I've been meaning to join in with Magpie Monday for ages and just never got round to it, or just though that my finds would not be of interest to others. Last week's charity shop booty was a bit special though.
Lego. We all love it. Or if you don't then you much be a bit mad in my opinion. The only thing is that charity shops generally know that we all love it and hence the prices are often quite astronomical, especially if you find a boxed set that can be considered vintage or a complete set.
In out local hospice shop last week I spotted a typical pile of plastic bags full of small bits of toys. I always look through them as you never know what you're going to find. This week there was a bag of Lego bits buried beneath some plastic cars and I instantly knew it was worth having. It was all in small pieces, but through the plastic I spotted some doors and also a brick with a sticker on it suggesting it might be part of an airport. Quickly out came my iphone and a moment on google suggested that it was part of the airport building that went in this set.
Now I knew it was just the building I was looking at, but from what I could see most of the pieces were there. A few might be missing, but for £5 I was prepared to take a punt on it and I'm so glad I did.
You see my secret in all this is an ipad app that I discovered a few weeks ago called AWOB – a World of Bricks. This links to a online database of Lego sets and scans of all their instructions. A quick look on there once we'd returned home and I was able to build the set and discover that I was actually only missing about three building blocks and a few accessory pieces like the parking sign, lamppost and dustbin that go outside the airport.