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Running out of room - what to do!
It's amazing the number of people that have qualified their comments in other threads with something like "I have no more room." I have run into this also. I've been collecting for many years, and have gotten to the point of really being choosy now for what I want to buy to build.
Reselling completely aside, the problem is that there are so many sets that I have in boxes and want to build, plus more great sets coming out all the time. Problem is, I simply cannot fit them anywhere else. How do you guys handle this problem?
1) I've thought about building then selling the set relatively soon. Sure you take a loss from RRP, but that's the price of enjoying the original build. This is similar to playing a videogame and selling that while it's still hot, and you can get relatively close to RRP. I do worry about builder's/seller's remorse, however, and wonder if I'll really miss them.
2) Rotating from cold storage. This is ok assuming there is enough storage space to keep them relatively intact. I can't see rebuilding a set over and over and having near the same amount of enjoyment. Plus, when do you draw the line here? Having 10 active sets and 50 in cold storage sounds excessive (though it's easily attainable)
3) Focus on smaller sets. Polybags and CMFs have been filling this role nicely, and I have tended to gravitate to them lately to provide my "Lego fix." They are small, cheap and have relatively good play value, especially when combined with existing sets (many fit into the modulars very nicely - Decorator/Pet Shop, Starlet/Palace Cinema, Ghost & Clock poly/Haunted House, etc.).
4) Holiday rotation. The Winter village sets for us come out of cold storage only at Xmas, as will the Haunted House and other MF sets at Halloween, but every year gets a little more crowded. 5 years from now I see myself running into the same problem as 2, above.
5) Train immunity. When it comes to trains, and their very nature of modular setup and play, I tend to give them a pass and buy anything and everything that comes out. Switching track, car and engine configurations is natural and leds itself to only bringing out bits and pieces at a time. Plus, my boys and I simply love trains. Luckily trains aren't nearly as prolific as other themes, otherwise I'd be buried.
Anyway, how do you guys deal with your own Lego critical mass situations?
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