Moroccan Lamp: £13
The lamp is made of leather, or perhaps some kind of skin.
The sellers had only just put it out, and Ted asked what they were asking for it (not how much it was, note – there is a subtle difference).
“£15,” the young lady said.
“Will you take £12?” asked Ted.
“Hmmm… I’ll take £13,” was the reply, and the deal was done.
Most sellers know that haggling is for later on, not when the item has just been put out, but perhaps they were just keen to get rid of it.
Two OWL Energy Monitors: £5 and £1
Ted explained that its sensor was to be put round the electricity cable near the fuse-box, and a remote device displayed how much energy was currently (ha, ha!) being used. Honest Ted also said that they cost around £30 new.
“How about £8, then?” said the wife.
“Hmmm…,” said Ted, “That’s a lot for a car boot sale – you’d need to put it on eBay to get that much.”
The couple’s facial expressions meant that eBay was a foreign concept, and the wife said, “What would you offer?”
“I was thinking of around £3,” said Ted.
“How about £5,” responded the wife, and Ted settled for £4.
When it transpired that the monitor was brand new and had never even been removed from the box, generous Ted decided that £5 was a fair price, and handed over the moolah.
Shortly after this bargain, Ted saw another one. The seller had used it briefly but didn’t like it, and he only wanted £1 for it!
Ted decided to reduce the average cost per monitor by buying this one too. This may be strange, but there’s a kind of logic to it… isn’t there?
Da Vinci Catapult: £1.50
It is a model of a trebuchet, and since, when completed, it would hurl objects across the room, Ted decided that it would be better housed at the grandson’s home rather than his. Who knows, the little boy might end up hurling bits of blood and bone across the living room…
Child’s Toytown Tin: 50p
Ted bought it because it invoked childhood memories.
As an added bonus, it contained lots of plastic toy woodworking tools.
Deluded Ted will be selling this at the auction house Sotheby’s in years to come.