Sixty Children’s Books: £5
“How much for the lot?” asked Ted. “Three quid to you,” he responded, “but I’ve got more in the van.”
Ted took these too and gave the seller £5 for the lot. It probably helped that Ted and the seller knew each other.
You may award yourself a prize if you can spot which two are the same.
Twelve 24-Volt Relays: 50p
When Ted Googled these relays on eBay, the cheapest were direct from Hong Kong at £3.33 each post free. This purchase (from the same seller as above, who presumably appreciated the extra £2 for the books) worked out at just over 4p each, and they were made in the U.S. to boot.
These will be used for Ted’s Clickety-Clackety Sunlight Counter Mark III (details will appear in this blog in due course).
Smiths Photographic Timer: £1
Ted spotted this shortly after he arrived at the car boot sale. He has an affection for Smiths clocks, because when he was about eight years old he regularly bought them at jumble sales, and this was how he got started on clock-repairing.
This is a beautiful example of a Smiths timer – beautiful not because of its tatty case but because, being a timer, it has had very little mechanical wear and has a perfect tick.
What a bargain! “I should probably have charged more for a vintage timer,” said the seller. “It’ll have a good home,” responded Ted. And it will.
Wooden Puzzle: 50p
Not that Ted wants any more wooden puzzles, but this was only 50p. The object is to get lots of lines of numbers to add up to 38. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Where does one start with a puzzle like this?
Ted will give this puzzle to the next young know-it-all bighead he comes across…