On the 15th of March, Dickinson’s Real Deal came from Penrith, Cumbria, giving David the opportunity to visit a centre of the English Arts & Crafts furniture movement. He also had a timely warning for people thinking of bidding for antiques online.
Real Deal offers members of the public to make a profit from their unwanted antiques and collectibles. The challenge is, do the owners accept the dealer’s offer, or take their luck in the auction room? Antiques expert David Dickinson oversees the proceedings, with lots of tips for the viewers. While you are more likely to see a vintage desk lamp than an antique mahogany partners desk on the show, the advice he gives is sound and unbiased.
The dealers table session generally ends flagged as ‘deal or no deal,’ depending on whether the seller accepts the dealer’s offer. However, Cheryl Brown in Cumbria came up with a TV first: no offer. This was her response to a broken 1960s stop watch, which she decided had little resell value. Despite this, the ‘stopped stopwatch’ was put into the auction with a £40 reserve.
An incredulous David Dickinson doubted it would sell, citing the cost of repairing the watch, plus the buyer’s commission, would put people off. Surprisingly, it was sold to an internet bidder for £55 (£49 after commission). However, David had a stern warning for people tempted to bid online, saying that with some items it was essential to inspect them carefully before the sale starts. This is equally sound advice if the piece is a Victorian oak partners desk .
In Cumbria, antique dealers often advertise goods online, but only if they are “fit for purpose”.
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