The plan was to photograph and document the set numbers of the Lego's, then take them apart and put them in the proper boxes for storage. I think the 'newest' set was from 1994 or 1995. That would make it about 15 years since they were last 'played with'.
At first, The Mister thought we were sorting, etc., to sell them on eBay (where there certainly is a thriving re-sale market), but he soon possessed a better understanding of their significance!
The answer: The Paradisa! Collection
It has horses!
And tiny dishes and pans!
And the beach side cabana (with the ice cream man pushing the cart with little Lego ice-cream treats in it! They think of everything!)
Their strategy worked on me! I was just glad that A liked them too!