Anyone in Lancashire with a Victorian oak partners desk or antique chest in their home will probably have wondered how the experts on programmes like Flog It! acquired their knowledge; now, they can get some of that know-how themselves, with a new BBC spin-off programme called Flog It! – Trade Secrets.
Flog It! is now 11 years and almost 1,000 episodes old, and during that time literally hundreds of thousands of antiques and heirlooms have been brought for evaluation by Paul Martin and his team. Around £1m worth of items have been sold as a result, but what the team has learned in those years has been priceless, and in Trade Secrets they share that knowledge with the viewers in 15 themed episodes.
The first programme, broadcast on Monday 11th February (BBC2), focussed on ‘bargain buys’. Viewers were given tips on what to look for when rummaging around antique shops, and how to tell if they had hidden treasure in their own antique cabinets. In Cumbria, collectors should search out unusual items rather than things everyone else was collecting, but remember that quality is vital. Rummaging around under tables for hidden gems and checking out new consignments at the dealers was suggested, as was buying undervalued items such as silver spoons. Another option might be the Victorian oak partners desk.
Thorough research and mint condition were two points stressed in the programme. Anyone considering investing in fine furniture, such as Victorian oak pedestal desks in Cumbria, will find an antiques dealer the best place to go for advice and quality.
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