I hope you don't mind, but I just wanted to write this down for now.
I have too much stuff. Not just Lego, stuff. I seem to be bursting with things I keep, that 'may come in handy' and I hate throwing perfectly good things away and things that just need a small fix. (Yes, i know charity shops exist, but they don't and can't take everything). But, it has also made me think about my Lego. Since I was able to start buying more sets as a working adult, I did. I bought what I liked and wanted. That got a bit out of hand, when I started to buy 2 of everything, one to build and one to keep. Problem is now, I have no room to put out what I want to build, so now have 'two to keep' sat mainly in the loft, in the delivery boxes, not really doing anything. Some are now discontinued and therefore carry a value, some are new and worth less as they are newer, or like in the Classic Bat Cave, worth less. I don't fancy opening anything that has increased in value, hence my dilemma. I'm never, ever (unless it's a Lotto win) I don't think going to be able to display, build or do anything with all the sets I have, and now that the amazing Brickset tool tells you how much my stuff could be worth, I'm like 'damn dude, buy a car' LOL. But, then a car will depreciate and cost to run and, what's the point in money in the bank, if I don't spend it, but whats the point in Lego in the loft, if you're not going to build it? I'll admit, one of the whole reasons on buying the extra 'to keep' set, was to sell on for a hopefully future profit. So, when does that time come? I know no one has a crystal ball that can tell me if selling my MISB spare GT3RS has peaked in value or not. The Ferrari FXX that was bought for me as a gift, that I never got round to building, has now increased (allegedly) by over 600%, don't feel like I could ever open or build it!!!
I am always risk adverse, so never like to rush into anything, but now seems a good time, if I am to sell any/some/all of any Lego to do it, as it seems to have peaked an interest amongst all walks of life right now.
I've commented myself on posts of what to do if selling, so Im not after that right now, just wondering if anyone else is in the same predicament, been there before, and just wanted to get my thoughts down.
Anyway, thanks for reading and please let me know if any of you have ever been here before.
PS, one thing I have thought about doing, is, just having a set theme. UCS, Speed Champions, Monster Hunters, big cars (Sian, GT3, Bugatti) and helping me feel better about getting rid of the rest
I've undertaken a pretty strong revision of my own Lego over the past two years. I never, ever, bought with the intention of making a profit, it was always 'oh, I think I can use that', or 'great value for money, I can do something with that'.
But as with everything, with life, work, children, family, and everything else, there isn't enough time, space, and even inclination to build absolutely everything.
I ended up giving away a LOT of reasonably low-cost sets to the wonderful Fairybricks about 2 years ago. Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling but also a good bit of space back.
Then last year when we all got locked down, I started selling some of the high-value stuff, including gems like an MISB Emerald Night which, given I already have two that I've opened and built, I'd be idiotic to not have sold given what it goes for. I've worked through most of that initial batch now - about 40 or so pretty large sets - and I feel great for it, I don't miss anything.
If you don't want to open anything that's increased in value, sell it. You'll always see someone sell another for more a week or two after you sell yours - but that's life - always a slight gamble!
I hope that you manage to work out what you want, manage to reclaim some space, and find the ability to enjoy the things that you keep.
It doesn't sound as if you need to sell to recoup the money because you're skint, but due to space constraints and I think we all encounter that problem sooner or later. Some people build extensions, put some into storage, or just let it get out of hand at home, neither of which are ideal, of course!
I had a good clear out a few years ago and sold what I'll never get round to building or stuff I didn't really like to start with but bought so I was complete in something. I need to have another one...
I tend to sell off anything I have new/sealed and I know I am not going to enjoy building it or be able to display it or don't care about it or even if there is a newer version that is better than the one I have. I also do the same with previously built sets. However, anything I think I might enjoy, or display on rotation, I will keep. Even if the price is high. The prices might be high for new/sealed sets, but then they are also typically high for the same excellent condition used sets, so opening an expensive set is not too bad if you build it, don't like it and decide to sell it after all.
Wanna buy an FXX?! :)
Having said that, if that UCS Sandcrawler of yours is sealed, and you're willing to let it go for a reasonable price, then I could probably make room for one more set...
Good luck with whatever you decide to do
The one thing I vow to do, if I do sell any, is to then not look at any values. What's done is then done, I normally spend 6 months on planning a purchase (drove my Mrs at the time nuts when deciding on the TV, but wen I was spending alot of money, it needed to be right) but,you dont look at values after you buy it, as thats life isnt it?
...that inevitably didn't happen when I got married and bought a house. Being incomplete took the shine off collecting it and so I restricted it to OT only and for a while that was okay until I found myself buying the third identical x-wing.
I reached a rationale a little while ago - I like building with LEGO, I don't really display it (nor do I intend to ever have more than one or two models on a shelf going forward), what I'd like is a build room with immediately accessible parts - My new approach is, I only want LEGO I can use, make my own models with - or still have an emptional attachment to (classic space). If I "accidentally" end up having a set I can't open because it's worth an inflated price, I'm going to sell it. If a set is very valuable because of a figure I don't care about - I will sell that figure... ultimately I intend to have no unopened sets. I might have some that are eventually going to be sold if I've decided to chance a speculation, but budget is tight so I suspect I will just try to get what I want from now on.
I'm currently trying to sell my full collection of 2000AD - it's complete up to April 2017, and amounts to x15 35L Really Useful Boxes full of virtually unsaleable, extremely niche comics! Trying to rid myself of crazy sentimental hoards of junk.
William Morris said, have nothing in your house that you don't know to be useful or don't think is beautiful, or something like that - I don't hold with it 100% but it's a helpful extreme to consider when probing what you think you might get rid of!
One simple example is an old Technic Unimog #8110. Looks like a lovely set, but I have a lot of lovely sets, and it seems mad to have it sat in the attic. There's no way I'd buy it for the £250 or whatever it's worth in the aftermarket - if I could click my fingers and swap it for cash I would, but then selling is such a hassle.... and again, I don't have enough time to do fun things like build Lego never mind chores like packing and posting heavy boxes of Lego!
Maybe when the UK opens up again I can sort out some face to face sales or exchanges. Something's got to give - it's close to being one in, one out....
I only have two or three actual LEGO sets put together (Saturn V, Crystal King, and the bottle from the "Ship in the Bottle"). All the rest were built once (or twice) and have been parted out for my MOCs. But here's the problem: I rarely demolish my MOCs! My MOCs have now invaded my space everywhere, from a bookcases to desks. Selling them it out of the question. I often take my smaller MOCs and half-disassemble them into storage containers, but even those are getting full...
But back to the topic. My trouble is getting rid of parts I find useless. I sometimes trade with other builders locally, but I have one storage container that keeps filling up with random parts I don't use.
Like many others have said, it's best to keep what you want and sell what you don't like/use anymore. After all, there's an excellent chance that the set you don't want anymore could bring joy to another builder :)