Today, May 30 2023, BBC presents the series where Bargain Hunt’s Christina Trevanion and The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk help families turn unwanted items into winning lots.
The Travelling Auctioneers Today, May 30 2023
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|Friday, 18 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 15 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk head to Buckinghamshire to help a mother and daughter who are overrun with antiques and unwanted objects. The storage space in Sarah and Georgie’s house is full of items of stock left over from Sarah’s late father’s antiques business, and they don’t know what to do with it all. The task for our experts is to work out what it’s all worth, but they’ve got to find it first.
Auctioneer Christina finds a cache of very fine timepieces and learns about Sarah’s dad’s profession as a watch repairer. Meanwhile, restoration expert Will is on the hunt for items of furniture that need a little sprucing up and shares a restoration tip that sees him raiding the fridge.
A very fancy chair needs some delicate specialist attention, and a collection of silver items with a nugget of gold hiding among them need careful inspection. A valuable collection of jewellery belonging to Sarah’s late mum might be harder to part with.
Their travelling saleroom pops up on the riverbank in Oxford, an ideal spot for a punt in more ways than one. As well as helping to find homes for over 100 items, the aim of this auction is to raise funds for a family trip of a lifetime. But will any of the items going under the hammer float the bidders’ boats?
|Thursday, 17 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 14 of 15|
Restorer Will Kirk and auctioneer Christina Trevanion are on the road in their blue van, helping people declutter their homes, fix broken furniture and make money from their unwanted belongings.
In East Sussex, Lindy and Rob are planning to move home one last time. A brush with ill-health forced Lindy to re-evaluate the things that matter in life, and now, with Will and Christina’s help, she and Rob are hoping to sell the antiques they’ve squirrelled away over the years and raise enough money to find a permanent place to call home.
While Will saves a wooden box and a broken chair, his antique-hunting companion finds a collection of glass and potentially valuable art nouveau items. A dragonfly theme needs further investigation, but time is ticking ahead of the mobile auction rolling into Herstmonceux Castle. Buyers are poised to bid in person within the historic grounds and from further afield via the wonders of the web.
|Wednesday, 16 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 13 of 15|
Christina and Will travel to Leicestershire to help Helen and her daughter Ruth declutter a huge furniture-filled home that belonged to Helen’s parents. Helen hopes that once the property has been cleared, her family of nine can upsize into their forever home.
This is no easy job. Christina and Will have their work cut out sorting and mending generations' worth of possessions piled high in this huge house. Christina has high expectations for some desirable mid-century furniture, while Will has the challenging task of mending, stripping and waxing a large sideboard – in less than a day!
Will and Christina’s travelling house wheels into Stafford Castle, where we see whether Helen and Ruth’s heirlooms find the new owners they deserve, and if the family achieve the clutter-free home they've been dreaming of.
|Tuesday, 15 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 12 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk take their little blue van to Northamptonshire to visit Carol, her sons Keith and Thomas and her French terrier Buster.
Carol recently lost her husband, John, who was an avid antiques collector. With his treasures displayed all over the house, Carol is finding it hard to cope with all the memories. The family have called in Christina and Will to help them sell the items they’re happy to part with. Carol plans to use the money made at auction to do up a spot in the garden in memory of her much-missed husband.
John was a keen collector of silver objects and enamelled boxes, much to Christina’s excitement. Meanwhile, Will hunts down a tired-looking clock that could do with a bit of his magic touch, and finds a cuddly little friend in need of some repair. And when all the rummaging gets too much, there’s time for a spot of horse racing, courtesy of another of John’s antique purchases.
Our auctioneers pitch up their pop-up saleroom in Worcestershire, at the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, where bidders gather to snap up some historic auction items while others bid from around the world online. Just how much is John’s huge collection worth?
|Monday, 14 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 11 of 15|
On the wild coast of Northumberland, Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk meet avid hot air balloonists and obsessive antiques collectors Jennifer and Richard. They need help to move on some of their prized possessions so they can take a trip to the USA to meet the newest arrival to their far-flung family.
