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TRADER VIC's Warehouse Sale
hala bullhiki
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Posted: 2008-02-23 9:07 pm   Permalink

wow, i think i would have overloaded, and went into a nervous breakdown if i had went in there (due to the fact i would have wanted so much, but not nearly the cash for all i wanted) i used to have that problem in good record stores where id find so much shit i wanted that id walk out with nothing....lol

 
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Tiki Royale
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2008-02-23 10:31 pm   Permalink

I have to say that I'm glad I made it over to the sale today. I picked up one of the Helmet Shell bowls (mine is beige) used to serve the beloved Rum Giggle and one of the small (about 3.5 ft long) bamboo fish traps. I also picked up a box of wine glasses (unfortunately unmarked).
Overall there were some pretty amazing pieces and some more run-of-the-mill. Prices were reasonable for most things though and like others have said, the staff was helpful and knowledgeable. I would be surprised if the sale went on until the 29th like advertised... there was a guy there who seemed to be buying up quite a few choice tikis and filling his U-Haul!
Anyway, I'm tempted to go back if for nothing else just to look around and maybe for a glass float.
Aloha,

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martiki
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Posted: 2008-02-23 11:00 pm   Permalink

All of the tikis range in price from $45 (wee) to $3000 (11-13ft).

Vic's bought out all of the stock of the company in the far east that made tikis for them, so many of the tikis in the warehouse have never been used at a location. Be sure to check them carefully.

But there are several that do have a prime pedigree, as PTD said. The one that his friend got was part of a pair that were in SF Vic's, but prior to that they were in fact in front of Cosmo Place, per Eve Bergeron and the former CEO. His brother is now living in my garage.

They also have the 10+ foot tikis that were behind the bar at Vic's SF (Golden Gate)

The sale is a goldmine of beautiful stuff. Try to check it out.


 
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Tai Won On
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Posted: 2008-02-24 08:20 am   Permalink

"Overwhelming" and "Gold Mine" don't even begin to cover it.
So many times I was in line to pay for my goods and I'd see someone holding something I hadn't yet seen. "Hey, where'd you find that ?". The usual response went something like this: "In that other room, there are boxes of 'em." So once again I'd get out of line and add more items to my growing pile of treasure.
From what I saw there was no haggling on prices. They had a printout of all prices. I think everyone recognized the rarest of opportunities to own great stuff, so the prices did not seem out of line.
I'll post some pictures of the items I bought when this hangover lifts.(Great party last night. Thanks again TikiTastic).


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-02-24 08:24 am   Permalink

Here's the other one of the pair of SF tikis that Martin mentioned:



Was that one for sale too?

Oh, and before I forget to say this: I HATE YOU ALL!! Someday the Mai-Kai is going to sell everything in their warehouse and guess who's going to be there?!


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2008-02-24 08:34 am   Permalink

What did the place smell like?

curious.


 
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Bogielocks
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Posted: 2008-02-24 08:48 am   Permalink

If anybody is going to the sale today and they still have the menu poster prints, can someone get me one. Please! I'd like one to hang in my Tiki room, and being a pc version, it would be ok to have around when my kids come over.

PM me if anyone is able to get one, and we can work out something from there.

Mahalo

Rick
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TikiMookie
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Posted: 2008-02-24 11:48 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-24 08:34, RevBambooBen wrote:
What did the place smell like?

curious.




It smelled like Tiki for sale... delicious!


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-02-24 12:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-24 08:34, RevBambooBen wrote:
What did the place smell like?

curious.




..smells like money!!


seriously, aside from being insanely jealous of all those great tiki items you folks have gotten, i think it's way cool that these things were able to find their way into homes where they will continue to serve their purpose....rather then end up in the trash one day.....this is a big part of what tiki central is here for aa well....creating a community space to share this info so folks thAT appreciate the value and history of these items can get to them and rescue them from oblivion....good for all of you that managed to walk away with something....

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bLOCKhEAD
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Posted: 2008-02-24 1:21 pm   Permalink

My wife and I did a silly thing this moring we went back to the sale. My saving account took another hit.

