Bargain-hunter Lyndsey ‘upcycles’ flea-market finds on TV

RACKING UP EXPERIENCE: Lyndsey Jackson, owner of Corner 93 boutique in Fulwell, has been to France to film for a vintage style challenge, French Collection, which will be on TV in summer.

RACKING UP EXPERIENCE: Lyndsey Jackson, owner of Corner 93 boutique in Fulwell, has been to France to film for a vintage style challenge, French Collection, which will be on TV in summer.

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A SUNDERLAND fashionista has been whisked to France to unearth treasures for a Channel 4 show.

Lyndsey Jackson, 32, from Roker, has been followed by a film crew from French Collection, which will hit screens in the summer.

The show will see the businesswoman compete against two other British bargain hunters as they scour French flea markets, looking for vintage items they can upcycle to sell at home.

The person who makes the most profit at the end of the show wins.

Lyndsey is no stranger to breathing new life into old items.

She runs Corner 93 boutique in Station Road, Fulwell, where she sells vintage clothes.

All the shop fittings are made from old furniture which Lyndsey has given some tender loving care.

“My friend put me forward for the show and I went for an interview in London,” she explained. “I’ve never been in a TV show before, but it was a great experience.

“We were each given 800 euro and had to buy four to six items at the markets and hold some money back for upcycling.”

Lyndsey bought items such as an old sports locker and a piece of an old fairground, which she will transform into a household item.

At the end of the month, she will travel to Hampshire, where she will see how much money she can make from the items at auction.

She said: “The show is a great way of showing people what they can do with items to make something completely different, or how to sell them for profit.

“I don’t look at the items with profit in mind, I just bought items I loved.”

Fitz Fabrication, a Hendon-based sheet metalwork and metal fabrication company, helped Lyndsey to transform her items.

Owner Eric Fitzakerly says upcycling is a growing trend.

“We helped Lyndsey with a few of her items, including fitting the electrics for a lamp she made from an old piece of a fairground ride,” he explained.

“It’s the sort of thing we’ve been involved in for a while. People often come to the workshop for us to modify items for their home, and it’s becoming more popular.”