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Lego fairs to sell lego in UK

NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
Is their a list of fairs where you can sell Lego? I think Bricklive in Belfast have stalls, but cant find any info on their site.

Did a quick search online, and there are a lot of fairs all over the place. Maybe somebody has sold at these fairs and can guide me if people come to buy or just build Lego. I suppose if you have fly stuff, then it flies, but nice to know attendees intentions. (I did a toy fair and sold quite well, but then people went there to buy stuff.) 

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  • DeMontesDeMontes UKMember Posts: 256
    If you look on the Bricklive site FAQs, there is a dropdown box with an email contact for attending Bricklive as a seller. Its a BRICKlane stand as this is where are the trade stands are located. http://bricklive.co.uk/faqs/

    Norlegokiki180703
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,294
    A shop stand at brick is probably a bit pricey for shifting skip finds though ;)
    ShibLostInTranslationkiki180703
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 640
  • DeMontesDeMontes UKMember Posts: 256
    True @cheshirecat, I only mentioned it as Norlego said he couldn't find the info. You are right, of course...not ideal for these type of sales.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    @cheshirecat You have good memory!
    I am more than happy to have skips for myself... 80s toys sell well at carboots and if you dont pay for them, your profit margin is high...
    But what does a stall cost. And do people buy?
    If somebody has sold at the place before.
    MattDawson
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    I have been informed it costs £570 to have a stall at Bricklive. The only cost you add on top of that is VAT. So quite cheap really.
    Sadly due to some misfortune at my local betting shop, I am a bit low on cash. If anybody knows of some fairs that are cheaper to attend let me know...
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,770
    £570 seems a lot to have to make in profit before you are in the black! That's probably over a grand in sales.
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 161
    It will be probably a better choice to list everything on here first and see if you can make what you need (saving the need to spend £570 on a pitch), or even raise the £570 plus vat through sales on here first.

    And stay away from the bookies... 
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    My comment was meant as a joke. I normally pay around a tenner for a stall. 570 is a wild sum to pay. Even shops might struggle with those prices. Not sure Belfast has vast amount of people on high wages whom can sustain a Lego habit. (I have had stall in poor and rich areas and there is a big difference.)

    I have around 200 sets and 600 figures for sale. The good stuff is online, but I would assume kids at Lego fairs would like to buy a few figures, maybe small city sets.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,344
    edited February 22
    Not sure Belfast has vast amount of people on high wages whom can sustain a Lego habit.

    @Norlego Put it this way: I live here and I've been wondering the same thing! I mean, I'm GLAD it's coming, but I'm dubious about how well sellers of retired sets and valuable pieces will do given that it's a small place, the economy's not fantastic, and we apparently don't even have enough AFOLs to form our own LUG, since to the best of my knowledge there's never been one here. 

    Of the four days of Brick Live, one is St. Patrick's, so you'll have a lot of schools off, and one's a Saturday. So that's two days when there'll be hordes of families with school-age kids (maybe younger families will make the most of it being quieter on the Wednesday and Thursday?), and my guess is that, while obviously they can afford the high ticket prices, they'll justify it based on the fact that once you're in, it's a LOT of entertainment for kids that you don't have to pay more for. I see those people mostly going, "WTF do these bricks cost?!"

    I mean, I'd love to be wrong; I'd like nothing better than for there to be hordes of high-spending AFOLs and families around here, because I don't want this to be the last time we get Brick Live, but I do wonder how the pricing will be received. Having said that, we have had an increasing number of SFF/comics/anime/gaming cons sprouting in the last few years, so it could be that the nostalgia market is out there, even for people who don't think of themselves as AFOLs... 

    TL;DR: could go either way; I wouldn't bet the farm on it. 
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    I dont live that far away and in some of the poorest parts of Scotland. Most people around here are on minimum wage. People still spend money on Lego, but not in the same way as somebody on 100k does. Lower priced sets and so on.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,344
    STOP PRESS! They've just changed the date!

    http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/bricklive-belfast-2017-change-date-12638988

    It's now in August due to high demand. Ticketholders will be contacted.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,961
    Norlego said:
    My comment was meant as a joke. I normally pay around a tenner for a stall. 570 is a wild sum to pay
    I'm not saying that 570 isn't a lot but a car boot sale and a nationally advertised, specialist event are worlds apart. Adjust your expectations massively or stick to what you know.

