Getting LEGO collections from high schoolers who think they are to cool for LEGO is a great place for cheep bricks.
I love those High Schoolers who think they're too cool for Lego.
Yard sales are a good place to look too. That's if you're looking for bulk bricks. But if you do that, you'll be sorting LEGO for the next few months. I also suggest washing them in bleach water too.
I actually called the Lego Group about this. They don't recommend bleach. They suggest soaking them in warm water and detergent (I like Dove), then towel/air drying the elements. Towel drying is a pain because I just can never get into the stud recesses and the undersides. The tube coupling devices have properties that tend to resist air displacement, but it's little comfort.
I've never been too lucky at yard sales, though I did find a $60 boxed Bionicle for $2 and a boxed $50 to $60 Mars Mission set for $2 at a different sale. Oh, and one really great haul, the original Ultimate Collectors' X-Wing, the 2000 Space shuttle, some Technic sets, other action series, all worth $450 or so retail (probably about $1000 to $1200 today) for $25! I almost forgot that one. Maybe I am lucky. But that's about all with six years of "yard sailing". Have any of you BiM members found some good hauls?
When I need bricks, I advertise in the local trade paper, and get 1 to 2 good responses each time. I now have a lady on a nearby island who has 4 plastic bins full, and I can buy 1 bin at a time for $25 to $40 each whenever I need one. It's mostly Star Wars, too, which is pretty awesome.
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