Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Craigslist Bounty

Occasionally, we'll find some LEGO on Craigslist. Apparently, it's useful for buying other items such as furniture etc but James and I have only ever used it to buy LEGO. I woke up Saturday morning and decided to see if there was anything interesting. 30 minutes later, we were en route to Vancouver, WA.

A somewhat annoyed father was selling off his son's collection. "I've spent thousands of dollars over the past few years on LEGO and now he just wants to play computer games". A little boy's trash is a middle-aged man's treasure. James circled the items for sale, hardly containing his glee.

We left with 3 retired Star Wars sets and about 20 lbs in loose LEGO for around $260. Just one of those retired sets originally retailed for $120 and now sells used for over $180 on eBay. So, well worth the price.

First thing we did was clear the counter so everything could be washed. Anytime you buy LEGO not from the store, we recommend you wash them immediately. You never know what kind of environment they've been in: kids' mouths, smoke, pets etc.

Just rinse the bricks in warm, soapy water. You can also use the dishwasher and place everything in laundry bags so they don't spill out.

Spread them out to dry. We used our dining room table because we wanted to sort in comfort.

James pre-sorts the LEGO, starting with the largest pieces and placing them into bins. He'll go back later and further divide them into individual containers.

This might look like a pain in the butt to a lot of people but for James and myself, it was a great, great Saturday.

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