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Hot and sunny; big.
Ted, being very particular about what he buys, found nothing at all today of any interest, except for the following:
Metal Letters: £2
A basket of new, very useful assorted matt brushed-aluminium letters, each with a stainless steel multi-strand wire with a captive threaded collet (these wires even by themselves have virtually unlimited potential uses), with a preponderance of b, q, w, x, y and z. The high-quality basket, which is in excellent condition, was included in the price.
Although it may seem that an absence of the letters a, c, g, r, s, t and others, and only two of the letter e, may restrict the scope for their use, Ted will be able to make a sign which reads “quizzify yobby box exequy.”
Avery Labels: £1
A very useful sealed, unopened, new pack of 250 sheets of Avery computer labels which will be added to Ted’s existing supply of other unopened ones (whose stickiness has probably slightly deteriorated).
Wooden Jigsaw: 50p
An unusual 35-piece wooden Walt Disney jigsaw puzzle, complete with its original box, albeit rather tatty.
Remote-controlled Tarantula: £5
Brand new, boxed, realistic, remote-controlled tarantula, in perfect working order, which can spin on its eight furry, moving legs, the operator being able to direct the movement to the left, right, forwards or backwards. It was apparently an unwanted present which was given to the seller’s son.
Intended for use by Ted’s wife’s 4½-year-old grandson, it will undergo prolonged and intensive testing by Ted first.
Children’s Annual: 50p
A rare Partridge’s Children’s Annual in well-used condition, the pages having an authentic mustiness. The date of publication is unknown since the first page is missing.
Mowgli Stories: 50p
‘All the Mowgli Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling, 1943, with full-colour plates and many black-and-white line drawings, again with an authentic musty smell.
Willie’s Battles: 50p
‘Willie’s Battles,’ a charming small hardback book by Mary E. Kendrew, published in 1910, illustrated throughout with line drawings.