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Selling a large LEGO brick collection quickly?

TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
Hey all

If you were about on this forum back in 2014-15, then you probably know or recognise me. But lately I have fallen extremely inactive, because of one main reason: I no longer have an interest in LEGO. And now I have found myself running out of space, and also a friend of mine dropping me an unexpected gift that requires a ton of floor space that I don't have, so am left needing to get rid of a vast majority of my collection fast, while still getting a reasonable price for it.

But this puts me in a predicament: the amount I have is huge (I would estimate maybe 40 or 50kg loose bricks). The amount of minifigures in it though is low as I removed those and sold them a long time ago. With that many bricks, selling them all as a lot during these times would be really difficult due to pickup being very limited and postage awkward. I've tried for months even before Covid to sell a lot of loose bricks half the size on ebay to no success.

The one thing I would be willing to do is split all the bricks up into 2 lots - one regular, one Constraction. Even then, they would be pretty hefty and have similar issues to selling it all as one bulk lot. It's all just too mixed up and far too time consuming for me to be able to piece it out set by set.

Anyone got any ideas? Or maybe advice on value or most cost effective way to ship such a large amount so it might get more interested buyers? Heck if anyone even wants to help me out by buying my loose brick collection. Anything would be appreciated.


  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,624
    Very roughly, price per Kg without figures (no clone brand) in good to excellent condition is approximately £6 to £7 (maybe a bit higher, maybe a bit lower depending on condition).
    I'd therefore start with an expectation of getting around £350 for it... I have no doubt that sounds too low, given your description. However, I doubt many people will go much higher though without knowing more.
    Can you share a couple of photos? If you have already tried to sell on ebay, I assume you have something that would give a clearer idea of what you have to sell.
    What era is the LEGO? Is it all sorted or is this really just lose bags of mixed bricks? An idea of the sets (even without figures) would also help... are there any instructions?
    Can you meet buyers at a halfway location? What is the maximum radius you're willing to (or able to) travel... what's the first part of your postcode?
    I would be surprised if you couldn't shift this on facebook, there are lots of selling groups and I regularly see lots scooped up there (what you have sounds similar to stuff I've seen).
    Fwiw, if you start out too high, you will only attract the cheeky offer crowd. When a seller has the LEGO is "gold" mentality, it's the stuff I see hang around forever on the marketplace.
    The only way to realise its actual value is with a lot more time and effort. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,363
    If there is a lot of constraction parts in there, even £6-7 a kg is high. Constraction can be worth that to the right person but not in general lots. If you've been trying to shift it and it is not selling them it is priced too high. Someone is going to have to do a lot of work sorting it and it has already been cherry picked as you've sold off the valuable minifigs.
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,741
    edited November 2020
    Yes I remember you, be interested to know what this new floor space requiring gift is! And how can it top lego??

    But on topic... Facebook is probably the way to go. Perhaps bricklink sellers groups. Or finding the right speciality group (eg if it's modern or vintage lego).

    Also no harm sticking it on here. 
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
    Well, the lot I tried to sell on ebay had very little constraction in it - I plan on separating that and selling it as a specialist lot anyway. But yeah I had the whole cheeky offer crowd, tbh I got that even when I price stuff well.

    @Mr_Cross honestly that sounds reasonable. I would try to sort it through further but I get fatigue easily, and with the amount I have, it would take me forever to sort through beyond separating it into System and Constraction. As for pictures... I would, but the boxes are dug underneath other stuff right now. I can drag them out for pictures though once I'm able to. And I probably can travel, but not far. I live in the UB postcode.

    Sadly I don't have a Facebook, and I never want to get one, so that is probably out. Main question is, would it sell any better/more money if I weighed it out and sold it in 1kg lots instead of all at once? It would be a lot easier for me to send after all.

    @andhe need floor space for VR stuff because one of my friends went out and surprised me with a headset. Difficult when I live in one room so everything I have has to be done there. And tbh, Lego nowadays has got too expensive for me to keep up with says the person who filled the Lego shaped hole with the equally expensive hobby of Warhammer LOL 
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 2,101
    edited January 2021
    If anyone is interested in buying some of these bricks, I had a great interaction with @TheOneVeyronian a couple of years back. Insofar as I sent her £120 and she sent me some Lego I wanted. It always makes me feel good when I trade with, or send money to, an absolute stranger on the Brickset forum and it all works out well all round.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,463
    Hi, @TheOneVeyronian - thought we hadn't seen you around these parts for a while.
    That's one of my fears.  I look at the amount of Lego that I've got (and spent I-dread-to-think-what on) and think 'What would I do if I just wasn't interested in it any more?'

    Anyway, that's by the by.  I'll second what @Brainslugged says - I've met TOV and can absolutely vouch for them as a completely safe bet if anyone's interested in buying some of their Lego.

    Hope you're successful, and hope you enjoy the VR as much as you did the Lego.  
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