Skip This Hotel Liquidation Sale. Here is Why…
On my way back from the Atlanta A80 Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility in Peachtree City, I stopped by what used to be known as the Atlanta Sheraton Airport, which officially closed on Sunday, July 23, 2017 because the hotel property was acquired by the city of Atlanta for $16.8 million and destined for eventual demolition as part of the $6 billion expansion plan for the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.
The expansion plan includes the extension of at least one terminal and the possible addition of a sixth runway for the airport.
Skip This Hotel Liquidation Sale. Here is Why…
The closure of the hotel property at 1900 Sullivan Road meant clearing 395 rooms of furniture, lighting, mirrors, hair dryers, flat-screen televisions and soap dishes — as well as equipment, fixtures and furnishings from the restaurant which was on site, the lobby, meeting rooms, offices and the outside patio…
…and everything was consolidated onto two floors for a liquidation tag sale, which started on Thursday, August 10, 2017 and is scheduled to continue for a total duration of two weeks. All items are being sold by the piece on a basis of first come, first serve by Hotel Content Liquidators LLC…
…but are significant savings for the public really being offered? Are there some incredible bargains to be had?
What Can You Get For Your Money?
One cannot help but notice the name and logo of the former hotel property are covered from view when approaching it — and a large sign warns visitors that the hotel is closed while other signs announce the liquidation sale.
The former shuttle bus does not appear to be for sale — yet, anyway.
Customers who walk in through the lobby of the former hotel property are given a slip of paper to mark down which items they would like to purchase — especially if they are not capable of taking immediate delivery due to their size — and are immediately greeted by furnishings, fixtures and virtually everything else adorned with price tags.
A guest room door may be priced at $45.00; but if you want the electronic door lock which is attached to it, be prepared to fork over another $55.00. Soap dishes were a dollar apiece, as were amenity trays.
You can also purchase worn-out chairs and old uniforms.
Catering equipment is for sale — such as plates and chafing dishes…
…and racks for transporting food.
This armoire — which at one time contained a television and some other items — can be yours for only $599.00.
Speaking of televisions: how about some flat-screen televisions with older technology for $99.00 for a 32-inch screen; or $129.00 for a 37-inch screen?
For comparison purposes — as of the time this article was written — you could purchase a brand new 40-inch flat screen television with at least quadruple the resolution for $249.00; and it will almost certainly weigh significantly less than these models.
Remote controls for the televisions — which have been cited as one of the parts of a hotel room which harbor the most germs — are conveniently stored in bulk in plastic containers which used to be used as trash cans in the rooms. No, there was no plastic bag in the containers. Ensure that your new remote control is throughly sanitized before using it with your new — er…used — television.
Who knows how many people have used these devices prior to this sale?
You read that paper sign on the yellow bin correctly: stained towels are for sale — just in case you do not find them often enough while staying are a guest at a hotel or resort property and you want to experience that more often out of sheer nostalgia.
Hand towels cost two dollars each; while bath towels cost four dollars each.
Perhaps you will be lucky and find hair in these towels as well — but there is no word on how much extra you will be charged for that hair.
Comforters, duvets, mattress covers and pillows — priced at $20.00, $15.00, $8.00 and $2.00 respectively — are strewn all over the floor.
A complete king sized bed costs $225.00.
Some people believe they have seen the light with desk lamps and nightstand lamps priced at $35.00 each — although fluorescent bulbs are no longer the latest in illumination technology.
One might believe that $45.00 for a floor lamp is kind of shade-y.
This wooden desk is an absolute steal for only $145.00 — especially in its condition. The flat-screen television is not included in the price.
Would you pay $75.00 for these old copying machines?
I am not sure as to what the prices were for coffee makers and telephones; but I would guess that they are rather phone-y.
At eight dollars for hair dryers, this sale literally blows. Irons — seen in the background — cost ten dollars.
By the way, what you see is not exactly what you get in terms of prices: tack on another ten percent for a “buyer’s premium” and another 7.75 percent in sales tax to your purchases for a total of 17.75 percent in additional costs.
That seems similar to the percentage of tax you would pay for staying in one of the hotel rooms or paying for room service — right?
This is your chance to acquire some furniture and other items — if you want to recreate and replicate staying in a hotel room in 1997 for prices which are not exactly bargain basement.
Of course, prices will be reduced on unsold items as the sale progresses — but I would not take many of the items I saw if they were given to me for free…
…and yet, items were being sold — such as this sign which once identified the restaurant within the building…
…as well as some of the equipment inside of the former restaurant.
The building itself was rather dark and dreary inside. It will eventually be put out of its misery when it is demolished.
At least the parking is finally free of charge at this former hotel property…
…but is a “buyer’s premium” another deceptive way of advertising prices — similar to mandatory resort fees and carrier-imposed surcharges?
All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.