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    This is the personal site of Ted the serendipitist, who has interpreted the Wikipedia definition of 'Hunter-Gatherer' (see that page) as meaning someone who visits junk shops, charity shops, antique shops and hebdomadal matutinal car boot sales in order to acquire low-value objects, which no-one in their right minds would want, at low cost (well, apart from antique shops, that is).

    Deluded Ted believes that at some time in the future, some of his acquisitions will be highly desirable and worth a small fortune.

  •       Car Boot Sales

    TYPES OF SELLERS

    There are two types of sellers at car boot sales, viz traders and ordinary people. Ted tends to avoid traders owing to the high chance of inadvertently purchasing inferior goods at high prices. However, Ted did recently manage to acquire a large number of pairs of everlasting socks at only 50p per pair.

    THE LANGUAGE

    Buyers need to understand traders' language; on asked how much the French carriage clock is, the response might be "toonarf." This would be interpreted as £250. There is no first aid on site for buyers who faint.

    WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT?

    Ted has discovered that, 99% of the time, a strange-looking object is either a massager, a fitness device or a CD rack.

    WIVES

    When a husband and wife team are selling their unwanted items at a car boot stall, it is an interesting fact that, whatever position the husband holds at work, be it dogsbody, manager or chief executive, it is the wife who wears the trousers. If someone asks the wife how much the pretty mug is, she'll say, for example, "50p." However, if the husband were asked, he would turn to his wife and say, "Er... how much for this, dear?" - even if it belongs to him.

    At other times the wife can be heard saying, "No, not there - put it on the ground here...", "You need to turn those round", "You can empty this box now..." or "You can pour me a cup of tea now - you did pack the flask as I asked, didn't you?"

    The simple fact is that women are more suited to this activity than the average man is, and so they naturally take control.

    HAGGLING

    In the early days, Ted's wife would suddenly say, "Ooh, look! They've GOT one!!!" This somewhat weakened Ted's position when he started to haggle. A more appropriate method for achieving a minimal sale price is to pick up the piece unenthusiastically and give a look of horror on hearing the price.

    Some sellers dither when asked the price of an item. At the first sign of this, the buyer should offer a very low price; there is a high chance that it will be accepted, especially if a wife is not in sight.

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Car Boot Sale – 4th July 2010


Once again Ted witnessed the power of wives at the car boot sale.  “Will you take £2 for this?” said the punter to the husband, looking him in the eye.  “Yes,” said the wife, “That’s fine.”

“How much is this?” asked someone.  “I don’t know,” said the husband on the stall, “It’s my wife’s sale.”

And once again Ted witnessed honest people trying to sell the unsellable.  “How much is the telly?” asked a man.  “50 quid mate,” said the honest seller.  “Does it work?” asked the interested prospective buyer.  “It powers up but there ain’t no picture.”

Treasure Chest:  £1

A metal-studded wooden treasure chest, 9″ long and 7″ wide, in which Ted will keep some of his… erm… treasures.

Supermag Set:  £1

An almost-new unplayed-with set of magnets and balls.  Ted will add this to his other unplayed-with sets.

Question Mark Puzzle:  £1

An African hardwood puzzle consisting of six pieces of adjoined cubes which can be assembled into various shapes, including a question mark and a 3x3x3 cube.

Set of 12 puzzles:  £1

A set of various plastic puzzles, each of which requires the optimistic puzzler to get balls, rings or similar things into certain impossible positions.

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