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TRADER VIC's Warehouse Sale
MakeDaMug
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
Posts: 1182
From: behind a cluttered desk
Posted: 2008-02-01 4:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha TC Ohana,

The folks at Trader Vic's asked me to pass along some exciting news...

We are happy to offer you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your hands on all different types of Trader Vic's merchandise & memorabilla, both old & new. Due to the fact that we've got so much overstock and so many different items, there is no way that we can list them all here. Please, DO NOT call us asking specific questions because we are overwhelmed trying to get our new warehouse in-order. We are clearing out this merchandise for some much needed added space. We promise you that there are many great finds and this opportunity should not be missed. Here are some photos of just some of the merchandise being sold...







When: February 23rd - 29th, 10am - 7pm everyday
Where: 623 South 32nd St., Richmond, CA

We hope to see you there!

Your friends at Trader Vic's


 
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2008-02-01 4:17 pm   Permalink

Sheez. Not feeling so good living on the east coast right now. Go get 'em gang. Looks like there's plently of great stuff there.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11131
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-02-01 4:25 pm   Permalink

The PNG stuff looks OK....the floats and fish traps might be the most authentic vintage stuff....because most of the Tikis look of Asian origin to me. And you know what I think of the "Poly-Asian" style.

 
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pappythesailor
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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From: Mass.
Posted: 2008-02-01 4:26 pm   Permalink

I think I'm gonna hurl. Them Californians get all the breaks.....

 
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donhonyc
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Joined: Jan 13, 2003
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2008-02-01 4:56 pm   Permalink

Said it a million times before....Cali and the west coast in general are way more on top of the Tiki vibe than what we have here in the East. We can't even get Trader Vic's retail products out here. Well...have fun guys, I'm sure everyone will find SOMETHING in there. If they by chance they have ANYTHING at all from the former New York Trader Vic's locations (The Plaza Hotel and Savoy Hilton Hotel), and you think of it, please let me know. I'd be interested in seeing/knowing what it is. Preferably anything that has the locations printed on it. A Tiki mug in that form would be ideal. Thanks dudes and dudettes.

[ This Message was edited by: donhonyc 2008-02-01 16:57 ]


 
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
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From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2008-02-01 5:11 pm   Permalink

Yipeee!!!! Finally a great sale of stuff near home! I'm SO there on the 24th!

 
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Dr. Von Zombie
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Joined: May 17, 2007
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From: San Ho za Ca.
Posted: 2008-02-01 5:23 pm   Permalink

I'm all in!

 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-02-01 5:26 pm   Permalink

I wish they would put it in Trader vics resturaunts, (aka a New BH site)
not sell the stuff...


Jeff(bigtikidude)



 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2008-02-01 6:46 pm   Permalink



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-02-01 7:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-01 17:26, bigtikidude wrote:
I wish they would put it in Trader vics restaurants, not sell the stuff...



GOOD point, Jeff!

Quote:

On 2008-02-01 16:56, donhonyc wrote:
....If they by chance they have ANYTHING at all from the former New York Trader Vic's locations (The Plaza Hotel and Savoy Hilton Hotel), and you think of it, please let me know.



To make our East coast Ohana a little less sad: This is not THE Trader Vic's warehouse, like some legendary ivory elephant graveyard. Such a thing does not exist anymore.

Sometime in the 1980s when more and more T.V. locations were closing and none were opening, they stopped taking back the decor and just let it go. Ask what happened to the Washington Trader Vic's for example: The giant Barney West Moai were cut up for fire wood, and most of the interiors were thrown into the trash (x-ept some salvaged by Tikiphiles hip to the closing).
When I surveyed the original Trader Vic warehouse in Oakland in the early 90s, it was a very sad affair, except for some paper, there was nothing in there worthy to speak of. I had heard glorious stories of Tiki treasures from Leroy and Bob at O.A., but those days were over, I was too late. Eventually it was closed completely.

Now flash forward to the Tiki revival, post 2000: T.V.'s started getting requests for franchises again, and had to come up with decor. So a lucky Asia furniture importer got the commission not only to supply them with Tiki carvings (from his carving sources in Asia), but also started storing anything that came back from terminated T.V. locations. I got to visit that warehouse, too. It was full of Buddha statues and rattan and black lacquer Asian antique imitations, and in one room, there were a couple of rows of Vic's decor. There actually were some original old big headed Marquesans like they still stand in Munich, but they were already earmarked for the San Francisco opening (did they ever end up there?).
I do not know if this warehouse now is still the same or not, but A.) Do not expect too much genuinely vintage in there, and B.) prepare for hefty prices.

That's all, Mr Pragmatic has spoken.


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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2008-02-02 4:47 pm   Permalink

awesome stuff!! you west coasters got a shot at some cool stuff......and you better take it, cause after seeing those pics, i better not see any west coast faces at the auction for the aku tiki stuff in kewanee, ill this summer.....this is an opportunity for the midwest ohana !!

 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2008-02-02 6:46 pm   Permalink

You know, I didn't look at the tikis all that carefully when I first saw the post, but now that you mention it, most of them are of the Asian variety. There is plenty of other good stuff there in those pics though. But I'm feeling a little better now about not being close enough to take part in the sale.

Although we've heard it many times before, the thought of Barney West's being cut up into firewood is going to give me nightmares...


 
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icebaer69
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Joined: Feb 03, 2007
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Posted: 2008-02-03 02:56 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-01 16:08, MakeDaMug wrote:
... Trader Vic's merchandise & memorabilla, both old & new.
Due to the fact that we've got so much overstock ...










are these guys crazy ??

"...we've got so much overstock ..." -
they better put this stuff in places like tradervicslasvegas !!!!!!!!!!!!


 
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2008-02-04 11:58 am   Permalink

Yeah, I agree

Are you listening Doc Weiner? WTF up out there in Vegas. Buy some of these items and make your place look like a Trader Vic's.
Good drinks and food isn't going to cut it and I don't want to wear my VR glasses next time!


 
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posts: 821
From: OAKLAND, baby
Posted: 2008-02-04 12:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting this, Holden. I have a feeling I might only be able to afford something like a used napkin or a tablecloth authentically stained with rib sauce. We will see...

 
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