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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.

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    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.


    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.


    Ted has discovered that, 99% of the time, a strange-looking object is either a massager, a fitness device or a CD rack.


    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.


    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 – 15th June 2014

K’Nex Moto Bots:  £2

K'Nex Moto BotsA young boy was selling his toys, and when Ted asked how much he was asking for this he said,”How much are you offering?”

Ted’s first thought was to say, “A penny,” but that seemed mean and so he said “£2” which was a fair price.

The boy was then flummoxed. He mumbled something that sounded like “2” and so Ted handed over the moolah in case the boy’s father said that it was more.

Static Science:  £1

Static ScienceTed asked the same boy how much this item was.

“£2,” he said.

“How can it be as much as the K’Nex?” asked Ted and he started to walk off, only for the boy’s father to immediately jump in and say, “It’s £1,” while giving his son an ‘are you some kind of idiot?’ look.


 Erroneous-Mark Removers:  10p each

Pencil ErasersYes – Ted came across these wonderful correction implements.

If a person makes an erroneous mark with a graphite-based writing device, whether it be a lexicographical shape or part of a pictorial design, this device will, when a little friction is applied with a reciprocal motion over the said inadvertent dark trace, remove or nearly remove it.

Will wonders never cease?


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