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I thought you said those were rare?

No sooner do I do something presumptuous like write an article about rare BRIO items from the 80's and 90's, than three of those items show up for sale on eBay. That very same week, both a #33215 Small Harbour and a #33594 Truck appeared, the former even new in box, still shrink-wrapped! And a #33382 Windmill came up a week later. I still stand by my original claim that these items are among the rarest of their vintage, but I admit that the timing does make me look a little silly.

All kidding aside, I don't remember the last time I saw a Small Harbour, much less one with its box. It sold for a respectable price, too:

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About $68 on 9 bids, though that did include free shipping.

The Truck, on the other hand, is on it's second time around with an opening bid of $29.95 and $3 shipping. This is a good example of "rare" and "valuable" being two different things, and "valuable" also being a relative term. It's hard to imagine this item selling for that much, especially since it is in rough condition, though I have been surprised before.

The Windmill includes its box but is missing its stairs. And like every other used Windmill it has stress lines in the sails, though these look better than most.

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