Now's the time to dust out those attics, rifle through cupboards and dig out forgotten treasures - TV hit Flog It is heading to the region with its latest series.
The BBC antiques show presented by Paul Martin will be making a return visit on March 12 to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle where it shot a one-off film a few years back and the team is expecting a similar warm northern welcome this time around.
Bowes will be hosting the programme’s valuation day which sees members of the public invited to bring along up to three antiques or collectables they are keen to sell.
Series location manager Alex Habgood said: “We always receive a warm welcome when we come to County Durham and the museum will provide the perfect setting for our valuation day.”
All valuations are free and Flog It differs from similar shows in that its teams of experts and the public decide whether certain items should go to auction.
This will follow a few weeks later and can prove a nice little earner for the owner as in the recent case of the rare find of an Aboriginal Broad Shield in Lincolnshire which had been hidden away in a viewer’s wardrobe and went on to sell for £30,000.
The series is now onto its 14th and remains hugely popular with its weekday afternoon slot pulling in an audience of two million viewers.
Paul Martin, who will be joined on the day by Flog It experts Elizabeth Talbot, David Harper and Paul Laidlaw, is hoping for a good local turn-out too.
He said: “I’m delighted to be returning to The Bowes Museum.
“I visited about eight years ago to record a short film for Flog It on some of the museum’s highlights.
“It’s great to be coming back to such a stunning location to host the valuation day. I hope as many people as possible will come along to see us with their items for valuation.”
Those regular viewers will know it can be worth their while, with past successes including a Royal Doulton “Spook” figurine bought at a car boot sale for £2 going on to sell at auction in Blackpool for £5,000.
Alex Habgood added said: “If you’ve ever wondered how much your boot sale bargains or clutter in the loft might be worth, now is your chance to find out.”
The valuation day will run between 10am and 4.30pm then items selected for auction will go under the hammer at Tennants, The Auction Centre, in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on April 11.
Adrian Jenkins, the museum’s director, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the Flog It team back.
“Since their last visit the Grade 1-listed building has undergone a £12m refurbishment so I’m sure that they, along with visitors to the event and viewers, will be pleasantly surprised by the transformation.”
A transmission date has not been set yet but the BBC intends to air the show within a year of recording.