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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 – 8th August 2010


What a glorious day for a car boot sale! The sun was shining and people were happy.

‘Eats, Shites and Leaves’ Book:  50p

Already an owner of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Ted has found its partner. This interesting book is full of amazing facts and is in excellent condition, and no doubt will become a collector’s item in years to come.

K’Nex ‘Pirate Ship Park’:  £3

Yes, Ted has made yet another purchase of K’Nex, this time a boxed themed set. It will be used as a resource rather than for its intended purpose.

Large Box of K’Nex:  £3

The box may be one of the largest K’Nex ones, but unfortunately it was not full to the brim. However, it was a worthwhile purchase and, for a change, didn’t have any Lego pieces in it.

‘Mighty Metro’ Scalextric: £20

Ted felt that he had paid too much for this. His wife asked him to try to find one, and as soon as he had arrived at the car boot sale he spotted it. Oh, what synchronicity! The nice man wanted £25 for it, but Ted offered £20. The man’s wife muttered £22, but was ignored. The nice man settled for £20 and assured Ted that it was complete and in working order.

Shortly after the purchase, Ted saw at least two others for sale, albeit with different themes, but didn’t have the courage to ask how much they were.

Small Box of K’Nex:  £4

The box may be one of the smaller ones, but it was stuffed full of K’Nex.

Two Metal Letters:  £3

Never again will Ted come across something like this. Each letter is made of solid metal (probably aluminium) and is beautifully formed. There are no fixing holes or brackets or anything on them, and Ted believes that they must have been intended as paperweights.

If Ted ever comes across a Mr. Zg, a profitable resale is highly likely.

Very Small Box of K’Nex:  £1

This was hardly worth buying in view of the paucity of the contents, but there we are.

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