TV Guide: Hidden treasures, hidden cash

2012-05-25 12:12

There are generally three kinds of shows I watch on TV: anything motoring related, the occasional cooking show when I need to add some variety in the kitchen and any crime-solving programme.

So yes, that means I watch reruns of CSI.

Heck, I even watch older seasons playing on the welfare channels.

The same goes for any BBC Top Gear episodes.

When I get bored I channel-hop and eventually turn off the TV.

Several times I’ve come across the British programme Cash in the Attic on BBC Lifestyle.

The name is self-explanatory so I was never drawn to it.

The monotonous sound of the narrators also had me change the channel.

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but now I’m addicted to the show.

I’m glued to the screen every time it comes on because it’s amazing how people are just sitting on heaps of money without knowing it.

Perhaps it’s because I’m somewhat of a closet hoarder when it comes to my childhood belongings such as teddy bears and old toys, even at this ripe age of 30.

Recently my mother embarrassingly told a friend how she can’t give any of my old dolls away because I’ve named them and they have sentimental meaning.

Cash in the Attic gives heirloom hunting a new meaning as Lorner Spicer and Alastair Appleton go round to families across Britain to help them rummage through their collectables to auction them off for much-needed cash.

Whether it’s fixing up a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, renovating bathrooms with therapeutic equipment or going on a holiday, they’re sure to make some money from items seen as trash.

Spicer herself is a bit of a wild card as a presenter on this show as the UK has had their fair share of gossip about her financial affairs and her general behaviour towards staff, but that just makes the show more interesting even though her smile is so blatantly false.

But I really don’t care, the characters and all their belongings are what keeps me locked to the screen for 30 minutes.

Last week I watched three skittles – olden day “10 pins” with antique teddy bears – being sold for a £1 000.

That’s R13 021 for three skittles that were going to be thrown into the bin by someone’s dad.
Everything gets sold, from Victorian underwear garments to ivory broaches, to old clocks to glassware.

The items these people want to get rid of are much wanted by collectors, and they’ll pay crazy money.

The most interesting episode was about an old lady who wanted to sell her late husband’s collections so she could go on holiday to Greece and relive the memory of once travelling there with her loved one.

There was an entire garage full of cups, plates, vases and decanters that brought in enough not only for her trip, but a hefty roll of spending money.

It got me thinking that perhaps I should put a price on my toy car collection, and even a few teddy bears at my mum’s place.

» Cash in the Attic is on BBC Lifestyle daily at 9.15am

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