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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


    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.


    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.


    Ted has discovered that, 99% of the time, a strange-looking object is either a massager, a fitness device or a CD rack.


    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.


    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 – 22nd May 2011

Well, the Rapture didn’t happen, and so Ted was still alive and therefore able to go to yet another car boot sale.

Leather Dice-Holder:  £2

Yes, a beautiful, real, thick, hand-made leather dice-holder, just like you see in some movies. What is more, it came with three antique dice (Ted knows they’re antiques because they look old, and the seller did have a lot of antique-looking stuff…).

This item will accompany Ted’s other treasures when he visits Sotheby’s in a few years’ time or whenever he thinks the market is ready. It’s all a matter of timing.

Magic UFO:  50p

Yes, a magic flying saucer. The box says it all: this object flies around with no batteries or any form of power, all by itself. It really is remarkable.

Ted opened the box (which contains an explanatory DVD) and read the leaflet which explained the secret.

What a con! 50p down the drain. ‘Science Museum’ indeed! It does, however, contain quite a few pieces of…

Ha! Not telling you!

Two Boxes of K’Nex: £6

What a bargain! Both boxes were full. The seller (and his father) explained that they had sorted the K’Nex into rods, connectors, special bits and manuals, but Ted said that he only wanted the rods and connectors. He didn’t haggle because it was a good price.

They weighed 6.6Kg altogether, excluding the useful boxes.

Two Cigarette Boxes: £2

If the price is sensible, Ted always buys these oak cigarette boxes if they are in good condition. One of these was falling apart in a couple of places, but a little wood glue soon sorted that out.

Once again, honest Ted didn’t haggle because he thought that £1 each was fair.


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