Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Isn't she cute? Tacky, but cute, right?
Got her for $1 a week or so ago and have been meaning to catch up on my blogging about this. Over the Dec. 18-20 weekend at Paris Las Vegas, Harrah's put out a ballroom's worth of goofy wares at ridiculous prices to sell off excess inventories of tchotkes just in time for holiday shoppers seeking bargains.
Didn't hear about it? No, well, neither did I until the day before it was over. A listener/reader in New Jersey alerted me to the Harrah's version of that Wynn Warehouse event I covered here in November. I even inquired with a Harrah's publicist who told me that the event was for employees and not open to the public. Which was weird because these signs...
...were all over the shopping esplanade at Paris. It was, indeed, open to the public and, in fact, there was a similar one the prior weekend at Caesars Palace. I'm told the next go-around will be in May and that Harrah's generally tries to do them twice a year. I'm really surprised they don't promote this more to the Vegas public; they'd bring in hoards of bargain-seeking locals who might just stay for dinner or a hand of blackjack, y'know?
I made it with 15 minutes to spare until the sale closed that Sunday, which explains why most people are in line to check out in these images.
There was lots of leftover World Series of Poker garb...
...and merchandise from Harrah's properties all over the United States.
(Vegas peeps who may wonder: Paula Deen has her name on the buffet at Harrah's Tunica.)
Yet the big theme at this sale seemed to be Bette Midler-branded stuff. Every item - T-shirts, hats, mugs, shotglasses -- yes, Tim & Michele, I got you one -- and Christmas ornaments going for 100 pennies.
In case you're wondering what kind of discounts were going on, this...
...is what some suckers/fans once paid for Bette Midler ornaments.
There were the odd, weird items, too, like seasonally-themed G-strings...
...and, uh, material for topiaries?
And apparently black people don't fancy these...
...for which they should be quite proud.
Anyhow, here's my loot, mainly stuff I picked up to put in the prize list for Trivia Question winners on The Strip Podcast. I spent a whopping $12 plus tax.
Oh, OK. I wanted the Kiss My Brass mug. And you just never know when Flamingo ashtrays are going to come back into style, do ya?