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TRADER VIC's Warehouse Sale
Pakalolo Man
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Posted: 2008-02-25 5:16 pm   Permalink

Just got back from the sale (round 2)... one of the ladies working there mentioned that recently when new locations open, they have been buying all new (new to TV that is) pieces... they don't even check with this warehouse. She said the architects request specific-sized pieces, in specific numbers.
So, I wouldn't worry about stocking a new location... they have the $$ to spend

-Pakalolo Man


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2008-02-25 5:34 pm   Permalink

Cleaned and placed in their semi-permenant locations...







Maybe a couple of more?

PTD


 
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Pakalolo Man
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Posted: 2008-02-25 5:48 pm   Permalink

Looks great PTD - hopefully his tootsies won't get too toastie by the fire - (did I just say that?) ahahaa...

-Pak


 
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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2008-02-25 6:23 pm   Permalink

cool finds everybody!

tikihula wants to know, do they take checks? anybody know?
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2008-02-25 6:35 pm   Permalink

Yes they take checks, cash and credit cards! First born children?? Not sure!

PTD


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2008-02-25 7:07 pm   Permalink

RE: Decor-

I was informed that most of Chicago is not for sale and will be shipped back for the new Windy City locale.

There is plenty of good news on the horizon with Vic's- don't let the sale scare you. Keep the faith!


 
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Tiki Royale
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Posted: 2008-02-25 9:02 pm   Permalink

Hey PTD looks like you picked up one of the Marqusean poles like I did. Did they mention what location yours was from? What did you use to clean him up... it made a huge difference.
Aloha,


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Tiki Royale
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Posted: 2008-02-25 9:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-25 19:07, martiki wrote:
RE: Decor-

I was informed that most of Chicago is not for sale and will be shipped back for the new Windy City locale.

There is plenty of good news on the horizon with Vic's- don't let the sale scare you. Keep the faith!



Amen Brutha!

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Dr. Von Zombie
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From: San Ho za Ca.
Posted: 2008-02-25 10:04 pm   Permalink

The TV warehouse sale was allot of fun. It was great seeing a bunch of the Nor-Cal TCers. I picked up four bar stools from TV San Francisco a rum barrel and a nice blue fish float ready to drop a lamp into.




My son let's call him Trader Nick loves the bar stools!








P.S Midnight, Nick says” NO DEAL”!!


 
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midnite
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From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2008-02-26 12:25 am   Permalink

martiki wrote:

Part of the franchise agreement with Vic's locations is that the decor is returned to Vic's upon closure. So much has come back over the last 10-20 years that it became easy to lose track of the original locations. Kier does know quite a bit, but is also missing info on some pieces. Things also traveled to multiple locations-


Not that Martin needs it, but I concur. With some pieces Kier had no problem telling me from where they came or went. Others like the many poles/posts can be dated to a certain extent but not identified by specific restaurant. Michellie and Kier have been very patient, helpful, and informative. Believe me, I've spent more time in that warehouse these past few days than I would like to admit or I think those two would have preferred.

Not only does Kier know her Trader Vic's history, she is really strong! I told her I might as well submit my application for the warehouse and have they pay me in Vic dollars. Seeing how she can wrestle those beasts around I realized I am not worthy. Plus, I got a dodgy heart and there's the issue of splinters.

As it pertains to the provenance of stuff in that warehouse I am going to listen to some members of the Vic family and trust in what Kier and Michellie have to offer. It's been an amazing time looking through the warehouse. I am telling you, I now know how Charlie Bucket must have felt.

I got a golden ticket, but had to endorse it over to Trader Vic's.
el Midnite


EDIT: Tell Trader Nick that the banker says quit picking that stuff off the ground! Oh, and Howie says "hi".





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Fres-tiki
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Posted: 2008-02-26 01:09 am   Permalink

For those who've just been to the sale - do you think there will be anything left (and affordable) by Thursday? I was going to play hooky from work Wednesday and take a drive up there - but now I have to fill in for a co-worker! So, Thursday is the earliest I would be able to make it! Any thoughts?

 
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2008-02-26 05:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-25 21:02, Tiki Royale wrote:
Hey PTD looks like you picked up one of the Marqusean poles like I did. Did they mention what location yours was from? What did you use to clean him up... it made a huge difference.
Aloha,


[ This Message was edited by: Tiki Royale 2008-02-25 21:05 ]



Kiera was so busy that I never had a chance to ask her. I know this one came from an old location; it had two rusty old bolts in the bottom I had to remove before I could stand it upright, so I am concluding this was used somewhere, I will have to figure that one out on my own.

