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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 – 9th September 2012


Four Children’s Books:  £2

4 Children's BooksNo, that’s not £2 each, it’s £2 for the lot! Yes, Ted has done it again! He’s found a bargain!

These aren’t just children’s books, they are rare children’s books. Deluded Ted believes that these will be worth a fortune in years to come.

“Thy Servant a Dog” recently sold on eBay for £5.30, and one is currently on sale for £49.99 (so Ted is not the only deluded person…). What is more, this 50p purchase is a first edition! Yes, it was published in 1930.

“Rubbalong Tales” by Enid Blyton is also a first edition (1950) for the hardback version (the first paperback one was published a year earlier). Ted believes that the musty smell, and the brown spots which appear throughout the whole book, will only serve to highlight its age and increase its value.

“Blackie’s Girls’ Annual,” which was received as a gift by someone in 1933, is full of interesting stories with black and white line drawings. An issue is currently for sale on eBay for £32.50!

Finally, a copy of “Nelson’s Jolly Book for Boys” is currently for sale on eBay for £12.99, and it looks just as tatty as Ted’s (which might have been worth more had not four of the five colour plates not been missing). This, too, is full of interesting stories with black and white line drawings. It is undated.

The First 8 Eagle Annuals:  £10

Eagle AnnualsAnother bargain! Ted paid £1.25 each for these, and on eBay the asking prices are considerable higher (but not always the selling prices…).

Ted will now be able to read Dan Dare and the Mekon, and other contents like Stories, Adventure Strips, Sport, Science, Real Life Adventures, Hobbies, and Interest.

Giraffe Soft Toy:  £2

Giraffe Soft ToyWhat a bargain this was!

Most soft toys seem to be complete tat, with no attempt a realism whatsoever. This, however, is one of the better examples.

Ted is going to give it to his nephew’s wife, who collects all sorts of giraffes. Ted can only hope that their two greyhounds won’t chew it up.

Large Calculator: 50p

Large CalculatorThis is not a pocket calculator – it’s A4 sized! And it’s solar-powered to boot. What is more, the display is tiltable!

Why Ted needs a calculator this size – or yet another calculator at all – is a complete mystery; presumably, it’s a manifestation of some kind of Car Boot Fever which is untreatable.

Rexel Binding Machine:  £8

Rexel Comb Binding MachineTed has wanted one of these ever since he needed to use one 25 years ago.

The seller said he’d used it only three times, and indeed it is virtually brand new – it’s in its original box with all the packing, and 1¼ boxes of combs were included too.

In view of this, Ted was rather surprised when the seller agreed to accept £8 instead of the asked-for £10.

Stabilo TransparenciesStabilo Transparencies:  £2

Ted’s haggling failed here. The seller wanted £2 and just wouldn’t budge.

The box contained not just A4 transparencies, but sheets of card too, and they were just perfect for the binding machine (above), and so Ted reluctantly coughed up.

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