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Can people share their experiences on how they locate older sets? Have you had luck with flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, etc.? Or is everything done through eBay and BrickLink? Any comments appreciated.

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Welcome to Brick Answers. Unfortunately, I don't think we can answer your question as it stands: it isn't really a question with a specific answer, so it isn't a great fit for this site. Moreover, I'm not sure how other people's answers to this question could help you find what you're looking for? That said, if you can rephrase / expand on your question so that it is a better fit for the site, we'll do what we can to help. –  Kramii Oct 3 '13 at 15:06
    
BTW: classic-space.com/forum may be a useful resource. –  Kramii Oct 3 '13 at 15:08
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I may go against the current here, but I think the question has merits - a lot of people seek to buy older sets, to complete collections or out of pure nostalgia; and I for one feel it would be nice to have a good compilation of means to achieve that. Yes, the question is broad, but iconic enough that it shouldn't be a problem. The question and existing comments already show good elements of answer. –  Joubarc Oct 4 '13 at 4:44
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And, @KenCenerelli, welcome to Bricks.se no matter how the question turns out! :-) –  Joubarc Oct 4 '13 at 4:45
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@Joubarc: Interesting point. Let's go meta! meta.bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/257/shopping-questions –  Kramii Oct 4 '13 at 9:24
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Some of the places you can buy old (discontinued) sets include:

Online

  • BrickLink
  • eBay
  • TradeMe
  • Amazon marketplace
  • Generic on-line toy stores that carry old stock
  • Some LEGO discussion forums have areas for buying and selling

Locally

  • Toy shops and LEGO stores sometimes carry old stock
  • Stands at exhibitions and shows
  • Garage sales
  • Thrift stores
  • Charity shops
  • Flea markets
  • Car boot sales
  • Jumble sales
  • Through newspaper ads
  • Lego User Groups
  • Other AFOLs

Other Alternatives

  • Buy the parts separately and assemble the set from them
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