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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 – 6th July 2014


Laptop Riser:  £1

Laptop Stand - BoxHow could someone go wLaptop Standrong by buying a laptop stand for £1?

When working for long periods using a laptop, back pains and other ailments can soon manifest themselves owing to the angle of the computer on the desk, and here is the solution!

Provided, that is, that the laptop isn’t so heavy that the stand flexes.

Provided, that is, that some reinforcement is undertaken first so that it doesn’t suddenly collapse.

Provided, that is, that a modification is made to the front so that the lip of the edge doesn’t obstruct the keyboard.

The good news is that it costs £19.95 from Amazon, representing a saving of £18.95.

Ted is guessing that it was an unwanted Christmas present, the recipient not wishing to trash his machine.

Box of K’Nex:  £1.50

Blue Box of K'NexTed spotted this just after arriving at the car boot sale and decided that the woman seller (who was with her teenage son) would ask too much for it – Ted has acquired a feel for these things.

Later on, Ted saw that the mother had wandered off and asked the (bored) son how much he was asking for “that” (demonstrating knowledge of an item is not a good idea).

He considered this complex question and decided that £2 was the answer. “£1.50?” responded Ted, confidently. “OK,” he said, and that was that.

There’s not actually much in the box, but it was worth £1.50.

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