discovering BrickLink

So last week I tried something for the first time that actually ended up being kind of neat – I placed a custom order for LEGO pieces that wasn’ from LEGO direct!

(ok, so technically I suppose I’ve done this once before – last year, when I ordered 5 pounds of orange LEGOs from someone on eBay to make pumpkins, but this was different…)

Instead, I discovered this website called BrickLink that apparently is actually pretty popular with adult LEGO fans where people are connected with unofficial resellers to fill orders right on down to the 1×1 plate!  And it even ended up being a lot cheaper than I could get via LEGO’s website, too (and I think a better selection?).  After selecting a random dealer nearby that seemed to have a fairly decent sized inventory (I chose April’s Paradise of Bricks, which is only a couple of hours away from me on Florida’s other coast), I ended up picking a little over a hundred pieces, which ran me $8.27 plus another $3.76 for shipping.

Only a few days later, I received what can only be described as the most intricately packed order that’s ever been shipped!

Yes, that’s right – each unique type of piece was packed in its own tiny zip-lock bag, along with a complete invoice of my order with pictures so that I can see everything that I ordered!  And although admittedly this order was a little haphazard because I was basically just seeing what I could piece together randomly to build some of these, I’m already looking forward to placing my next order once I get a better idea of what exactly I want to do next.

Very cool, indeed.

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