In their scout around the house, our pair of experts get quite literally stuck in. Will gets to work on a music-related piece of furniture with fond family memories, while Christina builds up a collection of fine French ornaments, one of which might not have been as cherished as the others.
Will finds himself in a room that’s his natural habitat, and Christina discovers something in the back of a cupboard that’s packed with forgotten treasures. However, a tray full of sparklier items might hold the key to getting Richard and Jennifer to the States.
The saleroom on wheels rolls into County Durham, with the grand setting of the Bowes Museum as its backdrop. Lots of eager bidders gather to peruse Jennifer and Richard’s fine exhibits, but will the couple make enough at auction to send them to America for that first hug with their new grandson?
|Friday, 11 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 10 of 15|
Christina and Will travel to Bicester in Oxfordshire to help declutter Louise and Paul’s furniture-filled home after the couple inherited generations' worth of family heirlooms.
Their modern house is full of large brown furniture that is literally cramping their style. The Victorian and Edwardian dressers, chests of drawers and cabinets, vases, ornaments and jewellery are out of place for these two self-confessed geeks, who would rather make room for cosplay outfits than clocks and crockery.
Christina has high hopes for a collectable set of 1920s Chinese-style lacquered furniture, while Will finds a gothic Victorian bracket clock whose fretwork needs fixing. A valuable skeleton clock, whose mechanism is visible under a glass dome, is sent off to an expert clock doctor to try to make it work once again.
At auction in Henley-on-Thames, we find out whether Louise and Paul’s heirlooms find the new owners they deserve, and if the couple achieve the clutter-free home they’re dreaming of.
|Thursday, 10 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 9 of 15|
Will and Christina travel to Shropshire to meet Andrea and her son James. Andrea has MS and finds it difficult to negotiate her home in a motorised wheelchair. James has moved back in with his mum to care for her, but they’ve called in the Travelling Auctioneers to help them declutter their packed farmhouse.
Christina is confronted with a house and barn overflowing with things brought back from foreign travels, antiques collected over the years and piles of things stored for friends and family. Will restores some damaged furniture, which he hopes will make big money under the gavel. Andrea hopes the auction will raise much-needed cash to make the necessary wheelchair-friendly improvements and alterations to their home.
Will and Christina find plenty to restore and sell at the bespoke auction at Stafford Castle, including a fine ship’s bell, Andrea’s kitchen table and a Chinese vase that’s taller than Christina.
|Wednesday, 9 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 8 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk travel to Berkshire to help Tony and Kerry Cradock sort through the contents of Tony’s childhood home.
Every corner of their three-bedroom semi and several garden sheds are crammed with boxes full of crockery, jewellery, clocks, watches, books and magazines waiting to be discovered and valued. All of them belonged to Tony’s adoptive parents, who recently passed away.
Christina has high hopes for a set of mid-Victorian books with hand-painted wildlife illustrations, and Will finds a 200-year-old tea caddy that's much in need of restoration. A rusty old garden bench gets sent for repair at a forge, and items of sentimental value are destined for new homes, including a tiny chair made for Tony when he was a boy.
At auction in Henley-on-Thames, we see whether Kerry and Tony’s boat comes in as Christina fields bids from those gathered and others logging in around the world.
|Tuesday, 8 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 7 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk take their mobile auction and workshop to Northumberland. It may be England’s least densely populated county, but it’s got an awful lot of clutter - not least at the home of Mike and Carole, two retired schoolteachers who are desperate to downsize. But will they be able to let go of several treasured items and heirlooms? With a grandchild on the other side of the world, any money raised from the auction will fund a much-desired trip abroad to visit.
While restoration expert Will gets to work on furniture in need of a makeover, Christina uncovers several possibly profitable items - some of them shiny, some of them surprising.
A glorious sunny day sees the Travelling Auctioneers pitch up their mobile saleroom for a crowd in front of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Christina presides over an online bidding war for some rare wooden toys Will has repaired, but will they make enough to pay for the flights Mike and Carole are hoping for?
|Monday, 7 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 6 of 15|
Master furniture restorer Will Kirk and auctioneer Christina Trevanion are traversing the backroads of Britain in their blue van, helping members of the public declutter their homes and make money from their unwanted antiques.
