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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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eBay – 23rd November 2010


English Numbering Machines Tally Counter:  £6.02 + £2.75 p&p

This is a beautiful example of an ENM counter which incorporates a solid metal base.

You may be wondering why Ted would want yet another mechanical counter. Is it to count breadmaking machines at car boot sales, or CD racks, or sandwich makers, or even massage devices? Is it to count his badger holes? No. Ted has had a ‘thing’ about numbers ever since he was about three years old and, having an interest in mechanisms, this combines two of his interests.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Ted

    I also have an ENM counter on a stand. Mine looks dirtier than yours and was from a car boot.

    Do you know how to reset it to zero? The bit on the side of doesn’t want to move and I don’t want to force it.

    Thanks

    Joe

  2. Joe

    The knob on the side should turn smoothly (clockwise to reset, but you can turn it anticlockwise in order to increment individual numbers (listen for the click as it’s turned anticlockwise, then turn it clockwise)).

    If the knob is stiff, you’ll have to remove the case. There are three Phillips screws on the back. Sometimes they are rusted in, but they’ll usually unscrew easily – but make sure that the screwdriver tip is a good fit for the head, otherwise you’ll wear away the cross in the screw. Many people don’t realise that a screwdriver head should fit the screw!

    I forget now whether something pops up as the back is removed, so do so slowly.

    A short spray of WD40 should free it up.

    Let me know if you have any problems.

    Regards

    Ted

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