We got this little guy, he is from the DC Trader Vic's and one 6 ft tiki that I will pick up tomorrow and few other samll items.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g49/baker1972/moretradervics002.jpg?t=1203887025















They still had lots of stuff today, ANd there was only a few people there this morning.I have to say the 3 young ladies selling this stuff are some of the nicest people I have met, very helpful with all our questions.
They said the the other trader vic's franchises didn't really know about the sale. They didn't know how much longer this sale would go on. sounded to me like it might close early, some of other trader vic's might want this stuff.


Sorry Bogielocks they still have the menu poster prints this morning, I didn't see your post until I got back today. If they still have em tomorrow I'll pick one up for ya .



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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posted: 2008-02-24 1:51 pm   Permalink

I broke down and decided to go today. Probably a lot more chill than yesterday and they still had plenty of great things to blow your money on, even for the budget minded.
The big "helmet shell" bowls and rum barrel bowls were only $20 each. We also got some vintage portlight mugs with the gold on them. We also got a big box of superlong straws that will probably last us to the grave.
Definitely worth the trip!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-24 1:59 pm   Permalink

Well, here I go again...

That Ku Tiki cannot have come from the Washington DC Trader Vic's because that location closed in 1995, and unless they opened and closed one in DC in recent years, this baby could not have stood there because it is a nouveaux Asian carving from the new millennium (just like the table lamps). I am not pointing this out to be mean, or because I am jealous, or a misanthropic old German, but because I am for "Truth in Tiki".

And I am perfectly fine with the fact that there are many people who do not give a mouse's popo if it's vintage Tiki or not, and by no means do I aim to diminish their enjoyment of any Tiki that they like for their own reasons. (For example, I really like that modern Moai that you got there earlier!)

And I heard that, though the stuff was not cheap, the prices were just, and my assessment of the sale as a whole is not negative, but very much like Tipsy's above: A great opportunity to have this stuff find appreciative homes!


 
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bLOCKhEAD
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Posted: 2008-02-24 2:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-24 13:59, bigbrotiki wrote:
Well, here I go again...

That Ku Tiki cannot have come from the Washington DC Trader Vic's because that location closed in 1995, and unless they opened and closed one in DC in recent years, this baby could not have stood there because it is a nouveaux Asian carving from the new millennium (just like the table lamps). I am not pointing this out to be mean, or because I am jealous, or a misanthropic old German, but because I am for "Truth in Tiki".

And I am perfectly fine with the fact that there are many people who do not give a mouse's popo if it's vintage Tiki or not, and by no means do I aim to diminish their enjoyment of any Tiki that they like for their own reasons. (For example, I really like that modern Moai that you got there earlier!)

And I heard that, though the stuff was not cheap, the prices were just, and my assessment of the sale as a whole is not negative, but very much like Tipsy's above: A great opportunity to have this stuff find appreciative homes!



No worries bigbrotiki , I don't think your post was mean spirited. It really doesn't matter to me if he was in dc tv or not, I'm just telling what I was told by the seller.
I like this little guy and that's what counts and the price was right. we named the moai merv he is a bute. Now I need to build a new tiki hut cause the old one is to small for this stuff

Cheers mate





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Psycho Tiki D
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Posted: 2008-02-24 3:35 pm   Permalink

While some of the items were a little pricey, albeit worth every dime, the majority of these poles on the wall were selling for $200.00 each. From what I have seen sold locally here in Sacramento and on Flea-bay, $200.00 is a bargain.






Blockhead, did they say when they were thinking about stopping the sale? I need to get down there for another pole!

Thanks,

PTD


 
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JenTiki
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From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2008-02-24 4:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-24 08:48, Bogielocks wrote:
If anybody is going to the sale today and they still have the menu poster prints, can someone get me one. Please! I'd like one to hang in my Tiki room, and being a pc version, it would be ok to have around when my kids come over.

PM me if anyone is able to get one, and we can work out something from there.

Mahalo

Rick




I got you covered Rick! I picked up a couple today. PM me your address and it will be on it's way sometime this week.


 
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