Old Town Market, San Diego, CA

Old Town Market, San Diego, CA – Milton Bradley – 300 pieces

I really didn’t think this image would be fun or easy to assemble, but it was 300 pieces and only 69 cents at the thrift store so why not give it a go? As usual I was absolutely wrong on every level – not only was it fun, I didn’t find it difficult at all!

Milton Bradley puzzles are usually pretty good quality, though I’ve had some good and some bad. Their 300 piece EZ grip puzzles are very thick and well made, but the “regular” size pieces can be hit or miss. The pieces of this particular puzzle were thin, but fit together very well. The image is quite dark (which is why I didn’t think I would enjoy it) but wasn’t difficult and I ended up really liking it. It’s funny how your opinion of the picture changes with the assembly itself. Entertaining assembly = I like the picture. If I start out really liking the picture and the assembly is tedious or frustrating I end up not so enamored with it after all. I change my mind a LOT. 😎

I highly recommend checking out your local thrift stores if you have any nearby. Most puzzles mom finds for us are complete, and even if they’re not we still have fun putting them together. I’m not holding my breath, but I have this daydream where mom stumbles across a Stave or any other good quality wooden puzzle at one of the thrift stores. Wouldn’t that be a find?!

2 thoughts on “Old Town Market, San Diego, CA

  1. Sam Sattler

    Keep looking for that wooden puzzle…I found a 270-piece Wentworth Wooden Puzzle at a Half-Price Bookstore for just three dollars late last year. It was new, cloth bag intact, etc. This year I found another Wentworth (at a Goodwill Store) that appeared to be new but lacked the cloth bag, so I suspect it was resealed in plastic. But for five bucks, I’m not complaining. They are definitely out there.


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