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June 14, 2011

Sahara sneak peek II

Posted by daveschwartz

Here's the second half of my pictures from a liquidation.

Read after the jump for more photos from the Sahara's liquidation sale. Everything--and they mean everything--must go.

Here's another shot of the nearly-empty casino, in front of the House of Lords.


Here's Clyde the Camel, who is very old, though no one can say just how old he is. This is why it's important for organizations to maintain archives--so they have an institutional memory. It would be great if someone could definitely say how old Clyde is, and where exactly he came from.


Inside the House of Lords, where they really, really played up the Rat Pack theme. The pictures, booths, and sconces are all for sale. So is the gazebo/canopy in the middle of the room.

Wanna start a restaurant? You can get a whole kitchen here.


This was a funny little find. I was ransacking the pit stands and I found these still taped to the pull-out tray: instructions on how to correctly shuffle double-deck games and a blackjack basic strategy cheat sheet.


Some very basic workout equipment for sale in the top-floor fitness center:


Suite 2748:

Room 1755:


There are about 1,720 room phones here. Not sure if any did duty as shat phones. Still, you might want to call your friendly telephone sanitizer before using:


Even the custom door pulls are going:


For $250 per pair:

When National Content Liquidators is done with the place, there's basically going to be nothing left but the walls and the plumbing/electrical work inside them. All of the furnishings, bars, signs, escalators, and kitchen stuff--including walk-in refrigerators--will be gone.

Which makes any "quick" remodel and reopen for the property extremely unlikely. If you wanted to reopen any semblance of the property anytime soon, there's no way you'd be selling off a relatively new digital surveillance system or the gaming tables, which are easy to refurbish (just slap a new felt on them), not difficult to store, and much more expensive new than used. After this kind of sale, I can't see much future for the property besides demolition. If it was an architectural gem of a property in a location where implosion was logistically impossible, you could have a thorough renovation, but there's really not going to be much left outside of the walls.

NCL is planning for the sale to last 60 days, so if you're in Vegas any time in the next two months, you've got a good chance of getting something.


Read archived comments (5 so far)
June 14, 2011 9:33 PM Posted by Dan Short

Wow. This looks really cool. Wouldn't it be great if there was a huge turnout for the sale? I love that Sammy picture. But it does make you sad.

June 15, 2011 9:05 AM Posted by GP

This demonstrates the significance of our bad economy going worse.

June 16, 2011 10:18 AM Posted by geebee looking for lounge chairs for swimming pool. Are these available and for how much? Just asking if you happen to kow...cause i dont want to spend 10 dollars ..and only to find out once inside that they dont have them..

June 17, 2011 4:52 PM Posted by Dave

That, I don't know. I'd suggest trying the NCL website.

June 19, 2011 4:53 AM Posted by BigHoss

You should have bought all of the carpet and started up an Internet casino carpet sales business. Dr. Dave's House O' Casino Carpet, maybe? Or my all-time favorite business naming convention that always ensures success: Dr. Dave's Casino Carpets 'N Stuff.