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Best size ziplock bag for figures?

NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
I sell Lego at my local carboots and I have found out that people will pay a lot of money for figures. Sadly the figures easily loose their weapons and I have to guess which belongs to which. Then the children stick their greasy hands all over the figures and mess things up even more. But the money is good.
So the plan is to buy some ziplock bags, but what size is a good size? They come in a million different sizes. All I need is the smallest one that I can put in a figure plus anything that belongs to the figure. I have around 300 figures maybe more, so the bags need to be compact rather than oversized.
I have seen bags with panels to write on. This could be useful, but panels seem to cover a lot of bag, which makes viewing the figure difficult.
Any help greatfully recieved.

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,307
    I normally use 2x3 inch, sometimes 1.5x2 inch. You can get smaller but larger figures need to be rather squeezed in.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    Unless its anything oversized, like big wings etc, then 2x3 are fine.
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 590
    I haven't found any reclosable bags that work well for figures in my area. Online is a different story. You might want to check out the bags that Uline sells. You can get 2" x 3" bags with white blocks to write on. You're going to pay around $25 per 1000 bags, but it's a pretty good deal to keep yourself sane. If you don't need that white block then you will pay $14 per 1000 bags. I use that size because it will fit pretty much any size figure (even the snake guys from Ninjago, etc) and they are actually less expensive than the 1 1/2" x 2" bags that would be closer to the correct size.

    Other bag manufacturers should have something similar, and if you know anyone that owns a business or does the bag ordering for a business maybe they could slip a box into their next order and get you free shipping.

    myrnt
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,442
    Staples sells these: http://www.staples.com/-White-Block-Recloseable-Poly-Bags-4-Mil-Thickness/product_SS1007604

    And I like that they have a frosted area to write down what the minifig is and the set it is from.
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,525
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0027YBMQI

    I got these from seller Capital Houseware. £3.65 delivered. If you want to put some writing on, then get a sticker sheet and write it on the sticker, then cut it out small and stick it in a corner so it doesn't cover up what's in the bag.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Thanks for the replies. I think I will go with 2x3 inch. I will have a look around to see if I can find bags with a small panel at the top/bottom, if not just go with a plain one.
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,525
    1000 with panels seems to be 7-8 times the price of the 1000 above hence the use of stickers.
  • wayneggwaynegg Texas,USAMember Posts: 394
    edited February 2015
    Gallon. Let's the figs mingle with and get to know each other.

    On the other hand, you can always go to your nearest adult toy/headshop. They'll probably have exactly what you're looking for.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    I can get some zip bags in town, but it was more a question of size. But 2x3 sounds good so I can go back again.
    As for panels contra stickers: Stickers will just fall as they will be manhandled by kids. If the stickers come off, we are back to square one...
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,307
    You are probably right in wanting panels, since this is for a boot fair where the things will get man-handled (well, kid-handled which is even worse). For ebay / BL, plain bags are fine, but for a bootfair you probably want to write price etc on the bags so that stickers are not easily switched or fall off.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    I have been looking for a bag with a tiny panel. The ones I have seen have a big panel witch covers the whole bag so you cant view the figure.
    If anyone comes across a 2x3-ish bag with a small panel, let me know. It might be useful for those selling on Ebay/BL too.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,442
    Norlego said:

    I have been looking for a bag with a tiny panel. The ones I have seen have a big panel witch covers the whole bag so you cant view the figure.
    If anyone comes across a 2x3-ish bag with a small panel, let me know. It might be useful for those selling on Ebay/BL too.

    The ones I posted only have one side frosted.
    Flip the bag over and you can see the whole figure.
    Norlego
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    Michael's sells various sized clear craft bags, 100 for about $3 or more. I usually use 2x3 for Minifigs.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,923
    You mean the little Ziplock bags that are always out of stock when I go to the store? It's the only time when I'm fighting old ladies in the Craft Section over storage boxes and baggies.
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    ^ That's funny, mine is always stocked full of them. I guess it depends on the location and when you go.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    I found 2x3 (I think) at Wal-Mart in their craft section. 100 for 0.97. They are a little thin, but they are working well so far for my CMFs.
  • ZeyaZeya Member Posts: 36
    I use 2 inch x 3 inch bags. Here in the USA, I buy them from craft store Micheal's. I pack up my CMF figs in them when I'm done, and their base plate fits in there just fine. The only difficulty is the odd figs with large parts like medusa/mermaid, or some other odd fig that deviates from the common size of a fig.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Like astromech droids are tough to fit in the 2x3.
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