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What's your approach once you've bought a bulk lot?
So, you've come across the bargain of the century at a car boot / yard sale / on Craigslist / on eBay etc, and you're now the proud owner of a 20 litre tub of mixed Lego.
What do *you* do next?
This has been my approach:
1) Fish out any non-Lego and give it away.
2) Take out the baseplates.
3) Take out the minifigures, animals (e.g. snakes, owls, parrots etc) and obvious accessories.
4) Separate the bricks by size and/or colour.
5) Wash anything grubby.
...next, I need to retr0bright anything that's discoloured...but then, I'm not too sure which approach to take.
Do you attempt to work out which sets the previous owner had and try and build them? If so, what do you work from - minifigures? Certain unusual pieces?
Do you catalogue what's in your bulk lot and then see what you can build? If so, which programmes do you use to catalogue your bricks?
Do you simply drop your bricks into your MOC stash and free build with them, not caring which sets they originally came from?
And how do you identify certain bricks? I know there's an identify thread on this forum, but what's everyone's technique? Is it just random knowledge and years around a collection? I know I could spot things out of my childhood sets with ease - is that the case for most people, or does anyone have any tips and tricks for working out what pieces might be? Are there any keywords that are particularly useful on Bricklink et al for searching for pictures that might match your bricks?
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