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November 17, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News,Antiques on TV — Richard

Hunting bargains was the hot topic during a recent meeting of the members of the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Lesley McIlhagger, a member of Rotary club of East Kilbride Kittoch and tour guide, was a valuable member of the winning team competing in the popular television series about antiques, Bargain Hunt.

Lesley told fellow rotary club members about the vigorous process for applying and the interview, which have to be completed before being put forward for the competition. Viewers at home watching the show believe the process of buying bargain antiques before selling their goods at auction is a speedy operation. However, according to Lesley the whole process takes weeks.

Lesley appeared on the TV show in 2007, joined by her friend Gwen Brown. Their three selected items earned them a profit of £46, while the bonus item made £100, which helped the team win the show. A set of binoculars were purchased as the bonus item, once owned by the director of the White Star Line, J Bruce Ismay and thought to be linked to the Titanic tragedy.

A number of antique collectors purchase items to adorn their home, rather than selling for a profit, sometimes investing in a valuable piece rather than risking the instability of the stock markets. For instance, if you are looking for open bookcases in Lancashire, a reputable antiques dealer will be able to offer advice.

For all those members eager to know, Lesley confirmed that the contestants do keep the fleece!

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