Bargain Shoppers Slowly Emptying Millennium Hotel

Jan 31, 2020

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.

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.
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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."

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