Well, the kids have been busy this weekend thanks to mom's forray into the Hospice Shop of Northhampton, Mass. Stopped in there on Friday during a trip to pick up my nephew at Amherst. I immediately followed one of the standard thrifting rules--look high, look low. Just love it when the rules really work! There on the floor below a clothing rack was a plastic bag filled with Lego. Actually, it was filled with the base plates which are exactly what we've been looking for and my girls have been fighting over for months. "I can't build a house because SHE won't give me a base!" You get the picture.
No price on the bag, but I picked it up anyway. Then noticed the plastic briefcases next to the bag were also Lego. All five of them. And not just any Lego, but mid-eighties (qualifying as vintage by eBay standards) Lego. I showed the bag to the manager and asked for a price. Turns out it hadn't been priced yet as one of the workers just brought it in. I paid $36 for the whole kit and caboodle.
Two days later my daughters are still having fun sorting through it all. And I've discovered Lego cases are like the child's version of a sewing box--you never know what you'll find inside. So far, we've uncovered a 1980s soccer-playing Smurf, a vintage Fisher Price Little People chair, assorted miniature Dungeons and Dragons figures, and miscellaneous Monopoly pieces.
By the way, the odd and damaged Vilebrequin swim trunks sold for $11.50.