Donating mixed used LEGOs is really easy since they are really durable, and ship well.
To ship, simply:
- Put LEGOs in plastic bags (to prevent spilling if the box rips), and tie the bags (Ziplocks are fine too).
- Put in a sturdy cardboard box. Try to fit all in a single box (or a few large boxes if needed) to save on shipping. Shipping two 15 lb boxes costs the same as one 45 lb box. Boxes that are roughly cubed shaped are cheaper to ship than really long skinny ones.
- Break down sets only if needed to save space. It’s find to send completely assembled, or partially assembled, etc. FYI, very light huge box costs as much to ship as a heavy huge box (since they charge by size too).
- UPS and FedEx can handle up to 70 lb boxes, but 30-45 lbs might be easier for you to lift. Home Depot and Lowes sell good boxes. Their “heavy duty” ones are strong so they are especially great for shipping. Their 12″x12″x16″ Small Box holds about 20 lbs, and their 18″x18″x16″ Medium Box size holds up to about 45 lbs, and Large Box up to 70 lbs. UPS and FedEx have great shipping boxes too, so you can simply bring your bags of Legos there and have them make a box for you.
- If you are sending over 30 lbs it’s also helpful to eliminate empty space by adding filler if needed so the box contents are tight so it the box doesn’t crush. No filler is needed if the box happens to be full of Legos (Legos don’t need protection, but if the box is pretty tightly packed, the cardboard box survives a bit better). Tape the box well, including all top and bottom edges.
- Send your box by UPS Ground, FedEx Ground, not USPS (unless you are in California). USPS shipping is more pricey if you are outside California. USPS Flat Rate boxes may work well for those in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.
- Let others know about this great service through FaceBook, etc. Don’t mention the mailing address since it may change in 2018, and it’s always current on the website. If you like, email us to let us know how you heard about us (our email is on the top of the Home Page).
- We also can accept local drop offs, at the San Jose address (9am-4pm M-F except holidays). We can also meet up around Mountain View, CA if we set up a time.
We are looking to fill needs right away. Let us know by email that you will be sending these.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Complete or incomplete sets?: If you have complete or nearly complete sets, there is no need to break them down. It’s helpful if you put each in separate plastic bags and tie them shut. If you include a note saying you think they are probably complete or not, that’s helpful too. We often try to sell the sets that have more “collectible” value and use the money for postage reimbursement, buying new sets for programs, etc. Your single donation might enable us to pay for postage for many other donations.
- Manuals?: If you have manuals for complete sets, you can include those too. We don’t need manuals for incomplete sets however.
- Condition?: New and used Legos in good condition are great! If 10% or more of them are very dirty or have been chewed on by your pet, or if there are batteries or other toys, it’s harder for us to sort out.
- Local drop offs are fine: Dropping off in person is fine, M-F 9-5PM. No need to box pieces, and we can accept Bionicles, Megablock, and manuals for drop offs (since there is no expense for shipping).