    Frankly the last few car boot sales I've been to have been a total joke. Normally it seems like 90% shoplifted gear and 10% genuine sellers. I think this is the result of online marketplaces more than anything else but that's a different conversation altogether.
    FireheartSprinkleOtter
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,770
    edited February 22
    Problem with car boots is it's full of people with the 'want something for nothing' attitude, hardly ideal for rare Lego.

    I did one last year, first in about 10 years to clear mainly the garage after my partner moved in, and when people are haggling over 50p I almost felt like just a) giving them the item free, or b) telling them to get lost. lol

    Its also an eye opener to pull up and see people try to get in your car before you have even turned the engine off. Strange world.


    legomental
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,047
    Remember it is not just the cost of the stall, there is also transport, and possibly two nights' accommodation if you want to be there early to setup and late to finish the day, insurance, your own pay and / or pay for a helper or someone to cover your stall when you need to eat / toilet break (or buddy up with a neighbouring stall).
  • Wicksy80Wicksy80 Northern IrelandMember Posts: 291
    STOP PRESS! They've just changed the date!

    http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/bricklive-belfast-2017-change-date-12638988

    It's now in August due to high demand. Ticketholders will be contacted.
    Thanks for that! Was gonna get tickets at end of month so would've been a surprise to see date changed. 
    catwrangler
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,341
    edited February 22
    ^ I was doing car boots about 5 years ago - same experience as you @richo. At the last one my mother-in-law came around at 7:30am to help me out and let me have a loo break. When I came back with a coffee she'd sold about £250 worth of stuff for about £1.50 - I called it a day at that point and haven't gone back... still (as she pointed out) my boot was pretty much empty by then.
  • redarmyredarmy AberdeenMember Posts: 233
    @Norlego..where abouts in Scotland are you..east,west?...where online are you also?
  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 260
    Carboots are a nightmare, like @richo and @MaffyD I used to do them just to get rid of stuff, but having had the same experience don't anymore. One time, the vultures had yanked open my car boot before it'd even stopped! As for buying Lego at them.... nah.
    MaffyD
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,341
    edited February 22
    ^They opened your boot!? Words... don't... exist... except maybe - "opportunistic thief" and a few more that I try not to use on here...
    TechnicNickSprinkleOtter
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,770
    There was actually a thief on the prowl at the one we went to as an attendant was coming round warning every stall as somebody had had their takings brazenly stolen. The whole thing was like a slightly grubby black market. Compared to when I was small when it was nearly all families selling, it was like 75% traders too. 
  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 260
    MaffyD said:
    ^They opened your boot!? Words... don't... exist... except maybe - "opportunistic thief" and a few more that I try not to use on here...
    Yep - one guy was already rifling through one of the boxes when I got out of the car. At that point he realised I was 6'3" and capable of looming so he beat a hasty retreat...

    Never again.
    SprinkleOtter
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 68
    So is this a case of the buyers being there before the sellers? I've never seen a boot fair operate like that - the ones I've done have always allowed sellers in 2-3 hours before opening to the public which allows plenty of time for setting up and are generally relaxed.
    SprinkleOtter
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,961
    Most tell the sellers that they mustn't start trading until the sale is open to public, but you get some "professional boot sale sellers" who generally go around and try to buy stock off others so they can stick it on their stall for twice as much.

    I used to love boot sales but every one of been to in the last five years has, as I previously mentioned, looked like nothing more than a marketplace for shoplifters to sell their gear.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 640
    They are sellers, they just buy a pitch, turn up first thing and raid everyone else's to try and sell at a profit later
    TechnicNick
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    I find selling lego at carboots good. Normally i am alone in doing so in a big way. I suppose i sell better for that as people always need certain figures and low value sets.

    I mainly do it to buy lego. And why not? 
    Only "virgins" get their stalls raided. Go a couple of times and dealers ignore you. 

