First off, I wish to warn you now, this is 100% me telling a story that 99% of you won't care to read. If you have a story like it, please share, because I would like to hear your amazing stories too. This story is about my finding a LEGO treasure trove I didn't know I had, and how I reacted. Read on if you care.
So, after two years in storage thanks to staging my old home for sale and then finally getting settled into the new home, I am ready to bring my non-SW LEGO collection out of storage. This is a task of epic proportions, because mainly it is an unsorted mess that requires weeks of sorting before I can do anything cool with it. It began last week.
Over the last few years, thanks in part to my reputation with friends and family as the "LEGO dude", people ask me to help them sell their used LEGO. My business sells only the new in box stuff, so I usually say no, but will in turn offer them a fair price and try to buy it for myself. More often than not, I have no idea what I am getting, but succeed. For the last two years, these boxes have gone straight into storage waiting for my return to active building.
The first box I opened to begin the sort uncovered the things of my dreams, a random box I likely bought off some random family friend, full of LEGO pirates... but no boats or sails. Keep in mind that I was first a LEGO pirate head before Star Wars. I plan to do much of my customization in Pirates, so the parts, sans boat hulls and sails, were enough to make my giddy like a school girl. But those missing sails, and even moreso the missing boat hulls, were a huge bummer. After three days of sorting the first box, I was ready for box two. I thought that the first box was all I had from that particular collection, so when I opened the next box and saw a LEGO monkey on the top, I missed a few breaths. Aloud, to particularly no one, I said "now there's a good sign" and proceeded to dump out the box... and out fell four complete boat hulls. I woke up my sister in the next room with my cheering... it was 1:45 AM.
In a few weeks, I will be building my first custom pirate ship in nearly a decade. I can't wait.