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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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    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 – 15th July 2012

Wooden Box:  50p

Wooden Box (Outside)Wooden Box (Inside)Yes – after many weeks of rained-off car boot sales, Ted has purchased a beautiful wooden box for just 50p. He had decided that £1 would be the maximum price he’d pay, but when he asked the seller how much he wanted for it, he and his wife both said, “50p – we want to get rid of everything.”

It was, in fact, a box for slides and had plastic guides in it, but Ted soon ripped those out to expose the lovely box that it is.

What a bargain!

Les Dawson Book:  10p

Les Dawson BookCharging 10p for a book at a car boot sale is bonkers – surely anybody would be happy to pay 20p if they wanted it?

Anyway, Ted picked up this humorous tome for 20p (he couldn’t be bothered to wait for the change) and cackled while he waited for the bus back home.

Les Dawson was one of the few comedians who was able to refrain from coming out with a barrage of smutty jokes.

Tornado Annual:  £1

Tornado AnnualTornado Annual (Inside)Yes – just £1 for this huge dose of nostalgia. Books like this usually sell for £££, but clearly the seller didn’t know!

Always on the lookout for a bargain, Ted snapped this up in an instant.

It’s full of stories and comic strips from TV programmes, like Bonanza and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


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