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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.

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    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 – 11th September 2011


Box of Fastening Devices:  £1

Box of Brass Screws

Box of Brass Screws

A rare purchase of a box of one gross of brass fastening devices, each one comprising a tapered cylindrical column of brass, around which is a raised helical ridge, pointed at one end and with a slotted circular surface at the other. When an appropriate tool is engaged in the slotted end, and the pointed end is in line with a hole in the surface to which the fastening is to be applied, and a clockwise moment is given with the tool, the fastening device will bore its way through the holed surface and bite into the surface underneath (into which a pilot hole has been drilled), the helical ridge creating a groove as it is moved, thus creating a binding force between the two surfaces. If the said hole is countersunk beforehand, the fastening device will subsequently be flush with the surface.

When Ted asked the price of these antique fasteners, the seller said, “A pound.”

Ted presented his usual horror-struck face, but the seller (a burly, no-nonsense trader) was unmoved.

Ted paid the money.

Set of 6 Exercising Weights:  £3

Exercising Weights

Exercising Weights

When buying any kind of fitness device or accessory, the chances are that it has been hardly used.

How many people do you know who have bought a rowing machine and only used it once? Or an exercise cycle and only used it twice? See what I mean?

Here is an example of some weights which were bought, probably on the spur of the moment, and the novelty wore off immediately. There are for Ted’s wife, who wants to maintain a healthy level of calcium in her bones, the swinging of Le Creuset pans being rather dangerous for people sitting or standing near by.

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