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Bargain Shoppers Slowly Emptying Millennium Hotel

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Mike and Rebecca Ledford heard about the sale and came in to get some artwork.

So many people came on the first day of the Millennium Hotel sale that a man with a microphone met shoppers at the front door. Friday he announced where they could look, what they could buy and how they could pay for things inside the now-closed hotel, which will eventually be demolished.

Some big ticket items - including all 800 TVs, one of the two baby grand pianos and a few chandeliers - were sold in the morning. But President of ICL (International Content Liquidations) Frank Long says, "It may look like everything's going out but it hasn't. This place is almost 50-some stories tall, if you add the two towers together."

Long anticipates it will take weeks to clear out the furniture in 850 guest rooms. Commercial kitchen and laundry equipment is also for sale.

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Friday was the first day for the sale and the liquidation company says it will be the busiest. A man with a microphone directs customers in the front lobby.

Mike and Rebecca Ledford were in the area and came in to buy artwork. While pushing a cart with a huge picture of the city of Cincinnati and a couple of mirrors, Mike said, "We found some good buys." He's not sure where he's going to put them. "I'm not the decorator, my wife is."

Annette Parks owns an events center and was busy loading her car. "We heard about it. Me and my friend over there and she also has an event center. So we just decided to come on down and see what we could find."

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Near the valet area customers loaded up their vehicles with everything from tablecloths to tables and couches.

Items are priced by the piece and sold on a first come, first serve basis. The sale is seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday 12-5 p.m.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.