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I have a few empties.. I find that eventually the value increases of time.. So I guess if you plan to sell stuff in 20 years, then you may want to keep them... If you have a place to store them so they will not rot out in 20 years.. (Which is why items with Boxes usually do go for money, but only if everyone else decides to trash their box)
The only boxes I think I have keep really have been my Townplan box, and mostly 1980's- 90's boxes with their sets.
I miss the alt designs too, I wish Lego would bring that back onto the boxes of the new sets.
Nowadays I take off the 2 stickers on each side of a box carefully and flatten the box (depending on the box status-how old it is, what kind of paper it is made of, the stickers come off easier than others).
I'm just throwing out
- all my collectible minifig packets and polybags
- boxes for any sets which are low value (under £10ish) since I dont think the box will add to the value or add much in the way of build inspiration
- boxes for any sets which I bought for the pieces in the first place, and have just disappeared into my loose lego (eg brickmasters, toystory and atlantis in-sale items etc).
I was wondering what other people keep vs throw out?
Unfortunately this applies to more than just LEGO.
I don't think i've thought this strategy through long term though, although an imminent house move has delayed the invetible for a few more years i suspect.
I find myself only buying used sets with boxes, even the impulse buys and small sets. I'm fortunate enough to have space to keep them all, so I guess I don't have to consider that.
Just threw a box for emerald night and found it very theraputic. The lego itself causes enough clutter, without the boxes as well, am wondering if I might follow @llanowarsoldier's example. No way Im throwing out pre-1990 boxes though.
I'm loving how every lego box is a slightly different size, so they fit inside each other.
I may still keep the boxes for the Mill Village Raid and Prison Tower Rescue since they have tabs to close them again.
Nowadays I just keep the boxes for licenced theme sets, and I'm rapidly running out of room for them...
Sooner rather than later I may be forced to rent some local storage space.....
I wish I kept more boxes in my pre-dark ages era. Though I'm so glad I did keep one - my Royal Knights Castle, which is just a thing of beauty. I think in 10+ years I'll feel the same about the likes of Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.
We are looking to move home right now, house is nearly on the market. I say nearly. What's preventing us from doing so, is I haven't gotten round to hiding all of my Lego. Each of the original boxes is now bubble wrapped and placed into double-walled shipping boxes (modified to provide partitions between the LEGO boxes to avoid crushing). These shipping boxes are currently stored in my bedroom, the dining room and spare room. Not surprisingly, my wife is doing her nut. I was hoping to get them into family's lofts until we'd moved into our new place (6 months or so) but that is proving difficult. And at £40 per week self-storage, that too is proving difficult to swallow.
Boxes? Usually trash. Vintage Boxes of course I keep, but I feel like the appeal of the boxes began with the alternate buildings depicted on the back. New boxes just have fancy art, which isn't really appealing to me. I do keep some (Modular Houses, Imperial flagship, maybe boxes from $150+ sets), but usually I trash them unless I REALLY like the art or they have a really cool scene. The only one that falls in that category though as of late is the Lego Viking set 7020
*EDIT* I mean the art on the back of set 7020 because they show many vikings together and many sets together
A mere 10' x 5' - less than quarter of the area you've secured! I only researched it yesterday as it was becoming desperate and we didn't have the first clue as to how much to expect to pay. I am expecting to be able to negotiate the terms down somewhat but not anywhere close to the rate you're getting. :o( In comparison, it's like 6x the price!
Edit:- As it happens have just had a call from one of the storage companies I sought a quote from yesterday - chasing up to make sure I received the quotes okay! The £40 was in fact £37 but doesn't include insurance. They insist on you taking out their insurance of which costs a further...........£20 per week. £57 a week (£246 per month) for renting 50 sqft. I'm in the wrong business - cheaper to rent a room in a mate's flat!
Up until recently, I threw out all plastic bags as well. With the advent of numbered bags in some sets and the divisions of the parts amongst them and in the instruction manuals, I have decided to start saving the bags in all my sets. Even without numbers, they save me the expense of buying boxes of zip-loc and other storage bags. Instead, I use a few pieces of tape to seal up the bags again (with the Lego pieces inside them first, of course!).
Now I keep all boxes and polybags. The only thing I throw out now is the part bags.
(Not many compared to what you guys have). I keep everything, the boxes, polybags, and even the plastic bags the Lego is sorted in. I flatten what I can, but many of the larger boxes, from 2004-2007 (the ones with the lid that opens up and you can see more features, etc.) that can't be flattened are the storage boxes for the others.
Anyway, back to the point, I went up there and found that the box for my 8653 Enzo Ferrari has developed a three point tear (Mercedes Benz badge :P ) where (probably another Lego box) has fallen on it. Right in the middle. And probably 15cm long... So, do I chuck it? Is chucking it, going to effect the resale price?