It’s late in the season now, and there weren’t many buyers or sellers this week. However, Ted just had to go in case he missed that one-off never-to-be-repeated bargain.
Ted has a theory that the fewer the number of buyers the higher the prices (because the sellers are desperate to get their £8 fee covered). This was borne out when Ted asked how much a potato-powered clock was. The daughter hesitated, but her father jumped in and said assertively, “£3.” Ted dropped the clock like a… hot potato. Then there was an almost-empty box of K’Nex which, quite honestly, should have been 50p. When Ted asked what the price was and the seller said, “£5,” he became dizzy and staggered backwards, almost falling into a woman’s collection of valuable Diana mugs.
3-D Maze: £1
There’s a ball bearing inside, and the idea is that you orientate the globe so that the ball wends its way from the starting point (numbered 1) to the finishing point (numbered 138) along narrow paths, treacherous channels and the odd tunnel. It is a very complex structure and is likely to drive you potty, and so is ideal for keeping noisy children occupied.
There are, in fact, three entry points: 1 at the start, one at number 36, and one at 78, so that it can be solved in stages.
A few minutes after this purchase Ted saw another one, only the seller, who said that it was brand new and unopened, wanted £10 for it! What a nutter! Some sellers appear to be in cloud-cuckoo-land, but it did add force to Ted’s theory.
Chicken Run Storybook: 10p
This is a kiddies’ book with lots of the Chicken Run characters in it (remember Mrs Tweedy?), and Ted asked the wee child how much it was.
“10p,” was the reply, and magnanimous Ted handed over 50p (to the child, not her father) and wouldn’t accept the change.
Six Dick King-Smith Books: £1.80
The superb line drawings are by David Parkins.
Since Mr King-Smith died in 2011, deluded Ted believes that these books will soon become collector’s items.