Four Children’s Books: £2
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
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
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
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
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.
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.