The early modulars are all extremely pricy. Lego who has been enticed back in recent years, and these are among the ultimate collectibles, so the prices are going ridiculous.
You can expect to pay 400-1000€ for these sets or more. It’s also easy to generate a shopping list from everything a set includes, and subtract the pieces you already own.
I started out with about 300 pieces available from my spare parts. Blue arched brick (6005) for the awning is about 1€ per piece but you only need 4.I got used ones for a lower price and to avoid making a separate order from the few sellers who had more. Dark gray door frames (30179) are very rare and you need 5, but the other version (60596) is functionally the same for a tenth of the cost. There are plenty of dark green basic bricks which can be tricky to find but not extremely expensive. The prices range wildly, so plan your purchases well. The sand green bricks are a killer, since you need tons of them.
You need 41 1×4:s and 50 1×8:s, which make up the bulk of the walls.
Lego Modular Building 10185 Green Grocer From 2008!
LEGO Modular Building 10185 Green Grocer – 2352 pieces and 4 minifigures. A classic set from 2008.
I think this is my favorite of …
There are slight problems with this: the 1×8:s normally overlap by four studs which makes a solid wall, but if you use 1×4:s they sometimes just stack on top of one another. This can be fixed by shifting some pieces around, but it ultimately looks pretty good anyway. The white 2×2 panel (4864b) is rare but you only need two. To not have to make a special order, there are several variations that are functionally the same. The white 2×3 train window is very rare and those who have a few of these know how to charge for them. Paying 2€ per piece just stings, but they are rather prominent on the front of the building. The minifigs are wildly overpriced as sets since they mostly consist of standard pieces. If you break them down, you probably have most pieces already.
You want to get the kitten (6251px1), even though it’s a little expensive. It helps to set a reasonable price limit for more common parts so you don’t overpay. Especially at the beginning, it takes a lot of time just tracking down individual pieces. The build is enjoyable if rather straight-forward.
I loved the hugely complex fire escape, the railings along the roof, the lights on the front, the well stocked shop and the crazy way the wall clock is put together. The grocer itself is very quaint and extremely detailed, with an exquisite tiled floor which extends to the side passage, which houses mail boxes, stairs to the apartment and a passage to the back alley. It looks very much like an early 20th century apartment building. Obviously it’s mostly a brick wall, but the fire escape is seriously awesome, using tons of very unexpected pieces. If you can live without instructions, box and with some substitutions you can save around 200€. The challenge for me is to actually get started with ordering all the pieces. It’s quite a long list and it would take hours just entering everything in on the various websites. Would be awesome to learn from you and thereby shortening my learning curve.
Lego Modulars Part Green Grocer, Market Street, Cafe Corner The Classics
This review compares the first 3 Lego Modular buildings, Cafe Corner (10182), Market Street (10190), and Green Grocer (10185).