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2006 Chin Tiki Detroit Tour & Art Show Update
GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1770
From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-09-06 11:20 am   Permalink

Well, I do feel fortunate to have been able to pick up a Chin Tiki wall mask from eBay recently. I had figured they would be putting more up for sale soon. It would be a shame for all that good stuff to linger in a warehouse somewhere instead of being in the hands of people who will appreciate it and care for it.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3519
From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-06 6:54 pm   Permalink

.....forgot to mention...chin's made it clear that no more stuff was to be posted on ebay from their collection...you were lucky to get what you did......from what i understand is that chin's was alittle miffed that the auctions didn't pull in as much money as they expected (more likely that they felt they deserved, being the experts on tiki collectables and the tiki market itself, that they are) -**sarcasm**....(again, people whispering bullshit in their ears as to the value of that crap)..therefore, no more auctions from them......looks like they're gonna hold out for the big score....good luck!!! who knows...if they sit on that stuff long enough, no one will want it........

 
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mattfink
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Joined: May 05, 2003
Posts: 579
From: Detroit
Posted: 2006-09-08 05:32 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-05 11:08, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
he did it his way..unfortunately, he didn't do it our way......in the 11th hour, the chin's decided not to sell any of the tiki items from chin's.....why?? because apparently too many people are whispering conflicting things in their ears about the value of said tiki items and now with dellusions of dollar signs swimming in their eyes, the chin's decided to hold out....these same people,probably in a greedy rush to secure some artifacts for themselves have effectively ruined it for everyone expecting to get a piece of the chin's that night....there were a few folk that traveled from far away specifically to buy some artifacts and were pissed when they found out they weren't for sale...especially miffed were the locals, who had even more reason to obtain something and were unable to....about halfway through the night chin's finally decided to sell. A) a broken indonesian statue, B)2 giant moldy hanging globe lamps and C) a couple of garish busboy shirts....oh yeah, and for $10 each you could get a shell ashtray.....thanks!! If you want anything more from chin's expect to pay out the nose....a few folk made some generous offers for some items that far exceeded any price chin's would have fetched on ebay and they still turned them down.....amazing. I expect that whatever happens to the old chin's (which will probably be bulldozed out of existence before the year is over) you can expect the artifacts to remain in storage until such a time that they will effectively be thrown away...i also suspect this will be the last chin tiki event ever.....sorry if ya missed it. At least the kahiki allowed for a great send-off party, donated some items to the zoo and eventually released the rest of the decor to the public to buy out of their store.....



That is terribly unfortunate and particularly disturbing when the people winding up the Chins should know better. What can I say? I was disappointed to have missed the event (out on a family vacatioin), but after hearing the way things went down I feel a little less bad about not having been there. Nancy Hay deserves a ton of credit for putting the event together for the past three years. She not only organized the event, but laid out her own hard earned cash for advertising and promotion of the event. I hope she will continue to do the art show at another venue!


 
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Matiki
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Joined: Sep 05, 2006
Posts: 53
From: The island of Michigan
Posted: 2006-09-08 12:34 pm   Permalink

I hope the show goes on. Looking forward to spending a cold winters evening in December at the show. One thing I dont think the Chins take into consideration is the fact that Tiki people are collectors. They see us gawking the old Chin Tiki stuff and think everyone of these items must be worth big bucks. Well the Kahiki was a hell of a lot better than Chin Tiki and you can buy their mugs on e-bay all day long for 10 bucks; maybe someone should tell them this. I would love to have at least one artifact from the old place , but I will not dip into the Kids college fund to do it. When the day comes for the ball to swing I will be there to go through the rubble. BTW Matt I coulndt agree more with you on Nancy and Keiths hard work putting the show on.

 
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Karbora
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Joined: Oct 11, 2005
Posts: 103
From: Orlando, Florida
Posted: 2006-09-10 8:41 pm   Permalink

Due to an unusual set of circumstances, I found myself in Detroit on the weekend of the Chin Tiki Party, so was able to attend the event. I love when things work in your favor! Thanks to Hulagirl for providing me with the local history and background of the restaurant and the event. I have long considered Hulagirl to be an astute collector of all things cool, so was psyched to be able to meet her in person and talk tiki. Also a highlight of the evening was swapping stories with Tipsy McStagger. I always enjoy his posts and his genuine love for tiki was evident when I met him in person. I, like most, passed on purchasing a Chin Tiki ashtray.......but did make it home with a vintage post card and some good tiki road trip memories.

Karbora


 
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exotica59
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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
Posts: 479
Posted: 2006-09-12 2:03 pm   Permalink

Hey Tipsy I was wondering... did they still have the raffle?
Too bad that the Chins do not want to let go of the decor. I was really hoping to own something from there. I knew I should of hung in there on the ebay auction.
Thank-you to Hulagirl for sending me the post card I really wanted to attend the show, but had a family thing to go to.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-12 4:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-09-12 14:03, exotica59 wrote:
Hey Tipsy I was wondering... did they still have the raffle?
Too bad that the Chins do not want to let go of the decor. I was really hoping to own something from there. I knew I should of hung in there on the ebay auction.
Thank-you to Hulagirl for sending me the post card I really wanted to attend the show, but had a family thing to go to.



they raffled off a trader vics suffering bastard decanter in mint condition...chin's used to have them on every table with flowers in them for years, but due to the sudden increase in value of those decanters, they removed them 4 years from the tables to avoid theft and resale of them on ebay......they also raffled off a bunch of chin paper goods which included a menu, postcards and other misc. paper items and finally an original tiki painting by jimi litwalk.....


 
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Feelin' Zombified
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2006-09-12 5:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-09-12 16:47, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
... an original tiki painting by jimi litwalk.....



...and such a deserving fellow won it too!

-Z


 
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