Box of Geomag: £3
Ted has a large collection of Geomag to which this purchase will be added. The B&Q storage box in which it came was a bonus. Some foreign bodies were included, such as some alloy ball bearings which magnets don’t attract. Ted will one day use his Geomag to construct something amazing, but at the moment his attention is taken up by K’Nex.
Metal Cash Box: £3
This beautiful, heavy, steel cash box with rounded corners came complete with a key. Yes, for the first time ever, a cash box has a key with it. Moreover, it actually fits the lock! They don’t make cash boxes like this any more; it’s probably from the 1950s. Ted believes that this will sell for quite a lot in a few years’ time, especially if money no longer exists.
250 Fibre-Tip Pens: £4
When Ted asked the young lady what she was asking for the pens, she said, “Erm… 20 for a pound?” as she looked at her colleague. “Or £5 for the lot,” she then added. “Take £4?” asked Ted. “Erm… OK.”
Now 20 for £1 is 5p each and 250 (as it turned out – it looked as though there were fewer than that) works out at 1.6p each. Being a Libran, Ted bought the lot.
Now you may be wondering why Ted wanted 250 pens. Ted is wondering that too, but the fact is that they were a bargain. Some of the six different colours work as highlighters – an added bonus.
When Ted asked where they came from, the lady said that she had a friend whose business went bust. The design is strange; anyone trying to sell these would be on to a loser. Two caps have to be removed before a pen can be used, and one of the caps can be fitted the other way round, but for no apparent reason. Moreover, the colour of the ink is not the same as the colour of the shaft, and the colour codings are inconsistent anyway. Was it a design flaw? Did the Chinese manufacturer have a language problem? Was the designer in cloud cuckoo land? Who knows.
Two Boxes of K’Nex: £8
Ted is constantly on the hunt for K’Nex because of the fruit machine he is building.