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Best route to sell a collection?

I have never sold anything. Would like to get some help figuring out the best way to sell my LEGO collection. Do I use Ebay, open a Bricklink store, or is another route the best way to go?

I know the first thing I need to do is get organized. I know I have some decent sets like the modulars and grand carousel, but the rest is unknown except for what I logged into Brickset. Does what I have matter how I sell?

My best guess is that I have about 1500 unopened sets still in the shipping boxes with about another 100 or so that have been built.

Have a bunch of other toys that need to go as well.

I appreciate any input. Thanks


  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,631
    You will probably want to sell big items like the Grand Carousel individually to maximize your returns. There are also probably a lot of folks on here interested in what you have to offer so you might want to post a marketplace ad before going to eBay or elsewhere. No fees + new friends
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,330
    edited October 2013
    You have 1,500 unopened sets? That's a shame if you have all the Lego wealth and have not enjoyed building them! Also, that is a lot to move. Get a complete list and post it here. Once we see the list we can better direct you on the best way to unload.

    Oh, I would be interested in your Grand Carousel as my oldest was just mentioning that she wishes she had purchased that set.
  • legoprodslegoprods Member Posts: 445
    Really reminds me of John P on Bricklink who amassed a big collection of sealed sets over 36 years and sold them all. Try contacting him for advice, he's friendly.
  • richlrichl Member Posts: 246
    The whole process of selling on ebay, craigslist, here or anywhere is exhausting and time consuming. The best thing you could do is just box it all up and ship it off somewhere. I'll PM you my address.
  • jlbbluejlbblue Member Posts: 54
    It is a shame. My son and I had grand plans, but never found the time. We are starting to go through it all today, but I think everyone can look at the ones that are logged into the main site. I have the same user name there.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    If you never found the time to build them, you are unlikely to find the time to get best prices for them. It takes a long time to market and then carefully package and post 1500 sets.

    I suggest doing them in batches, either here, or bricklink or ebay (probably in that order). You'll have to research prices first, or just take offers.

    Make sure you have materials to post them before selling them.
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,330
    edited October 2013
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,330
    How much of a hurry are you?
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    Yes, where are you? Open your home as a museum so we can walk through and see all the unopened sets =)
  • jlbbluejlbblue Member Posts: 54
    I'm in Kentucky and I'm not in a super hurry.
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,492
    edited October 2013
    jlbblue said:

    I'm in Kentucky

    In that case, I'll trade you three head of cattle and a thoroughbred for your entire collection. :o)

    I'm in KY as well, located near Lexington. Which part are you from?
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,330
    If you are not in a hurry, then open an ebay account and start listing. Now is the season to sell.
  • DJ_Pon3DJ_Pon3 Member Posts: 93
    If you do use eBay just remember, you will be charged 10% final value fee and another 10% fee for your postage, plus a percentage for the privilege of Paypal receiving your money.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    It would be great if you post the list of sets for sale here on Bricket, I'm sure many members here, including myself, will be interested in what you have to offer!
  • jlbbluejlbblue Member Posts: 54
    @samiam391 I'm in Louisville.

    My plan is to get through all the boxes. Once I do that, I will post here first. I guess I will sell on Bricklink after that.
  • jhuntin1jhuntin1 Member Posts: 53
    I'm in Indianapolis and wouldn't mind a drive to Louisville. Thanks for offering to post your sets here.
  • BulkheadXBulkheadX Member Posts: 74
    jhuntin1 said:

    I'm in Indianapolis and wouldn't mind a drive to Louisville. Thanks for offering to post your sets here.

    saint Louis... same ;D rofl

  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Member Posts: 1,376
    I'd make the trip from STL as well.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    Feeding frenzy.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,308
    I live closest! :-)
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 651
    ^ @margot- You and @jlbblue live so close that you probably shop for Lego in the same stores. Who knows, maybe you have even passed each other in the Lego aisle without even knowing it.
  • jlbbluejlbblue Member Posts: 54
    @margot is the winner, just bring a moving truck. Heck, you can have the house too.

    @LegoMom1, we do shop in the same stores. I had been to the Walmart she got Mr. Gold from three times that week and was headed there later the same day. She has much better luck getting deals, I just hope for leftovers.

  • llanowarsoldierllanowarsoldier Member Posts: 357
    I'm in Columbus, i'm not that far as well :)
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    I'm in Portland Maine and I have lobster. Yay.
  • TbubriskiTbubriski Member Posts: 2
    If you have the cafe corner, green grocer, or the grand carousel and not selling for crazy money like the others on eBay please let me know! I am in MA by the way!
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,268
    edited November 2013
    Some of the sets in your set list were only released after you posted this thread - such as #40082. Are you still buying stuff?
  • jlbbluejlbblue Member Posts: 54
    Have been using up VIP points and gift cards.
  • durazno33durazno33 Member Posts: 50
    Yard sales for me have been rather successful. You get more back from your investment (no shipping costs or ebay fees). This allows you to have very competitive prices and it saves you a lot of trouble. Just advertize locally or on Craigslist a few weeks in advance and up signs the day of the sale. You will be surprised how many people will pay good money for pre-owned Legos at a yard sale.
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