Nastiest thing you ever found in a dusty tag sale score?

red237red237 Member Posts: 273
edited March 2016 in Everything else LEGO
We've all seen it. The marbles, used bandaids and other unmentionables in those dusty tag sale bins we have bought.  You overlook them, for the rare minifigure or two, the Harry Potter unbuilt sets that loom through the corners.  Thought I had experienced the ultimate when I found some random child's palate expander in one.  But just now, I can't even handle it - what appears to be some dehydrated former skin of a rodent, and various parts - and I was already part way through the bin.  Mostly with gloves, mostly!!
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  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,404
    Rummaging through boxes of random toys can unearth some smells and such. One time I picked out a load of loose bricks only to find that a cat had urinated in the box. I thought it was water. That and bits of food and hairs
    LEGOFan2
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,348
    AllBrick said:
    Rummaging through boxes of random toys can unearth some smells and such. One time I picked out a load of loose bricks only to find that a cat had urinated in the box. I thought it was water. That and bits of food and hairs
    Yeah, stuff I hope was chocolate, band aids. tons of hair, what could have been bleach or detergent that was not rinsed off properly, what I hope was a piece of dirt tangled up in hair and not something else.. yeah, used to wear gloves handling some lots, and probably should revert back to that.
    LEGOFan2AllBrick
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    Gum, gum-figures (don't ask...), other stuff I have purged from my memory...

    My favorite "nasty thing" was a bunch of thumbtacks, inside of a Tic-Tac dispenser. That got quite a few laugh from everyone I showed it to.
    SumoLegokiki180703LEGOFan2AllBrick
  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 309
    I bought a box of playmobil on eBay for my eldest child and it was filthy. Accompanied by old crisps, dog hair, a nice smell of smoke and a general layer of grime was a condom out of its packet. I don't think it was used but it has made me very twitchy about buying second hand stuff and is why I favour opening those retired sets regardless of the 'cost'/lost profit. I never ever wish to find a dead rodent or cat urine 
    LEGOFan2
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,291
    I find it crazy that people would dare selling something in such a state
    SumoLegolegomentalBumblepantskiki180703LEGOFan2
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,095
    edited March 2016
    ^ I'm never surprised by how disgusting some people can be. Where you work, for example, you'd think that perhaps people would have some level of cleanliness, but the state of the toilets that some people leave them in is unbelievable. It's perhaps a minor thing, but it never ceases to amaze me. In a bad way.
    oldtodd33AllBrickSumoLegoeanairlegomentalkiki180703Redbullgivesuwind
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,907
    Every time I've bought a mixed lot of Lego - always a marble, a nickel and hard candy with two studs stuck to it.

    (Aside from hair, dust and odd globs.)
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  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    ^ Yeah, I really don't understand why people keep change in with their LEGO parts...
    SumoLegokiki180703LEGOFan2
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    ^ ... All I have to say is: how did you not notice any of that junk when you met? ;)
  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 309
    ecmo47 said:
     
    Yuk that's vile. People have no respect for their own belongings let alone others who have to share things (like toilets) or by said belongings.

    Why do people keep coins and batteries in with boxes of lego? Is it to reflect the cost or do they try to improve the build quality in some way??
  • JezzatheshedJezzatheshed Member Posts: 153
    I thought I had found it all until recently when among the usual marbles and hamster droppings I found two teeth. 
    Bumblepantskiki180703SumoLego
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,782
    Part of me is thinking, "Why did I break down and read this thread?" 

    Another part of me is thinking, "It's been worth reading this thread if it makes me cautious about buying Lego mixed with dubious extras!"
  • willobee498willobee498 CanadalandMember Posts: 349
    Thank you for reminding me to not buy used lots. They often seem tempting, but euuugghhh.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,907
    ^^^ Bonus Toothfairy money!  Score!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^ ... All I have to say is: how did you not notice any of that junk when you met? ;)
    I did notice but it did really seem that bad standing in the parking lot in the rain! Also, after driving 1.5 hours to the pickup location, it's hard to go home empty-handed.
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