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Different way to sell Lego: Self-pick!
A while back I bought a couple of 80/90s job lots that contained 3 train sets I wanted to build. Once that was done I tried to dispose of the said lots. This proved to be tricky. I got a lot of interest, but as the lots were quite mixed, with Castle/Pirate/Town/Space sets, nobody wanted it all. I kept getting requests for parts of the lot that people wanted, which I declined until one guy made a suggestion. He asked to pop round to build the sets he wanted himself, after thinking about it, I thought why not? You can pick your own fruit, why not the same with Lego?
I then advertised people could build their own sets and 3 people turned up to build sets. One wanted Classic Space, another Town and the last guy wanted Blackthron/underwater sets. It turned out to be quite fun to build with total strangers. It took a lot longer than first thought, so they came back the next few days.
Price-wise I had agreed prices beforehand, but of course the sets where not complete, so they all haggeled. Bear in mind they had spent a lot of time building the sets, I did have the upper hand so they where easy to deal with.
After sorting out Castle/Pirate bricks/figures for a customer, I sold the rest to a guy whom wanted a pile of building bricks. So I got rid of it all, in an unusal way.
Of course a bit risky to invite strangers to build with you, but it was great fun. The buyers helped each other rather than consentrate on their own builds. We discussed sorting technics and what sets we liked. A guy turned up to buy a train set I was selling and he brought his older brother along whom looked at the Lego spread out over the floor and us building. I could see he was unsure what to do. Half of him wanted to join, but the other half thought he was an adult and could not build with Lego... It must be an instict grown up men have, to sit down and help out sorting or building.
While none of us shared the same interest/themes in Lego, there was no disrespect. Even the guy whom turned up to look through my Star Wars figures, was left to it without anybody sticking their noses up. (He was into modern Lego, while the rest of us were into vintage...)
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Thanks for sharing this story. Nice experiment. Very interesting to read.
You dont have to do this from home, you could rent a hall that or similiar. I was thinking of doing that rather than have to work from the floor. Which is hard on your knees after a few hours...
I was assuming you invited people into your home to build Lego yes? That is why I said "If I was single". I also have children. You said yourself that it was risky to invite strangers to build with you; I wouldn't put my family into a risky situation.
Again, it is an interesting idea. I suppose it is no different than placing a Craigslist ad and having someone go through your stuff.
If you feel it is risky (or prefer not to) to invite strangers into your home, then renting a village hall would be an option. I cant see what sort of danger your offspring would be exposed to in that situation.
I suppose you have a point that things are done differently in the US and it might not be possible over there.
It's called upstairs in the pub.
I'm sure it was fun building with other people since no one was trying to build the exact same thing. But I'd be really hesitant doing it. I'd rather just sit on the LEGO until it sold or keep it and not worry about it a profit loss.
As one of the people that turned up on the Norlegos sale. I'm the guy with the Classic space stuff. This was a new experience for me to. This was a fun thing to do.
I aimed for just the Classic parts and in the end i ended up with 20 space sets when building at home and still got a lot of extra parts. Some parts missing but mainly since they was in a different colour that the Classic Space (Blue, Grey, white and trans parts) + space parts.
Some of the people if i'm right was not complete strangers. Some of us had been in contact before the meeting. But I had not met any of the other visitors before.
This is something i may do again. With Norlego definite :)
Not sure I should mention this, but I and mrfuture did a bit of skip-diving for Lego. I had seen some 80s Lego in a skip nearby, so we went back. Not a vast amount, but there were a couple of figures, classic space parts, 2 doors for a 12V train and some Technic wheels. I should of dug around as I am sure there was more Lego in the skip, but I only took what I could see.
I have to add that I did not plan for those 20 sets. I bought the space lot only as parts.
I had seen pictures of the lot with the Classic space parts and reconized a few sets. I was planning to only build one or two sets and have the rest as parts for MOCs.
But when I was back home and started to sort trough the parts I got. I started to see more sets. So i just continued to see how many sets I ended up with. :D
At one time i felt a bit like Benny in the Lego movie when hr finally build his ship :D
A skip like the one on the photo above is purely rubbish, but a skip outside a private home is a different matter. (The skip I dived in was full of 80s toys, sadly all just chucked in so a fair bit broke in the process.) This is less common now, as people are better at selling stuff online.
Seems they only had a weeee bit of innocent brick fun at Norlego's lodgings. No need to worry about the family, and certainly not when you are not in the sheep herding business.
But he might want to keep the Celtic and Ranger fans apart. That is in case Norlego happens to dwell in Glasgow. Though in that case they are usually pie-eyed anyway, so he can always dump them in a skip.
I did not know what skip was ether but since I knew from what Norlego was writing, it must have been the container we looked in and picked some Lego parts.
Not my normal Activity, but since we found something interesting we did it.
This may make it more understandable.... :D
#4432 would he a dust bin lorry, although I don't think you're allowed to call them that anymore but have to talk about refuse collection vehicles.
I'm in agreement with you #Pitfall69 - although not necessarily for the same reason!
I can see a new form of speed-dating. Table of 8 stuff - 4 single men; 4 single women; all strangers, all with a love of Lego.
Sit at a table and build. Spot your compatible partner - do they like the same themes? Are they too competitive? Are your builds complementary? Do they have good eye for detail? colour co-ordination?
Do they sort their loose bricks out? Ppick up and put away their spares? Do they build only from plans, or can they think outside the square? Do they dictate or consult? Do they cut corners; do a half-ass job of construction? Do they get frustrated? Angry? Heaps of psychology coming through here.
And at the end of it all, you could find a mate who won't deny you or berate you your true love - Lego.
And there would be five police cars haplessly trailing behind. And the Budweiser Clydesdales following as well...
I'm thinking nobody would understand our New Yawk or Jersehey accents where we would fight over the bottle of bronzer, a Bud Light Lime, and hop into our louvered rear-window Camaro yelling fuhgettaboutit!
I dont have fear for humankind, so let strangers into my home to pick up Lego or items they have bought. Never have my children been put in harms way. Often my girls have been very curious when the buyers have come round.
Likewise, when I sell Lego at my carboot stall, I often leave it unattended while I go walkies. Maybe I lead a careless lifestyle, but I just cant worry about what might happen if I do something.
No, you can't worry about everything, but you have to have show some caution in certain situations; especially with your family.
What I have learned from this thread is that I now need to put "Lego comes from a Pet, Smoke and Dumpster(Skip) Free Home" in my Ebay listings ;)
Somebody further up suggested a pub, and I think that might be a better place than village halls. You do get thirsty after building for a few hours and most pubs have function rooms to hire for a cheap rate. So all you have to say to your wife is that you are going to the pub for the evening, she does not need to know you are going to be playing with Lego. It could be your little secret...
"I'm staying late at 'The Office' this evening."
Probably only worked once before it caught on..
Overall good looking. But some was missing parts.