Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Goods That Are Illegal to Sell
Estate Sale in Long Island, NY
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Art and Millennials
Estate Sales in Roslyn, NY
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Fiesta TimeIntroduced to the world in 1936, Fiesta dinnerware gained mass popularity in the 1980s. What makes this line of everyday dishes so popular? The answer is simply in its vibrant colors, modern design, and affordability. Since the colors become “retired” that is what makes them so collectible.
In the 1970s, there was a resurgence in the popularity of art deco designs from the 1920s and 1930s. Couple this with baby boomers coming into adulthood, the popularity of Fiesta ware took off only for the company to be discontinued. In the 1980s, plates that were once sold at extremely low prices were now fetching hundreds of dollars on secondary markets. Owners of the companies realized this and started up production once again in the mid-1980s offering a redesign and new colors.
With 39 colors in rotation, not only are the new line collectible but older dishes are highly sought after at estate and yard sales. At Full of Surprizes, we specialize in selling items such as collectible dishware. For more information about our estate services, contact us at (516)315-3102 for a consultation.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
We always face those “moments" in our lives where we we're called on to make choices. These are usually choices about our values and the way we want to see ourselves as human beings. I always pride myself and believing that I have a lot of common sense and make good choices.
Last weekend, Full of Surprizes Estate & Tag Sales of Long Island, did a large estate sale in Huntington New York. We were swarmed with people who loved the 5 acre home on Long Island, in horse country. Everything was selling, including three automobiles, (2 Mercedes and a Lincoln Navigator), two rugs, sofa’s, wall units, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, teak patio pieces, snow blowers, bicycles and cement pots), to name a few.
At the end of the second day we were all pretty exhausted as there is been hundreds and hundreds of people that flowed through the property on this exceptionally warm weekend. After counting up all of the money together, the homeowner counted out my commission for two of the three cars and put it on my fanny backpack to be put away. I didn't even look at it. Usually I count everything, but in this case, there had been so much camaraderie with the homeowners that I just smiled at her and put it in the bag.
So you can imagine my surprise the next day when I sat down to count the money for bank deposit and I discovered that there was $1000 too much in the bag. (I wasn’t remotely naive enough to think that she had given me a generous tip). So, I started texting her at 10 PM last night, only to discover it was her birthday and she wanted to wait to talk with me until today. But I figured this would be a great birthday gift, to tell her what had happened. She couldn't stop thanking me. And my response was, "of course" as in what other decision is there to make but the right one? It was a win-win situation. I really believe that the most important thing is to live a life of integrity. How about you?
Thursday, June 4, 2015
In Manhattan’s Meatpacking DistrictOn May 1st, the famed Whitney Museum of American Art opened the doors of its new, highly anticipated home atop Manhattan’s High Line in the Meatpacking District. The new digs have generated much intrigue, and is being hailed as an architectural marvel with admirers proclaiming it as an art piece itself.
Lack of space was the motivation for the Whitney’s move from its previous location on the Upper East Side where it spent the last 40+ years. The museum’s collection has grown extensively in that time, forcing trustees to look elsewhere. The new building doesn’t just boast display rooms, but performance space, classrooms, restaurants, terraces, and windows galore.
The new Whitney certainly doesn’t hold back on the aesthetics. A feature that art aficionados will appreciate. However, there are critics who claim that the grandeur of the building takes away from the art. Whichever way look at the new Whitney, the fact remains, this is where it’ll stay for years to come. Go see it for yourself!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Honoring one of the great artists of the 20th CenturyWhen it comes to ceramics and pottery from the 20s and 30s, there is no bigger name than Clarice Cliff. For 40 years, she honed and developed a vividly-colored, hand-painted, art-deco style that is truly unmistakable and unique.
A pioneer for ceramicist and womenCliff’s impact cannot be understated. She made a name for herself during a time when women were not given nearly enough opportunities that men were. She was able to take her small role at a ceramics company and turn it into a full-fledged art career, serving as the foundation for her greatest works.
It was here that she cultivated her famous line known as “Bizarre,” the Art Deco inspired pottery that played with shapes and color in a way that never had before. Everybody wanted to get their hands on here “Bizarre-ware,” helping to propel her status as a ceramics virtuoso.
Cliff’s costly collectiblesFollowing Cliff’s death in 1972, her widely respected, already-distinct flair reached even larger popularity. “Bizarre-ware” has skyrocketed in value over the past 30-40 years and collectors have caught on.
Something as small as a teapot can go for almost $2000, as long as it was handcrafted by Cliff. And that’s coming from a seller who fortunately realized that he even HAD a genuine Cliff piece. There are stories of sellers who didn’t know, letting a Cliff ceramic go for $90.
For the seasoned antique hunter, Cliff’s work isn’t hard to track down. The style is so unique, it can be spotted in a second. If you haven’t heard of Clarice Cliff before, get familiar with her work and keep your eyes peeled! You never know when you might find one.
At Full of Surprizes, we appreciate quality collectibles like Clarice Cliff’s. As experienced estate sale specialists, we can spot items just like it. If you need to hold an estate sale in Long Island, there is no one else contact. Visit our website or call (516)-315-3102 for a free consultation!
Monday, March 30, 2015
The final installment in our 3 part seriesFor the conclusion of our foray into the status of once-popular antiques, we focus on a pair of famous figurines and a prominent brand of handcrafted baskets, whom like the others, have declined in popularity for a variety of reasons.
Precious MomentsA market crash, combined with overproduction, led to a decline in value over the years of these sweet statues. That hasn’t stopped admirers who continue to accrue massive collections of the charming children, especially now that they can be purchased for roughly $10 a figurine.
HummelsIn recent years, these German-made, childlike statuettes reached the same demise of Precious Moments. Soldiers brought them home as souvenirs from World War II, only to become another victim of over production. However, they are a bit pricier than their American doppelganger, selling anywhere from $20 to $100.
Longaberger basketsAt first, handcrafted is always a great feature for a collectible. That’s precisely what appealed to fans of these intricate wooden baskets. However, the release of pricey limited editions, and a market crash, did a number on its value. They can be now found at swap meets for roughly $40.
Even though these items have fallen out of favor, there is always a chance they can bounce back into popularity. Trends in the antique world rise and fall just like every other industry. At Full of Surprizes, we follow the culture very closely and are always aware of fluctuating fads.
Visit www.fullofsurprizes.com or call (516)-315-3102 to find out how we can put our knowledge to use at your Long Island estate sale.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Continued insight into once-popular collectiblesWelcome to the second installment in our series of collectibles that have fallen out of style. This time, we highlight the fading interests in items labeled limited edition and everyone’s formally favorite dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids.
Limited edition goodsThe phrase was coined in the 70’s to describe certain batches of items that were limited by amount. Collectors purchased in bulk as an investment, only to see the values drop in the 90’s. The kicker is in the packaging. When the original box and paperwork is included, then you have something. However, those aspects are often missing.
Cabbage Patch KidsIf you happen to own one of the original “Little People” dolls, handmade by art student Xavier Roberts in the late 70s, then you have a collectible. But if all you own is one of the mass produced Cabbage Patch Kids that were made when Roberts sold his company, then what you have is merely a toy.
We, at Full of Surprizes, can spot a genuine collectible very easily. Your estate, or the estate of a loved one, may be chalk full of them. When it is time to liquidate an estate on Long Island, we can help sift through things and figure out what is a hot item and what isn’t.
Visit our website or call (516)-315-3102 for a free consultation!