To clean this I used orange oil spray made by Howard Products. It works very well. This still had a pretty good finish on it, though if I were to put it outdoors, I would put a very light coat of Spar Marine varnish on it to protect it. Yes, it made a huge difference.

PTD


 
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Pakalolo Man
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Posted: 2008-02-26 11:14 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-26 01:09, Fres-tiki wrote:
For those who've just been to the sale - do you think there will be anything left (and affordable) by Thursday? I was going to play hooky from work Wednesday and take a drive up there - but now I have to fill in for a co-worker! So, Thursday is the earliest I would be able to make it! Any thoughts?



I was there for an hour or so yesterday and there were only two other people there during that time. There was still tons of stuff... I picked up a rum barrel, conch helmet bowl, small fish trap, and a carved tiki table lamp.
There were still lots of stuff in all price ranges - go go go!

-Pakalolo Man


 
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Thortiki
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Posted: 2008-02-26 1:54 pm   Permalink

Some of us jealous east coast Tiki follk would
like to know the prices paid for the pictured
items you all acquired???


Thortiki


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-27 10:40 am   Permalink

OK...now, WHO got this one?:


Quote:

On 2008-02-24 19:14, midnite_tiki wrote:
The above painting many will recognize from San Francisco. The carving on the right many may not. It sat in the front area at Cosmo Place. It was a bargain, and was sold. Not terribly interesting compared to others but a rather historical piece nonetheless.



Historical, indeed. Very appropriately placed right next to that painting, midnite, for in MY book, he should be considered TIKI ROYALTY. Among all the tons of stuff in that warehouse, this one would have been my "Rosebud".

In 20th Century Tiki history, there are only a few what I would call "arch-Tikis":
Tikis that were there during the Pre-Tiki era of Polynesian pop, or at the BIRTH of the Tiki-era, and thus were the forefathers of Tiki. Looking back, I would name Picasso's Marquesan Tiki for instance
(
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=27442&forum=2&vpost=363189 ) ,
and Don The Beachcomber's Cannibal Carvings come to mind...then the iconic Tiki Bob Tiki, which marks perhaps THE turning point of the TIKI becoming the icon of Polynesia...but before him came THIS seemingly mundane, simple fellow.



He was one of the two FIRST entry way Tikis ever, serving as guardian not only at that hub of urban Tiki, Trader Vic's San Francisco on Cosmo Place (above), but these figures did the same at the mother ship of Vic's empire, the original Oakland Trader Vic's ! :


(See BOT p.82 for the original Hinky Dinks hut evolving into the above)

There is a different, very nice original rendering of the Oakland location by "Kay" on the wall at the Emeryville T.V.s that shows these two Tikis even better, done in a style like this:


Imagine the hordes of revelers that these two Tikis must have seen enter and leave those two Tiki power places!
But before I go any further, aside from its historic value, isn't the Tiki's style kind of artless and boring? Allow me to disagree. It is exactly in lime with the early 20th Century modernist influence that I describe in Tiki Modern, look at this 1910 piece of Brancusi...


...and this famous Man Ray:


...honing down the face to its basic lines, returning to the beginning of man's expression: modern primitivism! This Tiki's simplicity is an early example of one of the trademark's of Tiki style, modernist stylization. One of the same style can be seen in this interior of Vic's first franchise in Seattle (BOT p.86)...



...right behind the maitre d'. Was this a THIRD Tiki? And where did they come from? Now here is a Tiki very much like it:



Posing with it is our favorite Miss Hawaii. This one seems to have been standing in the Fern Forest National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii:



He was raised to further prominence by having the illustrious Martin Denny Group pose with it:



I have been dying to find out who carved it, and what happened to it, but had no luck so far...

I estimate that Vic got these Tikis from Hawaii around the late 40s, early 50s, when there was NO American Tiki to be had yet, and Vic was also importing big head Marquesans and Tiki posts from Tahiti for his early franchises. Back then, the Hula girl was the prevalent icon of Polynesia...but the first Tikis began to appear, like on this 1953 invite. This makes this guy one of the earliest logo Tikis in Polynesian pop:



Whoever got this guy (Martin?) knew his Tiki stuff, congrats. I never considered going up there to the sale, because my Leipzig job evaporated, and I am currently not buying, rather will I have to start selling...but this would have been one baby that would have tempted me.




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