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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 – 19th May 2013


Remote-Controlled Truck:  £10

Remote-Controlled TruckTed spotted this magnificent truck shortly after he arrived at the car boot sale.

“Wow!” he thought, “that’s worth £30! (It wasn’t, actually – they only cost about £70 new.)

He didn’t want it, and so he wandered off. Some time later it was still there, and so Ted assumed that the price being asked was too high.

“How much are you asking for the truck?” asked Ted. “£10” was the reply. “Why so cheap?” “I just want to get rid of it,” said the teenager.

It turned out that it was in good working order and had a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in it – the mark of a quality toy – and so Ted paid the £10 purely to make sure that it had a good home. His grandson was delighted.

K’Nex Construction Squad:  £1

K’Nex Hometown Carnival: £1

K'Nex Construction SquadTed hadn’t seen much K’Nex recently, and so his expectations of finding any were low; the K’Nex phase appeared to be coming to an end after three years of abundance – this has already happened to bread-making machines, sandwich makers and mini fridges. Isn’t it funny how these spells of ubiquity arise?

K'Nex Hometown CarnivalTed needs to stock up his supply of K’Nex following the construction of his K’Nex Fruit MachineK’Nex Ball Amusement Machine and K’Nex Binary Machine.

What a bargain these were! It is not uncommon for sellers to ask £5 each for these. The funny thing, though, is that Ted bought one of these for £1, and when he went back a few minutes later he saw the other one. Why didn’t the seller say something like, “Oh, there’s another K’Nex box here somewhere – would you like that too?” Obviously the seller was not a salesman.

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