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4.7 pounds of pure minifigures- Western, City, Star Wars, and more.
All for $100.
I'm in heaven.
Just under $2000 declared at the border, added it all up later and it was just over $4000 worth of set at Canadian LEGO.com prices.
Also replied to a Kijiji ad for some 70's sets for sale. They were all a little too dirty and semi-chewed for my liking but they were nice enough to let me have the #6803 set for $10. It had been opened but looks like never built as the two red round plates are still on the sprue.
Merry Christmas, Brian
With still lots more torsos, legs, heads, and accessories to be put together.
Exhausting (fun) work, but this is what LEGO is all about. :o)
Your prediction was spot on.
"a few other sets" included ~60lbs of good condition Lego from sets such as power miners, hobbit, lots of Star Wars, castle and a little bionicle. About 100 minifigures. ~2$/lb is unbelievable.
The hard part will be 1) getting it home since I bought this massive lot on vacation, and 2) sorting through all of this to try and make sets.
Any good guides on how to sort through such a massive collection of loose bricks? I had planned to sort by rough type first: (ex: technics, bionicle, minifigures, minifig accessories, plates 4 studs wide or more) then sort by color and into more specific categories.
I could easily spend more on plastic bins for sorting than the 60lb lot of legos themselves!
Sooooo happy! I more or less skipped home!
I might start making it tomorrow. Nothing else to do, right?
There's been a lot of news coverage lately that charity shops are charging daft money for stuff and it is only the well heeled bargain hunter that can afford to shop there etc - it is no longer the place for the less well off to buy clothes cheaply as they're clued up as to the value of everything and price accordingly.
Anyway, walking through Whitley Bay yesterday, I saw in the window of a charity shop, the box of a set that had escaped me in the past - #6211 Star Destroyer.
I went in and asked how much they wanted. "£150, these go on ebay for between £180 and £400 you know". I replied "£150? These are a steady £80-100, if complete. Can I have a look inside and see if this looks complete?".
A good 1/3 of the parts were missing, including 2/3 of the minifigs, and a few parts had teeth marks (not many).
I let them know that the set was incomplete and it was worth no more than £50 of anyone's money. I also let them know that a new version was coming out in 2014 and this will be worth a lot less as a result.
After all that the lass in the shop still wanted £100 for it. I feel sorry for anyone who falls for her patter and buys it.
By a customer who has long been promising me his childhood Lego.
Sort of a steal as it's all boxed with instructions and time relevant promo material.
Even though there were a few missing bits I gave him market value in products and services.
(Basically turned into 4/5 months of free coffee and sarnies).
He was expecting £20 for the lot :-\
We both won, he knows I love and enjoy the Lego his now deceased father lavished on him.
And thanks to this forum it is all shiny and dust free again.
Can't seem to find the salad spinner thread :-(
Basically clean old dusty lego with washing up liquid in a colander and dry it with a salad spinner.
Apologies for the egg sucking where due.
Well, it has arrived and sure enough there is! Tally so far:
Several more pounds of nice bricks, plates, etc..
Not the best of deals, but I'm happy none the less to be able to add to my now quite size-able modular collection.
Comes 100% complete with an excellent condition box and instructions. Excited to potentially put it around the Christmas tree next year... hopefully this doesn't lead to me being tempted to purchase the rest of the Winter Village theme...
Mr Gently Lovely Kissy Nice-Nice Benevolent is the name of the Evil guardian & nemesis of Sir Phillip "Pip" Put-That-In-The Bin from the BBC Radio 4 comedy series "Bleak Expectations" by Mark Evans. If you get a chance to listen to it, it will have you in stitches as it is so funny.....
Sadly though, my bragging is restricted to finding gems on the radio and almost never about LEGO.
#7709 which I am very excited about 'cos I like the whole mech thing
#8894 not so keen about this one but maybe I'll lose my brick link seller cherry moving it on.
And a random bucket of bits, which look very interesting.
Mini figure knights with no faces and oddly textured/painted helmets and breastplates....
Total cost, a coffee, a sarnie, a bag of crisps and a promise not to kick puppies.
Which is nice........
Omg! Wtf! Lol! Yay!
Dust removal kit on stand by!
Deep joy in the coffee house tonight, quick send me a puppy to not kick!
Regular customers have been known to bring their kids to the van on holidays and in 2012 I gave away Olympic minifigs to loyalty card holders, which led to a whole hilarious swapsies couple of weeks.
So my addiction is pretty much out there.
People like to enable ;-)
I think they also appreciate how much I enjoy Lego for the simple pleasure it gives me.
They remember how much they spent and now the kids have moved on and can't be bothered to research and sell the kits they were given.
So I end up being offered it.
I mention value and offer cash or commodity.
Some people just really want that attic space back.
Btw bucket of Viking Lego seems to be more.
Soooooo many interesting big pieces.
I was looking at "Newly Listed Items" and saw the AT-AT pop up, it was listed BIN for $175 + $11.96 postage, its all new sealed bags, Instructions and stickers, just no box. As good as brand new to me, and saved myself at least $100. Obviously 2 days later the details of the new version was leaked, still happy with the purchase.
The Castle ended on Christmas Eve, I just happened to see it with about 12 minutes left and it was only at $109, I got it for $122 + $30 postage. It has the original price sticker on it of $199.99 AUD so happy with what I paid even if it isn't the most popular castle, especially with the bigger re-release. This was definitely an impulse buy, but it's brand new and sealed plus the box is in almost perfect condition. Such a beautiful box with the flip top and windows, nearly too nice to open and build :)
Links or I don't believe you :)
But In fairness to those of us who never find these great deals, a fact I find unfair and offensive, I think the forum should no longer allow bragging posts. No community value is served in having people rub the rest of our noses in their great finds. Sure, I could just choose not to click into the brag thread, but that isn't really fair to me, is it? I deserve the right never to be made to feel uncomfortable by being forced to read about the great finds of others, while I go in want of such great deals.
Thanks in advance
I am all for a resellers bragging thread myself, to be read and commented on by those interested without fear of uproar from those who aren't too happy with what antics resellers get up to. In the same light I can see how it would rub people up the wrong way but this thread should not cause such issue to anyone reading it. You don't have to send someone a congrats card for such a great eBay win but there should be no ill feeling towards those who get lucky.
Finding a cheap retired set on eBay and finding and buying shelves full of massively discounted stock cannot be be compared really, even more so when most on this thread intend to build their bargain finds.
In an attempt at keeping my post thread related I purchased a Palace Cinema for £65 in a damaged box over the weekend.