going once, going twice, sold to the lovely lady.
'35 quid is a good result for that chair,
'and the woman who bought it has clearly spotted
'a few bargains here today because she's spent
'plenty of money with us. She's obviously a woman of taste.'
I just got carried away with the auction, absolute bargain.
'Well, the weather has not improved
'but there are still buyers browsing the stalls.
'Which is good because we need to do more deals
'to hit our £600 target.'
-What do you think?
-Three for a tenner.
-Three for a tenner.
-Sound all right to you?
-Yes, that's great.
'Great result. Three wigs for a tenner
'and now we've got a run on them.'
-Are those a fiver each? What about that one?
-Shall we throw that in?
-Is that OK?
A tenner for the lot. What are you going to do with them?
-We're going to wear them for dinner.
-Wear them for dinner? OK. Right.
Just take the money and run. They're very strange around here.
'You should be worried, Paul, not because
'of funny wig wearing habits,
'but because you're going to be on the losing side today.
'We're selling hard and have someone interested in the bedstead in the garage.'
You've got some bedsteads across there.
-I would like to make you an offer, old chap.
-OK. How much do you think?
-How's about 20 quid?
-George, that sounds fantastic.
-A generous offer?
-A really generous offer.
That's fantastic, I'll take the money and then I'll pass you over the goods.
Lovely doing business with you.
'That is another 20 quid in our tin.
'And to show how well things are going, we have even got someone
'interested in an item I thought we might have trouble shifting.
'One of those teapots from the garden.'
-There you go.
-What did I tell you, Mark?
You said what was that teapot doing in the garden with no lid,
-and here we go, we have got a buyer.
-What are you going to do with that?
-I think you can put flowers in it.
-Shows you what little I know.
-It does, yes.
-Fabulous, little picture frame.
-And this dress.
-What do you want to give us for everything?
We said £6 for the three, didn't we?
It's up to you, because they're worth
a couple of quid each, so it's up to you.
I think probably £6 is fair enough, two pounds each. Fantastic.
-I'll pass you those back.
-There you go.
Have you got anything to say to me, Mark? Like sorry?
-You were right.
'That's what I like to see - your team-mates showing you who's boss, Mark.
'The end of the house sale is getting closer and everything has to go.
'Any stuff left at the end will go to a charity shop.
'The prices are going down and the chance
'to bag a fantastic deal has gone up.'
-What have you got there?
-A chocolate fountain.
-Shall we say a fiver for that?
-How about £5? All right?
-I have got £5.
-Have you? That sounds just the deal.
Is that our clock as well? Have you bought that already?
-No, I think Abi wants this.
-Shall we do a deal on the two of them?
That would be great.
-OK, so how much is that, do you think?
-A couple of pounds.
-A couple of quid? So, how much is five and two?
-£7, that sounds great to me.
-Have you got £7 between you?
-I have got £5.
-Pay for it and Abi will give you the money back.
Thank you very much.
'That was a sweet deal, a good price for us and the buyer is happy too.'
We bought a chocolate fountain, and we bought it from Annette.
It was such a bargain that we didn't even go for haggling.
We thought it was a really good price, £5.
'The weather means there aren't many people left,
'but we've still got stuff left to sell
'and we're working hard to seal some final deals.'
-What can I interest you in a madam?
-I'm interested in book ends.
This one is a tenner, and that one, you get for free. Is that too much?
-How about £4? Is that OK?
-Yes. We will take it.
-That's lovely, thank you very much.
-I hope you enjoy it.
That's great, here we go. Thank you.
-Would you throw a turtleneck sweater in with it?
-I do the jokes!
That's enough of that.
The cash is pouring into both stalls and today's contest could go either way.
But, we've got interest in the CD racks from the dining room.
This one is a lovely elephant with a big trunk, and a butt like yours.
-Oh, thank you very much. Charming! So what do you want to ask for these?
-A fiver each.
-Three for a fiver?
-For all three, yeah, go on.
Do you know what, is this what you want?
Yes, it is, perfect.
I'm very happy. OK, thank you very much.
And with no-one else around I'm going to declare this house sale...closed!
'It's not quite, Mark, because Annette and I have stepped inside
'to see if we can do one last deal for some more of the jewellery.
'Denise, who's already snapped up some items,
'is interested in a couple of pieces including the rose gold bangle.'
In the high street that would cost you a few quid.
