Friday, February 27, 2015


Continued insight into once-popular collectibles

Welcome 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 goods

The 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 Kids

If 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!

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Some collectibles have dropped in value

Believe it or not, but there are trends within the estate and tag sale culture. Frequent shoppers realize when certain buying or selling tendencies emerge and know how to act on them.

One such trend involves the depreciation of particular collectibles.

Beanie Babies

The Beanie Baby mania ended in 1999. For a few years, there were retired dolls, dubbed valuable and hard to find, mostly with a high asking price. But now Beanie Babies are mostly sold in heaps, well below the insane asking prices. 

Thomas Kinkade Paintings

Kinkade’s famous oil paintings were once prized. But the incessant reproduction and licensing of his goods put the artist and his work into a commercial limbo. To many stores began to sell “Thomas Kinkades,” and before you know it, the value dropped. Now you can hardly tell the difference.

At Full of Surprizes, we are aware of these rising and falling trends. We understand how to correctly tag and market a particular item so that it is properly liquidated. If you need to hold an estate sale in Long Island New York, we can help.

Visit our website or call (516)-315-3102 for more information!