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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 – 7th July 2013


15 Dinosaurs:  £2

15 DinosaursWhat a bargain! Ted’s 7-year-old dinosaur-mad grandson was in mind here.

When asked how much the large dinosaur was, the seller said “£1, but you can have them all for £2.”

Ted had only noticed a few others when he handed over the money, but the lady seller gathered up fifteen of the fearsome beasts!

Wooden Box:  £1

Wooden BoxTed is always on the look-out for wooden boxes, and since he has one of these already it seemed only right to acquire its brother.

Like the other box, it will contain the yet-to-be-ascertained useful things that should be kept in a wooden box like this.

Sponge Dice:  20p

Sponge DiceAlways on the look-out for unusual, interesting or valuable items, Ted spotted (forgive the pun) this very useful 5″-sided sponge dice.

Whilst not being permitted for use in a gaming establishment owing to the fact that it is not a perfect cube, it is at least valid, in that the number of spots on opposite sides add up to 7.

Some people will be wondering why on earth someone would want a sponge dice, but then again there are people who do not appreciate the usefulness of clip-on-the-car reindeer antlers.

2 Boxes of K’Nex:  £5

Small Yellow Box of K'NexSmall Black Box of K'NexYes – just a fiver for these two full boxes of K’Nex. Decent Ted didn’t haggle, of course; if the price is right then he’s happy to pay it.

Last week, Ted came across two sellers each of whom were attempting to charge £10 for their almost-empty box of K’Nex! Ted exhibited his well-practised look of astonishment and horror and walked on – and when Ted was ready to go home, they were still unsold.

In case you’re wondering why Ted is buying yet more K’Nex, it’s because he is thinking about making a smaller version of his K’Nex fruit machine:

K'Nex Fruit Machine

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