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I posted in another post, but I wanted to get specific advice about 10182. I got it at a yard sale, and it is about 90 - 95% complete. It is missing the very top roof (not the whole third level, just the roof), the minifigures, part of the cafe tables and the hotel sign.
I almost did not realize what this was, and almost sold it in a large lot to someone else. I feel very fortunate that I figured out what it is, and very blessed to have come across it at a yard sale!!! =) I am trying to figure out the best way to sell it. As I have been researching I have found that it is worth quite a bit of money, and that the parts individually are worth quite a bit too. I am thinking about "bricklinking" it, but I am thinking I would probably be getting in over my head as a newbie. The good thing is that all of the missing pieces seem to be pretty common and easy to get a hold of.
So, I am wondering, what would you advise? Should I list it here? Should I list it on Ebay, or Bricklink? Should I just take pictures and sell it "as is"? It does not have the box or the instructions. Should I sell it in levels? Or just sell the dark blue arches, the doors etc separate?
I truly appreciate your advice. I have been spending hours on this whole project (and having a lot of fun), but I feel like the learning curve is really steep, and I could really use some advice from some seasoned LEGO builders and sellers.
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First, no matter how much you *research* this, after it is done you'll learn something else that makes you go "Doh!". :)
Welcome to the fun!
As for your situation, the answer is, "it depends..."
What is your time worth? How much do you want to spend to make it 100%? Are the parts really clean?
Have you considered keeping it, finishing it off, and just adding to it?
I would only sell individual pieces (arch, doors, etc) if the set was just a fragment of being complete. But it sounds like it is close to complete so would not do that. Do not sell by floor.
Or...complete it as above, and then keep it. Put it on display. Then buy the Fire Brigade, Grand Emporium, Pet Shop and Town Hall and make a fabulous street display. :) I am working on piecing together my Cafe Corner from scratch now and am envious of you. =)
Well, I have already spent countless hours, and it has been a lot of fun, but I don't think I have the "gas" in me to keep going to do the research and order all of the extra bricks to complete it. I know that completing it would probably make it sell for a lot more, but realistically it would probably take me a good 10 hours to do??? (Ordering all the parts etc). If it fetched an extra 150$, that would only be worth $15 an hour, and my time is worth more than that.
No, I don't think we will keep it, although it is gorgeous and I am tempted to. We are just not big time LEGO collector's - we just build with our kids for fun. My son is 6 and he comes up with the best multicolored tanks you have ever seen! The only exception to keeping it would be if it we thought it would go up considerably in price over the years, but it already seems to be at an insane price!!! =)
The parts do seem to be really clean. They do not seem to be dusty or scratched or anything.
I see there are more replies, but I haven't read them yet, I will respond.
Maybe I will look into completing it! I will ask my husband if he would want to do it with me. We completed the Christmas Train 10173 together the other night, and it was a lot of fun. The part of ordering all of the parts is what seems overwhelming to me. Do you think Bricklink is the best way to do that? Or I read somewhere about getting some of the parts directly from LEGO.
You guys mentioned not replacing the minifigures... what about the birds? The very top piece is missing, along with the top birds. I think I remember reading you could get a different color bird for way cheaper.
You can order parts from either BrickLink or LEGO. BrickLink is usually cheaper is you can find one or two sellers who have all the parts you need, but LEGO can be cheaper for certain parts. It sometimes takes a bit of research to figure out which is cheaper.
Good luck with selling it. I'm glad you're having fun putting things together. Sounds like a fantastic yard sale find.
If all you miss are some plates and a few of the dark bley birds, buy those in order to be able to sell the set. Make sure you put emphasis on having the correct parts in the listing and you should be able to fetch a great price in the $700's, eve without the manuals (which at this point are so expensive that I agree with the above posters that it isn't worth it).
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Okay did a quick review on BrickLink for values and I put a "Yes' next to the sets which would make it worth your while to find the instructions. Getting the box would also boost your sale price but usually they can be very difficult to find for older sets and not worth the hassle (depending on price). The ones listed as "Maybe" you should get the instructions for only if the price is something less than $5. Your most valuable set is the 6086 Black Knight's Castle but Bricklink has no manual/box in it's inventory.
As for the rest you are probably best off selling as a lot.
Hope that helps a bit. It's just my opinion so if anyone else wants to chime in feel free.
It might also have the psychological effect that they have not had much play and so command a better price, much like having a box seems to help used sets.