In Oxfordshire, they meet 88-year-old Pattie and her daughter Tricia. Forced to downsize after the unexpected death of her beloved husband Ray, Pattie has ended up with all the antiques they collected over the years moved in her new flat. She’s hoping Will and Christina can help her declutter her home and raise enough money to visit her friends in Menorca for the first time in eight years.
Will shares a trade secret when restoring one item of furniture, and Christina uncovers an item she thinks will attract interest at auction. Will she be proved right when her pop-up rostrum pitches up at a museum in Worcestershire?
|Friday, 4 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 5 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk aim their little blue van to the heart of Wiltshire to help Caroline and her son Tom, who are planning to sell their ancestral home. With five generations worth of belongings, this is a big downsize.
Our experts have their work cut out to find items of value to make the move easier. Auctioneer Christina stumbles across some sporting memorabilia with a potential royal connection that could make a fortune at auction. Meanwhile, restoration whizz Will’s hunt for items that have fallen into disrepair uncovers a unique table damaged by years of sunlight and an antique coffer suffering from woodworm.
Their travelling saleroom arrives at a museum in Worcestershire dedicated to rescuing and rebuilding historic buildings, saving them from the scrapheap. But how many lots going under the hammer will find new homes today? With a crowd gathered to buy and online bidders poised, Christina needs Will’s help to make the auction run smoothly.
|Thursday, 3 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 4 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk bring their mobile auction house to West Sussex, to the beach-side home of Jo and Dan. Boxes lurk in their loft full of inherited items, and the garage contains just about everything but a car.
While restoration expert Will gets to work on furniture in need of a fix, Christina uncovers several items that could sell well at auction. With forgotten treasures found and broken furniture fixed, it’s off to auction. But will the bidders at Herstmonceux Castle have deep pockets?
|Wednesday, 2 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 3 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk take their mobile auction to sunny Somerset. They’re here to help Lucy and Jeremy declutter and downsize to nearby Frome, but it’s going to be quite a challenge. There’s not only their packed cottage, but also an adjoining barn rammed full of collectables to investigate.
While restoration expert Will scours the house for items of furniture in need of a fix, Christina uncovers some art in the barn. Then they’re off to an auction down by the river in Oxford, but will Jeremy and Lucy’s items attract local buyers and online international bidders alike?
|Tuesday, 1 November 2022||Series 1 Episode 2 of 15|
Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk take their mobile auction to beautiful Norfolk to meet mother and daughter Savita and Aneeta. The pair want to declutter their lives and raise some funds for a cause that’s dear to their hearts. But it’s a challenge as their home is a huge 18th-century manor house with lots of rooms to explore.
Auctioneer and valuer Christina takes a trip to the bottom of the garden to discover a treasure trove of old architectural items ripe for upcycling. Meanwhile, restoration expert Will scours the house for items of furniture in need of repair. A drawer missing a knob and the tired legs of a huge refectory table both need some serious TLC.
Christina hits gold as she delves into the family jewels and finds some items that could fetch some very high prices when they go under her hammer.
Then it’s full steam ahead to the auction, popping up on a train platform to sell their finds to dealers, collectors, the occasional passing day tripper and online international bidders. But will there be a first-class return on Aneeta and Savita’s items?
|Monday, 31 October 2022||Series 1 Episode 1 of 15|
Auction supremo Christina Trevanion and woodworking wizard Will Kirk point their little blue van to Shropshire. They’ve been called in to help couple Sue and Chris clear their house as they make the move of a lifetime.
After a decade of grief following the tragic death of their teenage son Matthew in 2012, Sue and Chris have finally decided it’s time to move on. They’re swapping their rural surroundings for something sunnier down south.
Christina and Will discover some amazing items, including a collection of pieces by the famed carpenter Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, and they breathe life back into some neglected furniture. But Matthew’s old toys provide the biggest surprise at the pop-up auction by the Trent and Mersey canal, with online buyers from around the world joining in to bid big.
About The Travelling Auctioneers
Research, restore and ready for sale! Bargain Hunt’s Christina Trevanion and The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk help families turn unwanted items into winning lots.
This show is broadcast on BBC, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.