David puts a value on Sheffield shop’s bargains

Antiques expert David Harper agrees to value items in a Sheffield charity shop.'Pictured here with Douglas Palarm (left) of The Conservation Volunteers
Antiques expert David Harper agrees to value items in a Sheffield charity shop.'Pictured here with Douglas Palarm (left) of The Conservation Volunteers
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AN ANTIQUES expert whose face is familiar daytime to TV viewers has agreed to value the weird and wonderful unwanted items donated to a charity shop in Sheffield.

David Harper - one of the stars of TV shows including Cash In The Attic - is the latest recruit at environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers.

The first items he checked out on the charity’s behalf - a pair of retro orange plastic chairs - turned out to have been made by Italian design house Pedrali, and could be worth about £50 each.

They were donated as part of a set of eight given to The Conservation Volunteers’ charity shop on Ecclesall Road.

David said the chairs were a ‘superb little find’ with new sets of eight retailing at around £340.

He added: “These are the kind of things that could be lost in charity shops and sell for a few quid but really be worth ten or 20 times more. It’s great that I can cast my eye on anything that looks interesting and place it into the right action room across the country.”

Douglas Palarm, from the charity, said: “David will continue to value any items we consider may be valuable or unusual. As he is away quite a bit filming we can photograph items in the shop and email him for quick feedback.”

The Conservation Volunteers is the new name for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, founded as the Conservation Corps in the 1950s.

Its aim is to preserve green spaces through environmental projects and a network of 2,000 community groups.