-I'll be guided by you.
-Annette's got a price in mind, haven't you?
-What do you think, Paul?
-I think we should ask £40 for that.
Well, my lovely husband had given me some money to buy myself something as a present.
-He didn't want to give me that much.
-You tell us what you would like to give?
-I was thinking more like 30.
OK, and what about the other two items here?
-Can we do a deal on the three items together?
-What about 35 for the two?
-That sounds really good.
-That's great, that's the deal done.
-OK, do you want to shake on that?
-Brilliant, thanks, Denise.
'35 quid, whey-hey!
'It's a cracking deal to finish off and let's hope it brings us victory.
'We'll have to wait and see, Paul, but that really is it
'and we've had a result with all the stuff that was unsold.
'The dealer has offered £50 for everything remaining, giving us another £25 each in our teams.'
'We'll find out which team's won today's Trash To Cash Crown very shortly.
'First, there's a little matter of the transformed study to reveal.
'The study used to be clutter central but now it's time to see
'what Annette makes of our team's hard work in transforming it.'
Can you describe to me what this room was like this morning?
Very messy, there was a big desk with a computer on
and lots of things along the windowsill.
After three, open your eyes, one, two, three. Tell me what you think?
-Oh, my gosh.
-Look at this.
-Where's everything gone?
-Isn't that amazing?
-That's much better, that small desk, isn't it?
That big desk has gone, you've got a nice small desk to do your computer or sewing in here.
-A nice carpet there.
-All your books and everything is organised here.
-Do you like it?
You've got rid of some clutter, and you've reclaimed this for yourself.
-That's what we're here for.
-That's great. Thank you very much.
-I tell you something, we've earned a cup of tea.
-Yes, let's have one.
'That's what I like to see, a satisfied customer.
'Annette has a study perfect for her to do her sewing
'and also for Matthew to work in.
'We've also been busy around the entire house.
'We've removed unwanted clutter, tidied and cleaned throughout,
'creating a junk-free home for both Annette and Matthew to enjoy.
'But now's the moment of truth.
'It's time to find out if we've made our £600 target
'and which team has managed to make the most from turning trash into cash.'
OK, that's it, we have finished.
I must admit that's probably the most bizarre house sale I've ever been to.
-Ours was absolutely normal, wasn't it?
-Ours was fine.
-Well, we had a visit from the Spice Girls.
It's very important now to find out exactly how much we've made
whether it's the red team or blue team who has won.
-The A team or the...
-On the count of three, one, two, three.
-Just pipped at the post.
-You didn't come last, you came second.
Don't worry, we've still made our target,
-which means we've made £635.33.
Of which you receive £317.66, and what was the charity again?
-British Heart Foundation.
-They receive £317.67.
-Isn't that wonderful?
'A few weeks later, Annette and Matthew haven't hung around
'using their half of the money they raised.'
We've spent some of our money.
We've done the redecorating, which is what we planned to do.
It's spurred us on to do it straight away and that's great,
rather than thinking about it.
I think it's just inspired us to go on, all through the house.
It feels almost like we're in a new house, almost. It's just really brilliant, great.
It's a really nice feeling, actually.
'Both of them are also pleased to have donated some money to the British Heart Foundation.'
It was really great to be able to make some money to send to them.
I've now decided to go on and do a 10K run in Manchester and raise some more money.
It's great to hear Matthew's continuing the fundraising
and it's also good to hear that they're both intent on remaining clutter free.
I don't think we're ever going to be minimalist people,
but we're not going to be as cluttered as we were.
The programme spurred us on to do it. Thank you very much.
Our work here is done. I think Matthew and Annette have had a great time
and we've made quite a lot of money, haven't we?
We've done very well. If you want to see how we get on next time,
watch us on Trash To Cash.
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Collectibles experts Paul Hayes and Mark Franks ride to the rescue of homeowners whose houses are being taken over by mountains of unwanted mess. With the help of their makeover squad they clear out and transform properties that are jam-packed with junk and use their expertise to help people recycle, revitalise and sell their unwanted clutter.
The team heads off to Birmingham to meet Annette Gough, a self-confessed hoarder who has over the years built up an impressive collection of unwanted and unused items in her semi-detached home. Helped by her son and fellow hoarder Matthew, who also lives in the house, Annette has decided it is time to take on all the clutter and make some money to redecorate the house.