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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 – 11th July 2010


Ted wandered through drizzle to reach the car boot sale, and thereafter enjoyed glorious sunshine!

On the morning of the World Cup final between Spain and Holland, the man selling England World Cup footballs, hats, scarves, teddy bears, flags and other tat was looking pretty glum, especially since England was knocked out at the quarter-final stage. Indeed, Ted believes that his stock had increased during the morning…

You may like to know that WORLD CUP TEAM is an anagram of TALCUM POWDER.

3d Money Box:  £1

Apparently a memento from Bath, this charming money box was designed to take only 3d pieces.

Four Humorous Books:  £2

The gentleman seller had had these books for many years and was having a turnout. No doubt in many years Ted will also have a turnout and these will be sold on, hopefully at a vast profit.

Box of K’Nex:  £3

A not-very-full box of K’Nex, which Ted collects.  After the sale, the little girl’s father said, “Well done!” and Ted felt that she certainly didn’t expect it to sell for so much.

Five Key Rings:  50p

Five different key rings for Ted’s wife’s grandchildren.

K’Nex Alive!:  £3

A K’Nex set for use by Ted’s wife’s 4-year-old grandson – but only after Ted has tested it.

Numeric Rubik Cube:  50p

An unusual version of the classic puzzle.

Pink Circular Box:  40p

A circular plastic pink box with pretend jewels on the top, for Ted’s wife’s 8-year-old granddaughter.

Plastic Maze Box:  50p

A very unusual puzzle which serves as a box, each face comprising a maze through which a ball bearing rolls.  The seller explained that it had a cheque inside it when it was given to him as a present.  The only way to open it is to get the ball into the correct position so that it releases a catch to open the lid.  Since the box is undamaged, one can only assume that the owner succeeded.

2 Rolls of 20 Black Bags:  £2

A rare example of items manufactured from low-density polyethylene, each one effectively consisting of a cylinder of this substance, one extremity being sealed using a heat process thus forming a closed end.  Twenty of these containers are flattened and then conjoined to form a roll, a line of closely-spaced perforations separating each pair so that a small amount of force will, if applied at an appropriate angle, allow one of them to be removed from the roll for use.

Small Hammer:  20p

A used banging device, the business end of which is coated with a reddish-brown oxide which was formed by the action of oxygen and moisture.

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