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Following being reunited with Lego last year I've spent quite a bit on new sets, especially in recent sales. Still have quite a backlog to build.
However, had perhaps my most fun so far when my Mum dropped off a pillow sack full of my old Lego this afternoon. Didn't have loads when I was a kid, but with the help of this forum I've been able to get the instructions of the sets I can remember online for free. This evening I've so far completed the 1982 Post Office and 1983 Hamburger Shop.
Have taken a pic but posting from phone so will try and upload tomorrow if it doesn't work. Might not be much but to me it brings back great memories.
Have a fire station and some vehicles and space sets to go!
Thanks for all the info!!
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Anyway, my sets are now resting comfortably in my collection, and my brother's are boxed up and ready for him to come get them (or just bow to the inevitable and let me keep them!).
Then found the joy of eBay and BL in terms of finding missing parts, and cringed at the site of the old, dirty, some yellowed white brick...
I had a decent number of small sets, but the larger sets, not so much of. I guess I took care of that when I bought every 80's set I could find, at a decent price anyway, or bought eBay lots with sets in them (back before eBay bulk auction prices went crazy) Also caused me to want to get into trains since I could never get the 7722 that was being sold.
The process is fun (and sometimes tedious), but it has helped me show some restraint in buying up new sets. Thank goodness BL is there to help me track down those pesky replacement parts on 20 year old sets.
Don't know if I linked the photo correctly, but anyway ... my mom saved all my old sets and instructions. When I first got that box out a few years ago, the kids went a little crazy. We had a town with 1970's hospital, fire station, police station, plus current (at the time) Speed Racer cars and Anakin's Starfighter, and assorted MOC's. All topped off with the ancient 565 Moon Landing beside 10179 Falcon.