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5 Ways to Save Money on LEGO
Our family is a wee bit obsessed with LEGO. In fact, I am confident that we have LEGO than anyone we know. Today I am going to share my best tips on ways to save money on LEGO. Buying LEGO for a fraction of the price has also enabled me to share LEGO with friends and bless them, as well as stock my birthday gift stash for those last-minute birthday invitations.
1. Check consignment stores.
Earlier this year I stopped my our local consignment store to drop off a few items of clothing. By the time I left I had spent $215 on LEGO.
Let me explain. Even though I walked in simply intending to consign some clothes, as soon as I spotted the bags of LEGO I knew I would be purchasing some. Enoch was with me that day, and I had him help me select a few sets his siblings would enjoy. I pulled out my iPhone and started typing in the numbers of the LEGO sets. I soon found these were selling for 60 to 75% off of retail price. These LEGO were in near perfect condition. The sets were put together and even had dust settled on them. Obviously, some child had put these together and displayed them on a shelf rather than play with them. In the end, I bought them all. And because I bought them all, the consignment shop gave me an additional 20% off!
Here is what I scored:
Cole’s Tread Assault $119
Kai’s Fire Mech $17.99
Ninjago Warrior Bike $39.95
Kai Fighter $49.95
Gorzon’s Kai Fighter $55.49
Ultra Sonic Raider $153.99
Chima Crawly Claw Ripper $20.49
Kai’s Blade Cycle $59.95
Vardy’s Ice Vulture Glider $18.56
Fire Temple $120
Ninjago Hover Hunter $21.49
What I paid: $215
2. Check Facebook and Craigslist.
Last month in a Buy/Sell group there was a posting from a lady selling her daughter’s LEGO. The sets were in perfect condition. They had been put together once and rarely played with. The sets included were:
Stephanie’s Pet Patrol $34.75
Adventure Camper $94.95
Olivia’s Tree House $51.90
Stephanie’s Cool Convertable $29.95
City Park Cafe $60.49
Heartlake Vet $189.99
Olivia’s House $139.98
Dolphin Cruiser $89.95
LEGO Organizer Drawers $19.99
and a bunch of regular bricks.
Retail value: $806.95
What I paid: $175.00
3. Always check the aisles for sales.
Every time I got into Walmart, Fred Meyer or a similar store I go down the LEGO aisle to check for sales. LEGO don’t go on sale often, but I have scored big time using this method. In March of this year, I found the LEGO friends Heartlake Shopping Mall on sale for $54! I whipped out my iPhone and checked the Amazon price. This set retails for $109. I saved $55 on this set!
What I paid: $54
4. Check eBay.
There is always a ton of LEGO for sale on eBay. Sometimes there are awesome deals and sometimes there are not so awesome deals. You might remember I purchased the long-coveted Chima Lion Temple for eBay for cheaper than Amazon. It was missing a piece which I had to order from the LEGO website, but I was happy with the purchase.
Years ago I bought a huge box (I think it was six pounds) of LEGO for about $30. Just be careful when you buy. I prefer by the pound over by the number of pieces. I mean, a hundred peices could potentially be a teeny tiny pile of LEGO.
5. Let friends know you love LEGO.
A couple of years ago I had a friend who’s son was selling all of his LEGO. He had a black outdoor garbage bag 3/4 full of LEGO. He sold them to us for $100! It was an amazing deal. And even if your friends’ kids aren’t selling their LEGO, they will likely keep a lookout for you keep you posted about any deals they see.
Did I miss any? Do you have any great tips on how to save money on LEGO? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.