My son loves Lego. We go to BrickCon every year we can. BrickCon is exactly what it sounds like, a convention for Lego fans, ALL ages. We went today, October 7, 2018, and we enjoyed ourselves as always. Lots of inspiration.
It’s got movies (AKA Brickfilms) – fandom short films and/or Lego advertising materials. Battling Lego robots – for a more rugged version, try Battlebots – watch it, trust me you’ll have a favorite you’re rooting for by the end of one show. Scratch-built displays (models which aren’t out of kits) of everything from pirate ships to roller coasters. And of course MERCHANDISE. SWAG. BOOTY. LOOT.
Swoopbags, Seattle-born and -made, “Durable, modern toy storage bags,” caught my attention. They are pretty, practical, and well-built: in particular, they are designed with a rim which is a very clever wall that simultaneously engineers a bag as a play mat and a bin for all those teeeeny tiiiiiny things that roll under couches (Swoopbags highlights toys, makeup, and art supplies.). And I couldn’t help but think that a nice sturdy laundry bag could work just as well. Don’t get me wrong: Swoop may have an excellent solution for you.
But don’t get caught up in the fancier-is-better trap. I’ve seen clever storage “built” from cereal boxes, when that was what a thrifty, creative soul had on hand and could afford. And, loving to be devil’s advocate as I do, uuumm, by the time you add up tape, glue, fabric scraps and time (which NOBODY ever seems to count as an expense, sigh), those cereal boxes might cost more than name-your-favorite-expensive-brand (I don’t dare.). Maybe in other words, don’t let the lack of a “perfect” solution stop you from A solution. No such thing as perfect.
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