As you may have noticed from reading my past blogs, I am a big Brio and Thomas the Tank Engine buyer. I go way back with Thomas, having bought many of the wood trains for my boys back when they were little shavers. Although my guys have outgrown their Thomas trains, the wood toys have never gone out of style with parents and kids. Because of their continued popularity, I am always on the lookout for Thomas trains and Brio train tables. I'll buy any Thomas trains, as long as they're priced right. When it comes to garage sales, the trains are almost always sold in big lots, typically piled in a shoe box or a big Tupperware-type container. Once I buy them, I won't immediately list them on eBay or Craigslist. Instead, I'll include them with a Brio train table as part of a package deal. This always works out great, usually earning me a hundred dollars or more on a table!
|Lots of Thomas the Tank !|
|Wind-up Thomas by Tomy|
Now here's how it turned into a gem... After a seven day auction, the little toy sold for a twenty dollar bill! Your first reaction might be, "What's the big deal?" Well, I look at it this way...that little gem, discovered at the bottom of the Tupperware container, actually paid for everything in that container! Thanks to that little wind-up Thomas, the rest of the trains were now all freebies! It's a beautiful thing when you look at it that way, isn't it?
I get revved up over little victories like my Tomy Thomas train! I'll bet you have a few stories like that too. Share some of your unexpected little gems in the comment section below....
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