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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 – 10th June 2012


Box of Propelling Pencils:  £2

12 Propelling PencilsDid Ted pay too much for these? They were £2 each or three for a fiver, but Ted didn’t really want 36 pencils, even though he is a Libran.

However, thay are a well-known brand and each one has two leads in it, so they can’t be that bad, can they?

100 Key Rings with Labels:  £2

100 Key Rings with LabelsWhat a bargain!

Ted asked the seller how much they were and he said, “5p each.”

Ted looked aghast because he wanted to know how much the whole bag was. The seller must have looked at Ted’s face and realised this, because he then said, “Oh! You want to know how much for the lot?”

“Yes,” said Ted.

“Well how much do you want to pay?” said the seller.

“A pound,” said Ted.

“Two pounds,” responded the seller, and the deal was done.

Pack of Laminating Pouches:  50p

A4 Laminating PouchesAnother bargain!

The seller had a laminating machine for sale for £7, and this bag of pouches for 50p.

Apparently, the seller’s son had a project to do and his father bought the laminator and the pouches. They used just 4 pouches and that was that!

Children’s Book:  50p

Children's Book (Cover)Children's Book (Inside)The seller wanted a pound for this, but when Ted produced his look of horror he immediately took 50p for it.

He must have known it was overpriced, mustn’t he?

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