Goodwill hunting for LEGO

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
September 30, 2016

Undoubtedly, LEGO is one of the most recognizable toy brands in the world—perhaps one of the most well-known brands in general. They’ve been a fixture in popular culture, whether it be on TV, in music, movies, books, etc. There are even six worldwide LEGOLAND theme parks immortalizing the little, colorful interlocking blocks.

LEGO has worked their way into childhoods since the toy concept sprouted in Denmark and serious production began in the late 1950s early 60s. The company still is a force today, as LEGO has expanded from the original block toy sets and has ventured into creating individual brands meant to capture children’s imaginations and collectors’ interest.

Seattle Goodwill’s online stores provide an excellent opportunity to score great deals for all types of LEGO enthusiasts. You can find them in our eBay store

A carpenter from Billund, Denmark named Ole Kirk Christiansen started what was called The LEGO Group in 1932 in a workshop where he began making wooden toys. His company altered its name to LEGO, and in 1947 it expanded and began making plastic toys. LEGO experimented with several plastic toys until 1958 when it introduced today’s modern LEGO brick.

Today LEGO product lines include Star Wars, Friends, Minecraft, Duplo, Ninjago, Bionicle and Marvel Super Heroes to name a few. Many minifigures from the lines have become major collector items. Recently, a LEGO Harry Potter complete collection of 55 sets and all minifigures sold for $10,000 on eBay.

Every day Seattle Goodwill receives massive amounts of LEGO donations. The donations are brought to our flagship store on Dearborn where they are sorted and sold in various packages online.

“A lot of people into LEGO know they are worth money,” said Sharen Ray, Goodwill Online Books Lister, who specializes in LEGO,” but a lot of parents clean their kid’s room and think it’s just LEGO, it’s just toys. Andy they’ll (donate) hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of LEGO.”

Sharen meticulously sorts through LEGO pieces, separating everything out from blocks, to bushes, motorcycles, animals and different minifigures. LEGO is sold on and on Seattle Goodwill’s eBay store in 10-to-20 pound batches and in various other groupings. Goodwill often sells complete sets and packages minifigures together that match the same theme. We even receive unopened box sets. Shopping online at Goodwill affords LEGO buyers a unique experience they won’t find anywhere else.

“(LEGO) got involved into pop culture,” Sharen said. “Some of the most popular ones are when people see the movie and then find out, ‘There is a LEGO for that?’”

Proceeds from online store purchases help support Goodwill’s free job training and education programs.

Check out some other fun LEGO facts:

  • The volume of an eight-stud LEGO brick is 4.9162 cm. It measures 9.6 x 32 x 16 mm.
  • There are 915,103,765 ways to combine six eight-stud (2x4) bricks.
  • On average, every person on earth owns 86 Lego bricks.
  • There were 45.7 billion LEGO bricks produced in 2012 at a rate of 5.2 million per hour.
  • You would need a column of 40 million LEGO bricks to reach the moon.
  • The LEGO name is made from the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, which means “play well.”
  • The first minifigure was produced in 1978. Since, more than 4 billion have been made.
  • The amount of LEGO bricks sold in 2012 would stretch around the world more than 18 times.

*LEGO facts obtained from LEGO website.


Andrew is a Content Specialist for Seattle Goodwill and has a wealth of writing, communication and digital media experience. He loves all things sports related and owns a treasure trove of memorabilia. He also enjoys storytelling, the outdoors and sugar is his kryptonite.

Add a Comment | Comments (1)
Posted by Meghan | Monday, Oct 10, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

Wish you guys would let some Lego product and Nintendo games into your retail stores though.

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