Edgar Castellon, of National Content Liquidators, moves a big screen television into the sample room at the Thunderhead Lodge on Tuesday afternoon. The items from the longtime Steamboat Springs hotel will be sold starting this Thursday during a 30-day liquidation sale.

Photo by John F. Russell

Edgar Castellon, of National Content Liquidators, moves a big screen television into the sample room at the Thunderhead Lodge on Tuesday afternoon. The items from the longtime Steamboat Springs hotel will be sold starting this Thursday during a 30-day liquidation sale.

Liquidators set up shop

From steak knives to light poles, Thunderhead Lodge is for sale

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Thunderhead Lodge liquidation sale

  • Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thunderhead Lodge & Condominiums, 1965 Ski Time Square, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Price tags

Televisions $30 to $79

Sofas and loveseats $60 to $175

Wood bar with brass foot rail $295

Dewar's mirror $35

Muzak amp $20

Ben and Jerry's ice cream freezer $275

Table-top fryer $125

Martini glass $2

Steak knife $1

Bud Light pool table lamp $65

Plastic picnic table $175

Wood bar stool $65

Oak four-drawer chest $55

Oak nightstand $28

Toilet $25

Microwave $22

Complete queen bed $75

*10 percent buyer's premium on all purchases made by buyer

— Don Hayes could tell you he's selling everything at the Thunderhead Lodge but the kitchen sink. But that would be a lie.

He's selling those, too.

Hayes is president of National Content Liquidators, an Ohio-based company hired by the redevelopers of Thunderhead Lodge to sell off its furnishings, fixtures and equipment before it is demolished this summer. The liquidation sale starts Thursday. Walking through the building Tuesday, there already were yellow price tags hanging from most everything. Hayes said you'd be hard pressed to find anything that's not for sale. In addition to the kitchen sinks, the public also will be able to buy such things as furniture, toilets, doors, carpeting and the light poles in the parking lot.

"If somebody wants to buy this wood column, it's for sale," Hayes said while walking through one of the lodge's bar areas. "There won't be anything left. They hired us for that reason."

National Content Liquidators has performed similar liquidation sales at such notable sites as the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the Plaza Hotel in New York.

"Just the notoriety of the Watergate. : We had people lined up around the block for four days straight," said Operations Manager Greg Hall.

While there probably won't be that kind of rush on the Thunderhead Lodge, Hall said he does expect a bit of a free-for-all when the sale starts Thursday morning. Hall had to rebuff people hoping to get a sneak peek Tuesday.

Hayes said the sale is not an auction and that everything will have a set price. He acknowledged that prices likely will go down as things get picked over and the sale enters its final days, but he urged people not to wait around for a deal because the best items will go fast.

"There's a lot of interest already," said Hayes, who said there are hoteliers hoping to buy as many as 30 full-room sets in the sale. "We expect a big turnout. : The first one to the cashier is the first one to own it."

While the sale is geared for the public, Hayes said, commercial purchasers usually make up about 30 percent of his customers.

Hall said people should remember that it is their responsibility to move anything they buy in the sale. The liquidators will not move a bed from a hotel room to the parking lot, for example.

Washington, D.C.-based Cafritz Interests purchased Thunderhead Lodge and Ski Time Square last year. The properties are being demolished to make way for a larger project, which is being developed locally by The Atira Group.

Development Manager Jane Blackstone said Atira and National Content Liquidators have not yet decided whether to hold a similar liquidation sale for items in Ski Time Square. Blackstone said most things have left or will leave with their commercial tenants, so there would be much less to sell. Blackstone and Hall will tour Ski Time Square today and make a determination.

Blackstone said the liquidation sale is an outgrowth of Atira's commitment to recycling as it redevelops the properties. After the sale, Atira will work with Home ReSource to salvage building materials. Blackstone said Atira's demolition contractor will pull materials out of the debris to recycle. And when it comes to the final project, Blackstone said Atira will seek certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

"Really, our objective here is to see that things are recycled to the greatest extent possible," Blackstone said. "It's the right thing to do, so we're doing it."

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210 or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

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