If you have read this blog in the past you know that I’m an avid yard sale and thrift store shopper. But I also troll craigslist and Facebook yard sale groups. Both of these are hit or miss and you need to check them regularly if you are going to find anything. (I check daily.)
Recently I learned about selling legos online via a forum that led me to the Bricks to Riches ebook “How to Sell Lego Building Blocks on eBay” to discover more. (The book is excellent if you are interested in selling legos online at all.) One thing that I learned about from the book was a website called Craigslist Notify. This site allows you to save searches and trolls craigslist for you looking for specific search terms and sends you an email when it finds them. This way you don’t have to sit at your computer all day searching AND you won’t miss the good deals. There are a couple other sites that offer similar options – AdRavage and Craigslist Buddy. I haven’t used either of these services yet but probably will in the future.
A few weeks ago I asked to be notified of and listings containing “Lego” or “Legos”. I came across many but have some criteria for what I will not purchase.
I won’t drive more than 20 miles from my home. – I could spend many hours a day driving all over the Philly area getting good deals but that jacks up my overhead and I’m pretty sure my 3yo son would hate it.
The listing must include pictures. – Listings without pictures frustrate me. It doesn’t take much to take a upload photos these days. If I’m really interested in the listing I might ask for some but in most cases I just pass the listing by.
Reasonable Price – While legos are collectable, some people want insane prices for their collections. These people are more likely to be emotionally attached to their items and want to get top dollar without all the work of listing them online.
This week however, I cam across a listing for legos – 24lbs of legos including castle and pirate sets from the 80s and early 90s. I was intrigued. I was the second person to contact the individual selling the legos. Luckily fate was on my side and I ended up with a large rubbermaid tub full of legos from a young man selling his childhood lego sets.
I came home and spent the evening searching through the bins for mini figures and their accessories. I was surprised with what I found:
- 80+ Mini Figures (not including the ones in pieces in the boxes) – many pirates and knights
- 20 horses
- Tons of weapons
NOTE: I bought the bins a few weeks ago for $.50 each at a yard sale. They were great for sorting mini figs and their accessories. They are called “Keeper Boxes” and can be found at most craft stores – look in the bead department.
I still have a lot more legos to sort through but, based on what the seller told me, I should find a couple nice vintage castle and pirate sets. Yay! I’ll be sure to report back on my findings and be sure to show off some of my listings.