Nerdful Things – WASGIJ? Haul
I posted before about my wife and I venturing into the world of jigsaw puzzles and how we have a little collection going now – since that post I have ordered several more from The Works which have yet to arrive and we picked up a couple from Argos. At the moment, our focus is collecting the WASGIJ? range – probably not the conventional entry point for budding puzzlers because of the way in which they work – the ‘Back To…’ range has you work out what the box image would look like at some point in the past, the ‘Original’ series has you work out what a particular person in the box image sees and so on and so forth.
As I mentioned in my initial post, we started this as something to do together and as a means of overcoming anxiety. I’d normally be pretty bashful over stuff like this because it’s synonymous with old people. As someone who once closeted his geeky nature and shirked comic books and other facets of geekdom in order to fit in to then revisit the closet and drag that old persona back out because suddenly it was the norm, it no longer bothers me. I mean, if it helps tackle anxiety and gives us something we can focus on together and enjoy then who cares what others think?
So today, we ended up visiting the Pen-y-Fal carboot sale – I hadn’t been there since I was selling Funko POP!s and other assorted pop culture items over a year ago. I wasn’t overly fussed about going as my back and legs are aching for reasons unknown. It was absolutely boiling there and after wandering around checking out the various stalls and feeling unimpressed I just wanted to go. Eventually we decide to head back to the car when I spot a table that caught my eye.
The guy was selling WASJIG? puzzles for £1 each (he had four in total) and I’m wary about buying stuff like this from carboot sales or charity shops in the event of missing pieces, especially considering the state of some of the boxes – the amount of board games I bought as a kid that were basically useless thanks to careless owners was enough to stay with me over my lifetime – but he was willing to sell the lot to us for £2.50. No major loss if there are pieces missing and we didn’t own any of these and some were more likely to be vaulted pieces (retired from stores due to age) so the chances of buying them brand new are slim.
As it turned out, the day wasn’t a complete waste and has allowed a significant boost to our collection for a fraction of the cost – most of the puzzles are around £10-£14 at retail price – we tend to buy them on offer such as 2 for £10.
So, despite being a dude in his early thirties, jigsaw puzzles will be a recurring theme here on the blog. I also stumbled across an interesting blog dedicated to jigsaws of all kinds so if you’re interested, check it out too!
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