Full Circle Estate & Tag Sale Services LLC

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     Professional Service & Reputation

     The truth is anyone can claim to be a professional, but what we need to question is - do they possess the background and reputation to merit the "professional" standard of quality.  Just look into the various "consumer review" websites to see how other companies compare to us.  Our company is comprised of a seasoned professional team that brings an accumulation of 25 years in the antiques and estate - tag sale business.

     The proprietor, Cynthia Illicete-Burns is a retired teacher who has imparted the same requisite teacher qualities of dedication and proficiency into administrating estate sales and tag sales.  She has been engaged in the antiques & collectibles market for over ten years, and belongs to the American Society of Appraisers.  

     The Full Circle Estate & Tag Sale Services LLC has the additional benefit of having team associates who are professionals in their respected fields of security, accounting, and sales. Our team associates are knowledgeable, trustworthy, and respected by members in the business. By utilizing a professional team of this design, we provide our clients with the foundation for a successful and well-organized estate or tag sale. 

  Let's all try to reuse, repurpose and recycle.

Upcycled Vintage China Cabinet

Now & Before

Helpful Answers to a Few of Your Questions:
  • Is a tag sale right for me? 

If you are looking to sell off as much as you can in a home or estate within a specific time frame, then a tag sale will make it happen.  Tag sale buyers look for all sorts of things, from antiques and collectibles to furniture and lawnmowers.  Even common household items are sold so be sure not to throw anything away. 

We recommend that you complete our "Contact Us" page for an accurate assessment of your tag sale needs.

  • What type of household items do customers look to buy?

The majority of customers that attend estate and tag sales are dealers, pickers, casual browsers, and bargain hunters.  In order for us to generate cash sales, we recommend to our clients to include in their tag sale desirable items; such as, gold jewelry, sterling silver service pieces, military-related items, antiques and vintage collectibles, musical instruments, coins, fine art/oil paintings, sportsman equipment, as well as other items.

  • When should I schedule a tag sale? 

We suggest at least 2 to 6 weeks advance notice prior to your preferred tag sale date.  The more preparation required to set-up a sale, the more time is needed.

  • What happens to leftover items?                                                                    

If after the tag sale you are left with unwanted items, we can offer you reputable clean-out service providers for the remainder.  We will also assist you with donations to local charities that have a pick-up service. 

  • What is your company's service fee?

Our service fee is structured on a commission basis.  You will not incur any "out-of-pocket" cost when using our service.  The cost of conducting the tag sale (and if a clean-out is needed) will be deducted from the revenue generated from the tag sale.


Unexpected Items of Value Include:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Old magazines
  • Children's games & toys
  • Logo-type ashtrays
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Old costume jewelry
  • Vintage or dated clothing & accessories
  • Photographs, postcards
  • Old & newer kitchen utensils, bowls, & everyday dishes 
  • Tools
  • Old holiday decorations

Antiques and Collectibles: Are They Still Wanted?

Posted by: Liz Holderman on Sep 5 2017, WorthPoint Insider

In the past few years, WorthPoint has published many articles about the downturn in the antiques and collectibles market.  We’ve covered inheritances (like dinner china, libraries and train sets) that your descendants don’t want.  We’ve talked about decorative trends that have fallen out of favor and vintage furniture that no longer has any use.  The Internet has greatly impacted values, and reproductions have caused widespread concern for authenticity.

So WorthPoint asked: Are any of yesterday’s treasures still in demand?  It’s a fickle business, to be sure. What’s hot today may be out of vogue tomorrow.  What sells on the East Coast may gather dust in a Midwest antique store.  Big city markets support higher end antiques but expensive items may not sell well in smaller venues.   And many of today’s keepsakes are much more regional (like sports team memorabilia).

It is true that certain decorative items experience a momentary surge in popularity when magazines like Country Living feature design ideas. Turtle shells, mercury glass, milk painted furniture, antlers, old alarm clocks and mulberry transferware can fly off the shelves when given prominence in a cute vignette.  House-flipping television shows often showcase flea market finds with the same results.  Cast iron trivets might languish in stores for years until somebody promotes them in a smart wall grouping.  Then everybody thinks they’re a great idea, for a while.

