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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 – 18th July 2010


Ted has seen it all now. Someone had placed stones from their garden into a box and labelled it ’43 Pebbles.’ There was no price – perhaps they were waiting for offers.

15 Wooden Rulers:  £2

Now you may be wondering why someone would want to buy fifteen wooden rulers. Well, Ted is a Libran, and if the offer is 50p each or the whole lot for £2, then the latter is the obvious one to go for.  Or, as Oscar Wilde said, “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” Ted believes that he may have inherited a gene from his mother’s father, who once purchased twenty-four wooden lavatory seats because they were going cheap. See the Biography page.

These beautiful second-hand rulers are imperial, metric or both, and some have protractors on the back. No longer will Ted have to search under pieces of paper to find his ruler; wherever he is in the house, a ruler will be at hand.

Box of K’Nex:  £2

Actually, there was quite a bit of Lego in the box too, which Ted didn’t notice at the time. This has been discarded.

Hippy Furby:  £2

This dear little Furby came complete with batteries. Unfortunately, he has a heavy cold and keeps sneezing. It is very important not to place him in the vicinity of other Furbies because the cold would spread (they communicate using infrared rays). In spite of his current state of ill-health, he is very sociable and talkative.

Supermag in a Mega Bloks Dragons Money Box:  £1

Yes, Ted has made a two-in-one purchase here; not only has he acquired a money box, but also a selection of Supermag pieces which he will add to his others.

Wooden Cube Puzzle:  £1

A most unusual brand new, beautifully made, wooden puzzle, still shrink-wrapped, comprising 27 wooden cubes, some of the faces of which have a digit on them. Instructions were not included.

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