Everything from Victorian mahogany pedestal desks to vintage pepper pots are bought and sold in the antiques shops of Bury and on Tuesday David Dickinson was there to meet some of the locals.
Dickinson’s Real Deal (ITV, weekdays) allows antique dealers to make an offer on items brought in by members of the public. The items are valued beforehand, with the figure kept secret from the dealers. Owners can accept the offer – or take their chances at auction. David steps in where needed, to ensure fair play.
On Tuesday 20th March, the Real Deal team were in Bury, Lancashire. Any antique dining table would be enhanced with the first item shown, a pair of silver candlesticks, but despite costing the owner just £35 at a flea market Ian Towning’s generous offer of £300 was turned down. That is, until David Dickinson stepped in. He said the offer was extremely fair considering the two independent estimates of £250-£300 and £300-£400. While he would usually tell Ian to “Get more money down, mate,” this time he was suggesting, why not accept the offer and let Ian earn? The money changed hands, though Ian has yet to sell the candlesticks.
Corrie Hakeney probably came off worst. Presented with an antique teapot and an owner wanting the maximum amount, she ended up offering £430, pointing out that at auction it would need a bid of over £500 to cover commission. However, Corrie lost £170 on resale. From porcelain teapots to Victorian dining chairs , Lancashire antique dealers are always scrupulously fair when buying antiques from customers.
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