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.

More On Mouths of Mums


  • My grandchildren now play with all of the Lego my children used to play with.


  • I think lego is the only toy kids can play long time.


  • I have purchased bulk Lego (you just get what’s in the box) from Ebay and I was so happy with it. We love our Lego and have tons of it. I’ll never sell it though, great for when/if I have grandchildren. I sometimes think I love Lego more than my kids, I never had it growing up because it was too expensive-so I’m living my childhood again with Lego!

    • Lego can be very nice for adults too indeed !


  • Good ideas for Lego – keep some and share some with family and friends.


  • We clued my son’s Harry Potter Lego display all together so no parts would get lost. Now it sits in the display cabinet.


  • I love the idea of donating or recycling our Lego. Will just wait and see if we have a second child first..


  • We still have them all!


  • Our Lego has been played with by 3 children in one family so far (I gave some of to them as gifts) and no doubt by children who visit as well. I have some at my place at well for 4 children to play with and any others who may visit. No doubt some will be saved and passed on to the next generation. We just have to ensure they pick it up. Not great if you accidentally step on any. Fortunately it is very strong so none has been damaged.


  • We have just put it aside and will save it


  • We will be keeping all of ours so the kids can pass it down over the years.
    I still have my Lego from when i was little, fabuland Lego with little animals


  • Such an expensive item to purchase new, great ideas. The tricky bit is cleaning it all…


  • Oh wow… This is something most people would find useful. Thanks for sharing.


  • LEGO is worth about $15 a kg for regular LEGO. If you have sets (like movies etc) with the instructions and the box it can be worth hundreds. I’d suggest sitting and sorting. Building the sets etc so people can see they are complete.


  • I was very intrigued on how they can do this donation thing out of the goodness of their hearts but a simple pop over to the site answered many questions.
    “We cover all costs involved
    Our social business model takes care of all expenses involved in the process, this includes things like labour, sorting and shipping. We do this by selling the rare and expensive bits we find and ship the rest to kids in need.’
    Yep : Sooo best to keep the expensive stuff and donate the rest I say.


  • They are great ideas! My husband LOVES lego so he has all his in storage so he can play with it again with our girls once they are a little older.


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