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Advice for dealing with 54 gallons of legos
My son is getting ready to graduate from HS. I am trying to figure out what to do with the 54 gallons of Legos (three 18 gallon bins full) that have been sitting unused in his closet for the past couple of years. See list below.
The pieces are all mixed up, all different kinds. There are some instructions manuals intact but not a lot. There were big sets and little sets and who knows what else. Bazillions of minifigs. No boxes. Might be a few bionicle containers but that's all.
I do not have a lot of time and energy to go through and sort these out and I wouldn't know what goes with what most of the time. My son is not interested in sorting the pieces because he thinks it's not worth it and we should just give them away.
I know they are worth some money but I have no idea how much and at what point it makes sense to sort or not sort the stuff.
I would love some advice on the most sensible way to approach this problem.
Lego sets date from 1998 or 1999 through 2008 or 2009. I've listed the set types I know for sure are there. There are a lot more bricks from the themes at the top of the list and maybe only one or two by the time you get to the bottom. And I have probably missed a theme or two.
Viking (think he just got the big ship)
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Keep it until he comes out of his Dark Ages.
You'll never be able to buy it all back. :)
But he was not much into building the sets the way they were designed. He mixed everything with everything and never left anything complete for more than a couple hours once he had finished it. Even when he was only 4.
Sometimes you just have to let things find a new home with someone who appreciates it now.
Is t worth sorting them? Maybe, depends on what is there and what your time is worth.
If he doesn't see value there, this is a good chance to teach him a life lesson. Sort and sell them, make a few thousand dollars, and keep every penny for yourself, pointing out to him that he saw no value there.
If you are not gonna sort them, just do a price per pound, and a craigslist ad, or i am sure someone on here would be interested in them
The same with the minifigs and minifig accessories like guns?
Otherwise sorting everything just seems too overwhelming to him.
I looked at e-bay and a lot of the Lego things didn't have anyone bidding on them so it made it hard for me to know if the pricing was comparable.
But if you really want to sell, I suggest sorting out the parts by size or colour and putting them on Craigslist or eBay.
Provided I can figure out how to strike a balance between selling in bulk and selling sorted parts.
If there are any rare gems of sets in there, it'd be worth it to take photos and find out. I would hate to see you sell it for $7 a pound, and have a gem hiding beneath the bulk. In this case, pictures will give a description better than words can.
Sure, it might be easier to sell local, but you would likely lose money by excluding those not local.
haha just kidding.
Anyway I could not imagine shorting through that many pieces! Bulk lots not even close to the size of your take FOREVER to sort. :(
What ever you decide good luck!
An easy way to see what you might have is to pull out all the minifigs. That should tell you what sets you might have lurking amongst the bricks. Or give up a photo and let the forum do the detective work.
That should tell you whether you have any sets worth piecing together, or even just have any figs worth selling on their own.
My wife and I have talked about it, and LEGO sets are one thing we will never get rid of. Some day we hope to have grandkids, and since today's LEGO bricks are 100% backward compatible with LEGO sets from when we were kids, at the very least we'll have LEGO for our grandkids to play with some day.
Personally, I plan to keep on playing and building with them long after my kids have entered a dark age (assuming they do), so these LEGO bricks won't have a chance to sit and collect dust.
You might get some cash now if you sell, but it will be pennies on the dollar if you are selling in bulk lots compared to what the sets would be worth. While in the short term you'd get some cash, in the long run you'd be losing money not making money.
Definitely post some pictures and you'll get some decent feedback from the good members here about any valuable sets that might be lurking in those bins. If there are then it will be worth sorting those, if not sell 'um cheap.