There was a frantic emptying of antique cabinets in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness recently, following the news that Dickinson’s Real Deal was coming to the town on Saturday 3rd November.
Now in its ninth season, David Dickinson’s Real Deal is one of the most popular shows on daytime television. Each day, hundreds of residents in Cumbria and Lancashire tune in to see what their antique desk ornaments and other heirlooms may be worth, or have a stab at the phone-in competition.
The show is filmed in two parts, shot several weeks apart before being edited together. The first session covers the dealers’ tables, with members of the public bringing their paintings, antique dining chairs and other collectibles for assessment. Those with particularly interesting or valuable items to sell have the option to sit down with one of the dealers, who has no prior knowledge of the estimate. Prolonged haggling then ensues, with David Dickinson on hand to ensure fairness on both sides. Often, the owner accepts the final price as being the “real deal”; on other occasions they decide to try their chances at auction.
Early fireworks erupted at Barrow Sixth Form College on 3rd November, the first of two Cumbrian venues, with Furness residents haggling furiously to get the best price for their valuables. Those who decided to put them under the hammer must wait until January to turn a profit – or not.
If you’re looking for the Real Deal on a Victorian mahogany partners desk in Lancashire, an antique dealer will be more lucrative than the auction house – as David Dickinson has proven countless times.
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