While vintage items are still used for design accents, the trend is moving away from pure collecting.  Older generations collected as a hobby.  The joy was in the hunt – for things as varied as lead soldiers, lunch boxes, dolls, coins, arrowheads, vinyl records and soft drink souvenirs. Baby boomers often stayed in the same home for decades and loved to display their finds.  Younger generations don’t want to amass all that stuff.  They switch jobs and move more often.  Millennials would rather use collectibles for practical purposes (if they want them at all).  And dealers who want to stay in the business have to adapt to the changing times.

Here are some observations of what’s currently in demand.  But take these with a grain of salt, as they can change in a flash.

  1. Industrial Chic.  As more people move to urban centers, old buildings and factories are repurposed into living spaces with exposed brick, pipe and ductwork.  This minimalist, cutting-edge look inspires the need for utilitarian furnishings to match.   Downtown loft dwellers are snapping up 1930’s theater lighting, metal lockers, analog gym clocks, farmhouse sinks, distressed wood tables and vintage train benches.  Accessories might also include antique typewriters, laboratory equipment, old battered books, dress forms and 19th century botanical prints.
  1. Designer Labels.  Modern collectors don’t put their treasures on a shelf to admire, they put them to use.  For those who covet retro fashion and luxury brands, there’s nothing better than a cool vintage find at a (relative) bargain price.  Estate sales that advertise designer handbags, clothing and jewelry (especially in upscale parts of town) have lines waiting to get in.  You might find something really unique from yesteryear or a 25-year-old Louis Vuitton purse in a classic style that’s still being sold today.  A 1950’s wool Chanel suit, a Pucci scarf worn by a Braniff flight attendant, an Eisenberg fur pin or a Burberry suitcase can all bring top dollar.  This is why vintage clothing and accessory stores are popping up all over.
  1. Crystal Chandeliers.  This isn’t as odd as it sounds.  Antique chandeliers have a crossover appeal with multiple age groups and are purchased by those with both old and new money.   Owners of opulent homes with vaulted ceilings and heavy antique furnishings are still buying them for entryways and dining rooms.  But younger loft owners also need lots of light to showcase those stark metal furnishings, especially in rooms with massive warehouse ceilings and recessed dark spaces.  Designers like the gothic look inspired by a mix of antique crystals with original rafters and brick.  Owners with industrialized décor are hanging them from very long chains over their entertainment and dining areas.  People even buy small chandeliers for bathrooms, hanging them inside metal birdcages for a hip, trendy accent to all that exposed plumbing.
  1. Pastel Pyrex.  I wish I had a good explanation for why this mid-century kitchenware is so popular right now, but I don’t.  Antique stores can’t keep it in stock and it is the first thing to go at estate and garage sales.  Casserole dishes, ramekins, refrigerator storage units and mixing bowls are best sellers.  So what’s the appeal?  It’s got a great retro look, it’s nostalgic and it’s practically unbreakable.  It goes in the oven and the microwave.  It’s stackable and dishwasher safe.  More important, everybody has a favorite recipe their mother made in it, most likely with tuna and noodles and topped with crushed potato chips.  Come to think of it, those are all pretty good reasons to own this classic cookware.
  1. Ephemera.  Throughout the years, paper has always been a good seller and doesn’t appear to be affected by fads.  Probably because it is inexpensive and doesn’t take up much space, the younger generations buy it as much as the older ones.  People just love to look through boxes of antique valentines, post cards and photographs, selecting one or two to buy for a couple of dollars each.  Old advertising, movie posters, crate labels and sheet music are perfect for hanging on exposed brick walls, especially if they show a little wear and tear.  Victorian scrap can be made into charming Christmas ornaments.  Vintage menus are fun to share at themed dinner parties.  And it can all be used as creative decoupage wallpaper in a tiny bathroom.  Collecting ephemera will probably never go out of style. 

So, are people still buying antiques and collectibles?  Absolutely! The challenge is only that the market is changing as younger clientele establish their own niche.

Liz Holderman is a Worthologist and accredited appraiser who specializes in books and collectibles.