A LEAKY tent, a coffee table and an old miniature greenhouse, saved from skips at Wallyford’s recycling centre, were transformed into saleable goods on BBC’s Money for Nothing TV show.

Salvage superhero Sarah Moore was at the East Lothian Council-run site at Kinwegar recently to pick up unwanted goods, give them a new lease of life and turn them into cash for their original owners.

The presenter spoke to three East Lothian men – two from Musselburgh and one from Elphinstone – who arrived at the skips to dispose of the three items.

They were delighted to hand them over to her and appear on the programme, which was aired on BBC1 last month.

Michael Clague, the owner of the four-man tent, from Musselburgh, said it was “past its use-by date”.

He said: “I’m just glad the tent is going to be recycled as it was sitting in our garage for some time.”

Sarah took it to award-winning bag maker Neil Wragg, who turned the old tent into 32 tote bags, which were sold to people all over the country via social media.

Sarah visited the Honest Toun to hand over £400 to Michael, who said he would use the cash for a homecoming for his son, who was at sea, and donate some to the Tranent-based Walk with Scott Foundation to help with its charity work.

Another Musselburgh man, Alan, was getting ready to throw away a glass-topped coffee table. He and his partner felt it might not now be safe with grandchildren around the house.

Sarah took the “retro restoration project” to East London-based, award-winning wallpaper, textile and surface designer Daniel Heath, who transformed the table with a custom screenprint design, and spray etch pattern on new toughened glass.

Sarah again visited the original owner at his home in Musselburgh to hand over £150 profit after the table’s sale to a furniture and interior shop in Northumberland. Alan said he planned to treat his grandchildren to a day out with the money he received.

An old miniature greenhouse, brought to the centre by George, from Elphinstone, and believed to be an ‘apprentice’ piece dating from the 1950s, was rescued to be worked on by Sarah herself at her West Sussex base.

“It’s a shame to put it in the skip but I’m trying to clear out,” George said.

Sarah went on to turn it into “a vintage greenhouse with a bit of quirkiness” by adding new panes of clear and coloured perspex to create a stained glass effect. She filled the fully functional greenhouse with plants, selling it to a private buyer via social media.

Back at his home in Elphinstone, a delighted George received £500 from the sale, which he planned to give to his two sons.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “We were very pleased that the programme chose to visit our recycling centre, which provides a valuable service to local residents.”

The programme can be viewed at bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vl17