Have your kids grown out of their LEGO®? Maybe its mobile phones or video games now?! When it comes time to move the kids unused LEGO® collection there are a variety of options that can be exercised, here are the Top 5 best things to do with your unwanted and unused LEGO®!
#1 Donate Your LEGO
Just because your kids have outgrown their LEGO® doesn’t mean that other children don’t want to get their hands it! Many charities out there will happily take your LEGO® as a donation, Vinnie’s and the Op Shop are a few common choices, and while both are great options, we find that the LEGO they receive tends to be on-sold back into families that already have a lot of it. Sadly there are not that many charities that specialise in getting your LEGO® to underprivileged kids.
“donate your LEGO® collections to underprivileged kids worldwide…”
However one company, an online LEGO reseller known as Bricktastics has recently launched a new service that enables families to do exactly that. With them, you can donate your LEGO® collections to underprivileged kids worldwide. Yes you heard that right, these guys can actually get your LEGO® to remote village communities in places as far away as Cambodia! And the best part is the service is FREE and EASY, they cover all cost, will pickup directly from you and will even sort and ship it worldwide free. It’s a pretty neat deal and their website is fun and easy to use.
More info at www.bricktastics.com/au
#2 Recycle Your LEGO®!
Actually…that’s not a real option, Sorry to burst your bubble! LEGO is not recyclable. When disposing of your LEGO® the garbage is the only real option. The good news is that LEGO® is planning on making some of its new products 100% recyclable. But that won’t help you with your current collection! That’s why we don’t recommend throwing out your LEGO® (unless it is particularly old and worn). Besides! there are so many better (and profitable) options!
#3 Sell Your LEGO®
If you are time poor like me, the idea of sorting every brick and reorganising your collection for sale is enough to make me feel faint!
“and watch out for fussy buyers and flat out time wasters…“
Thankfully there are many online marketplaces out there to sell your collection online. The two most common are facebook marketplace and Gumtree. And while these platforms will give you exposure to a huge audience of buyers, it also comes with its drawbacks. Such as increased competition and watch out for fussy buyers and flat out time wasters.
Luckily there are also a few private companies, such as Bricktastics, that also specialise in buying second hand LEGO® collections. While they also offer their own donation service (see above), they are best known for their buying service. Complete with free quotes, free Australia wide pickup and competitive pricing.
#4 Keep it for your future Grandkids
LEGO® is timeless – a brick manufactured today fits with a brick made 30 years ago! So one option many families opt for is simply to keep their LEGO® until the grandkids are old enough to play with it! Assuming you can afford to store it for that long, then this can be a great way to find a new use for your LEGO® collection later in time!
“LEGO® is actually an appreciating asset…”
#5 Turn it into a long term investment!
LEGO® can literally be considered an appreciating asset, often likened to Gold (for its stable price). Some LEGO® can actually go up in value the older it gets. Some minifigures go out of print and become rare like baseball cards, and while you won’t be retiring on the money you would make, it could certainly be expected to go up enough to cover your initial costs plus a healthy profit. However, finding the right buyers and organising your collection for sale is another matter entirely!
So no matter what you plan on doing with your unwanted or unused LEGO®, there are many ways to find great new homes for it! The key take away from all this is that while you may no longer use your LEGO®, someone else will!
What do you do with your unwanted LEGO? Tell us in the comments below.
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