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Second hand finds (good and bad)
What good or bad deals have you found at garage/yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores like Goodwill, etc.?
Last weekend I got Duplo set 2317 for my kids for $.50 at a garage sale. The box also contained some old Lego 2x4 bricks (old style with thicker font on the studs) and a 10x20 brickplate.
Yesterday I stopped in Goodwill and found a Duplo table with baseplate for $6.00, and set 4100 for $3.00 (open box but complete with unopened bags). Also bought a Duplo bucket for $3.00, but when I opened it at home I found it only had one Duplo 2x2 and 2 Lego plates. It was mostly filled with 2 different sizes of MegaBloks (neither is Duplo scale) and also had random items including a doll shoe, My Little Pony shoe, ring with skull & crossbones, tape measure, heart eraser, and two small balls.
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But with the stupid prices people (weekend warrior and 'soccer mom sellers') are paying for Lego lots on eBay it is really not worth it for me to buy any more lots to invest the time to sort, and rebuild sets for only a 100-200 dollar profit( yes I know it sounds elitist I guess)... Especially if the lot has ANYTHING Star wars or Trains in it, it immediately prices the price up another 25%.. I mean it takes one piece of 9volt track (which looks like the only piece), or ONE SW fig (may not even be a rare one) to spike a lot's price up...
Sadly I have also heard from a friend that garage sales around the area by me are now trying to sell their Legos at 'eBay' prices, if they do not sell them there they simply list them on Craigslist or eBay...And that is not if someone else is stalking garage sales on Friday mornings to cherry pick all the collectable stuff to sell on eBay, or craigslist...
So I think that while you may find a good deal here or there... The people that have bought into the 'buy on the weekend and sell on eBay and make a whole 10 dollar profit' crowd have diluted the market for buying cheap Lego Lots.
So I went up and saw all these sets. I asked him how much for the Jabba's Sail Barge and he said $5 and $7 for the Republic Cruiser. Sets ran $40 for an Imperial Star Destroyer at the high end, but I came back and spent $300 on all I had room for. Then I came back the next weekend and he said I could have everything else for $20.
I sold the Star Destroyer on ebay for $150 (I already had one) and will keep what I want and sell the rest so that I can get the sets I really want (Green Grocer and the modulars, etc). I priced up all the sets and they were worth $2115 MSP. Most had no box or instructions and some pieces/minifigs are missing here and there, but what a deal for $320!
So it can happen. I feel bad that he is entering his dark ages and in 10-15 years he is really going to regret it, but he felt he did not have the space (they are moving to a smaller condo, etc).
They also had the Ninjago Battle Arena, #2520, in a beat up open box for $30.00, which seems really high for a set that may not be complete, and for being at a thrift store. Passed on that one.
Sometimes I've got collections that span 20-30 years from ebay, that have maybe 0.5% of pieces missing. Amazing! and others, that are only a couple of years old (recent sets) and 15% or so are missing. I totally admire the people who have cared for their lego for so long, and with such care.
Shame I don't really appreciate the 70's stuff (any one want some homemaker and legoland stuff? as an 80's child I'm all about the town and fabuland sets!
My son is only 14 months, but I'm sure he will enjoy the Duplo Train, he is already fascinated with my passenger train #7838 going around.
Forgot to mention it was only $5 for the Duplos.
On a side not to this deal, we found a Mickey Mouse and Pluto Duplo from $10 and it came with a car.
I'm a little scared of second hand buys, although I'm not afraid to take the risk if the asking price is worth it.
On display, LEGO seems to absorb the foul stench.
In fact, if I detect a whiff when I'm unpacking, I've been known to empty it straight into a bucket of vinegar and bicarb soda and leave it to soak overnight!
Get home and check the figures and I have got Harry,Ron,Lupin and half a dementor from 10132 the motorised Hogwarts express..I'm well pleased to have the figures but of the train and track not a sign! I then spent two hours on the floor sifting elements and Ive got about 70% of Hogsmead Station including all the signage, ticket machine, luggage, windows etc and about 5 KILOS of Power Ranger Mega Bloks arrrrrrrggggghhhhhh.
So if you got one of the other bags do you want to swap the train for some Mega Bloks?,,,I guess not...Charity shop here I come!
Boba Fett Key ring, 2 large lego man key ring torches, a dwarf key ring, a power miner monster key ring, a chrome gold lego man key ring (new), a chrome silver storm trooper magnet, and some sort of lego head phone charm (??).
Also got http://brickset.com/detail/?set=2516-1 for £1 BNIB!! (not inc postage)
Ebay is rich pickings at the moment :P
Bad:... until I got it home and realized someone'd apparently resealed the box without one bag inside - the one with the minifigs!
Well, I still think it's a decent haul, but not nearly as good as I thought it was.
I haven't found anything at my local goodwills either (Northern Indiana).
6991: Monorail Transport Base
6959: Lunar Launch Site
7029: Skeleton Ship Attack
4768: The Drumstrang Ship
7621: Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb
A good deal, I would say! It was from a yard sale, and I'm just so happy I got them! But the only bad part was that there was a dead beetle in the Drumstrang Ship! :O