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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 – 1st June 2014


Gordon Brown Book:  50p

Gordon Brown BookThis book was only 50p and it’s almost new. Perhaps it was given as a present to a Labourphile and the owner passed it on as quickly as they could.

At last Ted can find out what happened when Gordon Brown got into Number 10.

He will be able to read about his tantrums and how he came to make the decisions that he did.

The mind boggles…

Horrible Science Tin:  50p

Horrible Science Tin (Inside)Ted spotted this quite soon after arriving at the boot sale, but decided not to buy it because he didn’t need it.

Horrible Science TIn (Inside)However, about an hour later he decided to expand his Horrible Science collection and asked the seller what they were asking for it (not how much it was, but what they were asking for it – a subtle difference).

The lady pulled a face and shrugged her shoulders. This was a good sign, because it immediately conveyed the fact that she had no idea of how much to ask.

“Erm… A pound?” she asked, hopefully.

“50p?” responded Ted, optimistically. And so the deal was done.

Box of Micro K’Nex:  £1.50

Box of Micro K'NexWhen Ted asked how much this was, he was horrified. He thought that 50p would have been about right, and walked away to recover from his shock.

Later, Ted decided that the box had some useful pieces in it and decided to buy it.

“That cost £12 new,” the seller said, “and he never used it.”

When Ted got it home he discovered that it had never been opened, and that made him feel better about the price.

Wasgij:  £1.50

Wasgij Football MatchHave you ever done a Wasgij? It’s a brilliant concept: the picture on the puzzle is not the picture on the box, it’s what someone in that picture is seeing. Do try one. The artwork is always top quality.

When Ted buys a jigsaw, he wants it to be complete, and this puzzle was still shrink-wrapped!

No haggling took place here – if the price is right, Ted pays up.

Screature:  £1

ScreatureTed hadn’t seen one of these before. It’s a brilliant thing, costing £29.99 on Amazon.

The seller had the sense to make sure that it had batteries in it, and he switched it on as Ted was passing.

When something (like a finger) gets near its nose, it lunges forward and snaps at it!

It does other things as well, like rearing up and squirting water.

Cutting Mat:  50p

Cutting MatThis is one of those self-healing cutting mats and is BRAND NEW! It’s still shrink-wrapped!

When this is cut into, there is virtually no sign of the incision; it is pure magic.

This will replace Ted’s old one of the same make which recently fell to pieces.

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