    Most people are very friendly. Have not seen stolen stuff, as would people steal things to make £3? When they can get the things for free if they do a house clearance. I think some have a snobish attitude to carboots.
  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 260
    ^ It's not a snobbish attitude to carboots. It's an objection to poor behaviour.
    ShibLostInTranslationSprinkleOtterlegomentalMaffyD
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 354
    Given that people steal from charity shops, selling stolen gear at car boots is slightly improved behaviour.
    It happens, whether you think people have a snobbish attitude or not.
  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel UKMember Posts: 30
    In our house, those that go from car to car before they've had chance to set up are called the car boot "zombies". Their purposeful meander is accompanied by a dull moan of "got any mobile phones/action figures/Star Wars, etc?"
    legomentalTechnicNick
  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel UKMember Posts: 30
    Car boots by me are usually Lego free zones (unless I'm always too late to the party) but I struck lucky at one last year. A lady was selling two 60l boxes of Lego and I was a little taken back by her asking price of £200 (it was a car boot after all) so I asked if I could have a rummage. I quickly spotted a few sections of sand green walls and on further digging found two of the instruction books for#10228 Haunted House. Willing to take a risk on the rest, we agreed on £170 and in my car it went.

    After a couple of days sorting and sifting out the Mega Blocks and Kreo Transformers, I found all bar three pieces of the Haunted House, 70 odd CMFs across all series and parts for over twenty sets, including several mid-sized Star Wars sets. I quickly sold most of the CMFs and a few smaller Star Wars sets to recoup the cost of the box and am still sorting the rest (it takes a while with a job and two small kids!). The Haunted House looks great on a shelf with the Mystery Machine and some Series 14 CMFs.
    catwranglerBumblepantsNorlegoCalvWilliam_Townsley
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    People steal things everywhere. From shops, banks or online. Is it a big problem? I dont think so. I leave my stall unattended without people stealing. It depends on carboot i suppose.
    I dont sell on ebay as so many people claim things dont arrive etc. Bigger problem in my view. If you are careful you will do well. 
    Give it a go. Bring 100 low value sets and see how it goes. You might find people will pay better than ebay. I do at least.
    Unless of course you have a problem with dealing with common people....
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,961
    Norlego said:
    People steal things everywhere. From shops, banks or online. Is it a big problem? I dont think so.
    You may not have a problem with people stealing things, but I do.
    This comment deserves a thousand likes but hey if norlego has no problem with people stealing I guess we all know where we can get some free LEGO.
    SprinkleOtterTechnicNick
  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 260
    eBay is a largely positive experience with scammers a tiny minority. There's common people there too. I'm one of them.
  • DadDad UKMember Posts: 766
    I'm not sure @Norlego was advocating stealing was OK.  I took his comment to mean that sure, people do steal from everywhere, however, he's not experienced this at a car boot to an extent that it's a problem.
    You know....just before the lynch mob arrive.
    NorlegoRecceBriking
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,961
    edited February 23
    So it's ok to steal just as long as you don't steal from me?

    (@Dad I'm not trying to have a go at you but a lack of empathy over these things is exactly how shoplifters thrive by stealing stuff and selling it cheaper than the shops)
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    Well, some posters have a snobbish view on carboots. I dont mind. Just a place to buy and sell lego for me and i buy at most carboots. (I am a "zombie"... as explained higher up.)
    If people prefer ebay, then fine by me. I sell to people whom sell on ebay. Better them than me. They take the risk and I get cash.
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,341

    @Norlego - I appreciate that you are trying to encourage others to go to car boot sales and there is definitely a market there, but anecdotal stories of you not having any trouble is not very likely to be universal.

    Even if only 'virgins' get 'raided' does that mean it's ok? Is thievery fine even if it's a stall owners entire takings that are stolen (not the items on sale)? I don't think that saying "No" to either of these questions is snobbish, nor is it taking aim at 'common people'. It's just decent behaviour.

    And of course, it really does depend on where you go - some car boots are just better than others. YMMV.

