Both our boys have recently gotten into Legos in a big way. While I love to see them building and using their imaginations, I went into some major sticker shock when I saw the prices on all things Lego.
Fortunately, my friend Kathy, who has two Lego loving boys, gave me a few tips. I’ve added a few of my own ideas to this list, but I’d also love to hear yours!
1. Buy Used Legos are a popular item at yard sales. If you’re like Kathy, you’ll go home and clean them all and sort them by color. If you’re like me, you’ll mist the whole lot with some Lysol, let it air for a while, and call it a day.
2. Buy on Ebay You can buy Lego by the Pound…yes, the pound….on ebay. Some lots are for pieces from particular sets, others are for pieces of a certain color, and some will just say, “10 lbs. of miscellaneous Lego.”
3. Buy on Clearance Lego very rarely makes it to 75% off during either of Target’s big clearance events, but it sometimes gets as low as 50% off. You can also occasionally find Lego on clearance at Kmart, for an additional x off the current lowest price. I don’t typically see great deals on Lego at Fred Meyer, except for Bionicles, which are frequently clearance priced in the last toy aisle near housewares.
4. Use a coupon at Borders. Borders bookstores sell Lego. It is is horribly marked up, but if it’s not on “sale,” you can use one of the, “40% off any regular priced item,” coupons that Borders puts out if you join their free rewards club.
5. Watch Lego.com, Walmart, and Amazon. Very rarely, Lego.com has a good sale. Walmart and Amazon also will often have very good deals online if you have the patience to stalk a particular set. The key here is to know what a decent price is, so you know if you’re getting a good deal.
6. Buy a knock-off. If your kids just enjoy building, and don’t want a particular set, Mega Bloks and other Lego type toys, are generally much cheaper. You can get Mega Bloks sets during the warehouse sales at Fife, and you can also get them at Michael’s craft stores with one of their 40 or 50% off any item coupons from the Sunday paper. Michael’s also sells a variety of other models and kits. If my gift closet is bare, Michael’s with a coupon is my go-to birthday solution.
7. Get the free magazine. O.K…..it’s basically an ad, but if your kids are already Lego fanatics, they’ll be thrilled. There are also free games and ideas at Lego.com and a link in case you need to order replacement pieces.
8.Visit City Blocks in Freighthouse Square. Your kids can get inspired by the amazing creations at City Blocks and spend some time at the building table, and it’s all for Free! Keep in mind, that City Blocks is not a retail shop-so go to admire and play, not shop. They will be glad to talk to you about creating something for your event or helping you have a blow-out birthday party. You can read more about City Blocks in my post here.
Got your own great tip? Let me know!