From boot sales to auction rooms... TV fame beckons for James
AN auctioneer from Derby is hitting the road to present two new TV shows to raise money for charity.
James Lewis, from Bamford's Auctioneers, has already started filming Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, where he visits auctions and car boot sales, picking up bargains.
HITTING THE ROAD: James Lewis from Bamford's Auctioneers with carved English oak wood panels by John Watson from 1738.
He then tries to sell them on for a profit.
And at the end of June he will begin filming Antiques Roadtrip, which will see him travel through Ireland, the Lake District, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire looking for items he can buy for a snip.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Both shows will air later in the year on the BBC, the first going out in September and the second closer to Christmas. And all money raised from the shows will be donated to charity.
Mr Lewis, 37, said he was already enjoying filming Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
He said: "For the first show we get £750 to buy at an antiques fair, £1,000 at an auction, £250 at a car boot sale and £1,000 to spend at a French flea market.
"So far we have only done the antiques fair but already there are some bargains to be had.
"I have picked up a walking stick which I have sold at a profit to a Derby collector and an old whisky urn which a pub in Ilkeston has snapped up.
"The aim is to double our money and whatever we raise will go to a charity called Ace Africa which provides an orphanage for children affected by war and HIV in Kenya."
Mr Lewis said he is looking forward to the visit to a local car boot sale later in the series.
He said: "Everyone knows me at the sales in Derby so I am going to have to travel further afield into the county where I won't get recognised. Maybe I should wear a disguise."
Filming for Antiques Roadtrip starts at the end of June.
Mr Lewis and his co-presenter, Charlie Ross, will travel around the countryside in a vintage car, picking up items at different sales.
Mr Lewis said: "That should be a real fun time because Charlie and I get on very well and we are always laughing and joking.
"For this show we start off with £100 and the aim is to double it each time as we go along.
"All the money raised from this will go to Comic Relief and the interesting thing for me is that usually, as an auctioneer, I am on the selling side but for the TV show I will be buying for a change."
He added: "I think people are slowly starting to turn their noses up at laminate flooring and flat-pack furniture and antiques are becoming fashionable again.
"I hope the TV shows will point people down that route."