    I wish you the best of luck with all your car boot sales and Lego fairs (if you find one with stalls cheaper than £500!) - but I reckon you're missing a trick by avoiding eBay - only the virgin eBayers have any problems, once you've sold a few times on there it's easy, I imagine. Again, YMMV - I don't use eBay.

    ShibTechnicNickcatwrangler
  • DougTemplarDougTemplar Edinburgh, ScotlandMember Posts: 432
    I often see LEGO for sale at the many Comic & Toys Marts which seem to have exploded in number across the UK. Sometimes it's knock off LEGO sets with hard to find Minifigs for only £3 - Deadpools I'm looking at you... or as one Mart had in Rutherglen this month 4 Harry Potter Minifigs Framed for £20, Flash Minifigs including Blue, Black and Kid (Yellow) Flash framed for £20 as well. Often these sellers will pretend it's LEGO and deny it's knock off they ordered from Ebay unless absolutely challenged with evidence.

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 3,989
    Brick is at the very top end of the scale when it comes to the price of selling space at LEGO Events, the price generally reduces as the events get smaller but I can't think of anywhere you're going to get a single table for £10.

    As someone who runs an event and charges (what I think are reasonable rates) I can say I could sell the space allocated to retail pitches three times over. People wanting to sell are lined up wanting space. 
    Shib
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 640
    ^^I didn't see the stall but noticed a *someone* with the flash one. I almost said something :)
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    I have bought and sold on ebay for years. It used to be good. I gave up 2 years ago. Buyers dont bother to leave feedback. Or complain over minor details. (Mainly because they cant be bothered to read listing or even heading...)
    No problems selling other places online so dont need the hassel ebay provide.
    I prefer direct selling as people see what they are buying. Maybe i will try a comic event, but dont have many superheros figures. Dont think city ones go down that well...
    SprinkleOtter
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    Norlego said:
    I have bought and sold on ebay for years. It used to be good. I gave up 2 years ago. Buyers dont bother to leave feedback. Or complain over minor details. (Mainly because they cant be bothered to read listing or even heading...)
    No problems selling other places online so dont need the hassel ebay provide.
    I prefer direct selling as people see what they are buying. Maybe i will try a comic event, but dont have many superheros figures. Dont think city ones go down that well...
    Good luck. Fakes rule comic events.
    CCCSirKevbags
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    SprinkleOtter said:
    Good luck. Fakes rule comic events.
    In that case no point going to a comic event.... 
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 434
    As someone who runs an event and charges (what I think are reasonable rates) I can say I could sell the space allocated to retail pitches three times over. People wanting to sell are lined up wanting space. 
    What do you charge if you dont mind me asking. Send me a pm if not public info. Maybe even info of next event.
  • GjedwardsGjedwards UKMember Posts: 16
    STOP PRESS! They've just changed the date!

    http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/bricklive-belfast-2017-change-date-12638988

    It's now in August due to high demand. Ticketholders will be contacted.
    Due to high demand but it's at the same size venue and for the same number of days! Surely if it was rearranged 'due to high demand' then it would be at a larger venue and/or for more days?
    NorlegoLostInTranslation
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,344
    I'm just quoting the article. I would guess that what probably happened is that, because of the aforementioned issue of two of the four dates being school days, they got more demand for St. Patrick's Day and the Saturday than they could handle. Moving it to August solves that, anyway. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,047
    Maybe it was high demand ... but for the venue. So they had to move dates.
  • GjedwardsGjedwards UKMember Posts: 16
    edited February 24
    It wasn't aimed at you catwrangler, I was just using your link. I hope you and ccc are right in that the new dates are better. We are looking at London for the whole family so it's a lot of money for train tickets and hotels if they change the dates for that one. I just wished they would admit that they got the dates wrong, if that is indeed the case 
    catwrangler
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 3,989
    @Norlego we don't have any space available. As I said the space can be sold time and time again. That is true of any major LEGO Event in the UK but at places like Brick they have so many more spaces to occupy it's easier to accommodate more retailers.

    @Gjedwards I'm not familiar with the venue but it's likely to be a flexible event space so it's possible they have been able to add to the overall floorspace without changing where it is.
    Gjedwards
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