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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 – 19th June 2011


K’Nex Pieces:  £5

What’s that? You think Ted’s got enough K’Nex to last a lifetime? Nonsense. Poppycock. Balderdash.

Now that his K’Nex Fruit Machine is complete, he is adding to his remaining pieces so that he can build his (yet-to-be-invented) Ball Machine.

This purchase included many pieces which Ted was relatively short of, and none of the ones which were in oversupply. Moreover, it included two small double-ended spanners, two Allen keys, some small bolts and a battery-charging transformer, not to mention some Lego and numerous electronic accessories which Ted doesn’t really want.

Wooden Puzzle:  £1

This was purchased from a seller who had no idea what to charge for things. When asked the price, he waved his arms in the air as though grabbing flies, oohed and ahed, and said, “Erm… erm… a pound.” Surprisingly, he said, “A pound” in quite an assertive manner.

Yes, he actually came up with a price, and his wife didn’t take control!

Since Ted thought that £1 was about right for this beautiful variation of a classic puzzle, he didn’t bother to haggle.

Two Power Resource Units:  £2

This is the going rate for these and so, yet again, Ted didn’t haggle. They were dated 2017, meaning that they’d fallen off the back of a lorry.

Unusually, these chemical-filled electron-drivers incorporated a device whereby the user can place a finger on each of two white dots and see displayed a yellow line, the length of which indicates the power remaining.

Ted acquired these in order to enable the continued operation of a horological device.

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