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technicaltactics: Welcomes from me
Hello, my name is Mac, and after being on Brickset for awhile, I decided to try the forum. I have collected LEGO since the 80's, many of my sets, not uploaded into my inventory yet. I currently am interested in creator and city, I used to be on a craze buying Starwars sets, until they just lost the charm they used to have. My username is the name of my Bricklink store, Technical Tactics, I sell from Ohio, USA and specalize in Technic and Bionicle parts.
Currently, I have been trying to rid my LEGO workshop of an 18 gallon tub, filled to the top with a mix of BIONICLE and Technic parts. I am selling this for $300 (USD). If anyone is interested, just respond on this thread.
I have been on a quest to decide how to sort my 20,000 and over amount of bricks. I currently sort by colour but need to find a better way. If anyone could help me with that, post it here! I hope someone makes a deal with me on the tub of parts, and making this topic makes me feel welcomed to the forum already.
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As for your sorting problem, I have the same problem: I just sorted my entire collection (roughly 25,000 pieces) by color, and found out that it's actually a pain to find a certain piece when all you see is the same color. However, I find it easier when there's one bin dedicated to only wheels/axels, another for only transluscents/windows/doors/cockpits, another for only Technic/Bionicle, ect. But that still leaves all my bricks, plates, and headlights; they're still sorted only by color. I'm not sure where to start on them, so I guess I need help, too :)
My elements are in ziploc bags in sterilite towers.
Each type of brick is in own bag (1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6, etc. These 1x brick bags are then placed in a LARGER ziploc bag. I do the same with 2x bricks, plates, etc.
What works for me might not for you. Find the system that you like and stick with it. I don't want to waste time looking for elements so this system makes finding a part easy.